Ever since taking place in work experience earlier in the year, I have become increasingly interested in Implant surgery. As I witnessed this fine procedure, I was in awe of the complex precision and Manuel dexterity on display. Dental implants are in effect a replacement for a tooth’s root. They fit directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, in the same way that roots support natural teeth. Dental implants are usually made of titanium and have an internal screw called an abutment that holds a false tooth or perhaps a bridge in place. Alternatives to this procedure are removable dentures or a bridge, however neither are as long term and preventative as the implant. Implant surgery also leaves other teeth at less risk of being affected due to the fact that in preparation of a bridge for example, the surrounding teeth are left exposed. Bridges are also reliant on good health of the supporting teeth whereas the implant will have its own anchor due to the presence of the titanium abutment. The Dental Implant surgery is an exciting example, as mentioned in my personal statement, of how cosmetic dentistry can improve the mental and oral health of a patient. For example, a ‘Bupa, study of 2,000 UK employees found that 28% of workers try not to smile at work, as they are not confident about their teeth. It is procedures such as this that can improve the confidence of a patient. In perhaps just an hour long appointment, a patient can leave with the confidence to smile and in turn do things they wouldn’t previously felt able to do such as apply for a job. Through my work experience I met a man who was so embarrassed about the state of his teeth that he didn’t feel able to attend a job interview but when he left he was genuinely beaming. This is the beauty of Dentistry in my eyes.
In order to perform Implant surgery, theremare several pathways a dentist can take. In order to gain a certificates course in Dental Implantolgy, 60 hours of learning must take place in 7-10 days. However, I am interested in taking this a step further. For example, over a 2 year part time course I would have the opportunity to gain a PG diploma. However, after practising dentistry for a few years, I feel as though I would have the hunger for further learning meaning I may be enticed to take a full time 1-2 year course to gain an MSc in implantology or even a 5 year PhD. This is purely an ambition at this moment in time however after speaking to several Dentists at work experience, I understand the hunger for further challenge and learning to make each day in the work place continually test my ability.