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Dental Implant Specialist

Written by Will Murphy, 21st August, 2013

Actually there is no such thing as a dental implant specialist. The General Dental Council (GDC) recognises a number of specialties for dentists who provide treatments such as Oral Surgery, Root Fillings and Gum Disease. It has been talked about for years that such a specialization should be introduced as the number of dental implants in the UK and abroad being placed increases.

What the GDC has suggested though is that there should be minimal standards upheld for dentists placing the dental implants. It is also recommended that theses dentists hold a formal qualification in Implant Dentistry. After all it is possible that a dentist can place implants with no training other than a weekend course.

Way back in 1998, before any of these recommendations were made I decided that I needed at least a year's course in placing dental implants and that I wanted an experienced mentor to guide me through my first cases. Over the years I have continued to attend theoretical and practical courses, which have increased my skills to provide dental implants in Birmingham. I also hold the Diploma in Implant Dentistry FGDP(UK) from the Royal College of Surgeons which the GDC sees as the "Gold Standard" of dental implant training. I am also delighted to now be a tutor and mentor on the course so I can pass on my 15 years experience in Implant Dentistry.

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