An Experienced Implant Clinician
By: Dr. Schlesinger
May 31, 2020
When I graduated from dental school, I had very limited exposure to implant dentistry. At the time, the use of dental implants was mentioned in theory to us as dental students, but no detailed academic information nor practical hands-on clinical experience was offered in the course components of the school curriculum. When I was doing my first GPR at the VAMC San Diego, the attending prosthodontist treated many patients using implants, and I got the opportunity to remove a lot of failed blade implants. Truthfully, my opinion of dental implants was not very good at the time. It was when I entered my GPR II at the VAMC in West Los Angeles that the world of implant dentistry came alive for me. We had both periodontal and prosthodontic programs in our department. Along with our daily case reviews, I and my co-resident from the VA attended a year-long series of implant lectures at the University of California, Los Angeles, along with placing many implants from different manufacturers in our clinic. I was hooked and never looked back!