Oded Bahat, BDS, is an internationally recognized periodontal surgeon with his own practice, Oded Bahat Inc., based in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Bahat received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then earned his specialist certificate in periodontics and an MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Bahat has published over 50 scientific articles and textbook chapters used to help educate clinicians in surgical and reconstructive techniques. Dr. Bahat is highly respected and is on the review boards of both the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. Dr. Bahat is also a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the American College of Dentistry.
His writings and lectures have been translated into several different languages including German, French, Italian and Japanese. Dr. Bahat’s knowledge makes him a highly sought out keynote speaker and presenter at different international symposiums. His countless years of experience along with his reputation attract clinicians from all over the world that look to learn and observe Dr. Bahat and his work.
Why did you become a periodontist?
I have always been interested in medicine. Moreover, I was intrigued by the thinking process and surgical execution involved in periodontics.
What makes a clinically successful periodontist?
To be clinically successful in this field you have to be a dedicated and continuous learner. I would also say that practicing periodontics in accordance with evidence is crucial.
How do dentistry and medicine intertwine?
Ultimately, oral health is a huge component to overall health. There are a multitude of different diseases that are part of the field of periodontics that in turn are directly associated with medical conditions. For example, cardiac ailments and diabetic disorders.
What does the field of Periodontics actually encompass?
This field involves the structures of teeth, bones and oral tissues. In addition, the variety of different diseases and conditions that can affect the above mentioned anatomical parts. Periodontics also includes dental implants, which are for those that don’t know, small screws that help replace the root of a tooth. Additionally, the esthetics side is very important as well. Periodontists also work to reconstruct both soft tissue and bone to achieve pristine oral esthetics that is part of facial esthetics.
Any advice for people studying the field of dentistry?
The dentistry field is continuously making amazing strides in technology and how that relates to treatment procedures. For someone looking to get into the field, it would be extremely helpful to familiarize yourself with the latest peer-reviewed pieces of literature. This will also help because one day you will be using these tools and treatments to help treat patients of your own. Constantly read and learn!
Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how would you like to be contacted?
I am always willing to instruct and mentor young professionals in the field. The best way to contact me is either through my website, odedbahat.com, LinkedIn, or ResearchGate.
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