Becoming a Board-Certified Oral Implantologist through the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)

About the AAID
Advancing the standard of care for comprehensive implant dentistry since 1951

Founded in 1951, the Academy is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry.  Its membership includes general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists and others interested in the field of implant dentistry. As a membership organization, they currently represent over 3,500 dentists worldwide.

The Academy’s mission is simple:  To advance the science and practice of implant dentistry through education, research support and to serve as the creditialing standard for implant dentistry for the benefit of mankind.

Through educational offerings and credentialing program, the AAID provides valuable expertise in the field of oral implantology – expertise that ultimately benefits the patients that dentists serve.

Having entered the 21st century, there has never been a more exciting time in implant dentistry.  The advances in technology and techniques that have occurred, and those the AAID are currently exploring, are making implant dentistry more sophisticated and successful, bringing it to the forefront of the dental field.


AAID Study Guide
for Associate Fellow & Fellow Examinations

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The official study guide for the Associate Fellow Part A, the written exam, can be found here

Associate Fellow Examination

The Associate Fellow examination has two parts: written and oral/case review. During this examination, the candidates must demonstrate entry-level knowledge of implant dentistry. Upon successful completion, candidates earn the title Associate Fellow.

Part A – Written Examination:

The written portion of the Associate Fellow examination includes 150 multiple-choice items, distributed among five categories. These categories, the percentage of items assigned to each category, and the topics within the categories are listed below.

Each test item is a question, a statement or an incomplete statement followed by suggested answers. The candidate selects the one best answer. A candidate’s score is based on the number of correct answers entered on his or her answer sheet. There is no penalty for guessing. Four hours are allotted for the written examination.

I. Basic Science 20%

  1. Anatomy
  2. Biomaterials
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Physiology

II. Diagnostic Examinations 21%

  1. Medical History and Tests
  2. Dental History and Oral Examinations
  3. Radiology
  4. Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

III. Implant Prosthetics 19%

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Components
  4. Techniques

IV. Implant Surgery 40%

  1. Presurgical Considerations
  2. Endosseous Implants
  3. Surgical Techniques
  4. Augmentations and Membranes
  5. Postoperative Care and Maintenance

– Room Form Implants
– Other Implant Modalities [Blades, Subperiosteal, Transosteal, Ramus Frame]

Preparation for the Written Examination:

In preparing for the examination, the Admissions and Credentials Board suggests that candidates study current textbooks and periodicals. A list of key words that are used in the test questions, and sample questions that will enable candidates to become familiar with the written examination’s format are provided on pages 4 and 5.


Part B – Oral/Case Examination:

The oral/case examination is clinically oriented. Candidates demonstrate their knowledge of implant dentistry through five standardized cases and the reports that they submit to satisfy the case requirements for the examination. For each of the five standardized cases, candidates review a written description, a panograph and a photograph and then respond to questions related to treatment of the case. The case examination is based on the cases submitted by the candidate and follows a case presentation and discussion format.

Each applicant must present three (3) cases on three (3) different patients for in-depth discussion with the examiners. The candidate must have provided surgical and/or restorative treatment for each of the submitted cases. These three (3) cases must include implants that are at least 3 mm in diameter and are fully restored with a final prosthesis of the candidate’s choice. The cases must meet the following criteria:

 Single tooth

 Edentulous segment of two (2) or more adjacent teeth with a minimum of two implants

 One of the following options:

o An edentulous arch (The presence of non-clinically relevant impacted teeth is acceptable, e.g., horizontally or bony impacted third molars. If root-form or plate-form implants are used, the case must include a minimum of four (4) implants.)

o Immediate placement of one or more implants in the maxillary anterior segment, i.e., cuspid to cuspid.

o A horizontal onlay graft of at least 1 cm in ridge length that results in a net increase of ridge width of at least 3mm facial to lingual OR a vertical onlay graft, which is at least 1 cm in ridge length, that increases the vertical height of the ridge at least 2 mm superior to inferior.

For more information, download the AAID Associate Fellow Requirements.