Yong-Han Koo, DDS

« It is a great time to approach dentistry with emotional intelligence, harmonizing technology and humanity »

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Mr Yong-Han Koo, DDS (Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Lecturer, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, Founder, Academy of 3D Connection in Osseo-Integration Private Practice, Wayland Oral Surgery, Wayland, MA) will be in Athens and specifically at the 1st MIS DAY. Everyone is excited to hear and see the distinguished scientist.

Mr Yong-Han Koo is expected to make his own distinctive mark on his dental course and specifically said about his presence in our country: “ It is an honor and a special privilege to be sharing my passion for life and dentistry with dentists from Greece”.

The issue that will develop during the 1rst MIS DAY is “Digital Approach to Esthetic Dentistry: Current State & Future Concepts”.

What interested you in MIS?
I was intrigued by MIS because it was very clear to me that MIS has a genuine passion to serve people, both the patients and clinicians, around the world.

MIS uses the slogan “Make It Simple”! In what ways the MIS system is simple to use? 
I strongly believe that more is not better, better is better.  MIS is very adept at streamlining their products and keeping only what is truly essential.   MIS’s designs are innovative and well thought-out from the clinician’s stand point as well as the patient’s, ultimately resulting in easy-to-use, excellent products.  

What will be your special point in your presentation during the MIS day that will cause interest in the audience?

  • Understand the difference between ‘success’ vs ‘survival’ in implant therapy
  • Apply Stage I, II and III surgical protocols
  • Learn to perform immediate implant therapy and complex GBR techniques with the use of bioactive modifiers
  • Utilize an efficient and practical digital workflow to handle single to fully edentulous situations
  • Understand key long-term stability factors

The last years guided dentistry has gained a lot of ground. How digital dentistry changes the every day practice?
Digital dentistry has been helping us grow organically by allowing our patients to become active participants in their journeys from start to finish.  Internally, it has also brought our team together: connectivity, pride, love and passion for what we do culminate in a strong belief that what we provide as a team could really make a positive impact on people.

MIS has developed its guided implant placement system, Mguide. Which advantages do you consider the system has?

  • Prosthetically driven implantology
  • Efficient communication among team members and with patients
  • Open field design leads to both mechanical and clinical advantages
  • Accuracy and predictability of clinical care by 3D CAD/CAM technology

Thank you Dr. Koo for your time. Is anything you want to tell to the Greek dentists who will attend the 1st MIS Day in Greece?
It is an honor and a special privilege to be sharing my passion for life and dentistry with dentists from Greece who are committed to providing the highest quality of clinical care.  It is an exciting time to practice dentistry because of the ever changing advancement in digital technology.  However, this digital revolution could make us feel that we could be replaced by robots and computers.

I sincerely believe we do not need to be threatened by them as long as we remember that the efficiency that we all seek from digital technology does not always equate to quality or positive impact.  We have to continue to invest in technology for the people.  It is a great time to approach dentistry with emotional intelligence, harmonizing technology and humanity: self-awareness, self-discipline, motivation, empathy, social justice, etc.

CV Dr. Yong-Han Koo

Dr. Yong-Han Koo graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St Raphael Campus.

He is a faculty at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  He serves on the board of directors for American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and as a member of the E-Poster Committee for Academy of Osseointegration (AO) and the CE Committee for Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (MSOMS) and Yankee Dental Congress.  Dr. Koo is the founder of Academy of 3D Connection in Osseo-Integration and maintains a private practice limited to oral and maxillofacial surgery in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Course Description:

This program is specifically designed to provide a unique experience in restoratively driven 4D implantology from start to finish.  The main objective is to share a proven digital workflow that fully engages the patients and the dental team.  This enables the patients to become active participants in their treatment planning process and also allows them to grasp realistic expectations of their treatment prior to committing to any procedures by identifying critical risk factors and clinical benefits.

Having the best diagnostic tools, as well as the ability to execute a plan accordingly with precision is paramount.  Having a clear, comprehensive implant staging protocol focusing on sound fundamental principles combined with advanced digital technology will bring clarity, simplicity and efficiency to your clinical care.

There will also be a discussion on how the innovative design and surface technology of an implant system can impact the clinical outcome.  The distinct advantages of the unique design principles and the clinical benefits of the system will be highlighted through case presentations ranging from a single esthetic to complex edentulous situations.

Future concepts regarding digital dentistry will be explored as well.