Profile - History of the IAOFR
The first meeting meeting of a group of surgeons and prosthodontists took place in Berlin in
This meeting was called together by Paul Stoelinga, on request of the IAOMS, to
conduct a symposium on “The relative roles of vestibuloplasty and ridge
augmentation in the management of the atrophic mandible” on the occasion of the
8th International Conference on Oral Surgery. Present at that meeting were Roberto
Brusati (It), Franz Härle (GER), Sören Hillerup (DK), Russell Hopkins (UK),
Christos Martis (GR), and Bill Terry (USA), who were the Surgeons. The Prosthodontists were Hans de Koomen (NL) and Dick Grisius (USA). The meeting was chaired by Paul Stoelinga.
The Proceedings of this meeting were published in 1984 and included a consensus statement that was the basis for improved versions in later years. The first Interational Congress on Preprosthetic Surgery was held in 1985 in Palm Springs, USA and was organised by Howard Davis and John Beumer. In attendance were Bill Terry, Franz Härle, Sören Hillerup, Russell Hopkins, Paul Stoelinga, Dick Grisius, Hans de Koomen and George Zarb.
The first Consensus Conference took place at the second International Congress on Preprosthetic Surgery held in Palm Springs. This was subsequently udpated at the 3rd meeting in Arnhem (The Netherlands) in 1989 and first published in 1990. The panel consisted of John Beumer, John Cawood, W Howard Davis, Dick Grisius, Franz Härle, Sören Hillerup, Russell Hopkins, Erik Hjorting Hansen, Hans de Koomen, Peter Moy, Hermann Sailer, Paul Stoelinga and Bill Terry.
Subsequent meetings were held in Palm Springs 1991, Vienna 1993, Palm Springs 1995,
Copenhagen 1997, San Diego 1999, Kiel 2001, Palm Springs 2003, Noordwijk 2005
and Charleston 2007 involving additional clinicians and scientists reflecting
the development in the field of oral and facial rehabilitation. A Consensus Statement
has been published on four occasions in the IJOMS (1990, 1996, 2000 and 2006)
and in the prosthodontic literature.
The name change was introduced at the meeting in Noordwijk as to reflect the change of
focus, largely caused by the introduction of endosteal implants, which opened a
new era in the art of oral and facial rehabilitation. At the meeting in Berlin
in 2009, it was decided to expand the group but also to act as a leading group
initiating visions on patient assessment and the practice of evidence based
The first meeting with a substantial group of newcomers, took place in Washington DC in
2011. It was there that the decision was taken to meet every year so as to be a
bit more proactive. It was also decided to initiate studies on behalf of IAOFR
with an emphasis on quality of life. Decisions on some initial studies were made at the meeting in
Stoke Park, UK in 2012. The first report on the risk of fracture of ultra thin
edentulous (ClassVI) mandibles was presented in 2013 at the Tampa meeting,
while a new multicenter study was proposed on “Short dental implants in the
posterior region; A Multicenter Study on Solitary Restorations Supported by Dental Implants of ≤8mm in length".