Last week, we were saddened to hear of the death of American dental implant pioneer Dr. Carl E. Misch. Dr. Misch passed away at the age of 70.

A Dental Implant Pioneer

Dr. MischAs he explains it, Dr. Misch studied dental implants as an integral part of dental school. He started learning about dental implants from the very beginning, and the dean, who had done some work with subperiosteal dental implants, rescheduled Dr. Misch’s curriculum to focus on dental implants. He was even able to help a guest lecturer place dental implants. And by the time he was a senior in dental school, he lectured at a dental implant congress in Monte Carlo. Subperiosteal implants are not the same as current dental implants. Subperiosteal dental implants don’t integrate with the jawbone. Instead, they use a framework that rests on top of the jawbone but under the gums to hold replacement teeth in place.

After graduation in 1973, he went into private practice and immediately began to do dental implants. He did dental implants for more than a decade before founding the Misch International Implant Institute (MIII) in 1984. In the meantime, he had transitioned from subperiosteal implants to endosteal dental implants, which are made of titanium and actually integrate with the bone.

By 1996, he felt he had learned enough about the technology of dental implants–what worked and what didn’t–that he cofounded Biohorizons, a manufacturer of dental implants. He designed the company’s Maestro system (now External), which was introduced in 1997, and has performed successfully in every clinical study ever since. The system has shown a success rate of 98.5% to 100% in every clinical study, even studies that are up to 10 years long or include as many as 1400 implants.

A Great Teacher

Dr. Misch wrote one of the most seminal and still authoritative textbooks on dental implants, Contemporary Implant Dentistry. He has also published over 250 articles on dental implants, lectured in every US state and 47 countries.  But it is through the Misch Institute that his legacy has been the most influential. Over 4500 dentists have trained at the Misch Institute, including our own Dr. Kurt Doolin.

The hands-on experience offered by the Misch Institute, combined with the unequalled experience of its Director made it a training opportunity unlike any other in dentistry. Those who had the pleasure of studying at the Misch Institute came away enlightened and inspired about the practice and promise of dental implants as the ultimate option in reconstructive dentistry.

It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Dr. Misch, but also with a firm commitment to continuing his mission of bringing dental implant excellence to every patient.

If you are considering dental implants in Detroit, we would be honored if you considered us as your dentists. Please call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.