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Professor Adam Nulty

BChD MJDF RCS Eng PGCert MSc (Dist.) MAcadMed

Adam, the “Digital Dentist”, is a highly experienced clinician with a special interest in
Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry, Digital Dentistry and Implantology.
In 2013 he completed a Master of Science degree in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry
from the University Of Manchester, achieving a Distinction and is currently researching
guided implantology in a PhD at Leeds University

Professor Chris Lefkaditis

Chris Lefkaditis is the principal of a private practice in Norwich.

He qualified as a BSC Dental scientist in 1989. He later joined dental school and graduated as a dental surgeon with honours in 1995 from the University of Pretoria.

His vast experience in digital dentistry includes Cadcam dentistry and computer guided implantology give him an unparalleled CAD CAM Materials knowledge.

Having furthered his education in advanced implant dentistry and functional occlusion, he has taken on the role of mentoring dentists with an interest in implant dentistry.

Professor Patrik Zachrisson

Dental surgeon (Karolinska Institute Sweden 1996), CertDentImp, FICOI

Patrik is a partner of The Wensleydale Dental Practice and the Wensleydale Dental laboratory. He provides general dental care for a broad patient base, focusing mainly on digital dentistry, Invisalign (platinum provider), implantology, restorative and preventive dentistry. He does all crown and bridge work using Cerec Omnicam, mostly made on site in his own laboratory.

He is currently working with Nimrodental on new orthodontic materials and ways of creating minimal retainers with digital scans.

Professor Quintus Van Tonder

BChD (Stell) PDD (Aesthetic Dentistry)

Dr van Tonder qualified at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Province, South Africa in 2000 with a BChD degree. After completion of his studies, he worked for a year in a state clinic in the Mosselbay region in South Africa. During this time, he treated thousands of underprivileged patients in need of care. In 2001 he moved to the UK.

In 2011 he completed a diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry taking a keen interest in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry. He loves technology and is constantly looking to implement the latest innovations in the practice that will benefit our customers. One of these is the CEREC System.

Since investing in the system, he has completed a tremendous amount of training and has built up a wealth of experience in working with this system to create beautiful smiles and restore patients’ dentition, not only functionally, but also aesthetically.


Vasant Vadgama

3D Printer Resins

Ray Rophie

Staining & Glazing Materials & BSB

Scott Hippey

3Shape CAD Design

James Cox

Exocad CAD Design

Vinnie Thandi

Digital Orthodontics

Andy Fairbanks

Surface Texture Characteristics in CAM Finishing

David Veige


David Claridge


Jaimini Vadgama

Surgical Guides & Advanced 3Shape

August de Oliveira

Mastering 3D Printing

Douglas Watt

Digital Mockups using 3Shape

David Wang Honey

Digital Orthodontics – 3D printer integration

Jesse Flor

CEREC & Inlab CAM Software

Haitham Sharshar

3D Smile Visualisation

Wally Renne

Prep design, Current materials and Guided Surgery

Carl Fenwick

3D Dentures




I am delighted you have chosen to start your journey into Digital Dentistry with this course provided by the Digital Dental Academy, the UK’s premier independent teaching provider for digital dentistry.

As a new student to the Digital Dental Academy you will have the opportunity for new experiences whilst developing skills to give you the best chance of succeeding in this ever evolving speciality. I founded the DDA with Chris Lefkaditis and Patrik Zachrisson to elevate the standard of knowledge in Digital Dentistry in both the UK and abroad with an unbiased and informative approach utilising the best talent in this field from across the world.

We are very pleased to be delivering this Masters programme to provide you with an excellent mix of academic and hands on experiences which will enable you to develop your career into your chosen specialist area of dental practice. 

Our faculty staff and lecturers in various topics in Digital Dentistry will work with you during your academic career mentoring you at each step to help you realise your full potential as a Digital Dental Master. We have carefully selected excellent lecturers, clinical studies and reading material to give you the foundation knowledge required to make informed judgements as new technology emerges, both in hardware and software. Our residentials will give you real world skills that will let you put your new found knowledge into practice. These face to face residentials will make the difference in enhancing your clinical career and ultimately providing the best level of care to your patients.

On behalf of myself, Chris and Patrik, we look forward to meeting you and wish you the very best of luck in your studies. 

Yours sincerely,

Prof Adam Nulty BChD MJDF RCS Eng PGCert MSc (Dist) MAcadMed 

Programme Director

Digital Dental Academy


Be part of The UK’s FIRST Digital Dentistry Course.

With the facilities and educational distinction available the Digital Dental Academy will provide a world first in 21st Century Digital Dental teaching enabling students to provide more predictable care and communicate with patients better in a familiar digital landscape.

Summary of Module Content

– To lead to a comprehensive knowledge of Digital Dentistry
– Applied Science behind the hardware and software taught in an unbiased and research based format.
– Workflows to include in every day dentistry such as CAD design, CAM Material knoweledge, Milling and Finishing of prosthetics.
– 3D printing devices, software and materials.
– CBCT and Guided Surgery knowledge.

The first part is a Postgraduate Diploma.
You will then have the option of progressing to Diploma to a full Level 7 MSc in Digital Dentistry with a research proposal of your choice.


The programme is multi-modular, and all modules have to be completed to progress through the programme. Students who successfully complete the first stage will have completed a Postgraduate Certificate. At the end of stage two students will have completed a Postgraduate Diploma. At the end of the third stage, students will be awarded an MSc (DigDent). The programme is taught by leading professionals in the field of Digital Restorative Dentistry. Tutors and recognised experts will give lectures, demonstrations and hands on support. These include distinguished academics, oral and restorative surgeons, university lecturers, researchers and experienced digital dental practitioners.


Foundation Knowledge

History of Digital Dentistry
Terminology and the Science behind the architecture.
Imaging (Photography, Radiology, Surface)
Science behind the technology.
Overview on digital systems currently available.

Digital Treatment Planning & Digital Smile Design

Patient Communication with Digital Photography
Digital Smile Design tools and software
Incorporation of the Laboratory and use of digital intra oral scanners.

Digital Impression Scanners

Digital Intra Oral Impression Scanners available.
How the technology works
Tissue management
Common Errors

CAD Design Software

Single tooth
Full coverage Crowns & Bridgework
Partial Coverage Inlays/Onlays
Partial Fixed Dental Prosthesis
Screw Retained single crown

Restorative Protocols & Science

Fundamentals of tooth preparation
Full coverage restoration Crowns & Bridgework
Partial coverage restorations, Veneers, Inlays & Onlays

3D Printing

3D printing Technology Types
Using the Technology in Production
3D Software to create a Study model


CAM Manufacture

Milling units available
3, 4 and 5 axes milling units and the differences
Dry and wet milling units
Burs for production and limitations on manufacture
Maintenance & Production

CAM Materials

Material formats used for production, blocks and Pucks
Hybrid Ceramics and other Glass Ceramics
Composite Resin
Wax pattern
Luting Agent and Cements required

CAM Processing & Prosthetic Finishing

Furnaces and Processing machines
Zirconia vs Glass Ceramics
Stain and Glaze Protocol
Zirconia Protocol
Composite Resin Protocol

Digital Orthodontics

Integration with digital intra oral scanners
3D printer integration
Types of digital orthodontic treatment planning
Milled and Laser Cut Retainers

CBCT & Digital Radiography & Guided Surgery

Digital Radiographic & CBCT analysis
Basics of 3D Radiology
Legalities, Obligations and Storage
Assessment and diagnosis of CBCT and digital radiograph
Merging datasets – DICOM, stl, etc
Prosthetic guided planning and placement
Surgical guide fabrication
Procedure from start to insertion
Insertion and maintenance
Laboratory communication

Advanced Clinical Practice

Students present and treat a minimum of five cases using digital technology. Students attend seminars and present models and records of actual cases they intend to treat under supervision or independently.


Aims & Objectives of the course

The Digital Dental Academy has grown into one of the worlds largest community of digital dentistry dedicated to the professions of dentists, technicians and auxillaries, offering courses on a range of digital dentistry subjects, and it is pleased to deliver the UK’s first Digital Dentistry Masters Degree.

The Masters programme is aimed at the higher educational needs of General Dental Practitioners who intend to introduce digital dentistry as a treatment modality into their practices or to expand on existing knowledge and skills. It also instils the core skills essential for the professional practice of dentistry using new technologies and a commitment to lifelong learning.

The objective is to provide dental surgeons with the core knowledge and clinical skills essential for the delivery of competent, high quality dental care in accordance with GDC recognised guidelines. Additionally, it is to promote an understanding of the different requirements essential to the provision of ethical, predictable and evidence based preventative, orthodontic, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Programme Aims

The overall aim is to deliver sound teaching in the theory and safe practice of modern dentistry using cutting edge tools such as intra oral scanners, 3D Printers, Milling machines and Software aids. It aims to produce competent and reflective practitioners as well as encouraging opportunities for research and further postgraduate development. The programme aims are to:

  • Provide unbiased teaching in the theory and practice of dentistry using digital tools and technologies.
  • Create opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Contribute to the research base of digital dentistry and to encourage research amongst practitioners
  • Promote digital dentistry as a safe and practical method of treating patients
  • Produce safe, competent and reflective practitioners
  • Appraise levels of competency.

Objectives of the Programme

By the end of the programme, successful students will have acquired the knowledge, skills and experience to confidently:

  • Deliver safe, predictable and competent dental treatment using digital technologies.
  • Understand their role and responsibilities in the provision of dental treatment to their patients using these tools, together with their relationships to other colleagues and the dental care team.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with other professionals in the management of complex cases requiring an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Interpret research findings and their implications for dental treatment using digital dental software and hardware.
  • Evaluate various treatment options, demonstrate proficiency in applying new cutting edge software and hardware techniques and reflect on all aspects relating to practice management, synthesising information gained from a wide variety of sources in order to develop an optimal and realistic treatment plan.
  • Understand the major legal, ethical and social implications of treatment using these technologies.

Additional Information

After the completion of the PGCert and Diploma, students will have the option to  progress their learning towards a full MSc  in Digital Dentistry through the collaborative University.

Students will complete a 60 credit Research Module that will give students the areas of knowledge which are required during the third part of the programme and provides the tools needed for the professional project. This is a comprehensive module covering clinical statistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, measurement and research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules and measurements to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.

On completion of this module students will have the necessary skills to implement and write up a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words.


Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7)

Level 7


Six Modules – £6000

Course Completed over 8 months including Online Lectures and two 4 day Face to Face hands on learning sessions providing more than 60 Hours of learning.

Students are provided with literature and assessments via a variety of methods.

Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7)

Level 7


Six Modules – £6000

Course Completed over 8 months including Online Lectures and two 4 day Face to Face hands on learning sessions providing more than 60 Hours of learning.

Students are provided with literature and assessments via a variety of methods.

MClinDent in Digital Restorative Dentistry

progression through College of Medicine & Dentistry


MClinDent Part 3 – Research Module – £6000

8 month Research Module completed on a topic of the students choice in Digital Dentistry.


Monthly Lectures

One evening a month delegates will take part in an interactive online lecture from 7pm to 830pm. These will aid in the learning of each module and will be provided by some of the worlds leading digital experts.

Face to Face Hands On Learning

Each Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma will have two residentials. These residentials will be held at various manufacturers facilities where a range of hands on equipment will be provided. Each residential will last 4 days. The residential will take place in January and May. These face to face learning experiences will give delegates the personal face to face teaching required.

23-26  – MSc Digital Dentistry – Cohort 2 Residential 1  & Cohort 1 Residential 3 – LONDON, UK
30April -3 May  – MSc Digital Dentistry – Cohort 2 Residential 2 & Cohort 1 Residential 4 – LONDON, UK


Students are assessed by a variety of means appropriate to the programme module. These may include written assignments, projects, oral presentation and practical/clinical assessment. The aim is to build students’ knowledge and confidence so that they may progress through the programme and be ready for final assessment.


Students will be given a recommended reading list with applicable literature for each given topic as well as essential reading to compliment each module.


As you progress through your learning you will have an in depth support network with fellow students as well as worldwide mentors.


Should you choose to progress the learning towards a full MSc in Digital Dentistry you will be supported by the faculty in your chosen research area to provide a lasting impact in Digital Dentistry.

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