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This two-day hands-on course is designed for clinicians who would like to learn and incorporate soft tissue management into their daily practice. Basic surgical skills are a prerequisite to the course. The didactic component begins this course with a review on periodontal anatomy, fundamentals of wound healing and different types of soft tissue defects. In addition, this course will provide techniques to harvest grafts for different indications, alternatives to autogenous grafts and advanced techniques and indications for soft tissue grafting around implants. During the hands-on component of this course, participants will immediately benefit from the opportunity to practice these new techniques directly on pig jaws in a clinical setting and engage in discussions during the Q&A and break sessions.

Learning outcomes

Understanding indications for soft tissue grafting around teeth and Implants Learning different incisions and flap designs Learning graft harvesting and management of the recipient and donor sites Learning soft tissue handling and tension free closure Learning different suturing techniques Learning about alternatives to autogenous grafts

Further information 

Dr Ehsan Mellati, A/Professor Tino Mercado, Dr Nirushan Raveendiran

Ehsan is a periodontist in private practice in Sydney and founder of the state-of-the-art Precision Periodontics in Chatswood. His practice is restricted to periodontics and implant dentistry. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University and is also involved in mentorship at LaTrobe University and Charles Sturt University. Ehsan is the recipient of the prestigious ITI grant for his postgraduate thesis focusing on the healing of hard and soft tissues around immediate implants. He has published several articles in well-respected international journals and has been actively involved in presenting lectures, running CPD events, and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and overseas trained dentists. He is an active member of International Team for Implantology, Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Periodontology, and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists. Tino is a clinician, an academician, mentor, and a clinical researcher. He is a Periodontist with private practices in Western Sydney and Blue Mountains. (Specialist Periodontal and Implant Centre). He has been involved in the didactic and clinical training and teaching at the University of Sydney and University of Queensland in the last 21 years. He was awarded the Australian Dental Association Service Medallion Award for his contribution to Clinical Periodontal Research and Dedication to Teaching in 2022. Tino holds an A/Prof position at the Periodontal Post-Graduate Department at the University of Queensland and University of Sydney. His previous publications dealt on periodontal prognostication and his landmark studies correlating Periodontitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes Mellitus have been cited more than 1500 times. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) topic and latest publications in peer-reviewed high impact journals are on predictable management of peri-implantitis and management of periodontal recession on teeth and implants using autologous and alternative tissues. He is the Vice President for Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and Vice President for Pierre Fauchard Academy (NSW), a member of the Regional Committee and Candidate Advisor for Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) NSW. He is the Director for Western Sydney and Greater Blue Mountains International Team of Implantology (ITI) Study Club. He is twice recipient of the prestigious National and Health Medical Research Council Scholarship (1998 for MDSc and 2011 for PhD). His work on the role of enamel matrix derivative on the long-term stability of connective tissue graft on most advanced gingival recession won Best Clinical Research at the last Biannual Meeting of the Australian Society of Periodontology in 2018. His last clinical research on maxillary anterior ridge preservation won Best Clinical Research at the last 2020 Virtual Osteology World Symposium. Born and raised in Sydney, Nirushan completed his undergraduate training in Queensland, before returning to commence private practice in Sydney. He spent numerous years working in private practice across Sydney, and having always had a keen in interest in Periodontics, Nirushan went on to pursue specialty training at the University of Melbourne, completing his Doctorate in Periodontics. Nirushan has published articles looking at the role of occlusion in periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, as well as an in-depth look at the complement pathway in periodontitis. Most recently Nirushan authored an article looking into ridge preservation in the anterior maxilla, which was published in the international journal, Clinical Oral Implants Research (COIR). Nirushan carries out all aspects of comprehensive periodontal management, including management of advanced periodontal disease, mucogingival surgery, and implant surgery. He maintains a particular interest in hard and soft tissue augmentation and root coverage procedures. Nirushan is an active member of the ADA, currently mentoring our younger dentists as they enter the profession. He maintains an active association with the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP), and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP). Outside of dentistry, Nirushan is a keen follower of almost any sport, but in particular his rugby and cricket. Away from the clinic, if he is not with his young family, he is travelling the globe following his favourite sports.

Dr Ehsan Mellati, A/Professor Tino Mercado, Dr Nirushan Raveendiran 

Soft and Hard Tissue Management Around Teeth and Implants

Dr Ehsan Mellati, A/Professor Tino Mercado, Dr Nirushan Raveendiran
Friday 26th Jul 2024 - Saturday 27th Jul 2024
9:00am - 4:30pm
Centre for Professional Development
1 Atchison Street
Region: St Leonards Nsw, Australia
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