Professor David Ricketts

Professor (Clinical)

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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David Ricketts qualified at Guys Hospital Dental School, now Kings College London, in 1986. Following a resident Oral Surgery House Officer Post and two years in General Practice he returned to Guys to study for an MSc in Conservative Dentistry with Professor Bernard Smith. During this, his interest in Cariology, and in particular caries diagnosis and its appropriate management began.

His MSc project was supervised by Professor Edwina Kidd and was entitled “Clinical and Radiographic Diagnosis of Occlusal Caries” and this was followed by a PhD entitled “Diagnosis of occlusal caries by electronic resistance measurements” which was gained in 1995. These two research posts were the initial inspiration for a career in academic dentistry and in 1999 David moved to Dundee Dental School where, following a training pathway in Restorative Dentistry, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in 2003 and subsequently to Professor of Cariology and Conservative Dentistry in 2007.

David is currently Head of Operative Dentistry, Fixed Prosthodontics and Endodontology and has published widely on aspects of cariology and restorative dentistry. He is the joint editor and contributor to two text books on operative dentistry, has contributed extensively to a problem solving book in dentistry and to cariology chapters to a further three text books.

He has been invited speaker in numerous counties in Europe, North and South America, Kuwait and Hong Kong and has chaired scientific sessions for the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) and the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry. David reviews scientific papers for a number of National and International Journals and for the Cochrane Collaboration and is currently Associate Editor for Caries Research and on the Editorial Board for Dental Update.

GDC No. 61940

Qualifications:- BDS (London, UK), MSc (London UK), PhD (London, UK), FDS RCS (Eng), FDS RCS Rest Dent (UK), FHEA (UK)


Collaborative research with ICDAS foundation on Caries Detection, Assessment (including activity assessment), Diagnosis, Management Pathways. This has led to collaborative research with colleagues in Denmark, Germany, Columbia, Brazil, Michigan, Philadelphia, Indiana and Kuwait. Also involved in the development of “The International Caries Classification and Management System™” ((ICCMS) Group meeting in Philadelphia, April 2010)

Cochrane systematic review on Ultraconservative or complete caries removal. Revised and resubmitted 2012.

International collaboration with participants from Brazil, Denmark and UK on subtraction radiography for the detection of carious lesion progression and the effect of alteration of x-ray beam projection geometry on detection of lesion progression.

Co-applicant on NIHR HTA INTERVAL Dental Recalls Trial (Investigation of NICE Technologies for Enabling Risk-Variable-Adjusted-Length Dental Recalls Trial) – Feasibility study being carried out.

Co-applicant on IQUAD trial (Improving the Quality of Dentistry) (2011 – date). A multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing oral hygiene advice and periodontal instrumentation for the prevention and management of periodontal disease in dentate adults attending dental primary care. The study is supported by a grant from the National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme (ref 09/01/45). Currently recruiting practices and patients.

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David has a wealth of teaching experience at both undergraduate and post graduate level and was secretary of the British Association for Teachers in Conservative Dentistry for eight years. He has examined at undergraduate level at Cardiff, King’s College London and Sheffield and at postgraduate level in Edinburgh and King’s College. He has been external examiner for Kuwait University and external assessor for Mauritius University.

Participant at the European Cariology Curriculum meeting, Berlin 2010.