Stephen Davies

GDC Number: 45530


Stephen Davies BDS, MDSc, DGDP (UK)

GDC Number: 45530

Specialist in Restorative Dentistry [General Dental Council]

Lecturer in Occlusal and Temporomandibular Studies [University of Manchester]

Lead Clinician Temporomandibular Disorder Clinic [University Dental Hospital of Manchester]

Stephen Davies qualified from Manchester University in 1971. In 1974 he set up a new practice, in which he worked for 44 years. His experience in general practice, with a developing interest in patients with complex restorative needs, led him to believe that his undergraduate training needed supplementing. So he studied Occlusion and Temporomandibular Disorders [TMD] in the UK and USA. This enabled him to join the TMD clinic at the Manchester University Dental Hospital, in 1986. He has been a Lead Clinician of this clinic since January 2001.

He was awarded his M.D.Sc in 1994 for his thesis: “An investigation into the pattern of splint wear in the management of temporomandibular disorders” and was awarded the Alan Hilton Memorial Medal for Research by the Manchester Medical Society for this work. He has published over 50 papers in refereed scientific journals.

He was co-author of the textbook: “Temporomandibular Disorders: A clinical approach” BDJ Publications 1995. This was the first title in the BDJ’s ‘Clinical Guidelines’ series and was translated into German, 2000. He was principal author of “A Clinical Guide to Occlusion” for BDJ Publications 2002. This sets out Guidelines of Good Occlusal Practice in the different branches of dentistry. At the request of Springer Nature Publishing, he is currently revising both of these books, with some eminent co-authors.

He was the UK representative of the European Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders, and chaired their Education Committee. He is a founder member of the European Academy of TMD and Orofacial Pain.

He teaches at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. He is Unit Lead of the UoM MSc in Advanced Restorative Dentistry.

He contributed to ‘Royal College of Surgeons (England) Clinical Guidelines on Management of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) in Primary Care’.

He arranged the inaugural meeting that led to the creation of Association of Chartered Physiotherapist for the Study of TMD.

He has recently been invited to join the International Network For Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology Group. This has the challenge to create a brief version of the Diagnostic Criteria for TMD’ that can be used by general and specialist dentists in less than 10 minutes.

For many years he has accepted referrals from colleagues who have patients who have a suspected TMD, and/or are struggling to adapt to the occlusion of their restorations.

Outside Dentistry he enjoys boating and skiing with his wife, children and grandchildren; none of them have the remotest interest in Occlusion or Temporomandibular Disorders.

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