DCI8005 : Theory of implant dentistry and simulated skills training

Semester 1 Credit Value: 7
Semester 2 Credit Value: 33
ECTS Credits: 20.0


Every 18 months commencing in either January or July as part of a 3 module continuous programme.

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 prosthodontic 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.

*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).

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion443:00132:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading932:00186:00Based on reading lists
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:305:00Skills training sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical92:0018:00Skills training sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:3027:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:0013:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00Problem Solving
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:309:00Problem Solving
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching integrates with directed reading to convey the information and concepts underlying straightforward implant dentistry and allows participation, discussion and questioning.
Workshops utilise anatomical specimens and clinical scenarios to help students apply knowledge in a shared learning environment facilitated by a teacher.
The practicals are designed to build the basic skills necessary to perform the clinical stages of implant dentistry and to familiarise students with implant equipment and componentry.
Directed reading is based on reading lists that support each small group teaching event, workshop, and practical session.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M50maximum 90 single best answer questions under exam conditions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501500-2000 word essay
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Observ of prof practM5 skills simulations on manikins & animal material.All to be passed before treating patients. Assessed using structured proformas.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract2MStudents practice skills simulation assessments and receive feedback before summative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Single Best Answer PC examination provides a summative assessment of acquisition of a broad spectrum of the intended knowledge outcomes.

An essay is used to assess deeper understanding, the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to new situations, and to assess ability to use scientific literature to support arguments.

Observation of professional practice clinical skills simulations allows a range of skill based activities to be assessed with objectivity, using structured assessment proformas, and allows immediate feedback to students. Students practice the skills assessments any number of times in a formative way before summative assessment.

Reading Lists