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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 247-251

Dental implant education in Nigeria: a curriculum guide

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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AIM: Anecdotal evidence suggests that the practice of implant dentistry, "gold standard" for edentulism is presently very low in Nigeria. This article proposes a model for teaching dental implant education and also emphasises the need for inclusion of standardised dental implant education in the dental curriculum in Nigeria. METHODS: A literature search using the MEDLINE was conducted on various models for teaching of dental implant education worldwide. RESULTS: Implant dental education for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes has 3 components namely: didactic educational programme, laboratory hands-on experience, and clinical hands-on experience. In addition, dentists and dental educationists can gain proficiency in basic and advanced implant dentistry through implant dental education organised by recognised universities, private and international implant organisations, manufacturer-sponsored educational programmes as well as training and courses organised by dental associations. CONCLUSIONS: Dental implant education should be given a priority and be included in both the undergraduate and postgraduate dental curriculum in Nigeria. In addition, a standardised implant dentistry programme should be formulated and developed for all dental schools in Nigeria.

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