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This article provides a brief overview of the life, education and success of Dr. Paulo Malo as the innovator of the ‘All-on-Four’ dental implant protocol.

All on Four Dental Implants: An Introduction

Dr. Paulo Malo is a world famous implantologist whose name resonates powerfully throughout the fields of dental implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation; and the reason for his international acclaim? He is the pioneer of ‘All on Four dental implants’; the implant protocol that has largely revolutionized the way modern dentists approach the treatment of tooth loss and edentulism (not having any original adult teeth left). Since his days of clinical work and medical research, Dr. Paulo Malo has branched out immensely and is now a leading educator in the field of implantology and the revolutionary ‘All on Four’ technique.

All on Four Dental Implants: The Beginning

Dr. Paulo Malo was born in 1961 in Angola, South Central Africa. He embarked upon his tertiary education at the prestigious University of Cape Town, which lies at the very southernmost tip of the continent. His science degree enabled him to explore subjects from nuclear physics to marine biology, but it was a chance meeting with Dr. Christian Barnard - the first doctor to ever perform a successful heart transplant – that really altered his perspective. From that moment on, Dr. Paulo Malo knew he wanted to make an important contribution and his field of choice was medicine… in dental implantology, as he would later discover.

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All on Four Dental Implants and Dr. Paulo Malo’s Education in Dental Science

Political turmoil in South Africa at the time of Dr. Paulo Malo’s tertiary education prompted his parents to send him to Portugal, where he was to complete his degree. Once in Lisbon, he made the decision to study at Lisbon University’s Faculty of Dental Medicine, from where he graduated in 1989. Four years later, this extraordinary man – together with a clinical research team and one of the world’s largest implant manufacturing companies, Nobel Biocare – innovated All on Four dental implants;  a revolutionary technique for tooth replacement and one that was to change the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world!

All on Four Dental Implants: The Importance of the Discovery

The innovation of All-on-Four dental implants in 1993 was recognized as one of the most important advancements to have been made in dental implantology in recent decades. But this amount of success was, for Dr. Paulo Malo, only the beginning of a long and extremely successful career. Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Paulo Malo has co-authored numerous text books and scientific journal papers, while frequently being invited as a guest speaker to prestigious universities all over the world. This is not even to mention his dedication to training other dentists to master the placement of All on Four dental implants. Dr. Brueggen, founder of The Brueggen Dental Implant Center in Houston, Texas,, was one of the first to be mentored by Dr. Malo. It is clear from this man’s involvement in all aspects of his business that his interests are as complex and numerous as his strengths and it is this extraordinary gift that has ensured the incredible international success of Dr. Paulo Malo!

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