The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the operative skills of newly-qualified dentists, as well as experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Course participants will develop the technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical operative dentistry effectively and efficiently.
Topics covered include restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the non-vital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry related topics.
This two year part-time postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning. Course participants will study the applied science of operative dentistry and acquire clinical and practical skills in operative dentistry. This training will be delivered at King’s College Dental Hospital, Denmark Hill (attending between 22 and 26 days per year).
It is specifically designed for dentists already working in dental practice using patients from both their practice and the hospital to develop a reflective log of treatment which will form a major part of their course assessment.
Designed by the Department of Restorative Dentistry, the Operative Dentistry programme will be led by Aws Alani (course director), and alongside well-known visiting teachers, the following practitioners or specialists will also contribute to the programme: Sonia Alam, Irene Kaimakamis, Martin Kelleher, Mahul Patel, Mark Packer, Ravi Chauhan, Lakshmi Rasaratnum, Arwa Khaburi, Tony Perkins, Rowland Gardener and Lloyd Searson.
The course offers a breadth of expertise, covering topics such as restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin-bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the nonvital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry-related topics. We aim to give you a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry, whether you are a newly-qualified dentist or an experienced practitioner. You will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable you to transfer your knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance your practice.
The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate their knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance their operative dentistry.
We will provide you with world-class teaching from leading experts in the field, combining practical and academic work.
Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.
For your Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry modules, half of your assessment will be through written case reports and half through unseen clinical cases. For your Applied Science of Operative Dentistry modules half of your assessment will be through unseen exams and the other half through unseen clinical cases.
Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc (AMID) provides a beneficial clinical and business approach to tooth-preserving caries management in dental practice. Our programme is designed for dentists and Dental Care Professionals to develop minimum intervention preventive and tooth-preserving operative, patient management and practice management skills. The course will give you the tools to maximise both the clinical effectiveness and financial potential of your dental practice.
This innovative MSc is structured to meet your professional development needs with minimal disruption to family and work commitments, while enabling you to gain a higher qualification from King’s.
We are offering this course in response to the dental profession’s push towards a minimum intervention, preventive approach to caring for patients' oral health in general and private practice all over the world.
Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry programme, open to dentists and therapists, provides the latest evidence-based knowledge in minimum intervention/minimally invasive dentistry and enables students to integrate this patient care philosophy into their dental practice. There is focus on using the team of dental care professionals to assist in delivery, on suitable marketing strategies, and on learning practice-based research methodology.
You will study and practice the latest minimally invasive remineralising and tooth preserving operative technologies, and adhesive restorative materials and techniques, to prevent, manage and treat dental disease aesthetically.
The programme will give you:
The programme is taught by a world-renowned, expert team of clinical academics and practising clinicians, based both in the UK and internationally, and led by Professor Avijit Banerjee. The course has support from several leading dental industry companies that may provide relevant dental materials and equipment for your dental practice during the programme.
Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, care planning, care plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.
Intensive face-to-face training blocks
The course features a compulsory block of face-to-face teaching and practical training in London during year one for five days, and in year two for seven days. During these blocks you will receive clinical skills training under expert supervision at our Guy’s Campus in the Dental Institute’s state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Guy’s Hospital. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year.
You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice.
60% of your first and second year modules will be assessed through exams and 40% through in-course assessment, with the exception of Operative Dentistry – clinical skills, which is assessed through a practical exercise and accompanying written paper. Your final-year modules will be assessed through a clinical case portfolio and a dissertation.
You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.