Tara Aghaloo DDS, MD, PhD



Updates in Surgical Implant Dentistry


    1.    To understand the advantages, disadvantages, and techniques involved in implant site development.  

    2.    To review bone graft materials for socket augmentation and minor augmentation procedures.

    3.    To provide updates on immediate implant placement in the molar region.


Many advances have occurred over the last several years in surgical implant dentistry. It is essential for the prosthodontist to understand both the restorative and surgical aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning, site development from the time of extraction to final restoration, objective measurements of implant stability, minor augmentation procedures to be performed before, during, and after implant placement, and appropriate grafting materials for specific bony defects. In this presentation, we will discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and techniques involved in implant site development. Since different alveolar ridge defects require a variety of surgical techniques, we will review bone graft materials for socket grafting and minor augmentation procedures. We will also provide updates on immediate molar implant placement, with scientific rationale for this procedure. Here, clinical cases will be shown and presented with references to provide scientific basis for treatment protocols, along with some original research.


Dr. Tara Aghaloo is Associate Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She completed her dental training at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and M.D. at UCLA. Subsequently, she completed a Ph.D. in oral biology at UCLA. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Her clinical practice focuses on bone and soft tissue regeneration and dental implants. Her research complements her clinical focus in bone biology and regeneration strategies at the basic and translational levels. She is also active in professional organizations where she is a board member of the AO, AAOMS CRPTA committee member, past president of the OMS Section of the IADR, and associate editor of IJOMI. 

    Associate Professor
    Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    UCLA School of Dentistry