Providence ITI Study Club

dr bakios is the director for the providence iti study club.  meetings are held quarterly at the university

club in providence ri.  please call to see how you could join us! East Providence Phone Number 401-435-4240


November 14, 2019  Speaking will be Thaisa Barizan Bordin, D.D.S., MS.c, Ph.D. 
                                               Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM)

Course Description
This lecture will provide an updated review of the literature and discuss the etiology, prevention and management of common implant complications seen in the daily practice of a restorative dentist. Despite the favorable long-term outcomes observed in the literature with implant-supported fixed restorations, studies have also identified a variety of complications that may be associated with these prostheses. This lecture will highlight the type of complications associated with each treatment modality of implant-supported fixed restorations. This will facilitate an evidence-based information to the patient about treatment options and their respective benefits and risks. Management of complications can be frustrating, expensive and time consuming for both the patient and for the restorative dentist.

Learning Objectives
•   Recognize types of complications and compare complications incidences among different implant-retained prostheses
•   Identify most common prosthetic implant complications and ways to minimize future prosthetic complications
•   Discuss clinical treatment of common implant-related prosthetic problems

Speaker Biography
Dr. Thaisa Bordin is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). She received her dental degree (D.D.S.) from the State University of West of Parana in Cascavel, Brazil. Following graduation, she completed the specialty training in Prosthodontics, Master of Science in Dentistry, and Doctor of Philosophy in Dental Sciences Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Bordin was awarded with scholarship during her M.Sc. and Ph.D., which allowed her to become a visiting student for a year in the Postgraduate Prosthodontics Program at TUSDM. She also worked in private practice before moving to the United States and joining Tufts. Dr. Bordin imparts to her students her passion for continuous learning and improvement in pursuit of esthetic and functional results. She is committed to high-quality and compassionate care. Her professional and research interests are on the area of dental implants, dental prostheses, dental materials, and dental technologies.

Sept 24, 2019 Speaking will be Irina Dragan, DDS, MS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Diplomat of American Board of Periodontology Tufts University of Dental Medicine.

Dynamic Navigation In Implant Dentistry: From Evidence to Practice

Course Description

This presentation will provide an overview on the use of dynamic navigation in implant dentistry.  Updates on the evidence available regarding accuracy will be presented, but also the application of this technology in practice. Participants interested will be provided with an opportunity to test the technology using a dynamic navigation mobile unit.

Dr. Dragan works with youth, adults and seniors with a wide spectrum of dental needs, from the most basic to the most complex cases and procedures, including crown lengthening, non-traumatic extractions, dental implants, gum surgeries and bone grafting. She takes into account the particular situation of every patient, including medical history, family and employment situation, and above all, the patient’s complaints and expectations, in order to provide compassionate and considerate care.

In recent years, Dr. Dragan has been practicing dentistry in the field of periodontology and implant dentistry, published clinical and educational research papers, contributed to textbook chapters. She has been honored for most of her work; most recently in 2015 by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and in 2016 by the American Dental Education Association.

April 11, 2019 Speaking will be Corneliu Sima, DMD, MSc, DSc, Dipl. ABP

Timing of Dental Implant Placement: Challenges and Opportunities 

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Course Description

This lecture will address on overview of anatomical characteristics of each arch sextant focusing on requirements for ideal implant placement and challenges to achieve it. It will further identify challenges for immediate implant placement and crestal sinus floor elevation. Several representative clinical cases of immediate, early and delayed placement of bone level implants will be presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the requirements for successful implant therapy, per arch segment
  • Identify anatomical challenges for successful implant placement, per arch segment
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for immediate and early implant placement
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for simultaneous sinus floor elevation and implant placement

February 21st, 2019   Speaking will be Thomas T. Nguyen DMD MSc FRDC (

Clinical Applications for the Socket Shield Technique in the Esthetic Zone
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Course Description
This course will review the evidences on the socket shield technique and present a predictable protocol derived from current understanding of tissue behavior, biology and surgical techniques related to immediate implant placement.
Learning Objectives

Review of the current evidences on partial extraction and socket shield technique

Review of up-to-date protocol for immediate implant placement in the esthetic zone

Indications, contraindications and clinical applications for the socket shield technique

Suggested protocol for the socket shield technique

November 20th, 2018

Dr. Alexander Bendayan, Assistant Dean of Digital Dentistry Development and Clinical Training, Division of Postdoctoral Prosthodontics, BU Department of Dentistry  will speak about Restorative Implant Complications and Other Restorative Challenges.


Please save the date Friday May 3rd 2019 at The University Club in Providence, RI for our next meeting.  Our speaker is Dr. W. Patrick Naylor, a Georgetown Alum, and former Dean at Loma Linda School of Dentistry in California.  Pat is an authority on finances and investments and has written several books and articles on the subject. 

Georgetown Dental Alumni Study Club, New England Chapter

2018 Photos from the Georgetown Study Club Meeting

From left to right: Regina Mortland, DDS (UConn); Sandra MacDonald, DMD (Tufts); Lisa Cusson, DMD (Tufts); Cynthia McGovern, DDS-Georgetown D’90; Siobhan Sheehan, DDS, MS-Georgetown D’89, SUNY Buffalo Cert. Orthodontics ’92

From left to right Drs. Joseph Samartano D’67, Craig Van Dongen D’80, Thomas Correia D ’75, Frank Pazienza D’87, Francis Connor D’65.

From left Right: Drs: Steve Bakios D’74, Tom Borgia D’76, Ernie Violet (Tufts), Richard Glick D’71, Dennis Flanagan D’71

From left to right: Drs. Kevin Smith D’76, Raymond Roberge D’61, Archie Touchette D’49, Dr. Joseph Peluso D’72 & Patrick Morganti (UCONN)

Dr Steve Bakios D’74 Co-Chair.       New Hat’s and GTown Mugs on table to right raffled off and can be found in the bookstore.

Save the Date for the next meeting!  Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  We will have Dr. Tom Borgia speaking.  Dr Borgia is a Georgetown Dental graduate and presently a Dean at The University of West Virginia School of Dentistry.

Here are some photos from our 2017 Annual Georgetown University Dental Alumni Study Club of New England. 

Dr Paul Sicola(L) and Dr Joseph Sammartano recognized for their contributions to the dental profession in the state of RI

Dr. Paul Sicola and Dr. Joseph Sammartano

From left to right. Drs. Paul Sicola, Tom Correia and Sy Bloom

Drs. Paul Sicola, Tom Correia and Sy Bloom

From left to right, Drs. Paul Sicola, Tom Correia, Steve Bakios, co-director and Sy Bloom

Drs. Paul Sicola, Tom Correia, Steve Bakios and Sy Bloom

From left to right, Drs. Jim Wollschlager, Archie Touchette, ( 90 years old and retired ), Greg Theberge and Joel Picard.Drs. Jim Wollschlager, Archie Touchette, Greg Theberge and Joel Picard

Dr Alfonso Pineyro, a private practice prosthodontist from Bothell, Washington, speaking on “restoratively Driven Implant Complications” Friday, May 5th at the University Club in Providence, RI.

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Virginia and Kelley.  EBOS staff

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From left to right, Tara Gomes; Strauman Rep and exhibitor, Boris Zanzarov; 3M exhibitor and the Speaker Dr. Alfonso Pineyro from Bothell, Washington

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Left to right, Mary Lizotte( Sweden Martina Rep), Virginia Perez( EBOS surg asst ), Boris Zanzarov ( 3M exhibitor ), Kelley Radtke (EBOS Office Manager and meeting planner),    Tricia Couture ( EBOS Administrative Assistant) and Tara Gomes ( Strauman Implant Rep and meeting sponsor).

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Past Meetings….

 September 13th, 2018

Dr. Panos Papaspyridakos, Division of the Postgraduate Prostodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health will talk about loading protocols for Dental Implants.

Tuesday April 10th, 2018 Dr. Khaled El Rafie. He will be discussing Innovations in Implant Prosthodontics.

Thursday February 15, 2018  with  Dr. Zachary Peacock.  He will be discussing Advanced Bone Grafting for Implants.

Dr. Gili Naveh will discuss   “Accelerated tooth movement: differentiating fiction from facts” on Tuesday November 14th, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the University Club, 219 Benefit Street, Providence, RI.  Dr Timothy Osborne from the oral and maxillofacial surgery department at Boston University School of Dentistry will speak on dental implant related nerve injuries. The second most frequent malpractice claim in oral surgery is nerve injury related to the placement of dental implants, a close second behind extraction of the wrong tooth.  Tim speaks on this topic nationally and will have new statistics and tips on how to stay out of trouble.

Friday May 5, 2017 Georgetown University Dental Alumni Study Club of New England

Course Description Traditional restorative dentistry relies on cementation to attach restorations to natural teeth. Although dentists are relatively proficient in this area, they are often less familiar using cements with dental implants restorations. Several techniques and products have been developed for cementing implant-retained restorations, however, existing protocols may vary from practice to practice. Many types of cement are problematic; some corrode titanium and most are undetectable on radiographs. This lecture will examine these issues and give up-to-date and as-of-yet unpublished research data that in order to determine a suitable protocol for use in clinical practice.

Tuesday April 11, 2017.  Speaking will be Andre B. de Souza, DDS, MSc

Challenging Peri-Implant Bone Remodeling: Implant-Abutment Configuration and Hard Tissue Stability

 Course Description:  Peri-implant bone remodeling after implant placement is a physiological process that occurs as a part of the establishment of peri-implant biologic width. Several attempts have been made to minimize the amount of peri-implant bone remodeling. Clinical trials have shown that the platform switching concept leads to superior results in terms of the amount of peri-implant bone loss. We will also review how the abutment geometry could also influence the amount of peri-implant bone remodeling and how CAD-CAM technology could be used to design appropriate abutment configuration in order to favor the peri-implant soft tissue adaptation and reduce bone modeling.

If you would like to become a member you can go to to join or you can call the office at 

East Providence Phone Number 401-435-4240 for assistance with membership or to register for an upcoming meeting.

Here are some photos from the 2016 Georgetown Study Club Meeting!

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