Solberg achieves Diplomate Status in implant dentistry

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Erik Solberg, DDS, adjunct associate professor of prosthodontics, obtained Diplomate Status in the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.

The highest level of competence in implant dentistry, the Diplomate Status is awarded by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry to certify knowledge, ability and proficiency in implant dentistry based on performance on written and oral board examinations. Diplomates must excel in knowledge and skills in the surgical, restorative and post-operative care aspects of implant dentistry.

Solberg received his DDS from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and completed his implant fellowship at Southern Illinois University. He currently serves as a part-time adjunct faculty member, teaching dental students in the Implant Clinic while he consults, runs courses and practices dentistry privately.

Solberg loves implant dentistry because “it is the best tooth replacement option available, and it can truly change the lives of some of our patients that struggle with tooth loss.” Solberg finds “the body’s ability to heal after implant placements fascinating,” and believes “we are at the tip of the iceberg of what is possible within the field.”

He looks forward to continuing to grow alongside the field, embracing digital workflows and the science of immediate implant placement. “I can only begin to imagine what ten, twenty, thirty years from now will look like,” he said.

For Solberg, becoming a Diplomate has always been the goal—but for years, it seemed far away due to the experience and preparation needed. “This process has been much like any person’s career path, where people are striving for excellence and continually trying to get better,” he said. “While I always had it in the back of my mind to obtain the Diplomate Status, it has always been—and will continue to be—a process of growth and an effort to improve my skills and knowledge to stay up-to-date with experts in the field.”

Becoming a Diplomate required joining the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and accruing seven years of experience, 670 hours of Implant continuing education, sitting for a written and oral examination and documenting  patient cases.

“It has been a decade of effort with a strong push over the past year to obtain the award,” Solberg said. And while the process was difficult and strenuous, he could not be more proud. “Receiving the letter stating that I had passed the exam is a moment that will be forever ingrained in my mind. I am so pleased to join the group of six other Minnesota dentists who have earned Diplomate Status, and I look forward to advancing my practice in the years to come.”