I read recently an interview with a well known dentist about dental implants. His contention was that the surgical elements are easy compared with the restorative elements. Reading further in the article he admits to offering weekend training courses on how to place dental implants.

I agree with this gentleman that placing dental implants is a piece of cake for the most part, until you fail to position the implant correctly to assure an optimum esthetic and/or functional outcome.

In addition I also sense from the article that he is being somewhat selective. This is good and correct. I only hope that his followers understand this what he is doing.

There is an advantage to having a three year residency when it comes to knowing how to manage complicated dental implant surgical procedures. And even beyond this decades of clinical experience doesn’t hurt either.