Tooth implant associations & accreditation
ASID: The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry. ASID promotes sharing of knowledge and teaching in the field of teeth implants, offers a support network for professional members, and provides information for the general public on tooth implant procedures and dentists. It offers an accreditation program for dentists interested in dental implants.
ICOI: The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The largest provider of continuing dental implants education in the world, the ICOI is dedicated to advancing high standards in patient care and updating members on the newest procedures, devices and materials for teeth implants through the ICOI and other societies.
Dental prosthesist: Teeth implants are created to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth by a dental technician who is skilled in the design, construction, repair and adjustment of a variety of dental appliances. For a technician to become a dental prosthesist, they must undertake additional training to allow them to assess patient needs before designing and constructing relevant appliances. A prosthesist is also able to fit and adjust removable appliances as needed.
Keyhole surgery: a type of surgery during which the surgeon operates through one or more tiny incisions (of only a few millimetres wide). With dental implants, a tiny punch hole is created through the gum via which a titanium fixture is inserted. Because the dentist is unable to visualise the bone during surgery, a special stent is used to guide placement. The stent is fabricated using CAD Cam technology based on computer-based planning in advance of the surgery. As a less invasive type of surgery, it results in less discomfort for the patient and aids in a faster recovery. After receiving a tooth implant through keyhole surgery, you may experience some small bruises and swelling, but should be able to work the next day.
Stent: a tube used to hold a passage/conduit in the body open to allow access for surgery. In the case of keyhole surgery during dental implants, this tube would be very small.