The world of dental implants is full of potential for dental professionals, offering exciting new possibilities to broaden skills and have a truly life-changing impact on many patients.

However, implant dentistry also requires significant extra time and dedication from all dentists looking to get involved. There is much to think about from what training courses to take, to which materials to use and where you find the right mentor, as well as how you satisfy the GDC requirements to deliver safe and effective dental implant treatment.

It can be daunting for newly qualified dentists to know where to start. So if you are thinking about getting involved with dental implants, or you simply wish to learn more about it, the ADI Young Dentist Day is a must-attend event for you!

The Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) is the go-to organisation for everything related to dental implants. Committed to supporting professional education, the ADI offers an array of educational benefits to all its members including the biennial ADI Team Congress, ADI study clubs, ADI masterclasses and a members-only Facebook Group.

ADI Young Dentist Day

The ADI Young Dentist Day is designed specifically for undergraduates, postgraduates and dentists in their first five years of qualification, providing a well-rounded introduction to the field.

‘There are many different training courses available for implant dentistry today,’ comments Aly Virani, ADI regional representative for Wales. ‘However, these can require a significant financial commitment from individuals. We identified a gap in the market for those who simply want to know more about the treatment modality in order to establish whether it is right for them.

‘The ADI Young Dentist Day is heavily subsidised for members with no commercial bias. Six professionals at the cutting-edge of their fields will share their passion and experience in a wide range of topics relevant to those interested in implant dentistry. All the speakers were selected for their enthusiasm and outstanding dedication to their craft – and they believe in the cause so much that they have all kindly volunteered their time to speak to young dentists in attendance.’

The programme

To be held on Saturday 2 September 2017 at IET London: Savoy Place, the ADI Young Dentist Day will offer a morning of informative lectures. Providing an overview of the key things dentists need to know about getting started in implant dentistry, the programme will be delivered by top clinicians with decades of experience.

Aly will set the scene with a summary of the history of dental implants and training pathways, requirements and desired qualities of courses that are on offer in the UK and beyond. Minas Leventis will follow on from this by considering atraumatic extractions and suturing techniques, exploring the basic principles of exodonia, the factors determining the degree of difficulty of extractions and the instruments required for a minimally invasive approach.

The remainder of the morning will see Samantha Pugh provide an overview of treatment planning for dental implants, with Pynadath George offering more detail on the surgical protocols involved in dental implant placement. Nilesh Parmar will consider the impression taking process and choosing the right restoration, and Zaki Kanaan will share his own career pathway into implant dentistry, helping delegates to ‘think outside the box’ in order to maximise aesthetics.

In the afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to get hands-on with dental implants, applying what they learnt in the morning to a practical setting by placing a dental implant themselves, and developing their impression and suturing techniques. Offering six hours of verifiable CPD throughout the day, the event should help delegates decide whether implant dentistry is right for them and give them a chance to speak to more experienced professionals about their own journeys into the field.

Networking

In addition to the educational programme, the ADI Young Dentist Day will also offer valuable networking opportunities for all in attendance. Aly adds: ‘There will be a drinks reception, enabling delegates to network and start building their contacts within the field. We want to welcome them to the dental implant community and encourage them to become a part of something bigger.

‘Ultimately, we hope this event will inspire young dentists to get involved with implant dentistry. The ADI is here for young dentists as much as those who have worked with dental implants for a long time. We have listened to our young members and designed an event to deliver all the basics professionals need to get started.’

Peter Fairbairn, director of Education at the ADI, has been instrumental in the organisation of the event. He concludes: ‘The future of both implant dentistry and the ADI is in the hands of the next generation, and we wish to ensure a healthy outlook. The Young Dentist Day is just one method by which we can support those professionals who are new to the field and help them to succeed, which – in my mind – is the most important role of the ADI.’

For more information or to book, please visit www.adi.org.uk/events/ydd17.