Surgical Implant Dentistry

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Program Overview

Peter Moy, DMD
Program Director

The Surgical Training in Implant Dentistry Preceptorship program is designed to provide the international postgraduate dentist or recent graduate of a dental school with a curriculum that enhances their knowledge in the surgical aspects of Implant Dentistry and permit the Preceptor to develop surgical skills through model-based, hands-on laboratory sessions.  The curriculum includes formal didactic lectures in a classroom setting, mini-seminars that promote active discussions from students, one-hour conferences with other departments within the dental school focusing on the topic of Implant Dentistry as well as literature and scientific journal reviews.  The curriculum will also include bench-top hands-on training on plastic models and fresh pig-jaw models so the international postgraduate dentist will be able to develop practical skills in using the armamentarium necessary to perform all of the surgical procedures to enhance their level of competency with surgical techniques used in Implant Dentistry.

The curriculum is designed so that the Preceptor will learn the most current radiologic principles, surgical methods/techniques and use of biomaterials to manage their implant patients.  Due to the rapid advancements made with modern technologies, biomaterials and equipment, the curriculum will incorporate these advancements into the didactic materials as they develop.  The Preceptor is afforded the opportunity to experience the handling of new materials, work with developing software programs to enhance the workup of the implant patient as well as observe how new surgical techniques will enhance the surgical treatment and see the clinical outcomes of surgical treatment both from a short-term and long-term perspective.  

One of the unique aspects of this program is the addition of the Brentwood Extension of UCLA’s Dental Surgical Center where the state-of-the-art computer software programs, surgical instrumentation and audio-visual equipment are used to enhance the learning experience for the Preceptor.  The program participants will be able to observe surgical procedures as it is being performed, will be able to communicate with the operating surgeon if questions arise and will be able to observe the clinical outcomes as they follow the patient through the postsurgical period until the prosthetic restoration is delivered.  The Preceptor will have the opportunity to experience the concept of “Team Approach” to Implant Dentistry with surgical specialist working in close unison with restorative specialist.

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Length of Program: 1 – 3 quarters.  Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.

Number of Positions: 10

Fees: $6,200 per quarter (subject to change)*

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200

*Fees are due two weeks before the first day of the academic quarter.

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