Online: Surgery Tips for the General Dentist

This is a self-paced online CE course.


Course Synopsis:

This two part series will focus on relevant anatomy, medical and surgical considerations to assess which surgical cases are appropriate for the general dentist. This will include advanced techniques in achieving profound local anesthesia, tips for the elevation and management of gingival flaps, use of a surgical handpiece in dental extractions, and patient and provider positioning for optimal suturing.

Course Objectives:


-Assess which surgical cases are appropriate for the general dentist.

-Describe details of how to obtain profound local anesthesia on every patient, every time.

-Describe how to atraumatically and quickly elevate gingival flaps.

-Describe the utility of the surgical handpiece and how to appropriately position oneself to use it.

-Describe how patient and provider positioning are critical to optimal suturing technique.


Dr. Govind was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and studied philosophy, chemistry, and music at UC Santa Barbara before going to dental school at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In addition to general dental training, he did research in access to care for children with special healthcare needs. He did a hospital dentistry residency at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, HI and stayed in the islands to practice in community health as a general dentist. Following this he went back to Boston to study Family and Community Health at Harvard School of Public Health and did his MPH thesis in violence prevention among teenage boys. He did medical school, general surgery internship, and oral and maxillofacial residency at UC San Francisco, followed by a fellowship in Craniomaxillofacial and Trauma Surgery at Legacy Emanuel hospital here in Portland. He joined the faculty at OHSU in July of 2018 and enjoys seeing patients with facial trauma, pathology, temporomandibular joint disorders, and dentofacial growth abnormalities. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with his wife Carly and son Kaleo.

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.




Target Audience

This course is designed for dentists and dental specialists.

Continuing Education

Online: Hours - 1.5

How To Attend

You can join this self-paced program from anywhere using a computer with a high-speed internet connection. You may also access this course on a mobile device with high-speed internet. We recommend Google Chrome browsers.


Once you register and pay you will be sent a link to the online course. You can view the course video at your own pace. Once you have viewed the entire video you will be prompted to take the exam.


The exam will instantly let you know if you passed or failed the test.


Upon completion of the course and a passing grade, you will be sent a course evaluation and a CE verification.



Course Expiration

This course is valid 4/29/2020 through 4/29/2022. Per ADA CERP standards.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or are having technical difficulties please contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

If you have specific questions for the course instructor you can send him an email at

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.