The dental implant industry has been growing quickly in recent years. Many factors contribute to this. The baby boomers are aging, there is more emphasis on proper oral care than ever before, more people are practicing sports and extreme sports (including into older ages), requiring significantly more sports related dental implants. Dental implants are more common than ever!
Despite this increase in demand, very few dentists in North America perform implant dentistry. Worldwide, the numbers are significantly higher. If you do the math, placing only a few implants per month can substantially increase income at a dental practice by simple adding implant dentistry to the procedure menu. That being said, there are five main things to look out for when choosing from different dental implant courses.
1. Reduced class size. The best way to learn is through interaction and practice. Large class sizes limit your ability to ask questions and interact in a personalized manner. Smaller class sizes allow you more time and opportunity to discuss and train.
2. Comprehension. The right course will be sure you are able to fully understand the techniques and procedures that are being taught. Ideally you will have the opportunity to fully understand the course and feel confident in your ability to place implants expertly.
3. Personalization. A proper course will consider your personal style and skill set when designing and providing your implant training. If you are already familiar with some implant procedures and placements, a general course will waste a lot of your time and energy. Customized implant courses offer you a better opportunity to focus on what you need and make the most of your time and money.
4. Continued contact. Any dental implant program you choose should be an open resource even after course completion. It is important to keep communications open in order to assist with any possible inquiries that dentists may have while applying their new skills in their practice.
5. Experiential. An already educated dentist will not learn nearly as much from lectures and bookwork as they will from hands-on action. Theory is a critical component to an implant course but it is important to have time and training while placing implants as well.
A competent and worthy dental implant course, if these five components have been considered and included, will achieve an incomparable sense of confidence, knowledge and preparation.