Dr. Oded Bahat, BDS, is a renowned periodontal surgeon and founder of Oded Bahat Inc., based out of Beverly Hills, California.  In 1977 he earned his BDS from the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned a specialist certificate in periodontics and an MSD from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Bahat has been committed to providing world-class care for his patients. He has published over 50 scientific articles since then and has served as the Chairman and Director of Post Doctorate Periodontics at the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry.

Today, Dr. Bahat is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the American College of Dentistry. He is also on the review board of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. His years of experience and knowledge, and his reputation attract clinicians from around the world who wish to observe Dr. Bahat’s work and train with him. 

What does the Periodontics field encompass? 

Periodontics involves the structures of teeth, bone and oral tissue, as well as the various diseases and conditions that affect them. A big part of periodontology involves dental implants, which are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth. Inserting them and regular maintenance is a part of periodontics. Reconstruction of soft tissue and bone to achieve optimum esthetics is important as well. 

Any advice for people studying dentistry? 

Take the time to read the latest peer-reviewed literature. The dentistry field continues to make great strides in technology and treatment procedures and it will familiarize those studying dentistry with the tools and treatments they’ll be performing down the road. 

How do periodontics and medicine intertwine? 

Many diseases presented in periodontics are directly associated with numerous medical conditions, from cardiac ailments to immune response and diabetic disorders, to name a few. Oral health is a key to overall health. 

What makes a successful periodontist? 

Dedication, continuous learns and practicing according to evidence based treatments. It is what makes one successful.

What books have inspired you? 

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
  • Complications by Atul Gawande

Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how would you like to be contacted? 

Absolutely. I’m always willing to educate those who are interested in the field. A great way to contact me is through my website odedbahat.com or linkedin or researchgate.

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