SmileTube.tv is the product of one man’s passion to revolutionize the teaching of implantology. Our course lead, Dr. Ken Nicholson BDS, Msc. (Imp.Dent), is the driving force behind the Ultimate Year Implant Course and every other course we offer.

Ken has spent over ten years working to understand, refine and then perfect the teaching of Implantology to practitioners across the UK and now across the world.

His varied career has included redesigning the master’s degree course for the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education at the University of Central Lancashire and developing the master’s degree in Implant Dentistry as an Associate Fellow at Warwick Medical School. Ken also founded the British Society of Oral Implantology and co-founded the European Journal of Oral Implantology.

Ken is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Faculty of Examiners RCS Edin., an Editorial Board member for the European Journal of Oral Implantology, as well as Implant Dentistry Today, Irish Dentist and International Journal of Oral Implantology & Clinical Research.

Whilst this extensive experience is impressive, it also gave Ken a unique insight into the state of dental implant education from the perspective of students, his colleagues in academia and those in the General Dental Council.

This culminated in his master’s dissertation, “Evolution of Implant Education and Training in the United Kingdom”, which focused on and evaluated the best practice in medical education whilst highlighting the many shortcomings of the then available implant courses.

During these years of research, Ken found that there were many common questions which were raised by those considering further education in implant dentistry:

  • Does the course comply with current guidelines?
  • Will I need to spend a lot of time away from my Practice?
  • How much hands-on training is provided?
  • Are patients provided?
  • Must I provide patients for treatment?
  • What recognition do I get at the end of this course?
  • Can I offer my patients a discount if treated on the course?
  • Who is ultimately responsible for the treatment (medico-legally)?
  • What happens if my patient’s treatment is not completed before the end of the course?
  • How much does it all cost?

The Ultimate Implant Year Course was created to address and resolve each of these issues making it, we believe, the best and most flexible course of its type in the world.

If you’d like to know more about the course, please head over to the course content page or enrol now.

What students say about our courses
Dr. Andrew Dixon
GDP, working in Whickham Dental Practicw, Newcastle

Got the written confirmation from the exams department (RCS Edinburgh) this week so nice to have a hard copy of the results in my hand!! Many thanks for your guidance over the last year or so. The UIYC was set at a perfect level with just the right amount of content to get you through the diploma.

Dr. Chameera Fernando
GDP, working in Northampton




The print outs will be really useful as I wanted to go over the lectures again and start making notes and memorising the information.

Dr Lucy Nichols BDS MFDSRCS MSc.
GDP, working in New Malden with a special interest in aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry and implantology

The flexibility of doing the theory on-line has been fantastic. Far more convenient and cost effective than other courses. And it's useful to be able to revisit a lecture. Having patients provided and having a relatively local mentor has also been a big advantage over many other courses.

Dr C. Lappin BSc.(Hons), BDS(Hons), FDS RCS(Eng)
GDP, practicing in Belfast


Amazing! This is a very useful resource.

Dr. Andrew Dixon



I really enjoyed being able to complete the course at my own pace but with you in the background giving the occasional nudge so you dont loose focus. Obviously this also makes it very cost effective as there was much less time off work than on other courses. The supply of papers / reading material although daunting at first was excellent and actually essential for the diploma.

Dr R.D BDS Manc
General Dental Practitioner working in Manchester and did the Ultimate Implant Year Course in 2013

The UIYC is a very informative course especially for me who had a limited exposure to implant dentistry. It has certainly improved my knowledge in this domain with its very well structured online theoretical modules coupled with the improvement of my surgical skills via the monthly hands-on practical sessions. I managed to place a number of implants in the space of ten months. The good aspects of this course are that it provides you with patients to work with and it fits around your work schedule. Wished I found this course a few years earlier!

Dr Clair Kilgarriff, B Dent Sc, TCD
GDP practicing in Dublin with a special interest in orthodontics and implant dentistry

Ken Nicholson was my tutor for the certificate year in implant dentistry from the University of Warwick. He was one of the best lecturers I have had in my under and postgraduate training. He is methodical and clear in his delivery. Above all he is open to the viewpoints of others and most helpful in directing a student to further knowledge.

David Magilton BDS
GDP working in Lanarkshire and a current Ultimate Implant Year Course delegate

I thought that the intro to the UIYC was brilliant. We were given the perfect amount of information on this fascinating subject and this has given me a great insight into implant dentistry. It has also made me very keen to learn more and place my first implant. The smiletube site is an amazing resource and I appreciate the hard work you must have put into it.