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  • Oral Surgery Techniques for the General DentistFeb 11, 20239:00 am - 4:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Dentistry Building: 1st Floor Dental Clinic

University of Manitoba, 780 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0W2

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February 11, 2023   9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Oral and maxillofacial surgeons typically engage in and represent the community standard in certain areas of facial trauma, facial deformity correction, reconstructive facial surgery, temporomandibular joint management and surgery, head and neck infections, and management of pathologies. However, the general dental practitioner should be competent in performing basic surgical procedures which commonly occur in these practice settings. Because of anesthetic concerns, past experiences with surgical complications, or lack of training, many general practitioners may hesitate to perform even basic oral surgery procedures.

This innovative, hands-on course will focus on helping general dentists develop or refine essential skills that are critical for successful performance of oral surgical procedures. The program includes mini-lectures on oral surgery topics that are relevant to the general practitioner, and a hands-on component using animal models to practice various surgical procedures that include suturing techniques, socket preservation techniques, reducing oral-antral communications, and simple soft tissue biopsy techniques. Faculty experts will demonstrate technique and guide participants in basic oral surgical procedures to improve their skills. Upon completion, course participants should be more knowledgeable and competent in applying these skills into everyday patient care with confidence.

Learning Objectives

  • Design, perform and close a surgical flap using various suturing techniques
  • Determine surgical difficulty and assess risk in extraction cases.
  • Assess and manage post extraction oro-antral communication.
  • Mitigate the risk associated with a missing tooth following extraction using socket preservation techniques
  • Manage post extraction bleeding in patients on blood thinners.
  • Achieve successful anesthesia in patients who are difficult to freeze.
  • Perform simple soft tissue biopsy and avoid delays in diagnosis.


Reda Elgazzar, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC (C.), RCPS (G)

Dr. Elgazzar is an Associate Professor, U/G Program Director and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at University of Manitoba. He received his Dental Degree, Internship, Master in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Egypt (1987 – 1996). He moved to Scotland, UK, for 4 years where he attained his PhD from the University of Dundee and got further secondary training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) in Dundee and Perth Hospitals. After his PhD, he worked at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for 1 year; Then after, he taught and Practiced OMS for another 8 years in Egypt, Saudi Arabia (2000 – 2008).

Dr. Elgazzar is a member of the Canadian, International & European Associations for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 2014 and Royal College of Glasgow, UK 2015. He joined the University of Manitoba in 2008 as an Associate Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, where he has been teaching Under-graduate and Post-graduate students. He currently treats his patients at the Faculty of Dentistry, Health Science Centre, and Assiniboia Surgical Centre.

He has been supervising several research projects including craniofacial trauma, jaw & TMJ reconstruction and TMJ arthroscopy. He Published and presented several articles in local and international journals and conferences. Dr. Elgazzar performs both basic and advanced surgical procedures, offering a full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to his patients.

Adnan Shah,

BSc, BDS, MDS (UK), FRACDS (Australia), FDSRCS   (Edinburgh), FFDRCS(Ireland),FCPS(Pakistan),FDSRCPS(Glasgow),FRCDC(Canada), Diplomate ABOMS

Dr. Shah earned his undergraduate degrees in science and obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from de-Montmorency College of Dentistry, University of Punjab, Pakistan. He moved to United Kingdom where he did his graduate residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery leading to the degree of Master of Dental Surgery from University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Dr. Shah is board certified and Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, Royal College of Dentist of Canada and Diplomate American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 He moved to Canada in 2009 following a number of years of OMS practice in the U.K and Pakistan where he fostered his career-long interest in undergraduate and graduate education, research and clinical practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Shah joined the University of Manitoba in 2009 as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and department head of DDSS where he continues to teach undergraduate and graduate students, supervise research projects and practice full scope of OMS at the College of Dentistry and Health Sciences Centre as well as at other Shared Health Winnipeg Regional hospitals. He has published and presented in national and international journals and conferences. His mission is to contribute through teaching, research and clinical practice of full scope of Oral Surgery in the best possible way providing standard of care and satisfaction to his patients and referring dental and medical practitioners

Catherine Dale, DMD, Dip OMS

Dr. Catherine Dale graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1992. She then spent a year working as a general dentist at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, where she completed a one-year Dental Internship program in 1993. During her internship year, she furthered her training in the treatment of a more medically challenged patient population, including oncologic and special needs adult patients. It was during this time that she worked closely alongside the surgeons and surgical residents involved in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program; following her internship year, she entered a four-year residency program herself. Dr. Dale has been a full time practicing oral & maxillofacial surgeon since completion of her residency program at the University of Manitoba in 1997.

Dr. Dale maintains a private practice in OMFS, where she enjoys a mainly dentoalveolar practice. Additionally, she treats a variety of temporomandibular joint disorders. Dr. Dale is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate level programs, where she gives lectures and is a clinical instructor within the Rady Faculty of Health Science’s College of Dentistry. Dr. Dale holds hospital privileges within the WRHA and operates at several hospitals and non-hospital surgical facilities within the region. She provides care for both adult and paediatric patients, in both outpatient clinic and operating room settings. She enjoys involvement in organized dentistry at both provincial and national levels: she is a Past-President of both the Manitoba Dental Association as well as the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Dale was appointed as the Regional Lead for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by the WRHA, a position she continues to hold today, as Shared Health’s Provincial Lead for the Section. She is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, as well as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and serves on a variety of committees with respect to dentistry and surgery within the Province of Manitoba. Dr. Dale has been married to her husband Jonathon since 1990; they have two sons who keep them very busy!

Blair Dagleish,  BSc, DMD, Dip OMS

Dr Dalgliesh was born and raised in Winnipeg.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Winnipeg, he went on to study dentistry at the University of Manitoba.  Dr Dalgliesh graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry in 2003.  He spent 5 years with the Canadian Forces, working in various military facilities in Canada, and released from the military in 2008.  Dr Dalgliesh entered the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Manitoba in 2008, completing his studies and the National Dental Specialty Examination in 2013.  He is a current member of the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and locally he is a member of the Winnipeg Progressive Dental Study Club.  Dr Dalgliesh is the principal oral surgeon at Panorama Oral Surgery in Winnipeg


Single Course Fee:  Dentist:  $650

This event is available in-person only.

Refund Policy

Registrants may receive a refund provided they give written notice no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the event. An administration fee will be retained to cover staff costs of processing refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.

The University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any educational program due to an insufficient number of registrations. The decision to cancel will normally be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the program date. Each registrant will be notified by email and provided with a full refund of all registration costs. The University of Manitoba is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause, including, but not limited to, non-refundable airline fares, hotel penalties or lost income.

Study credits

This course provides up to 6 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits.

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026. Provider ID# 214210 Subject Code 310


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