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*POSTPONED* Harlow Study Club

2 February 2022
Soft Tissue: To Graft or Not to Graft

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Presented by: Alfonso Rao
Host: Abdul Zidan
Date: 2 February 2022
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: The Harlow Hotel, Southern Way, Harlow, Essex, CM18 7BA

The long-term success of an implant-supported rehabilitation is strictly influenced by both the density and volume of available bone and the quality of soft tissues at the implant site.

Precise analyses of the anatomic situation and accurate planning of the treatment are crucial, because inaccurate and malpositioned implants may jeopardize long-term esthetic and functional prognosis. In addition, many types of biocompatible materials and different surgical techniques have been developed. In this presentation we will review and discuss procedures to achieve predictable and long-lasting results and the critical role of soft tissue augmentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the treatment planning and patient selection for grafting procedures.
  • To become familiar with concepts and techniques in bone grafting from incision to suturing.
  • Learn the use of biomaterials with autogenous bone and barrier membranes.


He graduated from the University of Chieti in native Italy with distinction in 2007 – the youngest of his year group, aged just 23.

Alfonso went on to work as an oral surgeon in Caserta, Napoli and Pescara until moving to the UK in 2009.

He spent time working in practices in Lincoln, Bath and Cheltenham before making Bristol his permanent home.

It was here Alfonso purchased his Queen Square Clinic, which he quickly expanded into an award-winning multi-clinic group before adding the Delta Training Academy to his business portfolio.

Since graduation, Alfonso has continued training and professional development, completing a three-year Diploma in implant dentistry at London’s renowned Eastman Dental Institute and aMasters from the Global Institute for Dental Education in Los Angeles (2014).

He is a member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and Association of Dental Implantology, with whom he acts as a mentor in addition to his role as an educator with Delta Academy.

He is also a key opinion leader and brand ambassador for dental technology companies including Strauman, Geitlich, NSK and many more.


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