Implantology - policy statement
Dental professionals have an ethical responsibility to limit their scope of practice to what they are trained and competent to do. Any dental professional who carries out work for which they are not trained and competent puts their registration at risk.
We are issuing this policy statement in the light of concerns raised with us about the practice of implant dentistry by dentists. The GDC’s guidance on the required learning outcomes of undergraduate education for dentists ‘The First Five Years
’, states that dental students should ‘be familiar with dental implants as an option in replacing missing teeth’. A UK-qualified dentist would not be expected to be competent to practise implant dentistry without undertaking structured postgraduate training and assessment of competence.
The GDC will also refer to the standards
when assessing patient complaints against dentists who, allegedly, practise implant dentistry beyond the limits of their competence.