David Gozalo is the "go to" man for students who have questions about denture jobs, partials and any other patient procedures that the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Clinic sees on a daily basis. The respect and admiration that students have for Gozalo is made apparent by the numerous inquires and office visits he receives on any given day. Gozalo is committed to making the experiences that students have at the School of Dental Medicine (SDM) the most excellent available in North America. He has already ensured that the SDM is at the forefront of dental implant education by sharing his expertise during the courses he teaches each fall to third year dental students.
What is it exactly, that makes David Gozalo such an expert of the most popular topic in dentistry? For starters, he was selected to be a fellow at Ohio State University’s implant center after he received his Master’s Degree and Prosthodontic certificate there in 2004. This privilege is bestowed upon only 1-2 individuals each year and means that the recipients of the fellowship have the rare opportunity to focus on and specialize in implants for an entire year.
When Gozalo arrived to the SDM four years ago, he developed the implant curriculum that continues to be taught to dental students today. The national average of dental students who perform an implant before graduating is 30%. 90% of SDM students who graduated in 2010 successfully completed implant procedures during their study on the Anschutz Medical Campus and Gozalo’s goal is that eventually, every student who graduates will have restored at least one implant during their time at the school.
The School of Dental Medicine provides 82,000 direct clinical visits annually to individuals both on the anshutz Medical Campus and across the state, including many of Colorado’s most underserved residents. Gozalo explains, "The patients we normally see are low income.
We provide services that are at least 50% less expensive than what is available anywhere else. Some patients who have no teeth and need dentures come in, and we will place two implants to hold the lower denture, which is enough to make a big difference. When you can give someone care that allows them to chew their food, you change their life forever." The long lasting nature of dental implants is part of the draw for Gozalo; when he tells patients that implants can last for the rest of their lives, there’s an air of pride in his voice. Rightfully, so, as he is responsible for the very high level of implant education that dental students receive at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.