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Implant dentistry has become a predictable treatment to restore esthetics, form and oral function. The placement and restoration of dental implants has increased significantly worldwide. Therefore, the need to provide implant education to dental students is paramount. The purpose of this paper was to describe the journey of implant programs at dental schools on several continents. Implant treatment varies from country to country and continent to continent. From this review, it appears that predoctoral implant programs in North America (US) have a more structured curriculum (preclinical and clinical). The students in these programs provide more treatment modalities compared to other parts of the world. A substantial effort is needed to improve the implant curriculum for dental students in Asia, where the majority of the world's population is located.
Schlagwörter: Implant education, predoctoral training
Implantology is already well integrated in modern dentistry. Dental implant procedures are increasingly performed by general dentists in general offices. Still, as the indication field has been extended enormously, the need for more skilled and trained clinicians has been a subject of intensive interest at numerous universities and academic settings around the world. Various dental schools have created one- to four-year, part-time or full-time implant programs as part of their postdoctoral residence program. In this article, the ACTA approach is explained.
Schlagwörter: Implant dentistry, implant education
In Europe, there is enormous diversity in regard to undergraduate and postgraduate dental education programs. As the increasing demand for implant-based therapies requires educational opportunities associated with implant dentistry, it is necessary for the general dentist to find postgraduate dental courses tailored to the individual needs of the practitioner that are also applicable to their dental practice. Continuing professional development (CPD) courses are now accepted as an essential activity for dentists to maintain clinical skills and stay up to date with new developments in dentistry. There is a huge range of CPD courses provided in implant dentistry ranging from 1-day industrydriven product training to full-time implant dentistry training programs and long-term university-based curricula. As implant therapy involves many levels of complexity, CPD in implant dentistry can have many "points of entry" and dentists should be able to define their own learning objectives, depending on the level of practice they wish to achieve. To this end, personal development planning (PDP) is an essential tool to help dentists identify their learning objectives and derive greater benefit from their CPD by selecting the appropriate learning strategy and courses. Therefore, clearly defined educational objectives have to be set for each level of competence. This will help in the long term to develop a structured and regulated CPD curriculum in implant dentistry, at least at a national level.
Schlagwörter: Continuing professional development (CPD), implant dentistry, postgraduate dental education, general dentist
Implant therapy is a well-established treatment modality but global provision is still limited. As an invasive procedure, it is not without potential risk to the patient. New providers should therefore receive comprehensive education from the outset. The fastest growing group of providers are general dental practitioners who have to fit education in around their working hours in daytime practice. Online education offers flexibility with global access 24/7 to the didactic elements of implant dentistry and with options of different formats to suit different learning styles and preferences. Amongst the increasing amount of implant information on offer online, a high quality online education offering will stand out by its evidence-based and peer-reviewed content, predetermined learning outcomes and mapping to recognized learner levels. Online education should therefore clearly convey for whom it is intended, why its mode of delivery is helpful, what the user can and cannot expect from it and how the content is presented and structured. Implant therapy by default requires hands-on clinical training and online education should also supply examples of where it can be readily combined with blended learning programs that offer the structured, contact element of teaching in a clinical setting.
Schlagwörter: Implant dentistry, online education, continuous professional development, undergraduate, postgraduate, dental team
Traditionally the ITI World Symposium is a source of high expectation and absolute satisfaction for those who attend. The ITI World Symposium 2017 held in Basel earlier this year in May was no exception. With 4,800 participants, it was the largest implant dentistry event ever, whose more than 100 speakers from all over the world provided valuable insights into diverse aspects of current treatment methods and new technologies.
Not only was the scientific program found to be first rate but participants also declared their enthusiasm and appreciation for the event's visual theme: the ITI World Symposium airport with its terminals, gates and departure lounges. A round-up of news and impressions can be found on the ITI World Symposium website at www.iti.org/worldsymposium2017 to give you a taste of the atmosphere.
This heavily booked flight departed back in May but for anyone who was unable to attend or those who would like to relive moments of this exciting event, Forum Implantologicum has asked each Session Chair to review his or her session. In a series of short summaries, Session Chairs have expressed their enjoyment and delighted approval of the many innovative and exciting presentations that were made over the three-day event.
In this issue of Forum Implantologicum, ITI Research Committee Chair Lisa Heitz- Mayfield talks to Dr. Alan Payne from New Zealand, who together with Prof. Dr. Daniel Wismeijer (Netherlands) and Associate Professor Andrew Tawse-Smith (Colombia) recently completed ITI-funded clinical research on implant-assisted mandibular removable partial dentures (IARPDs).
Short Implants - the Rationale for When to Use Them and When Not
In this issue, we are looking at "Short implants - the rationale for when to use them and when not". We asked Daniel Buser, Christoph Hämmerle, Gerry M. Raghoebar and Franck Renouard to summarize the principles they follow when considering the use of short implants in less than 250 words.