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The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the oldest national dental organization in the field of implant dentistry and issues Associate Fellow and Fellow credentials that provide consumers valuable information relative to a dentist's education, training, and experience in the area of implant dentistry. In addition, the AAID sponsors the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry that issues the Diplomate credential.

The AAID encourages its members to obtain one or more of the offered credentials. By doing so, member dentists demonstrate that they have met the educational and experiential requirements for the credential and passed psychometrically based written and oral examinations.

The AAID believes that advertising of bona fide credentials serves the best interests of all concerned. The AAID does not encourage or support any of its dentist-members' advertising that they are 'specialists' in implant dentistry.

Several court decisions have supported the right of dentists to truthfully advertise their AAID and ABOI credentials. These courts have upheld the right to truthfully advertise the credentials earned in implant dentistry from the AAID and ABOI/ID on the basis of the AAID's and ABOI's objective and rigorous procedures. These procedures include the following: 1) an objectively verifiable set of requirements, 2) the successful completion of a written or oral examination based on psychometric principles, and 3) post dental school training and experience. At this time, the credentials from the AAID and ABOI are the only credential in implant dentistry that have been so recognized by several courts.

Since the training and experience necessary to obtain these credentials inherently benefits patients, it follows that the AAID encourages its credentialed members to advertise their credentials to the public in any state that permits such advertising. Additionally, the AAID encourages its credentialed members to only advertise credentials in implant dentistry that are bona fide and, at present, only AAID and ABOI credentials have been deemed to be bona fide by several federal court decisions. To include other implant credentials that do not have the same rigorous requirements and testing procedures could be misleading. For this reason, AAID members should not include other implant credentials on their practice announcements when AAID and ABOI credentials are used.



AAID Credentials Ruled Bona Fide by U.S. District Court

CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In a clear and unequivocal verdict, a federal court judge in California ruled that credentials issued to dentists by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) are bona fide and legitimate, and state laws that prohibit or restrict advertising them to the public are unconstitutional.

Judge John Mendez, for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, struck down a [California] state law that effectively prevented dentists from advertising credentials issued by AAID, which demonstrate their training and proficiency in implant dentistry. He said that AAID and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI) "are bona fide credentialing organizations whose standards are rigorous, objectively clear, and verifiable. These are not fly-by-night credentialing organizations. They take their role and responsibility seriously."

AAID said today the verdict, issued Oct. 15, is a victory for consumers as well as dentists. "We are very pleased with this decision. It validates the rights of dentists with AAID credentials to advertise them to the public without disclaimers and provide valid information from which consumers can assess the qualifications of dentists to perform implants," said AAID President Joseph Orrico, DDS.

Noting that the consumer is more protected by receiving information about the AAID and ABOI/ID credentials, Mendez wrote: "Where is the harm in giving consumers more information about the ABOI/ID and the AAID credentialing programs? And the answer is there is no harm. It only benefits the consumer."

In an ironic twist, two specialists appeared as witnesses for the state of California, yet testified that they had also sought out additional training from AAID. "The judge said that speaks volumes as to how AAID and ABOI/ID are viewed within the profession as a bona fide organization in every sense of the word," said Frank. R. Recker, DDS, JD, AAID's chief counsel.

Orrico further commented that the federal court verdict establishes another strong precedent overturning advertising restrictions on AAID credentials, following a similar decision in April 2009 by a Florida state court.

"Demand for dental implants is rising, and more dentists need comprehensive training to become highly skilled at implant procedures," said Orrico. "There is a higher risk with the procedure if the dentist has limited experience."

AAID offers a rigorous implant dentistry credentialing program which requires at least 300 hours of post-doctoral instruction in implant dentistry, passing a comprehensive exam, and presenting successful cases of different types of implants to a group of examiners. It is one of the most comprehensive credentialing programs in dentistry.

AAID can help consumers find a local credentialed implant dentist at AAID is based in Chicago and has more than 3,800 members. It is the first organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of implant dentistry by supporting research and education to advance comprehensive implant knowledge.


SOURCE: American Academy of Implant Dentistry



Comment by Dr. Schlie, DABOI, AFAAID

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and it's Board Certification arm, The American Board of Oral implantology/Implant Dentistry, is the ONLY dental organization that offers a legitimate credential in the field of implant dentistry. Neither the American Dental Association, nor any of the State Dental Societies, nor any of the American dental schools in any of their specialty programs can offer a legitimate credential in the field of implant dentistry.

ABOI/ID is recognized by the American Board of Dental Specialties and by the United State Federal Courts. 

Diplomates of ABOI, Fellows and Associate Fellows (AF) have been certified and examined by their peers and have met national standards of education and practice in oral implantology.

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