In the United States, dental implant education is readily available for all clinicians. There are multiple tracts one can pursue to attain the necessary implant surgical and prosthetic skills, whether it be a maxillofacial surgery residency, graduate periodontal or prosthetic programs, continuum's in implant dentistry (such as the American Academy of Implant Dentistry [AAID] Maxi-Courses or private institute teaching programs) or individual CE courses.

Implant dentistry is one of the most complex and technique sensitive aspects of dental treatment. However, a standardized educational management protocol that includes medical evaluations, pharmacological concerns, implant placement, bone grafting, occlusion, esthetics, prosthetics, and patient management does not exist. The various existing programs may have similarities, but the curricula are based on what the program directors choose to emphasize.

Currently, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) provides guidance in maintaining educational standards for hospital and dental school programs. CODA provides peer review accreditation to...

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