Dental Implant CE Course Guide 2021

December 31, 2020

For general dentists interested in pursuing dental implant continuing education in 2021, there are lots of different learning options. By necessity, many meetings and in-person courses had to be canceled or rescheduled, but there are still plenty of dental implant CE courses being offered by trusted organizations, both in-person and online.

Our marketing clients often credit high-quality implant CE the key to their success in transitioning from a general dental practice to a focus on implant dentistry. We created this reference guide to help general dentists decide where to start.

If you’re a beginner, before you rush out and invest in expensive equipment like CBCT or guided surgery, or commit to a time-consuming continuum course, it’s best to test the water before you jump in the deep end. A great way to tell if you’re interested in diving deep into dental implant education and treatment is to start with a weekend course.

A short, focused dental implant CE workshop will allow you to gain the necessary skills and confidence to begin regularly treating level one implant cases in your practice. Getting comfortable treating these simple cases will really give you a feel for whether or not implant surgery really fires you up, and whether or not you want to invest in the training and equipment to take on complex cases.

Regardless of your skill level, or whether you’re looking for a continuum or workshop, we have a list of resources below for the 2 best ways to find dental implant CE courses in 2021:

  1. Find a course through a dental implant association.
  2. Find a course through a trusted dental implant CE provider.

This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point so that you may find the right fit for you and your educational needs. It is by no means comprehensive, there are many certified providers of dental implant continuing education that are not included in this post, and we encourage you to consider all options available to you.

Find a course through a dental implant association. 

If you’re interested in becoming the go-to implant dentist in your area, it’s worthwhile to consider joining and getting credentialed with one or more of the major dental implant associations, listed below in no particular order. 

International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

Founded in 1972, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) is devoted to providing implant education to the entire dental team to better serve its patients. The ICOI is an association of general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, laboratory technicians, auxiliaries, industry representatives, researchers, faculty members, pre and post-doctoral graduate dental students as well as the general public. The ICOI is not only the world’s largest dental implant organization, but it is also the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education. 

The ICOI’s implant training courses list includes sources they trust for implant continuums as well as workshops from both universities and private courses. You can also consider attending an ICOI 2021 conference, the first of which will be virtual, so you can network with dental implant teams from around the world.

American Academy Of Implant Dentistry (AAID)

Founded in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. Its membership includes general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, and others interested in the field of implant dentistry. The AAID mission is simple: To advance the science and practice of implant dentistry through education, research support and to serve as the credentialing standard for implant dentistry for the benefit of mankind.

AAID MaxiCourses are live continuum programs designed to fulfill the CE requirements for AAID Associate Fellowship, offered at various locations around the world. The AAID 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled to take place in Chicago, IL November 10-13, or you can still register for access to on-demand virtual content from the AAID Virtual Experience.

American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

The American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) is a multidisciplinary professional healthcare organization and provider of Medical and Dental CE, specializing in live patient training courses. AAFE implant courses are taught by practicing dentists who teach how to integrate dental implant procedures into your office.

AAFE’s Dental Implant Training Course For General Dentists is a 20-hour CE course designed specifically for every general dentist to learn simple, effective techniques for placing and restoring dental implants without expensive technology so you can get started immediately. There have yet to be 2021 dates scheduled at the time of this post’s publishing but check back frequently if this sounds like the best course for you. 

Find a course through a trusted dental implant CE provider.

The following oral implantology CE providers, listed in no particular order, have received positive feedback from implant dentists across the country. 

Misch International Implant Institute

Misch International Implant Institute was developed in 1984, at the inception of oral implantology, by Dr. Carl E. Misch for general dentists and specialists. They’ve been considered a premier teaching institution ever since, with more than 6,500 graduates and textbooks are utilized by clinicians and universities around the world. 

The newly revised, literature-based curriculum of Misch Institute 2021 dental implant courses includes both surgical and prosthetic courses, as well as a CBCT boot camp and dental implant complications. 

Practical Clinical Courses 

Gordon J. Christensen's Practical Clinical Courses (PCC) is an international continuing education organization with live and on-demand courses for all dental professionals. PCC was founded by Gordon J. Christensen, who also founded Clinicians Report, which offers unbiased dental product research. 

PCC’s Level 1 Implant Surgery course has a live virtual option with reduced tuition in February 2021, with the in-person hands-on course resuming in September 2021.

The Dental Implant Learning Center

The Dental Implant Learning Center is a state-of-the-art dental continuing education facility, located just 10 minutes from NYC. The director, John Minichetti, DMD, Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology, is a general dentist himself and understands the needs of his dental implant training attendees. 

The Center’s 2021 oral implantology course offerings include Day, Weekend, and 3 Day intensive hands-on courses, its popular year-long Mini-Residency in surgical implant dentistry, and our premiere comprehensive courses, The Las Vegas AAID Maxicourse®, and The New York AAID Maxicourse®.

Dental Implant Practices

Philip Gordon DDS started Dental Implant Practices to help general dentists save valuable time and money by avoiding mistakes, speeding up your learning curve, and providing discounts on implants, implant products and CE courses. He covers everything from dental implant continuing education, live surgery implant training, consulting, products, how to grow your practice, serve more patients and be more profitable.

Experience live patient dental implant training with Dr. Philip Gordon over your shoulder! This can take place in your own office with your own patients and team. Dr. Gordon can help you get from simple surgeries to routinely doing complex cases such as sinus lifts, All-on-4® same-day conversions, ridge splits and other surgeries that you might need training on. This way, you can be in your own office learning to do complex surgeries with a mentor training you over the shoulder to get you highly trained in complex cases moving forward.

Midwest Implant Institute

The Midwest Implant Institute is “America’s pioneer in implant institute live surgery.” Since 1980, MII has taught thousands to perform safe, predictable and successful implant surgeries through Hands-On Live Surgery by the participant that encases skills of all levels. 

The Midwest Implant Institute® offers didactic and surgical implant courses performed by the participants. MII strongly considers successful procedures are ones that are completed through restoration. Whether the practitioner is placing their first implant, looking to perform their first sinus elevation or lateral nerve repositioning, the Midwest Implant Institute has the surgical courses to take you there.

Live Implant Training

Live Implant Training was created to train licensed dentists from all over the world who will learn surgical techniques while working on patients under direct supervision of accredited professors. Live Implant Training works in liaison with an accredited Mexican teaching hospital. Every participant will place a minimum of 25 implants on patients under direct supervision of board certified maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists and implant masters.

Live Implant Training offers several world-renown 7-day live implant surgery continuums for novice and intermediate doctors to enhance their skills by working on patients at their level.

Implant Seminars

Implant Seminars is a leader in continuing post-graduate dental education. Their goal is simple but profound: help make you the best dental implantologist possible. That means imparting to you the knowledge - and the confidence - to perform implant and/or related advanced procedures you never thought you'd accomplish.

Implant Seminars offers accelerated implant dentistry education with advanced programs designed to empower you and solidify your understanding and expertise. They have the best hands-on dental training program with live surgical patients, with virtual options available for beginner and advanced courses.

Implant Education Company

Implant Education Company offers dental implant training to dentists starting out their journey to dentists looking to advance their skill set to offer patients more advanced cases. Whether you are looking to learn the fundamentals and gain experience or if you have placed hundreds and are interested in mastery, Implant Education Company will meet your needs.

Implant Education Company offers live surgical dental implant training inside the US. Coupled with didactic training, you will treat live patients under the guidance of our expert instructors in small student to teacher ratios. We will have two instructors to six attending dentists to ensure that you get the direction and coaching that you need to be successful in implant dentistry.

Hiossen AIC

Globally for over 20 years, Hiossen AIC has set the standards for dental implant education for all skill levels, training, and support. Even after you complete your courses, the education center continues to support general practitioners with implantology resources. 

AIC has carefully selected dental implant course directors, faculties, instruments, and lecture rooms to compile the course curriculum to train and raise the best implant masters in the market. Annually, more than 500 local courses are offered in various locations from the east coast to the west coast.

Nobel Biocare

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations. Our goal is to empower dental professionals to give quality of life back to their patients. Nobel Biocare supports its customers through all phases of professional development, offering world-class training and education along with practice support and patient information materials. 

Nobel Biocare offers advancement at every level with expert training tailored to your experience. They deliver progressive education courses and events for clinicians and dental professionals at any stage of the implantology journey, from beginner to expert. At this time there are no live events scheduled for 2021 Nobel Biocare dental implant CE courses, but check back if they’re the right resource for you.

Implant Educators

Implant Educators co-directors will continue to help you long after you have finished the course, because “Mentorship is the key to learning.” This ongoing support makes them different. Implant Educators looks forward to helping you to reach your goals in implant dentistry. When you learn why, when and how to place and restore dental implants, you can easily incorporate them into your practice. 

Implant Educators offers a variety of dental implant CE courses from a full 7 month implant continuum to one day courses on a variety of implant and dental topics.

Implant Pathway

Implant Pathway is a continuing education program that focuses entirely on the surgical placement of dental implants. Implant Pathway was founded and is directed by one of the most credentialed Implantologists in the country, Justin D. Moody, DDS.

Learn implant dentistry in three or four sessions with the Implant Pathway continuum.

Adjust your marketing to attract more dental implant cases.

For implant dentists that are interested in attracting more dental implant cases, it's important to adjust your marketing message to target your ideal patients. Dialing in your implant practice marketing can be a daunting process, but it's key to earning the return on your time and financial investment in dental implant education.

Finding the right marketing partner to work with can allow you to keep your focus on the high-impact procedures you've added to your practice. To learn more about how Driven Dental Implant Marketing can help you consistently generate a flow of prequalified dental implant leads, book a strategy call with us today.


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