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An Endorsement by Dr Hilt Tatum Jr. DDS

International Recognised Pioneer in Implant Dentistry and the Inventor of the Sinus Life Clinical Procedure

Reaction to Dr Balwant's Presentation to Dentists at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in 2022

“I have heard many lectures in my life but I can say that this was the best 3 hour presentation of comprehensive dental implantology procedures presented today on planning & executing the successful implant reconstruction, minimising time & patient morbidity.

I am very proud of Dr Balwant Vekaria’s innovative techniques on the NIRAB concept
(Natural Implant Restored in Stable Alveolar Bone”.

Dr. Hilt Tatum, Jr. D.D.S.

Dr. Hilt Tatum, Jr. D.D.S.

“Dr. Tatum is widely regarded as one of the world’s most skilled dental implant surgeons and is unmatched in his surgical and conceptual talent”.

For over 40 years Dr. Tatum has been most gracious in giving his time and knowledge to advancing the discipline of implant dentistry to the dental profession. The lives of many patients and dentists have been enriched as a result of Dr. Tatum’s innovative thinking, research and implant techniques that he developed. In 1955, while a student at Emory Dental School, he attended the first program on dental implants to be given in a dental school. Throughout his career Dr. Tatum’s goal has been “To bring the compromised dental patient back to normal comfort, function and esthetic dental health”.

Emory University Dental School 1953-1957

1969 – Began the bone expansion concept for the placement of implants

1970 – Introduced autogenous bone grafting techniques into Oral Implantology

1974 – Developed the Sinus Lift Operation

1974 – Began to perform the Inferior Alveolar Nerve lateralization technique

1975 – Developed the Sinus Graft Operation

1978 – Designed Sinus Grafting and Bone Expansion instruments

1979 – Designed the first 2 stage Titanium Root Form System in the USA

1982 – Introduced the Vascularised Osteotomy Technique with interpositional bone grafting

Presented over 2000 professional presentations worldwide

In 2003 Dr. Tatum was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by French president Jacques Chirac in recognition of his contributions to the healing sciences.

Dr Hilt Tatum is the inventor and pioneer of the Sinus Lift Clinical Procedure.

The sinus lift and graft technique is now considered to be a state-of-the-art surgery. In 1975, Tatum introduced the technique that increased maxillary bone height by placing graft material under the maxillary sinus and Schneiderian membrane; by the early 1990s, a modification of Tatum’s original technique had become a standard procedure.

Curriculum Vitae of Hilt Tatum, Jr., D.D.S.

  • Born April 22, 1934 —Opelika, Alabama
  • Auburn University, 1951-53
  • Emory University School Of Dentistry 1953-57—D.D.S.
  • Marine Hospital, Savannah, Georgia 1957-59—Dental Surgeon
  • Consultant –Marine Hospital, Savannah Ga., 1959-64
  • Staff, Memorial Hospital, Savannah, Ga., 1959-63
  • Private Practice, Opelika, Alabama 1960-78
  • Staff, Lee County Hospital, Opelika, Alabama 1961-79
  • Private Practice, St. Petersburg, Florida 1978-95
  • Staff, Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida 1979-95
  • Chief, Oral Surgery Department, Edward White Hospital 1982-85
  • Director, Edward White Hospital Implant Residency Program 1990-95
  • Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Implantology, University of Lille II Medical School (France) 1985-2010
  • Clinical Professor of Oral Implantology, Department of Periodontology, Temple University School of Dentistry 2006-2010
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Florida 1980-83
  • Implant Maxi-Course at New York University/Brookdale Hospital 1985-95
  • Implant Maxi Course, School Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia 1987-95 2006-Present
  • Department of Oral Implantology, School of Dentistry, Harvard University 1987-93
  • Implant Maxi Course, School of Dentistry, Howard University !992-95
  • Implant Maxi Course, OAGD-AAID Implant MaxiCourse 2008-Present
  • Implant Maxi Course, Vancouver MaxiCourse 2011
  • Implant Maxi Course, University of Las Vegas MaxiCourse 2011- Present
  • Director of Tatum Institute 1998-Present
  • Co-Director of Implant Maxi Course, School of Dentistry, University of Puerto Rico 2003-Present
  • Senior Faculty, Boston Implant Institute 2005-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Oral Implantology 1988-Present
  • Diplomat American Board Oral Implantology, Past President and Director
  • Fellow American Academy Implant Dentistry, Past President
  • Fellow American College of Dentists
  • Fellow International College of Dentists
  • Presented Over 2500 Podium Presentations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
  • Multiple Professional Publications
  • Originator of Bone Expansion Techniques for implant placement 1970
  • Introduced Autogenous Bone Augmentation into implantology 1970
  • Originator
  • Sinus Lift Operation 1974
  • Sinus Augmentation Operation 1975
  • Designed first 2 stage titanium root form system 1978
  • Developed a Vascularized Osteotomy Concept in 1982
  • Originator of “NIRISAB” Concept in 2003
  • Honors:
    • Gold Medal of Paris 1989 (France)
    • Gold Medal of Lille 1995 (France)
    • Isiah Lew Research Award, Research Foundation of American Academy of Implant Dentistry 1995
    • Honorary Life Member, Association of Dental Implantologists, (UK) 1997
    • Gershkoff Award, American Academy of Implant Dentistry 1997
    • Henri Warbourg Medal, Faculty of Medicine, Lille II Medical School (France) 2001
    • Robert James Award, Loma Linda University (USA) 2003
    • Legion of Honor, President of France 2003
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