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Clinical Guidelines

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. 

Current guidelines

Publication
year
Title
 2016

Management of Unerupted Maxillary Incisors
by O.Yaqoob, J.O'Neill, S.Patel et al

(Update of 1997 Guideline written by D.Burden, C.Harper, L.Mitchell et al, previously updated in 2010 by O.Yaqoob, J.O'Neill, T.Gregg et al)

 2016 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)
2014

A Guideline for the Extraction of First Permanent Molars in Children
by M.Cobourne, A.Williams & M.Harrison
(update of the 2004 guideline by M.Cobourne, A.Williams & R.McMullan, previously updated in 2009)

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)

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

                                                                                           

Archived guidelines 

These guidelines are presented for historical and reference purposes.

Publication year   Title
 2008  Consent and The Use Of Physical Intervention In The Dental Care Of Children
by J.Nunn, M.Foster, S.Master et al
A more up-to-date version is available on the BSPD website.
 2008  Guideline for the Use of General Anaesthesia (GA) in Paediatric Dentistry
by C.Davies, M Harrison and G.Roberts
This has been partically superseded by Guidelines For The Management Of Children Referred For Dental Extraction Under General Anaesthesia (August 2011) available on the BSPD website.
 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)
A more up-to-date version is available on the BSPD website.
 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
A more up-to-date version is available on the BSPD website.
 2001  Restorative Dentistry: Index of Treatment Need - Complexity Assessment
 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 C

Contains the following:

‘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 2009, a more up-to-date version is now available on the BSPD website.)
  • ‘Continuing Oral Care - Review and Recall’ (reviewed 2004 - see above)
 1997  

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:

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Orthodontics

  • Management of the Palatally Ectopic Maxillary Canine (new version 2010 above)
  • Management of Unerupted Maxillary Incisors (new version 2010 above)

Paediatric dentistry

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)

Dental public health

Turning Clinical Guidelines into Effective Commissioning

  • 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)
   

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)

The British Society for Restorative Dentistry's Guidance on Crowns, Fixed Bridges and Dental Implants (PDF)

Also recommended

Endorsed by all four of the Royal Surgical Colleges, the new 2014 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 a Patient Information Sheet approved by the BSAC working party.

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'






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