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Unit information: Implant Surgery 1 in 2021/22

Unit name Implant Surgery 1
Unit code DENTM9009
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Patel
Open unit status Not open



Biomaterials , biomedical science and biomechanics - DENTM9007 Patient Assessment and treatment planning 1 - DENTM9008 Bone augmentation and grafting 1 - DENTM9010 Prosthodontics 1 - DENTM9011 Clinical practice attachment 1 - DENTM9012 Treatment Planning 2 - DENTM9013 Implant Surgery 2 - DENTM9014 Prosthodontics 2 - DENTM9015 Teams and marketing - DENTM9016 Advanced techniques - DENTM9017 Clinical practice attachment 2 - DENTM9018 Dissertation - DENTM9019

School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This module will introduce the concepts and techniques involved in the preparation of a patient for surgery and maintenance of a sterile surgical field. This will include the concepts and discussions required to obtain valid consent. Aspects of basic implant surgery will be covered including local anaesthetic techniques, basic surgical principles and the design, reflection and closure of soft tissue flaps, with specific reference to dental implants. The pre-operative preparation of a patient for surgery and post-operative care will also be discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To be competent at communicating with patients about implant treatment.
  • To be competent at obtaining a written consent to implant treatment.
  • To be competent at preparing a patient for a surgical procedure and maintaining their comfort during the procedure. To have a knowledge of the use of pre- and post-operative medication and local anaesthetic techniques.
  • To have a knowledge of soft tissue flap design, elevation and appropriate closure.
  • To be able to understand the different suturing techniques and apply them.
  • To be competent at giving a patient post-operative advice following implant surgery.

Teaching Information

Lectures and small group teaching on study day 4. Distance learning package delivered via Blackboard including additional podcast lectures/videos and directed reading. This unit is supplemented with a phantom head practise implant placement day. The Clinical Practice attachment Unit and is closely linked with it, teaching is therefore supplemented by one to one teaching and observation of clinical practice.

Assessment Information

Formative assessments

During the study day via direct verbal feedback, particularly during simulated surgery sessions.

Practical assessments:

1. Hands on simulated surgery. Assessment of practical skill, flap design and suturing on animal heads (pigs or deer).

2. Simulated implant placement on phantom heads.

Summative Assessments

Written assignments:

1. Consent and patient information. Written assignment looking at current issues of informed consent and patient information prior to surgery. 40% of unit mark

2. Bisphosphonates in relation to dental Implantology. Structured written assignment. 30% of unit mark

3. Flap design and anatomical considerations. Structured written assignment. 30% of unit mark


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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