AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry

This new Certificate Program provides an opportunity for AO members to demonstrate implant education and experience that verifies core knowledge in the field of implant dentistry.

Certification through the Academy of Osseointegration represents the highest standards of excellence in implant dentistry and recognizes continuing education efforts to your patients and colleagues. Awardees of this Certificate will be featured in Academy News (the AO member newsletter), announced to industry media outlets, and featured on the AO website.

What are the steps required to obtain the certificate in implant dentistry?

The first step is to be a member of the Academy of Osseointegration. The AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry provides an opportunity for AO members to demonstrate knowledge and achievement of education and experience that verifies core knowledge in the field of implant dentistry.

As a member of the Academy, you’re probably ready to apply for the certificate. Download the application and complete the case presentations, hours of required continuing education, and return the application. Once the AO has received your application, your application will be submitted to the AO Fellowship and Certificate Committee for evaluation.

Qualifying Criteria
The following prerequisites are required for the AO Certificate:

Applicants must have a DDS, DMD, or equivalent degree; currently in active practice or academic position.
Applicants must be a member of the Academy of Osseointegration.

1. Continuing Education and Core Knowledge:
Applicants must present evidence of verifiable CE credits on implant-related material, over a three-year period, totaling 200 hours within a three-year period, to include 85 hours of “core knowledge” continuing education considered “core knowledge”. The allocation of continuing education is defined in the ‘Continuing Education Requirements’ tab below. Non U.S. based members will need to provide verifiable certificates of continuing education hours from certified providers.

Core knowledge continuing education, of at least 85 hours, must include training (lecture and hands-on) which emphasizes surgical, restorative, or surgical and restorative protocols from ADA-CCERP recognized providers.

2. Case Presentations:
Each applicant will have to submit four case presentations for evaluation, using the AO Case Presentation Template (CPT), covering the following categories: single tooth, fixed partial denture (fixed bridge), full arch fixed reconstruction, and over denture. Members may select the application which best suits their training, that is, with a focus on surgery, restorative, or both surgery and restorative aspects of dental implant treatment. One of the cases presented should fulfill an immediate temporization/loading protocol. Each case presentation will require a signed statement of authenticity from the patient and be notarized.

3. Commitment to AO:
The applicant must have been an AO member for three consecutive years and have attended at least two Annual Meetings during that time.

A non-refundable application fee of $750 is required on submission of all documentation. The Certificate will be dated and valid for one year only and automatically renew each time a successful applicant renews his or her AO membership.

What are the benefits of obtaining the AO Certificate?
Dr. Amerian Sones, AO Board Director, Fellowship and Certificate Committee Chair
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How achievable is the AO Certificate?
Dr. Michael Norton, AO President-elect
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Why is this certificate program necessary for implant practitioners?
Dr. Paul Binon, AO member
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Applying for the AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry

To apply for the AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry, please follow the instructions below:

STEP 1: Application Completion

Download to your computer, complete and save the Certificate in Implant Dentistry application.

STEP 2: Continuing Education and Core Knowledge

Download to your computer, complete and save the Continuing Education and Core Hours Requirements Form

STEP 3: Clinical Skills and Case Presentations

Four case studies and sets of images are required as components of this application.

Members may select the application which best suits their training – that is with a focus of surgery, restorative, or both surgery and restorative aspects of dental implant treatment.

Download to your computer and complete 4 separate copies of the Case Study Template, one each in the areas of:
1) Single Tooth
2) Fixed Partial Denture (Fixed Bridge)
3) Full Arch Fixed Reconstruction
4) Over Denture

Note: One of the case presentations should fulfill an immediate temporization/loading protocol.

Please be sure that none of the images/photos include any patient identification information to ensure complete patient privacy.

You must download the Case Study Template to your desktop to complete and return electronically or by mail.

Additional Information

To assist you in completing the Case Presentation Templates, we’re providing four SAMPLE certificate applications. Click the links below to view each sample application.

Complete four Patient Consent Forms

You must have signed informed consent from patients (patients’ relatives/guardians) to include with your application. It is required that each patient sign the consent statement to confirm that the work is solely that of the applicant.

Please provide the patient’s contact details (with their permission) so that we might contact them directly if needed to verify the authenticity of the application.

STEP 4: Application Fee

$750 Non-refundable Application Fee (credit card information included in the application form)

U.S. bank-issued checks can be made payable to the Academy of Osseointegration and sent to:
Academy of Osseointegration
ATTN: AO Certificate Program
85 W. Algonquin Road, Ste. 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Complete documents should be sent digitally either online through www.dropbox.com (or another comparable file sharing site) or compressed in a zip file not to exceed 5MB for each case file. All images can be sent to certificate@osseo.org. Be sure to include your name in the email.

STEP 5: Document Submission

All documents can be sent digitally either online through www. dropbox.com (or another comparable file sharing site) or compressed in a zip file not to exceed 5MB to certificate@osseo.org.

Supporting documents can also be sent via mail to the following address:
Academy of Osseointegration
ATTN: AO Certificate Program
85 W. Algonquin Road, Ste. 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

STEP 6: Notifications

The AO Fellowship and Certificate in Implant Dentistry Committee will review and approve all the completed applications. Candidates who submit applications deemed incomplete will be notified of missing materials by the AO office. Applicants will receive an email within 2-4 weeks notifying them of their acceptance.

The AO Certificate will be dated and valid for one year and automatically renew each time a successful applicant renews his or her AO membership.

Please contact the AO office at certificate@osseo.org or contact Kim Scroggs, Manager of Education, at 847-725-2288 with any questions regarding the AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry application or process.