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Dental Implants 1

Introduction to surgery and prosthodontics 

Course overview

This intensive three-day evidence-based foundation course has been continuously refined over the last 20 years by A/Prof Richard Chan since its introduction in 1985 by Professor Iven Klineberg and his team. During this time, the course has introduced over 1000 general practitioners as well as specialist clinicians to implant dentistry.

The course is now structured to introduce the clinician to the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant therapy through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The focus will be on the surgical and prosthodontic management of healed single tooth sites.

Under supervision by highly experienced implant surgeons and restorative clinicians/prosthodontists, participants will place and restore implants in soft tissue bone models in a simulated clinical environment with manikins using the full range of implant equipment and instrumentation. It will give the clinician an insight into the surgical and restorative requirements and difficulties in each field. This better understanding serves to promote improved coordination and respect between the various team members leading ultimately to a more predictable clinical outcome.

The course has been convened by A/Prof Richard Chan since 1994 and he is joined by three specialists, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Dr Lydia Lim and Prosthodontists, Dr Michael Chang and Dr David Sykes, and ceramist Mr Chris Xeras. 

The implant equipment and materials support by Nobel Biocare is gratefully acknowledged.

You may wish to consider bringing a clinical staff with you. The staff members attend all 3 days so they understand what happens at every stage of the treatment (except they only observe the hands on sessions. They would be seated next to their dentists so they learn the whole process together as a team). If you wish to consider this, please contact the CPD team.

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we have decided to postpone the course this year. See below for the new scheduled date for 2022.

On completion of the program, participants will be familiar with the components and techniques necessary to complete the surgical and prosthodontic phases of single tooth implant cases in healed sites.

This program provides the essential base knowledge for more advanced implant training and is a pre-requisite for Dental Implants 2: Prosthodontic Workshop - essentials of aesthetic implant rehabilitation.

  • History and biologic basis of osseointegration
  • Case selection - single tooth replacement, partial edentulism and full arch rehabilitation options
  • Treatment planning - risk assessment, medical history, indications and contraindications
  • Timing of implant placement
  • Loading protocols
  • Radiographic templates and conversion to surgical guides
  • Surgical treatment planning - How to evaluate an implant patient for surgery
  • Cone Beam CT analysis
  • Surgical protocols - Exodontia, flap design, socket preservation
  • Suturing techniques
  • Prosthodontic protocols
  • Abutment selection, impression techniques
  • Occlusion, try-in and issue/cementation
  • Implant maintenance
  • Demonstration - sterile surgical set-up and patient draping, implant site preparation
  • Hands- on surgical workshop - preparation and placement of implants in single tooth healed sites on bone models with soft tissue mounted in manikins to simulate the clinical environment.
  • Full implant surgery equipment and instrumentation 
  • Prosthodontic workshop - single tooth replacement
  • Angulation correction, mucosal height, aesthetics, emergence profile, cemented v screw retained, inter-occlusal space, occlusion, torque control
  • Prosthesis design, laboratory procedure, material selection
  • Try-in/issue protocol
  • The Aesthetic Zone - management principles and how to avoid complications
  • Identification, management and prevention of prosthodontic complications
  • Risk management - Medico-legal Aspects of Implant Dentistry
  • Taking care of implant business - practice management, marketing and continuing education
  • Q&A
Key information
Course date: 

Friday 6 May - Sunday 8 May 2022

8:30am-5:00pm (Registration from 8:00am). 
Location: Susan Wakil Health Building,
University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus
Course structure:  Lectures and practical sessions
CPD hours:


Course fees:

$4500 (incl. GST) Standard for dentists
$3950 (incl. GST) University of Sydney alumni
$1350 (incl. GST) Dental Assistants / Staff member*
  Click here to register your interest in the course

Presenter Profiles

Dental Surgeon


Dr Chan is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has published in international and Australian journals and has lectured extensively on restorative and implant dentistry in Australia and internationally. For many years he was a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Dental Surgery), College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (Prosthodontics), Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists. He was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Award 2010 for Excellence in the Science and Medicine of Dentistry by the American Biographical Institute.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, and is on the faculty for Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics). He was Program Director of Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) at the University of Sydney and is also an Honorary Associate Professor (Oral Rehabilitation) at the University of Hong Kong. He was a past President of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (NSW) Inc. and was in full time referral practice in Sydney limited to implant surgery and prosthodontics. 

Richard was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to dentistry in 2019. 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS (Hons)(Syd), MDSc (Syd), FRACDS, FRACDS (OMS)

Dr Lydia Lim is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and has been in specialist practice at Sydney Oral & Facial Surgery since 1997. Dr Lim graduated from the University of Sydney with honours and completed her post-graduate training in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Sydney. She obtained the specialist qualification FRACDS(OMS) in 1995. Dr Lim also completed a Masters Degree at Sydney University and during her training was awarded the Medical and Optical Travelling Fellowship. Dr Lim furthered her surgical training in the United States as Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas, Houston.

Dr Lim is one of Sydney’s leading orthognathic surgeons having operated on over 1000 cases. Dr Lim is also the President of the Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of New South Wales, member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, member of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons, member of the Australian Dental Association, member of the Australian Osseointegration Society and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Specialist Prosthodontist

BDent (Hons) DClinDent (Syd) MRACDS (Pros)

Michael completed his Bachelor of Dentistry with honours at the University of Sydney and worked in private practice for 7 years before travelling to the United States where he received training in implant surgery under the tutelage of Professor Peter Moy at UCLA.

In 2015, Michael returned to Sydney, to be trained as a prosthodontist, finally obtaining a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and was admitted into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Michael is the former course coordinator for pre-clinical fixed prosthodontics at the University of Sydney and has lectured on a wide range of subjects including implant dentistry, fixed prosthodontics and digital technologies. 

Specialist Prosthodontist

OAM, BDS (Lond), MDS (Syd), LDS RCS(Eng), FRACDS, MRACDS (Pros)

Dr Sykes is a specialist prosthodontist working in Sydney with a particular interest in implant dentistry. He has been involved in implant treatment almost from its introduction in Australia and has considerable experience in treating the complex restorative case.

Dr Sykes is a Senior Clinical Associate at the University of Sydney teaching on the postgraduate prosthodontic programme and the Diploma in Oral Implantology. He has lectured in the area of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics with a special interest in implants and medico-legal issues.

Dr Sykes has served on the Councils of the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the Dental Board of NSW and the Advisory Panel for Dental Protection Ltd. Dr Sykes is currently a Board member of the Australian Dental Council.

Chris graduated in Sydney in 1988. He owns and operates a commercial laboratory in Burwood, Sydney specializing in crown and bridge and implants. He has over 30 years of experience in the technical aspects of implant prosthodontics.