Sonick Seminars is a multidisciplinary learning institute that provides the most advanced surgical skills to all dental practitioners in our state-of-the-art facilities in Fairfield, CT, and NYU.


Register for November 6-8, 2024


This unique, interactive, three-day program is designed to further your understanding of the importance of periodontology in all phases of dental care. A comprehensive approach toward examination, diagnosis, etiology, treatment planning, clinical management and surgical intervention in daily clinical practice will be presented.

You will have the opportunity to further develop surgical clinical skills through hands-on exercises on dental models. Advanced Suturing Techniques, Various Flap Designs, Guided Bone Regeneration, Mucogingival Surgery, and Esthetic Periodontal Surgery will all be presented in detail.

Join us at NYU, Linhart Continuing Dental Education Program, for what we know will be a stimulating journey into the world of comprehensive periodontal care.

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Exam, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Delivery of Comprehensive Care

  • The Clinical Exam “the sine qua non of ideal care”
  • The initial examination – the most important hour
  • Development of a checklist protocol a la Dr. Atul Gawande
  • Achieve 90% acceptance of comprehensive treatment
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning into practice on a routine basis
  • Sequential diagnosis and treatment planning
    • Examination
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment Plan
    • Treatment
  • Bob Barkley’s concepts co-Treatment and co-Examination
  • The 5 protocols of care
    1. Pain elimination
    2. Control of infection
    3. Functional rehabilitation
    4. Esthetics
    5. Maintenance
  • Develop a philosophy of predictable excellence
  • Treating the patient, not the disease
  • Cost Risk Benefit Ratio of Predictable Care – The patient makes the final decision
  • When to save and when to extract
  • Learn how to save teeth others deemed hopeless
  • Clinical periodontal examination
  • Medical and dental evaluation of the patient
  • Become a physician of the oral cavity
  • The importance of the oral-systemic link
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Periodontal diagnosis
  • Periodontal treatment options and sequencing care
  • Non-surgical treatment
    • Local and systemic antibiotic therapy
    • Scaling and root planing
    • The use of lasers
  • Understand the three barriers to treatment.
    • Fear
    • Cost
    • Apathy
  • Post-examination consultation
  • Understand the importance of the initial patient letter.
  • Learn how to correspond with patients to achieve 90% case acceptance.
  • The importance of a true maintenance and preventive program

Surgical Treatment of the Periodontal Patient

  • Evaluation and treatment planning for surgical intervention
  • Periodontal surgery: objectives and indications
  • Pre-surgical preparation
    • Informed consents
    • Pre-surgical medications: antibiotics, pain meds, sedatives, homeopathic medications
    • Anesthetics
  • Criteria for surgery – access, pocket elimination, regeneration, esthetic
    • Review of the multiplicity of surgical techniques
    • Gingivectomy
    • Flap surgery
    • Osseous surgery
    • Esthetic anterior periodontal surgery – palatal approach
    • Papillary retention flaps
    • Guided tissue regeneration
       - Bone grafting materials
       - Membranes – resorbable vs non-
       - Growth factors – BioXclude, Gem 21,
          autologous, Emdogain

        • Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique
Esthetic crown lengthening
        • Mucogingival surgery

  • Choosing the proper flap design and incision technique
    • Split thickness
    • Full thickness
    • Sulcular
    • Inverse Bevel
  • Review of proper surgical instrumentation
    • Suture techniques
    • Interrupted
    • Continuous
    • Horizontal mattress
    • Vertical mattress
  • Suture materials
    • Non-resorbable versus resorbable
    • Needle sizes


Mucogingival and Esthetic Periodontal Surgery

  • Ideal gingival esthetics
  • Mucogingival Surgery
    • Free gingival graft
    • Subepithelial CT graft
    • Use of acellular dermal matrix
    • Use of xenograft – Mucograft
  • Root Coverage techniques
    • Free gingival graft
    • Subepithelial connective tissue (autogenous tissue)
    • Acellular Dermal Matrix (allograft)
    • Xenograft e.g. Mucograft
    • Amnion/Chorion (BioXclude)
    • Bone allograft + growth factors e. g. Gem 21
  • Tunnelling vs flap

  • Ridge augmentation procedures
    • Timing – at extraction vs post extraction
    • With bone
    • With connective tissue
    • Ovate pontic creation
  • Papilla regeneration with orthodontics and Provisionals
  • Second-stage surgery for dental implants
    • Incision designs
    • Palatal approach
    • Guided gingival growth.
  • Esthetic Crown Lengthening
    • Parameters for dental–gingival esthetics
    • Digital smile design
    • Sequencing restorative and surgical treatment
    • Transferring esthetic parameters into surgical execution
    • Single-stage vs. two-stage approach

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NYU College of Dentistry
345 E. 24th Street (corner of First Avenue) New York, NY, 10010


November 6th-8th, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



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Frequently Asked Questions

All materials are included


Yes, models and instruments* are included. With a realistic look and feel, our dental model provides an environment for interactive learning engagement.


* Instruments are assigned to every participant and must be returned at the end of the course.


Meet Dr. Sonick

Michael Sonick, DMD, is an internationally-known, highly-regarded authority in the field of Dental Implantology and Periodontology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University and received his DMD at University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his certificate in Periodontology at Emory University. He received his implant training at Harvard University as well as the Branemark Clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A full-time practicing periodontist in Fairfield, Connecticut, he is also a frequent guest lecturer in the international program at New York University School of Dentistry and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Sonick is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, a fellow of the International Team for Implantology, a fellow of the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons, and an Eagle Scout. His mission is to improve the quality of patients lives as well as the lives of everyone he meets.

As a recent graduate, I am glad I invested in attending Dr.Sonick’s seminars. It was not only comprehensive but a lot of fun. The best part was how he invested in my knowledge and took interest in my questions, even months after the actual course. He wanted to understand my perspective. He is one of the most cordial individuals I have ever met. I have attended two courses and both were fun, but more importantly, I obtained an insight into treatment planning and protocols that vastly expanded my dental universe. I will be back again

Dr. Chad Johnson, Pleasantville, Iowa

Participants Testimonials


Our past course on April 15th.

We had a fantastic time on our Flap Design and Suturing Techniques course at Sonick Seminars.
Participants had the amazing opportunity to interact one on one with Dr. Sonick in our state-of-the-art facility.



Fairfield, CT - 2024 DATES
Sonick Seminars - Conference Center
1047 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT

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Venue NYU - Nov. 6-8, 2024
NYU College of Dentistry 345 E. 24th Street (corner of First Avenue) New York, NY, 10010

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