Academy of Osseointegration provides international forum for dental implant experts
FDI affiliate member, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), held its Annual Meeting from 15-18 March in Orlando, FL, USA, bringing together more than 2500 professionals from the field of implant dentistry to share new research and information on best practices. This year’s theme ‘Good to Great: Making Excellence a Clinical Reality’ and the meeting’s programme delivered an in-depth analysis of every aspect of implant dentistry in today’s world.
Aimed at clinicians and researchers alike, the programme was designed to provide information that is of critical importance to all dental practitioners – whether specialists or generalists. It also featured hands-on workshops, more than 50 clinical presentations, hundreds of e-posters, as well as oral scientific abstracts and oral clinical research presentations, corporate forums, lunch and learn sessions, young clinicians lecture programme, an exhibit hall and more.
Highlights from the opening symposium entitled ‘30 Years Later: What We Did Then, What We Do Now’ included renowned international speakers and the new AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry awarded to Paul Binon, DDS, MSD, a prosthodontist, and Steven Present, DMD, a general dentist. Both awardees had to complete 200 hours of continuing education over a three-year period, including 85 hours of 'core knowledge', to prove distinction in the field of implant dentistry.
“I am so pleased that the AO is offering a credible means of acknowledging proficiency in implant dentistry. The main reason I decided to obtain the certificate was to make a statement. Our patients and the public need to have a means of distinguishing fact from fancy.”
Dr Paul Binon, Roseville Prosthodontist & Implant Specialist
Other honours include the 10th Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award presented to former AO President, Dr Steven Eckert. The award recognizes individuals whose impact on, and leadership in, implant dentistry is exemplary in any – or all – of AO's mission categories: research, education and charitable causes.
Furthermore, the AO appointed Michael Norton, BDS, FDS, RCS (Ed), an oral surgeon from London, UK, as its newest President to lead its global initiatives.
“This is a massive moment in my career, indeed in my life, and I am indebted to every single person who has helped, encouraged and guided me down this road. Taking AO global and reaching a point where it has a non-American president is a big moment for the Academy itself, and I hope I can live up to the expectations and the task before me.”
Dr Michael Norton, President, Academy of Osseointegration