Our Mentorship Programme is very unique, one of a kind. We advertise our courses, Basic and Advanced, saying that for price of the course you get two free mentorships. Let me explain what that means.
After you complete the course, you will find a patient that you think is suitable for implants. At this time you will present the case to me. This is our first session together. During this session we will examine clinical photos, mounted models, and x-rays which will include a periapicals and a panorex. I will then decide if this is a suitable case for you to do or if necessary, to refer the patient. If the case is suitable, we will then prepare a diagnostic stent, which consists of a clear acrylic template with radiographic markers. You then refer the patient for a CBCT ( cone beam CT ) for diagnosis. This session usually lasts one hour. You will become familiar in interpreting CBCTs and become aware of the method used to evaluate potential candidates.
At this evaluation stage, a majority of the discussion will be about the final outcome, that is, the prosthetics. As the implant will be supporting a crown, a bridge, or a denture, we will need to know the exact placement position of the implant prior to surgery. To meet this requirement, we may have to ask the lab to prepare a diagnostic wax-up of the final prosthesis for evaluation.
We then set a date for the surgery. The day before the surgery, I will review with you the pre-op protocol for the patient that you received during the course as time may have elapsed from the time of the course until your first surgery.
At the day of surgery just prior to the procedure, I will review the surgical protocol with you on the models and review once again the CT images. We will review both hard and soft tissues available, we will review the instruments to be used and the various implant components necessary for preparation of the osteotomy and the various placement hardware. We I’ll also review the appropriate suture techniques, suture instruments and suture material suitable for your patient.
Before the surgery, I will explain to your assistant the protocol of using the Sterile Drape Kit in preparing the patient for surgery.
The surgery is preformed by you and your assistant. I will be standing beside you guiding you through the various steps of placement. During the procedure we will be using the diagnostic clear acrylic stent which we have altered prior to surgery to act as the guide for accurate placement based on the laboratory wax up in the ideal prosthetic position.
After the placement of the implant, we will review the post-op protocol, instructions and medications together with the patient.
We will then have a post op discussion during which time we will review the technique used.
This same protocol will be used for all the mentorship cases that you will do, be they for the Basic Course or for the Advanced Bone Grafting Course.