Short Course in Periodontics

Shortcourse in Periodontics

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Applications for Cohort 7 of the Short Course in Periodontics are CLOSED. To be notified of our next recruitment please email quoting SCP 2017 in the subject heading.


Why choose this course?

The FGDP(UK)'s Short Course in Periodontics is a unique four day practical course, enabling you to get excellent training of contemporary periodontal management in practice.
This high quality postgraduate dental course will give you the confidence to offer surgical treatment options for both periodontally-diseased and periodontally-healthy patients.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at

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Course syllabus

The course takes place in two parts, each being two days in length and held on a Friday and Saturday to minimise the amount of time that participants need to be away from their practice.

The theory and practical sections of the short course are divided as follows;


  • Adequately document a patients' periodontal health

  • Assess risk factors for periodontal disease on an individual patient basis

  • Understand the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and its management

  • Effectively treatment plan patients presenting with periodontal disease within the context of a comprehensive restorative treatment plan

  • Understand the role of the patient in disease control and how to motivate patients

  • Use contemporary non-surgical techniques in disease control

  • Recognise presenting conditions that require the use of antimicrobials

  • Diagnose and effectively treat periodontic /endodontic lesions


  • Understand the indications for surgical periodontal treatment

  • Carry out basic flap surgery

  • Perform root resection surgery

  • Perform periodontal regenerative surgery

  • Perform crown lengthening surgery

  • Perform simple grafting surgery

Find out more about our world class lecturer here.

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Application criteria

To be eligible for this programme, applicants will need to hold current registration with the General Dental Council (UK) or equivalent in another country and have been qualified for at least two years.

This extremely popular course has only 20 places available and allocation is on a first come first served basis.

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Quotes and recommendations

  • “Very good insight into what is new and relevant.”

  • “Extremely pleased – excellent course.”

  • “Surgeries practical was very useful, demo quality is excellent, 2 supervising professionals provide excellent one-on-one learning approach.”

  • “Thank you to Phil and Ian for making Perio enjoyable and bringing back confidence to my practice.”

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Lecturers and Course Tutors

Philip Ower - Course Lecturer

Phil was the RAF Adviser in Periodontology, running the RAF School of Dental Hygiene.  After leaving the RAF he worked in several specialist practices and, for 10 years, worked alongside the renowned Bernie Kieser at the Periodontal Practice in London.   He now practices exclusively at the Briars Dental Centre in Newbury.

He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MGDS) and has served two terms on the Council of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP). He is about to start a third term on the BSP Council prior to his Presidency of the BSP in 2015-16.

Phil was the Guest Editor for the August 2014 issue of the Primary Dental Journal on Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy. Phil has had papers published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Dental Update, Dental Practice and Independent Dentistry and has served on the editorial boards of Primary Dental Care and Dental Health. He is a Module editor on the eDen project for e-Learning for Healthcare and is currently editing a new undergraduate textbook for the publisher Elsevier.

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Important course information


Please click here for our most up-to-date prospectus.


Applications are closed. To be contacted when applications re open please email

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Frequently asked questions

‘How many sessions or units are there?’

Short Course in Periodontics takes place in two parts, over two Friday-and-Saturday sessions in London.

‘When is the deadline for applications?’

This extremely popular course has only 20 places available and allocation is on a first come first served basis.

‘What are the current costings for the course?’


The fees for the course are as follows;

  • FGDP (UK) Member - £1,600.

  • Non-members - £1,800.


‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’

 At present, we do not offer Short Course in Periodontics as a distance learning course; this part-time course in two parts must be attended in person at the Royal College of Surgeons, here in London.



‘I am an international student; can I apply for Short Course in Periodontics?’

 Yes, the Short Course in Periodontics welcomes international students.


A candidate must have registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) or the equivalent body in their own country.

 If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at

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