Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the Straumann Clinical Mentoring however, if you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why do I need to become involved with a Mentor and why can't I proceed with implant dentistry straight away?

It is really important that you are well prepared for implant dentistry and familiarise yourself with the well-recognised “SAC classification in Implant Dentistry”. Providing a guideline for surgical and restorative cases, it advises that a clinician should first become familiar with the provision of Straightforward (S) cases before moving onto Advanced (A) and Complex (C). The recommendation is that you should be guided through your first 50 Straightforward cases, followed by 50 Advanced cases and then finally your first 50 Complex cases. This means that even if you have placed 50 Straightforward implants successfully and without significant issues, you are still not ready to move onto Complex cases without assistance.

Why should I invest in Mentoring?

Mentoring is one of the most effective and successful ways to introduce implant dentistry into your practice. The costs associated with this are related to the clinicians’ Mentoring time and the expertise required. With the right advice, it is easy to work out the dynamics of cost over time and how introducing implants would benefit your practice in the long term.

Who are the Mentors?

They are experienced dental implant clinicians who have mentored before and have been assessed fully for their suitability and mentoring skills.

Can I choose my Mentor?

A Mentor will be assigned to you based on your location. Of course there will be other considerations including personal preference and clinical experience.

Where does the Mentoring take place?

At your own practice. Your Mentor will come to your practice to mentor you on your own patient/s after careful preoperative planning and discussion with the area hub (either Northern or Southern hub). In some situations the Mentoring can take place at the Mentor’s practice, but this will require approval from all parties.

How will I transfer information and cases to my Mentor?

There is an online data platform that allows you to transfer the relevant material to your Mentors in advance of cases being discussed and worked upon. This means you can upload information at a time that suits you and allows your Mentor to study the information at a time that suits them. This protects the relationship overall and means that everybody knows what situation exists for the transfer of information.

Do I need specific equipment and how do I obtain this?

The hub will be able to help specify the required instrument lists and materials that are required. The Mentee will arrange for all the materials, implants, biomaterials and consumables to be present on the day for the case in conjunction with the hub.

How will my relationship with my Mentor develop over time?

It is hoped that with Complex cases you will be able to refer those onto your Mentor and be able to watch the planning and execution of these cases, adding to your learning. We genuinely hope that all our mentees develop a long-term relationship both with their Mentors and the Straumann Clinical Mentoring Programme and in the end are in a position to be able to become Mentors themselves once they become more experienced and qualified.

What if I don't approve of my Mentor?

We understand that not everyone always gets along, however a strong relationship with your Mentor is key to the success of a positive Mentor programme. We have a number of Mentors available and it is possible to swap and change Mentors as personalities dictate.

What if I am unsure of the charges to pay my Mentor?</>

All charges and financial arrangements within the Straumann Clinical Mentoring Programme are set in advance. They are standardised and everyone pays the same.

Are there any additional costs payable to Straumann Mentoring other than the daily rate?

No – except the materials costs that are to be covered by the mentee. The required instrument list and expendables list is available upon request.

What happens if any of my patients are unable to attend at the last minute and no replacement can be found?

If the session has to be cancelled then the Mentor has the right to collect the fee however, this can be agreed locally between the Mentor and mentee.

How do I pay my Mentor?</>

Payments are to be made directly to the Mentor hub. You can pay a number of ways:

1. By debit or credit card over the telephone

2. By cheque

3. By BACS

When making a payment, please email to confirm how you have paid.