What is a Master of Implantology in Dentistry?

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Implantologie

Master of Implantology – a supplementary title for dentists

Is a dentist with the qualification ‘Master of Implantology’ better able to do my implant than a ‘normal’ dentist?

Master here, Master there, Master everywhere. We often read of additional titles such as ‘Master of Oral Implantology’. These titles come against payment and don’t say much about the real capabilities of the dentist.

There are various reasons for this. First of all these additional studies are not standardized – some take a few days, some about one year. It all depends on what the individual wants to do – some do it only for the certificate whilst others want to improve their skills.

Another example may make the problem with these further qualifications clearer. A dentist who works in a hospital, for example, and treats broken jaws, tumours and so on there but doesn’t have a Master’s degree; in the course of his work however he’s operated on bones countless times and fixed hundreds of implants.

Another dentist does the one-year ‚Master of Implantology‘course and has attended the fixing of 200 implants, 20 of which he himself set. Just how meticulous the dentist was at every stage of his work will not be checked too carefully by the dentist who’s getting the money for the course. Which dentist would you prefer to do your implant?

So don’t be too impressed by titles. Ask your dentist how long he’s been doing implants and where else he has worked. You are perfectly entitled to ask such questions – don’t let yourself be impressed by age either.

Generally speaking you should watch out for cleanliness in the clinic. What can the dentist do in order to make your implant successful? For a start look at the dental instruments; often they are not sterilized and if then, they all too often are simply shoved into a drawer unprotected.

There’s no sterility here. As soon as the instrument is touched by hand or comes into contact with the furniture (for example the drawer) it’s no longer sterile. The instruments are immediately occupied by bacteria and any invasive intervention with such an instrument has a risk of infection which could have been avoided – even without antibiotics.

Another simple means of keeping infections down in the case of dental interventions is by the use of disposable protective materials. With a bit of understanding and responsibility from our generation our followers can profit for a long time from the enormous comforts of our medicine/pharmacy. However, who is going to be the first? Maybe you, by looking and checking carefully to see how the dentist’s instruments have been stored and arranged; ideally in operations containers which leave the sterilizer sealed, or shrink-wrapped. More about this in the dental videos.

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