Dr. Thomas J. McGarry

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Experience, expertise, empathy—all qualities you will benefit from as a patient of Dr. McGarry. He is recognized as a leading expert in the field of Prosthodontics and Implant Placement. In fact, dentists from all over the nation attend his classes in order to learn from this well-respected clinician.

His number one goal has been and always will be providing his patients with the means to a better quality life. With his dedication to educating his dental peers, he is able to reach an ever widening group of patients who benefit from their doctor’s increased skills and knowledge.

Dr. McGarry has been in private practice in Oklahoma City since 1978, and also serves as the Director of the McGarry Implant Institute, also in Oklahoma City.


  • 1972 Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • 1975 Doctorate of Dental Science (D.D.S.), UMKC School of Dentistry (graduated one year early due to academic/clinical excellence)
  • 1978 University of California at San Francisco Graduate Division
  • 1978 Veteran’s Administration at San Francisco College of Prosthodontics
  • 1991 American Board of Prosthodontics Board Certified / Diplomate

Organizations & Leadership Positions

American College of Prosthodontists

President (as President, instituted $5 million capital campaign for ACPEF)
Vice President
Prosthodontic Classification System Subcommittee Chair
Board of Directors
Public & Professional Relations Division Director
1997 Annual Session Committee Chair
Parameters of Care Subcommittee Chair
Classifications Subcommittee Chair
Annual Session Commercial Exhibits Subcommittee Chair
Administrative Oversight Committee
Ad Hoc Committee – Study of Division/Committee Structure Planning Committee
Ad Hoc Committee for Search for Executive Director
Private Practice Committee Chair
Dental Care Committee Chair
House of Delegates Member

American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation

Board of Trustees Member

American College of Prosthodontists Oklahoma Section


Oklahoma Society of Prosthodontists


American Dental Association

Future of Dentistry Oversight Committee
Committee G
Committee on Diagnostic Coding

Academy of Prosthodontics


Academy of Osseointegration

Commercial Exhibits Committee Chair

American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics

Membership Committee
Annual Session Committee

American College of Dentists

Oklahoma County Dental Society

Vice President
Board of Directors
Program Chairman
Administrative Affairs Committee
Peer Review Committee, Chair and Consultant

Oklahoma Dental Association

Board of Trustees
Council on Budget and Planning
Local Arrangements Chairman for Annual Meeting
House of Delegates
Annual Session Chairman

Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics


Academic Positions

University of Missouri School of Dentistry
Assistant Professor, Fixed Prosthodontics

University of California School of Dentistry
Instructor, Removable Prosthodontics

St. Anthony’s Hospital General Practice Residency

University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Preceptor, Department of Community Dentistry
Clinical Associate Professor Department of Removable Prosthodontics

University of Illinois School of Dentistry
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Graduate Prosthodontics

Study Clubs

Periodontics and Restorative Study Club

McGarry Implant Institute Study Club

Acceleration Study Club


Oklahoma Dental Association

President’s Award

American College of Prosthodontists

Distinguished Service Award
President’s Award


Problem Denture Patients – Treatment Begins with Communication
Oklahoma Dental Association Journal, Fall, 1984

Private Practice Procedures Manual – First Edition
American College of Prosthodontists October, 1990

Parameters of Care Document – First Edition
American College of Prosthodontists
Journal of Prosthodontics March, 1996

Classification System for Complete Edentulism
Journal of Prosthodontics, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March), 1999: pp 27-39

Classification System for Complete Edentulism
Oral Health, pp. 73-94, November 1999

Classification System for Complete Edentulism
Dentistry Today, Vol. 20, No 10, pp. 90-95, October 2001

Classification System for Partial Edentulism
Journal of Prosthodontics, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 181-193, September 2002

The Professions of Dentistry and Dental Laboratory Technology
JADA, Vol. 135, pp. 220-226, February 2004

Classification System for the Completely Dentate Patient
Journal of Prosthodontics, Vol., 13, No. 2, pp. 73-82, June 2004

Guardians or Luddities? Why are Prosthodontists so Resistant to Change?
Journal of Prosthodontics, Vol. 14, No 1, March 2005, pp 1-2