PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry

By developing a strong understanding for the principles and designs behind tooth preparation, I can confidently prescribe and complete restorative work for my patients - to the point where I feel proud of my work after every session. ~ Parag Shah



10 modules

Enhanced CPD



Manchester: October 2022

London: October 2022

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PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry (Level 7)

The Level 7 Post-Graduate Operative Dentistry course is based on 6 Units delivered by 10 face-to-face days and 2 days of e-learning spread over 12 months. The face-to-face course days are 100 % practical. With the use of Phantom Heads you will increase your clinical skills and develop techniques required to prepare and restore teeth for a wide range of restorative procedures, easily implemented into practice straight away.

The ethos of the PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry is to improve all aspects of operative dentistry techniques, increase confidence and ability in Tooth preparation techniques in order to take on more significant restorative cases. The course will perfect your operative skills whilst increasing your confidence in a nurtured and mentored environment, allowing delegates to increase their ability to undertake more complex treatments confidently. During the course you will work with a hand-picked team of demonstrators to practice techniques related to Anterior and Posterior tooth preparation, Bonded Crowns, Ceramic Crowns, Porcelain Inlays/Onlays, Direct Composite Restorations, Gold Preparations as well as Bridge Preparations.

You will be awarded Enhanced CPD as a result of realising each Learning Outcome below.

Unit 1: Principles of Tooth Preparation

  • Learning Outcome 1: Explain, evaluate and practise the principles of Anterior and Posterior Tooth Preparation.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate and apply appropriate techniques for successful Bonded Crowns.

Unit 2: Principles of Ceramic Indirect Restoration

  • Learning Outcome 1: Critically appraise current techniques and accompanying material considerations involved with the application of porcelain veneers.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate and demonstrate the techniques for the fabrication and application of all ceramic crowns.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles essential for effective application of Porcelain Inlays/Onlays.

Unit 3: Direct Composite Restorations

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of Anterior composites as used in Restorative Dentistry.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate and Apply the Essential Techniques/considerations to be used in application of posterior composites.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Explain the use and demonstrate the application of Composite veneers.

Unit 4: Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth

  • Learning Outcome 1: Critically evaluate the types of posts and cores available and apply appropriate dentistry to patients.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of amalgams and their application with patients.

Unit 5: Principles and Application of Gold Preparations

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of Gold preparations and their application.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of Gold related Inlay/ Onlay techniques

Unit 6: Principles of Bridge Preparations

  • Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of Bridge Preparation Techniques.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an Understanding of the principles and application of Maryland Bridges.

The Operative Course has 6 units covered over 10 Face-to-Face days in the form of hands-on sessions on Phantom Heads spread over 12 months. Course Assessments are in the form of Direct Observation of Performance (DOPS), Reflective Write-ups, Clinical Portfolio and end of course Multiple-Choice Questions.
A brief overview of topics covered on the 10 days is as follows, please note course day sequence might change based on the course stream you are registered on:

Module 1: Bonded Crowns

  • Anterior, premolar and posterior bonded crown preparations
  • Tooth handed preparation techniques
  • Speed increasing handpiece discussion
  • Laboratory techniques and prescriptions
  • Fibre optics, magnification and loops discussion
  • Which burs to use
  • How to produce quality impressions

Module 2: Porcelain Veneers

  • Preparation techniques - Margin design, incisal edge and interproximal prep
  • Specific examples examined – retroclined lateral incisor, proclined central incisior
  • Procedure to seal and impression prep
  • Prototype construction
  • Lab prescriptions
  • Cementation techniques

Module 3: Ceramic Crowns / Inlays Onlays

  • Dentine Bonded crown preparation
  • Procera Crown Preparation
  • Inlay/onlay Cavity design – axial walls, size of cavity, internal line angles and cavo surface margin prep
  • Preparation of LL6 for porcelain inlay
  • Preparation of LR6 for porcelain inlay
  • Functional cusp bevel

Module 4: Amalgams

  • Cavity designs
  • Etch and seal theory
  • Matrix techniques
  • Bonded amalgam technique
  • Other methods to increase retention – slots and boxes

Module 5: Composite Veneers

  • Freehand bonding vs prefabricated veneers
  • Componeers
  • Techniques – preparations, impressions and cementations
  • Ideal cases and contraindications

Module 6: Posterior Composites

  • C factor theory
  • Class I, II restoration technique
  • Flowable composite and layering technique
  • Polishing and finishing
  • Matrix designs including sectional matrix systems

Module 7: Posts

  • Length, width, ferrule, quality of RCT and occlusion theory
  • Gold post core preparation
  • How to use Duralay to build cores for casting
  • Shenker Post preparation
  • Glass fibre/carbon fibre post core construction
  • Split cast post core
  • Venting of posts
  • How to obtain high quality impressions and which equipment to use

Module 8: Gold Preparations

  • ¾ gold crowns in UR4 and LR7
  • Gold onlay UR5
  • Gold 7/8 crown in UR7
  • Which burs to use and how to prepare each individual case

Module 9: Marylands

  • Theory on Maryland design
  • How to prep for Maryland bridge – Upper 3-3 case and UL4-6 case
  • Proximal extensions, three quarter crown preps, full grooves and labial wrap

Module 10: Bridge Preparations

  • Fixed moveable, fixed fixed and cantilever designs
  • Importance of crown height, width and taper
  • UL456 fixed moveable bridge prep
  • Box preparations

Professor Paul Tipton

B.D.S., M.Sc., D.G.D.P., UK, Specialist in Prosthodontics

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Our Clinical Lead Professor Paul Tipton is an internationally acclaimed Prosthodontist who has worked in private practice for more than 30 years.

President of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Professor Tipton now divides his time between operating private referral clinics in Manchester, Nottingham and London and teaching other dentists the skills and techniques needed for a prolonged and successful career.

A passionate and charismatic speaker, Paul has been teaching for over 27 years, both in the UK and internationally. Over 3,500 delegates have attended Tipton Training courses to boost their skills, knowledge and income.

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Dr. Matthew Holyoak

BDS, Dip Rest Dent (RCS Eng), MSc (Rest Dent)

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Matthew maintains a private practice in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire with an emphasis on Cosmetic and Advanced Restorative dentistry.
Recently appointed as Educational Supervisor in Advanced Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry at the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at UCLan.

He has a specific interest in Aesthetic Dentistry including smile design, composite resin restorations, minimally invasive ceramic restorations and the restoration of dental implants.

He lectures on smile design, hands on training in composites and restoring dental implants for FGDP, Ankylos Implants, Tipton Training & NW Deanery.

He has teaching experience with FGDP, Diploma in Restorative Dentistry & UCLan MSc courses in Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
Matthew is a full member of BAAD, and an associate member BSOS.

He is also a Clinical Opinion Leader with some of the UK’s leading dental companies, giving advice on the clinical use of restorative dental materials and the development of new materials and techniques.

Dr. Ashish Rayarel

BDS, MFGDP(UK), MSc (Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry)

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Dr Rayarel graduated from Manchester University in 1989. He completed his MFGDP(UK) in 1998. After completing all of Professor Tipton’s courses and an MSc in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry Ash has been teaching for Tipton Training for 5 years.

He also teaches MSc students for Healthcare Learning; he is unit lead and examiner on this programme. Ash teaches undergraduate students at the University of Manchester and has been an Educational Supervisor for over 20 years. He has completed a PG Certificate in teaching and mentoring from UCLAN and more recently from Edgehill University. Ash is a member of the BACD, BARD and Salford LDC.

Dr. Warren Martin


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Dr. Warren Martin graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1993 and immediately entered general practice. In 1994 he was awarded a Licentiate in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Warren’s interest in developing his clinical skills further has seen him combine working in practice whilst travelling across the world to study and train with world renowned restorative experts and some of the biggest names in dentistry today. Having started to implement new techniques he also sought further qualifications to heighten his knowledge of restorative dentistry.

In 2003 after two years study, Dr Martin graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters Degree in Prosthodontics. Following which, he proceeded to teach the undergraduate students and supervise research projects within the University Dental Hospital.

Towards the end of 2004 Warren was elected as a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh before returning to University of Manchester in 2008 to undertake the mono-specialty training in Prosthodontics.

Since 2004 Dr Martin has been the owner and principal dentist at Greyholme Dental Suite just outside Cheltenham and has recently taken up a teaching position on the Masters Degree program in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics at the University of Manchester Dental Hospital.

Dr. Adam Toft

BSc (Hons), BDS (Hons), MFGDP (UK), MMedSci (Rest Dent), Dip Aesth (BARD) FBARD PGCertEd (Sheffield)

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Dr Adam S. Toft qualified in 1995 with Honours from Sheffield University, having already gained a chemistry degree in Bangor, Wales. Since qualifying he has been interested in all aspects of dentistry, especially orthodontics, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Adam has completed a 2 year postgraduate orthodontic course and a 4 year placement at the Royal Hospital, Chesterfield as a clinical assistant in the Orthodontic Department. He enjoys attending postgraduate courses and has been a vocational trainer for newly-qualified dentists over a number of years.

Adam has completed a 1 year Certificate course in Restorative Dentistry in Manchester as well as a yearlong Certificate in Practical and Aesthetic Dentistry with Tipton training in the mid 2000’s.

Furthermore, in order to offer his patients the very best in Aesthetic Dentistry, Adam has also recently completed an MMedSci Course at Sheffield University. He studied part–time over two years and has been learning and carrying out the very latest in adhesive and cosmetic dentistry.

He has taught as a part–time clinical tutor at Sheffield’s Charles Clifford Dental Hospital where he helped to supervise and tutor final year dental students. He is also one of the lecturers for Tipton Training where he lectures on the restorative, practical and aesthetic courses.

He is a founding committee member of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD) and also a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD).

Dr. Paul Mandon-Gassman


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I qualified from Sheffield in 1987 and moved to Kent in 1994, working at his current practice since 1998, becoming a co-owner in 2002 and achieving Denplan Excel Accreditation in 2004.

For over 20 years I have sought out the best teachers in the world in cosmetic, reconstructive and functional dentistry to gain the skills that I now offer patients at Sturry Dental Practice in Canterbury, Kent. I created the brand to showcase the best that modern dentistry has to offer. I also provide sessions at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital for Medway Community Healthcare as a Dental Officer treating special needs patients.

As a previous full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic dentistry (BACD), I have experience in treating all type of cosmetic problems from simple tooth whitening to full smile makeovers. In the past I have been a member of the BACD membership, communication and congress committees. I have a reputation for a conservative approach to dentistry that will offer long term aesthetic results from the minimum of intervention; this can be seen with my use of various brace systems to align teeth prior to a final makeover.

I have a special interest in the treatment of head, neck and facial pain and its relation to poor jaw function and am a member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (BSOS) which exists to help practitioners treat and prevent these common problems. Membership is by invitation only to practising dentists who have completed an arduous training programme which typically takes five years. I have lectured on the subject to other dentists and technicians and provided hands on courses on Facebow use and jaw registration.

I am an “opinion leader” for Ivoclar Vivadent and lecture and tutor hands on courses for them on Composites, Cements and tooth preparation for the Emax ceramic system.

I like to help people to understand what dentistry can offer them and as the No1 ‘Active Dentist’ on the award-winning patient education website All About Teeth (, spend time answering the public’s questions regarding their dental concerns. I am also a member of the Association of Dental Implantology UK (ADI, visit, a registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants. I am a full member of the Tipton Training Dental Academy which provides me with the latest dental scientific knowledge and clinical techniques. I am honoured to have been asked by Paul Tipton to act as a Study Club Chairperson for the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry

Dr Andy Carragher


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During 25 years in General Dental Practice , 21 years of which were as a sole principal, I have experienced all facets of UK dentistry from exclusively NHS practice to exclusively Private practice.

From the very beginning of my career I have been keen to improve my skills and knowledge. My commitment to postgraduate education ultimately led to a Master’s degree in Prosthodontics. This in turn led to a major career change when just six months after graduation I became a full-time Senior Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry at Liverpool University Dental Hospital.

In this role over the last 12 years I have taught hundreds of undergraduates the fundamentals of Restorative dentistry and supervised the same students on clinic from their first ever patient until the day they pass their final examinations.

I have a special interest in Aesthetic dentistry and have taught on the Crown Course since 2006. Together with a colleague we founded an Advanced Composite Techniques course for senior students.

This year a student whose entry I supervised was chosen as the UK National Winner and is due to compete at the Global Final of the DENTSPLY Sirona Clinical Skills Competition in Konstanz Germany this June.

I have great enthusiasm for teaching dentistry performed to a high standard which can be predictable and long lasting. More importantly, for our patients such treatment can be transformative in terms of confidence and self-esteem.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with postgraduate students looking to take their practice of dentistry to the next level and beyond.

How much practical work is involved?

This course days are 100% practical. To compliment this, we do supply webinars to watch prior to course days and prepare you for the day.

How many days are involved?

This is a 12 day course with 10 face to face days and 2 days of e-learning through webinars conducted by Professor Tipton. Some work will be required in doing reflective write-ups in your own practice.

Do I get to treat patients?

Unfortunately not. Phantom heads will be used throughout these course days.

I am interested in Crown preps and composites will I be taught on this?

Yes. You will be taught how to prepare anterior, premolar and molar bonded crowns, dentine bonded crowns, gold crown and all ceramic crowns. You will also be taught posts, inlays onlays, bridges and veneers along with composite veneers and posterior composites.

Are there any lectures before the hands on?

We do not routinely have lectures on the day, but if delegates would like advice on a particular point or topic our lecturers/demonstrators would be more than willing to assist.

How long will I have access to the webinars for?

You will have access to the webinars throughout the course and for 6 months after your final course day.

How many teachers to each delegate helping on the day?

We try to maintain a 1 demonstrator to 8 delegates ratio.

I am confused about which course will suit be best. Can you tell me the difference between the Restorative and Phantom Head course?

The PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry is a more theoretical course with 5 full days on occlusion. Other topics include Posts, Porcelain Veneers, Bridge Design, Endodontics, Periodontics & Minimal Invasive Dentistry. The PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry has 10 face-to-face days which are 100% practical, intense hands-on training working on Phantom Heads to improve your tooth preparation skills. It all depends on your experience and comfort level with Occlusion, Treatment Planning and tooth preparation techniques. The courses complement each other perfectly. We have had some delegates who join one course and then join the other immediately after. Should you plan to complete both courses we suggest doing the PG Diploma in Prosthodontics and taking advantage of the 12-18 months interest free finance. You can complete the PG Diploma in 18 months. In addition to the added clinical skills and treatment advantages, you will also save on fees by enrolling straight onto the Diploma. If you initially only want to enrol on one course, the ideal pathway would be to begin with the PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry and then follow on with the PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry.

Are there any additional course costs?

On the Bonded Crown Day (Unit 1) after delegates have done their tooth preparation, they take impressions and have the crowns prepared by their own laboratory at their own cost. They then bring in the crowns onto the next course day and a lecturer will critique the crown. The reason for this exercise is based on our belief that being able to deliver high quality treatment requires close coordination between the dentist and their dental laboratory. A dentist needs to understand how the Dental laboratory works, what information is provided to them and the quality of product the dentist is receiving from their laboratory. Loupes are advisable on all course days to reduce strain and fatigue and improve your performance on the course as well in surgery. Our dental partners Orascoptic will be present on most course days, should you wish to try them on the course. Orascoptic offer discounted prices on loupes to Tipton Training Delegates.

What is covered in the course fees?

We provide you with a copy of the upper and lower stone models of Prof. Tipton’s tooth preparations. This is a copy for the delegates to keep as reference for the tooth preparations they want to do on the course day. Also included, for use on the course day is a ‘Tooth Preparation Kit’ which includes Upper and Lower Kavo models, a set of burs and all the teeth you require for the course day. The kit is retained by Tipton Training at the end of the each course day. A light lunch and refreshments will be available. Whilst we try to accommodate any dietary requirements, we cannot always guarantee.

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