Continuing Education


Upcoming continuing education opportunities:

1.  Advancements in Contemporary Implant Dentistry, Friday, October 4, 2025, Inwood Oaks Event Center.

2.  AAP Dental Hygiene Study Club.

See below for more information and registration instructions.



Advancements in Contemporary Implant Dentistry presented by Dr. Sonia Leziy.

Friday, October 4, 2024, at Inwood Oaks Event Center in Oakdale.


Examining the advancements in contemporary implant dentistry: Enhancing patient care through innovative concepts and techniques

This presentation will explore how innovations and concept changes shape our skills and treatment planning solutions, while underscoring the importance of collaborative planning between restoring dentist, technician and surgical team members.

Surgical concepts that will be reviewed include virtual planning and guided surgery/provisional treatment, implant placement and restoration strategies for small and large edentulous sites, and management of hard and soft tissue deficiencies. Current diagnostic guidelines and methods to monitor health, and our approaches to reduce and mitigate disease risk will be discussed.

The following learning objectives will be explored in this presentation:

  1. Peri-implant diseases and complications: understand, minimize and manage them.
  2. Recognize why digital workflows are dramatically improving accuracy and practice efficiency, while reducing errors in the treatment planning phase, surgical protocols and restorative design.
  3. Deciding on immediate, early or delayed implant placement and restoration protocols. Recognize the pros and cons of these decisions. The use and fabrication of customized transitional restorative components in the hands of the periodontist or restoring clinician: Why they are important steps in guiding tissue form.
  4. Soft and hard tissue enhancement procedures used in surgical practice today. Recognize what the surgical team can do, but understand the limitations.

6 hours Continuing Dental Education Credits

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  The presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served at noon.

Dr. Sonia Leziy, DDS, Dipl Perio, FCDS(BC), FRCD(C)

Dr. Leziy completed her post-graduate degree in Periodontics at the University of British Columbia. She Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a Fellow of the ICOI, and a member of the Canadian Academy of Periodontists, the American Academy of Periodontists and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. She has chaired and moderated scientific programs for several organizations. Leziy maintains positions on several editorial boards. She is the implant editor for the journal Inside Dentistry (Aegis publishing). Dr. Leziy is a key education consultant with Straumann and 3Shape. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals on implant esthetics, the digital workflow and surgical protocols. She has also contributed 4 textbook chapters published by Quintessence Publishing (2008, 2011) and by Wiley Publishing (2018) and Quintessence Publishing (2022). Dr. Leziy has been involved in several clinical trials involving dental implant design advances. Her Elatus Dental Bio-architecture hands-on courses focus on soft tissue grafting advances (dermal ‘ARC’ protocol and guided implant surgery and restoration).

Dr. Leziy lectures internationally on the subject of implants, digital workflows and advanced esthetics/periodontal plastic surgery. She was a Lucy Hobbs Award Winner in 2012, 2013 co-recipient of the Seattle Study Club Saul Schluger Award, and recipient of the 2022 GNYAP distinguished lecturer award and 2022 American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry distinguished lecturer award. She has been recognized among the top 100 clinicians in continuing education by Dentistry Today in 2007 to present. 

She maintains a full time private practice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 




Ridge Periodontics/AAP Dental Hygiene Study Club

Tuesday, September 24, 2024, at Ridge Periodontics Maplewood office--3033 Hazelwood St.; Maplewood, MN; 55109.


The Ridge Periodontics/AAP Dental Hygiene Study Club provides an opportunity for dental hygienists to:

  • Get to know Ridge Periodontics and the services we can offer your patients
  • Explore the latest trends in periodontal care
  • Learn innovative techniques from expert AAP-curated speakers
  • Engage in interactive discussions
  • Strengthen your local professional network

Our session on September 24, 2024, will focus on gingival recession.  The meeting will start at 5:30 with dinner provided by Stonehouse Catering.

Gingival recession is a common finding in dental patients. Should they be concerned? How and when should monitoring versus treatment be considered? This module will review various causes of gingival recession and explain why patients should be concerned. Participants will be encouraged to discuss how they speak with their patients about gingival recession and its significance. Methods for classification of gingival recession and how they might impact treatment options as well as outcomes will be reviewed. After completing this module, participants should feel more comfortable speaking with patients about gingival recession and have a better understanding of treatment options and their expected results.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify risk factors and causes for gingival recession
  • Discuss methods for monitoring gingival recession
  • Describe how to measure gingival recession in simple and complex situations
  • Review methods for classification of gingival recession and how they relate to expected outcomes of various treatment options
  • Review treatment options for gingival recession and indications for gingival grafting