Course information


  • First Course 5 April 2018
  • Second Course 3 May 2018
  • Third Course 7 June 2018
  • Fourth Course 2 August 2018
  • Fifth Course 6 September 2018
  • Sixth Course 4 October 2018
Each session will start at 18:00

The first days in private practice can be extremely daunting. The stress of interacting with a new boss, staff & colleagues, schedule pressures and the small part of actually doing dentistry on your first patient is enough to give anyone sleepless nights.

The Bridge Program aims to give young dentists the tools to bridge the gap between University & community service towards their new careers in private practice. The modular program will introduce young dentists to the world of dental business; give tips on how to interact with staff and colleagues while learning how to build a treatment plan that incorporates the latest tools needed to perform clinical procedures with confidence.

The topics:

Module 1 - Your first patient:

  • From the first greeting to comprehensive treatment. How to take your patient on a journey of dentistry.
  • Diagnosing and planning in a step-by-step manner
  • Implementing the plan wisely

Module 2 - The business of dentistry

  • Introduction into private practice
  • Medical aid vs. private
  • Commission structures & starting your own business
  • VAT, PAYE, Insurance, Disability, retirement – what does it really mean

Module 3 - Simple Posterior direct restorations

  • Material choices, Cavity prep, Isolation, Bonding – the tools to success
  • Bulk Fill vs. Layering – what should I use and why
  • Getting the perfect contact - every time

Module 4 - Aesthetic Anterior direct restorations

  • The easiest way to wow patients – made even easier
  • The basics of anterior failure – envelope of function and how occlusion works in the front
  • The techniques to Simple and beautiful anterior restorations

Module 5 - Conservative Posterior ceramic restorations

  • The crown is dead – long live the tooth. How minimalistic porcelain restorations can make teeth and restorations last longer
  • The techniques to make all porcelain restorations that last
  • The ABC of bonding porcelain

Module 6 - Beautiful Anterior ceramic restorations

  • Using all porcelain restorations to create beautiful smiles
  • Planning and design – when to & when not to: The Choices
  • How a wax-up and a great lab can help

Venue: Ivodent Training Centre