Written by: Drs. Ahmad Soolari and Nkem ObiechinaDecember 6, 2023
2023 CE Leaders
Dr. Shatkin is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is the president emeritus of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants and the owner of Shatkin F.I.R.S.T., a mini dental implant specialty laboratory. He practices full-time in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. He holds memberships in the ADA, AGD, New York State Dental Society, Eighth District Dental Society, Erie County Dental Society, Metropolitan Dental Study Club, International College of Oral Implantologists, Greater New York Dental Implant Study Group, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. During the last 13 years, Dr. Shatkin has placed more than 15,000 mini dental implants, utilizing them for denture stabilizations, for single and multiple tooth replacements, and for full-arch reconstructions, with a success rate of 95%. As a result of positive experiences with mini dental implants, Dr. Shatkin developed the patented Fabricated Implant Restoration and Surgical Technique (F.I.R.S.T.). This technique features a mini dental implant with a lab-fabricated, finished single-tooth replacement in one visit, usually accomplished in less than 30 minutes; the same results in less than an hour for 3 to 5 units, and less than 2 hours for a full-arch restoration, all with minimal or no patient discomfort, restorations at affordable fees, and the opportunity for the dentist to significantly build the practice’s earnings with minimal startup costs. Dr. Shatkin’s implant articles have been published in many dental publications, such as Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, Dental Economics, and DentalTown. He lectures internationally on mini dental implants.
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