Standards in dentistry

Standards in Dentistry is a comprehensive manual bringing together standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry.

Acting as a guide to personal or practice-based quality assessment, it is an indispensable compendium for the conscientious oral health professional, and sets out specific basic and aspirational standards covering:

  • consultation and diagnosis
  • making and receiving referrals
  • paediatric dentistry
  • orthodontics
  • management of acute pain
  • periodontics
  • direct (plastic), coronal and root surface restorations
  • indirect coronal restorations (crowns, bridges, onlays, veneers)
  • endodontics
  • removable partial dentures
  • complete dentures
  • oral medicine
  • minor oral surgery
  • implant dentistry
  • management of dental trauma

It also summarises almost 70 standards and guidelines publications by the FGDP(UK) and 30 other organisations relating to the above areas and to:

  • emergency dental care
  • examination and record-keeping
  • infection prevention and control
  • medical emergencies
  • medications management
  • oral health
  • pathology
  • patient information
  • practice management
  • prevention
  • radiography
  • restorative dentistry
  • risk management and communication
  • sedation
  • special care dentistry
  • staff training

Standards in Dentistry combines the functions of two previous FGDP(UK) publications, Self-Assessment Manual and Standards (SAMS) and Guidelines for Structure and Process in Dental Practice, and the first edition was edited by Kenneth Eaton and published in 2006.

The second edition, published in 2018, is the result of a complete revision to reflect the contemporary clinical, organisational and dento-legal contexts in which dentistry is now practised, as well as changes in the evidence base over the intervening years.

Standards in Dentistry is available in the following formats:

  • Print (coming soon)
  • Online

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