Dr. Block graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975, attaining both a BA in Biology and a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his dental training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1979, receiving his D.M.D. cum laude in a special field. He completed his residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the LSU School of Dentistry in 1983. He remained at the LSU School of Dentistry achieving the faculty level of Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is currently teaching one day a week in the dental school’s implant program.
Dr. Block is the editor-in-chief of five textbooks on dental implants, Endosseous Implants for Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Implants in Dentistry, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery – edition 1, Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery edition 2 released in 2007, and the 3rd edition of the Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery released in 2010. He is Past President of the Academy of Osseointegration, and has been program chairman for four of their annual programs. Dr. Block serves on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Committee on Continuing Education. Dr. Block has been an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Section Editor on Dental Implants for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is on the Editorial Board for the journals: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Quintessence International, Implant Dentistry; and Reviews articles for The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Oral Surgery, Medicine and Radiology, Journal of Dental Research, and has reviewed multiple grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health. He is the delegate to the AAOMS House of Delegates. He has lectured in every state in the US and internationally. He recently was a visiting professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Block is particularly interested in reconstruction of the jaw to provide ideal bone for implant placement and esthetic replacement of missing teeth, the use of multiple techniques and implants to reconstruct significant atrophic conditions, and interceptive strategies for rehabilitating extraction sites with implant restorations.
Due to state restrictions, residents may only be placed in Louisiana if a) they are fully insured by their residency program for the observership or b) if they already have a dental license in Louisiana.
We cannot insure anyone in Louisiana who is not already licensed, and the application process to become licensed takes 6-12 months, including an in-person appointment in Louisiana for fingerprinting and the jurisprudence exam.
Dr. Block’s practice focuses on office based procedures including grafting, planning using technology, and implant placement in all types of patients.