According to a recent report, the dental implants market is expected to reach a total market size of $5.663 billion by 2023, increasing from $4.039 billion in 2017. A growing focus on oral care and a rising global geriatric population — in addition to a growing number of dental injuries from road accidents and sport injuries — coupled with technological advances, are creating the demand for dental implants. Yet today, only 10% to 15% of general dentists in North America are trained in implant dentistry. Compare that to 80% to 90% worldwide.

When you consider that placing 10 implants per month could bring in an additional $480,000 to a practice, it behooves a dental professional to add implant dentistry to his/her core competency. When seeking out an implant dentistry course, what should you look for?

    1. Quality versus quantity — The course should focus on comprehension, not how many implants you’re going to place during the course period. You want to walk away with confidence in your ability to place implants correctly. That takes full comprehension; it’s not a numbers game.
    2. Customization — The course should take into account your ability, your comfort level, and what you want to learn. Perhaps you’re new to implant dentistry — or you’re already proficient in placements and ready to start learning more advanced procedures such as lateral windows, ridge augmentation/ridge splitting, sinus lifts, bone grafting or advanced suturing techniques. A “one-size-fits-all” approach will fall short of giving you the tools you need to help you excel in implant dentistry.
    3. Hands-on — You want to spend most of your time with your sleeves rolled up, placing implants — not sitting in a lecture for days on end. While theory is part of any training course, the majority of the time should be on application.
    4. Small format — Can you ask your instructors for assistance, or is the class too large for personalized attention? A small format course will keep you “up close and personal” with your instructors so you can learn, practice and perfect without hesitation or delay.
    5. Ongoing resource — The program provider should continue to be an educational resource well after the course period, allowing participants to discuss any questions or concerns as they begin to implement implant dentistry into their practice.
    6. (BONUS!) Strong alumni network — Although not mandatory, an implant program with a strong alumni community can help facilitate future professional and educational opportunities.

Dominican Training Institute (DTI) answers the growing demand for implant dentistry education. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dominican Training Institute operates out of San Pedro, Dominican Republic, which enables international dental professionals to participate in the program.

Dominican Training Institute offers a five-day, hands-on, surgical training course, instructed by an expert team of implantologists, oral surgeons and periodontists. Small format courses, with up to 12 dental professionals at a time, are tailored to what each participant wants to learn, and whether they’re new to implants or returning to learn more advanced procedures.

At course completion, participants have a thorough understanding of implant systems and protocols, and the confidence to incorporate implant placement and related surgeries into their practice. Dominican Training Institute also provides complementary tools, including a free surgical and drill kit, to help participants immediately implement their new skills upon their return home. Dominican Training Institute courses for 2019 include May 4-11, July 13-20, October 5-12 and November 16-23.

Dominican Training Institute is an AGD-approved CE provider. Each participant is awarded 38 CE hours at course completion (lecture: 6 hours, participation: 32 hours) under AGD subject code 690.

To learn more or to register for Dominican Training Institute courses, visit dticourses.com/program/dti-program.

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