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Critical Soft Tissue Techniques in Esthetic and Implant Dentistry


Part and parcel of a thorough dental evaluation today is to determine that gingival phenotype of the individual. Thickness of the gingiva, zone of attached tissue and tissue color all play important roles in developing the long-term health and esthetics in dental treatment of any kind. The exact determination of the location of the underlying bone acts as a prognostic indicator of future soft tissue levels.

Soft tissue grafting techniques, new regenerative materials and bio-activators will be highlighted. The expanding role of allograft materials (ACDM, Dermis, Pericardium) and when to utilize them will be suggested. The ability of these combined protocols to alter the soft tissue profile around natural teeth, implants, edentulous ridges, as well as to support facial soft tissue structures will be reviewed as to its critical role in regenerative dentistry.

This hands-on course will highlight the 2 most utilized soft tissue procedures in clinical practice, ridge augmentation and microsurgical Tunnel and VISTA root coverage procedures. It will teach in detail and simplify the process of site evaluation, critical anatomy, flap design, harvest techniques and suturing.

All necessary materials will be made available to each attendee; porcine specimens, surgical instrumentation, grafting and suture materials.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn basic surgical anatomy and incision techniques in soft tissue surgery
  • To apply two commonly used soft tissue grafting techniques in clinical practice
  • To learn modified suturing methods to secure flaps and grafts

Hands-on Techniques to be covered in detail

  • Root coverage procedures
  • Connective tissue grafts - CTG
  • Tunnel techniques & VISTA
  • Incisions & Flap Design
    • Vertical
    • Split thickness
    • Tunnel & VISTA
  • Suturing Techniques
    • Horizontal mattress
    • Vertical mattress
    • Continuous sling
    • Simple Cross and Anchor Suture


December 1, 2017

9am-12pm Lecture and Theoretical

12-2pm LUNCH

2-5pm Hands-on and Practical

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Dr. Maurice Salama

Dr. Maurice A. Salama completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985, where he received his BS in Biology. Dr. Salama received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he later received his dual specialty certification in Orthodontics and Periodontics, as well as his implant training at the Branemark Center at Penn. 

Dr. Salama is currently on the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia as Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics. Dr. Salama is a permanent member of the Scientific Committee of the world’s leading online Dental Education Website

He is also a member of the Team Atlanta Dental Practice which is a multidisciplinary practice world renowned for their clinical research in reconstructive and esthetic dentistry.