Suturing Techniques and Principles

Course Fee: $750

30-day Early Registration: $675

CDE Credits: 7
November 13 date postponed
New date to be announced

 (coming soon)

Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Enrollment is limited



Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD
Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Assistant Dean, Clinical Research, UCLA School of Dentistry

Joan Pi-Anfruns, DDS
Assistant Clinical Professor, Section of Restorative Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry

Surgical procedures in dentistry are becoming much more commonplace, where all dentists much be well-versed in basic and advanced suturing techniques. Whether performing a simple interrupted suture after draining a tooth abscess, or releasing the periosteum to close a large incision after alveolar ridge augmentation, many of the principles of tissue handling, instrumentation, and possible complications are the same. This course will review medical and local factors that can affect wound healing and review principles of suturing. Specific hands-on workshops will also be included to learn flap design, basic and advanced suturing techniques, focusing on tension-free closure, and choosing appropriate suture materials. This course will make the participant more comfortable and confident in their suturing abilities, allowing them to incorporate more surgical procedures into their daily practice.

Method of instruction: Lectures, patient case discussion, hands-on workshops.

Learning Objectives
  • Review wound healing and principles of suturing
  • Choosing the best suture size and material
  • Interrupted vs. continuous suturing; horizontal and vertical mattress suturing; figure-of-eight; sling suturing, and others
  • Suturing techniques for extraction sockets, bone grafting, implants, soft tissue grafting

speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice