Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 12 – The Final Ascent

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A.

We have done it! After a long climb that began in January 2019, the peak is within reach.  We have made our Final Ascent!

Lecture 12 of the 12-part series will review each of the cutting edge updates in periodontics that were presented as parts of the series.

As well, hear Dr. Fritz re-tell of his journey to Bhutan in Fall 2019 and the inspiration he found for his next research study into oral cancers and oral pathology.


  • Understand the climate of the current COVID-19 pandemic in which we find ourselves.
  • Review concepts from Lectures 1-11 in an interactive online quiz format with prizes for the winners!
  • Follow along as Dr. Fritz takes us on his journey to Bhutan and back!

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Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 11 – Periodontal Linkages with Other Dental Specialities

Presented by: Dr. Luisa Schuldt, D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.D.C. (C)

Join us for lecture 11 of the 12 part lecture series exploring cutting edge updates in the world of periodontics.  In this lecture, we introduce Dr. Luisa Schuldt to the Perio in the Peninsula Study Club.  Dr. Schuldt recently joined our Periodontal Wellness & Implant Surgery team and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her years of experience as a practicing dentist and periodontist.

Periodontology is not an isolated realm. It is part of a wider scope of care in which interaction between many providers may be required to provide optimal dental care. This team of providers, depending on a patient’s individual needs, may require interaction between general dentist, hygienist, laboratory technician, physician, and one or more dental specialists including periodontist, endodontist, orthodontist and prosthodontist. Armed with innovative digital technologies, team members can achieve improved communication and coordination. Learning the linkages between periodontology and other dental specialities will facilitate a better understanding of the opportunities dental care providers have to work together in order to help our patients achieve aesthetically and functionally satisfying long-term treatment outcomes.


  • Review important role of each member of the dental team
  • Explore new dental technologies and how these can improve communication and treatment planning
  • Understand how dental specialists can work together creating improved clinical outcomes
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 10 – Oral Pathology

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A.

The intra-oral and extra-oral soft tissue examination is an essential part of all dental exams.  This examination is performed in a thorough and systematic nature to ensure that no parts of the head and neck region are missed or overlooked.

This examination can be broken down into sequential steps to review all tissues and to determine if they are within normal limits (WNL) or if there is an abnormality noted.

If an abnormality is noted in an intra/extra-oral examination, further detailed notes about the abnormality such as size, colour, location, surface texture, and consistency are made.  Information about the onset, location, duration, characteristics, aggravating and alleviating factors, related symptoms, and treatment are all considered by your dental hygienist and periodontist.

As part of a full intra/extra-oral examination for abnormalities in our oral pathology, a detailed medical history, family history, drug/medication history, and social history are taken.


  • Learn an algorithm to describe abnormal findings
  • Review the most common pathology encountered in private practice
  • Understand how to diagnose and when to refer your patients for treatment
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 9 – Implant Dentistry in 2020

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A.

Implant dentistry has evolved dramatically in the past years.  In this lecture, learn of the advancements in implant dentistry from past to present.  Discover the role that virtual treatment planning, experience, and long-term maintenance play in the success of a dental implant.


  • Understand the current protocols for implant surgery along with their timelines
  • Identify the metrics for success and success rates of practitioners
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 8 – Periodontal Surgery, Regeneration, and Microsurgery

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A.

Armed with an abundance of knowledge of how to treat and prevent periodontal disease and its progression with non-surgical periodontal therapy, we are ready to unveil the next steps in treatment when specific areas are not responsive to non-surgical therapy, our first line of defence against periodontal disease.

Learn of periodontal surgical techniques and procedures that are used in only 7% of cases that do not respond favourably to non-surgical SRP protocols.

And, watch Dr. Fritz demonstrate these techniques first hand on a few unconventional items!


  • Review the traditional surgical therapies available to manage periodontal disease
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of a microsurgical approach
  • Differentiate between connective tissue grafting and mucogingival grafting
  • Review alternative methods and techniques (i.e., cadaver vs. autogenous sources, pinhole techniques, etc.)
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 7 – Metrics for Success: The Re-Evaluation

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A. & Dr. Amanda B. Longo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Join us as we continue along the treatment journey of the case studies first introduced in Lecture 2 (diagnosis and treatment planning), revisited in Lecture 4 (non-surgical periodontal therapy) and finally re-evaluated in Lecture 7. Close the loop on these example cases as we define the essential metrics necessary to quantify the success of SRP.

Learn of non-dental related metrics for success including strategies to promote mindfulness , the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occuring in the present moment without judgement. Make room in our minds for strategies to improve what we can control and to let go of all that we cannot.



  • Evaluate the success of non-surgical therapy
  • Understand the metrics essential for the Dental Hygienist’s Dashboard
  • Review the follow-up after both positive and negative outcomes
  • Develop proven strategies in mindfulness and chasing excellence in all that is in our control, and learning to respond to those factors that are outside of our ultimate control
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 6 – Implant Maintenance and Peri-Implant Pathology

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A.

It has been eight years since we published our Supportive Periodontal Implant Maintenance Protocol, which has been shared and implemented in dental practices and hygiene colleges across the globe. With the exciting new periodontal and peri-implant classifications published simultaneously by the American Academy of Periodontology and European Federation of Periodontology, we felt it was necessary to revisit our implant maintenance protocol to better reflect the new information and technologies available today. This lecture is focused on the best evidence to prevent peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis using a systematic approach which is personalized for the patient. This critical update has eliminated several steps from our former algorithm and replaced them with innovative approaches generated from new concepts of peri-implant health.



  • Define and identify peri-implant health, peri-implant mucositis, and peri-implantitis based on the new periodontal and peri-implant classification system (2018)
  • Learn the Fonthill Implant Care Protocol algorithm to support implant reconstructions
  • Identify peri-implant pathology
  • Identify treatment of peri-implant disease
  • Understand the co-dependent relationship between implantology and periodontology
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 5 – Antimicrobials, Nutrition, and Adjunctive Options in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A. & Dr. Amanda B. Longo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D

Always pursuing the best strategy, new and adjunctive options in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease are popping up in the literature and in practice all of the time.  Having travelled to visit periodontal practices across the globe, Dr. Fritz has seen it all!  In this lecture, he describes adjunct therapies in the treatment of periodontal diseases and the level of evidence to support (or debunk) their use.

Learn of the power of nutrition for our overall and for our oral health and wellness.  Walk away from this lecture with Chairside Recommendations for your patients around specific nutrients known to have an impact on oral health.



  • Review treatment modalities and learn of the current controversies in literature
  • Discover nutritional interventions for periodontal health
  • Understand nutrition beyond fluoride for the prevention of cavities, for maintaining periodontal health, and as a potential role in healing.
  • Learn of the impact of cannabis and tobacco on periodontal health
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 4 – Non Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Presented by: Dr. Peter C. Fritz, B.Sc., D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)., Ph.D. (Perio), M.B.A., Dr. Amanda B. Longo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Donna Lavoie, RDH, Linda Dakin, RDH & Taylor Sparrow, RDH

Together, we will revisit the series of case studies introduced and diagnosed in Lecture 2. As an interactive group, we will discuss and determine the most efficient and effective non-surgical periodontal treatment plan for each of these cases.

As a dynamic team, Dr. Peter Fritz, Amanda Longo and master clinicians, Donna Lavoie and Linda Dakin will present results of a two-year long trial investigating the effects of ultrasonic scaling alone compared to ultrasonics with the use of hand instrumentation.


  • Review contemporary versus traditional instrumentation
  • Discover the armamentarium required to deliver non-surgical periodontal care
  • Unveil the results of a long anticipated methods development study involving the use of ultrasonics instrumentation alone versus ultrasonics plus hand instrumentation
  • Revisit five case studies of gingivitis and various stages and grades of periodontal disease
Base Camp 12 –  The Final Ascent

Base Camp 3 – Systemic Link between Periodontal Health and Overall Health

Presented by: Dr. Amanda B. Longo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

The link between periodontal health and overall health has never been closer.  The category of periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases accounts for more than one third of the classified cases of periodontitis.  These systemic diseases have a major impact on the loss of periodontal tissue through its influence on systemic and localized inflammation.  This lecture will consider the link between many of the most common systemic diseases affecting our local patient population, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and many others.  Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases considers the multifactorial etiology of the disease and the level of complexity of both its risk and management.


  • Review the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases and other chronic disease
  • Understand chronic disease progression and occurrence
  • Differentiate between prevention and treatment of chronic disease