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Autogenous Gingival Grafting: The KIWImethod™ Minimally Invasive Non-Palatal Approach

November 15, 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

This course is full to capacity.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the Division of Continuing Dental Education at 415.929.6486 or

Gingival recession is on the rise. With the ever-increasing, patient-driven aesthetic dentistry, the enormous popularity of orthodontics, the explosion in cosmetic restoration and increasingly assertive patient self-care oral hygiene and dental bleaching, the need is escalating for gingival recession early detection, wellness/prevention and treatment.

Autogenous gingival grafting remains the gold standard for establishing protective gingival tissue and preventing further recession. However, conventional palatal tissue harvesting is fraught with problems such as patient fear, protracted pain at the palatal harvest site, difficulty chewing and talking and excessive postoperative bleeding and complications. KIWImethod™ opens the door to you for minimally invasive recipient site preparation and non-palatal autogenous tissue harvesting that lessens post-op bleeding and improves outcomes. Detailed step-by-step methodologies will be presented for both root coverage and non-root coverage procedures.

The KIWImethod™ hands-on workshop is a fresh new approach to hands-on learning. It’s a real, live experience—not another cadaver, pig jaw or artificial model workshop. Using precision surgical instruments preferred by periodontists and the scalpel blades and sutures utilized during live surgery, you will learn and practice on fresh Kiwi fruit. Developed by Dr. Merijohn, this special training concept has been used in training postdoctoral periodontal residents in precision gingival grafting technique.

You Will Learn

  • How to immediately incorporate clinical decision-making into your practice that is both evidence-based and real-world practical
  • How to increase clinical awareness and understand critical factors regarding treatment for gingival recession defects on natural teeth
  • Core concepts and practical tips for minimally invasive, non-palatal, autogenous gingival grafting
  • Predictable and effective surgical methodologies which can minimize risks and maximize outcomes

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for dentists only. Some prior experience with gingival grafting is recommended. Participants should bring their loupes with light unit and/or safety glasses.

Early Bird Tuition: $435* (for registrations received by October 15)
Regular Tuition: $495*
Deposit: $130 (non-refundable)
Program: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 4 units of continuing education credit.

*Course is limited to 24 participants; includes continental breakfast.


George K. Merijohn, DDS, is an associate professor for postgraduate periodontics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Washington, and operated a private periodontal practice in San Francisco for 28 years. He is an appointed special expert of the California Dental Board, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice and has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in Decision-Making in Periodontology.