Opportunity to master the art of implantology

14 November, 2014

The Edinburgh Dental Institute (EDI), is launching Scotland’s first master’s degree in dental implantology. Dentists will study part-time for two years to gain the degree.

Development of the course has been driven by Issam Bakri, honorary consultant/senior clinical lecturer in oral surgery and programme director for MClinDent in oral surgery at EDI, which is part of the University of Edinburgh.

He explained: “There isn’t a structured dental implant course available in Scotland at the moment, so candidates have had no choice but to travel to England and Wales to obtain any further qualification. This is on their doorsteps.”

Those taking part will be taught the necessary technical skills by consultants in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. They will also see how patients are assessed appropriately, managed and how their treatment plan for implant therapy is devised.

“This will give them both a clinical and academic insight and expertise into implants as opposed to pure academic or research experience alone,” explained Mr Bakri.

The course will be delivered over two years on a part-time basis because it is difficult for general dental practitioners to give up their full-time work to undertake a full-time degree.

“We have split the course into various elements where attendance will be limited to two days per month. This will enable them to attend the lectures or clinics while still maintaining their

practice work, which is obviously their main source of income,” he added.

Mr Bakri will be one of the tutors on the course. However, he will work alongside a team of consultant colleagues from within the dental institute as well as a number of visiting clinicians.

“My colleagues will include Graeme Lillywhite and Krishnakant Bhatia who are both consultants in restorative dentistry at the institute. They will be also joined by other colleagues from the University of Edinburgh.”

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