From a simple tooth replacement to a full arch, implants can give a patient back their smile, their function and their confidence. An integral part of today’s options for the missing tooth, implants and bone grafting are important to understand and offer. Yet at university, we generally get just an introduction to this critical dental field.

So, many of us embark on significant education to learn more and provide more in this field. There are plenty of paths to implant competence however the options can be overwhelming and it is easy to spend a significant amount of money without the results you desire.

Dr Dean Licenblat shares his path to implant success and what he recommends to young dentists who want to add implants to their repertoire. After being exposed to implants earlier than most, Dean recognised this is something he could passionately pursue and proceeded to expand his knowledge both here and overseas. This led him to a Master’s Degree from the Goethe University in Frankfurt with a focus on Oral Implantology and Bone Grafting. He now teaches internationally, mentors for the masters program and focuses his own private practice to implants.

In This Episode

  • 1:25 – Dean sharing a life changing case
  • 6:31 – Dean’s first Job
  • 10:16 – Beginning of Dean’s implant Journey
  • 14:55 – Dean’s three steps to beginning implants after graduation
  • 21:41 – Success and Failures of learning overseas
  • 25:36 – When should a graduate’s implant journey begin?
  • 28:25 – Common mistakes when beginning introducing implants into the practice
  • 32:43 – Grafting in extraction sites and graft material choices
  • 37:43 -Recommendations for someone who is looking to start placing implants
  • 43:15 – How to go down the path of teaching and gaining a referral base
  • 47:42 – Finding mentorship with specialists
  • 54:54 – Keys to making great mentor relationships
  • 1:01:51 – Advice for new graduates


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The Dental Head Start Podcast is for students and new graduates. We interview successful dentists and specialists to uncover the tips, tricks and advice to help you transition from dental school to private practice successfully.

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One Thought on “#27 – Dr Dean Licenblat’s Path to Implants and Bone Grafting”

  • After having my dental implant done by Dr Licenblat’s in his clinic all I can say is he has done an amazing job. Being able to eat with confidence and smile is something one can’t put a dollar value on. Dr Licenblat’s is passionate in what he does and it shows in the job he does. All the staff at Sydney Dental Aesthetics are friendly and courteous and I highly recommend anyone that are having issues with your teeth to please go and see Dr Licenblat’s and his staff I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

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