1st Annual J. Joe Littlejohn Lectureship on Implants


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About The Presenters

Dr. Samuel F. Jirik is an Arkansas native and a long time Cabot resident. Dr. Jirik has been practicing dentistry since 1986 and has been placing and restoring implants since 1989 after completing a one year internship with Dr. Joe Littlejohn.

A pioneer in cosmetic bonded porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, Dr. Jirik first implemented these procedures in 1987. Dr. Jirik received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. His dental degree was obtained from the University Of Tennessee Center Of Health Sciences in 1986, where he won several awards for pediatric and operative dentistry. He proudly holds positions as a Diplomate and Board Examiner of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a Fellow of the Misch Implant Institute as well as being Past President of the Southern District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

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Rob White has been a vital part of Root Laboratory for the past 31 years and operates as the General Manager where he is involved in all aspects of the company. He has lectured at NYU, Alabama Implant Study Group, Misch Implant Institute and AAID, ICOI, and various other study clubs as well as the Medical College of Georgia Maxi Course for the past 8 years.

Root Lab began restoring and manufacturing dental implants in 1968 and has been a part of the MCG Maxi course for over 27 years. Root Lab has processed over 19,000 subperiosteal implants for over 1400 doctors in 49 states, 23 foreign countries, 17 universities and 24 institutions. Root Lab has also fabricated over 53,600 cermaic unites on 13,754 endosseous blade implants.

As of July 1, 2010, Root Lab has restored over 200,000 root form implants which accounts for 65,321 patients.

Location Specifics

This course takes place on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5.

Course Description

Utilizing the implantology principles and philosophies of Dr. Joe Littlejohn for two decades, Dr. Jirik examines the impact of Dr. Littlejohn's knowledge and its continued relevance in today's dental field. This lecture will present current and historical implant modalities including the advantages, disadvantages and management of the subperiosteal implant, the plate form implant and the root form implant. Optimal modalities for bone grafting, occlusion, soft tissue management and implant maintenance, which are all vital to long term esthetics, will also be reviewed.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 6 hours continuing education credits.