Dental Implantology requires comprehensive surgical and prosthodontic clinical skills which are impossible to master simply by attending theory classes. Although developing sound evidence-based theoretical knowledge is crucial, acquiring clinical skills and competence is of paramount importance for developing a successful career in Dental Implantology.
The University of Salford MSc programme is unique in that it has been developed to provide a comprehensive grounding, not only in theory but in all aspects of clinical training with skills developed under the close supervision of expert clinicians and accredited mentors.
The trainees have access to continuous streams of patients attending ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute & Hospital in Salford Quays. The patients are triaged depending on the complexity of their treatment needs and are pre-screened in advanced for suitability of treatment. Each case is assessed fully by the trainee, who then develops a treatment plan which must be approved by their supervisor before being presented to the patient. This is followed by a detailed and informed patient consent process.
Trainees are encouraged to continue to treat as many patients as they can by receiving new cases from the waiting list as soon as they have completed a case. This clinical activity continues throughout the programme. In fact, some of the MSc students return to ICE hospital and take up part-time posts to continue to treat patients as associates.
What are the clinical facilities at ICE?
The clinical facilities at ICE include:
- Full digital workflow including Morita CBCT, 3 Shape IOS, 3D printers and milling machines
- 3D treatment planning software including ICE’s specially commissioned treatment planning software – Implant-Pro which uses AI to develop standardised treatment planning from the raw data entered onto the system
- Seven implant treatment surgeries served by highly experienced and trained Dental Nurses
- All cases are managed using Consult-Pro Management software – ensuring continuous interactivity between the trainee, the mentor and the patient
What do the trainees gain from the clinical teaching?
- Develop competence in implant dentistry by treating patients under the supervision of highly experienced and accredited mentors
- Clinically use different implant systems and develop skills in placing and restoring implants with a multi-system approach
- Work without any commercial bias or pressures from one manufacturer or their representatives
- Learn 3D-guided implant surgery
- Gain opportunities to observe and assist some of the most experienced implant clinicians in the UK
- Learn to use emerging technologies such as PRF/PRP regenerative materials
- Learn to carry out straightforward or advanced cases including bone grafts
- Understand how to avoid problems and deal with complications such as peri-implantitis
- Have the opportunity to contribute to clinical research
What is a typical day at the ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute & Hospital like for a trainee?
The day begins with a briefing meeting. These early morning sessions are structured so that each trainee can present their patients to the members of the Faculty and their co-trainees and critically appraise the proposed treatment, looking at advantages, disadvantages and how to avoid complications and problems. Trainees are paired together and are ably assisted by a fully- trained Dental Nurse. Appointments then begin, each trainee will undertake a wide range of implant treatments at ICE, from implant retained dentures to bridges. There is no upper limit on the number of implants or treatments that each trainee can undertake, but there is a minimum competency that needs to be demonstrated (4 patients). After the last appointments, a de-briefing follows, trainees will also use this time to write up their notes, fill out the relevant competence assessment forms and update their clinical portfolios.
For more information on our MSc programme with the University of Salford, contact:
Business Manager and Programmes Administrator, Carl Morgan
(+44) 161 413 8335
To apply, visit: https://beta.salford.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/dental-implantology
Watch Karl’s video about the MSc Dental Implantology