Foundation Course Calendar 2016-2017

The 8 lecture days will take place on Fridays and the 3 clinical days on Saturdays. All course venues are in Cambridge.
First patients will be treated on the designated clinical days as detailed in the calendar below.
Second patients' treatment will be diarised at a time during the week convenient to everyone involved.

The date of the lectures listed on each day are subject to change but will be included in the course.

2017-18 Course Calendar

Date / VenueCourse Content

Friday 16th September 2016
Lecture Day 1

Copley Meeting Rooms

Introduction of course and certificate requirements:

  • History and anatomy of implants
  • Clinical overview of implant planning and procedures
  • Implant treatment planning options
  • Patient selection criteria and protocol
  • Assessment forms and surgical planning

Friday 14th October 2016
Lecture Day 2 Nurses and Dentists

Copley Meeting Rooms


Devonshire House Dental Laboratory






Dentists: Patient assessment planning day at the Granta Centre

  • Confirm patient suitability
  • Treatment planning for the course patient
  • Case assessment
  • Hands on implant placement on models
  • Surgical technique
  • Patient consent
  • Operatory set up
  • Update on cross infection control
  • Pharmacological management of patients during treatment


Cross infection control
Hands on draping

Hands on implant placement on models

Transport will be provided for nurses to the afternoon venue, where dentists and nurses will congregate for lunch prior to the start of the afternoon session.

Friday 11th November 2016
Lecture Day 3

Copley Meeting Rooms

Key areas to be covered:

  • Osseointegration and surgical anatomy
  • Assessment of patient selection
  • Treatment planning: selecting a suitable patient to treat during the course and treatment planning for other patients
  • Flap design and suturing techniques
  • Wound healing and inflammation
  • Radiography, scans and Simplant® planning
  • Prosthetically driven implant placement
  • Surgical guides
  • Nobel Biocare ordering and marketing

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Clinical Day 1 Nurses and Dentists

Surgical Venue:
Devonshire House Dental Practice

Implant Placement

  • Familiarisation with implant surgical procedures
  • Assisted patient surgery
  • Photographic/video recording of surgery
  • Post surgery critique

A dental nurse is welcome to observe

Friday 6th January 2017
Lecture Day 4

Copley Meeting Rooms

Overview and technique for second stage surgery:

  • Understanding of different healing sequences
  • Loading protocols including immediate loading: All-on-4
  • Planning for second stage surgery
  • Occlusion - Prosthetic design for final restoration
  • Surgical procedures for abutment connection and implant uncovering
  • Second stage surgery - live demonstration or video
Friday 3rd February 2017

Lecture Day 5

Copley Meeting Rooms

Hands on familiarisation with prosthetic components:

  • Stages in model construction and abutment selection
  • Impression technique and facebow
  • Laboratory dockets
  • Surgical complications and their management 
Saturday 4th March 2017

Clinical Day 2 Nurses and Dentists

Surgical venue:
Devonshire House Dental Practice

 Clinical Impressions

  • Different techniques of flap design for abutment surgery
  • Impression taking
  • Facebow measurements
  • A dental nurse is welcome to observe
Saturday 25th March 2017

Clinical Day 3 Nurses and Dentists

Surgical venue:
Devonshire House Dental Practice

Placement of final restoration

  • Placement of final restoration
  • Assessment of fit
  • Radiographic confirmation
  • Long term care and monitoring
  • A dental nurse is welcome to observe
Friday 12th May 2017

Lecture Day 6

Copley Meeting Rooms

Key areas to be covered:

  • Abutment types: screw versus cement
  • Protocols for linking teeth to implant
  • Medical protection advice from Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, DDU
  • Aesthetics and provisionals
  • Further treatment planning sessions
Friday 9th June 2017

Lecture Day 7

Copley Meeting Rooms


SimPlant® Training:

  • Introduction to SurgiGuidesPatient preparation
  • From scan to plan
  • Individual planning
  • Using SurgiGuides including a hands on session on saw models
  • How to order a SurgiGuide
Friday 30th June 2017

Lecture Day 8

Copley Meeting Rooms


Course Review and What Next?:

  • Treatment planning for more complex cases
  • Achieving predictability
  • Soft tissue surgery, papillae reconstruction
  • Guided Bone Regeneration and its limitations
  • Complex case planning
  • Multidisciplinary cases
  • Course review
  • Next step
  • Mentoring