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Workshop: Introduction to Zirconia Dental Implants



Hands-on Workshop and Live Surgery Demonstration


Peter K. Moy, DMD
Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Director, UCLA Implant Center, Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair in Surgical Implant Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry

Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD
Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Assistant Dean, Clinical Research, UCLA School of Dentistry

Joan Pi-Anfruns, DDS
Assistant Clinical Professor, Sections of Restorative Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry



Zirconia dental implants are a new and exciting development in implant dentistry. Preliminary studies suggest zirconia implants induce less inflammation in the peri-implant tissues and promote a favorable epithelial attachment to the implant. They have a more natural appearance that may enhance esthetics, and contain no metal, making them ideal for patients who have metal sensitivities or prefer a metal-free option. 

This one-day course will provide an introduction to zirconia dental implants, with hands-on laboratory exercises on simulated anatomical models to familiarize the participant with the surgical and prosthetic principles. 

A live implant surgery will be performed during the course. This unique opportunity will teach the participants the nuances of the procedure, and allow them to interact live with the surgical team.

Workshop Exercises
  • Placement of one-piece zirconia implants in plastic models
  • Abutment height selection exercise
  • Impression techniques

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will become familiar with the science of zirconia implants
  • Participants will understand the indications and contraindications for use of zirconia implants, as well as patient selection
  • Attendees will participate in a surgical and restorative hands-on workshop


WHEN: Nov 15, 2019, Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WHERE: UCLA School of Dentistry Academic Building at the Center for Health Sciences
CDE Credits: 7

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