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While every dentist is a health professional, some dentists are more knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Fellowship by the AACD serves to set standards for excellence in cosmetic dentistry and requires dedication to continuing education and case submissions.
Only 86 dentists worldwide have accomplished this elevated status, and Dr. Horn is one of them. What does it take to achieve Fellowship in the AACD?
The first step is for Dr. Horn to achieve Accreditation by the AACD, which involves prestigious training, education, and cases. Here's the process Dr. Horn had to go through to accomplish this elevated status:
Take a written exam: The written exam tests a dentist's foundation knowledge in cosmetic dentistry and is administered at the Annual AACD Scientific Session.
Submission of clinical cases: The clinical case submissions allow the dentist to demonstrate diagnostic skills and clinical excellence. Five specific types of cosmetic dental treatments have been chosen to cover a variety of techniques. The cases include photo documentation, radiographic documentation, and a written report. Each case is examined anonymously by a panel of five examiners.
Oral examination: The purpose of this is two-fold. One is to provide the dentist with an opportunity to verify and authenticate passed casework. Questions may include case selection, diagnosis and treatment planning, or materials and techniques. The second purpose is to provide the dentist with an opportunity to demonstrate their treatment planning abilities. The dentist will be presented with a pre-selected case and invited to formulate a treatment plan which will be discussed with examiners.
Receive Accreditation: With the successful completion of the oral exam, a dentist becomes an Accredited Member of the AACD. A recognition ceremony and presentation of the award will then be held at the next scientific session.
Submitting 50 Cases
There's a reason why only 86 dentists worldwide have achieved Fellowship - it takes years of training and continuing education. After reaching the high pinnacle of being Accredited with the AACD (passing five specific cases), Dr. Horn had the trained eye to create beautiful dentistry. But Fellowship is about accumulating enough beautiful cases to qualify.
To achieve this next level in the AACD, Dr. Horn had to submit 50 cosmetic dentistry cases and have them pass by the highest of the AACD's standards.
Submitting these 50 cases comes from Dr. Horn's continued dedication to achieving the highest cosmetic results for her patients. She knows what materials to use and who the best ceramists are (and they want to work with her). This investment and training results in beautiful smiles for her patients.
Receiving the approval of these 50 cases allows Dr. Horn to achieve her Fellowship in the AACD. From there, she is recognized for her achievement at a recognition ceremony and will continue to create the best cosmetic results for her patients. In short, your smile is in good hands.
"Over the years of working as a family, restorative, and cosmetic dentist, I have made incredible friendships and even better smiles. I even designed Serene Oaks Dental to reflect this joy and caring philosophy I hold so dear.
"The difference cosmetic dentistry can make is incredible. Not only for your smile but also your confidence. I make every effort to personalize cosmetic treatments to focus on your unique facial features with an anti-aging outlook - restoring youthfulness and life into your smile."
"I would say that the things they are afraid of - exuberant costs, painful procedures, grueling appointment times and dental anxiety of all forms - those things don’t exist at Serene Oaks compared to other dentists in St. Paul; I’ve made sure they don’t. However, the only way for for them to find out is to see for themselves. I guarantee we live up to and exceed the cosmetic and restorative dental results you see in our patients around the area."