AF Part 2 (Oral/Case)

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The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is clinically oriented. Candidates demonstrate their knowledge of the implant dentistry through five standardized cases and the reports that they submit to satisfy the case requirements for the examination.

Applying for the Oral/Case Exam

The candidate must receive a passing score on Part 1 (written) examination before applying to take the second part, which is the oral/case examination. The oral/case examination must be completed successfully within four years after passing the Part 1 (written) examination; and candidates for the oral/case examination must be general members of the Academy in good standing.

Part 2: Oral/Case exam application

The oral/case part of the Associate Fellow examination is administered once a year, usually in April or May, and the application deadline each year is February 1. Applications for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination must be received by February 1. A $250 nonrefundable processing fee is required with the application. If you are retaking the Part 2 (oral/case) examination, the fee will total $650 ($250 for the processing fee and $400 for the reexamination fee).

When applications for the examination are received in the Headquarters Office, each candidate is issued an examination number. Candidates must use their assigned number to identify all materials submitted for their examination.

The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is given in English. Therefore, candidates for whom English is not their primary language are urged to evaluate carefully their ability to take an oral examination in English. If needed, an interpreter may be requested on the application form. The interpreter will be supplied by the AAID, and the candidate will be responsible for the cost of this service, which will be based on the prevailing rate at the time of the examination and must be paid at least 30 days before the examination date.

Case reports are due in the Headquarters Office 45 days before the examination period begins. The case reports must be submitted in electronic format and must follow the Guidelines for Case Reports (see below.) The applicant is responsible for insuring that the case materials arrive by that date; therefore, use of a delivery process that allows verification of receipt in the Headquarters Office is recommended.

After the report submission deadline, the applicants whose case reports have been received in the Headquarters office will be notified of the specific date and time of their examinations. The submitted reports become the property of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and will not be returned.


2022 Virtual Examination

The oral examinations are held annually, the 2022 oral exam will be held virtually.  Candidates are assigned an examination appointment of approximately 2 1/2 hours for the examination. Applications for the virtual oral examination are due by February 1. A $250 application processing fee is payable at the time of application. On January 1, 2022 the oral examination fee will increase to $599.

Cancellation/Refunds: Application fees are non-refundable.  If the candidate cancels in writing on or before the case submission deadline (March 2) the application fee may be transferred to a future examination. Those who cancel after the case submission deadline will need to resubmit application and fee. 

Exam Timeline 

February 1: Application due to AAID Headquarters

March 2: Final day to cancel and transfer application fee

March 5: Case Reports due 

April 7-9: Virtual Examination

August: Results distributed by email

Annual Conference: Induction of new Associate Fellows and Fellows

What happens at the oral/case examination? 

Each candidate must submit and present three (3) cases on three (3) different patients for in-depth discussion with the examiners for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination. Candidates must list the cases that they will present in their application for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination.

On the examination day, the candidate's appointment for examination will be approximately 2 ½ hours. Notifications of the specific appointment date and time are not distributed until after the case report submission deadline.  

For the oral examination, candidates review a written description, a panograph and a photograph for five (5) standardized cases and then respond to questions related to the treatment of the case. The case examination is based on the cases submitted by the candidate and follows a case presentation and discussion format.

The DeMystifying the AAID credentialing exam program at the Annual Conference includes a mock board presentation  of an Associate Fellow oral examination. 

Watch the mock board video here

Recorded at the 2016 Annual Conference 

Case Requirements

Beginning with the 2018 examinations, the required photos have changed  in the case requirements. 

Guidelines for Associate Fellow Case Reports

  • The candidate must have provided surgical and/or restorative treatment for each of the submitted cases. 
  • The cases presented for the examination must include implants that are at least 3 mm in diameter.
  • Each case must be on a different patient.
  • Each case must be complete with the final prosthesis of the candidate's choice.
  • The case must be in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. Function is measured from the date of the final prosthesis to the first day of the examination period. 

Case Report Requirements and Resources

Failure to comply with these case report guidelines, including the radiographs, photographs and medical histories, will greatly affect the candidate's case report score.