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Bone Grafting, Ridge Preservation and Ridge-Split Procedures for General Practitioners

October 11, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

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In this comprehensive, hands-on workshop for general dentists, you will learn the technique of socket bone grafting (SBG)/ridge preservation as well as other approaches in implant-driven bone augmentation. This course will cover the ridge-split procedure (RSP) for horizontal bone augmentation and the similarities of ridge-split procedure and socket bone grafting and differences between ridge-split and block graft. You will learn how to do simple and complex ridge preservation after tooth extraction with the guided bone regeneration (GBR) approach and select the right case for the ridge-split procedure in your practice. Instructors will also explain all the necessary surgical instrumentation for socket bone grafting and ridge preservation.

During the hands-on portion of this course, you will perform different ridge preservation techniques, such as SBG utilizing GBR approach and ridge preservation technique, on pig jaws. Step-by-step instructions will be given and necessary surgical instrumentation will be explained.

You Will Learn

  • General principles and concepts of bone loss in the jaw
  • Proper technique of socket bone grafting/ridge preservation with GBR
  • Key surgical considerations that are unique for the ridge-split procedure
  • Similarities of ridge-split procedure and socket bone grafting
  • Case selection for ridge-split procedure
  • Hands-on training in the SBG and RSP

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for dentists interested in bone grafting, ridge preservation and ridge-split procedures.

Tuition: $545*                          
Deposit: $165 (non-refundable)
Program: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

*Course is limited to 30 participants; includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning.


Len Tolstunov, DDS, DMD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He graduated from Moscow Dental University summa cum laude in 1985, Dugoni School of Dentistry with honors in 1990 and UCSF oral surgery program in 1997. He maintains an oral surgery practice and teaches at both Pacific and UCSF. He lectures around the world and conducts research in oral surgery and dental implantology.

Anders Nattestad, PhD, DDS, is a professor and director of the undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at Pacific. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles and has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally. For the past five years, he served as secretary general for the Association for Dental Education in Europe and is currently executive director of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry wishes to acknowledge and thank Geistlich Pharma North America and Salvin Dental for their contributions of unrestricted educational grants in support of this continuing dental education program.

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