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August 10,  2010

West Newton dentist named diplomate in implant dentistry

After passing a rigorous examination on implant dentistry on April 17, Dr. Dominique D. Rousson joined 359 other dentists in the United States and Canada in becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, making Rousson one of the nation’s leading experts in implant care.

To sit for the examination, Rousson was required to practice implant dentistry for at least six years, and prove his implant expertise. To earn the title of diplomate, Rousson presented cases for review by an expert panel of implant dentists and passed a series of written and oral examinations sponsored by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.

The ABOI/ID’s examination process measures the in-depth knowledge, proficient skills, and abilities required for practitioners to provide comprehensive, safe, and effective oral implant care for the public.

The ABOI/ID was founded in 1969 and conducts examinations to determine the qualifications and competence of dentists who voluntarily apply to the board for certification.

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CHICAGO (July 27, 2009) - The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Dominique D. Rousson, DMD, of Sudbury, Mass., received the prestigious Fellowship Award during the AGD’s Convocation ceremony, a commencement celebration that recognizes AGD member’s commitment to excellence in dental education. Held at the AGD’s Annual Meeting & Exhibits on July 11 inBaltimore, Md., Dr. Rousson accepted this award along with more than 220 other recipients. 

The Fellowship Award is presented to dentists looking to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. In order to receive this award, Dr. Rousson completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written exam and fulfilled three years of continuing membership with the AGD. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Rousson has joined an elite group of more than 14,000 members of the dental community who understand that great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements. The Fellowship Award symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care.

“The AGD is proud to honor Dr. Rousson for his commitment to continuing education and dedication to providing his patients with exceptional oral health care,” says AGD President, David F. Halpern, DMD, FAGD. “Dr. Rousson has gone above and beyond his professional responsibilities, distinguishing himself amongst his peers and exemplifying his allegiance to the dental community.”

Dr. Rousson graduated from the University of Lyon, France in 1990 and currently practices dentistry in West Newton, Mass. In addition to the AGD, Dr.Rousson is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, International Team of Implantology, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society and Harvard Odontologic Society (President). Dr. Rousson has three children, Guillaume, Julien and Adrien.

The AGD is a professional association of more than 35,000 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 is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.

More than 786,000 persons are employed directly in the field of dentistry. 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 patients’ oral health needs.

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Fellows and Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry

The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. A general dentist who is a "Fellow" in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. A general dentist who has earned the designation "Master" of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines.


The Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world’s second largest dental association and it is the only association that exclusively represents and lobbies for the needs and interests of general dentists. AGD’s headquarters office is located in Chicago, Ill.


To earn a Fellowship Award, a dentist must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing dental education credits and pass a comprehensive 400-question examination. The dentist is required to be an AGD member for three continuous years. While attaining Fellowship is a challenge, it allows dentists to remain current with what is new in dentistry, and to incorporate the latest research techniques into their practices.


To attain Mastership, members must first be Fellows in the AGD. Then dentists must earn an additional 600 approved continuing education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses. Thus, a Master of the AGD has taken a total of 1,100 hours of continuing education. A Master has studied 16 disciplines in dentistry, such as periodontics, orthodontics and implants.

How FAGD or MAGD Benefits Patients

Fellows and Masters of the AGD follow a lifelong pursuit of continuing education to provide the highest quality of dental care to patients. The award symbolizes the professional responsibility of general dentists to remain current in their profession and reminds each member of the dental profession to continue to learn new techniques for their dental practice. These are awards, however and should not be confused with post-graduate degrees or certification. Every dentist who applies for the Fellowship or Mastership Award has their application reviewed by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the AGD are met.

How AGD Membership Benefits Patients

When a dentist has achieved the Fellowship or Mastership Award, patients can be assured that their dentist is dedicated to providing the finest care in general dentistry. To date, more than 14,000 members of the AGD have become Fellows and over 2,200 have gone on to receive Mastership. The AGD is proud of all of its members who must take at least 75 hours of continuing dental education every three years, and especially proud of its members who have made the commitment to pursue these awards.

For more information, please contact Joshauna Walker, AGD media relations specialist312.440.4974 or [email protected].

December 31, 2008

Rousson earns associate fellowship in nation academy

 "At the American Academy of Implant Dentistry's 2008 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Dr. Dominique Rousson of West Newton was recongnized as an Associate Fellow of the academy. As one of 449 dentists who hold this distinguished membership, Rousson is one of the leading experts in implant care.  He maintains a practice at 1001 Watertown St.

To qualify for Associate Fellowship, Rousson completed 300 hours of postdoctoral instruction in implant dentistry, performed implant cases and passed the academy's Associate Fellow examination.  This examination, which was conducted by an expert panel of implant dentists, included a written examination, a series of oral examinations and defense of three implant cases that Rousson had completed.

The examination process measured Rousson's clinical proficiency in surgical and prosthetic dental implant techniques, in depth knowledge of dental implants, and commitment to excellence in implant dental practice and to the American Academy   of Implant Dentistry's standards for ethics and patient welfare."

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