Dr. Ira Sy, Richmond, BC


Over the past few decades, oral implant therapy has been increasingly popular as a treatment of choice for partial and full edentulism.

Although implants have shown to be highly predictable, there has also been an increase in various complications from surgical and prosthetic interventions. Some of these complications have led to acute and chronic problems for our patients and additionally, there has been a need for retreatment.

This program will review clinically some of these iatrogenic complications with regards to the lack of biological placement of implant fixtures to cementation retention leading to the potential of tissue damage and ultimately the loss of osseointegration and failure with endosseous implants. At the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of the prevention and management of complications related to implant therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Effectively treatment plan to minimize future complications
  2. Manage most common implant-related complications
  3. Avoid esthetic complications
  4. Know how the role of different implant systems along with the position of the implant effects the restorative outcome
  5. Minimize complications risks associated with implant surgery

Bio: Dr. Ira Paul Sy received his D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University. He obtained his initial specialty certification training in Implants and Periodontics at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. He later completed a Prosthetic Implant Fellowship at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

He has served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontology and Implantology residency program at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he has served on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of British Columbia, and Case Western Reserve University as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontics and is also Visiting Professor of Periodontics at the University of Witten in Germany.

His main interests are in the field of minimal invasive aesthetic soft tissue therapy, advanced hard tissue biological regenerative therapy, and Prosthetic/ Surgical implant assisted reconstruction. In 2011, he was the only Canadian selected in the Straumann World Wide Esthetic Case Competition. In 2014 he was selected to author “Oral Implant Assisted Rehabilitation in the Aesthetic Zone- Clinical Reality and Potential Pitfalls”.

Dr. Sy was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, and the PEERS (Platform for Exchange of Education and Research) group for North America.

Currently, he is a consultant for Implant Therapy at the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals and offers an Comprehensive Implant Fellowship under the Vancouver Institute of Osseointegration (VIOSS). He maintains a full time private practice focusing in comprehensive Implant assisted therapy in Richmond and Vancouver, British Columbia.