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Oral Surgery for General Practitioners: Comprehensive Training from A to Z

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May 31, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

This course is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 415.929.6486 or email

In this comprehensive, hands-on workshop for general dentists, participants will learn basic to advanced concepts and skills in oral surgery. Starting with patient evaluation, the course will cover medical conditions that impact surgery, computer imaging, local anesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical techniques and instrumentation. You’ll learn the latest techniques for flaps and sutures, third molar extraction and alternative techniques in extraction of impacted third molars. The instructors will explain possible risks and complications, with an emphasis on how to prevent problems.

In addition to surgical techniques, the course will provide information on soft and hard tissue lesions of the mouth, odontogenic cysts and tumors and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ). Marsupialization as an alternative technique for benign cysts will be explained.

During the hands-on portion of this course, participants will practice surgical extraction techniques, flaps and suturing on pig jaws.

You Will Learn

  • Comprehensive approach for extraction of teeth, including patient evaluation, local anesthesia, surgical anatomy, flaps and instrumentation
  • Surgical techniques for effective surgical extraction, including third molar surgery, flaps and sutures, and alternatives for impacted molars
  • Cancer exam and screening
  • Oral pathological lesions
  • Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws
  • Hands-on training on all techniques

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for dentists interested in oral surgery concepts and skills.

Tuition:     $495*   
Deposit:     $165 (non-refundable)
Program:     9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Check-in:     8:30 am
Location:     Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco
Credits:    This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

*Course is limited to 30 participants; includes continental breakfast.


Len Tolstunov, DDS, DMD is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He graduated from Moscow Dental University summa cum laude in 1985, Dugoni School of Dentistry with honors in 1990 and UCSF oral surgery program in 1997. He maintains an oral surgery practice and teaches at both Pacific and UCSF. He lectures around the world and conducts research in oral surgery and dental implantology.

Anders Nattestad, PhD, DDS is a professor and director of the undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at Pacific. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles and has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally. For the past five years, he served as secretary general for the Association for Dental Education in Europe and is currently executive director of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry wishes to acknowledge and thank Geistlich Pharma North America for their contribution of an unrestricted educational grant in support of this continuing dental education program.