Basic Implantology Training & Mentoring Course

The aim of this course is to provide a structured learning pathway covering the basics of the planning, surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry in personal, one to one training.

This course will be led by Dr. Ivaylo Pashov, who has been through various implant education pathways (see BIO). The motivation behind the Basic Implant Training & Mentoring Course was to bring together all of the experiences of our instructor and his mentors into one structured and clinically relevant course. Thus the main aim was to provide dentists who are wishing to expand their careers into implant dentistry with a foundational practical programme that provides them evidence-based and well researched clinical and surgical protocols to further their aspirations in Implant Dentistry. It will also be giving a push to start their implantology career in practice.

Dr. Pashov can also provide hands-on mentoring for delegates who wish to improve their clinical oral surgery and implantology skills. He will assist delegates at their own practices.


This course consists of two modules Training & Mentoring both delivered by Dr. Ivaylo Pashov. The 2 session course will be spread in no more than 2 days – theoretical part followed by a full hands-on part, covering actual surgeries.

Training Module

Tutor plans and executes 1 patient case, while training the delegate in the process.

Mentoring Module

Delegate plans and executes 1 patient case, being supervised by the tutor in the process.

Course breakdown

• Intro to dental implants • Aetiology and impact of tooth loss • Understand why teeth need to be replaced • Indications for implants • Initial patient assessment

• Structured implant patient assessment and treatment planning • Medical conditions relevant to implant dentistry • Discussion of relevant social and dental factors • Highlight the importance and key points of the clinical examination in respect to dental implants

• List different imaging techniques utilised in dental implant treatment • Describe the radiation dose from various imaging techniques • Discuss radiation protection principles • Describe indications for 2D and 3D radiographic imaging • Introduction to the risk assessment tool (SAC) developed by the ITI

• Anatomy relevant to dental implants • Discuss the benefits of minimally traumatic extraction techniques • Understand alveolar changes following the loss of a tooth • Describe techniques to remove teeth while minimising trauma to the hard and soft tissue • Describe the use of ridge preservation in surgical dentistry and the indications • Understand the various bone graft materials available

• Describe the pre-operative steps involved in preparing a patient for dental implant surgery • A review of operative steps to aid dental implant surgery • Describe surgical equipment required for dental implant surgery including BioHorizons drill kit • Understand the importance of good post-operative care instructions

• Understand the basic principles of flap design • Review relevant anatomy associated with flap design • Describe various techniques for safely raising flaps for implant surgery • Describe how to prepare an osteotomy and equipment used to place an implant

• Describe the basic principles of suturing • Understand the ideal properties of a suture material • Understand different types of needles • Describe the various suturing techniques

Review of restoratively driven planning and principles. Overview of the stages of restoring a dental implant. Classification of implant loading. Uncovery techniques and step by step. Overview of restorative kit.

Description of healing abutment and associated components. Describe features of the implant restoration including abutment designs, connections, materials, emergence profile, retention methods. Principles of occlusion Impression techniques step by step. Lab instructions.

Lab stages in the fabrication of an implant restoration. Fitting of restoration step by step. Description of fitting screw and cement retained crowns. Describe reasons for misfit. Overview of angle correction.

Maintenance protocols. Short and long term complications. Description of more complex implant restorations. Marketing implants in practice. Future implant training and mentoring

Level of competence

The delegates are required to have prior completion of at least one implantology course and to have a basic theoretical knowledge on the topics listed above. Previous experience in implant placing is not obligative.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, the delegates should be able to place implants independently and:


This course is supported by BioHorizons. Our company values theoretical and practical mentoring highly and supports the progression of delegates through these two pathways.

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