May 19-21

Mark Hunt, DDS
Simple Implant Placement / Site Preservation Grafting

Course Outline

  • Learning and implementing new skills and rational bases on scientific studies changes the way you diagnose and treatment plan and therefore changes the essence of your career.
  • We begin with an overview of the curriculum and the focus at the beginning: site preservation grafting and simple implant placement.

June 23-25

Leo Malin, DDS
Guided Surgury

Dr. Malin graduated from Marquette University in 1991. He maintains a private practice in LaCrosse, WI, where he has been utilizing occlusal based dental concepts since l998. Early in his career, he discovered that the implant placement techniques used could not deliver a standard, predictable result. Therefore, with the help of other experts in the fields of radiology and occlusion, Dr. Malin developed an implant placement technique which focused on occlusion (and cosmetics) for implant placement and crown restoration. This technique has led to five patents pending along with exceptional implant results. Dr. Malin lectures throughout North America on full-mouth reconstructions and implant placement. Dr. Malin is the Director of Implantology at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

Course Outline

  • Hailed as a panacea by many we explore every technique for fabrication of guides and the advantages and drawbacks of each. How to evaluate a guide and how to proceed if the guide is less than perfect. Surgery is almost never “cookbook” and the successful surgeon has an understanding of anatomy, alternate techniques, and different approaches that allow you to think through and respond to surgical challenges as they arise.

July 21-23

Mark Hunt, DDS
Connective Tissue Grafting

Course Outline

  • Tissue management is increasingly essential in both General Dentistry and Implant Dentistry.
  • We teach the techniques, watch a live surgery demonstrating the techniques, and then simulate a case using pig jaws to allow students to practice the steps and proceedures for the connective tissue grafting.

August 25-27

Kanyon Keeney, DDS, OS
Ridge Augmentation Grafting

Dr. Keeney received his DDS with honors at the Medical College of Virginia in 1984 and obtained an early externship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Jackson Memorial Hospital Trauma Center in Miami, FL. He completed his resi­dency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 where he served as Chief Resident. He maintains a practice in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a concentration in implant surgery. As a cofounder of the Implant Forum of Virginia, Dr. Keeney has worked to bring advanced implant techniques to the Richmond Dental Community. He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow in the American Association of Oral Surgeons and American Society of Dental Anesthesia and became the first active Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Virginia to become a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is a frequent lecturer and active in the use of 3-D CAT scan technology in implant treatment.

Course Outline

  • The use of particulate cadaver bone to preserve or restore lost bone is critical to advanced implant reconstructions. It is famously said that “the tissue is the issue, but the bone sets the tone”.
  • Bone is essential to successful implant placement and unfortunately many of our patients have lost the required bone for successful reconstruction. The skill to predictably restore that lost bone is dentistry at it’s best.

September 22-24

Wendy Clark, DDS, MS & Mark Hunt, DDS
Extraction and Immediate Placement

Dr. Wendy AuClair Clark completed her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and then earned her doctoral degree from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. She then earned her master’s degree in clinical dentistry and certificate in post-graduate Prosthodontics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. She practiced prosthodontics for 7 years with Team Atlanta (Goldstein, Garber & Salama). Throughout this time, she lectured nationally on a variety of topics ranging from smoking cessation to dental implants. She was named a “Leader in Continuing Education” by Dentistry Today in 2017 and 2019. Currently, she is full time faculty at the University of North Carolina, where she serves as the director of pre-doctoral removable prosthodontics. Dr. Clark is a board eligible prosthodontist, currently pursuing certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics. Her professional associations include the American College of Prosthodontists and Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity. In addition to poster presentations at national meetings, she has co-authored articles published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, The Journal of Prosthodontics, Compendium, and The Journal of The American Dental Association, among others.

Course Outline

  • Your patient walks in with a tooth unrestorably damaged. Now we can start to stack skills of tissue and bone management along with implant placement.

October 14-15

Michael McCracken, DDS, MS, PhD
Mandibular Overdenture Surgery

Dr. Michael McCracken is a Professor and prosthodontist at the UAB School of Dentistry. The former director of graduate prosthodontics and director of the implant training program, he has is now involved in research at the university, and also directs a safety-net community dental clinic in Bessemer, Alabama, which sponsors an AEGD training program. Dr. McCracken lectures internationally on dental implants and complex oral rehabilitation.

Course Outline

  • Probably the main reason we all got involved in dentistry is to be able to convert a dental cripple to full health.
  • It’s just the pinnacle of what we can do and now the possibilities are stunning.
  • This is the opportunity for any student to bring a patient from their practice and be mentored through mandibular overdenture surgery. We set up a residency style approach in which each surgeon introduces their patient to the group and presents their case along with recommendations and rational.
  • The class can ask questions and suggest alternatives which the surgeon will then respond to and a treatment will be determined. Those not bringing a patient can assist or go from room to room watching surgeries or watch the marquis surgeries on the 110 inch screens downstairs.
  • The surgeon will then lead the surgery the next day with TDI faculty to mentor them through.
  • It’s kind of like the exhileration you get when you rappel off a sheer rock face, and everyone who steps up is forever changed!
  • Highly recommended!