Tomas Albrektsson

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Tomas Albrektsson

Tomas Albrektsson (born August 25, 1945) is a Swedish physician who trained under Per-Ingvar Brånemark and is noteworthy for having contributed significantly to the field of implant dentistry.



Albrektsson received his medical degree in 1973 and his doctorate in 1979, publishing his thesis on the healing of bone graft, having worked under Brånemark. [1]

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