Dr. Caponigro served as Co-Director of Implant Surgery at Columbia University in the Department of Dental & Oral Surgery. Additionally, he was an assistant clinical professor at Columbia for 13 years. He considers himself extremely fortunate that he was able to be on the ground floor during the early introduction and development of dental implants in the United States.
The field of dental implants was introduced to the world following scientific protocols developed in Sweden. Dr. Caponigro was in his surgical training residency during the “introduction” of dental implants to North America. This allowed for significant exposure at the onset of dental implants. After serving as Chief Resident at Nassau County University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY, he joined his father, Dr. Carmine Caponigro, who in 1969 had established Ramapo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In this very progressive implant based practice in Suffern, NY, Dr. David Caponigro was able to assimilate his father’s teachings and continue with his progressive thinking, enabling him to be on the cusp of current techniques. His extensive experience (over 25 years) and the luxury of long term patient follow-up care, provides Dr. Caponigro and his associates with the significant advantage of being aware of which implant techniques will optimize the esthetic results for each unique individual.
Throughout his career, Dr. Caponigro has developed and continues to evolve his minimally invasive surgical techniques. Incisions and exposure are minimized for all procedures, from wisdom teeth, to implants, to jaw reconstruction. Most implants are placed through small openings (punches) not requiring sutures. This greatly reduces, and often eliminates post operative discomfort and swelling.
Dr. David Caponigro presently serves as Chief of Dentistry & Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital and maintains staff privileges at Nyack Hospital. He has served as both Craniofacial Surgeon and Team Consultant at Helen Hayes Hospital; Director of Chief Subsection Dentistry, and Department of Surgery at Jawonio Development Center; Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital; and Assistant Attending Nassau University Medical Center. He also has had the honor of serving as a volunteer surgeon, helping children in South America by repairing neglected cleft lips and palates.
Dr. Caponigro has resided in Rockland County since early childhood and attended local public schools. He attended Fordham University and graduated with top honors. From Fordham, he directly entered Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and finished at the top of his class. He was selected to Nassau County University Medical Center’s competitive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency, where in his last year he was chief resident. Here he gained significant experience with orthognathic (jaw straightening), facial reconstructive surgery, and implant dentistry.
During these past 25 years, Dr. Caponigro has been involved in the continuing evolution of the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He became Board Certified, at first qualification, by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He remains as a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the America College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Personal interests include winter sports and “motors”, maintaining a small motorcycle collection. Don’t mention bikes or cars to him, it will slow down your visit that day!
ANTHONY G. PAVONE, DDS, MD, FACS is a partner at the practice of Ramapo Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery, PC located at 84 Route 59 in Suffern, NY and is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery. He has the additional distinction of being recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, being the only oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties to be so honored.
Dr. Pavone's practice utilizes cutting edge technologies such as computer guided surgery and CT technology for the correction of facial and jaw trauma, jaw defects, jaw growth anomalies, and surgical placement of dental implants. Dr. Pavone is continually on the forefront of research and applications of new tools to help address the most complicated maxillofacial cases relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. In Rockland County, he practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures with expertise ranging from dental implants to corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal to facial trauma.
Dr. Pavone was raised in Liverpool, NY, a suburb of Syracuse and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in May, 1995 from Cornell University, Ithaca NY where he majored in Genetics and Development, receiving Dean's List designation and induction into the Red Key Society.
Dr. Pavone was Valedictorian of his graduating class at NYU College of Dentistry where he was awarded a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in May 2000. He then attended NYU School of Medicine where he earned a Doctorate of Medicine in May, 2004 and completed his residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery and general surgery at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.
He has received numerous awards for academic excellence and applied skills especially in the field of oral and maxillo-facial surgery. Most notably, he received the NYU College of Dentistry Alumni Award and Alpha Omega International Fraternity Award, both of which recognize academic excellence. Additionally, he received the American College of Dentists Outstanding Leader Award which recognizes achievements in professionalism and leadership in the field of dentistry.
In addition to his full time practice at Ramapo Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery in Suffern, Dr. Pavone is on the surgical staff of both Good Samaritan Hospital and Nyack Hospital. He maintains membership in several professional organizations including: Academy of Osseointegration, American Medical Association, American Dental Association, New York County Medical Society, Dr. William F. Harrigan Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Bergen County Dental Society, New York County Dental Society, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, and the Rockland County Dental Society; of which he is the Program Chair.
He participates in many community services activities and currently donates his time as a member of the Craniofacial Team at Jawonio, The Center for People with Disabilities and Special Needs in Rockland County. The Craniofacial Team was awarded the New York State Speech and Hearing Award in 2010. Dr. Pavone's work was additionally recognized when was honored with the Jawonio Friends Award in October 2010.
Dr. Pavone also is an active volunteer with Donated Dental Services (DDS) of the New York State Dental Foundation, and the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, which links volunteer dentists and laboratories throughout New York with elderly, disabled and medically compromised individuals who cannot afford necessary dental and oral surgery treatment.
In past years, he has volunteered with Cleft Lip and Palate surgery outreach programs including Healing the Children Cleft Lip and Palate Outreach Program, Columbia, South America, and the Cleft Lip and Palate Outreach Program, Campeche, Mexico. He has also traveled to the Dominican Republic twice, with the NYU College of Dentistry Oral Health Outreach Program; once as a student, and a second time as Oral Surgery Faculty.
Dr. Pavone's achievements extend beyond academic and professional pursuits onto the athletic field as well. At Cornell, Dr. Pavone was named National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 All America in Lacrosse. He was selected First Team All Ivy League, Academic All Ivy League, and he received the C.F. Morse Cornell Lacrosse Athlete of the Year Award to recognize him for outstanding athletic and academic achievement. In 1995 Dr. Pavone was the national scoring champion for all teams playing NCAA Division 1 college lacrosse.
Dr. Pavone is married and lives in Nanuet with his wife Jennifer and two children.