By Danny Chan
If you’re considering a move into the field of implantology, quality post-graduate training is imperative. Before deciding on your options, however, three big questions spring to mind: Where do I start; what do I hope to achieve; and how does the additional training build up my professional capital?
As well as equip you with the knowledge and skills to handle real-world scenarios with all of their clinical complexities, the academic route you choose should enhance, and not limit, your full potential to succeed in this lucrative and rapidly evolving field.
To help broaden your training choices, an Australian-based implant academy aims to deliver a world-class implant course that covers all the bases.
Launched in 2019, the Australasian Implant Academy (AIA) is offering what it claims is the first-ever complete implant placement curriculum in the country. Billed as “the most comprehensive theoretical and hands on implant course in Australia to date”, the curriculum spans the knowledge gap from basic implantology all the way through to full arch immediate load solutions.
“The fully integrated curriculum deep dives into the theory components as well provides compressive practical experience with hands on sessions working with models,” says Dr Ned Restom, AIA’s Founding and Faculty Member.
“Upon course completion, clinicians are able to develop complex treatment planning protocols and confidently place implants for their patients.”
Road to Fellowship
The AIA has adopted and modified programs from the California Implant Institute, offering three fellowship programs that will culminate into a fellowship through the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) Dental School.
The California Implant Institute has trained thousands of clinicians in the field of implantology for over 20 years. Based on 60 evaluation metrics, the UNLV dental program ranks in the top 50 dental schools in the USA.
The Fellowships provide comprehensive theory and hands-on learning with models to prepare clinicians for the American Board exams. In addition, students are able to hone their real-world clinical skills via three live patient surgical externship programs. These include basic and intermediate implant placement, advanced grafting program including sinus and block grafts, PRP and PRF, and Full Arch.
“The knowledge and skills gained during each theory 5-day Fellowship program and practical LIVE patient session, allows clinicians to confidently plan and treat their patients, and the ongoing support and tutelage ensures our students are never left mid-surgery, alone and worried,” Dr Restom assures.
Setting apart their offering from other implant courses, Dr Restom says it is one of the only live patient programs in ANZ and one of the only programs created in collaboration with a local private hospital to train clinicians working on patients under general aesthetics. The AIA also provides access to world-class speakers, high-end medical specialists and top anaesthetists.
“We are one of the few programs that allocate CE points and prepare clinicians with the knowledge and skills to confidently sit and pass the American Board Exam. Upon completion of the Fellowship Program, clinicians are accredited with the ABOI (American Board of Oral Implantology),” Dr Restom adds.
World-class and home-grown
While one of AIA’s goals is to deliver world-class implantology education by bringing top lecturers from the United States, its teaching faculty also boasts leading local implantologists such as Dr Restom and Dr Dean Licenblat.
Dr Restom is the Principal Dentist at Avoca Beach Dental. He has completed the Master Series in implantology at the California Implant Institute and the surgical externship component including the live All on 4 surgical program. He also earned his accreditation through the Australian Society of Implant dentistry, and completed the Master Series in Implant dentistry at the Brenner Institute.
Dr Licenblat is the Principal Clinician at Sydney Dental Aesthetics & Implants located in Martin Place Sydney. He has completed a Master’s degree in Oral Implantology and Bone Grafting from the Goethe University in Frankfurt and has a teaching appointment with the university, tutoring their graduate students in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Licenblat runs one of a few dental surgeries in Australia to be awarded ‘Leading Implant Centres of the World’.
Every step of the way
Course attendees can look forward to quality lecturers and training, in addition to a mentorship program that includes private sessions with the tutors and a closed group for interaction amongst their own peers.
“The AIA aims to support and mentor the clinician every step of the way from their first treatment plan to the final prosthesis insert,” Dr Licenblat says.
“Clinicians can feel 100% supported when they return to their practices to develop complex treatment planning protocols and confidently place implants for their patients.”
The support doesn’t end even after you graduate. Once a clinician completes any one of the courses at AIA, they will be given exclusive access to the academy’s members-only Facebook group, where both Dr Restom and Dr Licenblat will post weekly tips and techniques for a wide range of patient cases and treatments.
“Our aim is to foster an ongoing and close community of practitioners in order for all to feel supported throughout their implant journey and to be able to collaborate with their peers as well as specialists in the field,” Dr Licenblat adds.
For all intents and purposes
Whether you are completely new to implantology or an advanced learner, the AIA caters for all levels of knowledge and experience.
“Our program steers the novice clinician from entry level basics and takes them on a comprehensive journey toward the complex treatment planning of advanced grafting and full arch immediate loading techniques,” says Dr Restom.
“The AIA teaches a fully digital workflow to recreate aesthetic and functional outcomes, complementing optimal oral rehabilitation.”
The course is also designed for dentists with prior implant knowledge and experience. Based on positive feedback, Dr Licenblat says that even the intermediate to advance level clinicians who recently attended AIA’s basic course gained immensely from the refresher sessions.
“For those students who are more advanced, we offer advanced implant placement and advanced bone grafting programs, not to mention we've recently introduced a fully bespoke LIVE surgery program, teaching the practitioner the Full Arch immediate loading method,” he adds.
“This is a complete course that will put you on a rewarding implant journey. Indeed, the course will pay for itself in no time.”