Standards for the Dental Team and its accompanying additional guidance documents
set out the standards that are expected of all dental professionals registered with
The case studies, scenarios and other learning materials on the Focus on Standards
pages are fictional and for illustration purposes only.
Their aim is to put Standards for the Dental Team and its accompanying guidance
into context. The material on these pages does not replace GDC guidance.
The case studies cannot be relied on to be clinically accurate.
Nor do the case studies intend to show the "correct" interpretation of GDC guidance,
only one (or more) possible interpretation(s). Dental professionals should not rely
on the case studies to make any decisions.
There is no substitute for dental professional’s applying their own professional
judgement to the particular circumstances.
Nothing in the case studies shall prejudice the GDC's rights and duties under the
Dentists Act 1984(as amended) and associated secondary legislation to consider and,
if appropriate, investigate and refer to one of its Committees for determination
any allegation(s) about an individual on its register, either that they have not
acted in accordance with the principles of Standards for the Dental Team or otherwise.