Joel A. Gonzales has over 30 years of extensive clinical experience ranging from the restorative & surgical aspect of implant dentistry to the laboratory aspect.
He started his career as a United States Air Force Dental Assistant Specialist working specifically for the base periodontist and prosthodontist respectively. He was active duty and honorably discharged as a veteran of foreign war (Desert Storm) after 4 years in the military.
After the military, Joel worked as a registered dental assistant (RDA) and treatment coordinator for Dr. Peter Wöhrle, a world- renowned prosthodontist/Implant Surgeon/ Swiss Certified Dental Technician, during a seven-year period in Newport Beach California. During this work experience, the emphasis was on full mouth reconstruction in conjunction with all facets of implant placement, appropriate restorations, laboratory procedures as well as ALL adjunctive bone grafting, tissue grafts and sinus lifts necessary to achieve optimal results for the patients. The (treatment coordinator) role in selling the Tx Plans, are key to the transition from clinical to the business side of implant dentistry. After completing his pre-dental curriculum, he then changed course under advisement and attained his business degree. In 1998 Joel entered the dental implant sales arena. As an in-depth product specialist, Joel has always integrated his clinical knowledge and passion for implant dentistry into servicing accounts with in-office clinical support. His intricate knowledge and experience having worked with many different implant systems on the market, contribute largely to the valuable support he is able to provide.
For the past 14 years, Joel has also been facilitating live surgical courses and continuing education events for doctors internationally as well as in the U.S. His passion for education propelled him to found Implant Know-How LLC in 2012, which is an educational company providing free tutorial clinical content through the company website and social media as well as LIVE SURGICAL COURSE facilitation throughout the United States and Latin America. In January 2020, Joel was honored to become MegaGen’s Vice President for Western USA & Latin America. With a passion for the clinical aspects of implant dentistry, he has the benefit of possessing a dual role as clinical trainer and implant team mentor. This allows him to continue to provide high level in-office service to doctors and their teams by offering mentorship pertaining to everything from product support, dental implant surgical advice for free hand and fully guided procedures, complete sterile technique, to treatment planning and restorative considerations.
December 4th, 2023 | 1 hr 10 mins
abutments, air force, bone reduction, connection, dallas, dental, education, electrician, fp1, fp2, fp3, full arch, laboratory, lifecore, morse taper, oem, platform, podcast, scan bodies, screws, surgical guides, team approach, technician, threads, voices from the bench
This week we get super nerdy with Joel Gonzales from MegaGen North America. Joel talks about his past with implants, why he educates rather than sells, all about surgery protocols, all about the MegaGen implant, and using the right tool for the right job.