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Absorbable Scaffolds for Alveolar Bone Regeneration

CE Credits: 2.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: January 15 , 2021
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: January 15 , 2024
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

New treatment options and bone graft materials have been introduced to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in recent years. The aim of this presentation is to discuss possible advantages, disadvantages, and realistic short- and long-term expectations of absorbable scaffolds in bone regeneration.

Learning Objectives

  • Rationale for new materials and techniques
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Material selection based on material properties and features


Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS, currently heads the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine as Chairman and Clinical Professor of Periodontics. After obtaining his D.D.S. from Vale do Itajai University in Brazil, he continued his education at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, where he earned a Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Periodontics. During his time at the University of Michigan, Dr. Neiva was mentored by world-renowned prosthodontist, Dr. Carl E. Misch (1947 – 2017), a visionary pioneer in the field of implant dentistry and author of Contemporary Implant Dentistry (1993, 1st ed.; 1999, 2nd ed.), a best-selling classic in dental academia. In 2004, Dr. Neiva was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry before advancing to Clinical Associate Professor in 2009. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, in 2010, serving as Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontology. In 2017, he was awarded full Clinical Professorship, a position he held until his official transition to Penn Dental Medicine as the new Chairman of Periodontics in September 2019.

Consistently recognized for his commitment to excellence in academic dentistry, Dr. Neiva has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Faculty Award (2004), Best Clinical Faculty Award (2005), Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award (2007, 2008 & 2010), and the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award (2006 & 2016). He is a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Dr. Neiva currently serves as Board Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology and was, most notably, elected the youngest Board Director ever in the history of the organization.

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

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