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Intermediate, advanced courses cover socket grafting

June 02, 2014

San Antonio—Dentists interested in learning the basics of socket grafting can choose a hands-on workshop during ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting and those who already have intermediate socket grafting experience can choose an intensive hands-on cadaver course for advanced training.

Dr. Lee Silverstein, associate clinical professor of periodontics at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, will present both courses.

Dentist at 2013 Hands-on Cadaver Course, Crown Lengthening Workshop
Intensive learning: Dr. Cleopatra Thompson of Saint Rose, La., gets hands-on experience at the 2013 Hands-on Cadaver Course, Crown Lengthening Workshop presented by Dr. Jon Suzuki at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans.

On Oct. 11, from 1-3:30 p.m., Dr. Silverstein will present the hands-on continuing education course, Socket Grafting Using Allograft Materials at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. This hands-on course makes socket grafting and atraumatic extraction of teeth easy. Participants will learn when to socket graft, learn what to socket graft with and understand how to suture socket-grafted sites. Cost is $295 for dentists and students and $245 for team members (course 7226).

On Oct. 10, from 2-5 p.m., Dr. Silverstein will present Atraumatic Extraction and Socket Grafting–A Hands-On Cadaver Course, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Participants will perform various hands-on exercises using cadaveric anatomical tissue to help them understand why, when and how grafting socket can be easy, cost-effective and predictable. Participants will learn to atraumatically extract teeth and prepare the socket for grafting, understand when and when not to perform a socket graft and understand types of barriers, needles and required techniques. Cost is $795 for a dentist or student, and includes shuttle transportation to and from the dental school and light snacks (course 6232).

This course takes the place of the hands-on cadaver workshop, Gums "R" Us: Crown Lengthening. See the course description here.

Six other advanced-level cadaver courses planned for ADA 2014 include:

  • Concepts and Procedures for Predictable Crown Lengthening, by Dr. Jim Grisdale, Oct. 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (course 6230);
  • Mini Dental Implants, by Dr. Raymond Choi, Oct. 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (course 6233);
  • Anatomical Dissections of Occlusion and Implant-Related Structures, by Dr. Terry Tanaka, Oct. 10, 2-5 p.m. (course 6231);
  • Local Anesthesia Human Cadaver Dissection Workshop, by Drs. Alan Budenz and Mel Hawkins, Oct. 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (course 7231);
  • Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection, by Dr. Henry Gremillion, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (course 7230);
  • Soft Tissue Grafting, by Dr. Peter Shatz, Oct. 11, 2-5 p.m. (course 7232).

Learn more about these and other CE courses in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Or visit for more information or to register for the annual meeting, CE courses, special events and more.