The Academy was created by a small group of professionals that between the years ’60 and ’70 began to invite in Italy international specialists to deepen their training on the subject of prosthesis, a discipline lacking in cultural information and clinical training on the national scene. Over the years this group of study became a more formal organization, with the incitement of one of the historic founding fathers of the prosthetic dentistry, Dr. Frank V. Celenza.

The 7th of April of 1979 was constituted in Milan with a notarial deed Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry AIOP, by the founding members Adriano Bracchetti, Sergio De Paoli, Gianfranco of Phoebus, Francesco Lo Bianco, Vittorio Milani, Peter Minchiotti, Ex-Mongini, Emilio Rastelli, Sergio Zecchin and, by proxy from the United States, Frank V. Mrs. Celenza, who had encouraged the Italian colleagues on this road. One of the most important aim of the Academy was “The disclosure and diffusion of scientific prosthetic knowledge ” to an ever-greater number of colleagues, general clinical dentist for whom prosthetic was an important part of daily work. Many actions were highly innovative for the time: the equal involvement in the society of Dental technicians, the creation of an odontotechnical section inside the clinical section and the insert of two of their representatives in the Board of Directors.

The first office was in Bologna, in the dental office of Gianfranco Di Febo; Vittorio Milani was nominated President of the Board of Directors and Sergio de Paoli Vice President .

First years, much of the activities were carried out by the founders, it was necessary to promote the activities and the name of the Academy which had only a few members and could not count on any sponsor. Dr. Milani, first President, offered in many occasion his own house and dental office for many of the first courses. Three years after its foundation, October 29 and 30, 1982, was organised in Bologna the First International Congress dedicated entirely to prosthesis. Many speakers attended the Congress among whom Arthur Lewin, Frank V. Mrs. Celenza, Jan Lindhe, Gerard Kramer, Ronald Odrich, Gerd Henning and Willi Geller. The members of the congress sessions were more than 500, doctors and dental technician and many of them became members of the Academy. The event had a great success launching that style of quality, seriousness, scientificity and independence that have qualified over the years all the manifestations AIOP.

Vittorio Milani was re-elected President until 1992; his elegance and his total disinterested dedication to the Academy have left an indelible mark worthily followed by the succeeding presidents.

Since then, AIOP, traditionally seated in the city of Bologna, has held 35 international congresses, almost 100 courses and national conferences that have extended the Italian dental and cultural survey. On the occasion of the XXVII International Congress in 2008, the presence of more than 1000 participants has been registered. The International Congress presents each year two awards: the AIOP Award “Mario Martignoni” for the best scientific contribution for research and the AIOP-ANTLO Award “Roberto Polcan” for the best odontotechnical contribution for a clinical case of particular innovative relevance or clinical excellence.

The Academy has 1390 Members of which 88 are Active Members. AIOP officially represents the Italian prosthetic reality in the International College of Prosthodontists (ICP), a leading global prosthetic organization and in the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED), organization that convenes some of the most prestigious academies and scientific societies interested in prosthesis and dental aesthetics. The Academy is internationally part of the Coordination Committee of Intercompany (CIC) that represents the main national scientific societies of odontostomatology.

It is greatly to the credit of AIOP and its members, the number of which has grown steadily to the point to make AIOP becomes one of the major scientific societies on the international scene, if Italian prosthetic dentistry is represented today by many professionals, clinical dentist and dental technicians, worldwide considered opinion leaders.


The Academy is governed by the Assembly of Active Members and the Board of Directors composed of the President, the President Elect, the Chairperson in charge and the Chairperson Elect of the Odontotechnical section, the Treasurer and four board members.

President Odontotechnical Chairperson Biennium<
Vittorio Milani 1979-92
Francesco Lo Bianco Andrea Righini 1993-94
Gianfranco Di Febo Roberto Bonfiglioli 1995-96
Adriano Bracchetti Roberto Polcan (prematuramente scomparso nel 1997, il suo mandato viene raccolto da Barducci, dirigente eletto) 1997-98
Mauro Fradeani Giancarlo Barducci 1999-2000
Dario Castellani Luca Dondi 2001-02
Massimo Fuzzi Salvatore Sgrò 2003-04
Francesco Schiariti Franco Rossini 2005-06
Stefano Gracis Pino Lucente 2007-08
Gaetano Calesini Paolo Smaniotto 2009-10
Maurizio Zilli Stefano Petreni 2011-12
Leonello Biscaro Massimo Soattin 2013-14
Fabio Carboncini Roberto Canalis 2015-16

All clinical dentists or dental technician with a legally recognized qualification can become ordinary member in the respective Dental section and Odontotechnical section. To become active member, it is necessary to be ordinary member for at least one year; the application must be submitted to the Committee Members Acceptance along with a scientific and cultural curriculum and the documentation of three prosthetic cases personally treated or if applying for the Odontotechnical section, laboratory phases of three prosthetic treatments.

The Academy can also nominate Honorary Member a person whose scientific contribution has brought particular prestige to medicine, dentistry and odontotechnics.