Cadaver Surgical Program for
Advanced Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting

Dr. James Rutkowski

Dr. Rutkowski is originally from Meadville, PA. He graduated from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. He then earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1976 and a PhD in Pharmacology from Duquesne University in 2008.

Dr. Rutkowski is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology (JOI) and a Past-President of the ABOI/ID. He lectures internationally on bone grafting, surgical anatomy for implant dentistry, pharmacology, and sedation techniques. Dr. Rutkowski has maintained a dental implant practice in Clarion, Pennsylvania for 31 years, where he passionately restores his patients’ ability to chew and smile with confidence.

In his free time, Dr. Rutkowski enjoys traveling with his wife, Debbie, and spending quality time with their children and grand children.

Course Location:

Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries
28 Vanley Cresent
Toronto, ON
M3J 2B8

Course Description:

This hands-on, interactive course is designed for dental practitioners and their staff. This course will help clinicians develop skills necessary to perform advanced bone and soft-tissue grafting techniques with improved clinical outcomes. Lectures will provide detailed, step-by-step techniques for providing the following grafting procedures:
• lateral window and ridge crest approach sinus membrane elevations
• block bone grafting for vertical and horizontal augmentations
• particulate grafting with tenting screws
• tooth extraction socket grafting
• Soft tissue grafting techniques

Relevant anatomical features for each procedure will also be discussed. Additionally, pharmacology techniques that lead to improved surgical outcomes will be presented. Following each lecture, there will be hands-on procedures utilizing cadaver materials on Day 1 and pig jaws on Day 2.

Learning Objectives:

Following this course, participants will understand:
• Relevant anatomy for each grafting procedure
• When and how to perform a lateral window or ridge crest approach technique to increase bone volume in posterior maxillary arches that require dental implant placement
• When and how to perform an autogenous or allograft block bone graft to increase vertical height and horizontal width of deficient native bone
• When and how to perform particulate bone grafts for augmenting deficient host bone
• When and how to perform socket graft techniques, depending upon the remaining host bone.
• When and how to perform free gingival and sub-epithelial soft tissue grafts
• Pharmacological techniques for improving surgical outcomes