Meet the RCDSO Standards
With the new RCDSO guidelines that are raising the standards for implant education, it’s crucial that your training investment meets these new standards. Whether it’s for treatment planning, implant prosthetics, surgical placement or grafting techniques, your enrollment in a Hands On Training program will ensure the comprehensive training you receive meets the newly recommended high standards for implant education.
What is the RCDSO?
The RCDSO is the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. New guidelines that provide educational standards for the practice of implant dentistry have been proposed by this licensing body for the province of Ontario.
I don’t live in Ontario. Do these regulations apply to me?
Currently, these regulations apply to dentists in Ontario, however, it is important to recognize that many regulatory bodies are beginning to set minimum standards for implant education. These proposed guidelines are an indication of what the profession considers the minimum amount of training that one should have, prior to embarking on implant treatment.
What training should I receive?
The level of complexity of the cases dentists elect to undertake should reflect the commensurate level of training and courses they have successfully completed and competency and experience they have acquired.
I plan to do both surgical and prosthetic phases of implant treatment. What are the training requirements to provide both phases?
Dentists who provide both phases (surgical and prosthetic) of dental implant treatment must have successfully completed a course or courses involving not less than 35 hours of instruction for each of the surgical and prosthetic phases, or 70 hours of combined instruction.
I plan to provide only one phase of implant treatment. What are the training requirements to provide either the prosthetic or surgical phase only?
Dentists who limit their practice to one phase only (surgical or prosthetic) of dental implant treatment must have successfully completed a course or courses involving not less than 35 hours of instruction for the phase practised and 14 hours of instruction for the phase not practised.
What type of course should I take?
The course or courses should:
- Be conducted by persons who have had recognized comprehensive formal, preferably university-based, training and significant experience performing dental implant procedures.
- Have didactic and clinical-related components with formal evaluation.
- Have a hands-on clinical simulation component with formal evaluation.
- Teach methods and systems that have been shown to be successful and safe by published scientific research, preferably supported by well-designed longitudinal clinical studies that demonstrate the efficacy and effectiveness of the method and biocompatibility of the materials.
- Be of adequate duration involving not less than 35 hours of instruction for each of the surgical and prosthetic phases, or 70 hours of combined instruction.
Do Hands On Training Institute programs fulfill these new guidelines?
Yes, our 11 day Mini-Residency program, or the 8 day Mini-Residency program in combination with one of our other sessions will provide the comprehensive training needed to fulfill these guidelines.