Predoctoral dental implant education at Creighton University school of dentistry

Lawrence Parrish, Richard Hunter, Nici Kimmes, Charles Wilcox, Martha Nunn, Takanari Miyamoto

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The purpose of this report is to describe the dental implant education that predoctoral students receive and to characterize the patient population receiving implants at Creighton University School of Dentistry (CDS). CDS has no postdoctoral residency programs. Therefore, clinical management of diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical aspects, restoration, complications, and maintenance of dental implants requires significant involvement by predoctoral dental students. CDS implant education involves radiology diagnostic assets of the General Dentistry Department (including the use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography), as well as faculty and equipment from the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics, with a majority of students satisfied with their didactic preparation for their clinical experiences. Focusing on a three-year window from August 2007 to August 2010 and using electronic health records, this study found that a total of 242 implants were placed, out of which six failed within one year of placement and had to be removed. The average age of the population of 153 patients was found to be 53.3 years, with a range of eighteen to eighty-nine. Treatment outcomes compared very favorably with those published in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-580
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 5 2013


  • Clinical education
  • Dental education
  • Dental implants
  • Dental school curriculum
  • Faculty development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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