Master Clinicians Series | Principles for Successful Ridge Preservation Procedures

Friday, April 21, 2023



Atrophy of alveolar ridges following tooth extraction is a common occurrence and can severely compromise the esthetic and functional rehabilitation of patients. Preservation of the alveolar ridge has become the standard of care and a necessity for the successful contemporary clinician. Numerous biomaterial and surgical technique options can often be overwhelming for the clinician and can lead to improper clinical management.


This course is designed to teach general dentists and specialists how to effectively and predictably maintain dimensions of the alveolar ridge following tooth extractions. This course will demonstrate new techniques in exodontia to atraumatically perform extractions while preserving the bone and cortical plate. Participants will learn how to make extractions more predictable resulting in less chair time, a less traumatic patient experience, happier patients and increased referrals. A unique feature of this course is hands-on, using typodonts for practicing atraumatic extraction and surgical techniques for hard- and soft-tissue preservation. At the end of the course, participants should be able to correctly plan and effectively utilize various surgical extraction ridge preservation techniques.



Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Perform tooth extractions using modern techniques

  • Understand the benefits and rationale for socket preservation

  • Understand how biologic events during healing of the extraction socket relate to socket preservation concepts

  • Understand the role of different biomaterials on socket preservation techniques

  • Understand the differences between socket preservation and ridge augmentation procedures

  • Understand and apply basic surgical concepts related to socket preservation procedures.


Morning: This session focuses on the didactic knowledge needed for management of extraction sockets. Topics include biologic principles pertaining to the healing of extraction sockets, rationale for socket preservation, socket preservation versus ridge augmentation, properties of biomaterials and achievable results, surgical techniques available for socket preservation, and surgical techniques available for ridge augmentation following extractions.


Afternoon: This session is hands-on, using typodonts. Participants will practice minimally traumatic exodontia, management and placement of bone-grafting materials, management and placement of barrier membranes, flap management, and suturing for socket preservation and ridge augmentation.

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Tuition | Course Fee

$385 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel


Course fee is due at time of registration.

We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although, lecture rooms and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.

About the Presenter(s)


Nikolaos Soldatos, DDS, MSD, PhD, is an associate professor and clinical (site) director of the advanced program in periodontics at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a graduate and former faculty member of the Dental School of Athens at National and Kapodistrian University in Greece, where he also earned a PhD from the Medical School. After earning a certificate in periodontics and a Master of Science in Dental Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, he joined the faculty in the Division of Periodontics, Department of Surgical Dentistry as an assistant professor while completing an implant fellowship. In 2015, Dr. Soldatos joined UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. His clinical interests include implantology, guided bone regeneration and soft-tissue regeneration. Dr. Soldatos is a member of several professional societies and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals in both the U.S. and Europe. 


  Pedro M. Trejo, DDS, MS, is a dual-specialist in Prosthodontics and Periodontics. He earned a certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a certificate and Master Degree in Periodontics from UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, Texas. He has treated numerous cases involving virtual, guided implant surgeries. Dr. Trejo is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics at the School of Dentistry, and has maintained a private practice specializing in Periodontics and Prosthodontics in Houston, Texas. He also has extensive experience in restorative dentistry and clinical and instructional implant surgical.

For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry gratefully acknowledges:


Credit Hours

499 Bone Grafting/GTR Surgery (Periodontics) - Hands-on: Hours - 8

Limited Space Available!


As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hours prior to the start of the course with no additional charge.

Time and Location


Check-in & Breakfast:
7:30 am

7:55 am

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch


UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 A.M.)

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UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry
PACE Center
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054

Ph: 713-486-4028

Fax: 713-486-4037