Dr. Sonny Kim – Diplomate Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Sonny Kim – Diplomate Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

There are many factors to consider when choosing your dentist, including their education, training, experience, reputation, quality of care, and commitment to ongoing education and professional development. One indicator to look at is the organizations to which they belong, like the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Because they are a member, these professional organizations provide proof of their dedication to providing you with the best dental care.

What is the International Congress of Oral Implantologists?

The International Congress of Oral Implantologists was founded in 1972 as a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the field of implant dentistry through education, research and patient care, and is one of the largest dental implant organizations in the world, with members in more than 90 countries. It provides a forum for dental professionals to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of implantology, helps to advance the science and practice of dental implantology worldwide, and promotes the highest ethical and clinical standards in the implant industry.

After passing a rigorous certification and credentialing program, a member must continue to meet the organization’s continuing education requirements. For implant dentistry, the courses cover the latest advances and innovations including implant materials, design and placement techniques.

Diplomate Membership

Becoming a higher-level Diplomate member of the ICOI requires a significant amount of education, training and experience in implant dentistry, along with a commitment to ongoing professional development and high ethical and clinical standards. Dr. Sonny Kim earned the esteemed Diplomate level of membership by completing the following:

  • A minimum of 150 hours of continuing education in implant dentistry,
  • A minimum of five years of experience in implant dentistry,
  • Completion of at least 20 successful cases, with a minimum of one-year follow-up,
  • Passing a comprehensive written and oral examination that covers various aspects including diagnosis and treatment planning, surgical and restorative techniques, and implant maintenance and complication management. The oral examination consist of a case presentation where the candidate presents and defends their treatment plan and clinical results for two implant cases they have completed.


This level entitles Dr. Kim to receive ICOI research grants as well, if desired.

Why is Continuing Education in Implantology Important?

There are several reasons that continuing education is crucial for dentists and oral surgeons:

  • They keep up to date with new technologies and techniques in the evolving field of dentistry, and can incorporate them into their practice to ensure the best possible care for their patients.
  • They must earn continuing education credits in order to maintain their license and ability to practice.
  • Patient outcomes are improved, and the risk of complications are minimized by their dentist’s clinical skills and knowledge.
  • Patients are more satisfied with their dental care and feel more confident in the quality of care they receive.


Dr. Sonny Kim, Your Reston, Virginia-based Family Dentist

Dr. Sonny Kim has been practicing general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry for more than 25 years at Advanced Family Dentistry. He attended the University of Virginia to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and completed his dental studies at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Following his education, Dr. Kim completed his residency at the U.S. Air Force Residency Program at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where he studies numerous specialties. In 1996, he opened his practice here in Reston, VA with his wife and office manager, Helen Kim.

When you need a family dentist you can trust, choose Dr. Sonny Kim at Advanced Family Dentistry. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Sonny Kim is a Diplomate member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the highest education level for general dentists in this field.

Advanced Family Dentistry
Dr. Sonny Kim, DMD
11876 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 101
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703.390.9191
Email: drsonnykim@gmail.com
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