Dr. Ronald Katz grew up locally in Coral Springs, Florida and completed his undergraduate training, earning a Bachelor’s degree of Biological Science at the Florida State University. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the prestigious Tufts University in Boston where he was awarded the Merritt Scholarship for academic excellence 4 years in a row. He was selected to study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He then completed his surgical training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with residencies at Nova Southeastern University, the Broward General Medical Center, Hollywood Memorial/Joe DiMaggio Medical Center, as well as Baptist Hospital. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the North Broward Hospital District.
Dr. Katz is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He provides full scope adult and pediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery services including: Orthognathic and Reconstructive Jaw Surgery, Wisdom teeth & Dentoalveolar Surgery, Intravenous Sedation and General Anesthesia, Dental Implants and bone grafting, Maxillofacial Trauma, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, as well as Facial Cosmetic services including: Mole removal, Botox, dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, chemical peels, and esthetic eyelid procedures.
Dr. Katz is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Nova Southeastern University and the Broward General Medical Center, teaching the latest techniques in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to residents. He has privileges to operate at Broward General Medical Center and Wellington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Katz is also on the Board of the South Palm Beach County Dental Association.
Dr. Katz enjoys family time, traveling and going to the gym. He is a member of Rotary International in the Central Boca Rotary Club.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Katz is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Katz performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.