Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry

aesthetic restorative dentistry courses

The Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry (PG Dip) is designed for both UK and International general dental practitioners who wish to advance their restorative dental skills. This one year part-time postgraduate course is delivered via a blended learning format, which combines both online study with two face to face residential teaching blocks in London.

This evidence based course is is designed to teach contemporary aesthetic concepts and will cover clinical developments in restorative dentistry including digital dentistry, advanced treatment techniques and complex/ multidisciplinary patient care. Students will also gain practical experience during the hands-on residential blocks of the course.

Following completion of The Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry students should have the confidence and ability to provide high quality, functional and long lasting restorations to their patients, incorporating the latest advances in aesthetic and restorative clinical practice.

About This Course

Final Award

Postgraduate Diploma in
Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
(PG Dip)

Application Status


Study Mode

Part-time Blended Learning:
Combined online study + two practical
training blocks in London.



Start Date

September 2023


12 Months Part-time



Course Details

This module teaches students evidence based concepts underpinning the delivery of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Students will develop a greater understanding of treatment modalities and the management of patients requiring aesthetic restorative dental care. Topics covered basic sciences of restorative dental treatment, anatomy and physiology, psychology in relation to aesthetic dental practice.

This module builds upon the previous module to increase students understanding of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Students are introduced to key clinical concepts and develop their skills in diagnosing and treatment planning both straightforward and more advanced cases. Topics covered include patient assessment and consent, diagnosis and treatment planning, caries management, occlusion, clinical photography, CBCT and radiology.

This module is designed to develop students clinical understanding and skills in delivering direct restorations. Topics covered include rubber dam and isolation techniques, anterior and posterior direct restorations, direct veneers and composite bonding, minimally invasive dentistry, teeth whitening, direct techniques for aesthetic cuspal coverage restorations.

This module will give students a greater knowledge and understanding of indirect restorative procedures. Students will benefit increased confidence in providing aesthetic indirect restorations as a treatment option for their patients. Topics covered include assessment and consent for indirect restorations, treatment planning indirect restorations, laboratory communication and shade taking, principles of extracoronal restorations, anterior and posterior tooth preparation, partial coverage restorations, impression taking and digital scanning techniques, provisional restorations, cementation techniques, removable prosthodontics, maintenance of indirect restorations.

This module builds upon knowledge gained from the previous modules and introduces the application of aesthetic restorative dentistry to more complex clinical cases. Students will be taught advanced clinical techniques and topics covered will include options for the replacement of missing teeth, conventional and adhesive bridge designs, dental implantology, periodontal plastic surgery, crown lengthening, digital dentistry, the management of tooth surface loss and wear, smile design.

This module brings together the concepts and techniques of aesthetic and restorative dentistry within the wider context of whole patient care. Students are taught, through an evidence based approach, topics on the multidisciplinary management of patients requiring aesthetic restorative dentistry. Topics covered include endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics and general medicine in relation to aesthetic restorative dentistry, immediate and long-term multidisciplinary patient management, advanced clinical skills and aesthetic restorative treatment in the medically compromised patient.

Blended Learning Course Structure

The postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry follows a blended learning course structure that comprises of both online and face-to-face delivery of course content. The six core modules cover foundation basics, principles, prosthodontics, and advanced treatment techniques, and can be studied both in London and remotely.

Two face-to-face practical training blocks are held in Central London as part of the course, offering students an opportunity to watch techniques in practice and develop hands-on skills. For convenience, much of the theoretical knowledge needed to earn the qualification is delivered remotely to minimise disruption to day-to-day practice.

Online Learning

For the ease and convenience of students, much of the course content is delivered remotely using a dedicated online learning portal which connects students with their tutors, and with information needed to expand their knowledge. Many online modules can be viewed at any time, from any connected device, for complete flexibility.

Flexibility: We understand that many students opting to enroll on this course are busy, practicing professionals, which is why the Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry has been designed with flexibility in mind. Students can access pre-recorded lectures and online course content at any time, enabling them to study while still practicing.

Live Content: Blending the convenience of online teaching with the benefits of classroom learning, live streamed webinars provide opportunities for students to connect with leading professionals in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry from anywhere. All 1-2 hour webinars include question time, and are available to re-watch at a later date.

Peer Support: With access to an exclusive online study club, students can share ideas with their peers, challenge each other, ask questions, and support one another to succeed. Online access is restricted to students only, providing a private, welcoming online space where students can expand their knowledge and boost their confidence during their studies.

Face to Face Teaching

To complement the online teaching component of the Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry, two intensive blocks of face-to-face lectures have also been included as part of the teaching curriculum. The course design is intended to offer interactive, friendly group teaching while minimising time needed away from practice.

Learn from Leading Professionals: Face-to-face lectures in London are held by some of the country’s leading experts in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. This is a unique opportunity to learn advanced aesthetic techniques such as composite bonding, smile makeovers, full mouth rehabilitation, periodontal plastic surgery, and crown lengthening.

Enjoy Support from Other Practitioners: Friendly group teaching brings together ambitious practitioners from across the world who can share ideas, offer learning advice, and support each other within the real world environment. The London-based teaching venues are designed to be welcoming and supportive while offering students a chance to hone their professional skills.

See the Sights: Residential teaching modules are held in Central London, near the city’s world famous theatre district. When class ends, students are free to explore the city at their own pace, discovering London with new friends. Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross, and Tottenham Court Road are all easy to reach from the venues.

Entry Requirements

  • All prospective students must have a primary dental qualification to be eligible for enrollment (BDS/BChD/DDS degree or equivalent). As much of the course content is delivered remotely, a computer with internet connection is essential. Face-to-face content and online content is delivered in the English Language only. It is essential that prospective students are able to communicate in English.

Fees, Costs and Funding

  • £11,995 (UK/EU & International students)
The course fee applies to all students from the UK, EU, and International. This fee secures the student a place on the course, and covers all necessary course materials and equipment required to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. Access to a dedicated online learning portal and study club is also included. Additional costs associated with residential study in London, including any necessary travel, accommodations, and food, are not included in the course fees.

How to Apply

Students from both the UK and abroad can apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry using the online application form. The next intake is September 2023.