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+ Course Information

Ridge Preservation: The First Step in Implant Prep and Prosthetic Enhancement (Thurs. 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Ridge preservation is the process by which bone and/or graft material is added to a patient’s maxillary or mandibular jaw bone in an effort to offset the natural process of bone loss or resorbtion, secondary to a an edentulous space. Of all the procedures dentists can offer, none may be as significant. Yet despite its prophylactic value, it is a treatment modality that is often overlooked. Yet the longer edentulous patients go without preserving the bone around a missing tooth, the greater the likelihood of bone loss. Insufficient bone risks implant failure and will necessitate more extensive bone grafting later in the process. This lecture will identify and describe ridge preservation techniques and also how to explain to patients the need to have this procedure done shortly following tooth extraction in order to ensure optimal outcomes.

Key Objectives:

  • Fundamental biology and mechanics of ridge preservations
  • Review proper equipment necessary for treatment
  • Suturing and membrane options

Concepts and Treatments in Maxillary Sinus Grafting (Sat. 9-10 a.m.)

It’s a fact that the most common reason why posterior maxillary implants fail is due to insufficient bone. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem. Sinus grafting/lifting and the augmentation of the site with bone stabilizes the region to a sufficient degree where implant longevity rivals that of implants in other areas of the maxilla or even the mandible.

Today’s program, taught by Dr. Arun K. Garg, will cover the techniques for maxillary sinus grafting for dental implants. It will also review various procedures in detail as well as the recommended radiology, instrumentation, and graft materials.

Key Objectives:

  • Review the different graft materials available, and their indications for use
  • Understand the step-by-step techniques for this procedure
  • Recognize the value of the recommended pre-op evaluation and post-op care for patients undergoing this procedure

Autologous Blood Concentrates (PRP/PRF/CGF) for the GP: Demystifying the Process (Sat. 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

In the last several years dentists have started to embrace a cutting-edge medical procedure, borrowed and adapted from other medical disciplines: platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP.

PRP is the process by which a patient’s own blood is separated into its constituent parts including platelet-rich and platelet poor plasma. Separated via centrifuge the PRP can be converted into a membrane-like substance or injected in a wound site as well as numerous other applications forms of PRP. In these cases the greatly increased platelet counts, leukocyte and fibrinogen have been shown to rapidly decrease healing time with zero risk of bodily rejection.

Today PRP treatment has matured as doctors have discovered a variety of platelet subtypes ideal for specific types of healing and specialized surgeries. A total of six different terms, third generation definitions, will be used eliminating the current state of numerous anecdotal nomenclatures and overlapping meaning, which, inadvertently has given rise to a level of confusion and uncertainty not present when the standalone phrase PRP was used as a first generation term.

Dr. Garg’s engaging lecture will walk participants through the different types of PRP treatments available and which surgeries they are best suited for. In other words, demystifying a term that’s multiplied like alphabet soup!

Key Objectives:

  • Learn the scientific background of PRP including other clinical applications.
  • Identify the six overlapping third generation terms used to describe PRP subtypes and how each of the PRP products can be used effectively
  • Step-by-step process for blood derived PRP creation via centrifuge along with safety protocols
  • How to use the 2019 PRP terms correctly, and looking ahead to next-generation developments

Keys to Avoiding and Managing Complications when Placing or Restoring Implants (Sat. 1-2 p.m.)

Many peer-reviewed studies place the success rate at 98 percent. But what about the other 2 percent?

Today’s lecture topic focuses on this important subset of patients. This lecture will help dentists identify the most common complications and how to avoid them in the first place. Avoiding these potential complications before they become serious problems is a key method in attracting, retaining and engaging your most loyal patients. And how to manage them when the occur will be covered as well.

Key Objectives:

  • Proper case selection in order to determine patients with the least likelihood of encountering implant complication
  • Case-by-case review of the most common complications

+ Speaker Bio

  • Arun K. Garg, DMD, is a nationally recognized dental educator and surgeon who for over 20 years, served as a full-time Professor of Surgery in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and as Director of Residency Training at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

    Frequently awarded faculty member of the year by his residents, Dr. Garg is considered the world’s preeminent authority on bone biology, bone harvesting and bone grafting for dental implant surgery and has written and published a dozen books and a dental implant marketing kit which have been translated in multiple languages and distributed worldwide. He has been a featured speaker at dozens of state, national and international dental association conventions and meetings including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Garg is the recipient of numerous awards including "Outstanding Educator" by the ICOI and an award for "Best Article published by the Implant Dentistry Journal."

    Dr. Garg earned his engineering and dental degrees from the University of Florida and completed his residency training at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is also the founder of Implant Seminars, a leading dental continuing education company that offers a variety of class-based, hands-on, and live patient programs in the United States and abroad.

+ Other Important Information

• Ridge Preservation: The First Step in Implant Prep and Prosthetic Enhancement

  • Day and Location: Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Surf A
  • CE Eligible: Yes

• Concepts and Treatments in Maxillary Sinus Grafting

  • Day and Location: Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Surf A
  • CE Eligible: Yes

• Autologous Blood Concentrates (PRP/PRF/CGF) for the GP: Demystifying the Process

  • Day and Location: Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Surf A
  • CE Eligible: Yes

• Keys to Avoiding and Managing Complications when Placing or Restoring Implants

  • Day and Location: Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Surf A
  • CE Eligible: Yes