Estimated waiting time from referral into student clinic *

Assessment and treatment planning clinic (including removable partial dentures)


3 months



3 months

Removable Prosthodontics - complete dentures


8 months

Endodontic Assessment


5 months

Last Updated 11/01/24


*These are the estimated waiting times,  from receiving the referral to the first appointment on the relevant student clinic. Treatment by students is not covered by the National Wait Time Guarantees.

Practitioner Referrals

This section is for General Dental Practitioners referring patients to student clinics.

To refer please email or phone on 0141 211 9656.

Information Required:

  • Patient name
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • Telephone number
  • Brief case summary
  • Treatment being requested (Perio, Endo, Fixed Pros, Removable Pros, Operative, Combination, or Extractions) 


Patient Acceptance Criteria

General Principles


  • Simple Perio (BPE 1 to 4; see periodontology guidelines)
  • Simple extractions
  • Immediate dentures
  • Direct restorations
  • Partial and complete dentures (see removable pros guidelines)
  • Simple endodontics - de novo / re-RCT (see endo guidelines)
  • Indirect restorations (Inlays, onlays and crowns)
  • Simple bridgework  (see fixed pros guidelines)
  • Internal (non-vital) bleaching 


  • Full mouth rehabilitations or cases which require increasing the OVD
  • Aesthetic cases – veneers, multiple crowns
  • Extensive wear cases
  • Restorative/ Orthodontic cases
  • Dismantling large bridges and their replacement
  • Implants or peri-implantitis
  • Complex endodontic treatment of teeth e.g. curved roots, fractured instruments, resorption cases, wisdom teeth. ( See endodontic acceptance criteria)
  • Trauma cases requiring complex endodontic treatment – MTA plugs
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Complex medical histories that affect dental care or patients requiring hospital transport 


  • Advised that the initial appointment on a student clinic does not guarantee acceptance for treatment by students
  • Able to attend regularly
  • Willing to attend for multiple long appointments
  • Available for am or pm depending on clinic
  • Aware that treatment is subject to rotations of students and that more extensive treatment plans could take years to complete
  • Warned that if they fail to attend or cancel > 2 appointments then they will be discharged
  • Returned to GDP after 1 course of treatment


More detailed information for each aspect of restorative dentistry is detailed in the following tabs 

Fixed Prosthodontics


Work which could be done by a GDP in practice but the GDP/patient prefers it to be done in GDH.

  • Simple Crowns (Max number 4)
    • including tooth coloured posterior crowns where patient finances are an issue in practice - assuming there are no clinical contraindications to such crowns.
  • Simple cantilever bridges
  • Simple fixed, fixed bridges (2 abutments)
  • Simple resin bonded bridges
  • Single bridge dismantling and replacement
  • 2-3 crowns max. for dismantling and replacement
  • Single post removal/assessment
  • Veneers
  • Simple composite build ups – single arch
    • Ideally localised anterior wear 


Any treatment which could not be carried out by a moderately skilled GDP in practice such as

  • Patients for second opinions or treatment planning and referral back to GDP
  • Full mouth rehabilitations or cases which require increasing the OVD
  • Purely aesthetic cases requiring veneers, multiple crowns
  • Extensive wear cases
    • Excessive tooth loss
    • Both arches
    • Generalised
  • Whole mouth dismantling / multiple post removals
  • Repeated crown/bridge fractures due to parafunction
  • Post orthognathic surgery rehabilitation
  • TMD / splint therapy case



Patients who have:

  •             No significant medical history
  •             No complexities of access /compliance /anxiety
  •             Generally pocket depth less than or equal to 6mm - a few (i.e <3 sites)       slightly deeper pockets is acceptable. 

Generally this would be equivalent to BPE score 3, with one or two sextants scoring 4; an example may include patients who fit the above and require a 10c type treatment. 

Patients must be motivated to improve their periodontal health able to attend multiple AM appointments.


Diagnosis and management of patients with uncomplicated endodontic treatment need 


  • Single-rooted teeth
  • Multi-rooted teeth – (not 8s, 7s only for students with prior experience)
  • Primary root canal treatment of teeth with a curvature <30o to root axis and considered negotiable, from radiographic evidence, through their entire length. No root canal obstruction or damaged access, e.g. perforation
  • Removal of intact posts, less than 8mm in length (root canal treatment will be provided on student clinic as indicated)
  • Difficulties with local anaesthesia
  • Previously treated teeth with a poorly condensed root filling short of ideal working length where there is evidence of likely canal patency beyond the existing root filling. No damaged access or evidence of iatrogenic damage, e.g. perforation, ledge
  • Well condensed root fillings short of ideal working length with evidence of likely patency beyond existing root filling where previous treatment did not involve complicating factors. No damaged access or evidence of iatrogenic damage, e.g. perforation, ledge 

Complete Dentures


  • Single or both arches
  • Alveolar ridge still present (Cawood and Howell ridge forms II, III and IV)
  • No medical history that would complicate denture fabrication – stroke, MS, wheelchair bound
  • No tori or other anatomical anomalies
  • No limited opening (trismus)
  • No implant retained dentures (unless originally provided by GDH) 

Patients must be able to attend multiple appointments.

Partial Dentures

Acrylic and chrome based partial dentures provided 


  • Single or both arches
  • Conformist approach to occlusion only
  • No medical history that would complicate denture fabrication – stroke, MS, wheelchair bound
  • No tori or other anatomical anomalies
  • No limited opening (trismus)


All patients must be less than 16 years of age


  • Non-anxious and mildly anxious children for routine treatment of caries in the primary and permanent dentition (restorations and simple extractions)
  • Children  requiring internal bleaching for a previously traumatised tooth if good endodontic therapy has already been provided



  • Moderate to severely anxious or difficult to manage children
  • Children clearly requiring a General Anaesthetic
  • Medically compromised children
  • Children requiring a specialist opinion