AGD Foundation partners with Nobel Biocare, Perio Institute

AGD members, patients to benefit from five-year dental implant education partnership

Jan 31st, 2005

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the AGD Foundation (AGDF) are pleased to announce a $500,000 strategic partnership with Nobel Biocare and Perio Institute, which will provide general dentists with the most up-to-date continuing dental education (CDE) implant and implant restoration programs in the dental industry.

As presented by the Perio Institute, funded with help from AGDF and underwritten by Nobel Biocare, this partnership will afford dental professionals access to implant related courses held at AGD's Annual Meeting, regional workshops, Web-based CDE programs and articles in AGD's clinical, peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry.

"We are pleased to partner with AGD and the Perio Institute to provide state-of-the-art educational programs for the industry," says Heliane Canepa, president and CEO of Nobel Biocare. "AGD's commitment to providing its members and the dental profession with the finest in continuing dental education programs and resources attracted us to partner with AGD on this initiative."

"Our partnership will provide AGD members and the dental profession with a prime opportunity to learn how to help fulfill patients' needs for dental implants," says AGD President Thomas A. Howley, DDS, MAGD. "I hope everyone committed to improving oral health and advancing patient care will take advantage of these educational offerings."

Every minute in the U.S., a patient loses a tooth. Missing teeth can result in decreased chewing ability, poor appearance, loss of self-esteem, increased crowding, additional tooth or bone loss and increased oral and general disease. Dental implants provide a safe and effective form of treatment for tooth loss. Innovative products and techniques, as well as high overall success rates, are resulting in increased usage and acceptance of implants.

Increasingly, patient needs for implants are outpacing dentists' capability to present them with options for implant treatment. Doug Proudlock, President of the Perio Institute, states "Now, more than ever before, dentists and their hygienists need to be able to service the implant requirements of their patients. This partnership will provide continuing dental education to meet these needs."

"AGD and Nobel Biocare both recognize that the general dentist is and will remain the key practitioner in advancing the use and promotion of dental implant services," says AGD Executive Director Gerald "Jay" Donohue, Jr., CAE, CMP. "This partnership will address today's patients' priority needs for dental implants while giving dentists the education to help them meet their patients' requests."

About Nobel Biocare
Nobel Biocare is the world leader in innovative esthetic dental solutions and a one-stop-shop for restorative esthetic dentistry, offering a wide range of innovative crown, bridge and implant products, as well as training, education and clinically documented treatment concepts. Nobel Biocare solutions enable dental specialists, general practitioners and dental technicians to offer patients thelatest technology and esthetic enhancements for replacement teeth. For additional information, please visit Nobel Biocare's Web site at www.nobelbiocare.com or e-mail suha.demokan@nobelbiocare.com, gunilla.erkholtz@nobelbiocare.com.

About Perio Institute
For the past 18 years, the Perio Institute has specialized and focused on providing continuing education hands-on workshops and lectures for general dentists and hygienists. Courses cover the basics and progress to the advanced, and allow participants to immediately begin implementing the procedures learned. The Perio Institute, Inc. believes that the general dentist should be well informed with the most current information to give their patients the best care available.

About the AGDF
The AGDF was established in 1972 to improve the oral health of the public and support the efforts of general dentists and the AGD. The AGDF actively funds education and research initiatives that provide public oral health education and continuing education for member dentists. The AGDF has supported a wide variety of projects, from dental ethics to oral health of cancer patients.

The AGDF awards funds to organizations whose programs or projects fulfill its goals and mission, as well as those of the AGD. The ASDF accepts donations year-round and also raises funds through special events such as an annual golf outing and silent auction held annually at the AGD Annual Meeting. Donations made by general dentists, corporate sponsors and individual contributors have helped make many of these grants possible.

About the AGD
The AGD is a non-profit organization of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world's second largest dental association, which exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to a patient's oral health.

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