Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry

(PG Cert, level 7)

Duration: 12 months

Module 1 (Date: 22/05/2021)


  • Introduction of the programme
  • The mentoring concept
  • History of implantology

Fundamentals in Oral Implantology

  • Anatomy in implant dentistry
  • Histology in implant dentistry (video)
  • Bone physiology
  • Wound healing 
  • Compatibility of biomaterials: Bone reaction to implant and implant surface
  • Bone density
  • Implant design, material, components & force factors
  • Bone and biomechanics
  • Pharmacology in implant dentistry

Module 2 (Date: 26/06/2021)

Treatment Planning

  • Clinical examination and medical assessment
  • Local and systemic indications and contraindications for implant treatment
  • Flow-chart for treatment planning
  • Radiographic imaging in implant dentistry
  • Diagnostic and prosthetic planning
  • Implant planning: Number and type
  • Different prosthetic solutions
  • Informed consent, consent templates and medico-legal aspects
  • Record keeping and note templates
  • Maintenance and follow-up
  • Treatment planning exercises

Module 1 examination, Multiple choice questions (MCQ)

 Module 3 (Date: 17/07/2021)

General Principles of Implant Surgery

  • Principles of asepsis
  • Instrumentation, equipment and check lists
  • Flap design and management
  • Sutures and suturing techniques
  • Principles of bone preparation techniques: Drill and Osteotomes
  • Treatment planning exercise using planning software

Module 2 examination, (MCQ)

Module 4 (Workshop 1) (Date: 14/08/2021)

Flap design and suturing techniques, implant placement on plastic models, impression technique, skill assessment

 Module 3 examination (MCQ) 

Module 5 (Date: 11/09/2021)

Implant Placement (Surgical phase)

  • Implant placement in posterior maxilla
  • Implant placement in anterior maxilla
  • Implant placement in posterior mandible
  • Implant placement in anterior mandible
  • Delayed placement vs. immediate placement
  • Immediate placement with or without immediate loading
  • Implant in aesthetic zone 
  • Submerged vs. non-submerged implants
  • Flap vs. flapless approach

Module 6 (Date: 25/09/2021)

Prosthetic Aspects of Implant Dentistry and CBCT 

  • Second stage surgery (implant exposure)
  • Impression techniques
  • Abutment selection
  • Tooth-implant connection
  • Splinted vs non-splinted implants
  • Cement retained vs. screw retained 
  • Core training in CBCT 

Module 5 examination (MCQ)

Module 7 (Date: 20/11/2021)

Full Arch Rehabilitation

  • Occlusion
  • Bite registration & facebaw
  • Implant supported overdenture, planning, design and fabrication
  • Impression and try-in stage for full arch restorations
  • Attachment systems
  • All-on-4 concept
  • Provisional restorations
  • Final prosthetic delivery

Module 6 examination (MCQ)

Module 8 (Date: 11/12/2021)

Hard Tissue Augmentation 

  • Bone augmentation, classification and selection criteria
  • Guided bone regeneration (GBR) and different types of graft materials
  • Socket preservation
  • Bone manipulation and expansion
  • Treatment planning exercises using planning software

Module 7 examination (MCQ)

Module 9 (Date: 29/01/2021)


  • Complications in the healing phase
  • Surgical complications & management
  • Prosthetic complications and management
  • Peri-implantitis, diagnosis and treatment
  • Plaque related biological complications (Implant and superstructure)
  • Non-Plaque related biological complications
  • Management of biological complications
  • Management of non-biological complications

Guided Surgery

  • Treatment planning for predictability
  • Important consideration before guided surgery
  • Surgical components for fully guided surgery
  • Drilling protocol
  • Treatment workflow and step by step procedure
  • Sinus floor elevation via Summer’s technique vs lateral approach
  • Dental laboratory techniques

Module 8 examination (MCQ)

Module 10 (Workshop 2): (Date: 12/02/2021)

Guided bone regeneration (GBR), implant placement on plastic models, Scan interpretation and treatment planning exercises using planning software, skill assessment. 

Final examination (MCQ) 

After successful completion of the module 3 and observations of live surgery sessions, the candidate will be allocated to a training centre to commence patient treatment under direct supervision. Candidates are required to treat 2 patients.

Course Requirements:

  • Compulsory attendance of all the modules
  • Treatment of minimum 2 patients requiring single or multiple (Maximum 3 units) implants
  • 2 documented clinical case portfolios for the patients treated by the candidate 

After successful completion of module 5 and assisting/observations of live surgeries, the candidate will commence treatment of patients under direct supervision. Minimum 1 clinical observation/assisting is required before treating any patient. This could be observation of cases treated by mentor or other candidates. Patients will be provided by the mentor.

Course  Components

Contact Learning:

10 days of lectures and hands-on sessions (On Saturdays) providing 70 hours enhanced verifiable CPD hours

Clinical Components: Clinical days include observations/ assisting of live surgeries and supervised treatment of patients.

Quality Assurance

Participants will be asked to complete evaluation forms for regular feedback on the programme related to its content, quality and supporting facilities. The feedback forms will be reviewed by the course director after every module. 

Dates and programme are subject to changes. Candidates will be notified of any changes in advanced.

All the clinical components including patient treatment will be assessed by the supervisor for the standard of care provided at each stage of treatment. A copy of the clinical assessment is sent to the candidate after completion of each stage of treatment.