The Ultimate Implant Year Course
The Ultimate Implant Year Course is designed to enable you to add implant dentistry to your practice with the most flexibility, least time away from your patients and with the highest confidence.

We do this by giving you a blended implant training program which gives you flexible, e-learning modules as well as high-quality, hands-on training at one of our clinical training centers.

To provide high-quality training which will deliver the necessary education and training for you to introduce dental implant treatments to your practice.
To give you the skills and confidence to be competent in case assessment, placement and restoration of dental implants in a safe and predetermined manner in the General Dental Practice environment.
Course Programme
Introduction /online induction by live Webinar: – another time saving feature of the programme. Dr Nicholson,
the course lead, takes you through the features and benefits of
  1. Welcome/Introduction
  2. Course structure
  3. Introduction to e-learning
  4. Building a portfolio
  5. The RCS Edin. Diploma in Implant Dentistry
  6. Beyond the RCS Edin.Diploma in Implant Dentistry – available qualifications
  7. E-learning assignments
  8. Do’s and Dont’s
Online E-learning Lectures/Exercises
Module 1
  1. The history of dental implantology
  2. The difference between implant and “conventional” dentistry
  3. Informed consent
  4. Case assessment
  5. Treatment Planning
  6. Relevant anatomy/Pathology
  7. Radiography in implant dentistry
  8. Basic surgical instrumentation requirements
  9. Basic restorative instrumentation requirements
  10. Surgery set-up /cross infection control
  11. Review of relevant recent literature
Module 1 assessment
Module 2
  1. Flap design
  2. Wound closure – suturing/materials/ techniques
  3. Patient expectations
  4. Implant design
  5. Abutment design
  6. Impression techniques
  7. Future trends in implant and abutment design
  8. Occlusion relevant to the implant restoration
  9. Review of recent relevant literature
Module 2 assessment
Module 3
  1. Review of work to date
  2. Aesthetics vs function in the implant restoration
  3. Aesthetic indicators
  4. Maximizing the aesthetic outcome
  5. Computer assisted planning and placement of dental implants
  6. Review of recent relevant literature
Module 3 assessment
Module 4
  1. Advanced surgical technique overview
  2. Particulate grafting/membranes
  3. Sinus augmentation
  4. Block grafting
  5. Osteogenic distraction
  6. Review of recent relevant literature
Module 5
  1. 3D Imaging in Implant Dentistry revisited
  2. CT vs CBCT
  3. The NobelGuide concept
  4. Using NobelClinician
  5. NobelConnect
  6. The application of SmartFusion
  7. The NobelCommunicator App
  8. Review of recent relevant literature
Module 5 assessment

Clinical training: Eight days at the clinical training centre of your choice* (with patients provided).

Final examination: online written examination.

Award of Certificate of GDC Compliant Implant Education and Training (UK Participants only)

*Providing places available

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.

Dr. Paul Howlett

The Ultimate Year Implant Course has been an excellent programme of education and learning. The flexibility of being able to work through the detailed online learning material at your own pace and when it best suits make it the perfect course to schedule around busy work and family life. In addition the experience gained through the clinical days has been 1st class with superb mentorship and clinical coaching. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone wishing to introduce dental implants into their clinical practice.

Dr Ramya Balasubramanian
General Dentist working in San Diego

Amazing program!.