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The teaching of implant dentistry in undergraduate dental schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Addy, Liam D., Lynch, Christopher Daniel, Locke, Matthew, Watts, A. and Gilmour, Alan Scott Maxwell 2008. The teaching of implant dentistry in undergraduate dental schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland. British Dental Journal 205 (11) , pp. 609-614. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2008.1027

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Objectives The objective of this paper is to describe the contemporary teaching of dental implantology to dental undergraduates in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The paper also aims to assess the attitudes of dental school educators in relation to future trends in dental implant training for dental undergraduates. Methods An online questionnaire relating to current and future possible trends in dental implantology education was developed and distributed to Heads of Division/Departments of Restorative Dentistry, or equivalent, in each of the 15 dental schools with undergraduate dental programmes in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The questionnaire included both 'open' and 'closed' style questions. Results All 15 dental schools invited to participate in this survey responded. Of the 15 schools, two do not provide any training for their undergraduate dental students in relation to implant dentistry. The teaching is mainly delivered in lecture-based or phantom head room settings (eight of the 13 implant-teaching schools). Only four schools allow their students to interact clinically with implant patients. All schools anticipate an increase in dental implant teaching in the next five years, however, there is much variation in the scope and nature of this increase. Conclusions The teaching of dental implants in the UK and Ireland has increased since the time of previous surveys. It would seem prudent for this theme of teaching to further increase in order to best prepare graduating students for independent clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 02:42

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