“It is the goal of the modern restorative dentist to accept a patient at any stage of dental disease, damage or atrophy and with health permitting, restore that patient to normal contour, comfort, health, function and esthetics.” When this quote was first articulated in 1977 it was aspirational; however, today it has become reality.

The time has come to build on this reality, our innovative history, and our legal victories. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) must establish multiple residency programs in comprehensive oral implantology. These full-time training programs will complete the ultimate educational foundation for the specialty of Implant Dentistry. The AAID sponsored Comprehensive Oral Implantology Residence Training (COIRT) will be full-time, noncommercial, 3-year university affiliated programs which will have a core curriculum containing the full scope of current clinical implantology, the complete Natural Implant Restoration in Stable Alveolar Bone (NIRISAB) philosophy, and will enable those who...

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