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Day 1

Surgical Exodontia

Day One of the Oral Surgery Techniques Course is designed to provide a guide to tier 1 provision of surgical exodontia in the dental practice.

The session’s practical components cover: aseptic technique (how to scrub, donning gloves and gowns) and the surgical removal of teeth in a pig mandible (incision, flap raising, bone removal, removing teeth, debriding and suturing).

Lectures include essential dental anatomy of the maxilla and mandible for case assessment and the materials and equipment required for undertaking surgical dental treatment.

Aim of the session

This session is designed to provide a guide to tier 1 provision of surgical exodontia in the dental practice.
The session’s practical components cover: aseptic technique (how to scrub, donning gloves and gowns), surgical removal of teeth in a pig mandible (incision, flap raising, bone removal, removing teeth, debriding and suturing).
Lectures include essential dental anatomy of the maxilla and mandible for case assessment and the materials and equipment required for undertaking surgical dental treatment.

Learning Outcomes

Be able to recall the anatomical landmarks of importance when planning surgical exodontia
Perform a surgical scrub, down a sterile gown and gloves to be able to provide aseptic treatment in surgery
Plan the flap design, bone removal and sectioning of teeth required in surgical extractions
Select the appropriate equipment needed for surgical exodontia
Undertake a surgical exodontia on a pig mandible

Developmental outcomes

This session meets the ECPD guidance for developmental outcomes A, B, C and D.

Day 2

Complications of Exodontia

Day two of the Oral Surgery Techniques Course covers the complications of exodontia encountered in general practice and how to respond to these.

The theoretical elements cover the medical and social history of the patient with relevance to oral surgery; the importance of informed consent and the appropriate referral of patients. The post-operative complications of exodontia are explored, ranging from the bleeding socket and alveolar osteitis through to oral antral communications; displacement of roots; tuberosity fracture and nerve damage.

Practical elements include undertaking venepuncture in the assessment of the patient, methods of treating an oral antral communication and the management of the bleeding socket.

Aim of the session

The aim of the session is to ensure the participant understands the importance of patient assessment, consent and the practical management of common complications of exodontia. The practitioner should better understand the risks and side effects of surgery to be able to provide safe and effective care for their patients.

Learning Outcomes

The Participant will be able to undertake a full medical history and utilise current opinions and guidelines to be able to treat surgical patients safely
Illicit a full social history, and where needed request further tests in their full diagnosis
Recount the possible complications associated with exodontia and use this to inform consent when planning treatment
Be able to manage bleeding sockets effectively and promptly
Consider the appropriate management options for complications of exodontia, treating those where able and referring as required

Developmental outcomes

This session meets the ECPD guidance for developmental outcomes A, B, C and D.

Day 3

Management of Soft Tissue Pathology

Day 3 of the Oral Surgery Techniques course covers the surgical management of dental emergencies. This explores the management of patients in the general practice setting and the provision of emergency treatment required in hospital care.

The theoretical elements in day 3 cover oro-facial infection and its spread; understanding the consequences of sepsis; and the management of apparent non-suspicious lesions with histopathological assessment and diagnosis in general practice.

The practical elements covered include the provision of incision and drainage of odontogenic infections and the management of non-suspicious lesions in the practice setting.

Aim of the session

The participant should understand the causes of, and risks associated with, dental infection including and the practitioner’s role in its treatment and management. The participant should understand common non-suspicious soft tissue lesions and be able to provide safe and effective treatment for their patients where appropriate and be able to effectively refer when needed.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to recall the cause and routes of spread of oro-facial infection
Understand the signs of sepsis and be able to take effective immediate management
Recognise the various types of soft tissue lesions and instigate appropriate practice based management and advice
Appreciate the treatment of oro-facial swellings and the management options available to the practitioner

Developmental outcomes

This session meets the ECPD guidance for developmental outcomes A,B, C and D.

Day 4

Introduction to Augmentation

Day 4 of the Oral Surgery Techniques course acts as an introduction to bone augmentation techniques available to the dental practitioner. The history and science of bone augmentation is explored alongside its current place in surgical dentistry.

Theoretical components covered on day 4 include the science and history of bone augmentation and the use of both minor and major augmentation techniques in the maxilla and mandible.

The Practical elements undertaken include ridge preservation techniques and the provision of minor augmentation around bony defects.

Aim of the session

The aim of the session is to introduce the participant to bone augmentation techniques available in the restoration of edentulous spaces and understand the role they play in surgical dentistry. The participant should have better understanding of the handling and techniques required to undertake basic augmentation.

Learning Outcomes

Recall the development of bone augmentation techniques and the science underpinning them
Understand the various options for minor augmentation techniques in restoring edentulous spaces
Have an appreciation of the role of major augmentation techniques in dental implant treatment
Be able to recount the stages of augmentation techniques such as ridge preservation and minor horizontal augmentations

Developmental outcomes

This session meets the ECPD guidance for developmental outcomes A, B, C and D.

Day 5

Introduction to Dental Implants

Day 5 of the Oral Surgery Techniques course is an introduction to dental implantology, combining elements from the previous days on the course and an opportunity to place dental implants into jaws.

The theoretical elements cover the history and science behind dental implants, the provision and restoration of dental implants and the risks associated with dental implant treatment.

The Practical components include the placement of implants into models and the restoration of a dental implants.

Aim of the session

The aim of the session is to introduce the participants to the science and history of dental implants and understand their role in the treatment of edentulous spaces of their patients. The participant should have better understanding of the methods and techniques in the placement and restoration of dental implants.

Learning outcomes

The participant will be able to recall the history and development of dental implants as a treatment to restore edentulous spaces
Have an understanding of the science of dental implants and how they work
Appreciate the risks associated with elective surgery
Understand the management of failing dental implants
Recount the stages involved in the placing and restoration of dental implants

Developmental Outcomes

This session meets the ECPD guidance for developmental outcome A, B, C and D.

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The course is aimed at any GDP with an interest in Oral Surgery, either to better treat and serve their own patients in practice; or for those who are considering further education.

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"Excellent day, particularly enjoyed working on the pigs head as I had never done this at University"

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