The 32nd Annual Midwest Implant Institute Fellows® Symposium.

Digital Implant Dentistry: The 32nd Annual Symposium

The 32nd Symposium Agenda. (download here)

The 32nd annual Midwest Implant Institute Fellows Symposium: Digital Implant Dentistry, a two day course, is held at Le Méridien Columbus The Joseph in the Short North District of Columbus, Ohio.  On August 3rd and 4th, 2018 come witness the gathering of great minds, such as, Dr. Peter Barndt ( ), 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. David G. Hochberg (President, American Academy of Implant Dentistry).


Dr. Peter Barndt

Topic: The Changing Paradigm of Digital Implant Dentistry

Dr. Barndt graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1998. He completed Dental School at the University of Michigan and received his certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2005. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Barndt has practiced Prosthodontics in the Navy Dental Corps for 10 years. He is currently the Digital Dentistry Specialty Leader for the Navy Dental Corps with a focus on Advanced Restorative Applications. He served as Program Director for Prosthodontics and was the Chief of Fixed Prosthodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Barndt currently practices at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Groton, CT.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the complete spectrum of materials and restoration design options with a fully-digital process
  • Understand how digital information from the Restorative Doctor, Surgeon and Laboratory combine for successful and efficient treatment
  • Create a technology blueprint for your practice focused on implant dentistry capabilities
  • Discover the key components to an educational and compelling treatment planning process focused on full arch cases generated direct from the public
  • Discover unique strategies to target patients that are not aware they have a need for your product
  • Explore proven and successful creative media marketing strategies and learn how to promote your practice



James L.  Rutkowski

 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.



Dr. David G. Hochberg

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

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