Professor Trevor Burke DDS, MSc, MDS, FDS MGDS RCS (Edin.) FDS RCS, FADM

Professor Trevor Burke

School of Dentistry
Professor of Primary Dental Care

Contact details

+44(0) 121 466 5477 (Secretary)
+44(0) 121 6258815
The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Trevor Burke is (part time) Professor of Primary Dental Care and Hon Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. His principal activity currently involves being Programme Director of a Masters course in Advanced General Dental Practice,this having been set up 14 years ago and being part time to suit the busy lives of general dental practitioners. A Distance version of the course commenced in February 2013 and the campus-based course has been phased out. 

Trevor is  (co-) author of 310 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and four books. His principal interests are in the translation of in vitro research on dental materials into the clinical situation. In this regard, he co-ordinates the work of a practice-based research group, the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners) Panel, with 33 dentists UK-wide who carry out clinical evaluations of a variety of materials and other practice-based studies. 

He has been Chair of the recently established Network for Practice-based Research Network of the IADR.

Trevor is also Editorial Director of Dental Update and is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 


  • BDS Queens University Belfast, 1969
  • MDS Queens University Belfast, 1972
  • DDS University of Manchester 1993.
  • MSc, University of Manchester, 1989.
  • FADM 2000.


Trevor Burke graduated at Queens University Belfast, and, following appointments in the School of Dentistry, Belfast, he worked in general dental practice from 1974 to 1992 in Manchester, also working 1.5 days per week in the Unit of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester. Appointed Senior Research Fellow in 1991, Senior Lecturer in Dental Practice, University of Manchester 1992, Professor of Dental Primary Care at University of Glasgow in 1996, moving to his present position as Professor of Primary Dental Care at the University of Birmingham and Hon. Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in 2000. Principal activities include the treatment of patients often referred because of tooth wear, being Course Director of a Masters Course, specifically designed for general dental practitioners (currently with circa 80 students), and research (detailed below). 

Trevor is (co-) author of 310 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and four books. He has been awarded over 80 research grants.


  • BDS
  • MSc Advanced General Dental Practice (Campus based and Distance)

Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of one PhD student.

Trevor also supervises the majority of the research projects carried out by the students taking the Masters in Advanced General Dental Practice on the campus-based course. 


Trevor's research interests include, properties and applications of tooth-coloured restorative materials, clinical evaluation of materials and their performance in general dental practice, the design of an index of oral health for clinical audit and quality control, and ill health retirement among dentists. 

Trevor’s strongest research interests today centre on Practice-based Research, in which Trevor co-ordinates the operation of a nationwide research group, the PREP (Product Research and Evaluation by Practitioners). This group, which Trevor founded in 1993, has conducted over 60 “handling” evaluations of dental materials and presently has clinical evaluations of a variety of projects ongoing. He also helped establish BRIDGE (Birmingham Research In Dental General practicE) a practice based research group in the West Midlands. In this regard, Trevor is a founding member of and was Chair of the Practice-based Research Network of the IADR until March 2015.

His other research interests include reasons for premature retirement of dentists and evaluation of indices used for patient assessment. Along with Dr Steve Lucarotti, formerly Chief Statistician at the Dental Practice Board, Trevor is investigating restoration longevity in England and Wales using a massive data set which includes 10 million restorations at 16 years, the biggest data set ever developed for dental research.  A numberof research projects are ongoing, using this data set. These include factors influencing survival of restorations of all types, and the effect of restorations on the overall lifespan of the restored tooth. 

Other activities

As an Hon Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Trevor takes referrals from practice, with his principal interest being the minimal invasive treatment of tooth wear using resin composite restorations. Trevor is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Editorial Director of Dental Update.


Lucarotti PS, Burke FJ. Factors influencing patients' continuing attendance at a given dentist. Br Dent J. 2015 Mar 27;218(6):E13. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.230.

Busby M, Matthews R, Burke FJ, Mullins A, Shumacher K. Is any particular aspect of percieved quality associated with patients tending to promote a dental practice to their friends and colleagues?. Br Dent J. 2015 Mar 27;218(6):E12. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.229.

Busby M, Martin JA, Matthews R, Burke FJ, Chapple I. The relationship between oral health risk and disease status and age, and the significance for general dental practice funding by capitation. Br Dent J. 2014 Nov;217(10):E19. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.1006. PubMed PMID: 25415037.

Burke FJ, Mackenzie L, Falcon H, Priest N, Palin WM. An audit of cavity and crown preparations and two direct restorations carried out by foundation dentists in the Oxford and Wessex Deaneries. Br Dent J. 2014 Apr;216(7):421-5. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.249. PubMed PMID: 24722101.

Lucarotti PS, Lessani M, Lumley PJ, Burke FJ. Influence of root canal fillings on longevity of direct and indirect restorations placed within the General Dental Services in England and Wales. Br Dent J. 2014 Mar;216(6):E14. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.244. PubMed PMID: 24651365.

Burke FJ. Dental materials--what goes where? The current status of glass ionomer as a material for loadbearing restorations in posterior teeth. Dent Update. 2013 Dec;40(10):840-4. Review. PubMed PMID: 24597029.

Burke FJ, Crisp RJ, Cowan AJ, Lamb J, Thompson O, Tulloch N. Five-year clinical evaluation of zirconia-based bridges in patients in UK general dental practices. J Dent. 2013 Nov;41(11):992-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2013.08.007. Epub 2013 Aug 15. PubMed PMID: 23954574

Burke FJ, Singh V, Wilson NH. The Normalized Failure Index: a method for summarizing the results of studies on restoration longevity? Oper Dent. 2013 Sep-Oct;38(5):488-96. doi: 10.2341/10-371-C. Epub 2013 Jun 26. 

Burke FJ, Mackenzie L, Sands P. Dental materials--what goes where? Class I and II cavities. Dent Update. 2013 May;40(4):260-2, 264-6, 269-70 passim. Review. PubMed PMID: 23829006.

Burke FJ, Lucarotti PS. Ten year survival of bridges placed in the General Dental Services in England and Wales. J Dent. 2012 Nov;40(11):886-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2012.07.002. Epub 2012 Aug 3. PubMed PMID: 22864053.

Burke FJ. Survival rates for porcelain laminate veneers with special reference to the effect of preparation in dentin: a literature review. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2012 Aug;24(4):257-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.2012.00517.x. Epub2012 May 29. Review. PubMed PMID: 22863131.

Everson P, Addison O, Palin WM, Burke FJ. Improved bonding of zirconia substructures to resin using a "glaze-on" technique. J Dent. 2012 Apr;40(4):347-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2011.12.011. Epub 2011 Dec 21. PubMed PMID: 22210451.

Brunton PA, Sharif MO, Creanor S, Burke FJ, Wilson NH. Contemporary dental practice in the UK in 2008: indirect restorations and fixed prosthodontics. Br Dent J. 2012 Feb 10;212(3):115-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.92. PubMed PMID: 22322759.

Burke FJ, Kelleher MG, Wilson N, Bishop K. Introducing the concept of pragmatic esthetics, with special reference to the treatment of tooth wear. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2011 Oct;23(5):277-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.2011.00462.x. Epub 2011 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 21977949.