In recent times, dental implants have become the most widely accepted mode of tooth restoration, which has led to the emergence of many dentists who qualify themselves to perform these procedures. However, you should know that inserting dental implants is a surgical procedure that only dentists with suitable training should conduct, and most preferably, oral surgeons.
This important factor should eliminate the consideration of ordinary dentists who deem themselves fit to undertake this operation. It is also important to note that the success of a dental implant largely depends on the skills and expertise of the dentist and the dental implant team. There are implant courses for dentists; therefore, patients should ensure their dentist has completed the course successfully before having them perform this complicated procedure.
Most undergraduate college programs do not include dental implant technique courses, so dentists should enroll in postgraduate training in implant dentistry, and then participate in an assessment of competence. Dental implant education can come from a variety of sources, including university, Royal College or hospital-based programmes, as well as from courses run by commercial groups or individuals who are both qualified and registered.
There are specific guidelines regarding the minimum training requirements expected for dentists to complete successfully before undertaking dental implant surgery. The General Dental Council refers to these guidelines when assessing complaints against dentists who have allegedly practiced implant dentistry beyond their competence levels.
Before enrolling in implant courses for dentists, a dental practitioner should have a good personal level of ability and experience in the areas of restorative and surgical dentistry. Failure to have expertise in both areas will have an impact on the learning process involved when dentists seek more knowledge and skills in implant surgery. In most cases, dentists who attend implant courses with little or no experience in surgery and then expect their training to include both basic surgical skills and implant surgery at the same time will not get the most out of their training. The expert dental professionals at the Brighton Implant Clinic strongly suggest that course organizers include surgical and restorative dentistry experience before admission, to ensure that they achieve the educational goals of the course.
The content used in implant courses for dentists should be evidence-based. This means that the materials used by tutors should not merely be theoretical literature; there should be practical incidences that occur in the clinic’s day-to-day activities. This will provide the dentists with a clear picture of what to expect during the implantation treatment process, as well as what to look for with patient after care. Additionally, at the end of the course, there should be recognition given to prove the learning stages a student dentist underwent, so potential patients know they are qualified to carry out a dental implant. It is therefore important to ensure that the given course organizers are registered and certified with the statutory dental health bodies.
You do not have to risk your health by obtaining dental implants from dentists who are not qualified if you remember dental implants involve complicated surgery and are meant to last a lifetime. Taking the time to choose a qualified implantologist will guarantee the success of your dental implant treatment.
For more information about Implant Courses for Dentists please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623.