Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry (PG Dip)

Next course starts on 31st August

Study for a UK Accredited Postgraduate Diploma

Suitable for UK & International Students!

Learn how to approach more advanced fixed or Invisalign cases with greater confidence.

Gain a Diploma Level Qualification in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry, whilst learning latest clinical techniques and skills required for successful practice.

Flexible online learning to fit your current work schedule

PG Dip in Aesthetic
and Restorative Dentistry

The Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry is a UK Accredited Qualification which can be completed online. The course is taught over a 1 year period and is open to students from UK and internationally. The next course intake is August 2023.

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The Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry offered by the London Dental Institute is a one-year, part-time online course for dental professionals to expand their knowledge and skills in this exciting field of clinical dentistry.

  • Designed to teach aesthetic restorative dentistry to a high level.
  • Built upon a solid foundation of evidence based practice and scientific research.
  • Material from our PG Diploma courses is available 24/7 and can be accessed at your convenience.

UK Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma

Mentoring Provided
by Expert Tutors

12 Month Course Duration

Choose from Blended Learning
or 100% Online Study



Who Can Benefit


The programme is suitable for dentists who are currently active in general practice and who seek to advance their careers by gaining expertise in all contemporary restorative treatment options.

The programme also welcomes dentists with plenty of clinical experience, including those seeking a further qualification or those who wish to refresh their skills and techniques. For experienced dentists, the programme will provide opportunities for professional collaboration and discussion, plus advanced techniques and theoretical challenges.

where we study

Virtual Learning

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is our bespoke online training platform, designed primarily to be accessible on a desktop and through the LDi smartphone app.

The VLE offers a dynamic and social learning environment beyond a traditional one-way information portal. Providing an elegantly designed and user-friendly space for learning, the VLE serves as the central hub of our welcoming and inclusive professional community.

learn on the go

LDi App

Available for download on both the App Store and Google Play, the LDi App provides convenient access to all study materials, tailored learning experiences, and a dynamic learning environment that enhances your knowledge and skills.

Learn wherever you are, whenever you want.

what we cover

Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Online Learning Units

The Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry consists of 6 online learning units with a total of 25 teaching modules, delivered by a international faculty of over 30 expert lecturers.

Unit 1 - The Foundations of Restorative Dentistry

The first learning unit introduces the essential foundation for aesthetic and restorative dentistry. It covers craniofacial anatomy, giving a better  understanding of the structure of the oral region, concepts of biomimetic dentistry and the importance of mimicing natural tooth structures, and clinical research skills to build the basis for evidence-based practices. By the end of Unit 1 students should have a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin restorative dentistry.


Unit 1 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 1: Craniofacial Anatomy.
  • Module 2: Biomimetic Dentistry.
  • Module 3: Clinical Research Skills.

Unit 2 - Principles of Assessment and Diagnosis

Unit 2 delves into the principles of assessment and diagnosis crucial for a patient-centred approach. It includes modules on clinical photography for documentation and communication purposes, smile design for expertly creating aesthetic treatment outcomes, and comprehensive treatment planning to manage complex cases. These modules ensure students gain a systematic approach to patient assessment and treatment planning.


Unit 2 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 4: Assessment and Diagnosis.
  • Module 5: Aesthetic Clinical Photography.
  • Module 6: Smile Design.
  • Module 7: Comprehensive Treatment Planning

Unit 3 - Fundamental Clinical Skills

This unit further develops fundamental clinical skills in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Key topics include understanding the occlusion, mastering shade analysis, and practical bonding and isolation techniques. Furthermore, students will gain a greater understanding of contemporary dental materials and teeth whitening techniques, equipping them with a foundation of practical skills necessary for clinical success.


Unit 3 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 8: Fundamentals of Occlusion.
  • Module 9: Contemporary Dental Materials.
  • Module 10: Bonding and Isolation.
  • Module 11: Mastering Shade Analysis.
  • Module 12: Teeth Whitening.

Unit 4 - Aesthetic Dental Restorations

Unit 4 delves into the intricacies of providing direct and indirect restorations for both anterior and posterior teeth. Students will develop their skills in tooth preparation, provisional restorations, and learn protocols in restoration delivery and adhesion for long-term treatment success. This unit covers both conventional and adhesive restorative techniques with the use of a wide range of dental materials. Following completion of this unit, dentists should have the knowledge and expertise to perform a wide range of restorative procedures, ensuring optimal aesthetics and function for their patients.


Unit 4 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 13: Direct Restorations I.
  • Module 14: Direct Restorations II.
  • Module 15: Indirect Restorations I.
  • Module 16: Indirect Restorations II.

Unit 5 - Complex and Multidisciplinary Treatment

This unit tackles complex and multidisciplinary treatment scenarios in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Covering tooth surface loss, periodontology, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, and the orthodontic restorative interface, this unit aims to equip dentists with the competencies to handle complex cases involving multiple dental disciplines.


Unit 5 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 17: Tooth Surface Loss.
  • Module 18: Periodontology.
  • Module 19: Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth.
  • Module 20: Orthodontic Restorative Interface.

Unit 6 - Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry

The final learning unit covers advanced aspects of aesthetic and restorative dentistry, including aesthetic removable prostheses, implant restorations and digital dentistry techniques. At this stage of the course additional teaching is also offered into facial aesthetics and marketing strategies for an aesthetic dental practice. This unit is designed to prepare students for the real-world challenges of a modern aesthetic dental practice.


Unit 6 includes the following teaching modules:


  • Module 21: Aesthetic Removable Prostheses.
  • Module 22: Aesthetic Implant Restorations.
  • Module 23: Digital Dentistry.


Additional teaching content not included within the postgraduate diploma qualification formal student assessment:


  • Module 24: Facial Aesthetics.
  • Module 25: Marketing an Aesthetic Dental Practice.

Enhance your skills with a UK Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry


UK PG Dip Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Course Duration

12 months online study

Course Fee

£9,995 (payable in installments)

Key Features

Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma

Gain a UK accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry through either blended learning, combining online study with face to face teaching or through 100% online study.

Online Learning Platform

Our bespoke online teaching platform is unique from other dental courses and caters for a range of different learning styles and includes unique social features, designed for maximum engagement with your tutors and peers.

Online Educational Resources​

Get access to hundreds of hours of lectures, webinars, instructional videos, clinical guides and protocols to make your learning a success.

Case Mentoring

Learn to treat your own patients to an excellent standard. Our experts have vast teaching experience and are on hand to answer all your questions and guide you every step of the way.


Expert Advice and guidance

Clinical Support


The LDi is built around our on-hand clinical advice service and the incredible opportunities we offer for 1:1 support. Our team of highly experienced clinical tutors are here to offer advice, guidance and support on the cases you encounter in your practice, helping you improve your patient care immediately.

Upload your cases to the VLE to receive timely support and guidance from your tutors. Wherever you are based, the tutors at LDi are available
to help guide and support you via desktop or smartphone app.

The clinical support offered by the course is unlimited, and we encourage our students to share as many cases as possible to get the most out of their learning experience with us.

Virtual Class & Learning

Live Study Clubs

Throughout the Diploma, students will have the opportunity to participate in regular Live Study Clubs with our experienced clinical tutors

These online sessions, held via Zoom, provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience. In the live virtual classroom, you’ll have the chance to discuss key concepts and case-based examples with your peers in a guided discussion. The Live Study Clubs are designed to be provocative and prompt debate, deepening your understanding of the material covered in the course.


Hands-on Training

LDi Practical Training Kit


The course includes a range of practical assessments and exercises to build on the theoretical principles taught. To facilitate this practical element of the course, all Diploma students receive a comprehensive Practical Training Kit shipped directly to their chosen address.

The complimentary kit includes training models, typodonts, equipment for the practical training exercises covered in the course. Build your practical skills through demonstration videos and
training exercises, and use your Practical Kit to directly improve your confidence in the treatments provided for your patients.

The Practical Training Kit is included in the overall course cost and will be shipped to you at no additional charge, regardless of location.

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Face-to-Face Training

The London Dental Institute offers an annual residential conference for current and past students in London, UK

This exciting event provides an interactive and dynamic learning experience, with a particular focus on practical aspects of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Participants from all years of the course are welcome to join and share their experience in workshops and hands-on sessions. Participants also benefit from practical case-based discussions designed to build on the knowledge taught in the Diploma.


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Further Details

The LDi is passionate about the quality of our courses. As a result, we require participants to meet our entrance criteria and commit to completing formal assessments during the course. This helps us maintain our rigorous professional standards.

Should you have any questions about the entry requirements or the assessment process, please contact our admissions team directly.

Diploma Entrance Requirements

  • Possess a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of one year’s experience as a registered dental practitioner.
  • Be able to demonstrate English language proficiency (if English is not a first language).


Throughout the year of study, there will be three multiple-choice exams to test knowledge of the theoretical concepts covered in the course. Alongside these assessments, students must complete a final case study presentation, which provides the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the course material to real-world clinical scenarios.


Hear from our Alumni

I have thoroughly enjoyed this learning process with LDi. The content was very good and the teaching methods were very helpful in giving the right kind of guidance for our clinical practice. The supervisor at the clinic I was working in was very impressed with the course, especially the syllabus. It made me very happy and more confident that I’m learning exactly what is going to help me become a better dentist and give the best treatment to my patients.

Dr. Tejaswi Morkhandikar
PG. Dip Graduate, India

It was so flexible and I liked the way the modules were split up into many sections and the concepts taken through very clearly. The organisation, course content and the variety of speakers is what I like the most about the course.

Dr. Madhunandan Vijayakumar
PG. Dip Graduate, UK

Doing this programme I had an instant benefit in my clinical work, even at the beginning before I started seeing any patients. The course helped me with guiding patients, children especially to getting the right referrals done and eventually being able to start my own treatment and help them out myself.

Dr. Abhinav Chandrasekar
PG. Dip Graduate, UK

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip) is a 12 month part-time online training programme for both UK and International dentists.


The course is designed to teach orthodontics to a high level and has been built upon a solid foundation of evidence based practice and scientific research. Delivered by our team of knowledgeable and approachable specialists and lecturers, our PG Diploma course blends theoretical and practical knowledge in a range of channels to help build a rounded knowledge base and skill set for our students.


Throughout the programme students will learn how to achieve excellent clinical results by following current diagnostic and clinical treatment concepts, and benefit from ongoing support from experts in the field of orthodontics. We hope that the knowledge and skills built during the course will give our students confidence to provide patients with safe, predictable and controlled results in their future treatments.

How is the course delivered?

Students have 2 options for study:


1. 100% Online Study – the second study option is completely online, allowing student to gain their PG Diploma qualification without having to travel for training.


Our bespoke online orthodontic course e-learning platform has been designed to ensure students have the best and most accessible distance learning experience. All our postgraduate students will have access to hundreds of hours of online lecture content packed with detailed information from dental experts. The lectures are released sequentially and are then available throughout the course so you can refer back to them at any time you want.


We will delve deeper into specific topics, teach practical techniques and present treatment of complex cases during regular online live webinars. Most webinars last 1-2 hours with plenty of time for questions included. All live webinars are recorded, so no need to worry if you miss one or want to watch one again later.


Students will also be given access to a private discussion group where you can get to know your colleagues from around the world, discuss topics further and receive private mentoring and coaching if you require. There is no such thing as a stupid question and we actively encourage you to ask as many questions as you want, no query is too basic or too complex.


2. Blended Learning – combining online study with a practical face to face teaching week held in London. This approach enables our students to gain their PG Diploma qualification with minimal time away from work.


The face to face teaching week is optional and not a requirement for the diploma. Additional fees apply for the face to face teaching week in London.

What qualification will I be awarded?

Following successful completion of the course, students will be officially awarded the LDi Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip. Ortho). This course has been accredited as Level 7 by the official awarding body EduQual Level 7. EduQual is a regulated awarding body, approved by SQA-Accreditation, a globally-recognised national qualifications regulator in the UK.

What will my qualification mean?

Students will be taught both theoretical and practical skills, in order to further their skills and confidence in the orthodontic field. Our students should be able to use their knowledge to provide a grounding for a future career in orthodontics.


It should be noted that this is not a specialist training programme. Students are advised to investigate the specific requirements for treating orthodontic patients within the country in which they intend to practise, as this may vary.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants should hold a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent). Documentation will need to be provided of this and of dental registration. Internet access is required for online learning . Students are expected to be actively working in general dental practice. Ideally, they will have attended some basic orthodontic courses and to have treated some simple orthodontic cases already to have a basic understanding of orthodontic treatments.

Will the course be taught in English?

The course is taught in English therefore both written and spoken understanding of the English language is required. It is expected that applicants are of the equivalent proficiency to IELTS Level 7 (or equivalent). This will ensure that students are able to gain the most from their experience. For more information please see the IELTS homepage.

Will I be treating live patients?

All online orthodontic course teaching will be delivered through a variety of teaching styles including lectures, webinars, and  demonstrations of relevant techniques. Students will be encouraged to start treating patients in their own clinic/office during the course and mentoring for clinical cases will be provided by course tutors.

Do I need to travel to the UK?

All Postgraduate Diploma students have the option to attend one week-long face to face orthodontic conference/teaching block in London. Travel to London is optional and is not a requirement for the Diploma course. Additional fees apply for the orthodontic conference.

Fees and Payment Options

PG Diploma in Aesthetic
and Restorative Dentistry


(+VAT for UK applicants)

This fee is fully inclusive of all online teaching material, as well as the LDi Practical Training Kit posted directly to your chosen address.

Payment Plan

You can spread the cost with with an initial non-refundable enrolment payment of £832 and then 11 monthly instalments of £833 per month (+VAT for UK applicants), or pay in full to benefit from a 5% discount.

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