Specialty Training

There are 13 Specialist Lists in Dentistry maintained by the General Dental Council.  In Northern Ireland we are currently delivering training in some of these disciplines that are essentially delivered by Consultants through the Hospital Dental Service bases:

Oral Surgery

This is concerned with the treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention. This includes the specialty previously called Surgical Dentistry. There is a three year training programme leading to the award of the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.

Name and Position
John Marley Training Programme Director


This is the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, occlusion and jaw relationships.

Name and Position
Ciara Campbell Training Programme Director

Paediatric Dentistry

This is concerned with comprehensive therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through adolescence, including care for those who demonstrate intellectual, medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional problems.

Name and Position
Karen Humphreys Training Programme Director

Restorative Dentistry

This deals with the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function.  It deals with all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics which can be defined as follows:

  • Endodontics: This is concerned with the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
  • Periodontics: The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.
  • Prosthodontics: The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.
Name and Position
Mark Lappin Training Programme Director

The Dental Gold Guide sets out the arrangements agreed by the four UK Health Departments to manage Post Graduate Dental Specialty Training in the UK.

Professional Support Unit

At times you may be encouraged to speak to the PSU by your Educational Supervisor or Scheme Adviser. A further option would be self-referral if you would like to speak to a professional not directly involved in your training.

The PSU provides services aimed at both supporting trainees when there are concerns or difficulties during their training and providing development opportunities for all trainees.

Please contact the Professional Support Team on 028 9536 0224 or visit the Professional Support page for further information http://www.nimdta.gov.uk/professional-support/.