Frequently Asked Questions
These questions represent some of the common membership queries. If the answer is not here then please contact SADA or Dental Protection directly and we will be pleased to answer your questions.
I am placing some implants and intend to undertake some bone harvesting. Should I pay a maxillofacial subscription?
If the bone is harvested intra-orally and with an intra-oral approach then this falls within the definition of dento-alveolar surgery. If the bone is taken from elsewhere in the body or requires an extra-oral approach then this is a maxillofacial procedure.
How do I know if I need to pay a maxillofacial subscription?
Maxillofacial surgery is all surgery that cannot be classified as dento-alveolar surgery. Dento-alveolar surgery involves surgery to intra-oral tissues, teeth and tooth-bearing bone, i.e. mandible and maxilla only. This includes procedures such as:
- Exodontia including wisdom teeth removal
- Minor cyst removal
- Dental cyst removal
- Placement of dental implants (excluding sinus lifts or bone augmentation which involves the floor of the sinus, or extra-oral bone harvesting, all of which are regarded as maxillofacial procedures)
- Minor pre-prosthetic surgery
Maxillofacial procedures include:
- Extra-oral procedures to the face, head and neck
- Excision of maxilla
- Prosthetic replacement of temporomandibular joints including arthroplasty
- Reconstruction with axial and microvascular flaps
- Blocked section
- Surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Surgery involving the orbital complex
- Rhinoplasty (other than immediate trauma after care)
- Facial cosmetic surgery including face lifts, dermabrasion, otoplasty, blethroplasty and liposuction
Cosmetic surgery that does not form part of the training programme for maxillofacial surgery does not fall within the scope of maxillofacial membership grades.
What grade do I choose if I wish to carry out a treatment involving Botox for cosmetic purposes?
It is recognised that many dentists carry out some cosmetic and adjunctive procedures. There is an increasing use of Botox and other types of cosmetic treatments. There is a debate at present as to whether this constitutes the practise of dentistry or not. However, Dental Protection’s view is that dentists are best placed to provide these procedures provided they have had suitable training. The grades that would be required for this type of procedure would be YDE, PSF, DPF, YDU and O50.
I want to work in the UK as a locum – what membership grade do I need?
The cost of accessing indemnity in the UK is over 10 times that of a South African subscription and therefore a further subscription would be required. If you are moving to the UK for a single locum period then it is possible to do this with a temporary membership.
If you intend to provide locum cover on a number of occasions over a year then it may be better to take out a UK membership which may indemnify you for your work in South Africa.
Please contact us to discuss the best way to meet your membership needs.