standards in dentistryThe Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FGDP(UK)) has launched Standards in Dentistry, now freely available online.

Standards in Dentistry is a comprehensive collection of standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry.

Furthermore it sets out specific basic and aspirational standards covering:

  • Consultation and diagnosis
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Management of acute pain
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Complete dentures
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Implant dentistry
  • Management of dental trauma
  • Making and receiving referrals
  • Oral medicine
  • 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 therefore central to this.’

Standards in Dentistry ‘indispensable’

Professor David Moles led a team of experts to help put together Standards in Dentistry.

The team was created to reflect the clinical, organisational and dentolegal contexts in which dentistry is practised.

The publication also summarises almost 70 standards and guidelines publications by the Faculty and 30 other organisations.

Standards in Dentistry is an indispensable reference guide, which assists the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care.

‘We’re delighted to be able to make it freely available for the benefit of all dentists, dental practices and their patients.’

Freely available

The FGDP(UK) published the standards and charged for printed copies in September, however the standards are now freely available online.

It has made the move, it claims, to raise the standards of care delivered to patients.

‘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 when they were first launched.

‘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.’

Standards in Dentistry is available to freely download from www.fgdp.org.uk/guidance-standards.