With: Various (See Course Notes for Details) Course Dates: 2020

Course Description:

This course is limited to small group teaching (12 maximum) and will be run over 12 Days during 2020. The aim is to update or upgrade your existing knowledge in all aspects of Restorative Dentistry with a focus on general practice, giving the delegates transferable skills that they can use in practice after each day. We have gathered a group of lectures that are recognised as experts in their field with national and international reputations. Each day will be highly interactive and we encourage delegates to bring along their own cases for discussion during the course. 

Day 1: Course Intro/Treatment Planning and Aesthetic Treatment Planning

Speakers Amin Aminian – Specialist Prosthodontist and Ian Dunn Specialist Periodontist

Amin and Ian will take the delegates through all aspects of treatment planning including a focus on aesthetic treatment planning. 

Day 2: Endodontics

Speaker: Kate Blundell – Teaching Lead in Endodontics at Liverpool University and Practice Limited to Endodontics

Kate’s day will cover a wide range of contemporary endodontic topics with a focus on access. The afternoon will include a practical session on access design. 

Day 3: Occlusion 

Speaker: Steve Barber – Specialist in Restorative Dentistry

Steve will explore the world of occlusion for the GDP including assessing a patients existing occlusion, when to take face bows, how to take accurate bite registration records, adjusting restorations to conform to the patients intercuspal position, the importance of centric relationship and occlusal interferences in clinical dentistry, and the importance of anterior guidance when restoring anterior teeth. Through a series of lectures and practical, Steve will demystify this complex topic. 

Day 4: Dental Photography AM and Orthodontics PM

Speaker: Mike Sharland – Technical Lead Clinical Photography at the University of Birmingham

Mike is one of the UK’s foremost speakers on dental photography and during this day he will show you the fundamental of dental photography, the various piece of kit required and the techniques required to produce great clinical pictures. You will have the opportunity to use various cameras and equipment and you will leave this day with the skills to take great clinical pictures. 

Speaker: Andy Garry – Andy is a dentist who has undertaken specialist training in Orthodontics. Since graduating in 2008 from Dublin dental hospital he gained a broad and varied experience in all fields of dentistry with a particular focus on Orthodontics. On top of his specialist training he also obtained a Doctorate in Orthodontics at Liverpool University Dental Hospital which has provided him with a high level of knowledge on treating complex and difficult cases.

Day 5 and 6: Preps

Speaker Steve Barber – Specialist in Restorative Dentistry

Steve will spend the morning looking at contemporary prep design for posterior direct restorations with a hands on session to optimise your preps. In the afternoon he will switch his focus to veneers and look at the indications, preps and cementation of veneers culminating in a hands on practical. 

Day 7: Composites

Speaker: Amin Aminian – Specialist in Prosthodontics

Amin will spend the morning looking at all aspects of direct composite dentistry before spending the afternoon delivering a hands on session on anterior composite restorations. He will show you lots of tip tips to take your composites to the next level. 

Day 8: Implants

Speaker: Paul Swanson – Practice Limited to Dental Implants

In the morning Paul will talk about assessment of the dental implant patient, assessment of the single tooth space, integrating dental implants in to general practice and restoration of the single tooth implant. The afternoon will be spent understanding and trying the various techniques for restoring the single tooth implant. 

Day 9: Periodontics

Speaker: Ian Dunn – Specialist Periodontist

Ian will take you through current thinking in periodontics and peri-implant disease. We will look at contemporary treatment strategies, adjunctive therapies and surgical treatment options. 

Day 10: Full and Partial Dentures

Speaker: Steve Barber – Specialist in Restorative Dentistry

Steve has put together a comprehensive day that will cover:

  • Oral anatomy and gingival architecture
  • The optimal shape for complete dentures
  • Maximising retention, stability and support with complete dentures
  • Planning tooth position and lip support
  • Choosing and setting up teeth for a natural cosmetic and personal appearance
  • Denture occlusion, crossbite, overbites and overjets
  • Finding the occluding vertical dimension
  • Waxing up gums to replicate natural gingival anatomy
  • Making dentures look like natural age appropriate teeth
  • Avoiding speech problems with dentures
  • Making partial dentures as stable, comfortable and secure as possible
  • A good understanding of a step by step design sequence
  • Optimising the aesthetics of partial dentures
  • Making accurate impressions for cobalt chromium castings
  • Record occlusal relations accurately
  • Design partial dentures to limit periodontal damage
  • Be able to adjust partial dentures carefully, without compromising their fit
  • Make partial dentures fit and work like removable bridges
  • Day 11: Restorative Digital Dentistry

This topic is to be confirmed and more information will be available prior to the course.

Day 12: Bridges AM and Case Studies PM

Speakers: Amin Aminian plus various speakers.

Amin will look at the ways you can improve your bridges, looking at the various types of dental bridges and the merits of each for your patients needs. The afternoon will focus on various cases and discussing the pit falls that every dentist can come across when planning a variety of treatments for their patients.


This is 12 day program and will cost £500 per day including VAT. The total cost is £6000 and this can be paid via direct debit on a monthly basis in advance of each day or up front before the course starts and a 5% discount will be applied. 

When signing up for the course you are committing to a 12 month program. If you are unable to make a study day you are still eligible to pay the monthly fee but we will endeavour, where possible, to invite you to the day that you missed in the following cohort. Should we find that there is a date that does not suit a large number of the delegates, we will look to do what we can to change that date.

Course Itinerary.Course days are held on Fridays and the occasional Saturdays in an attempt to minimise the impact on your clinical time. The double session is held in September and we usually take this opportunity to take you out for dinner and a few drinks. 

The full course will begin on the 17th April 2020 and finish on 19th March 2021. We have changed the start of the course to April following feedback from previous years delegates so that your CPD is spread over two GDC CPD cycles.

Fridays 9am -5pm Saturday 9am – 5pm




Hosted by


17th April 2020

Course Intro and Treatment Planning 

Amin Aminian


15th May 2020


Paul Swanson -AM & Mike Sharland -PM


12th June 2020


Kate Blundell


10th July 2020

Photography and Orthodontics

Steven Barber

August 2020

Summer Vacation


11th and 12th September 2020


Ian Dunn


9th October 202


Finlay Sutton


13th November 2020


Steven Barber


11th December 2020



15th January 2021

P/P and F/F

Finlay Sutton


19th February 2021

Restorative Digital Dentistry

Finlay Sutton


19th March 2021

Bridges and Case Studies

Paul Swanson

Paul Swanson – AM and Ian Dunn – PM


Amin Aminian              Specialist in Prosthodontics

Mike Sharland             Uni of Birmingham Medical Photography Dept.

Kate Blundell               Endo Lead at Liverpool Dental Hospital

Ian Dunn                     Specialist in Periodontics

Andrew Garry              Specialist in Orthodontics

Steve Barber               Restorative Specialist and practice limited to Pros

Paul Swanson             Practice Limited to Implantology


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)