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Training Standards in Implant Dentistry

As the undergraduate curriculum does not include training in implant dentistry, it is mandatory for dentists wishing to provide surgical and/or restorative implant treatment in the UK to undertake structured education and training at an appropriate postgraduate level.

In its guidance, the GDC has emphasised the need for UK dentists to acquire the clinical skills needed before practising implant dentistry by completing postgraduate training under supervision of a mentor.

Training in implantology is currently available from a variety of providers ranging from the universities to courses organised by individual or commercial providers with varying levels of structure. In absence of a formal qualification, the onus is, therefore, on the learner to demonstrate the adequacy of his/her training, both academically and clinically, before starting to practise implant dentistry. This is particularly relevant for those individuals who are already experienced in implant dentistry having gained their training through different pathways. In this regard, the use of personal portfolios and logbooks are highly recommended.

The remit of the current training standards working group which included representatives from the ADI, FGDP (UK), the GDC, Universities and the Royal Colleges was to develop, review and update the standards in light of new developments in implant dentistry. The 2012 version of this document follows.

The training standards document has been written to ensure high standards of education, training and clinical care in implant dentistry in the UK and should serve as a definitive guide for the providers of training as well as the learners themselves. It has already been stated that this document is likely to be referred to, in any medicolegal dispute or when competence of a clinician is in question.

The readers' attention is also drawn to the appendix on pages 6 and 7 in which complexity of implant treatment has been categorised to assist the clinician when selecting cases to treat within his/her level of competence.

READ Implant Training Standards Document 2012

Professor Cemal Ucer, June 2012
ADI President

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