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Belfast Study Club

2 September 2019
Hard and Soft Tissue Augmentation Technique and Its Outcome

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Presented by: Selvaraj Balaji
Host: Derek Bingham
Date: 2 September 2019
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP

The treatment of patients with severely resorbed edentulous jaws using osseointegrated dental implants remains one of the most challenging goals in implant dentistry.

The long-term success and use of implants depends on the amount of adequate quantity and quality of jawbone and soft tissue available. In every-day implant practice it is common to see a patient with hard and soft tissue defect.

Different types of augmentation techniques have been used in implant dentistry. Grafting/augmentation/regeneration requires different types of materials and techniques used in implant dentistry. I would like to discuss the material and technique I use in my day to day implant practice, using representative cases.

Learning objectives:

  • To learn about the principles of hard and soft tissue augmentation
  • To understand when and where to use augmentation
  • To develop knowledge of the current material and technique available for bone augmentation
  • To learn about vertical/horizontal bone augmentation
  • To learn about soft tissue regeneration in implant dentistry
  • Techniques
  • Complications


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

For the past 11 years Dr Balaji has been working in his private dental practice which is based in Buckingham. 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 has worked with world-renowned implant surgeons. He has completed the 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 and advanced surgical Master Curriculum Regenerative Implant Dentistry with Istvan Urban in Budapest.

He routinely mentors 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 at his practice.


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