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Continuing Dental Education

Oral Surgery for General Dentists: Faster, Smoother, and Less Invasive – in person lecture (one day) and workshop (second day)

Karl Koerner, DDS, MS

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The University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of this program.

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Lecture Description

Many extractions look easy but can soon become difficult, time consuming, and lead to complications. This course reviews the best techniques and instruments to perform “surgical” extractions easily and quickly while conserving bone. From that primary emphasis, Dr. Koerner branches to other related surgery subjects that use many of the same instruments and principles.

These include:

  • Patient evaluation and selection according to a clinician’s comfort level
  • Efficient suturing techniques as used by oral surgeons
  • Surgical instruments and using them most effectively
  • Complication prevention/management
  • Predictable ridge preservation techniques
  • Ridge preparation for immediate dentures
  • Review of moderate third molar impaction essentials
  • I&D in general practice, discussion of antibiotic usage
  • More easily removing difficult canines
  • Other discussions as time permits

Hands-on activities:

This part of the course uses life-like dentoform models on which surgical procedures are performed.

Simulated Surgery Performed on Life-like Models. Includes:

  • Remove a lower 1st molar decayed to the bone level with dissection of gingival fibers aed to the root, sectioning of the tooth, luxation and removal of mesial and distal roots (with a root tip that breaks), need for interradicular bone removal and root tip retrieval.
  • Remove an upper 1st molar with sectioning off the crown 1 mm coronal to the gumline, section of the roots into trifurcations, retrieval of two broken roots (MB and palatal), and use of the Hedstrom file to prevent the palatal root from going into the sinus (sinus in the model).
  • Incision and drainage on the alveolar ridge. Infection drainage and drain placement.
  • Removal of four multiple extractions in the lower anterior with one broken root needing retrieval, alveoplasty, continuous-lock suture, and frenectomy
  • Besides continuous-lock, do reverse interrupted, cross-horizontal mattress, criss-cross and X sutures – all commonly done by GPs, especially with socket grafts.
    • Can practice making a “modified” continuous-lock” suture.
  • Make suturing faster, easier, less prone to cross-contamination, and more efficient by holding excess suture material in your hand rather that hanging down.
  • Perform two entry-level socket bone grafts that allow predictable postoperative success.
    • One graft of a lower 1st molar using 3-tooth wide flaps reflected to the mucobuccal fold for bilateral flap advancement, particulate graft with PTFE membrane (and underlying collagen membrane). Reverse suture then criss-cross suture plus two interrupted sutures.
    • One graft of an upper 1st molar with OsteoGen Plug, cross-horizontal mattress suture, and two interrupted sutures.
  • Removal of a partially erupted lower 3rd molar with triangular flap and removal of broken root tip.
  • Removal of a partial bony upper third molar impaction using a triangular flap and Cogswell B elevator.
  • Excisional removal of a lesion for biopsy.

Course Objectives:

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

  • More easily do “surgical” or difficult extractions that frequently occur in general practice
  • Be more proficient at ridge preparation for immediate dentures
  • Select appropriate socket grafting cases and have the knowledge to do them successfully and predictably
  • Prevent and/or manage bleeding problems that can occur during oral surgery
  • Understand patient selection and risks of third molar surgery
  • Perform oral surgery according to current standards of care


Dr. Karl KoernerKarl Koerner has presented hundreds of didactic and participation oral surgery courses to general dentists in the U.S. and abroad. He has been an Associate Professor in Oral Surgery and is now Adjunct Professor at Roseman College of Dental Medicine (Roseman University of Health Sciences) in South Jordan, Utah. Dr. Koerner is the author of 28 articles on various aspects of oral surgery for the general dentist and has authored or co-authored four books on oral surgery. In addition, he has made several surgery DVDs with Dr. Gordon Christensen.

He is past president of the Utah Dental Association and Utah Academy of General Dentistry. Though not an oral surgeon, Dr. Koerner received surgery training in the U.S. Army and in his Utah general practice performed only oral surgery for over 20 years. He was given the National AGD’s Weclew Award for contributions to general dentistry and dental education and the Utah Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Koerner speaks Mandarin Chinese and has conducted many trips to different parts of China for exchanges with Chinese dentists and partners with Chinese colleagues to provide humanitarian treatment for children. Dr. Koerner is Director of The Koerner Center for Surgical Instruction, an international organization providing oral surgery training for general dentists (

Course Logistics

Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, 2023

Friday lecture:
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121

Saturday workshop (must attend Friday’s lecture to attend Saturday’s workshop)
University of Washington
Health Sciences Center, D-165, Simulation Lab
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists.

TIMES: price includes lunch
Friday’s lecture:
Breakfast and check-in: 8:00am – 8:30pm
Lecture: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday’s workshop:
Breakfast and check-in: 8:00am – 8:30pm
Lecture: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch

  • Workshop price includes a $100 non-refundable deposit
  • No refunds possible after April 28, 2023

Until May 3, 2023 (after, $25 more)
Lecture and Lab: (limited to 32 participants)

Lecture only
$250/team member

7 hours for lecture, 7 hours for workshop

Limited Attendance:
The workshop is limited to 32 participants

Must attend Friday’s lecture to attend Saturday’s workshop.


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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 7 continuing dental education credits for the lecture, and 7 continuing dental education credits for the workshop.