Certificate in Dental Implant Nursing


This course is available as an online programme with workplace support and can be started anytime. The examination for this course is provided twice yearly by the NEBDN in March and September. Applicants must work in an environment where dental implants are regularly undertaken to fulfil the requirements of the Record of Competence. A minimum of 25 cases will be required to complete the programme. Applications are not accepted from dental nurses who do not hold a registrable qualification.


The Certificate in Dental Implant Nursing is a new qualification suitable for dental nurses who assist in the surgery during the provision of dental implants. This course is only suitable for candidates engaged in this type of work on a regular basis.

Dental nurses must meet the following criteria in order to access this programme:

  • Hold a recognised dental nurse qualification (Delta Dental does not accept applications from dental nurses who are registered but not qualified)
  • Hold current GDC registration
  • Be able to access dental implant treatments
  • Provide the name and details of a suitably qualified mentor (usually a dental surgeon)

The course fee is £786.00 including exam fee and VAT at 20%. It is also recommended that you purchase the textbook: Implant Dental Nursing by Mary Miller.

In addition to the course work, you will be expected to put together a Record of Competence detailing the provision of treatments and associated activities to a variety of patients. The deadline for completion of this is two months prior to your chosen exam date.

During the programme, your progress will be checked on a monthly basis, or at shorter time intervals if necessary.

To assist in your studies you will be asked to provide the contact details of a suitable mentor within the dental practice. This person will be a dental surgeon. This person will be expected to work with you to provide practical support throughout the programme.

This course also qualifies for verifiable CPD.

If you have any further questions please contact info@deltadental.uk

Course content

  • Health and safety
  • Infection Control and Decontamination
  • Record Keeping
  • Medico Legal issues
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Oral Health in implant therapy
  • Implant treatment planning
  • The role of chairside and surgical support
  • Instrumentation, equipment and materials
  • Implant treatment
  • Interdisciplinary roles
  • Advanced surgical procedures

Clinical skills

  • Prepare the environment
    • Select the appropriate equipment and items for the procedure
    • Check all relevant equipment is in working order
    • Identify faulty equipment and follow established protocols
    • Position equipment appropriately for the procedure
  • Receive and prepare patient for treatment
  • Provide close support during treatment
  • Monitor patient and report any deviation from acceptable physiological parameters
  • Provide appropriate clinical and electromechanical monitoring
  • Safe disposal of sharps/contaminated items
  • Surgical procedures – fixed placement procedures and augmentation
  • Restorative cases – crowns, bridges and dentures
  • Implant maintenance
  • Clinical photography, intra and extra oral
  • Impression taking


  • Significance of the medical history
  • Consent
  • Pre and post-operative instructions
  • COSHH and Health and Safety regulations

Assist with management of complications/emergencies

  • Establish and maintain airway
  • Provide effective Basic Life Support (+/- airway adjuncts)
  • Select emergency drugs and make ready for use
  • Ability to remain calm, decisive and purposeful whilst handling difficulties or emergencies
  • Appreciation of the need for keeping knowledge and skills up to date

The course assessment involves completion of a Record of Competence and an examination.

The examination for this course is provided by the NEBDN in March and September. The exam consists of a 90 minute written component.

An up to date syllabus for this course can be found on the NEBDN website