Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry

(PG Cert, level 7)

Duration: 12 months

Module 1 (Date: 12/03/2022)


  • Introduction of the programme: aims and objectives, implant system, training centres
  • The mentoring concepts
  • History of implantology

Fundamentals in Oral Implantology

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

Module 2 (Date: 09/04/2022)

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: 07/05/2022)

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 DTX hands-on 

Module 2 examination, (MCQ)

Module 4 (Workshop 1) (Date: 11/06/2022)

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

 Module 3 examination (MCQ) 

Module 5 (Date: 02/07/2022)

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: 06/08/2022)

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: 03/09/2022)

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: 01/10/2022)

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 Nobel Biocare DTX planning software

Module 7 examination (MCQ)

Module 9 (Date: 05/11/2022)


  • 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: 03/12/2022)

Guided bone regeneration (GBR), implant placement on plastic models, Scan interpretation and treatment planning exercises using DTX 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:

Contact learning over 10 months including hands-on sessions. The clinical requirement is to treat minimum 2 patients requiring single or multiple (Maximum 3 units) implants and to present documented clinical case portfolios for successful completion of the course. 

Minimum 2 clinical observations are required before treating patients. This could be observation of cases treated by the mentor or cases treated by other students. Patients will be provided by the mentor. 

Course  Components

Contact Learning:

10 days of lectures and hands-on sessions (On Saturdays)  with a total of 70 hours enhanced verifiable CPD hours.

Clinical Components: Clinical days for observation, assisting of live surgeries and treating patients in a training centre.

Clinical case reports carried out under the guidance of local tutor who will provide patients and assess the standard of care provided at each stage of the treatment. (Dates to be agreed between delegate and the training centre)

Quality Assurance

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