Founded in 1998 in Las Vegas, NV, the Dental Implant Institute (DII) is renowned for its distinctive innovation and advanced knowledge in dental implant therapy. The company's sophisticated range of patented surgical techniques and methods of treatment are combined with technical excellence and tested clinical skills create an environment where we can offer a distinct level of treatment to all our patients.
The Dental Implant Institute's continued excellence in clinical therapy in full mouth reconstruction was missing one piece: a dental implant system that is conducive to their patented technique of 5 in 1 which allow full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Leon Chen is the Founder and CEO of The Dental Implant Institute. Dr. Chen is world renowned for his development of the techniques of Hydraulic Sinus Condensing™ which was developed in 1995, and his Vertical Translation™ for Cosmetic Root/Implant Coverage, and Vertical Translation™ for Vertical and Horizontal Augmentation techniques, which were developed in 1997.
Dr. Chen’s patented Hydraulic Sinus Condensing (also referred to as HSC)™ is the most non-invasive sinus lift in the world to date. The concept revolves around minimal trauma to the body by use of a patented hydraulic drill to gently lift the sinus membrane in order to build-up the bone density to successfully place dental implants. This technique has been accepted to the most prestigious: Journal of Periodontology in 2005.
Dr. Chen’s Vertical Ridge Augmentation invention allows our doctors to combine five surgeries, which previously took 16 months for the patient to heal, into one surgical visit that is less invasive, less painful, with a faster healing time of only 3-4 months total, at the highest success rate. For ideal cases, Dr. Chen developed the 15 Minute Implant™, which is performed using the special patented drill he invented for this procedure. His techniques have revolutionized the field of implant dentistry, and through his inventions, has changed the dental textbooks on implants.
Presently, Dr. Chen is focusing his efforts on Implant Complication Management™. Dr. Chen is a Fellow and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists; He was a clinical instructor for the Implant Departments of Harvard University, Northwestern and UNLV. Presently, Dr. Chen is the Dean Advisory Board of Harvard University. Dr. Chen is a featured podium speaker for the Academy of Periodontology, The International Implant Symposium, The International Congress of Oral Implantology, The Quintessence International Symposium and The European Federation of Periodontology. He was nominated to participate in the advisory Board of Scientific Council for the German, Italian Journal of Implantology and Periodontology, and Journal of Implant Advanced Clinical Dentistry. He is also an editor for The International Magazine for Oral Implantology, and locally has served as a Medical Advisor for Las Vegas Health magazine. As of 2007, he also is part of The Peer Review for the Journal of Periodontology.
A preeminent educator who has placed over 30,000 implants in his ongoing career, Dr. Chen has lectured extensively about dental implants both nationally and around the world. He holds several patents for the implant and surgical instruments associated with his revolutionary surgical techniques. Dr. Chen is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors in Las Vegas. He has donated land and a building to the Adat Ami congregation to use for their synagogue. He is a Platinum business sponsor for the “Feed the Children” foundation, a Gold level sponsor for the American Heart Association, and a generous contributor to the Diabetes Foundation. He is a member of the UNLV President’s foundation and the Asian Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Dr. Chen received the Taiwan National Award. This award is a great honor in Taiwan, and it was presented to him by President Ma of Taiwan.
Dr. Chen received the “2007 Model of Taiwan and Oversees Entrepreneurs” award, a prestigious award usually reserved for publicly traded companies. Dr. Chen was chosen from a strenuous screening process and is the only dentist in the world to hold this award. Dr. Chen is also a supporter of The 4 Christ Mission, which through his patronage, has been able to support several orphanages throughout Mexico. Every year since 2010, Dr. Chen has organized groups of international doctors to participate in philanthropic events all over the world.
Dr. Chen was honored with the Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney’s “Keeping America Strong” award, as seen on the special television series, The Heartbeat of America, and presented by William Shatner. Dr. Chen received a scholarship to the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with high honors. He earned his Masters of Science and Certificate in Periodontology from Northwestern University.
Dr. Chen was awarded by the Minister of Health and the President in Honduras for his Global Oral Health Initiative and Efforts in August 2012.
Dr. Jennifer Cha is the President of the Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas, NV. She is a Fellow and Diplomat of the International Board of Oral Implantologists, one of only three dentists in Las Vegas to be awarded this esteemed honor.
A resident of Las Vegas for over 30 years, Dr. Cha graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in Biology and then received her D.M.D. degree from Washington University School of Dentistry. Dr. Cha has extensive post-graduate experience, having completed both a Masters Degree in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Periodontics from Northwestern University Dental School.
Dr. Cha utilizes her expertise in dental implants, both surgical and restorative, and specifically in full mouth reconstruction of complicated dental implant cases, to offer the most advanced care to her patients through a revolutionary procedure combining 5 surgeries into one surgical visit that is less invasive, less painful, with a faster healing time and the highest rate of success.
Dr. Cha is also an accomplished cosmetic periodontal plastic surgeon, and was voted by her peers as a top periodontist and best female dentist in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Life, The 215 South, and The Summerlin magazines.
In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Cha is active in the several charitable organizations in Las Vegas. She is a Gold Level sponsor for the American Heart Association, and also contributes generously to the Diabetes Foundation and the AIDS Foundation. She is on the advisory board of Clark High School, from where she graduated, for AMSAT, a math and science program for advanced students.
Dr. Cha also is a sponsor of the 4 Christ Mission, which through her patronage, has been able to build and support several orphanages in Mexico.
She is a published author in numerous scientific journals, and has received the Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney’s “Keeping America Strong” award, as seen on the special television series, The Heartbeat of America, and presented by William Shatner.
Dr. Cha is on the advisory board of The 1st National Bank of Nevada, serves as a Medical Advisor for Your Health Magazine and is part of The Peer Review for the Journal of Periodontology.
Dr. Cha was awarded by the Minister of Health and the President in Honduras for her Global Oral Health Initiative and Efforts in August 2012.
Dr. Patterson graduated with a B.S. in dental hygiene, she was then accepted into University of California San Francisco Dental School and graduated at the top of her class and received several awards for her outstanding performance. Dr. Patterson has taught at UNLV and provides Invisalign, laser and endodontic treatment. She also understands patients reluctance to visit the dentist and strives to make each visit as pain free as possible. Dr. Patterson has been practicing general, cosmetic and family dentistry in Las Vegas since 2008 and is currently perusing a Masters in Public Health Administration.
Dr. Patterson has been a resident of Las Vegas since childhood since her father was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. She decided to become a dentist when she was 6 years old at her very first dental appointment. Her dentist at that time said that there were not too many African American, female dentists and that, if interested, she should study to become one. She is passionate about science and art so dentistry is an excellent mesh of both. Her goals for her patients are to have a beautiful smile while maintaining or increasing function.
DMD, PharmD, MaCSD
Dr. Greenwood received his PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) from Xavier University in 1999, and his DMD (Dental Medicine Doctorate) in 2007 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Greenwood has lectured both nationally and internationally as has spoken to symposioums regarding latest trends in oral, IM, IN and IV conscious sedation. Dr. Greenwood received his diplomat from the International Academy of Dental Implantology fellowship, as well as recognition for Outstanding Achievement in dental implants from IADI.
Dr. Greenwood helped establish Louisiana Dental Centers in the greater New Orleans are post-Katrina, and is pleased to join Dr. Cha and associates. His practice encompasses all aspects of restorative dentistry, including aesthetic, oral surgery and implant dentistry. He employs IV sedation during his clinical procedures and can make any dental visit a pleasant experience while you sleep. In addition to private practice, Dr. Greenwood serves as a clinical preceptor for UNLVSDM implant externship.