CBCT study day 2022 – last day of 21-22!

 Thursday 21st July 2022 marked the last session of the 21-22 academic year for our students. After the past two years of uncertainty, suspended programmes and quick changes, we have thoroughly enjoyed having a full academic year back in uni and on clinics with our lovely students!

The last day of term for Year One is our CBCT study day with Specialist in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bhagyalakshmi Batchu. Bhagy is a UK registered specialist and works as a Consultant and Clinical Lead at King’s College Hospital. CBCT is a passion of hers, but her special interests extend to ultrasound scans of salivary glands and neck and ultrasound guided biopsies.

The students got to enjoy a day of lectures and bring their own cases for Bhagy to asses and share her expertise. Thank you Bhagy for all your support and for giving our students the perfect send off into summer.

Our September 2022 cohort is now full and we can’t wait for the new academic to begin – have a lovely summer and see you all soon!

Graduation 2022

After years of delays, lockdowns and dissertations, our graduating students from 2020/21 have finally been able to have the graduation ceremony they deserve!

Graduates attended the ceremony on Tuesday 12th July 2022 (during a week long heatwave, I don’t envy their gowns!), and we are so proud of them for all of their achievements.

The MSc Dental Implantology’s Programme Director, Jonathon Schofield, was able to attend and wave our graduates on and present them with their very own surgical caps with the University of Bristol logo on the front for them to remember us by!

Good luck graduates, we can’t wait to hear from you in the future!


Unit 9 – Prosthodontics 2

Last week, our Year 2 students had an invaluable two days with Neel Patel and Akit Patel, both Specialist Prosthodontists, looking at more advanced aspects of fixed and removable implant restorations.

Theoretical learning interspersed exquisitely photographed case studies and videos which provided our Year 2s with the best footing for the hands-on sessions that followed on day two.

The hands-on sessions included a transfer of the soft tissue profile from a provisional to the definitive restoration and how to use, impression and pick up attachments used in implant retained overdentures.

We are so grateful to have such talented external speakers lecturing on the MSc Dental Implantology course at the University of Bristol and we couldn’t thank them enough for all the work they do.

Implant Surgery Week

New year, new implants – Implant Surgery Week

For most, January means cold nights and boxing up Christmas decorations, for us on the MSc Dental Implantology, it means Implant Surgery Week!

For our Year 1s and 2s, it’s a whole week dedicated to the surgical placement of their implants.

These weeks are crucial for our students as it’s when they get to complete the implant surgery they have spent the first half of the year prepping for. Our students get to assist and observe each others surgeries too, maximising the opportunity for learning as much as possible.

Even though that can be a lot of pressure, our students wow us with their dedication and focus, and most importantly care for the patients they treat.

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of the incredible staff at The Dental Implant Clinic, the privately owned clinic in Bath that the MSc runs out of. We are so grateful for all the work you do!


Implant Surgery 2

Christmas is swiftly approaching and with it comes our fantastic Implant Surgery 2 unit.

Unit information

The unit focuses on bone biology and bone protective therapy, surgical manipulation of soft tissue and periodontal and peri implant health, conditions and diseases with a mix of theoretical and hands on practical sessions split over two days.

Who is involved?

Our students got the chance to work with industry leaders Nicholas Claydon and Nicola West who provided close supervision within the high spec facilities at the School of Anatomy labs. The students got stuck into the practical work, as you can see, and put their theoretical learning into practice!

Are you interested in honing your microsurgical skills? Go to the Dental Implantology page to find out more.



BJOMS publication

I’m sure we can all agree that this year we need good news stories more than ever. Please join us in celebrating the incredible news that one of our own alumni, Bizhan Shokouhi (graduating class 2019) has had his dissertation ‘Radiotherapy and the survival of dental implants: a systematic review’ (Bizhan Shokouhi, Tanya Cerajewska) published in the BJOMS.

The BJOMS have provided a free link for you to read the article (for a limited time only) or alternatively, you can read at your leisure if you have a BJOMS login.

This is a fantastic achievement and the team on the MSc Dental Implantology couldn’t be prouder.

Well done, Bizhan!


Bizhan Shokouhi and his dissertation supervisor, Tanya Cerajewska

Short Courses: Sinus Grafting

The Sinus Grafting short course is returning to the University of Bristol next year!

We are looking forward to welcoming applicants who want to learn basic skills in sinus grafts at the University of Bristol Sinus Grafting short course. Split over two days, attendees will experience a seamless blend of theoretical and practical learning, covering detailed planning, assessment and execution of the sinus bone graft and a hands-on practice of lateral window technique on deer head specimens.

Based at the UK’s only Centre for Applied Anatomy, here at the University of Bristol, all attendees will receive CPD and the chance to learn from some of the industry’s most talented clinicians:

Jonathon Schofield (BDS, DPDS, MFGDP, MSc, Programme Director of the MSc Dental Implantology at University of Bristol)
Chong Lim (BDS, MSc (Perio and Dental Implantology), Specialist in Periodontology)
Freya Smith-Jack (BDS, MFDS, DDMFR)
Lizzie King (BDS MSc MFDS RCSEd, FDS, RCSEd)

The course is running from 17th March 2022 – 18th March 2022. Learn more and book your tickets here. 

Sinus Grafting Course 2022 leaflet

Clinical Skills Lab

The Year 1 students completed their Phantom head study day on Wednesday 17th November 2021 (if you want to find out more about it, read Year 1 – Clinical Skills article) with the support of our two incredible Clinical Skills Dental Nurses, Adele (pictured on the left) and Natasha (on the right). A huge thank you to you both!

The Clinical Skills Lab is an instrumental part to our students learning where they get to practice implant placements and suture techniques on mannikin heads, all with support from Straumann.

Year 1 – Clinical Skills

Year 1 were in the Clinical Skills Lab on Wednesday 17th November 2021. This day was all about learning the drilling sequence and placing restoratively driven implants in a phantom head using a surgical guide. The models had latex gums so the students could practice retraction skills as well.

Grace organised most of the day…thank you!! We also had great help from Natasha and Adele in the CSL. Pratik Patel And Steph Dickinson are both MSc graduates and they kindly agreed to come and assist.

Photo 1: Yalda and Kiran working well together

Photo 2: Pratik watching carefully over Hannah and Sinthu

Photo 3: Saidul and Paul with an excellent display of four handed dentistry