Geistlich Courses & Congresses

Hürzeler / Zuhr Master Class 7: Advanced Hard Tissue Defect Reconstruction

Munich, Germany
May 14th - 16th 2020
Prof. Dr. Markus Hürzeler, Dr. Otto Zuhr


- Bone healing and defect morphology

- Barriers, bone grafts and bone substitutes

- Sinus floor elevation with a lateral and crestal approach

- Bone augmentation procedures/ distraction osteogenesis, sandwich technique, cortical bone plate method

- Complication management

Dental implant treatments can reach the limits of what is feasible for everyone involved in cases where tooth loss is associated with large-volume bone defects, especially in the vertical direction. Except for sinus floor elevation, most procedures for the surgical reconstruction of such hard-tissue defects have a relatively poor base of scientific evidence substantiating their predictability and long-term stability. Consequently, they are frequently associated with substantial morbidity for the affected patients. When these defects are located in highly esthetic areas, it is very rarely possible to achieve a truly predictable esthetic outcome. Last but not least, proper execution of the available surgical procedures requires a high level of manual dexterity on the part of the surgeon.

In this course module, we will therefore review the currently available literature together with the participants in order to identify procedures that satisfy today's requirements for successful bone reconstruction. In doing so, we will realistically define what each available procedure can actually be expected to achieve in specific indications as well as their weaknesses and limitations. During these three days of intensive and systematic training, you will focus on practicing these techniques on various training models. Live surgeries are also included to enable you to successfully carry out these procedures on your own patients directly after course completion.