Dr. Ira Paul Sy

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The management of the soft tissue aesthetic zone with oral implants and natural teeth have shown to be challenging.

Often times, the end result can be affected by the choice of the treatment planning, sequence, and surgical technique. As implant replacement continues to be a viable option in the esthetic zone, more emphasis has been placed on the result of the soft tissue interface with the endosseous implant and the prosthetic suprastructure. This program will illustrate some of the current trends in implementing soft and hard tissue augmentation in the esthetic zone in conjunction with immediate implantation and natural provisionalization.

Additionally, an interdisciplinary approach will be presented in the management of the esthetic zone encompassing various treatment strategies with provisionalization techniques and minimal invasive surgical techniques will be shown.


  1. Be able to understand the comprehensive treatment planning process with soft tissue profiling to enhance the aesthetic result.
  2. To understand the importance of utilizing minimally invasive approaches to enhance and maintain the soft tissue result.
  3. To have a three dimensional and biological approach in planning implant treatment in the aesthetic zone.
  4. Be able to create a blue print and plan in order to envision the aesthetic and functional result prior to initiating treatment.

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.

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