The GDC currently recognises 13 various fields of dentistry with regards to their specialist register. You are not required to join a specialist list to practise a specialty, however, only dentists on these specialist lists have the right to use the ‘specialist’ title. In this series of articles you can find out more about each specialty from experts in their respective fields, with advice on the career pathway as well as sharing their experiences as a specialist.
Endodontics involves the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
In the following article, Bob Philpott, Consultant in Endodontics, discusses how you can establish a career in Endodontics.
Mr Bob Philpott | BDS, MFDS, MClinDent, MRD (RCSEd)
Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Endodontics
Edinburgh Dental Institute
t: 0131 5363970
Iqualified from University College Cork in 2003 and spent 18 months in general practice in South London. Following this, I completed my SHO year in Cardiff. I enrolled on a three-year specialist training pathway in endodontology at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London in 2009. Since then, I have worked as a specialist endodontist in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
I was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant at the Edinburgh Dental Institute (EDI) in 2014 after spending 6 months in a locum post in Glasgow Dental Hospital. I currently divide my time between the EDI and Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
What is Endodontics?
GGood question! According to Wikipedia, Endodontics (from the Greek roots endo- “inside” and odont- “tooth”) is the dental specialty concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp. Many people consider endodontics to be ‘root canal treatment’ but it encompasses much more than that, including pain diagnosis, vital therapies of the pulp right up to restorative rehabilitation of the endodontically treated tooth. Many of the postgraduate schools in the US now have their endo postgraduate students placing implants too!
A typical week…
I am in an academic/NHS post 4 days a week and work in specialist practice in Edinburgh the 5th day. I think the mix works really well and love both jobs.
Career options after specialising…
After completion, the choice of what you want to do is yours. I spent 4 years in private practice in Ireland, the UK and Australia prior to taking up a consultant post in Glasgow and then Edinburgh.
- British Endodontic Society: www.britishendodonticsociety.org.uk/
- The Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry: www.restdent.org.uk
- British Academy of Restorative Dentistry: www.bard.uk.com
- GDC Curriculum For Specialist Training in Endodontics (June 2010) www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Specialistlist/Documents/EndodonticsCurriculum.pdf
- Exemplar Person Specifcation www.pathway.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/Sys_Documents/9a391c10-ca5c-427b-a2ef-e4481f7df62b_Person%20specification%20for%20NTN%20in%20Endodontics.pdf
- The Gold Guide: http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/475/2013/10/A-Reference-Guide-for-Postgraduate-Specialty-Training-in-the-UK.pdf
- Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection website: http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk
- Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/files/2014/11/Applicant-Handbook-2015v4.pdf
- For more information on applying for specialty training programmes in your area, contact your regional postgraduate dental dean: www.copdend.org.uk