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Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

Medical Science and Dentistry

Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

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CSU's Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology aims to produce graduates capable of including implant dentistry as an integral element of their practice.

NOTE: This course is offered on a biennial basis. The next intake will be in 2018, and applications will close on 10 November 2017.

  • Why study this course?

    The use of dental implants has revolutionised dentistry.

    The Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology produces graduates capable of including implant dentistry as an integral element of their practice. Designed in consultation with the ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development, the course develops graduates who are confident in incorporating dental implant supported prostheses into general dental practice. The course teaches students how to place and restore dental implants from single teeth to full arch cases. Integral to the course is its practical component. Focusing on the surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry, the Graduate Diploma of Implantology includes didactic and clinical sessions with students completing several cases on their own patients under the guidance of mentors.

    The course will cover:

    • dental implantology's history and development
    • the anatomical structures involved, including hard and soft tissues
    • the various radiographic techniques used in treatment planning
    • the limitations of dental implantology and the implications of various medical conditions. 

    Students will be assessed through a series of assignments, the submission of four case presentations, and subject examinations. It is expected that students will carry out reading and research outside course hours.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    This Graduate Diploma course of 64 points duration consists of 4 X 16 point core and key subjects, as follows:

    DOH551 Introduction to Dental Implants and Basic Restorative Implantology (16)
    DOH552 Advanced Restorative Implantology (16)
    DOH553 Basic Surgical Implantology (16)
    DOH554 Advanced Surgical Implantology (16)

     

    DOH551  Introduction to Dental Implants and Basic Restorative Implantology   (16)
    Prerequisite(s):
    Nil
    Corequisite(s): Nil
    Enrolment Restriction(s): Restricted to dentists currently registered within any State or Territory of Australia.
    Abstract:

    The module will consist of two didactic and practical sessions, each scheduled over three days. The module will introduce the participants to the concepts of implant dentistry. The history and development of implant dentistry will be covered. The scientific basis of osseointegration will be discussed. The components and nomenclature used in implant dentistry will be introduced.Anatomy of the structures involved in implant dentistry will be covered. This will include both hard and soft tissues. Participants will be introduced to the various radiographic techniques used in treatment planning for the provision of implant supported prostheses.Impression techniques used in implant dentistry will be covered. The fabrication of models will also be covered. The design and selection of abutments and final restorations will be discussed. Communication with the dental laboratory will be discussed.Practical sessions will include the taking of impressions on models. The participants will pour models from these impressions. Temporary restorations will also be fabricated on models. Crowns will be attached to models. A full lower denture will be converted to an implant retained denture. Students will continue to treat their patient cases over a 12 week period of the session per subject.

    DOH552  Advanced Restorative Implantology   (16)
    Prerequisite(s): Nil
    Corequisite(s): Nil
    Enrolment Restriction(s): Restricted to dentists currently registered within any State or Territory of Australia.
    Abstract:
    The module will consist of two didactic and practical sessions each scheduled over three days. Didactic sessions will be held on the design, manufacture and provision of multi-unit prostheses. These cases include full arch rehabilitation. Complex occlusal issues will also be covered. Students will continue to treat their patient cases over a 12 week period of the session per subject.

    DOH553  Basic Surgical Implantology  (16)
    Prerequisite(s): Nil
    Corequisite(s): Nil
    Enrolment Restriction(s): Restricted to dentists currently registered within any State or Territory of Australia.
    Abstract:

    The module will consist of two didactic and practical sessions each scheduled over three days. The module will introduce the participants to the concepts of the surgical phase of implant dentistry.
    Basic oral surgery techniques and instrumentation will be covered. This will include particular reference to the instruments required for the placement of dental implants. Surgical anatomy will be discussed. The need for adequate infection control techniques will be discussed. The use of surgical guides in implant dentistry will be covered.
    The integration process of dental implants will be covered in depth. This will include the influence of different surface characteristics of dental implants on the integration period.
    Suitable protocols for prescribing radiographs will be covered.
    Medical problems associated with implant dentistry will be covered. Suitable pharmacological protocols used in implant dentistry will be discussed.
    Placement protocols, with and without basic grafting techniques will be covered.
    Literature review sessions will be included. Candidates will be asked to present their own cases which they will be treating during the course. Each candidate will have to present at least one case during the course.
    Practical sessions will involve:
    * Construction of a surgical guide
    * Suturing exercises
    * The placement of dental implants in models

    Students will continue to treat their patient cases over a 12 week period of the session per subject.

    DOH554  Advanced Surgical Implantology  (16)
    Prerequisite(s): Nil
    Corequisite(s): Nil
    Enrolment Restriction(s): Restricted to dentists currently registered within any State or Territory of Australia.
    Abstract:
    This module will consist of didactic an practical sessions over eight days. There will be two sessions scheduled over three days and one session scheduled over two days.

    The sessions will cover steps involved in the provision of aesthetic implant supported prostheses, grafting (hard and soft tissue) and immediate implant loading. Advanced surgical techniques such as the placement of short implants and the use of piezo-electric surgery will be discussed.Protocols and materials available to aid in the augmentation of hard and soft tissues will be covered.Surgical complications and their management will be discussed. The pathogenesis and management of peri-implantitis will be covered. Limitations in implant dentistry will be discussed.

    Practical sessions:

    exercises in soft tissue grafting on modelsexercises in bone grafting on models and animal specimens

    Students will continue to treat their patient cases over a 12 week period of the session per subject.

    Enrolment pattern

    By Part-time study

    Session 1 (S1)

    DOH551 Introduction to Dental Implants and Basic Restorative Implantology (16)

    Session 2 (S2)

    DOH553 Basic Surgical Implantology (16)

    Session 3 (S3)

    DOH552 Advanced Restorative Implantology (16)

    Session 4 (S1)

    DOH554 Advanced Surgical Implantology (16)

  • Admission information

    Entry to the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology will be composed of an expression of interest and written application.

    The following selection criteria will be adopted when assessing applicants via the written application and interview including previous case discussion.

    1. Registered as a Dental Surgeon in an Australian State or Territory
    2. Have at least two (2) years post graduation clinical experience
    3. Demonstrate an interest in the use of dental implants

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineOrangeFPPGYNNOSDK

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    In order to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology qualification, students must successfully complete 64 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

  • How to apply

    This course is offered on a biennial basis. The next intake will be in 2018, and applications will open in mid-2017.

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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