The Implant and Aesthetic Academy is the brainchild of three of South Africa’s leading Implantologists. Due to the lack of definitive implantology training at recognized institutions in South Africa this dynamic team decided to open their academy which strives for excellence in Implant and Aesthetic dentistry.

The Implant & Aesthetic Academy cc is based in Cape Town and offers specialized courses for dental professionals in the fields of implantology and periodontics.

The courses are presented by Dr Howard Gluckman and Dr Mark Otto.

Dr HOWARD GLUCKMAN graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in1990 and later from The University of Stellenbosch (1998) Cum Laude in oral medicine and periodontics. He then went into part time private practice and was a consultant in Implantology, Oral Medicine and Periodontics at the University of the Western Cape. He is a past founder and course lecturer of the Post Graduate Diploma in Implantology at both the universities of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape. Additionally he is a past president of the Alpha Omega Society as well as being a past secretary of the South African Society of Periodontics. Presently he runs his private practice in Cape Town full time as well as a part time practice in the United Kingdom. He also lectures at many national congresses. 



DR MARK OTTO graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982. He was the recipient of the Middleton-Shaw Colgate Prize at the International Association for Dental Research in the same year.

He has been working in full time private practice in Kenilworth and part time in the United Kingdom. His practice is limited to the placement and restoration of implants and prosthodontics. While placing implants in his own practice, Dr Otto has made it his policy to attend world-renowned international clinics and implant-related congresses every year in order to keep abreast of developing techniques in implantology and bone regeneration.

Dr Otto is a past founder and course lecturer of the Post Graduate Diploma in Implantology at the universities of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape. He has lectured extensively in South Africa and internationally on dental implants. He is the co-founder and president of the Cape Society of Dental Implantology and is on the editorial board of the South African Dental Journal (SADJ).

The Implant and Aesthetic Academy also host international lecturers thereby ensuring that course participants are kept abreast of international developments in Implantology and Periodontics. The IAA was proud to host both Professor Paul Weigl and Dr Bernd Giesenhagen from Germany in March last year (2007). They showed major paradigm shifts in Implantology by their creative thinking and this impacted on all who attended the courses.

Recently the IAA has been invited by DENTSPLY, Friadent to become members of and participate in the International Master Speaker's Forum. The IAA curriculum has also received international accreditation from the J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt. This is the first time in South Africa that a private institution has been offered an internationally accredited diploma.