About Dr. Avi MathaFellows 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 40,000 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.Fellowship
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.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 2,276 members of the AGD have become Fellows and over 6451 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.
Dr. Matha owns two locations, one in Woodbury and one in Bloomington, and he looks forward to meeting you.
I have achieved Fellowship and Diplomate/Mastership status with the International Dental Implant Association and fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry.
I, along with my team, take continuing education courses and attend numerous training a year that give us the skills to provide you with the treatments that make your time with us faster, safer, and many times, more affordable.
I have completed advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and have taken postgraduate studies in Esthetic and contemporary Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. Apart from the Cosmetic Dentistry courses, I have completed advanced Implant training and Bone grafting surgeries. I have achieved Fellowship and Diplomate/Mastership status with the International Dental Implant Association and fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry.
I am also an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Practice-Based Research Network, ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologist), IDIA (International Dental Implant Association), AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), and a member of the 3m focus panel group as well. These classes and organizations help me provide a high-quality Bloomington dental home for you and your family.