This intensive three-day evidence-based foundation course has been continuously refined over the last 20 years by A/Prof Richard Chan since its introduction in 1985 by Professor Iven Klineberg and his team. During this time, the course has introduced over 1000 general practitioners as well as specialist clinicians to implant dentistry.
The course is now structured to introduce the clinician to the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant therapy through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The focus will be on the surgical and prosthodontic management of healed single tooth sites.
Under supervision by highly experienced implant surgeons and restorative clinicians/prosthodontists, participants will place and restore implants in soft tissue bone models in a simulated clinical environment with manikins using the full range of implant equipment and instrumentation. It will give the clinician an insight into the surgical and restorative requirements and difficulties in each field. This better understanding serves to promote improved coordination and respect between the various team members leading ultimately to a more predictable clinical outcome.
The course has been convened by A/Prof Richard Chan since 1994 and he is joined by three specialists, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Dr Lydia Lim and Prosthodontists, Dr Michael Chang and Dr David Sykes, and ceramist Mr Chris Xeras.
The implant equipment and materials support by Nobel Biocare is gratefully acknowledged.