Russo Seminars - 2015 - Hands-On Cadaver Course for Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting
Russo Seminars - 2015 - Hands-On Cadaver Course for Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting
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The Oquendo Center

July 30-Aug 1, 2015
Charleston, SC
MUSC College of Dental Medicine

October 8-10, 2015
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 handson full day lab with models and fresh frozen cadaver heads on advanced bone and soft tissue 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 lectures. This makes following the lectures 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 soft sided attache.

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Course Objectives

Objectives Photo      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
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lecture Format covering:
  • Divisions of available bone
  • Classification of bone density
  • Twelve keys to bone grafting
  • 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
  • Guided Bone Regeneration with a titanium reinforced membrane ePTFE
  • Technique for removing failing implants
  • Preview of Saturday laboratory session
Saturday Lab 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Model Lab Hands-On (8:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • Suturing practice on cloth models
  • Ramus block on mandibular model
  • Sinus lift on maxillary model
  • Block graft on maxillary model
Cadaver Lab Hands-On (10:30 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Free gingival graft
  • Connective tissue graft
  • Vascularized Interpositional Periosteal connective tissue graft
  • 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
  • Perform Guided Bone Regeneration with a titanium reinforced membrane ePTFE
  • 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
received his D.M.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1980 and certificate in Periodontics and Master in Health Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1985. He joined the MUSC faculty in 1985 and 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 and implants within the College’s Dental Faculty Practice.
Dr. Thierry Bacro
Dr. Thierry Bacro
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina where he joined the faculty in 1995. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine with a Ph.D in Anatomy and Developmental Biology in 1994. He has been the Director of the Gross and Neuroanatomy course taught to the dental students in the MUSC College of Dental Medicine since 2004. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Anatomical Studies and Education at MUSC and as such is instrumental in obtaining and processing the specimens for the cadaver hands-on laboratory.
Additional Rotating Course Faculty:

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

Participating faculty will vary based on the course location and date.

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 eight 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 Charleston Waterfront
35 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401
Comfort Inn
144 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401
877-424-6423, 843-577-2224
Las Vegas Lodging – Your Choice
Registration Information
Tuition: $3,850 for Doctors
  $1,000 for Auxiliaries (observe during dissection)

Download:  Full Brochure and Registration Form (2.3 MB)

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.

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

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