Michael Block, DMDUSA


    Tissue Preservation and Development

    Lecture Title:

    When and Why I Use the Osseodensification System: Perspectives in Immediate Molar Sites and Sinus Elevations

    Day & Time:

    Friday, January 18, 2019  •  1:00-1:45pm

    Lecture Description & Objectives:

    The clinician is often faced with thin interseptal bone after removal of a tooth.  Removal of this bone with conventional drills is not ideal.  The use of a drilling system that displaces and compacts bone allows for shaping of the implant preparation with preservation of  bone and improved primary stability.  This will be shown for both mandibular and maxillary immediate molar sites, as well as the posterior maxilla with porous bone. When performing crestal approaches for sinus elevation these burs allow for compaction of the bone and finishing the site with minimal trauma to the elevated membrane and adjacent bone.  Cases will be shown which demonstrate the efficiency of these burs in these sites.


    Dr. Michael Block graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975, attaining both a BA in Biology and a BS in Biomedical Engineering.  He completed his dental training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1979, receiving his D.M.D. cum laude in a special field.  He completed his residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the LSU School of Dentistry in 1983.  He remained at the LSU School of Dentistry and achieved the academic rank of Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently he is in private practice dedicated to patient oriented care.

    Dr. Block is the editor-in-chief of five textbooks on dental implants, Endosseous Implants for Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Implants in Dentistry, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery: the 4thedition was published in 2014.  He is Past President of the Academy of Osseointegration, and has been program chairman for three of their annual programs.  Dr. Block serves on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Committee on Continuing Education.   Dr. Block has been an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Section Editor on Dental Implants for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

    Dr. Block is particularly interested in the translation of technology for efficient and predictable reconstruction of the jaw to provide ideal bone for implant placement and esthetic replacement of missing teeth, the use of multiple techniques and implants to reconstruct significant atrophic conditions, and interceptive strategies for rehabilitating extraction sites with implant restorations.

    Hobbies and interests: Golf, skiing, road cycling, nutrition, science fiction, computer technology.