We are happy to announce that Ohio implant dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian has recently joined the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). AAID membership offers many benefits for our dental implant patients. By helping Dr. Firouzian understand best practices and remain at the forefront of implant dentistry, this membership could help us deliver even better results for our patients.
What Is the AAID?
The AAID is one of the chief organizations promoting best practices in implant dentistry, ensuring that dentists receive focused training on how to place and restore dental implants. The organization was formed in 1951, about four years before Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark used his discovery of osseointegration of titanium to place the first modern dental implant. At the time, dental implants were typically anchored by being placed in the gums next to the jawbone or else using a bolt that went through the bone.
Although the AAID predates the discovery of titanium implants, the organization was among the first to embrace Dr. Brånemark’s discoveries, because they were in line with its principles. The AAID supports research into continually improving dental implants and the process of implantation. The AAID supports a certification process that ensures dentists learn how to apply the most recent research in their implant practice.
This certification process has led the AAID into some direct conflicts with both the American Dental Association (ADA), and several state dental associations. Dentists certified by the AAID have wanted to advertise themselves as “dental implant specialists” but the ADA and state organizations do not recognize the existence of a dental implant specialist. Lawsuits in California, Florida, and Texas against the local dental boards have won the right for AAID dentists to advertise this dental implant specialty.
How Dr. Firouzian’s Membership Helps His Patients
Membership in the AAID helps Dr. Firouzian improve his dental implant procedures. AAID membership gives Dr. Firouzian the opportunity to meet with other top implant dentists from around the country to discuss some of the most pressing issues in implant dentistry and how to resolve them. It also allows Dr. Firouzian to access some of the most recent research into implant dentistry. And it creates a standard of conduct that Dr. Firouzian is expected to follow when caring for his patients.
All of these aspects of Dr. Firouzian’s membership help us deliver optimal care to our dental implant patients using the latest and best practices.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of seeing an AAID member dentist, please call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.