Soft Tissue Grafting 2016

Soft Tissue Grafting 2016

soft tissue 2016

Venue: Articulate Dental Media
Location: 63a Archer Street, Chatswood Sydney, NSW 2067
Course Dates: 17/18 June 2016.
Cost: $4100 + gst. Limited to 18 dentists per year.
CE: 20 hours+

All courses are in Australian dollars

Patient demonstration

A live surgery will be performed as a demonstration. Participants will NOT treat a patient during this course.

Practical sessions

1.  All suturing techniques will be practiced in a hands on session.

2.  Multiple flap designs, graft harvests and closure techniques will be practiced on soft tissue models.

3.  Case presentations and treatment planning of actual cases done in the office.

Different techniques and when to use them

1.  Free gingival grafts.
     1.a  pre-orthodontics.
     1.b  recession prevention

2.  Sub-Epithelial Connective Tissue grafts
     2.a  recession repair.
     2.b  biologic shaping (combined perio-restorative).

3.  Miscellaneous
      3.a  soft tissue aesthetics around implants.
      3.b  two stage implants.
      3.c  tissue bulk for fixed partial denture pontics.

Treatment planning

1.  The patient’s goal.
      1.a controlling expectations

2.  The clinical goal.
      2.a  which technique is best.
      2.b  balancing finer outcomes against predictability.

3.  Sequencing with multiple procedures.
      3.a  which procedures to do before grafting and which after.
      3.b  how long should you wait before the next procedure.
      3.c  when can you do simultaneous procedures.

Flap design

1.  Complete split thickness flap.

2.  Complete full thickness flaps.

3.  Partial full thickness and split flaps.

4.  Tunneling procedures.

5.  Tension free closure.

Harvesting grafts

1.  Opportunistic implant harvests.

2.  Sub-epithelial connective tissue.

3.  Keratinized gingiva.

4.  Harvest site coverage.
      4.a  open sites.
      4.b  closed sites.

5.  Non palatal harvest sites.

6.  What to do if you get a big bleed on the palate.


1.  Suturing techniques.
     1.a  interrupted with flat and locked knot.
     1.b  vertical mattress.
     1.c  Sling sutures.

2.  Gut versus Teflon.
      2.a  when you want a non-resorbable suture and when you don’t.

3.  Suture anchorage.
     3.a  palatal anchorage.
     3.b  tooth anchorage.
     3.c  periosteal anchorage.

Pain management

1.  Anxiolysis

2.  Analgesics

3.  Steroidal versus Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatories.

4.  Dressings and packs.


1.  Expectation management.

2.  What can go wrong?
      2.a  common surgical errors.
      2.b known risk factors.

3.  Planning for poor outcomes.
     3.a  techniques to recover from poor outcomes.

4.  Aspects of informed consent.

5.  Costings to cope with risks.

Open discussion.

Due to the small group size, discussion will tend to continue during meals. It is easy to get your questions answered since you are not fighting with a large number of other people.