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The following documents have been produced by the Faculty's Clinical Standards Committee. Guidelines produced by individual specialty societies which the Committee has subsequently endorsed are available below.

Publication
Year
Title
2013

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs): an update and management guidance for primary care from the UK Specialist Interest Group in Orofacial Pain and TMDs (USOT)
by J.Durham, V.Aggarwal, S.Davies et al

2013

Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Dental Erosion
by E.O'Sullivan, S.Barry, A.Milosevic et al
(update of the 2007 guideline by E.O'Sullivan and A.Milosevic)

2012 The Oral Management of Oncology Patients Requiring Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and/or Bone Marrow Transplantation
by N.Kumar, A.Brooke, M.Burke et al, created in association with the British Society for Disability and Oral Health
(Update of the 1997 Guideline by J.Shaw, N.Kumar, M.Duggal et al)
2012
Guidelines for Selecting Appropriate Patients to Receive Treatment with Dental Implants: Priorities for the NHS
by  A.Alani, K.Bishop, S.Djemal et al
(Update of the 1997 Guideline)

2012
Guidelines for Surgical Endodontics 2012
by G.Evans, K.Bishop and T.Renton
(Update of the 2001 Guideline by W.Saunders)

2012
Clinical Guidelines and Integrated Care Pathways for the Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities 2012
by numerous contributors
(Update of the 2001 Guideline)
2010
Management of the Palatally Ectopic Maxillary Canine
by J.Husain, D.Burden and P.McSherry
(Update of 1997 Guideline written by D.Burden, C.Harper, L.Mitchell et al)
2010
Management of Unerupted Maxillary Incisors
by O.Yaqoob, J.O'Neill, T.Gregg et al
(Update of 1997 Guideline written by D.Burden, C.Harper, L.Mitchell et al)
2009
Treatment of Traumatically Intruded Permanent Incisor Teeth in Children
Original BSPD Guideline revised by S.Albadri, H.Zaitoun and M.J.Kinirons

2009
A Guideline For First Permanent Molar Extraction In Children
by M.Cobourne, A.Williams & R.McMullan
(update of the 2004 guideline)
2008 Consent and The Use Of Physical Intervention In The Dental Care Of Children
by J.Nunn, M.Foster, S.Master et al

2008
Orthodontic Retention
by C.Johnston, D.Burden & D.Morris
(update of 1999 guideline)
(currently under review)
2008 Guideline for the Use of General Anaesthesia (GA) in Paediatric Dentistry
by C.Davies, M Harrison and G.Roberts
2006 Pulp Therapy for Primary Molars
by H.D.Rodd, P.J.Waterhouse, A.B.Fuks et al

2006
Extraction Of Primary Teeth - Balance And Compensation
by Faculty Working Party
(2001 guideline, reviewed 2006, unchanged)


2004
Treatment of Intrinsic Discoloration in Permanent Anterior Teeth in Children and Adolescents (2004 revision)
by A.Wray & R.Welbury
(update of 2000 guideline)

2004
The Management of Patients with Third Molar Teeth
by Faculty Working Party
(1997 guideline, reviewed 2004, unchanged, now currently under review once more)
2002 Managing Anxious Children: the Use of Conscious Sedation in Paediatric Dentistry
by M.T.Hosey
2002 Non-Pharmalogical Behaviour Management
by B.Chadwick
2001 Restorative Dentistry: Index of Treatment Need - Complexity Assessment

2000

Methodologies For Clinical Audit In Dentistry

1999

Paediatric Dentistry UK: National Clinical Guidelines and Policy Documents 1999 - Part A
1999

Paediatric Dentistry UK: National Clinical Guidelines and Policy Documents 1999 - Part B
Policy documents produced and approved by Council of British Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Contains the following:

  1. Why Clinical Guidelines?
  2. The Process of National Clinical Guideline Production
  3. Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Guidelines - RCS Approved (ie multidisciplinary FDS approved guidelines already published in International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
  4. Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Guidelines - RCS Approved (ie multidisciplinary FDS approved guidelines not yet published in International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry (at time of original printing).
    • Diagnosis and Prevention of Dental Erosion
    • Stainless Steel Pre-Formed Crowns for Primary Molars (reviewed 2008 - This guideline has been reviewed and updated and a new version is available by S.Fayle)
    • Management of the Stained Fissure in the First Permanent Molar
    • The Pulp Treatment of the Primary Dentition (reviewed 2006 - this guideline has been superseded by the guideline Pulp Therapy for Primary Molars)
  5. British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Policy Documents
    • Sugars and the Dental Health of Children (1992)
    • Toothfriendly Sweets (1995)
    • Sedation for Paediatric Dentistry (1996)
    • Fluoride Dietary Supplements and Fluoride Toothpastes for Children (1996)
    • Dental Needs of Children (1997)
1999

Paediatric Dentistry UK: National Clinical Guidelines and Policy Documents 1999 - Part C

Contains the following:

  1. ‘Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Guidelines’ - RCS Approved (i.e. multidisciplinary FDS of the Royal College of Surgeons of England approved guidelines already published in International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
  • ‘Treatment of Avulsed Permanent Teeth in Children’  (revised 2004, see above)
  • ‘Treatment of Traumatically Intruded Permanent Incisor Teeth in Children’  (revised 2004, and then superseded in October 2009 by a revised version available above)
  • ‘Continuing Oral Care - Review and Recall’ (reviewed 2004 - this has now been superceded by the NICE Guideline, ref CG19 entitled Dental Recall - see above)

National Clinical Guidelines 1997
by B.Avery, J.S.Brown, J.L.B.Carter, A.M.Corrigan, R.Haskell, P.J.Leopard, J.L.Williams, R.A.Loukota, J.Lowry, J.McManners, D.Mitchell, J.Pedlar, D.Shepherd, G.Taylor, N.Whear, J.K.Williams & S.F.Worrall

This document contains clinical guidelines for five of the dental specialties as follows:

  1. Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • Management of Patients with Impacted Third Molar Teeth (reviewed 2004, currently under review once more)
    • Management of Pericoronitis (reviewed 2004)
    • Management and Prevention of Dry Socket (reviewed 2004)
    • Management of Unilateral Fractures of the Condyle (reviewed 2000)
  2. Orthodontics
    • Management of the Palatally Ectopic Maxillary Canine (new version 2010 above)
    • Management of Unerupted Maxillary Incisors (new version 2010 above)
  3. Paediatric dentistry
  4. Restorative dentistry
    • Screening of Patients to Detect Periodontal Diseases
    • Guidelines for Selecting Appropriate Patients to Receive Treatment with Dental - Implants: Priorities for the NHS (superseded in October 2012 by a revised version, available above)
    • Restorative Indications for Porcelain Veneer Restorations (currently under review)
  5. Dental public health
  6. Turning Clinical Guidelines into Effective Commissioning

Recommended Guidelines from the Specialty Societies

The above guidelines have all been produced under the auspices of the Faculty's Clinical Standards Committee with full input from, and consultation with, each of the individual dental specialties on that Committee.  The Faculty also approves individual specialty-specific guidelines produced by the specialty societies.

The British Society of Periodontology's Guidance on the Basic Periodontal Examination (PDF)

Also recommended

Endorsed by all four of the Royal Surgical Colleges, the new 2008 edition of Good Surgical Practice is recommended to all surgeons. Guidelines For The Prevention Of Endocarditis: Report Of The Working Party Of The British Society For Antimicrobial Chemotherapy: published in April 2006, this document is the result of a wide ranging consultation process and is, as far as possible, evidence based. In addition the Faculty of Dental Surgery is making available for download two accompanying documents approved by the BSAC working party: one is an A5-sized patient information sheet, the other is a presentation of the case for the attainment and maintenance of a high standard of dental health for ‘at risk’ patients.

Related Guidelines

The Faculty of General Dental Practice publishes its own guidelines.

Clinical audit

The Clinical Effectiveness Committee has also produced a document which deals with the process of audit itself. ‘Methodologies for Clinical Audit in Dentistry’ is designed to encourage and improve the audit process at local level.

By focusing on particular cases, it looks at how the audit process has led to improvements in services and better patient care, and it is hoped that others will be stimulated to carry out their own audit programmes.

Dr Jacqueline Dutchak, director of the National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care, gave a presentation in January 2004 on the 'Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the NHS'.