Dental Implant Education in Nigeria: A curriculum Guide
Aim: Anecdotal evidence suggests that the practice of implant dentistry, "gold standard" for edentulism is presently very low in Nigeria. This article proposes a model for teaching dental implant education and also emphasises the need for inclusion of standardised dental implant education in the dental curriculum in Nigeria. Methods: A literature search using the MEDLINE was conducted on various models for teaching of dental implant education worldwide. Results: Implant dental education for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes has 3 components namely: didactic educational programme, laboratory hands-on experience, and clinical hands-on experience. In addition, dentists and dental educationists can gain proficiency in basic and advanced implant dentistry through implant dental education organised by recognised universities, private and international implant organisations, manufacturersponsored educational programmes as well as training and courses organised by dental associations. Conclusions: Dental implant education should be given a priority and be included in both the undergraduate and postgraduate dental curriculum in Nigeria. In addition, a standardised implant dentistry programme should be formulated and developed for all dental schools in Nigeria.