A first for Scotland

Level 7 Implant Diploma could open a lucrative new chapter in your career

29 September, 2023 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The only Level 7 Postgraduate Dental Implant Diploma to be offered in Scotland was launched last month and will welcome its first students in February next year.

The course offers several advantages over others in the UK, not least elimination of the cost and inconvenience of having to travel south of the border to gain the qualification.

It has been developed by Dr Tariq Ali and his team at the Centre for Implant Dentistry in Glasgow, which already offers a highly regarded course on the restorative aspects of implant dentistry which has trained hundreds of dentists.

Our aim is to create and nurture a body of dental professionals

Dr Ali is a recognised leader in his field, providing cutting edge solutions for patients faced with edentulism, from single implants to complex full-arch treatments, as well as being a teacher and mentor to dentists across the country.

“The course will provide the discipline and expertise required to build the procedural skills, competence and ethical practices needed to perform in the region of 50 implants per year and we are committed to ensuring delegates who take our diploma achieve this goal,” said Dr Ali.

He added: “Our implant diploma has been designed entirely with this in mind, with a pedigree of exceptional quality together with hands-on, practical and surgery on patients that delegates have selected and planned themselves.

“Following on from this, delegates will be able to advance their development in implant dentistry. Our aim is to create and nurture a body of dental professionals instilled with a core ethic that puts their patients’ best interests as paramount at all times.”

The course comprises five dedicated units, including CBCT Levels One and Two, with training undertaken within the clinical suites of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow (meals over the 12 days of the five units at the College are included). In addition to the tuition which takes place within the College, one week of mentoring during unit three will be conducted in practice with Dr Ali.

A comprehensive reading list and a list of prescribed texts to be purchased will be provided for each unit once you have registered for the diploma. To meet the diploma’s standards of competence, candidates with be assessed on an ongoing basis. The main component of this will be a case presentation involving all aspects of implant care for the candidate’s patient. Candidates will be assessed on this case at the end of the course.

The Centre for Implant Dentistry is EduQual approved and the diploma is SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The Dental Implant Diploma: Five units (12 days at the Royal College, meals included) and five days mentoring at the Centre for Implant Dentistry (meal vouchers included) — with CBCT Levels One and Two included at no extra cost: £12,950 (incl VAT) with a £2,950 deposit to secure your place followed by 10 interest-free payments of £1,000.

Places are limited so register asap. T: 0141 248 1444 / E: info@centreforimplantdentistry.com


Unit One: Principles of Implant Dentistry and Treatment Planning
Mon 5 February
Mon 19 February
Mon 26 February
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

CBCT Masterclass Level 1 & 2
Mon 4 March
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Unit Two: Surgical Principles
Mon 15 April
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Clinical Day
Fri 26 April
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Unit Three: Week of Mentoring
Between 29 April-7 June
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)
One week of mentoring in the Centre for Implant Dentistry; week assigned after signing-up for Diploma.

One day at Royal College
Mon 10 June
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Unit Four: Restorative Aspects of Implant Dentistry
Mon 19 August
Mon 2 September
Mon 16 September
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Unit Five: Implant Maintenance & Problem Management
Mon 4 November
Mon 18 November
10am-5pm (one-hour lunch)

Level 7 Postgraduate Dental Implant Diploma Units

Unit One: Principles of Implant dentistry and Treatment Planning

Develop an understanding of the origins and current principles of implant dentistry and how it relates to clinical practice today.

CBCT Masterclass Levels 1 and 2

This addresses the theoretical elements of CBCT and includes an extensive hands-on reporting aspect.

Unit Two: Surgical Principles and Clinical Day

For learners to acquire and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of implant surgery and its application in the clinical setting.

Unit Three: A Week of Mentoring at the Centre for Implant Dentistry

Acquire and demonstrate an understanding of the implant treatment stages.

Unit Four: Restorative Aspects of Implant Dentistry

Demonstrate an understanding of the restorative aspects of implant dentistry and to transfer the acquired skills to patient management. 

Unit Five: Implant Maintenance and Management of Problems

Be able to develop maintenance protocols for individual patients needs.

For full details of aims and abjectives for each unit, contact the Centre for Implant Dentistry.

Meet the clinicians who will teach and mentor you

Dr Tariq Ali, Founder and Clinical Lead for The Centre for Implant Dentistry
Dr Tariq Ali has been involved in implant dentistry for nearly 20 years and has great experience in the field. Tariq’s implant training was undertaken at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He has a particular interest in immediate implants and especially in full arch cases. Tariq is passionate about implant education and founded the Ultimate Implant Restorative course which has trained hundreds of dentists in the restorative aspects of implant dentistry. He is involved in mentoring implant dentists and has now established the diploma course in Implant Dentistry to allow dentists to treat their patients with this valuable treatment.

Dr Jimmy Makdissi, Consultant Dental and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Dr Jimmy Makdissi joined the Institute of Dentistry, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, in 2004 as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. He directs the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme of the undergraduate BDS curriculum. He completed his specialist training at Guy’s Hospital and obtained the Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists. He has served on the Education Committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He has also served as the Dental Tutor for the London Deanery at Barts Health, the Faculty Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons and as the President of the Metropolitan Branch of the British Dental Association.

Dr Mark Nelson
Dr Mark Nelson is a general dental practitioner who has a particular interest in restorative dentistry.
In 2018, Mark achieved a masters in restorative dentistry and since then has worked in fully private practice. He is passionate about continuing education and has undertaken courses all over the world in order to further his skillset and knowledge. He has a particular interest in the treatment of tooth wear and enjoys planning and undertaking rehabilitations of compromised dentitions. Mark’s main aim is to ensure that his patients receive the perfect combination of aesthetics, health and function. Over the past three years working at the Centre for Implant Dentistry, Mark has enjoyed being involved in multi-disciplinary cases involving dental implants and natural teeth. Throughout this time, he has also taught on the Ultimate Implant Restorative course and enjoys mentoring fellow dentists to restore dental implants.

Dr Darina McCartan
Dr Darina McCartan is a general dental practitioner with a keen interest in Conscious Sedation and Periodontology, especially periodontal surgery in relation to implants. Darina holds a Certificate in Conscious Sedation and Pain Management from Eastman Dental institute, UCL. She works within the field of implant dentistry and deals with the soft tissue aspects around implants. In clinical practice, Darina accepts referrals for periodontal surgical cases and is particularly interested in soft tissue grafting.

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