AO Scientific Guidelines


AO leads the way in the development of clinical guidelines in implant dentistry

Over the years, the Academy of Osseointegration has been the leading force in organizing scientific summits which are designed to assess many of the clinical and evidence-based areas of advancement in implant dentistry. Each meeting concentrates focus on a main theme and various topics related to that theme are presented to and discussed by carefully selected scientists and clinicians, who ultimately participate in translational research to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

These resulting clinical and patient outcomes are used to assist in the development of definitive clinical guidelines to support AO members in daily practice. After final review, the definitive outcomes are published in the Academy’s scientific journal, The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI).

Listed below are links to the published results of previous summit conferences.

2014 - Current Best Evidence for Management of the Edentulous Maxilla
Academy of Osseointegration Expands Current Clinical Practice Guidelines to Include Management of the Edentulous Maxilla

The edentulous maxilla often presents with a range of challenges and solutions that can be difficult for individual clinicians to navigate. To help them make choices that best utilize current research ‒ and improve the quality and efficiency of patient care ‒ AO has expanded its current clinical practice guidelines to include management of the edentulous maxilla.

To arrive at these Guidelines, in August 2014 AO hosted a Consensus Summit that brought together 120 of the world’s leading scientists and clinicians ‒ including representatives from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons College of Prosthodontists (AAOMS), the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) ‒ to conduct a systematic review of the current literature, clinical information and accepted treatment approaches for management of the edentulous maxilla. Summit co-chairs were Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD and Ole T. Jensen, DDS, MS.

The Guidelines cover five domain areas defined as: 1) role of grafting for ridge development for implant placement; 2) role of implant design and systems in management of the edentulous maxilla; 3) role of imaging to guide implant placement; 4) role of biologics to assist in ridge development; and 5) role of prosthetic management.

These results are currently available to AO members only.

2010 AO Summit Review - View this recap in its entirety
2010 AO Summit Review

This 113-page published review of the Academy of Osseointegration Silver Anniversary Summit: Impact of Biological & Technological Advances on Implant Dentistry is available to view in PDF format.

2010 Guidelines of the Academy of Osseointegration for the Provision of Dental Implants and Associated Patient Care

View this special reprint from the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI), Volume 25, Number 3, 2010