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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


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Overview / Abstract:

The goal of esthetic reconstruction is to provide patients with naturally looking restorations and healthy surrounding soft tissues. Often, patients present with gingival deformities, such as tissue deficiency or excessive gingivae, thereby posing a challenge to the treating
clinician. Other problems include subgingival caries and tooth fractures. These typically lead to difficulties in managing the restorative finish line and an inability to make proper impressions. In other situations, dentists face difficulties obtaining adequate crown retention and a ferrule effect, which can lead to secondary caries, repeated fractures and periodontal complications due to biologic width impingement. It has been shown that proper handling of the gingival tissues can make the difference between treatment success and failure.

This course is designed to provide clinicians with the scientific background and surgical techniques to perform periodontal surgery for ultimate esthetics and function. It will address the methods to attain success from a soft tissue perspective and long-term optimal
restorative outcomes. Diagnosis and treatment planning tools, complication management and when a referral is indicated will be emphasized. Participants will acquire knowledge in minimally invasive surgery and control of the soft tissue profile around teeth and
implants leading to more esthetic and predictable outcomes for their patients.

In addition, participants will learn about functional crown lengthening and its indications prior to restorative treatment. Surgical techniques and how to improve restorative results by incorporating periodontal principles will be thoroughly discussed. The hands-on portion will enable participants to practice functional and esthetic crown lengthening, soft tissue grafting as well as various flap designs and suturing techniques.

The course is divided into three modules, each focused on a different aspect of periodontal surgery. Morning lectures will be followed by a hands-on workshop in the afternoon of the same day. The course is, therefore, procedural-focused and allows for an optimal learning experience and future incorporation of the information learned to a private practice setting.

  • This course is intended for general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons, dental assistants, dental hygienists and other members of the dental team.


Pre-Course Lecture
Essentials of Periodontal Surgery
Thursday, October 26, 2017 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Principles of soft tissue esthetics and gingival harmony
The challenges of tissue deficiency and excess
Anatomical considerations for periodontal surgery
Principles of flap design and suturing
When to "save" a tooth and when to extract?
Resective vs. additive procedures
Implant site development
Step-by-step surgical case presentations


Oct 26, 2017


Dental CDE


Live / Seminar, Seminar

Credits / Hours

4 Continuing Education Credits



Is This Activity Certified for "Live" Credit?


Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Ziv Simon

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Dentistry General, Dental Implants

Keywords / Search Terms

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC implant, implants, implantology, surgery, surgical, esthetic restoration, restorative, restoration, reconstruction, periodontal surgery, periodontics, perio, periodontal, dental, dentist, dentistry, Free CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

LIVE Activity Location Details


Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 W. 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA   90089
United States of America

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