We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in our 4th Annual “Partners in SynergyTM”
Grafting Symposium, to be held June 11-14, 2009 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando,
Florida. The theme of this meeting is: “The Ultimate Graft Course: State of the Art Techniques and
Bioactive Modifiers in Hard and Soft Tissue Grafting”.
After our third successful Partners in Synergy in Spain, we are extremely proud to collaborate once again
in what we hope will be the best course you can attend this year that will showcase a comprehensive
spectrum of “total reconstructive dentistry” involving both hard and soft tissue grafting techniques given by
both an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Periodontist/Orthodontist. This rare combination of historically
segregated disciplines has now come together once again synergistically to the benefit of all doctors, and
has been very well received during the past three years.
Over the years, many of you have come to us and spoken about the fact that both hard and soft tissue
grafting is the decisive factor in being able to perform more implant surgery and being able to benefit
more of your patient population. In addition, the current status is changing at a rapid pace with new
technologies being added to the clinical protocols each year making this course vitally important. With this
in mind, we have created a course that will completely cover all aspects involved in state-of-the-art hard
and soft tissue reconstructive dentistry, with the focus on future implant reconstruction and the ease and
long-term maintenance of prosthetic restorations.
New this year, we will be featuring world renowned speakers Dr. Dennis Tarnow of NYU and Dr. Eduardo
Anitua of Spain who will highlight the most recent research and clinical material of Bone Morphogenic
Proteins (BMP) and blood borne bioactive modifiers, and their suggested use in day to day clinical
We will share our clinical experiences with you via wide screen format that will include the use of multiple
images and video clips. This three day intensive “emergence” concept in grafting is aimed at all disciplines
in dentistry, so please feel welcome regardless of your background.
We hope to see you in sunny Florida in June, and welcome you to visit our recently updated website at
www.PartnersInSynergy.com to access a preview of the course, a list of the course titles and registration
information. Attendance will be limited this year to maintain intimacy for all attendees, so please plan
Michael A. Pikos, DDS Maurice A. Salama, DMD
“This course was an amazing union of information showing the partnership of how we as specialists can help each other
to improve patient care that ultimately is the goal – hence “Partners in Synergy”.
Dr. Richard Martin, OMS, 2006 Attendee
Dr. Michael A. Pikos is originally from Campbell, Ohio. He attended The
Ohio State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta
Kappa. He also graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of
Dentistry. Dr. Pikos completed residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at
the University of Pittsburgh, Montefiore Hospital.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, and
Diplomate of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Pikos is the
recipient of the 2006 Aaron Gershkoff Memorial Award from the American Academy
of Implant Dentistry.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
at the following institutions: The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, the University of Miami, School
Pikos & Salama
of Medicine, and Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine. He is also a Courtesy Clinical
Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry.
Dr. Pikos has extensive experience in implant surgery and hard and soft tissue grafting procedures. He
emphasizes interactive CT technology along with foundational principles of prosthetics and biomechanics
that dictate the ultimate success of comprehensive implant rehabilitation.
He is a well published author who has lectured extensively on dental implants in North and South America,
Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Pikos is an active member and frequent lecturer for the American
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Periodontics, the Academy of
Oseointegration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Implantology.
Dr. Pikos is founder and CEO of the Pikos Implant Institute. Since 1990, he has been teaching advanced
bone and soft tissue grafting courses with alumni that now number more than 2200 from all 50 states and
32 countries. Dr. Pikos maintains a private practice which is limited exclusively to implant surgery in Palm
Dr. Maurice A. Salama completed his undergraduate studies at the
State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985, where he received his B.S.
in Biology. Dr. Salama received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine where he later also received his dual specialty
certification in Orthodontics and Periodontics, as well as implant training at the
Brånemark Center at Penn. He is currently on the Faculty of the University of
Pennsylvania and the Medical College of Georgia as Clinical Assistant Professor
of Periodontics, and is visiting Professor of Periodontics at Nova Southeastern
University in Florida.
Dr. Salama has completed an ADA accredited hospital based General Practice
Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. He has had the
opportunity to further broaden his clinical horizons through externships at Hadassah Hospital, Hebrew
University in Jerusalem and Beth Israel Hospital in New York City in 1988, and has been a contributor to
the dental literature. His very unique background includes specialized training in Orthodontics, Periodontal
Surgery, and Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Salama is a partner in the Atlanta Esthetic Dental Practice known as “Team Atlanta”. His partners include
Dr. David Garber, Dr. Ronald Goldstein and his brother, Dr. Henry Salama. This group has an international
reputation for interdisciplinary care, dental education and has published hundreds of articles and several
text books. Dr. Salama is a featured Xpert content provider and member of the Scientific Committee of the
leading Web based Dental Education site www.DentalXP.com.
Dr. Salama served as the Dental Expert for Channel 5 Fox TV in Atlanta. He is an active member in
the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Academy of Periodontics, the Academy of
Osseointegration, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the American Academy of Implant
Dentistry. Recently, Dr. Salama has been a speaker at programs for the Academy of Osseointegration, the
American Association of Orthodontists, the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy
of Esthetic Dentistry, the Interdisciplinary Care Conference presented by five Academies, the American
Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Alpha Omega International, and the Chicago Dental Society. 3
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
Day 1: Hard Tissue Reconstruction
Understand and apply the principles of interactive CT diagnosis and treatment
planning for soft tissue and hard tissue grafting procedures.
Apply fundamental and comprehensive biological and biomechanical principles that
dictate the ultimate success of bone grafting surgical procedures.
Successfully place implants into patients with compromised hard and soft tissue anatomy.
Describe indications and step-by-step surgical protocols for mandibular block grafting, mesh particulate
grafting, ridge expansion and sinus grafting.
Understand the role of mandibular block grafts, mesh particulate grafts, and ridge expansion in treating the
deficient alveolar ridge.
Understand predictable bone grafting protocols for vertical ridge augmentation.
Conclude what is evidence-based and what is opinion with regard to state-of-the-art autogenous block
grafting and ridge splitting.
Understand the utilization of ultrasonic and piezosurgical approaches to several different regenerative
techniques including: ridge splitting, bone harvesting, sinus lifting and osteotomy preparation.
Prevent, recognize and treat mandibular block graft and sinus graft complications – intraoperative, early post-
operative and late post-operative.
Understand the implications and timing of bisphosphonate therapy with bone grafting and implant treatment.
Day 2: Soft Tissue Reconstruction
Describe the anatomy, biology, wound healing and timing of graft and host response
Develop the most appropriate flap design to maximize blood supply for each
Describe the guidelines, indications and surgical protocols for performing the following procedures: gingival
grafts, subepithelial connective tissue grafts and acellular dermis matrix allografts.
Understand the long term results and utilization of allograft vs autogenous soft tissue material for gingival
augmentation i.e. Alloderm, Dermis, Pericardium.
Be able to perform common first and second stage implant soft tissue procedures to optimize esthetics and
long term maintenance.
Use appropriate suture and suturing techniques related to soft tissue and hard tissue grafting.
Understand and apply the most recent research regarding bone morphogenic proteins and their utilization in
Understand and utilize blood borne bioactive modifiers for optimal regenerative results.
Develop the skill to advance flaps through split thickness and periosteal disection.
Prevent, recognize and treat complications related to soft tissue grafting.
Day 3: Esthetic Zone Reconstruction
Understand, describe, and utilize the appropriate surgical and prosthetic principles
involved for comprehensive site development in the esthetic zone.
Understand comprehensive extraction site management – predictable and evidence
4 Describe indications and protocols for immediate vs. delayed implant placement in the esthetic zone.
The Ultimate Graft Course:
Continuous Interactive Dialogue with Drs. Pikos and Salama
Thursday, June 11, 2009 - Hard Tissue Reconstruction
7:45 am – 8:00 am Introductions
8:00 am – 10:00 am CT Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; Biology of Bone
Grafting; Mandibular Block Grafts - Art and Science
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Mandibular Block Grafts; Sinus Grafts - Art and Science
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm Mesh/Particulate Grafts - Autogenous, Allogeneic, Zenograft
With Bioactive Modifiers; BMP / Ridge Splitting
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Complications: Prevention, Identification and Management /
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception
Friday, June 12, 2009 - Soft Tissue Reconstruction
8:00 am – 9:00 am Guest Lecturer: Dr. Dennis Tarnow - Critical Review of Current
Esthetic Concepts, Regenerative Protocols and BMP’s in
9:00 am – 10:00 am Soft Tissue Anatomy, Blood Supply and Wound Healing
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am Soft Tissue Procedures and Techniques for Teeth
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Q&A with Drs. Tarnow, Salama and Pikos
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Soft Tissue Procedures and Techniques: Pontics and Implants
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Flap Designs, Suture Techniques and Review of Critical
Surgical Concepts and Complications
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Guest Lecturer: Dr. Eduardo Anitua - Bioactive Modifiers and
Bone Expansion in Clinical Practice
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Q&A with Drs. Anitua, Salama and Pikos
Saturday – June 13, 2009 - Esthetic Zone Reconstruction
8:00 am – 10:00 am Extraction Site Management: Current Research and Techniques
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Combination Cases: Hard and Soft Tissue Grafting
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm Complications: Why They Occur and How to Manage
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Recent Cases Using Advanced Techniques and Technology:
3D CT Grafting, Artificial Gingiva, and Bioactive Modifiers
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - Hands-On Workshops (Optional)
Michael A. Pikos, DDS Alveolar Ridge Augmentation: A Hands-On Bone Grafting
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Hands On Training
Maurice A. Salama, DMD Critical Soft Tissue Techniques: A Hands-On Course
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Hands On Training
* This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. The final schedule will be provided at the event. 5
Anatomy and Biology of Bone Grafts
• Indications / Application of Bone Grafting Techniques
• Interactive CT with Direct Clinical Application
• Hard Tissue Ridge Augmentation
• Autogenous Mandibular Block Grafting
• Sinus Grafting
• Ridge Splitting
• Tibial Bone Grafting
• Mesh/Particulate Bone Grafts: Autogenous
vs. Allograft vs. Xenograft
• Bioactive Modifiers - PRGF, PDGF, BMP-2
“Michael Pikos and Maurice
Anatomy and Biology of Specific Soft Tissue Grafts Salama are two of the finest
• Epithelialized Palatal Free Graft (FGG) clinicians and educators in
• Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft (CTG) dentistry today. They both
have that rare ability to be able to share their
• Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) knowledge in a clear and succinct way while
• Lateral Pedicle Grafts (LPG) being able to practice what they preach.”
• Semi-Lunar Grafts (SLG) Dr. Dennis Tarn
• Papilla Grafting Professor and Chairm
• Inlay/Onlay Soft Tissue Grafting for Pontic Sites Department of Implant Dentis
New York Univer
• 1st and 2nd Stage Implant Soft Tissue Procedures
• Pre Bone Graft Soft Tissue Augmentation
Harvesting / Grafting / Suturing
• Indications / Applications
• Step by Step Techniques
• Surgical Stents and Biological Glues
• Selecting the Correct Treatment Approach
Vertical Bone Augmentation Therapies
• Orthodontic Extrusion
• Distraction Osteogenesis
• GBR with Titanium Membranes
“Both speakers are gracious and
• Onlay Block Grafting friendly, thereby participants feel
• Mesh/Particulate/Bioactive Modifiers welcome, eager to learn and at ease
when posing questions. I have taken
many courses, but this one was by far,
Dr. Beverly Glass,
Esthetic Zone Reconstruction: The Management of
• Interactive CT Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
• Extraction Site Treatments
• Orthodontic Considerations
• Socket Preservation and Augmentation
• New Extraction Techniques
• Pontic Site Development
• Simultaneous vs. Delayed Implant Placement
• Hard and Soft Tissue Grafting: Staged vs. Simultaneous
• Ridge Expansion and Ridge Splitting
• 3D Ridge Augmentation
The Role of Biologic Modifiers
• PRGF, PDGF, BMP-2 and Related Growth Factors
Smile Design and Considerations: The 10 Steps to Esthetic Zone Reconstruction
now, • Esthetic Evaluation
man • Interactive CT Diagnosis and Treatment Planning “This course is a beautiful
stry, blend of pertinent relative
• Additive vs. Resective Therapies literature review and the
• Crown Lengthening vs. Simple Gingivectomy vast clinical experience
• Radiosurgery vs. Lasers of Drs. Pikos & Salama
culminating in the best
• Root Coverage vs. Ridge Augmentation
course on the management
• Teeth vs. Pontic vs. Implants and the Role of Bone Sounding of the hard and soft tissues
• Prognostic Indicators Based on Clinical Research for implant reconstruction I
have ever attended.”
Case Reports and Treatment Planning Strategies Dr. Steve Aragon, OMS
Problem Solving…The How To’s
Complications of Soft and Hard Tissue Grafting
Patient Management Issues
Questions & Answers
“Thank you Mike and Maurice for elevating my own
professional standards to a new level! A+++++”
Dr. Larry Gould, GP, 2006 Attendee
Sunday, June 14, 2009 8 am - 12 pm
Optional Program: Limited Attendance Hands-On Training
(Separate Registration is Required)
Alveolar Ridge Augmentation: A Hands-On Bone Grafting
Technique Course With Dr. Michael A. Pikos
Autogenous block grafting and ridge splitting must be integrated into treatment planning by today’s
implant surgeon to effectively treat patients with compromised implant sites. This clinically oriented
hands-on technique course will draw from the author’s experience over an eighteen-year time frame.
The indications, contraindications, and surgical protocol will be analyzed to feature the art and science
of autogenous block grafting and ridge splitting as a biological and biomechanical foundation for optimal
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
• Compare and evaluate the indications for mandibular block grafts and
• Understand and apply the surgical protocol for utilization of autogenous
mandibular block grafts and ridge splitting.
• Prevent, evaluate and treat complications associated with autogenous
block grafts and ridge splitting.
Critical Soft Tissue Techniques: A Hands-On Course With
Dr. Maurice A. Salama
Part and parcel of a thorough dental evaluation today is to determine the gingival phenotype of the
individual. Thickness of the gingiva, zone of attached tissue and tissue color all play important roles in
developing the long-term health and esthetics in dental treatment of any kind. The exact determination
of the location of the underlying bone acts as a prognostic indicator of future soft tissue levels.
Soft tissue grafting techniques, new regenerative materials and bioactivators
will be highlighted. The expanding role of allograft materials (Alloderm,
Dermis, Pericardium) and when to utilize them will be suggested. The ability
of these combined protocols to alter the soft tissue profile around natural
teeth, implants, edentulous ridges, as well as to support facial soft tissue
structures will be reviewed as to its critical role in “Complete Esthetics”.
This hands-on course will highlight the three most utilized soft tissue procedures in clinical practice,
the socket graft, ridge augmentation and root coverage procedures. It will teach in detail and simplify
the process of site evaluation, critical anatomy, flap design, harvest techniques and suturing.
• To learn basic Surgical Anatomy and Incision Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery.
• To apply three commonly used soft tissue grafting techniques in clinical practice.
• To learn modified suturing methods to secure flaps and grafts.
“This course is a must for all specialties. It will enhance communication between all parties
involved in implant treatment planning.”
8 Dr. Greg Ritchie, GP, 2006 Attendee
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Late Arrival Notice while paddling through scenic old
If you will be unexpectedly delayed in Florida. Includes use of all water
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“The most information on grafting I have received at one sitting since residency. It was like drinking from
a good stream of water for 4 days. Most useful information in one course I have ever received.”
Dr. Todd Johnson, OMS, 2006 Attendee
Partners In Synergy IV – The Ultimate Graft Course
June 11-14, 2009 – Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
23 Credit Hours (4 additional Credit Hours for the Hand-On Program)*
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Cancellations must be made in writing by May 1, 2009 to receive a refund. After May 1, 2009 there will be a $1000 cancellation fee. In
addition, a separate cancellation fee of $250 will be charged when cancelling the Hands-On Grafting workshop. A $25 administrative fee
will be charged for substituting a registrant.
The Pikos Implant Institute is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry.
The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship,
Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board
of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/1/2008 to 7/31/2011.
“Michael Pikos and Maurice Salama are an unbeatable combination for teaching current concepts in bone
and soft tissue grafting for the best implant outcomes in difficult settings. Each is an experienced and talented
clinician who presents practical solutions for complex problems. Their expertise in interdisciplinary treatment
planning combined with their surgical skills and teaching abilities make for a unique learning opportunity.”
Dr. Pat Allen, Founder of the Center for Advanced Dental Education
“This was an amazing course…the highest level of professional, clinical and academic
experience that I have ever attended.”
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