Course Title

Modern Extraction Techniques and Ridge Preservation

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Course Description

Atrophy of alveolar ridges following tooth extraction is a common fact and can severely compromise the esthetic and functional rehabilitation of patients. Preservation of the alveolar ridge has become the standard of care and a necessity for the successful contemporary clinician. Numerous options of biomaterials and surgical techniques can often be overwhelming for the clinician and can lead to improper clinical management.

This course is designed to teach the general dentist and specialists how to effectively and predictably maintain the dimensions of the alveolar ridge following tooth extractions. This course will demonstrate new techniques in exodontia to atraumatically perform extractions while preserving the bone and cortical plate. You will learn how to make your extractions more predictable resulting in less chair time, a less traumatic patient experience, happier patients and increased referrals. A unique feature of this course is hands-on, using dentoforms and animal models for practicing atraumatic extraction and surgical techniques for hard and soft tissue preservation following extractions. At the end of the course the participants should have the ability to correctly plan and effectively utilize various surgical extraction ridge preservation techniques.


Morning: This session focuses on the didactic knowledge needed for management of extraction sockets. Topics include biologic principles of healing of extraction sockets, rational for socket preservation, socket preservation versus ridge augmentation, properties of biomaterials and results that can be achieved, surgical techniques available for socket preservation, and surgical techniques available for ridge augmentation following extractions.

Afternoon: This session is hands-on, using dentoforms and animal models. The participants will practice minimally traumatic exodontia, management and placement of bone grafting materials, management and placement of barrier membranes, flap management and suturing for socket preservation and ridge augmentation, and the harvest and placement of free and connective tissue gingival grafts associated with socket preservation procedures.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Perform modern techniques of tooth extraction

  • Understand the benefits and rationale for socket preservation

  • Understand how the biologic events during healing of the extraction socket relate to the socket preservation concepts

  • Understand the role of different biomaterials on socket preservation techniques

  • Understand the differences between socket preservation and ridge augmentation procedures

  • Understand and apply basic surgical concepts related to socket preservation procedures.

About the Presenter(s)


Andreas Ioannou DDS, MS, FICOI, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry. Dr. Ioannou, after serving for two years in the National Guard of Cyprus, attended the Dental School of Athens in Greece. In 2011 he graduated first of his class and earned his DDS degree. After graduation, he worked as an associate in a private clinic for two years before joining the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology at the University of Minnesota. From 2014 through 2015, Dr. Ioannou served as a Student Ambassador for the American Academy of Periodontology, and in 2015, he became a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The following year he earned his Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. In 2016, Dr. Ioannou joined UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene as an assistant professor, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and is involved in research. Dr. Ioannou is a member of numerous professional societies in the U.S. and Europe and has numerous publications and a strong participation in periodontal and implant research. He has given many lectures around the world on topics including periodontal regeneration, the surgical aspect of implantology and the treatment of peri-implantitis.



Nikolaos Soldatos, DDS, MSD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry. He is a graduate and former faculty member of the Dental School of Athens at National and Kapodistrian University in Greece, where he also earned a PhD from the Medical School. After earning a certificate in periodontics and a master of science in dental medicine from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, he joined the faculty in the Division of Periodontics, Department of Surgical Dentistry as an assistant professor while completing an implant fellowship. In December 2015, Dr. Soldatos joined UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. His clinical interests include implantology, guided bone regeneration and soft-tissue regeneration. Finally, Dr. Soldatos is a member of several professional societies and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals in both the U.S. and Europe. 


Credit Hours

499 Bone Grafting/GTR Surgery (Periodontics) - Hands-on: Hours - 8

Time and Location


Check-in & Breakfast:
7:30 am to 8:00 AM

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch

UTHealth School of Dentistry - Westbrook Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4320
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 A.M.)

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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054

Ph: 713-486-4028

Fax: 713-486-4037



Educational Grants

For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston gratefully acknowledges

Registration Information

Paid Early-Bird Registration:

$285- Dentist until April 1, 2017

$195- Allied Dental Personnel until April 1, 2017

(Early-Bird fee must be paid before deadline. Registration fee will adjust to full price after deadline.)


Paid Registration:

$320- Dentist after April 1, 2017

$210- Allied Dental Personnel after April 1, 2017


Registration & Cancellation Policy:
Full tuition must accompany each registration to ensure your registration for a course. Tuition is completely refundable if a course is cancelled by the PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education or if the registrant cancels more than 21 working days prior to the course date. Registrants who cancel 10-20 working days prior to the course date may apply the entire course tuition toward another course or receive refund of 50%. No refunds are given for cancellations made less than 10 working days prior to the course date, but tuition may be applied towards a future course. A $75 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations 10 working days prior to the course date. A set deadline is required for certain courses; no registrations or cancellations are accepted after the course set deadline. Please see the specific individual course for the set deadlines. 'No shows' for a course will forfeit the full registration tuition. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education must receive all cancellations in writing prior to the course date for the appropriate refund and/or credit to be issued. The PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education cannot be held responsible for a non-refundable airline ticket in the event of a course cancellation.




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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St, Suite 6152
Houston, Texas 77054
Fax: 713-486-4037



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