Hilt Tatum, Jr,. DDS

Dr. Hilt Tatum, Jr. is widely regarded as the world’s most skilled and capable dental implant surgeon. Numerous dentists knowledgeable in the history and development of implant dentistry consider his clinical skills to be legendary. For nearly forty years there have been countless reports from Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, General Dentists, Prosthodontists, and students at all levels of competency, amazed by direct observation of his unmatched surgical and conceptual talents. Dr. Tatum’s original contributions of bone grafting, sinus augmentation, bone expansion for thin ridges, implant design, clinical patient management, and sterile operating technique established the standards for the field of implant dentistry as the discipline matured.

Review of his complete curriculum vitae requires considerable time. In summary, he is the former President of both the American Academy of Implant Dentistry as well as the American Board of Oral Implantology, and has been a member and leader of many professional organizations. Dr Tatum is also a recipient of the the Aaron Gershkoff and Isiah Lew research awards, and in recognition of his important contributions to the healing sciences, in 2004 he was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by the former French President, Jacques Chirac. However, Dr. Tatum’s most important contributions have been the gifts graciously given to the profession and his students as he devoted an entire career to advancing the discipline of implant dentistry and teaching others the techniques he developed and perfected. The lives of many patients and dentists throughout the world have been significantly enriched as a result of Dr. Hilt Tatum’s devoted efforts to improve the art and science of Implant Dentistry.