standards in dentistryThe Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has published its second edition of Standards in Dentistry.

Its publication aims to sets the standards relevant to primary dental care, including:

  • Consultation and diagnosis
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Management of acute pain
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Removable of partial dentures
  • Complete dentures
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Implant dentistry
  • Management of dental trauma
  • Direct, coronal and root surface restorations
  • Indirect coronal restorations.

‘The Faculty’s core function is to raise the standards of care delivered to patients,’ Ian Mills, dean of FGDP(UK), said.

‘The provision of guidance and standards by dentists, for dentists, is central to this.

‘This is an indispensable reference guide, which will assist the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care.’

A changing dental world

Standards in Dentistry has been compiled by Professor David Moles, after consultations with a range of national dental bodies.

Updates to the standards have come about due to changes in the clinical, organisation and dentolegal world dentistry is practised.

The standards focus on practitioner processes rather than outcomes, with ‘unacceptable’ descriptions being removed from the publication.

‘The team at Peninsula Dental School are honoured to have been offered the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive update of the standards,’ Professor David Moles FGDP(UK), editor of Standards in Dentistry, said.

‘We would like to thank all the individuals and organisations that have generously given their time and expertise.

‘In some cases we have had to resolve strongly-held but contradictory views held by peer-reviewers.

‘This is an indication of the extent to which members of our profession care passionately about the standards of care we all endeavour to provide.

‘It also illustrates the subjective nature of clinical practice.

‘Whilst the evidence base for primary care dentistry is constantly improving, it is clear that much remains almost as much an art as a science.’


FGDP(UK) is distributing copied of Standards in Dentistry to all its members, and new members who join this year.

Non-members can buy it for £44.99 at www.fgdp.org.uk/shop.


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