Taking stock of training in implant dentistry

Barrak, Fadi N orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3906-9174 (2016) Taking stock of training in implant dentistry. British Dental Journal, 221 . pp. 157-158. ISSN 0007-0610

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.594


Despite the ever-growing demand for implant treatments by patients, there is confusion about what the appropriate training pathway in implant dentistry should be. This is accompanied by a worrying lack of training at undergraduate level for correct patient selection and monitoring of implant cases. An unclear training pathway, inappropriate referrals and a 'hands-off' approach to patients with implants may be putting patients at risk. This article highlights these issues with a suggestion that the training should of course follow the current GDC guidelines, but goes further to suggest that the end point of training should be at diploma level as a minimum, either via a university route, or via the RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry Examination.

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