DOH551 Introduction to Implant Dentistry (16)

This subject introduces students to implant dentistry. Commencing with an overview of the history and development of implant dentistry, students are then introduced to the foundations of contemporary implant practice. The design of implant components and associated nomenclature will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding of osseointegration as it applies to modern implant practice, and relevant hard and soft tissue anatomy. The processes and steps of case selection and treatment planning are discussed, including the importance of patient-centred care, sound patient assessment, appropriate radiographic imaging and gathering other diagnostic information. Students will develop skills in discussing implant treatments with patients in the context of patient education and gaining informed consent.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Term 3 (45)
Online *
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH551. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students in the Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate and critically analyse the literature regarding dental implants and dental implant treatment;
  • be able to identify the components of dental implants;
  • be able to discuss and critically analyse the theoretical and clinical advantages and limitations of implant supported prostheses;
  • be able to analyse and critically evaluate radiographs suitable for treatment planning a patient for the provision of implant supported prostheses;
  • be able to select implant cases suitable for their level of experience in implant dentistry;
  • be able to use principles of patient-centred care to discuss implant treatment with patients and in clinical decision making;
  • be able to plan for implant placement in prosthetically driven positions;
  • be able to design and construct surgical and radiographic templates; and
  • be able to discuss implant maintenance protocols.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History and development of dental implants;
  • Nomenclature of implant components;
  • Design of implants and abutments;
  • Radiographic use and interpretation in implant dentistry;
  • Patient-centred care in implant dentistry;
  • Selection and use of implant abutments; and
  • The use of dental implants in the treatment of the edentulous mandible.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DOH551 in Term 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review 1
Literature review 2
Mentor nomination
Implant system identification
Forum participation
Attendance: module 1 & 2
Attendance: module 3 & 4

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 4 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will be expected to spend 2-3 hours per week preparing for their clinical cases.

Residential School

This subject contains a 6 day Compulsory Residential School.

Students are required to attend two 3-day workshops at the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) Centre for Professional Development in Sydney.  The workshops include lectures, tutorials and practical tasks providing students with the opportunity to interact with experts in the various areas of dental implantology.

Special Resources

Students are responsible for travel and accommodation for attendance at the face-to-face workshops at the ADA NSW Continuing Professional Development facilities in Sydney.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.