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A Graft Less Approach to Implant Dentistry

CE Credits: 2.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: August 1, 2020
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: August 1, 2021
Cost: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $50.00
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $37.50
Military, $37.50
Method: Self-instructed
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Course Description

Vertical bone augmentation techniques are more invasive and success rates often vary according to the surgical expertise of the clinician. There has been a trend over time towards minimally invasive treatment options in implant dentistry. This approach attempts to avoid more complicated procedures involving bone augmentation for implant placement. In the posterior maxilla and mandible, the use of short implants (< 8.0 mm) can reduce the need for vertical bone grafting. Patients often prefer this strategy over more complex procedures that can cause complications, increase morbidity and require greater treatment length with higher costs. When inadequate available bone is present for implant placement, planned bone augmentation procedures may be performed for the purpose of placing short implants. The use of less demanding augmentation techniques that are less invasive and more predictable. This lecture discusses a “graft less” treatment philosophy that emphasizes the use of less demanding augmentation techniques for the purpose of placing short implants in atrophic posterior sites.

Learning Objectives

The participants will learn the evidence supporting a trend towards using shorter implants and less bone augmentation for implant supported prostheses.


Craig M. Misch, DDS, MDS received certificates in postgraduate prosthodontics, oral implantology as well as a Master of Dental Science from University of Pittsburgh. Thereafter he became faculty and acted as Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Oral Implantology Center. Dr. Misch also completed specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Pittsburgh and is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. Dr. Misch practices as a dual specialist in Sarasota, Florida. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Alabama and Michigan in the departments of periodontics and prosthodontics. Dr. Misch serves as Editor in Chief of The International Journal of Oral implantology and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Oral Implantology and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He has been a featured speaker for numerous organizations and has published extensively with over 50 publications and 20 textbook chapters.

Refund, Substitution and Cancellation Policy
Virtual attendance: No refunds will be issued.

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