The 31st Annual Midwest Implant Institute Fellows® Symposium.

Disruptive Biologics in Osseogenesis: The 31st Annual Symposium

The 31st Symposium Agenda. (download here)

The 31st annual Midwest Implant Institute Fellows Symposium: Disruptive Biologics in Osseogenesis, a two day course, is held at Le Méridien Columbus The Joseph in the Short North District of Columbus, Ohio.  On August 11th and 12th, 2017 come witness the gathering of great minds, such as, Dr. Shankar Iyer (Current President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry), Dr. James Rutkowski (past-president of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) as well as the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology(JOI), and Dr. Xavi Oliva (co-founder of the CeraRoot zirconia implant system) as they present to you Disruptive Biologics in Osseogenesis.


Shankar Iyer, DDS, MDS

Topic: An Evidence Based Analysis of Current Concepts in Implant Dentistry

 Dr. Iyer is the current president American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), Diplomat of American Board Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), editorial board of Journal of Oral Implantology (JOI), visiting Faculty, NYUCD – Department of PG Prosthodontics and private practice limited to Implant Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Dr Iyer has conducted courses and made presentations in over 30 countries and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. His topic will focus on evidence based analysis of current concepts within implant dentistry. This presentation will cover popular concepts that have influenced design features, surface modifications, biomechanics and treatment planning.

 Learning Objectives: The relevance of platform switching in everyday planning, efficacy of short implants, growth factors and biologics, angled implants and graft less solutions, all ceramic restorations and complete arch reconstructions and guided surgical approaches and computer navigation.



James L.  Rutkowski, DMD, PhD

 Dr. Rutkowski is a Pharmacist, Dentist, and has earned a PhD. in Pharmacology.  He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters. Jim is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology (JOI) and a Diplomat/Past-President of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID).  He is an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University and the State University of New York, Buffalo.  Dr. Jim's practice in Clarion PA is limited to treating medically complex patients and Implantology. There are 12 pharmacology facts that have an effect on the dental implant treatments clinicians provide patients.  Some facts are within the clinician’s control, while others must be adjusted to provide optimum results for the patient. This 2-hour presentation will provide take-home tips on when and how to use selected techniques, including pharmacological agents, BC-PRP, and BC-PRF to overcome patient-based issues that often compromise implant therapy success.  Knowing and utilizing these 12 facts will improve the predictability of implant therapy!

 Learning objectives: Top 12 Pharmacological facts that Affect Implant Dentistry that will provide better understanding about how systemic pathologies and administered medications can affect oral health and the success of implant therapies, have insight and know how to pharmacologically alter implant therapy to assure successful treatments and have the big picture in understanding  the why, when, and how to use selected Buffy Coat Platelet Rich Plasma (BC-PRP), and Buffy Coat Platelet Rich Fibrin (BC-PRF) to improve implant therapy predictability.



Xavi Oliva, DDS

Dr. Oliva is a graduate of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain and the co-founder of the CeraRoot zirconia implant system. He is a noted lecturer and travels all over the world, speaking to dental professionals about the benefits of CeraRoot ceramic zirconia dental implants. He has been an invited speaker at New York University (Prosthodontics Department), Boston University (Maxillofacial Department), UCLA, and Loma Linda. In addition, he has spoken at the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Oliva has published several

articles, as author or co-author, in top international dental journals. He is a member of the IAOMT, the Leading Dental Centers of the World, and the COEC – Catalan College of Dentists.

The CeraRoot Implant System is the first implant system to provide with metal-free implant and restorative solutions. 100% ceramic, ultra-biocompatible. In the last few years, biologic, metal-free dentistry has grown exponentially in the US and all over the world. The osseo-integration of CeraRoot zirconia implants and their high strength properties, make this product an excellent alternative for patients that do not wish to have any type of metals in the body. This presentation will focus on the indications of one piece zirconia implants, from simple to complex clinical cases.

Learning Objectives: What is zirconium oxide, osseo-integration of CeraRoot implants in humans and how these zirconia implants are used in a variety of clinical cases.


The Midwest Implant Institute Fellows encourages and requests your attendance . We are excited for you to experience an event that has been in effect for 31 years and continues to evolve based upon the current updates in implant dentistry . As MII Symposium attendees you will see the presentation for completion of certification in the MII Surgical Externship graduation. The graduating MII Externs and their staff is recognized at the Friday evening Award Dinner and awarded with a finely crafted framed certificate. Additionally the prestigious  MII Fellowship award is presented to the graduated extern that has demonstrated additional implant surgery and restorative procedures at an advanced level and completion of the Fellowship curriculum. These newly identified Fellow(s) present advanced cases in implant dentistry that require the newest innovations in PRP and PRF development, guided surgical techniques and soft tissue management.  Past Fellowship awarded doctors are easily identified by the large gold medallion draped across their necks.  At the Friday evening Awards dinner, the Class of 2017 Fellowship doctors will be recognized, awarded with a large finely crafted Fellows Award plaque and their own gold medallion with their name and year they were inducted to the Fellows Association at the Midwest Implant Institute.

To complete the presentation of awards we finish on the greatest award available through MII. That award is The Midwest Implant Institute Honored Fellow Award. It is a culmination of lifetime achievements in implant dentistry and is an award that recognizes the impact the individual has made within implant dentistry at all levels.  The 2016 award recipient was  James L. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD.  Dr. Rutkowski will announce and present the 2017 MII Honored Fellow Award to the recipient, Dr. Craig Cooper. There is no better way to complete the awards, but to announce the The Midwest Implant Institute Honored Fellow Award of 2018.  This is truly an event that you will not want to miss.

The close of the Symposium on Saturday will include a live surgery and restoration completed by Dr. Robert Heller and Dr. Thomas Bilski using the CeraRoot ceramic implant system. Your afternoon can then be filled with enjoying the many amenities that the Short North has to offer. The entire Midwest Implant Institute staff and Fellows graciously thank you and your staff and will be there to help you Early Bird register for the 2018 Symposium.  Call today for more information!


The 31st Symposium Agenda. (download here)





    The 2017 Midwest Implant Institute Honored Fellow Award Recipient: 

    Dr. Craig Cooper

    Dr. Craig Cooper received his BA from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and received his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1973. Upon graduation from dental school Dr. Cooper entered general practice. Having been exposed to dental implants early in his career by his practice partner, Dr. Cooper had the opportunity to visit the offices of and learn from many of the pioneers of implant dentistry. Many of these implant pioneers are members of the AAID today. The 70’s and early 80’s did not offer much in the way of formal didactic implant training so visiting with and learning from other practitioners were an important part of and a treasured part of Dr. Cooper’s early training. Dr. Cooper took his first formal training from Dr’s Hahn and Heller at the Midwest Implant Institute. Dr. Cooper went on to complete the externship offered by the Institute and later became the Director of the Surgical Faculty at the Institute. The Midwest Implant Institute was Dr. Cooper’s first opportunity to participate in the education of other dentists that wanted to add implantology to their practices. He has continued with various forms of implant education through published articles, as a contributing author to “Principles and Practice of Implant Dentistry “ and by offing lectures on both the prosthetic and surgical phases of implantology throughout the United States and many foreign countries. 


    - Dr. Cooper served as the President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 1999 after serving on the Academy’s Board of Directors for the previous 4 years. Dr. Cooper is a Fellow and Honored Fellow of the Academy as well as a Fellow of the Midwest Implant Institute. 

    - The American Academy of Implant Dentistry awarded Dr. Cooper with its highest award, the Aaron Gerskoff Award, in 2008. 

    - Dr. Cooper served as a Director of the American Board of Oral Implantology as well as an Examiner for the ABOI from 2007 -2017. Dr. Cooper served as the President of the ABOI in 2014.  

    - Dr. Cooper maintains a private practice in Indianapolis limited to implant surgery by referral. Dr. Cooper lives with his wife Pam and has three sons, Doug, Bryce and Eric.


      The 32nd MII Fellows Symposium Event Location

      Le Méridien, The Joseph Hotel

      The 31st Annual Midwest Implant Institute® Fellows Symposium will be held at the all-new Le Méridien, The Joseph Hotel.  This Luxury Hotel has all of the features for a one-of-kind stay that is surrounded by unique dining and shopping in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.  Attendees are offered a discounted rate with booking before July 1, 2017.  Please contact The Midwest Implant Institute for more information or click here

      Take a tour of the exclusive Le Méridien here.


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