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London Study Club

16 March 2022
Hard and Soft Tissue Augmentation Techniques

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Presented by: Selvaraj Balaji
Host: Eddie Scher
Date: 16 March 2022
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: 1 Wimpole Street, Westminster, London, W1G 0AE

Treating a severely resorbed edentulous space with GBR and soft tissue augmentation remains one of the most challenging and demanding techniques. This is due to the high expectation of the patient and clinician, treatment planning, patient selection, lack of understanding of anatomy and potential complications. Good knowledge of bio-materials, type of defect, surgical technique, post-operative management and managing complications are vital to success. It is also important to understand the role of healthy connective tissue, which plays a big role in the outcome and also the long term success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the type of defect
  • Understand the biology and use of biomaterials
  • Surgical principles of bone augmentation
  • Understanding bone grafting technique
  • Understanding clinical importance of soft tissue


Dr Balaji since obtaining his BDS degree, has worked in Maxillo Facial units in the UK for several years, gaining substantial experience in surgical dentistry. 

For the past 11 years, Balaji has been working in his private dental practice which is based in Buckingham. He is the principal dentist and owner of the Gallery Dental Group, which is made up of Meadow Walk Dental Practice and The Gallery Dental and Implant Centre. He is the founder of the Academy of Soft and Hard Tissue Augmentation (ASHA) and runs courses and lectures in the UK and around Europe -where he teaches other aspiring implantologists how to treat difficult cases and bone grafting techniques. Balaji also hosts study clubs, webinars and mentors. 

Balaji has placed thousands of implants over the last 15 years, has travelled around the world to develop his skills and worked with world-renowned implant surgeons. In addition, he has completed the TMJ and occlusion with Peter Dawson in USA, the implant curriculum with Dr Hilt Tatum, MFDS RCPS in Glasgow, MFDS RCS in Edinburgh, LDSRCS in London, the full curriculum of autogenous bone grafting technique with Prof F Khoury in Germany and the advanced surgical Master Curriculum of Regenerative Implant Dentistry with Istvan Urban in Budapest.

This journey has led him to being invited to speak at prestigious international conferences and has been chosen as a KOL for Hu-friedy Germany, Geistlich Biomaterials Switzerland, Meisinger Germany and Dentsply Sirona Sweden. 

Balaji has an enduring passion and commitment to his work, teaching and keeping up to date with the latest surgical innovations and research, to ensure his patients are receiving the best possible care.


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