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 he 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 and was granted FDA marketing approval in 1981
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.
International Stomatognathic Honorary Alliance Acknowledgement