Professor Thomas Dietrich Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., MPH, FDS RCPS

Thomas Dietrich

School of Dentistry
Professor of Oral Surgery

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Thomas Dietrich is Head of the Department of Oral Surgery in the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

Thomas is a clinical researcher/epidemiologist in Dental Medicine, particularly in the fields of Oral Surgery and Periodontology, and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH/USA), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR/UK) and the European Union.

He is a member of the European Centres for Dental Implantology and is an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Advisory Panel member.


  • Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, 2008.
  • Doctor medicinae, Charité, Humboldt University, 2003.
  • Master in Public Health, Harvard University, 2002.
  • Medicine, Charité, Humboldt University, 2001.
  • Doctor medicinae dentariae, Charité, Humboldt University, 1997.
  • Dentistry, Charité, Humboldt University, 1995.


Postgraduate supervision

Professor Dietrich is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in the following areas:

Clinical outcomes in dentoalveolar surgery and implantology, in particular in methods to reduce morbidity after lower third molar surgery
Links between oral disease/interventions (in particular in periodontology and oral surgery) and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis


Highlight publications

Gorecki, P, Rainsford, KD, Taneja, P, Bulsara, Y, Pearson, D, Saund, D, Ahmed, B & Dietrich, T 2018, 'Submucosal diclofenac for acute postoperative pain in third molar surgery: a randomized, controlled clinical trial', Journal of Dental Research, vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 381-387.

Gorecki, P, Burke, D, Chapple, I, Hemming, K, Saund, D, Pearson, D, Stahl, W, Lello, R & Dietrich, T 2018, 'Perioperative supplementation with a fruit and vegetable juice powder concentrate and postsurgical morbidity: a double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled clinical trial', Clinical Nutrition, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 1448-1455.

Heaton, B, Garcia, RI & Dietrich, T 2018, 'Simulation study of misclassification bias in association studies employing partial-mouth protocols', Journal of Clinical Periodontology, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 1034-1044.

Recent publications


Shields, A, Faustini, S, Kristunas, C, Cook, A, Backhouse, C, Dunbar, L, Ebanks, D, Emmanuel, B, Crouch, E, Kroeger, A, Hirschfeld, J, Sharma, P, Jaffery, R, Nowak, S, Gee, S, Drayson, M, Richter, A, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2021, 'COVID 19: Seroprevalence and vaccine responses in UK dental care professionals', Journal of Dental Research, vol. 100, no. 11, pp. 1220-1227.

Dukka, H, Dietrich, T, Saleh, MHA, Troiano, G, Yonel, Z, Ravidà, A, Wang, H, Greenwell, H & Chapple, ILC 2021, 'Prognostic performance of the 2017 World Workshop Classification on staging and grading of periodontitis compared with the British Society of Periodontology's implementation', Journal of Periodontology.

Raja, A, White, D, Kerr, S & Dietrich, T 2021, 'Providing sealants at the general anaesthetic assessment visit for children requiring caries-related dental extractions under general anaesthetic: a pilot randomised controlled trial', British Dental Journal.

Holt, H, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2021, 'Risk factors for developing COVID-19: a population-based longitudinal study (COVIDENCE UK)', Thorax.

Dietrich, T, Schmid, I, Locher, M & Addison, O 2020, 'Extraction force and its determinants for minimally invasive vertical tooth extraction', Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Sharma, P, Fenton, A, Dias, IH, Heaton, B, Brown, CLR, Sidhu, A, Rahman, M, Griffiths, HR, Cockwell, P, Ferro, CJ, Chapple, IL & Dietrich, T 2020, 'Oxidative stress links periodontal inflammation and renal function', Journal of Clinical Periodontology, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 357-367.

Yonel, Z, Yahyouche, A, Jalal, Z, James, A, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2021, 'Patient acceptability of targeted risk-based detection of non-communicable diseases in a dental and pharmacy setting', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, 1576.

Sanz, M, Chapple, I & Dietrich, T 2020, 'Periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases: consensus report', Journal of Clinical Periodontology, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 268–288.

Yonel, Z, Batt, J, Jane, R, Cerullo, E, Gray, LJ, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2020, 'The role of the oral healthcare team in identification of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review.', Current Oral Health Reports.

Oluwagbemigun, K & Dietrich, T 2019, 'A cross-sectional investigation into the association between Porphyromonas gingivalis and autoantibodies to citrullinated proteins in a German population', Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, vol. 11.

Callhoff, J, Dietrich, T, Chubrieva, M, Klotsche, J & Zink, A 2019, 'A patient-reported questionnaire developed in a German early arthritis cohort to assess periodontitis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis', Arthritis Research & Therapy, vol. 21, no. 1, 197 .

Serban, S, Dietrich, T, Lopez-Oliva, I, De Pablo, P, Raza, K, Filer, A, Chapple, I & Hill, K 2019, 'Attitudes towards oral health in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial', JDR Clinical & Translational Research, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 360-370.

Hong, B, Morris, A & Dietrich, T 2019, 'Frequency, variation and cost of dental extractions for adults in secondary care in Great Britain', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 9, pp. 679–686.

Lopez-Oliva, I, De Pablo, P, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2019, 'Gums and joints: is there a connection? Part one: epidemiological and clinical links', British Dental Journal, vol. 227, pp. 605–609.

Lopez-Oliva, I, De Pablo, P, Dietrich, T & Chapple, I 2019, 'Gums and joints: is there a connection? Part two: the biological link', British Dental Journal, vol. 227, pp. 611–617.

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