Expansion of a predoctoral surgical implant selective for dental students

Stefanie D. Seitz, Richard L. Zimmermann, William D. Hendricson

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Historically, predoctoral dental education programs have focused on the restoration of implants in the clinical environment; however, given the increase in dental implant therapy being performed by general dentists, the need to incorporate surgical implant training is becoming evident. This article describes a predoctoral surgical implant selective at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its evolution across five years to include emerging techniques and technology to enhance students' understanding of dental implant therapy, both surgical and restorative. From virtual implant planning and guided surgery to intra-oral scanning of implants for custom abutments and restorations, students obtained first-hand experiences with a wide spectrum of aspects of implant therapy. The results of anonymous surveys completed by 2014-15 students before and after the year-long selective regarding their impression of the program are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Dental education
  • Dental implants
  • Surgical dental prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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