Phantom Head Course – Scotland


10 days

Verifiable CPD

60 hours


Coatbridge Campus, Scotland: February 2019


Per day fees (prices ex VAT) **

£499 + VAT per day

6 month payment terms and low-rate finance available

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The Phantom Head Course gives dentists the practical skills to excel in private practice. This course leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Operative Dentistry.

Under the guidance of the renowned Professor Paul Tipton, you will develop techniques to prepare and restore teeth for a wide range of procedures.

During the course, you will master bonded crown preparations, veneer preparations, ceramic crown preparations, amalgams, posterior composites, posts, composite veneers, gold preps, maryland preps and bridge preps.

With these practical skills, you’ll have the confidence to take on complex cases in a day-to-day practice setting.

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

Unit 1: Principles of Tooth Preparation

  • Learning Outcome 1: Explain, evaluate and practice 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. Course Assessment are in the form of 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:

Day 1: Bonded Crown Preparations

  • Anterior, Premolar and Molar
  • Shillingburg Style of Preparations
  • Winged Preparations
  • Functional Cusp Bevel
  • Two handed Preparation techniques
  • Speed increasing hand-pieces
  • Use of Magnification

Day 2: Veneer Preparations

  • Conventional and Sliced Preparations
  • Impression Techniques for Veneers and Crowns, Use of Matrices
  • Chamfer Preparations
  • Use of retraction cord
  • Gingival rotary curettage
  • Types of Ceramics to use
  • Understanding Enamel Thickness for different teeth

Day 3: Ceramic Crown Preparations

  • Dentine bonded crowns
  • Verti-Prep Crown Preparations
  • E-max Crowns
  • Zirconia Monolithic and layered
  • 360 degree Veneers

Day 4: Amalgams

  • PKT carving and posterior tooth anatomy
  • Wedge positioning
  • Enamel margin angles
  • Use of Anealing
  • Adhesive amalgam techniques, Use of 4 metal bonding agents
  • Amalgapins/ Amalgam slots/ Nayyar Cores

Day 5: Posterior Composites

  • Tooth morphology
  • Incremental packing
  • C factor
  • Use of sub/surface staining
  • Surface Sealing
  • Sectional Matrix Bands
  • Layering Techniques
  • Flowable and chemically cured composites

Day 6: Posts

  • 5 x criteria for successful Posts
  • Shenker posts
  • Importance of Ferrule
  • Split cast post and core
  • Duralay direct post and core techniques
  • Impression techniques for Indirect techniques
  • Material choice
  • Fibre Adhesive posts- Fibre/ Zirconia

Day 7: Composite veneers

  • Use of Rubber Dam
  • Anterior composite veneers
  • Staining/polishing
  • Anterior Tooth Anatomy
  • Stratification techniques
  • Abfraction lesions, use of pink composites
  • Large Class IV composite restoration built up using a silicone index

Day 8: Gold Preps

  • Full gold crown
  • 7/8th crown upper
  • gold onlay upper/gold ¾ crown lower
  • gold onlay upper
  • gold ¾ crown upper
  • Gold ¾ crown upper
  • Longevity of Gold Restorations

Day 9: Maryland Preps

  • Use of Guide Planes
  • Fix Fixed VS Fixed Movable
  • Use of Hybrids and attachments
  • Grooves and Wrap around
  • Anterior tooth preps
  • Posterior tooth preps

Day 10: Bridge Preps

  • Fixed movable/ Fixed-Fixed/Cantilever Designs
  • Use of Grooves and Boxes
  • Box preparations
  • Preparations to reduce flexing
  • Occlusal and axial reduction
  • Choice of metal Sub structure
  • Choosing Retainer types

Prof. 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, Chester 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.

Click here to find out more about Paul Tipton

The Tipton Operative course has given me the skills and techniques to provide high quality private dentistry to my patients. Case acceptance is up and treatment is predictable. Everyone performing dentistry on a day to day basis should take this course!
- A Young, 2017

I had heard positive reviews of Tipton training and I decided to book on to the Operative Course as the timing was great. Since starting the course the benefits were so quickly achieved that I also joined the year long Restorative course and I have found that both compliment each other really well. I feel more confident putting my new knowledge and skills into practice and taking on more complex treatments which I previously may not have tackled.
- A McIntyre, 2017

Prof Paul Tipton and his team are excellent teachers and I found them to be very inspiring, confident and experienced clinicians. We were taught all the types of prosthetic restorations which were carefully supervised and corrected if necessary. We covered a good range of cases and there were never-ending opportunities to learn more. Great location, excellent dental materials to work with and a very helpful team. Overall a great course, thank you very much.
- C Ureche, 2017

If you have any fears regarding the sale of private work and you want to improve your efficiency, practical skills, reduce stress at work and finally increase your satisfaction in what you do ...You should attend a Tipton Training course.
- A kowal-Bieg, 2017

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 6 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 30 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 6% 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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