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Managing the Deficient Alveolar Ridge: Lessons Learned Over 17 Years

CE Credits: 2.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: February 11, 2021
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: February 11, 2022
Cost: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $37.50
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $28.00
Military, $28.00
Method: Self-instructed
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Course Description

Implant therapy has been the ideal treatment option in replacing missing teeth due to its highly documented success over time. This is well evidenced by the plethora of high-powered studies. Quite often the reason for success of implant therapy is attributed mainly due to the design and surface characteristic of the implant itself. Commonly overlooked are the quantity and quality of the bone itself.

Guided bone regeneration (GBR) is often needed to allow for predictable implant therapy. It allows for clinicians to feel safe placing a dental implant whether it is in native/pristine bone versus a previously grafted area.

In order for a GBR to be successful, biomaterials and surgical technique are of paramount importance. One of these aforementioned factor alone is insufficient in achieving desirable results for predictable long-term implant therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze cases with deficient alveolar ridges in order to properly treatment plan for GBR
  • Understand the surgical steps to help improve treatment outcome
  • Learn the criteria for appropriate barrier membrane and bone graft selection
  • Understand how to manage complications associated with the GBR procedures


John Kim, DMD, MS, PA, began his education by receiving his undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1999. He earned his D.M.D. degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Kim earned his Masters of Science in Periodontology as well as his Certificate of Advanced Study in Periodontology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kim’s three year residency emphasized dental implants, bone grafting, gum grafting, periodontal regeneration, sinus grafting and cosmetic surgery. The UNC School of Dentistry has awarded him the Elsie & Baxter Sapp Fellowship and also nominated him as a candidate for the Kramer Award for Excellence in Periodontics. During his studies and training in dental school, Dr. Kim was actively involved in research. At Harvard, his reasearch focused on implant survival and risk factors. At the UNC School of Dentistry, he collaborated with the late Dr. Stephen Offenbacher and Dr. David Paquette on the relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease. In 2007, he became board-certified and was awarded Diplomate status after being examined by a panel of internationally respected peers.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 2.0 continuing education credits.

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