Level I Courses

Surgical Principles and Techniques (Hands-on):

September 7, 2016 (6-9pm)

This introductory course will present optimal techniques and technology for accurate implant placement and their predictable restoration.  Participants will be exposed to a restoratively driven process to ensure ideal results.  The course will review the process of pre-surgical design and treatment planning to surgical execution and post-operative management.  The hands-on exercises will allow participants to become comfortable with the surgical techniques and protocol to provide safe and predictable results.  This well-coordinated approach leads to a more predictable implant positioning and an optimal restorative process while ensuring patient safety.


  • Principles of proper implant positioning
  • Anatomy
  • Medical considerations
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Pros/cons of guided vs. free-hand placement
  • How to deal with variations in bone density
  • Flap or flapless
  • Surgical protocol
  • Post-operative management


  • Incision and flap technique
  • Implant placement on models



Prosthetic Principles and Techniques (Hands-on):

November 2, 2016 (6-9pm)

In this introductory course, participants will gain proficiency in diagnosis and treatment planning for single and multiple missing anterior or posterior teeth, and will master the restorative steps needed for a predictable outcome.  Restorative decision making and execution will be transformed into a simple and easy process.  In addition to demonstration by the instructor, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop featuring impression making techniques as well as protocol for fabricating provisional restorations, custom impression copings and implant retained over-dentures.


  • Standard of care
  • Terminology for implant components
  • Indications and contraindications for dental implants
  • Options for replacement of single and multiple missing teeth
  • Cement vs. screw retained restorations
  • Abutment selection (prefabricated stock abutments vs. custom abutments)
  • Provisionalization
  • Impression techniques
  • Biomechanics and occlusion
  • Recall maintenance and management


  • Make abutment level and implant level impressions
  • Attach abutments to implants
  • Learn proper use of a torque driver



Atraumatic Extractions and Socket Grafting (Hands-on):

January 11, 2017 (6-9pm)

Have you ever had a routine dental extraction that turned ugly?  Don't let minor complications such as broken root tips stump you.  Learn how to manage extraction cases with confidence and minimal stress.  Atraumatic extractions are the first step toward successful and predictable implant treatment outcomes.  Learn the proper instrumentation and techniques to retain the native bone during tooth removal and how to graft the ridge for more ideal implant placement. 

This course is designed for general dentists who wish to expand their oral surgery experience and better understand and manage surgical procedures.  This comprehensive course will offer you an opportunity to better handle your extraction cases, manage complications and know how to preserve the bony ridge for future implant placement.  

Another goal of this course is to train dentists in predictable suturing techniques.  Participants will learn about different types of suture material and needle configuration and indications for their use.  Principles of correct suturing, including concepts of suture mechanics, will be reviewed to enable participants to achieve stable knots and immobile flaps.


  • Perform pre-operative patient evaluation and assess difficult extractions
  • Know instumentation for atraumatic extraction
  • Learn tissue management and flap designs for various surgical procedures
  • Effectively retrieve broken root tips
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of socket grafting and choosing the correct graft material
  • Manage complications more efficiently
  • How to choose suture material and when to use it
  • Needle types and their use
  • Interrupted versus continuous suturing
  • The most useful suturing techniques
  • Suturing with extractions, bone grafting and implants
  • Suturing for primary closure


  • Doctors will practice all suturing types reviewed in this lecture on pig ears.



Hands-on Grafting and Implant Placement in Pig Jaws:

March 15, 2017 (6-9pm)

This course is a continuation of the previous lectures that allows the participants to practice the presented techniques.


  • Individual pig jaws supplied with soft and hard tissue anatomy still intact
  • Instrumentation and implants supplied
  • Place implants into human-like bone using correct principles
  • Practice socket grafting and augmentation
  • Practice guided bone regeneration techniques
  • Practice correct suturing techniques following implant placement and socket preservation



Dental Implants - Coding for Reimbursement:

May 10, 2017 (6-9pm)

Whether you're in network with dental PPOs or fee-for-service, this course is designed to outline how to cut coding errors or omissions and increase reimbursement.  Using case presentations, the participants will gain the knowledge needed to return to their practices and properly code for implants and implant related procedures.  Charging for all the services provided is important for increasing revenue but it is critical when a reduced PPO fee schedule is involved.  Don't leave your work unclaimed.

Participants will also hear how to avoid common claim submission mistakes from Cleveland Implant Institute's office manager.

This course should be attended by doctors and their staff.