Dental Core Training in Restorative Dentistry

There are a number of JDFCT, DCT2 and DCT3 posts based within the restorative department at Leeds Dental Institute. You will work as part of large team and receive support from consultants, registrars, dental nurses, dental hygienist, dental therapist, speciality dentists and the on-site laboratory.

You can expect to gain encompassing training in all aspects of restorative dentistry during this post, and exposure to the multi-disciplinary management of complex cases such oncology, trauma and developmental disorders. A typical week includes: five treatment sessions, three consultant clinics, one acute dental care session where you also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience by supervising the undergraduates and one admin session. Furthermore, there are supervised treatment sessions which are an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills under the tutelage of a consultant. New patient consultant clinics can be divided into general restorative, head and neck oncology, developmental and endodontic clinics. During these clinics, you will appreciate the importance of liaising with medical, surgical or dental specialities, and the multi-disciplinary holistic approach to treatment of dentally and/or medically complex cases. Additionally, these clinics are invaluable in developing your diagnostic skills and treatment planning under the guidance of a consultant.

Clinical cases undertaken by DCTs include but not limited to: dental rehabilitation of hypodontia cases; conservative and prosthetic management of head and neck oncology patients; full mouth rehabilitation of tooth surface loss using direct and indirect approaches as well as endodontic treatment (primary, retreatment and MTA/biodentine plugs).

There are also numerous opportunities to develop your portfolio during this post if you are proactive and organised. They include: involvement in quality improvement projects, research, undergraduate teaching and participation in the weekly restorative study club.


‘I would recommend this post as it is an opportunity to develop your clinical knowledge and skills within the umbrella of restorative dentistry in a supportive environment. Additionally, it will put you in good stead for a career in primary or secondary care’ Andre Xavier, DCT2 2020-21.


Designed by S Mohamed, DCT3, 2021