The Dental Specialities

The General Dental Council currently recognise 13 different dental specialities and quality assure, through HEE and the Postgraduate Dental Deans, the training programmes that lead to a Certificate of Completion of Speciality Training (CCST) and entry on to a GDC Specialist List. The GDC also define the minimum entry criteria and approve the curricula and assessment frameworks.

The “essential” entry criteria to Specialist Training can be locally or nationally determined and often vary from the GDCs minimum requirements.

Speciality

Length of Training
(years)

Notes

Dental Public Health

4 (5)

 

Oral Surgery

3

 

Paediatric Dentistry

3 (+2)

2 year, post-CCST training available

Orthodontics

3 (+2)

2 year, post-CCST training available

Restorative Dentistry

5

 

Special Care Dentistry

3

 

Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology

5

 

Oral Medicine

5

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Histopathology

5

 

Oral Microbiology

5

Currently under review

Endodontics

3

NIHR academic funded posts only

Periodontics

3

Prosthodontics

3

 

Why train to be a Specialist?

Whist the great majority of dental graduates look forward to a career providing a full range of oral health care to patients in general dental practice, there are a significant number who have a specific interest in an aspect of dentistry which they wish to pursue to a specialist level.  For those, the most predictable way of achieving specialist status is to gain entry on to one of the speciality training programmes, which are available in London and in many other parts of the UK.

Gaining entry on to a Specialist Training Programme

Those interested in applying for entry on to a specialist training programme need to fulfil both the GDC entry criteria and the national / local essential criteria, all of which will be detailed on the “Person Specification” that is made available at the time of advertisement. The advertisement is always posted on the websites of NHS Jobs and HEE London and is open for 28 days. What time of the year training posts become available is dependent upon when vacancies arise and the specific speciality.

Academic Training

In addition to the Speciality Training Posts detailed above, there are occasions when academic speciality training posts become available. These are designed to facilitate the career progression of dentists with a particular interest in research and teaching. When they become available, they are advertised on the websites mentioned above.

Training Programme Directors

  •  Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology - Bethan Thomas
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology  - Kim Piper
  • Oral Medicine TPD - Roddy McMillan
  • Orthodontics (KCH & EDH Programmes) - Claire Hepworth
  • Orthodontics (Barts and GSTT Programmes) - Lucy Davenport-Jones
  • Restorative TPD - Kalpesh Bhavisha
  • Paediatric Dentistry TPD - Thayalan Kandiah
  • Oral Surgery TPD - Kiran Beneng
  •  Endodontics - Federico Foschi
  •  Periodontics - Dominiki Chatzolpolou
  • Prosthodontics - Kalpesh Bavisha
  • Special Care Dentistry -         Navdeep Kumar
  • Dental Public Health - Huda Yusuf

Recommended References

Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology

Dental Public Health

Endodontics

Oral and Maxillofacial Histopathology

Oral Medicine

Oral Surgery

Orthodontics

Paediatric Dentistry

Periodontics

Prosthodontics

Restorative Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry

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