Oral Surgery for General Practitioners - 2 Day Course

With: Dr Chris Waith Course Dates: 10th & 11th January, 24th & 25th April or 18th & 19th September

Course Fees: £800

Course Tutor

Chris Waith BDS Hons MFDS

Chris works as a dentist with a special interest in oral surgery. He has spent time around the general and university hospitals teaching undergraduates, MSc students, DF1s and GDPs. He also lectures for the PG Cert MOS at RCS Eng, offers mentoring for oral surgery and sits on the editorial board for the prodentalcpd website. His own interests are conservative oral surgery and controlled surgical extractions.


This limited number (6 maximum), intensive 2 day modular course will allow participants to develop their oral surgery skills and would suit the dentist who seeks more confidence and competence for their general dentistry; who might be wanting to improve their skills to provide dental implants; or who might be looking down the path of becoming a DWPSI. It will cover all the basic theoretical knowledge of oral surgery (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical histories, behavioural sciences) and practical skills to progress from simple to more advanced surgical procedures.

DAY1 – Developing basic oral surgery skills/simple surgical extractions/avoiding and treating complications/instrumentation/RMH

1. To look through RMH and introduce ASA, physical reserve and fitness for surgery
2. To look at oral anatomy and how it relates to surgical planning and local anaesthetic technique
3. To understand the range of instruments and materials available to the surgeon (to include types of sutures and haemostats available) and the technique to use them
4. To review basic exodontia techniques 
5. To progress on to simple surgicals and the principles of flap design, removal of obstructions and bone removal
6. Use antimicrobials in a rational and evidence-based way

At the end of the course participants will be able to:
1. Expand their medical knowledge and apply it to their assessment of patients
2. Understand how oral anatomy relates to oral surgical procedures
3. Identify appropriate surgical instrumentation and use them effectively
4. Establish a systematic approach of progressing through controlled simple to more difficult surgical extractions
5. Identify risk factors in oral surgery and help avoid complications and how to treat them when they happen

08:30 Introductions
09:00 Oral anatomy, medical history, local anaesthetic, pharmacology
10.45 Coffee
11.00 Practical: Pigs heads- basic skills, surgical extractions
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Practical: Pigs heads- basic skills, surgical extractions
15:30 Coffee
15.45 Mixed lecture and Practical: Complications, avoiding them and treating them
16:30 Close

DAY 2 – Ectopic, impacted and wisdom teeth

1. To review those areas most susceptible to tooth impaction
2. Look at the correct terminology and nomenclature for those impactions
3. Look specifically at wisdom tooth removal and the relevant approach to different types of impaction
4. Look at the surgical approach and relevant anatomy involved with other ectopics and impactions
5. Look at some of the sequelae of treatment and non treatment

At the end of the course participants will be able to:
1. Identify the different types of impactions we commonly encounter
2. Choose an appropriate treatment approach for individual patients
3. Manage surgical removal of wisdom teeth
4. Manage surgical removal or exposure of other ectopic teeth
5. Advise their patients appropriately about behavioural management and medical issues surrounding treatment of these cases

09:00 Wisdom teeth- impactions, pathology, radiography, surgical approach- Lectures
10.30 Coffee
10.45 Practical: Surgical removal of wisdom teeth- Models and pigs heads
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Lecture: Other ectopics- canines, 5s, upper 8s
14.30 Coffee
14.45 Practical: Finish wisdom teeth, other ectopics- Models and pigs heads
16:30 Close

All instruments and materials will be provided. Participants are requested to bring loupes with them for the hands on days if they use them.

We expect that the course as a whole will account for 28 hours of verifiable CPD and will satisfy all four learning outcomes of the new GDC CPD guidelines as outlined below-

Development outcome:

A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk;

B. Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients; providing constructive leadership where appropriate;

C. Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice;

D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes that maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.


Venue: Independent Dental Education Academy Liverpool (IDEAL), Rose Lane Dental Practice 94 Rose Lane Liverpool, L18 8AG

Venue Tel: 0151 724 3351 contact Emma Hulley IDEAL Course Coordinator

3 miles from the end of the M62
2 miles from Liverpool South Parkway train station

Parking: car park behind the practice or in the side roads around the practice.

Recommended local hotel (5-10 min drive to the course venue):
The Penny Lane Hotel 0151 476 1234
From £50/night B&B (mention IDEAL/Rose Lane Dental Practice)