Gerald Niznick DMD MSD
Dr. Gerald A. Niznick was the founder and President of Core-Vent Dental Implant Company from 1982 to 2001 (1997-2001 dba. Paragon Implant Company). On January 7th, 2001, Dr. Niznick sold Core-Vent/Paragon to Sulzer Medica which was subsequently acquired by Zimmer Dental. He retained ownership of the 36,000 square foot Calabasas California factory designed and built in 1994 specifically for the manufacture of dental implants. Dr. Niznick formed Implant Direct LLC in early 2004 to develop a new dental implant product line which he launched in November 2006. Barron's Magazine Article on Dental Implant Industry Feb. 15, 2005, referred to Dr. Niznick as "a prosthodontist and entrepreneur who is considered by many as the godfather of American implant dentistry.” Implant Direct’s concept combined design innovations and industry compatible products with All-in-1 packaging for added value. Dr. Niznick developed the industry’s first “lights-out” 24-7 manufacturing facility, reducing costs while maintaining the highest precision and quality. By selling “Application Specific” implants primarily through the internet for $150 with no volume discounts he creating what became known as the “Value Segment” of the implant industry. On December 31, 2010, Dr. Niznick sold 75% of Implant Direct LLC to Sybron, a division of Danaher, forming a new Joint Venture, Implant Direct Sybron. He remained as president through 2013. In January 2014, Dr. Niznick sold his remaining 25% interest to Sybron but continued as a consultant through March 2017. From 1982-2017, a 35-year span, Dr. Niznick was issued 33 U.S. Patents on dental implant related products (see patents below).


Dr. Niznick graduated from the University of Manitoba Dental School in 1966, spent a year in postgraduate prosthodontics at USC (1966-67) and then earned a Masters degree in Prosthodontics at Indiana University (1967-69). Throughout the 1980s and 90's he personally trained over 10,000 dentists worldwide on the placement and restoration of dental implants using lectures and live surgical demonstrations.


Dr. Niznick's significant contributions to the dental implant field have been recognized by academic institutions and dental implant organizations. He has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Manitoba and from Tel Aviv University, as well as the prestigious Isaah Lew Research award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs issued a Commendation to Dr. Niznick for conceiving and funding the largest dental implant study worldwide at 32 VA centers that included 900 patients receiving over 2800 of Dr. Niznick’s implants. Special Issues of the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery were dedicated to publishing the results of this monumental prospective, multi-center clinical study, which added significantly to dental implant knowledge.


Personal History: Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada February 3, 1943, U.S. Citizen, Married - Wife Reesa 1964-Present Two Daughters, Six Grandchildren
Aviation Pilot Credentials: Single-engine, Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial with Citation Jet Type Rating
Sports: Golf, Motorcycle Riding


dr.niznick received his docotor

Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from University of Manitoba Canada May 2002

dr.niznick received his docotor

Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from Tel Aviv University, Israel, May 2003

Dr.niznick vetrans affairs commendation

Dr. Niznick received a commendation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr.Niznick AAID research award

Dr. Niznick Receives the AAID Issah Lew Research Award from Dr. Leonard Linkow



Dr.Niznick Alpha Omega Dental fraternity's highest award

Achievement Award
In December 2007, Dr. Gerald Niznick was awarded Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity’s highest award, the Achievement Medal, for his philanthropic and Scientific Contributions. Alpha Omega has honored many giants in the field of dentistry and medicine, including Albert Einstein and Jonas Salk.

Dr. Gerald Niznick and his wife Reesa at the college of dentistry

Philanthropy
In May 2018, the University of Manitoba, Canada renamed its dental school the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. The College of Dentistry has received the largest gift in its history, from Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Reesa Niznick. Recognized as the originator of modern implant dentistry, Dr. Niznick [DMD/66, LLD(Hon)/02] today announced a historic $7.5 million donation towards his alma mater through the front and Center campaign. "Our alumni continue to make an important impact on the health of our nation, and in Dr.Niznick's case, internationally," said Dr. Anthony Iacopino, dean of the College of Dentistry. In recognition of this transformative gift, the University of Manitoba has renamed the college the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry.

Dr. Niznick chairman of the board and owner of acromil

Dr. Niznick is Chairman of the Board and owner of Acromil Aerospace company fabricating complex structural parts for Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop, and other prime commercial and military aircraft developers. Acromil employees about 200 people in its facilities in City of Industry (100,000 sq. ft) and Corona (80,000 sq. ft), both suburbs of Los Angeles.


    CORE-VENT CORPORATION PATENTS

  • 1. Filed 1982: 4,431,416 Endosseous dental implant system for overdenture retention, crown and bridge support
  • 2. Filed 1983: 4,488,875 Connector for overdenture
  • 3. Filed 1985: 4,645,453 Bendable adapter for dental implant
  • 4. Filed 1987:4,758,161 Coping insert for use with a dental implant
  • 5. Filed 1988: RE33,796 Coping insert for use with a dental implant
  • 6. Filed 1988: 4,960,381 Screw-type dental implant anchor
  • 7. Filed 1988:5,076,788 Grooved, cylindrical dental implant anchoring means
  • 8. Filed 1989:5,030,095 Angled abutment for endosseous implants
  • 9. Filed 1989: 5,061,181 Dental implant including plural anchoring means
  • 10. Filed 1990: 5,062,800 Dental implant handle, and dental implant package including a dental implant handle
  • 11. Filed 1990: 5,071,350 Tiltable, adjustable, insert for a dental implant
  • 12. Filed 1991: 5,078,607 Dental implant including plural anchoring means
  • 13. Filed 1992: 5,281,140 Multi-part, multi-positionable abutment for use with dental implants
  • 14. Filed 1992: 5,334,024 Transfer abutment
  • 15. Filed 1993: 5,427,527 Dental implant method of installation
  • 16. Filed 1993: 5,433,606Interlocking, multi-part endosseous dental implant systems
  • 17. Filed 1994: 5,622,500 Insertion tool/healing collar/abutment
  • 18. Filed 1994: 5,571,017 Selective surface, externally-threaded endosseous dental implant
  • 19. Filed 1995: 5,575,650 Cutting drill for endosseous implants
  • PARAGON IMPLANT COMPANY PATENTS

  • 20. Filed 1997:5,989,028 Non-submergible, one-part, root-form endosseous dental implants
  • 21. Filed 1998: 5,885,079 Selective surface, endosseous dental implants
  • 22. Filed 1998: 6,244,867 Multi-part, multi-positionable abutment for use with dental implants
  • 23. Filed 1999: 6,287,117 Endosseous dental implants including a healing screw and an optional implant extender
  • IMPLANT DIRECT LLC PATENTS

  • 24. Filed 2003: 7,014,464 Multi-part abutment and transfer cap for use with an endosseous dental implant with non-circular, beveled implant/abutment interface
  • 25. Filed 2003:7,108,510 Endosseous dental implant
  • 26. Filed 2005: 7,785,107 Multi-functional fixture mount
  • 27. Filed 2005: 7,677,891 Tapered endosseous dental implants with external multiple lead threads
  • 28. Filed 2005: 7,699,613 One-piece, screw-receiving, externally-threaded endosseous dental implants and related transfer components, comfort caps and abutments
  • 29. Filed 2005: 7,396,231 Flared implant extender for endosseous dental implants
  • IMPLANT DIRECT SYBRON PATENTS

  • 30. Filed 2010: 8,118,596 One-piece, screw-receiving, externally-threaded endosseous dental implants and related transfer components, comfort caps and abutments
  • 31. Filed 2010: 9,452,028 Externally-threaded, externally micro-grooved, endosseous dental implants
  • 32. Filed 2010: 9,456,881Dental attachment assembly
  • 33. Filed 2012: 9,697,748 Two-piece fixture mount assembly