Oral Surgery for General Practitioners: Take Yourself to the Next Level of Proficiency

Friday, August 25, 2023 and Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This informative and interactive hands-on workshop will teach general practitioners concepts and skills in oral surgery. Hit the ground running with the essentials of using a blade, how to effectively use a periosteal elevator for tissue reflection, what flap to use and where, optimizing use of elevators and forceps, how much force is too much, elevators vs. luxators, how to use a “skinny” bur in the PDL and other basics


During this workshop, you will learn how to apply surgical extraction techniques on life-like dentoform models that simulate patients. Hands-on activity will include: faster and easier surgical extractions; how to quickly and safely remove root tips; sectioning of multi-rooted teeth; multiple extractions with alveoloplasty; predictable socket preservation; and the basics of maxillary third molar impactions.


You Will Learn

  • To recognize the best practices for patient selection and when to refer
  • How to build on the basic foundations of oral surgery
  • To identify the 'must have' surgery instruments
  • How to avoid and manage complications
  • To understand that a 'surgical highspeed' is fine but with certain caveats
  • To implement ridge grooming techniques for dentures
  • How to suture like a surgeon
  • To apply the basics of predictable socket preservation ideal for general dentists


Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for general dentists interested in building on their oral surgery concepts and skills


About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



Course is limited to 30 participants.

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 14

This activity is designated for 14 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Early Bird Tuition: $1,195* (for registrations received by July 25, 2023)

Regular Tuition: $1,295*

*Course includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service.


Karl Koerner, DDS, MS, is a former associate professor in oral surgery at Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in Utah and is currently an adjunct professor. He has presented hundreds of didactic and participation oral surgery courses in the U.S. and around the world. He is the author of many articles on oral surgery for general dentists, has authored or co-authored four books on oral surgery and has made several surgery DVDs with Dr. Gordon Christensen. He is past president of the Utah Dental Association and Utah Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Koerner received oral surgery training in the U.S. Army where he completed a general practice residency. He received the AGD’s Weclew Award for his contributions to dentistry and dental education and the Utah Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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