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Surgical Extractions for the General Dentist

April 28, 2023 @ 7:00 am - April 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PDT

$295.00 – $750.00


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Three Day Hands-On and Live Patient Training

Dates: April 28-30, 2023

Location: Washington AGD Global Learning Center

Credit Hours: 8 hours per day – Total of 24 hours

Subject Code: 730 Oral Surgery


  • AGD Dentist Member: $5000
  • Non-AGD Dentist: $6500
  • UWSOD AGD Student Member (Surgery Observe Only): $500
  • Non-AGD Student (Surgery Observe Only): $750
  • Virtual Meeting AGD Dentist April 28 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) – $295
  • Virtual Meeting Non-AGD Dentist April 28 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) – $495

Target Audience: In-state, Out of State or International Dentists & Dental Students.

Clinical Instructors: Nick Parque, DDS, Dzon Nguyen, DDS, Tim Hess, DDS, Prasith Kim-Aun, DMD, Aarika Mitchell, DMD, & Lauren Vainio, DDS

Special Note: Doctors treating patients must have an active dental license and malpractice insurance.

Course Description

Three Day hands-on course designed for general dentists who wish to expand beyond simple dental extractions, and want to gain a better understanding on the fundamentals of safe, surgical extraction techniques. This course is geared to guide the general dentist on the fundamentals of simple and surgical dental extractions including incision design, flap elevation, sectioning of teeth, and advanced suturing techniques. Dentists will also gain knowledge on basic alveolar socket preservation techniques utilizing resorbable and non-resorbable membranes in preparation for implant placement.

“Surgical Extractions for the General Dentist” is broken into two parts – day one is a didactic review of patient evaluation/selection as well as fundamentals of exodontia techniques. The latter half of day one involves a hands-on benchtop workshop to review surgical extraction techniques on pig’s jaws. Days two and three are “Live-Patient” clinic days where doctors will be able to encounter surgical extractions, multiple teeth extraction cases, alveolar socket preservation, and basic impaction cases. All participants are given direct instruction by the clinical faculty. Each clinic day begins with a treatment plan review by the clinical faculty and concludes with a self-assessment/review of cases by participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of patients who are medically stable to be treated in the general dentist’s office.
  • Gain a better understanding of how to avoid complications.
  • Understand the principles of surgical extractions:
    • Incision/flap design,
    • Raising full-thickness mucoperiosteal flap,
    • Sectioning of teeth
    • Judicious removal of bone to facilitate removal of a tooth, and suturing
  • Basic Alveolar Socket Preservation techniques
  • Post-operative considerations


Day 1

  • Morning: Didactic review of 1) Patient Evaluation and Medical Considerations for Exodontia, 2) Principles of Exodontia and Surgical Extractions.
  • Afternoon: Hands-on benchtop exercises on Pig’s Jaws

Day 2/3

  • Hands-on Live Patient Surgical extractions. Pre-treatment review and treatment planning with attending dentists. Self-evaluation and presentation of case following completion of clinic.

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Nicholas Parque

Nicholas Parque


Dr. Nicholas Parque is a general dentist who works in private practice in Auburn, Washington. He has also maintained hospital privileges at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where he serves as at attending dentist for the Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency.

Dr. Parque completed his dental school training at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan and had a special interest in surgical training completing the Periodontics Clerkship and Advanced Oral Surgery Clinical Elective programs. Following the completion of his dental training, Dr. Parque completed a General Practice Residency Program at Swedish Medical Center with special focus on advanced oral surgical procedures, sedation dentistry, and management of medically complex patients. During his residency training he also obtained Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification as well as his Intravenous Moderate Conscious Sedation Permit in the state of Washington. Since the completion of his residency training, Dr. Parque has served as an attending dentist within the Swedish residency program and has trained over two dozen resident dentists on advanced oral surgical procedures.  He has a passion for teaching and helping others learn to deliver excellent surgical care.

Dr. Parque is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and plans to earn his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in the summer of 2022. Dr. Parque serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Academy of General Dentistry and has served as clinical faculty for several hands-on courses on oral surgery and neurotoxin therapy at the WAGD.

Parque also holds active membership in the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and Seattle-King County Dental Society.

In his free time, Dr. Parque enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Tara, and dog, Wrigley. He is an avid cyclist, having completed the Seattle to Portland bike ride twice, and enjoys other outdoor activities such as running, swimming, and golf.

Dr. Dzon Nguyen

Dzon M. Nguyen


Dr. Nguyen is an expert at taking care of his patients. He loves his work and is determined to make each patient raving fans.

His goal is to provide quality services for his patients to achieve long term good dental health. He believes healthy and beautiful smiles can be possible with regularly scheduled appointments and proper preventive dental care. Dr. Nguyen is trained in the most advanced techniques. Dr. Nguyen features CEREC CAD/CAM porcelain crowns in one appointment. He is both a beta tester for this amazing technology and an instructor for certifying new doctors as well as teaching advance certification. Dr. Nguyen continues to advance our available care by providing dental implant surgery and restoration here in our office. He was one of the first general dentists in Washington State to be certified with Invisalign. He was awarded the “Invisalign Innovator” award in 2003, “Top 100 Invisalign Dentist in the Country” in 2002-4, and is the first general dentist to be awarded Premier Status with Invisalign. Previous to this, he had completed a two year orthodontic course sponsored by the Academy of General Practice Orthodontics.

Dr. Nguyen holds a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) representing the highest honors a members can achieve. He has also been awarded the distinction of Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (FICOI).

Dr. Dzon Nguyen received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is an active member of the Seattle King County Dental Society, The Washington State Dental Association, The American Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry.  

He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, wake boarding, wake surfing road and mountain biking with his college sweetheart and their three girls.

Aarika Mitchell DMD

Aarika Mitchell


Dr. Mitchell is originally from the small town of Ardmore, Tennessee, where she was born and raised for eighteen years. She attended undergraduate college at Auburn University in southeast Alabama and UAB in Birmingham, Alabama for dental school. She moved to Seattle in 2017 to begin the Swedish Medical Center general practice residency program. After completing the program, she worked in community health for a year at the High Point and 45th Street Neighborcare locations. She came back on as Assistant Program Director and associate dentist at Seattle Special Care Dentistry in August of 2019. Part of this job entails being a member of the hospital dentistry group at Swedish Medical Center and the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, where she covers patient care and resident education one day per week.

Dr. Mitchell is married and recently moved to the Loyal Heights neighborhood with her husband Zach, dog Zeus, and cat Rosie. She enjoys spending time with her pets and playing outdoors in her free time. She is a member of The Mountaineers Seattle branch and has been dabbling in alpine training and pursuits since 2019. During COVID, she also took up gravel biking, which is excellent cross-training for mountain sports. 

Dr. Lauren Vainio DDS

Lauren M. Vainio


Dr. Lauren Vainio is a general dentist who works in Seattle, WA. Dr. Vainio completed her dental training at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  Dr. Vainio currently serves as clinical faculty for the Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency program and is the Oral Surgery Clinic Director at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic. She has had extensive training and experience in the management of medically complex patients and overseeing their dental treatment in clinical and Operating Room settings. Dr. Vainio also maintains current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and Moderate Conscious Sedation with Parenteral Agents Permit in the State of Washington.

Timothy A. Hess


Dr. Hess is a graduate of the University of Alberta and completed his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1994. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry, Affiliate Faculty in Oral Medicine and the Director of the Tucker Institute at the UW School of Dentistry. He currently lectures on implant failures due to restorative techniques, operative techniques, zirconia restorations as well as facial aesthetics including the topics of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. Dr. Hess also maintains a private practice in Auburn, Washington.

Dr. Hess has been published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, IJOMI, CJRDP, Decisions in Dentistry and Operative Dentistry. He has presented at the ADA Annual Meeting, the AGD Annual Meeting, Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, International Academy of Gnathology, Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics and the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

He is a Past-President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society. Dr. Hess is a Member of Academy of Operative Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentist and has received his Life Long Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a Member of the International Academy of Gnathology and an Active Member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Prasith Kim-Aun

Prasith Kim-Aun


Dr. Prasith Kim-Aun (nickname “Jawz”) was born in Cambodia and raised in France and Germany. He studied dentistry at the University of Berlin and earned his DDS degree at the University of Ulm (both in Germany). After practicing in private practice for a few years, his desire to broaden his scope of dentistry led him to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia where he attended the PASS program (Program for Advanced Standing Students) – a special program tailored to non-US-trained dentists. He eventually earned his DMD degree from this program and conveyed his knowledge as a PASS instructor to other upcoming PASS doctors before he moved to Washington State. He served underprivileged patients in community health clinics for two years before he opened his own private practice in University Place (WA) with his wife who is also a dentist.

His passion for continuing education and surgery led him down the path of implant dentistry. His implant education includes training at the Southern California Academy of General Dentistry, the Ladera Ranch Implant Institute (now called the Engel Institute), the AIC (Advanced Dental Implant Research and Education Center), and the “Clinical Implantology A-Z” program at the Washington Academy of General Dentistry. He has clocked in over 1,000 hours of implant-related continuing education and has been the co-director of the “Implantology A-Z” program at the WA AGD since 2020.

Dr. P. has earned his Fellowship with the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. P. enjoys airsoft, soccer, movies, and the adventures of fatherhood to his two beautiful daughters. He was also editor-in-chief for Starfleet International (www.sfi.org), the largest Star Trek fan club in the world, for three consecutive years and still enjoys all kinds of science fiction.


April 28, 2023 @ 7:00 am PDT
April 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm PDT
$295.00 – $750.00


Washington Academy of General Dentistry
(206) 212-4969
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Washington AGD Global Educational Center
19415 International Blvd, #410
SeaTac, WA 98188 United States
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19415 International Blvd Ste 410
SeaTac, WA 98188-5366
AGD Provider ID # 219331
(206) 212-4969

Nationally Approved From 6/1/2018 – 5/31/2024
Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.

The Washington AGD Continuing Dental Education Committee gratefully acknowledges corporate partners of our programs for their generous support. CE program providers and instructors will disclose to participants any monetary or other special interest the program provider may have with any corporate partners products they are discussing in CE activities. Disclosure will be made in publicity materials and at the beginning of the presentation itself in accordance with our PACE Commerical Support Guidelines.