Preceptor in Dental Implantology

Overview Page

The Preceptorship will consist of a curriculum, which is clinically focused while incorporating the latest research from the clinical basic sciences. This will provide the participant with an understanding of the rationale and scientific basis for the clinical practice of implantology. The participants will meet for six weekend sessions, which will include didactic sessions and some hands-on training experiences in an interactive learning environment.

Didactic Sessions

  • History and future of dental implantology.
  • Three-day classroom/cadaver laboratory exercises.
  • Biomechanical and biomaterial aspects of dental implantology.
  • Physiology of bone with emphasis on cellular, molecular healing, bone maturation of bone in function and selection of implants with different designs and surfaces relating to bone density and planned Implant function. 
  • Anatomy of the maxilla, mandible and TMJ in terms of available bone and anatomy as related to stress distribution.
  • Anatomical structures (muscles, nerves, arteries) as they relate to implant placement.
  • Philosophies of implant retention and stabilization.
  • Essential treatment planning facets, including patient selection, past dental and medical history, essential diagnostic guides (casts. templates, etc.), documentation, appointment sequencing with laboratory, surgeon, restorative dentist. Essentials of joint treatment planning, recall principles.
  • Surgical and prosthodontic considerations including incision design, fixture and abutment selection, occlusal considerations and force transmission.
  • Peri-implantitis and its effect on the dental implant from the infective and traumatic aspects.
  • Post-restoration responsibilities of staff personnel, hygienist, surgeon and restorative dentist on a recall basis. • Includes demonstration of instruments, techniques for post-implant placement, restoration hygiene. 
  • Principles in troubleshooting, rescue and retrieval procedures.
  • The prosthodontic aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning as well as the clinical communication of this information to the surgeon.
  • Procedures for developing optimum esthetics and the biomechanical loading aspects of implant restorations.
  • Component systems will be categorized with specific indications for their use.
  • The importance of optimal laboratory support and clinical communication skills to facilitate positive interaction with the dental technician.
  • Indications and techniques relating to insertion of implants in single tooth and fresh extraction site situations.
  • Hard and soft tissue grafting, guided soft, hard tissue regeneration in both pre- and post-implant placement, including sinus lift procedures.
  • Repair of the ailing, failing implant with new regenerative procedures and materials.
  • An overview of informed consent documentation and medical-legal review.
  • The principles of practice management, marketing, and insurance considerations.
  • An opportunity for your dental hygienist to complete a certification course in dental implant hygiene.

Participation Sessions

  • The Preceptorship will feature hands-on and interactive sessions. 
  • Co-Directors will conduct a two hour diagnostic and treatment planning segment featuring the preceptors’ patient cases at each of the weekend sessions.
  • Implant anatomy laboratory will give the preceptors the opportunities to familiarize themselves in implant anatomy through dissection and to actually place implants in cadaver models.
  • Hands-on exercises will familiarize the preceptors with the surgical and restorative aspects of dental implant systems and prosthetic laboratory techniques.


The participant will learn:

  • The rationale and scientific basis for the successful clinical practice of implantology.
  • The current concepts, principles and clinical methodology used effectively in practice.
  • The proper evaluation, diagnosis, and selection of patients for implant placement and restoration.
  • To develop and understand specific implant surgical and prosthodontic skills and the different modalities available.
  • To manage the more difficult clinical situations, such as patients with advanced maxillary or mandibular atrophy.
  • The practice management aspects of dental implantology: records, insurance, informed consent, medical-legal and marketing considerations.

Admissions and Application

Pre-registration: Pre-registration for all courses is necessary. Each participant should pre-register for a course sthat a course packet will be available at the time of check-in. Please call the Office of Continuing Dental Education at (210) 567-3177 to pre-register for a course, or mail the registration form with a credit card number or check made payable to "UTHSCSA" to:

Continuing Dental Education, MSC 7930
UT Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Registration information and the registration for are available at the following website: