School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Giles McCracken

Professor of Restorative Dentistry



I am a Newcastle University graduate having previously worked as a Hospital Dentist, Primary Care General Dental Practitioner and then returned to secondary care dentistry.  Over the past 20 years have been a full time clinical academic with a focus on research, education, and specialising in restorative dentistry.

Current work

I lead Postgraduate education in the School of Dental Sciences, teach on many of our programmes and I continue to research in the theme of clinical effectiveness.  My research includes multi centre investigations of oral health interventions with a focus around plaque control alongside evidence synthesis and in vitro investigations aligned to dentistry. I am part of the Dental Education Research Group of the School investigating undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education.





FDS(Rest Dent)



Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Degree Programme Director MClinDent Restorative Dentistry

Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dental Regional Advisor Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow

Principle College Clinical Educator in the Academy of Clinical Educators RCPS Glasgow


International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

British Society for Dental Research (BSDR)

British Society of Periodontology (BSP)

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow (RCPS Glasg)

British Dental Association (BDA)

North of England Odontological Society

British Society for Restorative Dentistry (BSRD)

Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry (ACSRD)

British Society for Teachers in Conservative Dentistry (BATCD)

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Research Interests

  • Clinical Education
  • Clinical efficacy of powered toothbrushes
  • Clinical trial design
  • Periodontal diseases and plaque control
  • Patient compliance and behaviour change
  • Impact of periodontal disease on quality of life
  • Efficacy of mandibular advancement splints for snoring 

Current Work

  • Markers for clinical effectiveness with respect to plaque removal
  • Impact of periodontal disease upon quality of life
  • Performance of resin composite restorations
  • Postgraduate Supervision

PhD supervision:

  • Translational studies to evaluate plaque control interventions
  • Inflammatory mechanisms associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus and oral diseases
  • Investigation of Failed Resin Composite Restorations
  • The effect of common dietary acids, alkalis and solvents on model composite materials
  • Exploration of the influence of personal judgments in assessing the development of professionalism
  • Investigating orofacial pain and oral health assessment measures for care planning of dependent adults
  • Do the learning expectations of the GDC (UK) accurately define the attributes needed of a dental graduate?
  • Effect of using instrument lubricants on the physical and mechanical properties of the resin-based composites

MPhil supervision:

  • The impact of periodontal disease upon quality of life in patients with diabetes
  • Comparison of a mandibular advancement splint to a mandibular bite-raising appliance in the treatment of patients with severe snoring

MSc/MClinDent supervision:

  • The impact of material selection for provisional extracoronal restorations upon dental implants
  • The impact of material selection for provisional extracoronal restorations upon gingival health
  • An investigation of oral health measures in medically compromised patients
  • The effect of hydrochloric acid on composite hardness
  • Aetiology & prevalence of gingival recession
  • Development of Quality of Life outcome measures in periodontal interventions


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Key Clinical Skills
  • Clinical Skills Advanced Restorations
  • Introduction to Clinical Practise
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Clinical attachments for both BDS Dentistry and BSc Oral & Dental Health Sciences

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • MClinDent in Restorative Dentistry taught and clinical programme
  • PGDipClinical Implant Dentistry taught programme