Dr. Valentina Mata grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to the United States in 2000 to finish high school. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University, she attended Nova Southeastern University (NSU) to obtain her DMD degree. There, she met her husband and now-colleague, Dr. Joel Baez. Following graduation, she completed a general practice residency at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, becoming proficient in all areas of dentistry. She discovered her passion for surgery and decided to specialize in periodontics and implant dentistry at NSU for three more years.
During her specialty, Dr. Mata focused on regenerative procedures that help the body make new bone, ligaments, and cementum so healthy teeth and gums can be maintained. Her training was also focused on treating peri-implantitis (bone loss around implants) and growth of bone for future implant placement. Additionally, she trained on root recession coverage using donor tissue to avoid a second surgical site, as well as using the patient’s own blood to improve soft tissue healing.
Besides receiving clinical training in periodontics and implant placement, she focused her research on bone cell growth around different types of implant surfaces. She took special courses such as the completion of oral and plastic surgery on soft tissue grafting for teeth and implants.
Even with all her training, the most gratifying part of Dr. Mata’s job at Restorative and Implant Dentistry is when patients tell her that she has improved their quality of life.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, exploring new places, and going to the beach. She’s also an animal lover.