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Over the last two decades, implantology has grown into a mainstay of dentistry, providing a lucrative way for dentists to further assist patients and improve their quality of life. For dentists in the early stage of their career, implantology is an attractive option to expand skill sets and enter a growing market.
To become an implant dentist however, there are many things that must be considered. The Implant Hub have assembled this guide to explain the implant industry, the career opportunities within it and what you need to become an implantologist.
Implant dentistry is the practice of treating tooth loss with an artificial replacement of a tooth root, usually made from titanium, that is attached to the jawbone. Implants are commonly referred to as a fixed alternative to removable dentures and can replace single or multiple teeth. With well maintained oral hygiene and competent placement, amongst other factors, it is suggested implants have a 95% success rate over the long term.
Formerly, implantology was the domain of specialist university practices, who would only perform implant treatment in very severe cases. With a growing geriatric population and wider awareness of dental issues, demand for implants has grown. An unprecedented escalation of research and development has taken place, speeding up technological advances and bringing implant treatment to the masses.
The industry has been forecast to grow by a compound rate of 7.3% a year between 2016 and 2022. The largest growth is expected to be within Europe, meaning a stable and thriving future for the industry.
Unfortunately, this growth has not translated to educational courses, with no undergraduate degrees and few postgraduate courses available. For some time, there were no academic standards or training routes recognised for implantology. This has changed with the publication of the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry by the GDC/FGDP, due to be updated, which lays out the qualifications and experience required.
Implants are generally available through private practices only due to the high cost. The NHS will sometimes cover implants for patients who cannot wear dentures, or if they are needed as a result of accidental damage to the face or teeth but nearly all implant treatments are private.
Practicing implantology is an investment and not all private practices have trained implant dentists. On the other hand, there are many practices which specialise solely in placing implants, suggesting the profitability of the treatment.
– What is implant dentistry?
– The growth of implant dentistry
– What type of practices cover implant dentistry?
Experience and education
– How long does it take to train?
– Experience required
Salary and Career
– Career advancement
– Working at your own independent practice
– The I word – Indemnity
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