Dr. Hilt Tatum is widely regarded as the world’s most skilled and capable dental implant surgeon by many dentists knowledgeable in the history and development of implant dentistry.
His clinical skills are 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 a past President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Board of Oral Implantology, recipient of the Aaron Gershkoff Award and the Isiah Lew Research Award, a member and leader of many professional organizations. In 2004, Dr. Tatum was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac in recognition of his important contributions to the healing sciences.
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.