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Autogenous Gingival Grafting: The KIWImethod™ Minimally Invasive Non-palatal Approach

Course Date: 
April 25, 2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Course Instructors: 

George K. Merijohn, DDS

8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Location: Millberry Student Union- City Lights Room


About This Workshop

The KIWImethod™ Hands-On Workshop is a fresh new approach to hands-on learning. 
It’s a real, live experience - not another cadaver, pig jaw, or artificial model workshop. Using the precision surgical instruments preferred by periodontists and the scalpel blades and sutures utilized during live surgery, you will learn and practice on fresh Kiwi fruit! Developed by Dr. Merijohn, this special training concept is so realistic, it has been used in training post-doctoral periodontal residents in precision gingival grafting technique.

This 3-1/2 hour intensive workshop is packed with great information:

•   Learn the latest in autogenous gingival grafting: what’s practical, predictable, and minimally invasive.

•   Take away knowledge and skills that are straightforward, innovative, and time-tested. 

What You Will Learn

Gingival recession is on the rise.  With the ever-increasing patient-driven esthetic dentistry, the enormous popularity of orthodontics, the explosion in cosmetic restorations, and increasingly assertive patient self-care oral hygiene and dental bleaching, the need is escalating for gingival recession early detection, wellness/prevention, and treatment.

The facts are clear: Autogenous gingival grafting remains the gold standard for establishing protective gingival tissue and preventing further recession.  Autogenous tissue grafting benefits also include:

-No risk of disease transmission from human cadaver skin

-No cadaver skin “yuck factor” objections from patients

-No expensive donor tissue materials to buy

However, conventional palatal tissue harvesting is fraught with problems:

-Patients fear having tissue peeled off the roof of their mouth

-Protracted pain at the palatal harvest site

-Difficulty chewing and talking

-Excessive postoperative bleeding and complications


KIWImethod opens the door to you for minimally invasive recipient site preparation and non-palatal autogenous tissue harvesting that lessens post-op bleeding and improves outcomes.  Detailed step-by-step methodologies will be presented for both root coverage and non-root coverage procedures.


Learning Objectives

-Immediately incorporate clinical decision-making into your practice that is both evidence-based and real world practical

-Increase clinical awareness and understand critical factors regarding treatment for gingival recession defects on natural teeth

-Know the core concepts and practical tips for minimally invasive non-palatal autogenous gingival grafting

-Understand predictable and effective surgical methodologies which can minimize risks and maximize outcomes 



George K. Merijohn, DDS, received his dental degree with high honors from the University of Illinois and his certificate in periodontics in 1981 from the University of Washington.  He is an Associate Professor for post-graduate periodontics at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Washington.  Dr. Merijohn is an appointed Special Expert of the California Dental Board and serves as a consultant to dental schools and to the legal profession.  He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice and is the founder and director of the Meadowood Dental Study Club in Napa Valley, California.  Dr. Merijohn is also the director of Perio Access Publishing and KIWImethod Training.  He has operated a private periodontal practice in downtown San Francisco for 28 years.



4 Category I Units



550/ DDS

Includes refreshments, detailed course handout and all materials.  It is recommended that participants bring his/her own personal clinical magnifying loupes with battery pack light source, or safety goggles.


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