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Preston Study Club

7 November 2022
GBR Technique: Vertical and Horizontal Augmentation

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Presented by: Dr Selvaraj Balaji
Host: Amit Mistry
Date: 7 November 2022
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Farington Lodge Hotel, Stanifield Lane, Farington, Preston, Lancashire, PR25 4QR

Vertical and horizontal augmentation remains one of the most challenging techniques in treating a severely resorbed edentulous space. This is due to the demanding/complexity of the surgical procedure, lack of understanding of anatomy, surgical skills and potential complications. Good knowledge of materials, patient selection, surgical technique and post-operative management are vital to success.

To gain predictable results in augmentation, it is important to maintain space to encourage clot stabilisation, osteogenesis and preventing graft material to collapse. Advancement of soft tissue and closure also plays an important role in success.

In everyday implant practice it is common to see patients with mild to severe horizontal and vertical bone defects, single to multiple edentulous space. I will discuss cases with single tooth to multiple missing teeth with horizontal and vertical hard and soft tissue defects. Treatment planning, diagnosis, classification of defects and treatment, surgical techniques and potential complications will be focused upon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Principles of hard and soft tissue augmentation
  • Understand when and where to use Augmentation 
  • Current material and technique available for bone augmentation 
  • Vertical/Horizantol bone augmentation
  • Soft tissue Regeneration in implant dentistry
  • Technique 
  • Complications


Dr Balaji since he obtained the BDS Degree, he worked in Maxillo facial units in the UK for several years and gained substantial experience in surgical dentistry. 

For the past 15 years Dr 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 founder of Academy of Soft and Hard Tissue Augmentation (ASHA). and run courses and lectures in the UK and around Europe, where He teach other aspiring implantologists how to treat difficult cases. In addition, He also host study clubs, Webinars.

This journey has led me to being invited to speak at prestigious international conferences and I have been chosen as a Key Opinion Leader for Hu-friedy Germany (surgical instrument company), Geistlich Biomaterials Switzerland, Meisinger surgical instruments Germany and Dentsply Sirona Implants Sweden. 

At present his practice is predominantly focused on dental implants and Regeneration techniques. 

Dr Balaji has placed a few thousand dental implants to date over the last 15 years.  He has travelled around the world to develop his skills and worked with world-renowned implant surgeons.  He completed TMJ and occlusion curriculum with Peter Dawson in USA, Implant curriculum with Dr Hilt Tatum, MFDS RCPS in Glasgow, MFDS RCS in Edinburgh, LDSRCS in London, Full curriculum of autogenous bone grating technique with Prof F Khoury in Germany, Advanced surgical Master Curriculum Regenerative Implant Dentistry with Istvan Urban in Budapest and Soft tissue Course with Prof G Zucchelli in Bologna.

He routinely mentor other dentists using the latest skills and techniques. Dr 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 and his practice.

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