Facts, Fiction, & Controversies of Biological Agents

in Periodontal and Implant Surgery

Midwest Society of Periodontology is pleased to present Facts, Fiction, & Controversies of Biological Agents – a one-day clinical education course in Biologics for Periodontal and Implant Surgery. The course is intended to educate on the benefits and limitations of biologics from internationally recognized colleagues in regenerative medicine and provides insights on their experiences direct from their practices.


Butterfield Country Club
2800 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

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  • Better understand AAP’s Best Evidence Consensus and where each biologic performed best.
  • Explore the ideal mechanism of action for each biologic, understand where clinically they perform the best and where their limitations lie.
  • Gain insights from regenerative experts on their experiences with Emdogain®, Infuse™, PRF, & GEM 21S®.
  • Collaborate and network amongst peers to elevate regenerative medicine in your practice.
  • Earn 7 CE hours.

Speakers and Agenda

9:10am – 9:30am

Clinical Applications of Biologics:  How, Why, When and Where

Presented by Samuel Lynch DMD, DMSC


Does the addition of biologics to your hard and soft tissue grafts improve your clinical outcomes compared to just use of the graft alone? How is patient satisfaction (and therefore referrals) affected by the use of different biologics? If biologics help us achieve better clinical outcomes, which biologic-graft combinations are the most beneficial for you and your patients? Are there tips and tricks in using biologics that can improve your clinical results and predictability? These and other questions will be addressed using many diverse clinical cases. The biological rationale behind the techniques and recommendations will be presented. The use of recombinant platelet-derived growth factor (rhPDGF-BB) will be highlighted, as well as how it compares to other biologics on the market.

Samuel Lynch DMD, DMSC



9:30am- 10:30am

An evidence-based approach to enhance root coverage outcomes in the era of growth-factor mediated surgical procedures.

Presented by Shayan Barootchi, DMD, MS


  • Summary of the proceedings of the American Academy of Periodontology Best Evidence Consensus report & statement on gingival augmentation and root coverage procedures
  • Employment of Biologics in clinical practice for increasing clinical efficiency and reducing invasiveness of root coverage procedures.
  • Overview of the recent evidence on improving treatment of gingival recessions with growth factor-mediated root coverage procedures, and the use of recombinant human platelet derived growth factor.
  • Use of autogenous graft substitutes for predictable root coverage outcomes in favorable phenotypes

Shayan Barootchi, DMD, MS



10:45am – 11:45am

Optimizing Regeneration from Sockets to Ridges

Presented by Robert Horowitz, DDS

Program Description
Today, our patients come desiring therapy that is more aesthetic and quicker than in the past. We, as surgeons, are called upon to enhance both soft and hard tissue in the fewest number of steps over a shorter and shorter time period. To accomplish these goals, surgeons must choose the ideal bone replacement grafts, barriers and growth enhancing factors. Various materials will be shown that are simple to use and give the ability to achieve outstanding results.

Platelet Rich Fibrin has multiple uses in periodontal and implant-related therapies. It has physical abilities to hold graft together and release of growth factors and anti-infective materials. It is easy and inexpensive to obtain and process. When more “oomph” is required, other bioactive materials, growth factors and/or devices can be added to improve physical healing and regenerative potential further. Analysis of the cases treated will be performed clinically, radiographically and histologically to give the most detailed analysis of healing in the treated sites.

Robert A. Horowitz, DDS


12:45pm- 1:45 pm

The Use of Bioactive Bone Grafts and Barriers in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Presented by Michael Sonick, DMD

Program Description
Bone grafting can be confusing.  A multiplicity of techniques exists to regenerate bone around teeth (GTR) and in preparation for successful dental implant therapy (GBR).  Ideal bone regeneration and wound healing is dependent upon choosing the proper surgical technique and correct combination of bone graft material, growth factor and barrier membrane.  A bone grafting algorithm that leads to consistent success will be discussed.

At the end of this presentation the viewer will understand:

  • The types of bone grafts available
  • The value of a barrier membrane and how to use it
  • The use of growth factors in bone grafting success
  • How to combine and time grafting to achieve predictable success around teeth and in preparation for dental implant therapy

Michael Sonick, DMD

Michael Sonick, DMD, is an internationally known, highly regarded authority in the field of dental implantology and periodontology. A full-time practicing periodontist in Fairfield, Connecticut, he is also a frequent guest lecturer in the international program at New York University School of Dentistry and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He lectures worldwide on the subject of esthetic implants, periodontal plastic surgery, guided bone regeneration, comprehensive treatment planning and the delivery of exceptional customer service. He is the author of the book Treating People Not Patients and co-editor of the multi-language textbook, Implant Site Development. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Compendium of Continuing Education, the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inside Dentistry, Dentistry Today and also writes and publishes numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sonick is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, a fellow of the International Team for Implantology, a fellow of the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons, and an Eagle Scout. His mission is to improve the quality of patients’ lives as well as the lives of everyone he meets.


1:45pm- 2:45 pm

Clinical Perspectives on Biologics

Presented by Don Clem, D.D. S.

Program Description
As the critical components of bone and soft tissue formation are uncovered, we have the opportunity to capitalize on critical pathways in healing. These pathways provide signaling molecules to recruit, direct and differentiate tissue types needed for repair and regeneration.

We will attempt to review how some of these mechanisms can be applied to the clinical practice of hard and soft tissue repair/regeneration in daily practice. We will also explore some of the realities and the hype which typically surround these products. Clinical cases will be shown and commentary on future direction will be given. We will focus on three biologics; Bone Morphogenetic Protein, Enamel Matrix Derivatives, Platelet Derived Growth Factor


  • The participant will gain an understanding of the development of these biologics for clinical use.
  • Clinical cases including techniques will be reviewed.
  • Histologic evidence as well as long term outcomes will be covered.
  • Limitations with regard to assessment and performance will be reviewed.
  • The participant will have an enhanced understanding of the clinical indications, the evidence base and the techniques associated with the use of 3 biologics in periodontology and dental implant surgery.


Donald Clem III, DDS

Dr. Don Clem received his specialty training in Periodontolgy at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Tx. He has authored over 30 published articles and 3 text book chapters as well as presenting over 100 lectures internationally. Dr. Clem is the recipient of numerous awards including: The Clinical Research Award, The R. Earl Robinson Award for Regeneration and 4 special citations from the American Academy of Periodontology. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal Award, the highest award bestowed by the Academy. He has served as President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and Chair of the American Board of Peridontology. While involved in clinical research and service to the periodontal specialty, Dr. Clem founded and has maintained an active full time private practice, Regenerative Solutions, located in Southern California.


3:00pm- 4:30 pm

Use of Growth factors Derived from Patient‘s Blood (LPRF) and Dentin

Presented by Ziv Mazor, D.M.D

Ziv Mazor, D.M.D

Prof. Ziv Mazor is one of Israel’s leading periodontists. He graduated from the periodontal department at the Hadassah School for Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, where he served as a clinical instructor and lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate dental students. Since 1993, Prof. Mazor has been engaged in clinical research in the field of Bone Augmentation and Sinus Floor Elevation. He is currently participating in the quest for improving and evaluating new grafting materials, using various growth factors.

Prof. Mazor is a renowned author in dental implantology, and is known worldwide for his innovative approaches in cutting-edge procedures and technologies. He is a world known speaker and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.

Prof. Mazor is part of the continuing education faculty at the New York University .He conducts and moderates advanced international implantology courses and workshops. He is the past President of the Israeli Periodontal Society.Prof. Mazor serves on the editorial board of several international dental journals. He is an active member in numerous societies, such as: AAP (American Academy of Periodontology), AO (Academy of Osseointegration), EFP (European Federation of Periodontology) and ICOI (International Congress of Oral Imlantologists).

Prof. Mazor maintains both a private practice limited to periodontal and implant dentistry and a teaching center for advanced implantology in Tel Aviv Israel.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:10am Introductions
Tim Walsh, Executive Director,Midwest Society of Periodontology
9:10am – 9:30am Clinical Applications of Biologics: How, Why, When and Where
Samuel Lynch DMD, DMSC
9:30am – 10:30am An Evidence-Based Approach to Enhance Root Coverage Outcomes
in the Era of Growth-Factor Mediated Surgical Procedures
Shayan Barootchi, DMD, MS
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:45am Optimizing Regeneration from Sockets to Ridges
Robert A. Horowitz, DDS
11:45am – 12:00pm Panel Discussion
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm The Use of Bioactive Bone Grafts and Barriers in Periodontics
and Implant Dentistry
Michael Sonick, DMD
1:45pm- 2:45 pm Clinical Perspectives on Biologics
Donald Clem III, DDS
2:45pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm Use of Growth factors Derived from Patient‘s Blood(LPRF) and Dentin
Ziv Mazor, DMD, MS
4:30pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion

Where to Stay

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

1401 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523
Tel: 630-573-8555

Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort

3500 Midwest Road
Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523, USA
Tel: 30-850-5555


  • Midwest Society of Periodontology 2023 Active Members: $375 ($475 after September 10th
  • Non-members: $425 ($475 after September 10th)
  • Students and Residents: $150 ($200 after September 10th)

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