Give yourself the best start in implant dentistry – Mr. Matthieu Dupui TBRFeatured Products Promotional Features
Posted by: The Probe 2nd February 2019
In times gone by, Brits have been the butt of numerous jokes about bad teeth in popular culture, from the Simpson’s ‘Big Book of British Smiles’ to the Austin Powers film series. As Britons have become more image conscious and interested in the appearance of their smiles, this stigma has been shaken off, and treatments that help to ensure a more natural-looking aesthetic have risen immensely in popularity. This includes dental implants, which are now a common treatment for edentulous patients.
Of course, as trends have moved on, so has the need for practitioners to develop their skills, with implantology now considered to be one of the fastest growing – and evolving fields – in dentistry. By 2020, the dental implant market is predicted to grow by 9.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).[i]If you’re new to the field of implantology or looking to further develop your skills, then the appropriate steps will need to be taken to meet the standards expected by the General Dental Council (GDC) and Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) (UK). This includes training, getting the right support and finding products you can trust to provide long-lasting, aesthetic results.
Where training is concerned, there are a variety of pathways that can be taken, from short-term courses led by individuals, practices and commercial providers, to postgraduate qualifications from universities, royal colleges and hospitals. Each offers something different and can vary in course content or delivery, so be careful to choose a course that best suits your style of learning and clinical needs, and meets the requirements needed to start a career in implant dentistry. If you’re not sure which route to go down, it can help to speak to colleagues and peers who have undertaken similar training in implantology.
Hands-on courses are often recommended as part of this learning pathway, as they can help to teach you the necessary practical and theoretical skills, giving you the confidence needed to offer implants. As your knowledge grows and your abilities as an implantologist develop, more advanced courses will open up to you, which will enable you to take on more complex cases. Ultimately, it’s a journey – you just need to make sure you take the right route so that you achieve your goal safely, effectively and efficiently.
It can also help to find a mentor or recruit the help of a colleague who can provide guidance and useful tips throughout training and beyond. Implantology is a steep learning curve for anybody, but with the support of a skilled dentist with experience in providing successful implant treatment, you can rest assured that you’ll work capably and safely within your skill set. Plus, with a mentor at your side, your confidence and skills are sure to go from strength to strength. If, however, you’re unable to find a professional that can dedicate their time to you, then don’t worry; there are plenty of study groups on social media platforms where dentists of all abilities are happy to offer advice and share details about their experiences. It is not a journey that you have to embark on alone.
Choosing your materials
Once you’re ready to start treating patients, you will need to put together your ‘toolbox’ of necessary equipment and materials. Again, speaking to dentists that have extensive experience in this area can be extremely beneficial in helping to establish which products to opt for – and steer clear of. Though, it doesn’t hurt to do your own research either. Look for products that have a good track record of performance and are simple to use – when you’re new to implant dentistry, the last thing you need is to be experimenting with unproven or difficult systems that are hard to adapt to.
Boasting a 98.6% success rate, and manufactured using a combination of titanium and zirconia in one seamless component for added biocompatibility, the Z1 implant system from TBR can be placed in one surgery. This makes it an ideal solution for those newer to the field, as well as more experienced implantologists. Dentists can also benefit from autonomous bone and gingival healing, ensuring excellent aesthetics and function for superior long-term results.
As implant dentistry continues to grow and evolve, so too do the skills required to deliver treatment and the materials available to dentists. To become proficient in implantology, be sure to do everything you can to give yourself the best possible start.
For more information on the Z1 implant, visit tbr.dental, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 0800 707 6212
[i]Dentistry: Dental Implants market expected to grow by 9.7%. Published 11 May 2017. Accessed online November 2018 at https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2017/05/11/dental-implants-market-grow-9-7/
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