The short guide to implant dentistry

Colin Campbell details what you’ll need to succeed in implant dentistry.

When you begin your journey in implant dentistry one of the first things that you will encounter is new surgical situations that you may not be familiar with. Often for practitioners the journey into implant dentistry re-enthuses the surgical interest and allows them to start doing surgical extractions and other surgical procedures in the practice. This then further develops their skills and makes them better at implant surgery too.

To develop like this on a quality basis is the only way to set your practice apart from everyone else. To tell the ‘quality story’ and to rise to the top of the pile and not chase the bottom will be the only way to get ahead of the competition; to make sure your business thrives more than survives.

Combining knowledge with the right skills

Most practitioners who have been working in practice for a reasonable period of time have the dexterity and skills to be able to take on implant dentistry in their practice. The key is the knowledge to place implants in the right place and to select the correct patients. This is something that will be taught on a high-quality education programme.

Implant dentistry is changing dramatically on a day-to-day basis, with many different products being launched and many manufactures claiming to have the ethical solution for patients. To be able to join a tribe of people who understand the products, the science and the launches of various different avenues within implant dentistry is essential. To have a group of people you can trust and lean on in the early stages is vital, this is why it is essential that you choose the correct system with the correct support and teaching organisation.

The absolute essence of implant dentistry though is case planning. The only way to learn case planning is to do it and the only way to do it safely is to do it with a mentor who will be able to point you in the right direction when you go off track (and it’s easy to go off track).

All of these pieces above need to be in place for delegates to exit courses ready to place implants at a reasonable level to sustain their practice. Missing any part of this for an individual delegate can mean missing the chance to move forwards in implant dentistry.

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