The qualified dentists in Canada are not expected to be competent in practicing implant dentistry without more training in the subject and there is now more focus on advanced Dental Implantology Courses. There are three main education paths at present, still, their training standards vary substantially.
This study strives to identify advanced Dental implant courses in Canada and consistent professional development courses and evaluates the present standard of the post-graduate training programs with respect to the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID) guidelines from the Faculty of General Dental Practice.
There were different kinds of courses offered by a dental implant training centre. The mean duration for two post-graduate certificate part-time courses was 1 year. Nonetheless, there were no full-time study options for these courses. All courses recognized stated their compliance with the TSID guidelines.
Eleven of these courses were verifiable CPD courses, and two courses were offering certificates only. Not all the courses were completely compliant with TSID guidelines. Ten courses clearly mentioned that they offer to mentor for implant placements, and the various supervised cases varied considerably.
The development of TSID guidelines has led to a substantial development in the quality of Dental Implantology Courses. Nonetheless, not all courses are completely compliant with these guidelines and the provision of mentoring for implant placement also requires to be standardized. Quality assured training is directly associated with the safety of the patient, and hence all the postgraduate training programs in Canada should make sure their compliance with the present guidelines.
The global prosthetics market and global dental implants are expected to reach 12.32 billion US dollars by the end of this year. Though Europe accounted for the biggest share of the global dental implants and prosthetic market in the year 2015, the number of implants in Canada is substantially lower in respect to the European countries.
Nonetheless, this also led to an increase in the number of legal cases arising from implant dentistry. The scope of practice from the General Dental Council (GDC) recognizes offering dental implants as an extra skill that a dentist can develop. The qualified general dental physicians in Canada are not expected to be competent in practicing implant dentistry, without more training through Dental implant courses in Canada, and the GDC focuses on the essence of ideal postgraduate training before practicing dental implants. Dental implantology is not identified as a specialty in Canada and the present education paths for the subject includes:
1. Specialized training in a related specialty of dentistry like prosthodontics and periodontology.
2. Academic qualification at postgraduate level.
3. Keep on doing professional development courses.
The development of Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID) guidelines by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) has led to the substantial development of the quality of postgraduate education in a dental implant training centre.