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COMP IMPLANT TRAINING FLYERMini Residency with 3 Live Patient Surgeries



This comprehensive eight (8) sessions Implant and Implant restoration training series is designed  for the general dentist who, by the program’s completion, will be ready to start placing and restoring implants with confidence. Live-patient implant placement surgeries and hands-on  workshops will be performed by the attendees under expert supervision. The program will include  working with models, fresh-frozen cadaver, and three (3) live-patient surgeries.

Course Schedule

Session 1

  • Hands-on: Wooden Block (Warm up session)
  • Bone /soft Tissue healing, Suture
  • Bone grafting
  • Hands-on (Plastic models-6 sites)

Session 2

  • Fresh Frozen Cadaver Workshop

Ridge Flattening
Implant Placement
Bone Grafting
Decortication/Periosteal Cutting Incision
FGG/Stabilizing sutures

  • Live Patient Surgery

Session 3

  • Healing after Extraction, Socket Preservation, Immediate Placement
  • Live Patient Surgery

Session 4

  • Prosthetics, Hands-on
  • Live patient surgery
  • Post course review

Instructor Bio

Taeheon Kang, DMD,MS

Born and raised in South Korea,Taeheon had the honor of attending Seoul National University Dental School—the most prestigious program in the country. Inspired by the fields of periodontics and implant dentistry, he went on to receive his specialty training in periodontics from Seoul National University in 1996. After earning his certificate in periodontics, he was determined to move to the United States. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his second training in periodontics and implant dentistry.As a result, Taeheon is the only periodontist who has completed a periodontal residency in both Korea and the United States. After eight years of his dedication and commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and Nova Southeastern University as an educator and a clinician, he opened his private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.Dr. Kang is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2005 American Academy of Periodontology Educator’s Award. He is a national and international lecturer in the field of periodontics and implant dentistry and an author of numerous clinical articles in authoritative dental journals.

Omar Abdo, DDS, MS, FACP

Dr. Abdo, who maintains a private practice in Jupiter, Florida, is a specialist in cosmetic veneers and restorations, crown and bridge, dentures, partials, full-mouth reconstructions, maxillofacial prosthodontics, and implant dentistry. He is a board-certified prosthodontist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He held faculty appointment with Marquette University School of Dentistry, University of Illinois and Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with graduate specialty training in advanced combined prosthodontics and earned his Master of Science degree in Oral Science at the University of Illinois Graduate College.

Educational Objectives and Benefits

  • Review anatomic considerations significant in the surgical placement of dental implants
  • Identify potential dental implant selection criteria and case difficulty
  • Learn  surgical protocol for implant dentistry, including incision, flap management, osteotomy, and suturing techniques
  • Learn to avoid common errors and surgical complications
  • Learn protocol for implant restoration

Required Materials:

Participants must:

  •  Show proof of Professional Liability coverage not less than $1,000,000/$3,000,000
  •  Show proof of Current CPR
  •  Active Florida License
  •  Provide own patient
  •  Complete all required NSU documents

Patient Criteria

  • 3 patients ( one for each live surgery)
  • Posterior, including premolars: single or up to 2 implants per site, per patient, per surgery
  • Patients will be prescreened prior to surgery

Additional Information

Payment Options

  • Initial Payment due upon registration (50% tuition)
  • Final Payment due February 1, 2018
  • Course Dates : December 15-16, January 12-13, January 26-27 & february 23-24 (includes meals & materials)

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Do you know the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?


Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring alone can be disruptive and a nuisance. Snoring + sleep apnea can be life threatening.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that temporarily causes breathing to be suspended during sleep. A physical obstruction happens in the airway which limits the amount of oxygen needed to reach the lungs. In the process of attempting to breathe again due to the obstruction, loud snoring or choking noises are heard.

The oxygen deprivation momentarily awakens a person from sleep. The cycle of waking and falling back to sleep is repeated a few times or hundreds of times throughout the night. The lack of oxygen can have long-term damaging effects such as the development of: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, pre-diabetes and diabetes and depression.

The airway obstruction is actually collapsing tissue in the back of the throat. This can be a result of the muscles of the upper airway relaxing during sleep. In “back sleepers” gravity can sometimes cause the tongue to fall back and obstruct the airway as well. In both situations the airway is narrowed or completely obstructed.

Snoring happens when the extra tissue in the back of the throat vibrates during the flow of breathing which produces the sounds of snoring. It is estimated that about 50% of people snore at some point during their lives. Snoring can be heredity and can increase as age advances. Occasional congestion from cold or allergies may also cause snoring.

Many people with sleep apnea suffer from issues of chronic fatigue, lack of concentration or focus. These are due to “unrestful” sleep resulting from the body unconsciously and repeatedly being awakened during the night because of the struggle for oxygen. 

If you are unsure if the snoring you hear from a loved one is sleep apnea, look for correlating indicators such as excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping during sleep, pauses in breathing, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, moodiness, irritability or depression and possibly frequent trips to the bathroom at night.

Testing for a sleep breathing disorder is critical to getting a loved one on the path of better health. If you or someone you know experiences any of the other symptoms or indicators that may suggestion the play of sleep apnea, please contact us immediately for help.

Remember that while snoring is annoying, sleep apnea is life threatening.  

Is SLEEP a secret ingredient in reaching heart healthy weight goals?

SleepAs a group, people who struggle with maintaining a healthy weight experience some of the same struggles and challenges. Whether it is acknowledged or it goes unrecognized, one of those challenges can be airway-related and not being able to achieve the quality of sleep the body requires. The inability to do so can set off a domino effect on a person’s overall health and wellness. Without being able to obtain the levels of required quality sleep, the chances of experiencing long term success with weight loss and health goals can be significantly compromised.

Understanding the relevance of sleep and how it can impact a person’s health is crucial to reaching those goals. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies suggest that there may be an association between sleep and weight gain. In one study, sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods which affected their overall calories consumed. In another study with women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours, the women were more likely to gain over 10 pounds compared with women who slept seven hours a night.

So, what’s the reason? Sleep affects the hormones ghrelin and leptin that regulate and stimulate the sensation of hunger. Achieving quality sleep is needed to reach the different sleep stages during the sleep cycles that occur at the night. Hormone regulation occurs within specific sleep stages. If a person achieves the required hours of sleep but is being awaken during the night due to snoring or airway obstructions that block off oxygen, then the sleep cycles are compromised. Many times, hormones cannot be regulated due to the lack of quality sleep.

An additional factor may be that lack of sleep or quality sleep leads to fatigue which can result in less physical activity. When you feel exhausted the chances of making the best nutritional and fitness choices are much lower.

If you or someone you know is struggling to reach heart healthy weight goals that may be affected by sleep or airway issues, please call us today for help. You might be wondering what your dentist can do.  Dr. Omar Abdo is a board certified prosthodontist.  Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

You can also take a quick 5 minute screening test to see if you or your loved one may be a candidate for a sleep breathing disorder by visiting Get the help you need to feel your best so that you can achieve your goals!



We Wish You and Your Family

a Wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year


5 Tips for Keeping your Teeth Extra Clean During the Holidays


A beautiful, bright & white smile will help you smile confidently in those family photos. Here are the top 5 tips for keeping your teeth extra clean during Christmas Holidays.  Please note, we purposely left out #1 which is eat right for whiter teeth.  The holiday season is not the time for guilt.

1.  Respect brushing times. Latest researches have released a study according to which the perfect time for brushing your teeth is two minutes. Two minutes are needed in order to cleanse your teeth from bacteria and harmful deposits. Use either a timer, or get used to humming a song such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 

2.  Use the brush lightly on your teeth.

There is a misconception that if you brush harder the teeth, you will cleanse them teeth better. Brush using circular movements, and by holding the brush at a 45 degree position against your gums.

3.  Always clean your tongue.

Make sure to clean your tongue thoroughly in order to remove all the harmful bacteria deposits and to obtain a fresh breath. There are several professional brushes that come with a tongue scraper.

4.  Don?t use your teeth to open bottles or gifts with tear plastic covers.

Make sure that you always have in handy a pair of scissors and bottle openers. Using your teeth for such purposes can break or chip them easily.

5.  Chew on cinnamon flavored gum.

Recent studies have shown that if you chew on cinnamon flavored gum the bacteria in your mouth will be significantly reduced. The main ingredient that helps doing this is called ?cinnamic aldehyde? (essential oil that fights against the production of bacteria in the oral cavity).

With lots of holiday love from all of us at the office of:

Omar Abdo, DDS, MS FACP

Board Certified Prosthodontist

Why Do We Need Sleep?


New Research Development

We have always known that attaining quality sleep is an important aspect of our lives and is critical to being able to properly function the next day. However, the science behind why we sleep is not as clearly understood. Researchers believe they may have found new information behind why we sleep. The medical findings further indicate why sleep is so crucial for our existence.

The University of Rochester Medical Center, led by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard and her colleagues, discovered that sleep is needed to remove toxic plaque in the brain. Through their experimentation with mice, the team unexpectedly discovered that brain cells shrank during sleep. This shrinkage allowed for the cerebral spinal fluid to flow more rapidly through the brain which removed traces of plaque.

Dr. Nedegaard believes that this “cleaning” process requires a great deal of energy which is too difficult to complete during waking hours. The discovery suggests that the space between the brain cells changed significantly between conscious and unconscious states. They also found that the space inside the brain increased by 60% when the mice were asleep or anesthetized.

These findings indicate that sleep is needed to clean and restore the brain. Activities such as staying up all night could prevent the brain from removing the built up toxins. The recent information further helps us understand why sleep deprivation can have such strong and immediate consequences.

Restorative, restful sleep may also help to prevent brain disorders.  Previous studies suggest that the toxic molecules involved in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease accumulate in the space between brain cells. Through Dr. Nedegaard’s recent study, researchers tested this concept and found that when the mice where asleep the toxic molecules were cleared!

As more scientific data becomes available, new insights will be gained on how sleep can play a huge role in health, life expectancy and the quality of life. The recent research published by Dr. Nedegaard and her colleagues could be the start of many more studies to come on why sleep is so critical.

Here, at the practice of Omar Abdo, DDS, MS, FACP, we work with sleep specialists to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.  If you or a loved one suffer from poor quality of sleep, daytime fatigue or snoring issues, please contact or our office at (561) 745-5550 for addition information.

8 Factors That Increase the Risk of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Every day we gain new information indicating the aftereffect of untreated sleep apnea. The list ranges from diabetes and heart issues to the connection with cancer and even behavioral issues in children.  This ongoing stream of data and research has provoked us to find a list of factors that increase the risk of sleep apnea, so that we are better able to manage some of those risks, when possible. Knowledge is power!

Before diving into the list, let’s review the definition of sleep apnea to ensure that we are all on the same page.  For the most part, there are three types of sleep apnea — central (happens in the brain), obstructive sleep apnea (most common), and mixed (both central and obstructive).  Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse, causing the airway to close.

Now that we share a common definition for sleep apnea, let’s chat about the nasty risk factors to stay clear of to reduce the risk for obstructive sleep apnea.


This is a BIG one. Did you know that obese adults are seven times more likely to develop OSA than people of a normal weight range, (according to WebMD)? This is because excess weight creates additional mass tissue in the airway, which constricts the diameter of the airway opening.  Here’s a situation in which carrying around that extra spare tire may not be such a snappy idea.

Neck Circumference

Have you ever been envious of a world-class bodybuilder’s physique? If so, this next snippet of information may help you put your envy to rest.  Overly muscular individuals, commonly found in professional athletes, who may not necessarily be obese, have a much thicker neck circumference than the rest of us non-Hulk people. The thicker neck size works against the optimal airway opening circumference. This is similar to what happens in obese individuals, where the extra mass tissue located in the airway narrows the opening for air.

Bulging fact: There’s a higher risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea in men that have a neck circumference greater than 17 inches and women over 15 inches.


Even though this disease can attack every age group, including infants and children, it is more commonly found in older aged individuals. This is because as we age, we begin to lose tone and elasticity, including the soft tissue in our throats which makes it more likely for the airway to collapse.

Family History

When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea, family history can play a huge roll. Certain physical characteristics, such as a narrow jaw or a side profile indicating a lack of the correct chin to neck space ratio, may be indicators for an elevated risk for sleep apnea. In addition, if a family member has sleep apnea, you are also at a higher risk for being diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Alcohol Use

Whether you have sleep apnea or not, alcohol acts as a muscle relaxant and may lead to episodes of sleep apnea.  In those individuals that do have sleep apnea, alcohol makes the apneic events longer, worsening the severity of apnea throughout the night. Note to self: Booze and sleep apnea don’t mix well.


Sleep apnea discriminates. Whoa. Studies show that both sleep apnea risk and sleep apnea severity vary by race.  This may be due to anatomical differences in the airways of different ethnic groups and races.


Here’s another reason to quit while you’re ahead. Smokers are 2.5 times more likely to have sleep apnea, (2001 study). Smoking irritates airway tissues and causes swelling to occur, which ultimately restricts the opening of the airway. Ick!


Did you know that middle-aged men are twice as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea as women of the same age? The difference may be due again to anatomical differences, especially since many times men are bigger than women…well, sometimes. Please note that even though sleep apnea may be male favorable, it is also known to significantly impact women.

We hope the above information was helpful. All humor aside, sleep apnea is serious and it’s not going away. On the flip side, it’s growing at a rapid speed with help from the escalating obesity numbers in our country. As a life threatening sleep breathing disorder, it needs to be addressed and understood by everyone. If you or a loved one thinks you may have sleep apnea, please call us today for additional information.


Dr. Omar Abdo is a board certified prosthodontist located in Jupiter, Fl.  Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.  Please call us today at (561) 745-5550 if you have questions about Sleep Apnea.



Do you have painful dentures?  Are you suffering with missing or failing teeth?  Maybe you are avoiding your favorite foods?  There IS a solution…


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Please Join Us for a Free Seminar

TOPIC:  Dental Implants and Teeth in One Day

DATEWednesday, November 6, 2013

LOCATION:  DoubleTree Executive Meeting Center

ADDRESS:  4431 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

TIME:  3:00pm – 4:00pm (light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres)

All participants are entitled to a complimentary consultation inclusive of any necessary scans and xrays (a $695 value)

Call today to RSVP (561) 745-5550

Cosmetic Dentistry & Prosthodontics: 10 Helpful Facts in Helping You Choose a Specialist


Are some dentists better qualified to place your next crown, bridge or implant? Is there a field of dentistry that has a special understanding of porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry? The answer is yes. Although any General Dentist is permitted to provide these services, if you are looking for a professional that has had extensive training, and most likely, more experience, you may be looking for a Prosthodontist.

  1. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).
  2. Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth.
  3. After completing four years of dental school, a Prostho receives three more years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate education program.
  4. One who is said to be “board certified” has completed an ADA approved residency (specialty) training program, usually at a university dental school and has “passed” both written and oral examinations. Such board certification is a basic standard for professional competence as a specialist.
  5. Not all Prosthos are board certified.
  6. Dental Law in Florida prohibits a dentist from using the word “specialist” if said doctor did not go through a formal residency program. Continuing Education does not count as a formal residency program.
  7. Fellowship of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) is only awarded to certified members of the college. This is the highest possible recognition and credential in the dental specialty of prosthodontics and there is a small, elite group of 700 dentists worldwide that have achieved this status.
  8. There is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, implants or TMJ. These all fall within the field of expertise of a Prostho
  9. Dr. Omar Abdo is a board certified Prosthodontist and Fellow of the ACP
  10. Services falling under the expertise of Prostho include:
  • Aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry
  • Implant dentistry
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Re-treatment of failing dentistry
  • Complete and partial denture

For more information on this specialty, click here.



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