Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting for the Dental Implantologist - A Hands-On Cadaver Course Featuring Cone Beam CT Interpretation
February 24 – 26, 2011
April 14 – 16, 2011
August 25 – 27, 2011
November 3 – 5, 2011
In Historic
Charleston, SC
The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine
Charleston, South Carolina
By the Department of Stomatology Division of Periodontics
  • Over 1000 Doctors Trained
  • University Based
  • Cone Beam CT Scan of Every Specimen
  • 6:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • All Faculty Surgical Specialists
  • Ph.D. Anatomist Lecturing and in Lab
Corporate Co-sponsors:
Salvin Dental Specialties, Imaging Sciences, Ellman, BioHorizons, Consult Pro
Course Intent

     This course is designed to give clinicians the confidence to perform soft tissue grafts, appropriate flap design for full and partial thickness flaps, suturing and advanced bone grafting procedures upon returning to their offices. Our structure is a combination of in-depth lecture, over the shoulder demonstration and a hands-on workshop with models and fresh frozen cadaver heads on advanced bone grafting for implant placement. One of the unique features of our course is that we provide cone beam CT scans and Virtual Implant Placement software interpretation of every cadaver head to simulate a realistic learning experience. This is the closest thing to performing live surgery!

     Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual which compiles PowerPoint slides from the lecture. This makes following the lecture more enjoyable than having to take detailed notes, and provides an excellent reference back in the office after the course. Each participant will also receive a personalized monogrammed scrub which can be worn in the lab, as well as a soft sided attaché.

Course Objectives

     After completing this course the clinician should be able to treatment plan dental implants based on prosthetic classifications, divisions of available bone and classifications of bone density. The surgeon will be able to provide appropriate manipulation and grafting of the soft tissues, and have exposure to the practical use of cone beam software (Virtual Implant Placement). Finally, the implant surgeon will have a more thorough understanding of advanced bone grafting procedures which will ultimately improve implant success, longevity and esthetics for their patients..

Seminar Schedule & Topics
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lecture Format covering:
  • Importance of attached tissue around teeth and implants
  • Surgical anatomy of soft tissue
  • Blood supply of soft tissue
  • Incision and flap design for grafts and implants
  • Full thickness and split thickness flaps
  • Spreading of soft tissue flaps for coverage
  • Free gingival and subepithelial connective tissue grafts
  • Suturing of grafts and flaps
  • Choosing suture material
  • Use of growth factors with soft tissue grafts
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lecture Format covering:
  • Divisions of available bone
  • Classification of bone density
  • Twelve keys to bone grafting
  • Socket/ridge preservation after extraction
  • Monocortical block onlay grafting from symphysis and ramus
  • Block allograft
  • External and internal sinus grafting
  • Classification of sinuses
  • Introduction to Cone Beam CT technology
  • Introduction to Piezotome surgery instrument
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Introduction to Consult-Pro
  • Preview of Saturday laboratory session
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Model Lab Hands-On (1.5 Hours)
  • Suturing practice on cloth models
  • Ramus block on mandibular model
  • Sinus lift on maxillary model
  • Block graft on maxillary model
Cadaver Lab Hands-On (6 Hours)
  • Free gingival graft
  • Connective tissue graft
  • Vascularized Interpositional Periosteal connective tissue graft
  • Computer exercise utilizing Virtual Implant Placement (VIP) software and cone beam CT scan of your cadaver specimen. Each participant will have the opportunity to evaluate their cadaver specimen for: sinus height / width, sinus septa, sinus floor, best place for sinus window, trace inferior alveolar canal, and ramus height/width for block graft harvesting
  • Sinus lift
  • Ramus block graft
  • Periosteal flap fenestration for closure over block graft
  • Use of trephines
  • Maxillary V2 anesthetic block
  • Dissection of nerves, muscles, spaces, etc.
About the Speakers
John Russo, D.D.S., M.H.S.
Course Director: Dr. John Russo
is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He completed his periodontal training and earned a Master in Health Sciences degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Russo is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is in private practice in Sarasota, FL and is a clinical assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Division of Periodontics. He is an author and an international lecturer on bone grafting and dental implant surgery.
Dr. Bob Gellin
Course Co-Director: Dr. Bob Gellin
joined the Medical University of South Carolina faculty in 1985. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Stomatology, Director of the Division of Periodontics and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He maintains an active practice limited to Periodontics within the College’s Dental Faculty Practice. Dr. Gellin is also the administrator of the College of Dental Medicine’s clinic management software.
Additional Course Faculty:

Dr. Theirry Bacro. Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy.

Dr. John “Eric” Hamrick. Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina, national lecturer on guided bone augmentation, private practice over 20 years in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. J. Daulton Keith. Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina. Private practice in Charleston, SC for 35 years limited to Periodontics/implants and international lecturer on bone block grafting and implantology.

Dr. Joe Krayer. Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Periodontics, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. P. D. Miller. Clinical Professor, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina. Recognized as an international expert in the field of soft tissue grafting, having introduced new concepts and procedures to Periodontics.

The experience was excellent
and I learned a lot! All of the faculty and staff were congenial and helpful.”
– Gordon Christensen DDS, MSD, PhD
Director, Practical Clinical Courses. Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Clinical Research Associates, Provo, UT
One of the best courses I have taken.
Very informative and educational. I would recommend this course to anyone doing implants.”
– Walter F. “Jack” Turbyfil, Jr., DMD, Implantologist
International Implant Lecturer, West Columbia, SC
Register Early
Due to the number of surgical instruments and cadaver heads needed for the lab, and in order to provide an outstanding faculty to participant ratio, the course must be limited to thirty participants per course. In order to attend the course date of your choice we recommend that you register early.
Special rates for area lodging:
Charleston Place Hotel Historic District:
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
888-635-2350, 843-722-4900
Courtyard by Marriott:
35 Lockwood Dr.
Charleston, SC 29401
Comfort Inn:
144 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
877-424-6423, 843-577-2224
Registration Information
Tuition: $3,850 for Doctors
  $1,000 for Auxiliaries

Download:  Full Brochure and Registration Form

John Russo, D.D.S., M.H.S.
1704 Bay Road, Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone (941) 955-3100 • Toll Free (866) 317-7760
Fax (941) 955-4769

The MUSC College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP recognized provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The MUSC College of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 21 hours of continuing education credits.

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