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New course to secure dental aesthetic standards

13th February 2008

A new course has been set up to allow dentists to gain qualifications in dental aesthetics, news resource Dentistry reports.

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGPD) (UK) is running the 18-month course, completion of which gives the professional an Advanced Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry.

Professor Mike Mulcahy, an erstwhile dean of the FGDP (UK) and the course director of its Diploma in Restorative Dentistry, said patients are not being given the level of treatment they should.

He told the publication that patient demand has “fuelled a proliferation of dentists, and also non-dental professionals, offering cosmetic procedures without the appropriate training and accreditation”.

In the past, research carried out by the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry and published in the British Dental Association Journal has suggested an increased concern over dental aesthetics had led many patients to request white composite fillings.

However, the study also revealed that 81 per cent of dentists believed this trend had caused the cost of dental care to rise.

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