Clinical Trials

DO YOU HAVE A TOOTH IN THE FRONT OR MIDDLE OF YOUR UPPER OR LOWER JAW THAT NEEDS TO BE REMOVED?

You may qualify for a research study in the UCLA Dental Implant Center that will evaluate the long-term healing of dental implants. 

Purpose? To evaluate bone and gum healing after placement of a dental implant that is placed at the time of tooth removal as compared to a dental implant placed after healing of an extraction site.

Why? Implants are often placed at the time of tooth removal to decrease treatment time and allow for less surgical procedures. However, conventional dental implants are placed after the tooth is extracted and allowed to heal for several months. Very few direct comparative studies are available to see if there are any differences in these two treatment protocols. In this study, an FDA approved dental implant that is tapered to provide improved stability in the bone if placed at the time of tooth removal will be evaluated and compared to the same implant placed after the tooth extraction site has healed.

What to expect? Volunteers of 20 years of age or older, with overall good medical and dental health, and with at least one tooth in the front or middle of the upper or lower jaw that needs to be extracted may be eligible to participate in this study.

Consultation for research eligibility and if accepted, initial dental and implant examinations; including implant and crown placement. Procedure will be followed by 6 follow-up appointments, the last two at 4 and 5 years, to evaluate healing around the implant.

You may receive $300 payment for your involvement. You will also receive CT scans and 2 dental cleanings at no cost, and a discount on the implant and crown.

For information or to make an appointment contact Dr. Aghaloo in UCLA’s Dental Implant Center: (310) 206-6620, or visit us in UCLA’s Dental Implant Center, UCLA School of Dentistry, B0-129

MONDAY - FRIDAY, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ALL APPOINTMENTS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN UCLA’s DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER

IRB Flier with approval


Periodontal Disease

This research study seeks individuals with gum disease (periodontitis) to participate in a clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of laser therapy in the non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontal disease. This study will last twelve months. All visits will take place at the UCLA School of Dentistry in Westwood at the Periodontics Clinic. Participants who meet study criteria will receive education, non-surgical treatment and radiographs at no cost and be asked to return for follow-up evaluations at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after treatment. 

If interested, please contact us at: (310) 825-3795. Participants will be compensated $100 for completion of the 12 month study.