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This 18 month part-time programme provides dental practitioners and an accompanying dental nurse with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to plan, treat, and maintain a range of partially and fully edentate patients using dental implants. Patients are provided by the School.
Graduates have gone on to carry out implant surgery and prosthodontics in their own practices. The programme comprises approximately 45 days attendance and aims to fulfill requirements of Training Standards in Implant Dentistry UK (2012) at the level of straightforward placement of implants.
The programme consists of three modules: Theory of implant dentistry and simulated skills training; Clinical assessment and surgery for dental implantation; Restoration and maintenance of dental implants. Seminar based learning, guided reading, and extensive hands-on skills development is followed by clinical skills training comprising patient assessment, surgical placement of implants, and restoration of implants at Newcastle Dental School.
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The programme consists of three modules, designed to be delivered as one continuous programme:
- Theory of implant dentistry and simulated skills training
This module aims to introduce students to the knowledge and skills underpinning the practice of implant dentistry and the principles of clinical assessment, investigation and treatment of patients who may be safely managed by dental implants at the straightforward level. The module also aims to develop students’ basic skills in carrying out the surgical and prosthodontics procedures required to provide dental implant restorations for patients at the straightforward* level. In addition, the module aims to develop students’ ability to critically appraise the scientific literature.
Outline of syllabus –
Surgical anatomy and age related changes of the jaws
Healing processes following tooth extraction and insertion of dental implants
General health, lifestyle factors and local pathological processes affecting the patient’s tolerance to
implant procedures and maintenance of implants
Indications, contraindications and alternatives to implants
Principles of prosthodontically driven planning for implants
Principles of implant surgery (including guided bone regeneration)
Local anaesthetic techniques for implant surgery
Options and techniques for the restoration of implants including the application of dental materials science
Laboratory production of implant restorations
Principles of maintenance of implants and specific types of implant restoration
Medico-legal aspects of implant dentistry
Locating information sources and the evidence base for implant dentistry
Critical reading and writing
Statistics short course
- Clinical assessment and surgery for dental implantation
This module aims to develop the students’ clinical skills in order to facilitate diagnosis of need, or potential need, for dental implants and to construct treatment plans for the provision of implants at the straightforward level. The module also aims to develop the students’ clinical skills in being able to carry out the surgical procedures involved in providing implants. In addition, the module aims to develop the students’ understanding about the principles of establishing implant treatment in the dental practice setting.
Outline of syllabus–
Review of surgical skills used in implant insertion introduced in module 1
Clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of patients presenting for treatment with dental implants
Minimal trauma extractions in preparation for insertion of dental implants
Immediate pre-operative preparation for dental implant surgery
Surgery in relation to implant dentistry for straightforward* cases
Post-operative patient management following dental implant surgery
Principles of establishing implant dentistry into a dental practice setting (introduction)
- Restoration and maintenance of dental implants
This module aims to develop the students’ clinical skills in restoring dental implants with a variety of superstructure types, and formulating patient-specific plans to help maintain implant restorations. The module also aims to consolidate the students’ understanding about the principles of establishing implant treatment in the dental practice setting.
Outline of syllabus –
Clinical evaluation of implant positions
Planning the staged delivery of restorations on implants
Dental laboratory communication, materials and techniques
Clinical restoration of dental implants
Formulating patient-specific plans to help maintain implant restorations
Principles of establishing implant dentistry into a dental practice setting (practice visits)
Throughout the programme an emphasis is placed upon progressive formative assessment rather than end-point examination. These progressive assessment points are evenly spread throughout the programme as far as is feasible.
In module one clinical skills are assessed to ensure students are prepared to start clinical work. There is a 90 minute Single Best Answer paper and one Open Book essay is set with at least six weeks to complete.
In module two a further Short Answer paper and Written Exercise are set. Clinical surgical skills are assessed using Procedure Based Assessment tools and skill simulations (cadaver) will be assessed.
In module three there will be an OSCE examination and a further Open Book essay with at least six weeks to complete. A written case presentation and oral examination are required towards the end of the module.
The programme extends for 18 months. Participants will attend Newcastle Dental School one day per fortnight (on average) during academic term times; approximately 45 days in total.
Full entry requirements are available on the University’s postgraduate prospectus degree description.
It is strong encouraged that a dental nurse (registered with the General Dental Council [UK]) accompanies each participant. Nurse attendance is highly desirable. Attendance without a nurse is at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director. Attendance will provide nurses with an opportunity to secure GDC verifiable CPD and for team working aspects of implant dentistry to be developed. Participants and any accompanying nurses must have been granted Clinical Access to Newcastle Dental Hospital by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
*as defined by Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, published by the Faculty of General Dental
Practice (UK) and endorsed by the General Dental Council (UK).
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