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Principles of Implant Dentistry

August 29, 2023 @ 8:45 am - August 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


This course, which is based on an internationally recognized curriculum, will be presented in a modular format both online and in a pre-clinical setting. Implant education for both the surgical and restorative phases of treatment will be carried out in a generic manner, that is, to discuss issues central to implant dentistry rather than over-emphasising system-specific issues.

Our presenters have been chosen with a wide range of implant experiences and system uses. The importance of the restorative dentist and a restoratively driven treatment plan in dental implant therapy is emphasised. Each of the modules will provide core information, however, during later stages of the course issues inherent to four major implant systems will be discussed at length.

This course has been organised to provide information relevant to more experienced practitioners and, also is to encompass issues related to maintenance and dealing with implant dentistry complications. Central to this course will be the emphasis on appropriate treatment planning to ensure clinical success in this ever-expanding field.

At the conclusion of the course, successful completion of an on-line assessment will fulfill the requirements for award of the ITI Certificate in Implant Dentistry.

The online content for this program, must be completed in full before attending the face-to-face preclinical sessions at the Melbourne Dental School on 29, 30, 31 August 2023.

Please note: Upon enrolment into this program, access to the Canvas Community for the online learning will be granted at the end of January 2023.

CPD Credit: 55 Scientific CPD hours

Goal/Learning Outcomes:

Theoretical: Foundation level knowledge in implant dentistry.
Clinical: To be able to maintain peri-implant tissue health and implant prostheses; and manage simple complications. To be able to restore Straightforward single tooth cases

There are six modules associated with this program, each outlined in detail below. Accompanying each of these modules will be links to videos and supplemental learning provided by ITI. While you do not need to be a member of the ITI to access these supplemental learning modules, ITI recommend that if you would like to have access to wider content and materials to further support your continued studies, membership is advised. Each module associated with this program, also has a short McQ to reinforce your knowledge as you move between each of the modules.

Please note that the online content for this program, must be completed in full, BEFORE attending the face-to-face hands-on sessions at the Melbourne Dental School on 29, 30, 31 August 2023.

Module 1 lecture topics

Implants in Dentistry: Clinical applications of implants for the fixed and removable replacement of teeth / Dental Implant vs conventional tooth replacement modalities
Tissue Integration: Osseointegration, bone and bone healing / Soft tissue around teeth and implants – similarities and differences
Implant biomechanics: Mechanical behaviour of tissues and prostheses under load
Implant survival and success: Definitions of survival and success / Current evidence implant and prosthesis survival and success
Monitoring and maintaining peri-implant tissues: Baseline records (probing pockets, radiographs) and monitoring / Monitoring and maintenance / Oral hygiene education / Protocols for mucositis management / Protocols for peri-implantitis management and when to refer
Monitoring and maintaining implant prosthesis: Occlusal assessment / Risks posed by occlusal forces, parafunction / Recommended guidelines

Module 2 lecture topics

Anatomy: Basic anatomy of the dento-facial region / Overview of anatomical structures with relevance to implant dentistry
Pharmacology: The relevance to implant dentistry
Principles of Radiography: ALARA, ALADA, 2D and 3D imaging for implant dentistry
Biosafety: General principles for dental practice / Aseptic protocols, clean versus sterile
Oral surgery: Equipment and instruments for dentoalveolar surgery/ General principles of flap design / Principles of flap management for implant surgery, including periosteal releasing incisions
Post-operative care and healing abutment management
Implant systems: Criteria for selecting an implant system
Legal and ethical aspects: Documentation and record keeping, including photographic records / Informed consent

Module 3 lecture topics

Structured assessment: Anamnesis/patient history/ Social factors
Medical risk factors: Common systemic risk factors that may influence dental implant management
Dental risk factors: Oral hygiene, chronic periodontitis, caries risk, salivary flow
Site assessment: Bone and soft tissues
Additional investigations: Diagnostic articulated dental casts, wax-up and set-up / Radiographic templates / Photography

Module 4 lecture topics

Principles of guided bone regeneration: Biological principles of GBR / Indications for GBR
Principles of bone management for implant site preparation: Surgical factors relating to achieve successful osseointegration
Tooth extraction: Wound healing following tooth extraction and implications for implant dentistry / Principles of ridge preservation / Rationale / Techniques and healing outcomes
Loading Protocols: Definitions / Indications for immediate loading
Surgical technique 1: Dentsply Sirona implants / Description of key features of Dentsply Sirona
Biological principles of bone grafting: Basics of bone biology / Classifications of bone grafts and substitutes / Healing of bone grafts / Clinical examples of bone grafts in various indications
Surgical Technique 2: Straumann Dental Implant System / Description of key features of Straumann system

Module 5 lecture topics

Prosthodontically driven treatment planning: Prosthodontic planning principles for implant dentistry / The prosthodontic “work-up” / The influence of implant position on restorative options and long-term outcomes
Recording implant position and soft tissue form: Open tray and closed tray impressions / Indexing implant position / Emergence profile impressions
Implant connections: Advantages and Disadvantages: Direct to fixture / Cross pin / Cemented / Angle corrections screws
Implant Abutments: Common usage key abutments in the Dentsply implants / Nobel Biocare / Straumann systems
Provisional implant restorations: Indications / Laboratory-fabricated provisionals / Direct provisionals
Delivery of the fixed implant prosthesis: Protocol for prosthesis delivery: Step by Step / Evaluation of a prosthesis prior to delivery / Try-in and delivery / Torque settings
Occlusion in relation to implant prostheses: Clinical relevance / Recording occlusion / Fitting and adjusting / Maintenance
Overdentures: Principles of implant retained overdentures
Incorporating Implant Dentistry into general practise: Practical tips to incorporate restorative implant dentistry into daily clinical practise.

Face-to-Face Hands-on laboratory sessions to be held at the Melbourne Dental School and completed before final Module (6) include

Pre-clinical exercises on:

Implant models: Instruments for implant monitoring and maintenance and plaque and calculus removal
Models: Atraumatic Extraction and Ridge Preservation / Placement of a Dentsply Sirona Implant system implant / Placement of a Straumann dental implant
Covering open tray impressions to incorporate the emergence profile
Meet the components with Nobel Biocare/ Straumann / Dentsply Sirona
Direct temporization / Fabrication of implant provisional restorations
CBCL (Case based collaborative learning): Cases to be provided for participants to discuss in groups and to assess case complexity and establish risk profile (includes dental chart, radiographs, photographs)

Module 6 lecture topics

Diagnosing and managing biological complications: Management strategies for biological complications with implants
Technical and hardware complications: Identifying causes and managing technical and hardware complications
Aesthetic complications: Aetiology and management of aesthetic complications
The digital workflow: Overview of the digital workflow in implant dentistry

Online Examination Details

The ITI Exam is based on the ITI online Academy Modules.
The presenter’s notes should reflect what is outlined in the ITI modules.
The final ITI online exam will run for 90 minutes and will consist of 60 multiple choice questions.
PIN access to the exam will be organised and given to all participants.
The pass mark for the exam is 60%. You will not receive an ITI certificate if you do not receive a mark of at least 60%. You will however still receive your CPD hours even if you do not pass the exam. These two certificates are separate.
The exam is open book, but participants are encouraged to not spend too much time sifting through notes as you may not finish the exam in the allotted time. The exam will automatically shut off after the 90 minutes.
There will be a zoom feedback session after the online examination where you will be given your results and non-participant-specific feedback provided.


August 29, 2023 @ 8:45 am
August 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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The University of Melbourne
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Carlton, Victoria 3053
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