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Pacific Implant Academy (PIA) was founded in 2009 in Southern California as a study club with a mission to educate fellow dentists in the field of implant dentistry. Its monthly study club meets on 3rd Tuesday of each month. Soon after PIA was founded, the organizers immediately recognized overwhelming demands and needs for basic and advanced implant surgery and prosthetic training courses in which participating doctors perform procedures on live patients. After years of preparation, first advanced live implant surgery training course was successfully held in Spring of 2014 in Tijuana, Mexico, and since then 4 advanced implant surgery training courses are held each year. One unique thing that sets this course apart from vast majority of other implant courses is that in this course each participant is assigned a dedicated full time dental assistant, and each doctor completes 3 to 4 cases per day. The organizers limit the maximum number of participants in order to keep the participant to instructor ratio low. When a student doctor is performing an advanced implant surgery such as lateral window sinus lift, ridge splitting, internal sinus lift or a large GBR procedures, the participant receives an intimate one-on-one instruction from the PIA instructor.

Type of cases performed during advanced live surgery course

The advanced implant surgery training course can be tailored to meet each participating doctor’s interest.
Each participating doctor will have opportunity to perform following cases:

  • • Straight forward implant placement surgery adhering to strict recommended protocol in order to have long term success
  • Fabrication of screw retained immediate provisional crowns
  • • Ridge splitting
  • • Horizontal bone augmentation using principle of GBR
  • • Lateral window sinus lift
  • • Crestal approach sinus lift
  • • CGF and PRF preparation and application
  • • Socket grafting
  • • Implant placement in fresh extraction sockets
  • • Implant placement in anterior esthetic region
  • • Implant placement for implant overdenture
  • • Connective tissue harvesting and grafting
  • • Suturing practice
  • • Implant removal and resulting defect management