Dr. Matthew Parr, D.D.S. and owner of Surf City Dental, recently received a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). The advanced credential comes as the result of Parr completing a series of requirements. These included submission of a list of 20 successfully completed implant cases (surgery and restoration) – all a minimum of one year old from placement – and records that detail completion of 100 hours or more of implant education in the last five years.

Parr, who set out six years ago to become a thought leader in dental implant procedures, said the ICOI fellowship was an avenue to further validate his expertise and proficiency.

“Receiving this fellowship is just one more milestone in my team’s drive to be at the forefront of dental innovation,” Parr said. “Applying what I’ve learned, we’re able to provide a guided implant surgery that allows very controlled accuracy and precision results. At the end of the day, the reward for me is seeing how these groundbreaking procedures improve patients’ lives.”

Through his Surf City Dental practice, Parr said he’s seen firsthand how dental implants can totally change a patient’s quality of life, giving them improved function and esteem.

“Dental implants are the modern standard of care for single or multi-tooth replacement,” he said. “We see patients all the time who just don’t know if it’s the right procedure for them. I have a passion to eliminate those questions and concerns, so it only makes sense to further my education, learn new techniques and master the concepts of my field.”

The ICOI make up includes general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons,
periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, laboratory technicians, auxiliaries, industry representatives, researchers, faculty members, pre and post-doctoral graduate dental students. According to the association’s website, it credentialed less than 700 individuals in 2018. Parr said he welcomes the opportunity to be a part of an elite class.

“Everyone always says, ‘Wow, dentistry really has come a long way since I was a kid,’ and it’s true,” he said. “It continues to change faster than any other time in our history, and I like being a part of that constant movement – always knowing the latest oral health innovations available for the patient.”