Ground-breaking implant course wows dentists

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Delegates and lecturers celebrate after completing the course

An implant course claiming to be the first implant and bone grafting course to run in collaboration with oral and maxillofacial surgeons and their restorative dental surgeons has been hailed as a huge success.

The feedback from the course at the anatomy department of a prestigious University of London medical school saw 95% of delegates offer up an ‘outstanding’ verdict. One went as far as calling it ‘the best cadaveric course I have been on’.

The course – held at St George’s Hospital in London – was lead by Drs Helen Witherow, Ash Messiha, Peter Briggs, and Richard Porter, and ran over two days at the end of October.

It stressed the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to implant treatment, and involved a blend of lectures and demonstrations on fresh frozen cadavers.

Delegates were taught how to place implants safely, under conditions that simulated real-life experiences as closely as possible.

They observed and practiced a wide range of surgical skills, including harvesting bone from intraoral, calvarial and iliac sites, and placing these grafts intraorally using autraumatic extractions, screws, sinus lifts and soft tissue access. They were also able to watch demonstrations and practice tissue grafting techniques.

Trainees also praised the support of their industry partners – in the shape of sponsorship from Tri Implants, equipment supplied by W&H and Attenborough Dental Lab’s Ed Attenborough’s participation in the lectures – without which they would not have been able to place the implants.

Tri Dental supplied the implant kits and dummy implants for the delegates to practise with on the implant course. The company also sent its UK manager, Ian Parvess, and international head of training and education, Andreas Koch, to add their personal support to the event.

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Thumbs – and fingers – up from the lecturers and industry supporters

Ian and Andreas’ enthusiasm for the training was echoed by the delegates, who called for more training, cited the day as one of the most useful and beneficial courses they have been on and raved about how beneficial to patient care it was.

‘We need more training days like this,’ added one. ‘Please repeat, but with more time!’

Those prayers are going answered, with another course in the pipeline for next year – interested parties simply need to call Ian Parvess at Tri Implants on 07941 223542 for more information.

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