Meetings and Events

2021 64th Annual Meeting Synopsis and Learning Objectives

Saturday, February 27, 2021 

Tunnel periodontal flap procedures- strategies and techniques to optimize outcomes for gingival recession treatment

Presented by Jim Janakievski DDS MSD

Program Description:
Pouch/ tunnel periodontal flap procedures have evolved over many years. Today, there are multiple techniques, materials, instruments and protocols available for tunnel flap procedures. The clinician must choose the best approach for treatment based on patient needs, clinical skills, site anatomy, and available scientific evidence. Through customization of treatment for the patient, optimal outcomes can be achieved.


  1. To understand the evolution of tunnel flap procedures.
  2. To understand the surgical considerations when preparing a tunnel flap.

Jim Janakievski D.D.S., M.S.D.
Jim Janakievski received his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto, which was followed by a general practice residency. After several years in general practice, he completed his post-graduate training at the University of Washington, where he received a certificate in Periodontology with a M.S.D. degree and a fellowship in Prosthodontics.

Dr. Janakievski is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is a reviewer for several dental journals and has published in the area of interdisciplinary dentistry, dental implants and tooth autotransplantation. Dr. Janakievski maintains an academic position with the University of Washington where he served as assistant director of the Graduate Periodontics program and is currently an affiliate assistant professor.

Dr. Janakievski teaches at Spear Education in Scottsdale Arizona. In addition, he participates in practice based clinical research through the McGuire Institute. He maintains a private practice in Tacoma, Washington.

Contact Information:
Jim Janakievski D.D.S., M.S.D.
Tacoma, WA

SATURDAY, February 27, 2021 

Emerging Concepts in Periodontics and Oral Implantology 2020

Presented by Professor (Emeritus) Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA

This course will emphasize the emerging trends and concepts of Microbiome and Immune Response in relation to Systemic Diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Gastric Ulcers, Neoplasias, and other conditions. Concepts of pathogenesis and immunology related to viral infections and periodontal diseases will be presented with extensions to systemic diseases and conditions.

Contemporary clinical approaches for surgical and non-surgical management of Peri Implantitis and Implant Failures will be presented, with a focus on LAPIP Laser therapies using Case Reports.

 Course Objectives:

  1. Understand Microbiome and Immune Response in relation to systemic diseases.
  2. Relate new concepts of Pathogenesis and Immunology to Viral Infections and Periodontal Diseases.
  3. Recognize potential etiologies of Medications and Osteoporosis on Implants failures.
  4. Be able to treatment plan surgical and non-surgical therapies for Peri-Implantitis.


Professor (Emeritus) Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA

Dept of Microbiology and Immunology (School of Medicine)

Dept of Periodontology and Oral Implantology (School of Dentistry)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. USA

SATURDAY, February 27, 2021 

When Should We “Give Teeth a Chance?”

Presented by Charlie Goodacre, DDS and Thomas Kepic, DDS MS

Understanding the prognosis of a periodontally compromised tooth is a daunting task. Equally important is understanding the restorative prognosis. When the two meet, periodontal and restorative, the task becomes even more difficult.

Gain insight to how collaborative care, combined with detailed execution, can result in successful outcomes and satisfied patients. See how science, experience, and communication work together seamlessly.


Charlie Goodacre, DDS

Dr. Goodacre received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University and an MSD degree in Prosthodontics and Dental Materials from Indiana University. He served as Chair of Prosthodontics at Indiana University and Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate and Past-President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Past-President of the American College of Prosthodontists, and Past President of the Academy of Prosthodontics. He served as a founding member of the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR) with oversight of the freely accessible website content ( He has over 200 publications that include articles, abstracts, textbooks, and textbook chapters. In addition, he has developed or helped develop 17 online CE courses, 11 electronic education programs, 3 eBooks, and 5 comprehensive digital learning programs in conjunction with that include 3D content with VR/AR capability. He currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor and teaches in the Advanced Education Program in Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University and maintains a private practice devoted to prosthodontics and implant dentistry.


Dr. Thomas J. Kepic, DDS, MSD

Dr. Thomas J. Kepic is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a former Director for the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kepic was president for the California Society of Periodontists in 2011 and is past president of the WSP. He is a guest lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kepic practices in Upland, California.

SATURDAY, February 27, 2021 

Growth Factors and Growth Enhancers in Periodontal and Implant Therapy – PRF and GEM 21S: What we know, what we think we know and how we use them

Presented by Robert A. Horowitz, DDS

Whether or not a patient has systemic risk factors or anatomic limitations in the surgical site, the optimal goals are to maximize regeneration in the minimal time frame. This is true of reconstruction after periodontal disease, extraction socket treatment and many of the aspects of dental implant therapy. There are differences in proximity of bony walls, blood supply and progenitor cells. Growth stimulating “materials” are often added to improve speed and/or predictability of the outcome. Platelet rich fibrin can be prepared in numerous ways to concentrate and release many of the soluble stimulating chemicals surgeons are looking for. It also can improve the handling characteristics of bone graft materials.

Recombinant human platelet derived growth factor has, in many cases significant advantage over blood harvested materials. There is a defined amount of PDGF which is 10,000 times that in PRF. While there is a great deal of literature on PRF, bilateral studies have not shown statistically improved healing. Numerous high level publications have validated the use of rhPDGFbb to regenerate an absent buccal plate, add vertical bone height, increase vital bone growth while stimulating turnover of both allograft and xenograft and periodontal regeneration. Cases will be shown using both types of materials alone and in combination.

 Course Objectives:

  1. Fabrication of L-PRF, what it contains and how it is used.
  2. Literature support for rhPDGFbb in deficient alveolar sites
  3. How can Peirodontists improve the predictability of their results by incorporating biologically active growth factors and enhancers into their therapies


Robert A. Horowitz, DDS

Periodontist – Scarsdale and Manhattan, NY

NYU College of Dentistry

Department of Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Implant Dentistry