PG Certificate in Dental Implantology

Best thing I have ever done for shaping my future implant career. From the beginning, there was an emphasis on evidence based treatment planning and the content of the lectures was great. Having now completed 15 cases I am on my way to playing my 30th implant and getting more and more confident with each case. The foundations from this course are a great start to anyone looking to begin their implant training pathway. ~ Paul Devine



13 modules

Enhanced CPD



Manchester: February 2023

London: February 2023

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£6,224 plus £500 registration fee (inc VAT)

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PG Certificate in Dental Implantology (Level 7)

£6224 + £500 Registration Fee

The course is ideal course for beginners or dentists with little experience placing implants or oral surgery. As a live patient course there is significant focus on patient selection, identifying suitable implant patients and how to create an optimum treatment plan using checklists and digital treatment planning tools. Delegates will grasp an in-depth knowledge of all the adjunct therapies and diagnostic tools to ensure that planning stages are comprehensive and thorough ensuring the patient journey is smooth and predictable.

Our programme leaders are among the best in the world with three highly experienced professors leading the team. Take a look at the lecturers section below.

The PG Certification in Dental Implantology consists of 4 units over 13 days in form of seminars, practical and live surgical sessions on your patients, spread over 12 months. It covers the key aspects of dental implantology to provide evidence based, safe and predictable treatment of participants own cases.

Practical aspects involve how to scrub and prepare the surgery for implant placement, pre-postoperative medication, anaesthetic techniques, basic surgical techniques including flap designs and suturing. Live surgery demonstrations and surgical techniques will also be practised and mastered on models under supervision of expert tutors. In addition, various components and treatment modalities will be covered in detail.

You will be awarded Enhanced CPD as a result of realising each Learning Outcome below.

Unit 1: Principles and Science for Successful Implant Dentistry

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an Understanding of Essential Science knowledge as it applies to Implant Dentistry.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate and apply appropriate techniques relating to Implant dentistry.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate an understanding of key principles of marketing in relation to successful implant dentistry.

Unit 2: Treatment Planning and Patient Selection

  • Learning Outcome 1: Explain and evaluate the requirements of successful treatment planning.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Critically evaluate the techniques available to support the success of implant dentistry.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Explain and analyse the application of Implant techniques as learnt from simulation and own patients.

Unit 3: Surgical Considerations and placement of Implants on Live Patients

  • Learning Outcome 1: Explain and evaluate essential considerations needed for successful implant dentistry.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Apply and evaluate basic implant dentistry, surgical procedures.

Unit 4: Restorative Considerations and Restoration of Implants on Live Patients

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of patient Implant Dentistry needs.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of essential restorative techniques.

The Implant Course has 4 units covered over 13 days in the form of lectures, hands-on and live patient treatment, spread over 12 months. Course Assessments are in the form of Reflective Write-ups, Clinical Portfolio and end of course Multiple-Choice Questions.
A brief overview of topics covered on the 13 days is as follows, please note course day sequence might change based on the course stream you are registered on:

Module 1: Introduction to Implants

  • What the implant market looks like
  • History of Osseointegration
    • In order to understand why things are like they are you need to know the history of implant and its development
    • What is Osseointegration
    • What is important in order to achieve osseointegration
  • Treatment Alternatives
    • Implants is just one way of treating your patients. Your job is to offer the best, safest, most predictable, and most suitable treatment to your patient.
  • Patient Selection
    • How to work in a structured way in order to identify if a patient is suitable or not to get implants.
    • Indications and contraindications for implant
    • Medical history, diseases and general health conditions and its impact on implant treatment
    • Medication
    • Smoking, habits, dental status and pathology that could have a negative impact on implants
  • Treatment Planning (HGP), Requirements & Documentation
    • Restorative guidelines and recommendations to identify and decide if a tentative patient is clinically a viable candidate for implants.
    • Necessary radiographs
    • Clinical examination guidelines
    • Surgical guides
    • Temporizations after implant placement

Module 2: Treatment Planning

  • CBCT Training lecture
  • Dentsply Clinician / Implant Training using CBCT
    • Learn how CBCT works and how to use it to optimize your implant treatment

Module 3: Treatment Planning, Implant design and/or Practice management

  • Quiz
    • Quiz and a Quiz lecture “Repetition is the mother of learning”
  • Treatment Planning Lecture & Test
    • Clinical Photography, why and how.
    • Radiographic technique
    • Evidence based literature and how to find it
    • Treatment planning of participants own cases
  • Implant Design
    • Evolution of implants
    • Implant macro and micro design
      • Threads/no threads
      • Smooth vs. Rough surfaces
      • Short/long/Narrow or wide implants
      • One- or two-piece implants
      • Flat-to-flat vs. conical connection
    • How to choose an implant system


  • Practice management
    • How to make a business plan
    • How to grow your practice with help of implants
    • How to set goals
    • Team development and how to motivate your team.
    • Quality control
    • Useful checklists

Module 4: Surgical Techniques

  • Quiz
    • Quiz and a Quiz lecture “Repetition is the mother of learning”
  • Surgical techniques lecture
    • Surgical aspects
      • Important to know Anatomy.
      • Atraumatic extraction
      • Bone and bone healing
      • Flap design
      • Suturing techniques
  • Hands on training using pigs' feet
  • Treatment Planning Own Cases

Module 5: Implant Surgical Techniques

    • Quiz
      • Quiz and a Quiz lecture “Repetition is the mother of learning”
    • Implant Surgical Techniques
      • How to prepare before and after implant surgery
        • Sterile or clean technique
        • Safety checklist
        • How to prepare the room and equipment needed
        • Pre-surgical wash
        • Gowning up
        • Preparation of patient
        • Postoperative procedures
      • Postoperative checklist
      • Postoperative medication & patient information
      • Room breakdown after surgery
    • Hands on training with Implant Models
      • Placing implants
    • Demo surgery
      • Live surgery

Module 6 & 7: Live Implant Surgery

  • Delegates Present and discuss the patients they are going to place or restore implants on the day Live Patient Treatment - Delegates watch/place and restore implants Review of Documentation - Treatment planning questionnaire, Consent forms, Models, Clinical photos, Study models,
  • Feedback lectures

Module 8: Prosthetic Training

  • Quiz
    • Quiz and a Quiz lecture “Repetition is the mother of learning”
  • Prosthetic Training
    • Single tooth, Partial edentulous and fully edentulous patients
    • One stage immediate loading, early and delayed loading concepts
    • Tooth now, Teeth in an hour, All-on-4, Nordic bridge and other concepts
    • How to restore, step-by-step
    • Impression techniques
    • Close/Open tray technique
    • Analogue vs Digital impression techniques
    • Screw retained vs. cement retained constructions.
    • Framework design
    • Loading and Biomechanical rules
    • Over denture technique
  • Prosthetic Hands-On Training
    • Restorative components
    • What and how to use
    • Impression technique
  • Digital Intra Oral Scanning
    • Lecture
    • Hands-on

Module 9: Live Implant Surgery and restorations

  • Delegates Present and discuss the patients they are going to place or restore implants on the day
  • Live Patient Treatment - Delegates watch/place and restore implants
  • Prosthetic treatment planning - single and partial edentulous
  • Feedback lecture

Module 10, 11, 12: Live Implant Surgery and restorations

  • Delegates Present and discuss the patients they are going to place or restore implants on the day
  • Live Patient Treatment - Delegates watch/place and restore implants
  • Paperwork & lecture
  • Feedback lecture

Module 13: Advanced techniques

  • Sinus lift, ridge split and grafting of severely resorbed jaws.
  • Patient treatment
  • MCQ and MCQ lecture
  • An extensive MCQ quiz i.e. repetition of the whole course
  • Exam/Awards

Professor Paul Tipton

B.D.S., M.Sc., D.G.D.P., UK, Specialist in Prosthodontics

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Our Clinical Lead Professor Paul Tipton is an internationally acclaimed Prosthodontist who has worked in private practice for more than 30 years.

President of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Professor Tipton now divides his time between operating private referral clinics in Manchester, Nottingham and London and teaching other dentists the skills and techniques needed for a prolonged and successful career.

A passionate and charismatic speaker, Paul has been teaching for over 27 years, both in the UK and internationally. Over 3,500 delegates have attended Tipton Training courses to boost their skills, knowledge and income.

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Professor Curd Bollen

DDS – PhD – MS Periodontology – MClinDent

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Professor and Course Leader Implant Dentistry at the College of Medicine & Dentistry (Birmingham, University of Ulster, UK).
1992: DDS, 1996: PhD, 1997: MS Periodontology at the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) and 2016: MClinDent at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, US).
Published more then 45 articles in international dental journals and over 25 in national journals. Co-author of 8 books/chapters in books.
Editor in chief of the “Journal of Dental Health, Oral Disorders & Therapy” and of the “Journal of Dental Reports”.
International referent and lecturer on ceramic dental implants, short dental implants, concentrated growth factors, full digital workflow and halitosis.
Leads a clinic in the Netherlands, limited to periodontology and implant dentistry. Practitioner in ceramic implant dentistry since 2009.
Ambassador of the European Academy for Ceramic Implantology (the UK & NL).
Honorary fellow and ambassador for CleanImplant.
Consultant and key opinion leader for BioHorizons-Camlog and Novodent.

Do I have to be registered with the General Dental Council?

As per national regulations to treat dental patients within the UK you are required to have a GDC registration. If you are a dentist from the outside of the UK, you can still come on our courses if you can submit a proof of your dental registration from your country. If you are not registered with the GDC we cannot let you treat patients on the course, however, you will still be allowed to observe. Not being able to treat patients under supervision means that as an international dentist you will not be able to complete key assessments for the Post graduate certificate/diploma and so cannot be awarded a qualification.

Can I treat my own patients on the course?

Yes, The PG Certificate in Implant Dentistry is a patient driven course. We highly recommend you to bring patients. The more patients you bring, the more experience you can gain in placing implants. Time will be allocated during the course to help marketing and selling implants to your patients.

How much hands on is involved?

The course is 13 days delivered over 5 units. 6 days are live patients days, whilst an additional 3 days are hands-on training with Prosthetic Models, Implant Models, Suturing Techniques on Pigs Feet and treatment planning own cases. The remaining 4 days involve a mixture of theory and demonstrations.

If I have problems finding patients can you allocate them for me?

We cannot guarantee a provision of patients. However, we work very hard in specific patient marketing and always aim to assist as much as we can. In 2016, we treated 143 individual implant cases within our course streams. Of these, Tipton Training contributed 10 cases. What we are good at doing is training delegates to identify patients, help them to market treatments and assist treatment planning the case before delivering the treatment. If you don't have patients in mind don't worry. After the first few days you will be more aware and in a far better position to spot an implant patient. Also, it is important to keep in mind that you can bring patients even after the first surgery day.

I have no experience placing implants or very limited experience in oral surgery will that be an issue?

The Post graduate certificate in Dental Implantology is primarily focused on dentists who have little or no hands-on experience in placing implants. The curriculum aims to train delegates in identifying patients who need implants, treatment planning the case and finally placing and restoring implants. This course is also useful for dentists who want to gain the skills in a suitable environment by working under supervision of experienced implant dentists. As you learn in a group, you can assist with treatments when you are not treating patients yourself and improve your patient treatment knowledge.

Will I restore my patients?

You will restore your patients on the practical sessions of the course. We have three full days dedicated to the restoration of implants.

Do we have finance for patients?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide finance for patients at the moment. We are working hard to have the right agreements in place and this will hopefully follow in due course.

How many CPD hours will I receive?

On the days the course starts at 8am you will receive 8 hours of verifiable CPD. On the course days starting at 10am you will receive 6 hours of verifiable CPD.

What system do we use?

We currently use the Densply Implant System.

How many patients can I bring/implants can I place?

Unlike some courses who add a per patient mentoring fee, we include mentoring fees within the overall course fee envelope. There is no limit to the amount of patients you bring or how many implants you place. As this is the PG Certificate in Dental Implantology, we do try to retain the more complex cases for the PG Certificate in Advance Dental Implantology. Our Implant Coordinator and Implant Surgeon can provide more detail about suitable implant cases for this course.

Are my patients given an appointment time?

The Implant coordinator will provide you with an appointment date and time for your patient. It will then be down to you to confirm this with your patient.

I want to use my own implant system within the course?

Unfortunately you cannot do this at present within The Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Implantology. As a responsible training organisation focused on the training aspects and providing high quality implant training we decided to keep the implant system and dental laboratory fixed within the course. The implant system is selected by the Program Leads and is based on the research that the implant is based on. This doesn’t mean in any way that there aren’t any other systems with a similar quality product.

Professional Indemnity is too expensive?

Professional indemnity is based on your relationship and your record with your insurer. It is something that we can have no influence over. Any training organisation will want you to take professional indemnity. As we understand, if you have previously placed implants the expense is relatively low. As a responsible training organisation, we cannot recommend you to come on the course without professional indemnity.

I want to learn complex implant cases, including Sinus Lift and Bone Grafts?

The PG Certificate in Implant Dentistry is predominantly for dentists who have little or no hands-on experience in placing implants. The curriculum on the course is focused on training delegates to identify patients who need implants, treatment plan the case then finally place and restore implants. Sinus lifts and bone grafts are complex treatments both in terms of treatment planning and surgical treatment. Delegates on the certificate course need a lot more experience to treat these complex cases. We recommend that you continue by gaining the PG Certificate in Advanced Dental Implantology if you wish to learn and treat complex cases. However, in case you have a patient that requires Sinus lift or bone grafts, please contact our nurse and they will organise your patient to be treated on the course. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in observing your patients during their treatment.

Are there any additional course costs?

You are required to bring scrubs for the surgical and restorative days on the course. Loupes are advisable on the restorative and practical course days to reduce strain and fatigue and improve your performance in surgery.

What is covered in the course fees?

We will be providing you with surgical sterile drape kits per patient on the surgical day, surgical and restorative instruments, anaesthetics and pain relief for patients. We will also be providing the grafting material worth £300 free of charge to your patient if required. Delegates on our courses will receive a 12 month student license to use Nobel Clinician Software to practice treatment planning during the course. A light lunch and refreshments will be available. Whilst we try to accommodate any dietary requirements, we cannot always guarantee.

What’s included in the patient fee? (per single tooth)

For detailed pricing on various patient treatments, please contact our implant coordinator. As an example of the pricing structure:
  • The Patient will be paying Tipton Training £1290 in total for a single tooth implant. There might be an additional cost to the patient for a CBCT scan if required.
  • This patient fee will cover the cost for the Implant, a custom CAD CAM Titanium Abutment and the Crown.
  • This also covers the cost for your patient’s study models, wax up, surgical stents and periapical X-rays.

Are there any additional costs?

There may be patient treatment scenarios where a temporary bridge or denture is required. As part of the treatment you might be able to provide these in your own practice and the fees as well as costs for these treatments are something you need to manage individually.

What do I need on the course?

As this is a live patient course, you will need to provide proof of the correct level of professional indemnity. This must be submitted to the Implant Coordinator on the first day. You will be required to bring a laptop for the CBCT training day (Unit 1). For the CBCT training day you should download the the i-CAT Vision software here:

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