DCI8009 : Clinical assessment and surgery for dental implantation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
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 develop the students’ clinical skills in order to facilitate diagnosis of need, or potential need, for dental implants and to construct treatment plans for the provision of implants at the straightforward level*. The module also aims to develop the students’ clinical skills in being able to carry out the surgical procedures involved in providing implants. In addition, the module aims to develop the students’ understanding about the principles of establishing implant treatment in the dental practice setting.

*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

Review of surgical skills used in implant insertion introduced in module 1 (DCI8005/8)

Clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of patients presenting for treatment with dental implants

Minimal trauma extractions in preparation for insertion of dental implants

Immediate pre-operative preparation for dental implant surgery

Surgery in relation to implant dentistry for straightforward* cases

Post-operative patient management following dental implant surgery

Principles of establishing implant dentistry into a dental practice setting (introduction)

*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).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion223:0066:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical87:0056:00Surgery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical27:0014:00Patient assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical17:007:00Cadaver skills practice event
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:303:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Review of treated patients
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1252:00250:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching aims to convey a basic awareness about introducing implant dentistry into the dental practice setting. It allows a question and answer approach.
The skills practice utilising human cadavers consolidates the basic surgical skills introduced in Module 1 (DCI8005) in the most realistic way possible.
Supervised clinical training through clinical observation and clinical practice provide the means of developing the intended skills of this module.
The workshops provide an opportunity for students to present, reflect on, and peer-review the patient treatments they have carried out

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination903M50Multiple Short Answer Paper, 12 questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M501500 word written communication of simulated treatment plan to patient
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Observ of prof practM3 skills simulations on human cadavers. All must be passed before treating patients. Assessed using structured proformas.
Observ of prof practMSurgery assessed using structured assessment proforma. Must reach at level 3 (able to perform procedure with minimum supervision)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract1MDuring cadaver training, students practise using the assessment tool used later in the clinical settling and receive feedback.
Oral Presentation1MStudents present treated patients to the group and receive direct feedback from peers and teachers.
Observ of prof pract1MIn clinical setting question & answer approach used that helps teacher check understanding & assists learner to seek clarification
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Multiple Best Answer examination provides a summative assessment of acquisition of a broad spectrum of the intended knowledge outcomes. As well as knowledge testing, this assessment method allows higher order questions to be posed such as clinical inference and reasoning.

Coursework - written exercise (written communication of treatment plan to patient) assesses the ability to formulate a treatment plan explain how such plans should be communicated to the patient.

Observation of professional practice clinical skills assessment allows all peri-operative and inta-operative procedures involved in implant surgery to be assessed with objectivity, using a structured assessment proforma based on one used for NHS specialist training, and allows immediate feedback to students.

Oral presentation requires students to reflect on the treatments they have personally undertaken and receive feedback both from tutors and fellow students. Students also learn from the experiences of the rest of their cohort.

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