Building the College

Building the College

1973: The first issue of the ACP's membership publication, the Newsletter, was published. It was renamed the Messenger in 1991 and continues to this day.

1976: The first ACP Prosthodontic Research Award was established. This was later renamed in honor of Dr. John J. Sharry as the John J. Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition (1982).

1979: ACP membership reached 1,012 members.

1985: The ACP Education Foundation was established to support the vision of the College and the needs of the specialty in education and research.


1990: During the 21st Annual Session in Charleston, South Carolina, the first ACP House of Delegates convened.

1992: The first issue of the Journal of Prosthodontics was published.

1994: As the ADA-recognized organization for the specialty of prosthodontics, the ACP became the new sponsor of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) upon dissolution of the Federation of Prosthodontic Organizations (FPO).


1994: Sponsored by the ACP, the Prosthodontic Forum was established to create a unified voice in the representation of the discipline of prosthodontics and provide a means of exchanging ideas, incentives and information between prosthodontically oriented organizations.

1994: ACP headquarters relocated from San Antonio to Chicago, in the American Dental Association building.


1996: The ACP debuted its first website, Prosthodontics.org.

2001: The ACP Center for Prosthodontic Education was formed to provide high quality seminars and hands-on training courses for prosthodontists and affiliated dental professionals.

2001: The ACP Dental Technician Alliance was formed to foster a team-building mechanism between technicians and their prosthodontic partners.


2006: The ACP and ACPEF sponsored Reframing the Future of Prosthodontics: An Invitational Leadership Summit, intended to review critical issues facing prosthodontics and the future of prosthodontic education.

2006: The College introduced a new membership category for prosthodontic educators, the Academic Alliance.

2007: The ACP House of Delegates voted to dissolve, paving the way for the current ACP Regions & Sections.

2007: The College introduced two new membership categories: the Global Alliance and the Predoctoral Alliance.

2008: The ACP conducted its first online election.

2008: ACP membership reached 3,000 members.

2008: The College launched the Wednesday Wake-up Call™, a weekly e-newsletter for members, and its first social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter shortly afterward.

2009: The College launched Prosthopedia®, an online resource library for the field of prosthodontics.

2009: The College introduced a new membership category for graduate students interested in prosthodontics, the Advanced Program and Graduate Student Alliance.

2011: The ACP launched a new consumer website, GoToAPro.org, equipped with the Find a Prosthodontist search.

2013: Membership voted to amend the bylaws to give Resident/Graduate Student members the right to vote.

2014: The ACP debuted its first app, the Board Study Guide for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

2015: The first Digital Dentistry Symposium was held in Chicago.

2015: The ACP published its first e-book, Fundamentals of Occlusion, for Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle.

2015: The ACPEF announced a landmark $1.25 million commitment from Henry Schein to support the ACP's development of the first dental school curriculum for digital dentistry.

2016: The ACP published its second e-book, Women in Prosthodontics, to celebrate the achievements of pioneering women in the specialty.

2017: The specialty joined the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the 'Match').