FGDP Standards in Dentistry


The Faculty of General Dental Practice

The FGDP have released the second edition of its flagship publication “Standards in Dentistry”. This guide for General Dental Practitioners and their teams sets out specific standards and guidance for a primary dental setting.

Specific standards include:

  • 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
  • Direct, coronal, and root surface restorations
  • Indirect coronal restorations
  • Oral medicine
  • Making and receiving referrals

This edition replaces the original publication of Standards in Dentistry which was written in 2006.

This 2018 edition is written by David Moles PhD, BDS, MSc, MSc (hons.) and his author group from Peninsula Dental School. The standards in this new edition encapsulate almost 70 standards and guidelines published by FGDP (UK) and 30 other organisations. The new publication contains fully revised and updated standards in Dentistry, it reflects clinical, organisational, dento-legal, and evidence-based factors to emphasise the evolving responsibilities of the Dental profession.

The Second Edition

The second edition is structured in a similar manner to the 2006 edition and splits clinical standards and guidelines for structure and process in dental practice, but also includes an area within the publication with the most relevant guidelines and hints and tips for quick reference for practitioners.

Standardisation of clinical standards have been compiled in relation to patient contact including:

  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Consent
  • Control of active disease
  • Prognostic indicators

There is also reference to the GDC Standards for the Dental Team, BDA Good Practice, HSE, MHRA, DAMAS, and CQC to name a few and the FGDP (UK) has compiled its own “Key skills” framework in relation to these regulators.

“The FGDP (UK) has developed its own framework to highlight key areas of clinical governance that will help Dentists at any stage of their career achieve a quality standard endorsed by the FGDP (UK) and demonstrate compliance that their practice is compliant in these areas. The key skills are:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Clinical record keeping
  • Radiography
  • Legislation and good practice guidelines
  • Team training
  • Risk management and communication”

Celebrating the publication of the new edition, Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP (UK) said:

“The Faculty’s core function is to raise the standards of care delivered to patients, and the provision of guidance and standards by Dentists, for Dentists, is central to this. On behalf of the FGDP (UK), I would like to thank David Moles and his colleagues for their tireless dedication in compiling the second edition of Standards in Dentistry. It is an indispensable reference guide which will assist the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care.”

The new edition has been sent to all members of FGDP UK and is available to purchase at the FGDP UK shop for non-members for £44.99 at their online shop click here >

ByRick Craven