We at Palm Desert Center are a highly-experienced, uber-talented group of dental professionals who perform General Dentistry, Advanced Dentistry, Periodontics, Cosmetics and Dental Implants.


Let’s Meet the Professionals


 Joan Pi Anfruns, D.M.D. Joan Pi Anfruns, D.M.D.

Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2004 from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. He is an alumnus of the Advanced Implant Program, Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, New York University (2007). He joined the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007, where he completed a Fellowship in Surgical Implant Dentistry (2014). Currently, Dr. Pi-Anfruns shares his time between private practice in Los Angeles, CA and as a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA with a dual appointment in the sections of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Team for Implantology.


A word from Joan Pi Anfruns, D.M.D.

Educational Background

• DMD, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, 2004
• Advanced Implant Dentsitry, NYU, 2007
• Surgical Implant Fellowship, UCLA, 2014

Research & Interests

• Dental Implants
• Bone & Soft Tissue grafting

Grants Funding

2/20/13 – 1/31/14 OraPharma Clinical Research Grant OP-P-5267, “Multi-Center Phase 3 Trial of Minocycline HC 1mg Microspheres for the Use in Subjects with Peri-implantitis Co-Investigator (Pl: Aghaloo)

10/1/13 – 9/30/15 Biohorizons Clinical Research Grant, “Evaluation of a connective tissue attachment to a laser microgrooved surtace: a human-retrieval histologic study Co-Principal Investigator (P: Aghaloo)

4/1/14 – 3/31/16 Straumann Clinical Research Grant, “A randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical study evaluating the crestal bone level change of Straumann bone level 3.3mm NC SLActive Roxolid implants compared to Straumann bone level 4.1mm RC SLACtive Roxolid implants. Co-investigator (Pl: Aghaloo)

2/1/17 – 1/31/20 International Team for Implantology grant, Principai Investigator, “A novel implant design toevaluate primary stability and osseointegration”. Co-investigator (Pl: Aghaloo)

3/1/17 – 2/28/22 Straumann Clinical Research Grant, “Immediate placement of the Straumann bone level tapered implant with early loading in single tooth gaps in the maxilla and mandible compared to delayed placement”. Co-Investigator (PI: Aghaloo)

4/28/17 National Science Foundation Grant, “-Corps: Smart Health Platform for Dental Implant Treatment Planning”. Co-Principal Investigator.UCLA PATS Record Number: 20173990 ($50,000). Development of a Smartphone Application and Augmented Reality Library for Implant Dentistry Education

10/13/2017 Burst Oral Care Fund for Excellence. University Fund Number 49507 ($50,000) “A comparative study of electric toothbrushes for the efficacy of plaque removal and the effect on plaque accumulation and gingivitis” Principal Investigator



Fellow. international Team for Implantology (1TI). April 2019

Director. Zirconia lmplant Research Group. International Academy of Ceramic Implantology April 2018 – April 2019

Fellow. Academy of Osseointegration. March 2018

University and Community Service

2018- 2021 Member, Research Advisory Committee

Committee Service

Research Advisory Committee. UCLA School of Dentistry. Active






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