KIWImethod® Minimally Invasive Gingival Grafting

George K. Merijohn, DDS
*Course sold out. Call/email office for wait list.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

University of Washington
South Campus Center, Room 316
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists and specialists

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Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Course: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Until October 29, 2014 (after, $25 more)

CREDITS: 3.5 hours

Limited Attendance:
This course is limited to 25 attendees.

Prior gingival grafting experience is recommended.

Course Description

Think treating gingival recession is beyond your reach? Think again!

Gingival recession is on the rise. With the ever-increasing, patient-driven aesthetic dentistry, the enormous popularity of orthodontics, the explosion in cosmetic restoration and increasingly assertive patient self-care oral hygiene and dental bleaching, the need is escalating for gingival recession early detection, wellness/prevention and treatment.

Autogenous gingival grafting remains the gold standard for establishing protective gingival tissue and preventing further recession. However, conventional palatal tissue harvesting is fraught with problems such as patient fear, protracted pain at the palatal harvest site, difficulty chewing and talking and excessive postoperative bleeding and complications. KIWImethod™ opens the door to you for minimally invasive recipient site preparation and non-palatal autogenous tissue harvesting that lessens post-op bleeding and improves outcomes. Detailed step-by-step methodologies will be presented for both root coverage and non-root coverage procedures.

The KIWImethod™ hands-on workshop is a fresh new approach to hands-on learning. It’s a real, live experience—not another cadaver, pig jaw, or artificial model workshop. Using precision surgical instruments preferred by periodontists and the scalpel blades and sutures utilized during live surgery, you will learn and practice on fresh Kiwi fruit. Developed by Dr. Merijohn, this special training concept has been used in training postdoctoral periodontal residents in precision gingival grafting technique.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recipient Site Prep for Non-Root Coverage Procedures
  • The Minimally Invasive Merijohn Tuberosity Donor Graft Harvest and Preparation
  • Root Coverage: A Practical and Predictable Minimally Invasive Technique
  • Bonus! The Minimally Invasive Palatal Mucosa/submucosa Harvest and Preparation


Dr. George K. Merijohn, DDS, operated his private periodontal practice in downtown San Francisco for 28 years. He is an Associate Professor for post-graduate periodontics at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Washington.

Dr. Merijohn is an appointed Special Expert of the California Dental Board and serves as a consultant to dental schools and to the legal profession.

He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice and is the founder and director of the Meadowood Dental Study Club in Napa Valley California.

Dr. Merijohn is also the director of Perio Access Publishing and KIWImethod Training.

His articles on gingival recession clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and evidence-based decision-making are published in peer-reviewed journals and he has authored chapters in the textbook, Decision-Making in Periodontology.

He was recruited by the American Dental Association to serve on the Organization Committee for its ground-breaking annual Evidence Based Dentistry Champions training program for dentists, for which he has served as lecturer and moderator.

An active lecturer in dentistry, Dr. Merijohn is an invited speaker at major national and international meetings including the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology, most recently in 2013.

Dr. Merijohn received his dental degree with high honors from the University of Illinois and his certificate in periodontics in 1981 from the University of Washington.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 3.5 continuing education credits.

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