Eastman Dental Institute


Special Care Dentistry

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Special Care Dentistry Certificate
A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme that aims to bring dentists up to date with the latest knowledge relevant to the clinical practice of special care dentistry. 

Special Care Dentistry MSc
A full-time, one year, or part-time, two year Master’s programme that provides relevant education and training to meet the oral health care requirements of patients with special needs.

Why Special Care Dentistry?

The numbers of individuals who have complex systemic disease that may impact upon oral health and the provision of dental care is ever rising. This is  particularly as a consequence of increasing lifespan, which has inevitably led to an increase in cardiac (e.g. cardiovascular), neurological (e.g. dementia), endocrine (e.g. diabetes mellitus) and many other disease processes. Special Care Dentistry is thus more relevant than ever to ensure that patients from around the globe are appropriately managed to enhance their function and quality of life.

Why Eastman?

Our programme provides postgraduates with didactic teaching by internationally recognised clinical academics as well as the opportunity to be involved in the management of patients with possibly the widest spectrum of disease relevant to Special Care Dentistry in Europe if not the globe. There is an emphasis upon putting theory into practice to ensure that postgraduates are well equipped to appropriately manage patients with complex needs and hence help them maintain good oral health and general well being.

Read about the experiences of Special Care patient Chris Cook.


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Our state-of-the-art facilities include two dedicated laboratories for the production of patient devices such as fixed and removable prosthetic devices. There are five clinical skills laboratories containing 90 clinical skills stations equipped with dental manikins allowing trainees to practically and safely refine skills and work in conditions that mimic real-life practice. Two of our suites are also equipped with dental microscopes to aid identification of anatomical imperfections and the quick detection of enamel and dentine fractures.


Professor Stephen Porter

Programme Director

Nichola Faddoul

Programme Administrator


The unit welcomes visits from prospective students. Appointments to visit should be made at least two months in advance. Your visit will enable you to meet staff and discuss applications. For an appointment contact the Programme Administrator.