Enhancing Your Restorative Results with Soft Tissue Grafting

Boston, MA •March 27, 2020 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn evidence-based, literature supported solutions for the types of soft tissue challenges you face on a daily basis, such as how to cover exposed roots or predictably stop recession. 
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
1 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
Ticket Packages
Click below to register online or call 267-291-1150 to register over the telephone.
Package Cost Register
Full Day
Dentists, Morning Lecture
Hygientists or Staff, Morning Lecture
Course Information

Choose from either a 'Lecture only' program in the morning, or come for both sessions and experience a 'Hands-on' Workshop in the afternoon as well.


(Morning lecture session is a prerequisite for the afternoon workshop)

Morning Session:

The morning session will cover all the basics to help you see how Soft Tissue Grafting WILL improve your restorative results. Participants will experience an in-depth look at the concepts and practical applications for both Free Gingival and Connective Tissue Grafts.

Gingival Grafts create zones of attached gingiva where neither root coverage nor esthetics are factors. They provide a predictable way to stop recession from progressing. Connective Tissue Grafts are useful for total root coverage in cases of severe recession, especially in the maxilla where esthetics are important.

The morning session is ideal for hygienists or other office staff to attend.


Afternoon Session:

If you are interested in learning to do the actual surgeries yourself, then sign up for both sessions. The afternoon will include two hands-on learning experiences using pig jaws, as well as two surgical videos to illustrate the procedure before you practice on the pig jaws.

Each session will focus on providing useful and understandable principles that participants can use in their practices immediately whether doing the surgery or referring to colleagues. Both sessions will enhance your diagnostic skills and show where to use these procedures to create better restorative results and have happier patients.

This course is supported by Perio Institute.

Lodging Information
The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Tremont
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reservations: 800.321.2211
Phone: 617.426.1400
Fax: 617.482.6730

The DoubleTree Hotel
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.956.7900
Fax: 617.956.7901

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.261.8700
Fax: 617.310.6730
Speaker Information

JAMES KOHNER, D.D.S., is a leading expert in periodontal care with 35 years in private practice and over 20 years in teaching.  Dr. Kohner is experienced with both surgical and non-surgical care, and has presented previously at many conferences including the ADA Meeting, AGD Annual Session, Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting, Greater New York Dental Meeting, and many other dental meetings around North America. 

Credit Information

Full Day: 7 Participation CE Hours

Morning Session Only: 3 Lecture CE Hours

ADA CERP Continuing Education Recognition Program 

Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit house by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at ada.org/goto/cerp
Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to end registration when enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Division of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel a course. If a course has been cancelled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course’s status.


Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued for participant no-shows.
We may be reached by email at DentalCE@Tufts.edu, and by phone at 617-636-6629.
Full Day: 7 Participation CE Hours
Morning Session Only: 3 Lecture CE Hours
Learning Objectives
Morning Learning Objectives:
  • Understand indications and limitations for root coverage
  • See how to predictably stop recession, or to prevent it in the esthetic zone
  • Be able to decide when is the time to graft, and how to coordinate with temporaries or final restorations

    Afternoon Learning Objectives: 
  • Step-by-step harvesting, placing, and suturing both grafts on pig jaws
  • Step-by-step use of specialized instruments
  • Medications and post-op considerations

  • Target Audiences
    Physicians and General Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Staff