UCLA Dental Implant Continuum

UCLA Dental Implant Continuum


UCLA School of Dentistry

Learn implant surgery and restoration with live patient procedures under the guidance of world-class faculty
24 days - 6 modules

Lectures, Workshops, Patient Demos, Live-Patient Care*
Complete Course: $27,000      30-day early registration: $24,300         
Registration limited to 12       0% Payment plan available
Individual Module: $6,150
contact UCLA CDE:  cde@dentistry.ucla.edu  for payment plans or individual modules.
CDE Credits: 300 available        

2024-2025 course dates
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM   Pacific Time

Module 1  Jan 8-12, 2024 
Module 2  May 6-10, 2024
Module 3  Sep 16-20, 2024 (new dates) 
Module 4  Jan 13-17, 2025 
Module 5  May 12-16, 2025 
Module 6  Sep 15-19, 2025

We are proud to present the UCLA Dental Implant Continuum. 
This intensive and comprehensive program…implant dentistry procedures including: implant placement, implant loading protocols including immediate loading, reconstruction of deficient alveolar ridges, management of the aesthetic zone, fabrication of immediate provisional restorations, and more.

Participants will perform multiple implant surgeries on their own patients* throughout the 2-year, 6-module program. Our prestigious faculty will guide you through each step of the process from treatment planning to routine implant placement to advanced grafting procedures, analog and digital impressions and restoration. Extensive time will be spent in hands-on workshops, prior to live surgery, and with faculty demonstrations of procedures. No prior implant experience necessary!


Module 1 - Interdisciplinary Implant Dentistry - Prosthodontic and Surgical Principles
January 8, 9, 11, 12, 2024 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | CDE Credits: 32
Module 1 will set the stage for the entire program. The fundamentals of surgical and restorative implant procedures will be covered. You will be shown how to identify potential patients for Module 2 for surgical implant placement or restore implants on your patients who have already received dental implants. Our goal is to prepare you for the forthcoming treatment of your implant patients

  • Multidisciplinary treatment planning
  • Clinical documentation of your implant cases
  • Surgical principles
  • Prosthodontic principles
  • Review of clinical surgical anatomy
  • Radiographic and CBCT analysis
  • Implant surgery and prosthetics
  • Submit potential cases digitally and securely for approval
  • Laboratory hands-on sessions to develop skills required to perform surgical & restorative procedures
  • How to construct a PowerPoint presentation for faculty to review your treatment plan and approve your planned treatment before bringing in your patients in Module 2

Module 2 - Performing Surgical and Restorative Procedures in Implant Dentistry
May 6, 7, 9, 10, 2024 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | CDE Credits: 32
You will have a case presentation prepared prior to this session to present to other participants, explaining the workup you performed using different diagnostic modalities, the sequential treatment plan you developed, and the planned surgery or prosthetic procedure you will be performing. The presentation is to be sent digitally to the faculty in advance of module 2. Your workup will be reviewed, suggestions made if the treatment plan or sequence of treatment requires alterations, then approval to proceed with your treatment plan for your patient(s).

  • Management of extraction sites
  • Managing peri-implant soft tissue using appropriate surgical & restorative principles
  • Case presentations
  • Patient treatments
  • Identify potential patients for module3

Module 3 -Advanced Surgical and Prosthodontic Implant Protocols and Techniques
September 16, 17, 19, 20, 2024 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | CDE Credits: 32
Module 3 will provide you with in-depth understanding of advanced implant techniques, biologic hard and soft tissue grafting materials, and scientific support for the advanced surgical and prosthodontic procedures. Workshop exercises will train you in developing skills to perform the complex surgical and restorative procedures required by your patients. Participation in and performing live surgeries will continue.

  • Sinus augmentation
  • Vertical and horizontal ridge augmentation
  • Use of growth factors and biologics
  • Soft tissue molding & contour development
  • Custom impression copings
  • Mid-course evaluation and knowledge assessment

Module 4 - Digital Dentistry and Applications in Implant Dentistry
January 13, 14, 16, 17, 2025 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | CDE Credits: 32
Throughout Module 4, we will review in depth the use of digital technologies to assist you with treatment planning and carrying out surgical and prosthetic procedures for your implant patients. Hands-on workshop exercises will provide you with training on fabrication and use of surgical templates for semi- and fully guided surgery, as well as dynamic navigation using the latest guided software programs. YOU WILL NEED YOUR COMPUTER with a functioning software planning program. Our major sponsor will be able to assist with a software planning program if you do not have one on your computer. Participation and performing live patient treatments will continue.

  • Digital implant treatment planning
  • Guided surgery
  • CAD/CAM applications
  • Software programs reviewed

Module 5 - Prevention and Management of Implant Treatment Complications
May 12, 13, 15, 16, 2025 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  | CDE Credits: 32
Complications are an inevitable part of implant treatment. This module will provide you with knowledge and methods to avoid common complications. When a complication does occur, you will be taught skills to manage complications, and when to consider referring your patient when necessary to provide proper management of the complication for your patient. Participation in live surgeries will continue.

  • Prevention and management of complications
  • Peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis; recognition & management
  • The most common errors and pitfalls in implant treatment

Module 6 - Implant Dentistry - Putting it all Together
September 15, 16, 18, 19 2025 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | CDE Credits: 32
The final module will solidify the principles, skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. Participants are encouraged to organize their best cases treated during the program to present and discuss how you achieved success. UCLA CDE certificates will be presented to commemorate your dedication to advancing your knowledge and clinical skills to provide your implant patients with improved clinical outcomes.

  • The future of implant dentistry
  • Final case presentations
  • Final exam / knowledge assessment

Course Directors
Peter K. Moy, DMD
Marc Hayashi, DMD, MBA
Alireza Moshaverinia, DDS, MS, PhD

Course Faculty
Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD
Sam Alawie, MDT
Ting-Ling Chang, DDS
Robert W. Emery, BDS, DDS
Mark D. Exler, DDS, FACP
Mohammed A. Husain, DDS
Patrick Palacci, DDS 
Alessandro Pozzi, DDS, PhD
Christine Quinn, DDS, MS
Kumar Shah, BDS, MS, FACP
Chandur Wadhwani, DDS, MSD
Shane White, BDentSc, MS, MA, PhD

DIC Moy surgery room

Workshop Exercises 

  • Fundamental Surgical Techniques: incisions, flap design, and suturing
  • Implant placement: using various systems and implant designs on models, pig jaws and patients*
  • Prosthetic techniques: radiographic / surgical guides, impressions, abutment selection and design, fabrication of provisional restorations
  • CBCT analysis and use of digital treatment planning software
  • Tilted implant placement and denture conversion
  • Graft Techniques: sinus augmentation (direct and indirect), CT grafts, GBR, PRF and use of particulate graft materials
  • --->
  • Perform Live Patient Procedures *

 *  Patient Treatment Information:
Patients: The patients you (doctor participant) treat will be your own patients that you bring with you. Patients pay your office directly (not UCLA) for the procedure(s) based on your fee cost/schedule. UCLA cannot provide patients. 

Costs: There are costs associated with each procedure. With help from faculty during treatment planning you will need to order and pay for the necessary implant(s), abutment(s), graft material, etc.  UCLA will provide the drills, PPE and disposable items at a cost of $500 per surgery.

Additional costs/items if needed:

  • PRF (usually at least 4 tubes are made).
  • IV sedation (minimum of 2 hours).
  • CBCTs at UCLA Radiology and include a full case read by radiologists


  • Malpractice insurance: we will need a copy of your malpractice insurance prior to you treating patients
  • CA licensure: you must have a CA license to treat patients in the course. 
  • UCLA Patient Release/Liability Form


Unrestricted education grants or support has been provided by:

  • NobelBiocare
  • Beverly Hills Dental Lab
  • BienAir


speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice

Policies - Cancellation and Refund

UCLA School of Dentistry, Continuing Dental Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

DIC implant case