Postgraduate Studies in Oral Implantology

The Postgraduate Studies in Oral Implantology is a 2- year, part-time programme, taught in English. The curriculum is aimed to enable experienced dentists (two years = minimum requirement), to start practising implant dentistry.

At the end of the programme students should be able to:

  • select adequate articles to be able to apply evidence based procedures in the daily practice;
  • distinguish between the different implant configurations and different types of implant connections and how to deal with them in relation to the case being treated;
  • perform extraction zone management to save the necessary amount of bone;
  • deal with the relevant anatomical structures in relation to implant surgery procedures to avoid intra-operative complications;
  • recognize indications and contra-indications to place dental implants;
  • make a correct presurgical treatment planning and a surgical template using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools;
  • perform basic implant surgery in their own clinical practice using aseptic protocols;
  • provide their placed dental implants with a temporary and/or definitive restoration;
  • deal with more complex cases and be able to manage and coordinate a multidisciplinary treatment approach;
  • make treatment planning using guided surgery techniques.

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The curriculum amounts to 23 credits and has an equivalent of 630 study hours.
The programme’s first year is built on 5 modules related to implant dentistry:
1. introduction,
2. therapy planning and patient selection,
3. surgical procedures,
4. prosthetic procedures,
5. maintenance and advanced implant procedures.
Each module is educated in a one week session by a team of experts in the field. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, computer exercises, preclinical training sessions, hands-on workshops, live surgeries and a cadaver course. The second year only focuses on treatment planning and implant surgeries. Students have to perform a minimum number of specific implant cases, under strict one-to-one supervision.

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The postgraduate studies in oral implantology provide experienced dental professionals with a foundation to start with implant therapy. This includes selection of appropriate cases, treatment planning, perform basic implant surgery, prosthetics and maintenance. After graduation students are equipped to identify and address simple cases and may continue to develop expertise by additional experience and advanced training to address more advanced/complex cases.