Welcome to the Academy’s website.
Our Past: The International Academy of Gnathology had its beginnings in the mid and late 1920’s with the research and teachings of Drs. B. B. McCollum, Harvey Stallard, and Charles Stuart. “Gnathology,” a term coined by Dr. Stallard, meaning “a study of the jaw,” was expanded in its definition by the Gnathological Society of 1926 to include “the science that treats the biologics of the masticating mechanisms; that is, the morphology, anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology and the therapeutics of the oral organ, especially the jaws and teeth and the vital relations of the organ to the rest of the body.”
Following a national and international rise in interest in the early 1960’s, the first Gnathology meeting (named “a Congress”) occurred in Mexico City in 1964. The following year, the Congress was held in San Diego; and, since then, IAG Congresses have been held every odd-numbered year.
Today: The International Academy of Gnathology, American Section maintains its roots in the principles of gnathology while focusing on high quality, comprehensive dentistry. Described as “passionate” about the arts and sciences of dentistry, the 175 dedicated members of the American Section are primarily from the United States, but a small international contingent also exists.
The biennial Academy Congresses offer world-class continuing dental education at outstanding venues. The Congresses also have a high spousal/significant other attendance rate, a direct byproduct of the Academy’s commitment to top-notch social events, fellowship, and family.
The IAG maintains an active involvement in organized dentistry, co-sponsors the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists’ Prosthodontic Forum. In addition, it has co-sponsored educational programs targeting young dentists seeking additional information related to occlusion and the union of function and esthetics. The Academy actively supports and draws many of its members from dental study clubs focusing on oral rehabilitation.
Our Future: The International Academy of Gnathology needs to grow…grow so that more dentists can benefit from gnathological principles and techniques…grow as dental school curricula devalue or abandon the teaching of occlusion…grow so that patients can be better served.
We believe that once a dentist attends a Congress and learns about the Academy, he or she will become an IAG member. Membership in the Academy is easily attained; ”the only requirement…is the desire to learn and share.” To encourage Congress attendance, registration fees are waived for specified residents who present table clinics; other residents who attend Congresses receive significant financial support from the Academy.
Mike Mansueto, DDS, MS