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Dental Implants

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss and the usual culprits are tooth decay, gingivitis and injury. There is evidence dating back 4000 years to the Chinese using bamboo dental implants, the Egyptians using metal implants and Mayan cultures using shells for implants. So although the practice of using dental implants is not new, innovative surgical techniques and technologies now make dental implants better ever for helping patient achieve the benefits of an improved appearance, speech, eating, oral health and self esteem.

Dental implants provide anchors or “teeth roots” that serve as a foundation for orthodontics, permanently fixed dentures or total teeth replacement. Although there are different types of implants, most are made from titanium. Implant material is designed to fuse to bone, over a period of months, during a process called osseointegration. Dental implant surgery can be performed immediately following a tooth loss, delayed (2 weeks-3 mo) or late (>3 mo. post tooth loss). Most people are candidates for the oral surgery with the biggest criteria for success being healthy bone and gums. Heavy smokers and people with chronic diseases may need careful consideration. Like any surgery, there are potential complications such as bleeding, infection, and tissue necrosis. However, today’s success rates are 96-68%.

For expertise in this segment, we local oral surgeon and dental implant expert, Dr. Robert Wunderle to lend his expertise and experience to educate listeners and followers about dental implants. Listeners can find more information at


Dr. Robert Wunderle

  • Dental School completed at The Ohio State University
  • Residency program completed at Emory University
  • Board-certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Founding member of Atlanta Oral and Facial Surgery private practice


Dr. Paul “PJ” Schaner

  • Dental school and residency completed at University of Pittsburgh Medical Ctr
  • Fellowship in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery obtained from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC
  • Special interests include:
  • dental implants, aesthetic surgery and dental trauma surgery



Specialized Dentistry: Hospital, Special Needs Kids, Dental Trauma

Most of us think of dentistry as routine: teeth cleaning, period Xrays for cavities, fillings and the occasional crown or root canal. However, there is an a very specialized area of dentistry that handles such issues as hospital dentistry, dentistry for special needs children (autism, Down’s Syndrome and developmental delays) and dental trauma. These skilled dentists receive rigorous additional training in oral-maxillofacial surgery. It is rarely thought of until it is needed. Many of these procedures are performed in a hospital setting to care for medically compromised patient or patients with adjunct and compiled medical conditions. They treat patients requiring reconstructive surgery, implants, injuries to the head, face and neck.

Please join us as Dr. Albert Baawo educates us about the world of “specialized” dentistry! Listeners can learn more at

Dr. Albert Baawo (DMD)

  • DMD obtained at Medical College of GA
  • Served as VP of N. GA Dental Society
  • Internship at Emory University (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Private practice in Buckhead



Healthcare Consumerism with Dr. David Redding, John Linss, and Kimberly Hedzik

This weeks show is about Healthcare Consumerism and has three guests on our panel.


David Redding, M.D./Redding Allergy & Asthma Center

A premier allergist in the Atlanta area for both pediatric and adult patients, Dr. David Redding with Redding Allergy & Asthma Center is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and has been featured on The Weather Channel and the TV show “Diagnosis X” on TLC.


John Linss/MedServ Global

Bringing over 30 years of industry experience, John Linss is the  Chairman and Founder of Medserv Global, an organization that connects medical tourism patients to JCAHO facilities (abroad and domestically) and  American trained and English speaking physicians abroad to obtain qualitymedical care abroad for cost savings. John also serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism.


Kimberly Hedzik/Writer

A local writer and married mom of three, Kimberly Hedzik participates on the show as a consumer representative.