Standards in Dentistry is a comprehensive manual bringing together standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry, and is the Faculty's flagship publication for general dental practitioners and their teams. 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
- management of acute pain
- direct (plastic), coronal and root surface restorations
- indirect coronal restorations (crowns, bridges, onlays, veneers)
- 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
- patient information
- practice management
- restorative dentistry
- risk management and communication
- special care dentistry
- staff training
Standards in Dentistry combines the functions of two of the FGDP(UK)'s previous publications, Self-Assessment Manual and Standards (SAMS) and Guidelines for Structure and Process in Dental Practice, and the first edition, edited by Kenneth Eaton, was published in 2006. The current (second) edition was compiled by a team of authors at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry led by Professor David Moles, who have fully revised and updated it to reflect the contemporary clinical, organisational and dento-legal contexts in which dentistry is practised, as well as changes in the evidence base over the intervening years.
The standards in the new edition are focussed on practitioner processes rather than treatment outcomes, descriptions of the ‘unacceptable’ have been dispensed with, and the book adopts the Faculty's ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) notation for the grading of recommendations, which is also used in Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping and Dementia-Friendly Dentistry. Standards for making and receiving referrals, and for oral medicine, have been introduced, and the book includes a section on keeping up-to-date with changing guidelines and standards over time.
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