The emphasis of this unbiased, multi-system course, which I have been running in association with Straumann/ITI, Megagen and other implant systems since 1993, is to teach practitioners how to incorporate implant treatments into their practices safely with confidence and the back up of the proven and documented implant systems.
Our objective is to teach GDPS, the scientific and clinical protocols of implant dentistry practically, in a step by step manner, using documented implant systems such as Straumann and Nobel Biocare.
To date, we have trained more than 2,000 colleagues who now routinely provide implant treatment successfully in their practices throughout the UK.
This independent course, is especially suited for dentists who want to learn and develop new skills in implant dentistry (either restorative and/or surgical aspects) but wish to avoid courses designed to promote a specific system or avoid undergoing product training by manufacturers or poorly structured or validated courses that have been criticised by various professional organisations.
We believe that all delegates, irrespective of whether they are interested in training in restorative stages, or both surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry, should complete the
full ‘certificate course’ in order to gain a complete clinical understanding of the full spectrum of implant dentistry.
The syllabus and the learning objectives of this unique year course fulfills all the currently recommended guidelines for training in implant dentistry.
Alongside this course, highly structured clinical training, supervised by accredited mentors, will be available to the delegates at ICE Postgraduate Centre.
Postgraduate certificate in implant dentistry
A list of guest keynote lecturers for the years 1997-2014 (which includes clinicians with national and international reputation including three past presidents of the Association of Dental Implantology) is enclosed for your information.
Using proven and documented implant systems, I will help you to learn core implant techniques and protocols including immediate
implant treatment, single and multiple tooth reconstructions, guided bone regeneration and bone grafting, membrane fixation systems and use of augmentation materials, implant/bar retained overdenture treatment, soft and hard tissue grafting techniques, flap design, as well as surgical and restorative management and long-term maintenance of patients.
Exciting new techniques that have been recently introduced such as the use of a PRF autologous growth factors and simplified bone grafting including bone ring and allograft CBCT cone builder techniques will be covered.
The revolutionary, CT scanning and minimally invasive computer guided surgical implant placement techniques will be taught by experts using our in-house Morita CBCT scanner software.
On completion of the academic course the delegates will be able to develop clinical skills and experience by placing and restoring implants at our ICE Mentee School of Implant Dentistry in Salford Quays in conjunction with experienced and trained local mentors who will be introduced from a wide network of our regional mentors.
This experience will start the process of attainment of the necessary clinical competencies in implant dentistry based on a personal development plan and a clinical portfolio as required by the current GDC guidelines for training standards in implant dentistry.
Moreover, the academic content, clinical portfolio and the syllabus of this certificate course have been designed to prepare the candidates for outside diploma examinations in implant dentistry such as the diploma in Impl Dent RCSEd.
The credits from this certificate course could also be used for entry to further postgraduate studies including the MSc programme at Edge Hill University or similar, using the APEL/RPL system.
Multi-system dental implants
The course is organised with reference to proven implant systems including Straumann and Megagen – for their unique indications, predictability, research and documentation.
Since we routinely use different systems and are therefore not biased to one particular type of implant or manufacturer, one of the significant benefits of this course is that we demonstrate and teach the advantages and clinical indications of each system according to functional, anatomical and cosmetic requirements of individual patients.
Multi-system dental implant certificate course
After completing this course and fulfilling the required academic learning objectives (see TSID, 2012) you will be abe to start clinical skills development programme under mentor supervision on patients provided by ICE Postgraduate Centre in Salford Quays to develop full clinical experience with proven and popular implant systems that have the highest possible standards of research and clinical documentation.
At the end of the course, you will receive certification for the technique of guided bone regeneration (GBR) and for restorative and surgical application of dental implants.
Restorative and laboratory stages of the implant treatment will be taught in depth, throughout the course.
Special emphasis will be given to patient assessment and treatment planning, diagnostic imaging, implant selection, restorative design criteria with reference to three major implant systems.
Most importantly, you will be able to benefit from more than 23 years’ clinical, research and teaching experience of my implant team and our expert faculty of lecturers.
After the end of the course my practice support team and clinical advisory service will be available for our course participants to ease the uncertainty of carrying out implant treatment in their practices.
Furthermore you would be able to treat patients under supervision at the state of the art clinical facilities offered by the ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Mentee School of Implant Dentistry in Salford Quays.
After completing this course and gaining core clinical experience under supervision, you will be encouraged and supported to take up further academic training in implant dentistry by enrolling on a recognised PGDiploma/MSc programme.
It gives us a particular pleasure to see that, in recent years, dozens of our course participants have gained higher degrees such as diploma/MScs in implant dentistry at recognised UK Universities.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that on completing the course, delegates will be eligible for the membership of the International Team for Implantology (ITI).