Dr Phillip Tomson BDS, PhD, MFDS RCSEd, RCSEng, FDS (Rest Dent) RCSEd

Dr Phillip Tomson

School of Dentistry
Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry
Head of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Head of Postgraduate Education

Contact details

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

Phil Tomson is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School. He is Head of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics and Designated Individual for the Human Tissue Authority in Dentistry at Birmingham.

Phil completed his higher speciality training in 2011 and holds specialist registration with the GDC in Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Periodontics. He completed a PhD in 2013 with research focused on regeneration of the dentine-pulp complex. He has won the Wladimir Adlivankine ESE research prize and was one of the first recipients of the FDS research fellowships from RCS Eng. His main research interests lie in tissue regeneration and engineering of the dental pulp, therapeutic methods in irrigating the root canal system and novel methods of assessing root canal disinfection. He is heavily involved in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programmes at Birmingham School of Dentistry. Phil lectures nationally and internationally on subjects related to the clinical management of pulpal and periradicular disease and his research.


  • PhD; University of Birmingham 2013.
  • Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination (Restorative Dentistry) 2011
  •  Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery; Royal College of Surgeons (London) 2003.
  • Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery; Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) 2003.
  •  BDS; University of Birmingham 2000


Other activities

  • International Endodontic Journal editorial board member
  •  British Endodontic Society Council Member
  •  Examiner, Membership of Restorative Dentistry (MRD), Royal College of Surgeons of England
  •  European Society of Endodontics membership committee member
  • Current or past external examiner for several post graduate clinical programs in the UK
  • West Midlands Restorative Dentistry Managed Clinical Network
  • Member of the University of Birmingham’s Human Tissue Oversight Committee (HTOC)


Recent publications


Virdee, SS, Bashir, NZ, Krstic, M, Camilleri, J, Grant, MM, Cooper, PR & Tomson, PL 2023, 'Periradicular tissue fluid‐derived biomarkers for apical periodontitis: An in vitro methodological and in vivo cross‐sectional study', International Endodontic Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.13956

Virdee, S, Oglah Albaaj, FS, Camilleri, J, Grant, M, Walmsley, D, Cooper, P & Tomson, P 2022, 'Antimicrobial efficacy of different irrigant solutions using a novel biofilm model: an in vitro confocal laser scanning microscopy experiment', The European journal of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. https://doi.org/10.1922/EJPRD_2419Virdee09

Zancan, RF, Hadis, M, Burgess, D, Zhang, J, Di Maio, A, Tomson, P, Duarte, MAH & Camilleri, J 2021, 'A matched irrigation and obturation strategy for root canal therapy', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 4666 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83849-y

Zancan, RF, Di Maio, A, Tomson, PL, Duarte, MAH & Camilleri, J 2021, 'The presence of smear layer affects the antimicrobial action of root canal sealers', International Endodontic Journal, vol. 54, no. 8, pp. 1369-1382. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.13522

Virdee, S, Ravaghi, V, Camilleri, J, Cooper, P & Tomson, P 2020, 'Current trends in endodontic irrigation amongst general dental practitioners and dental schools within the United Kingdom and Ireland: a cross-sectional survey', British Dental Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1984-x

Virdee, S, Farnell, DJJ, Silva, MA, Camilleri, J, Cooper, P & Tomson, P 2020, 'The influence of irrigant activation, concentration and contact time on sodium hypochlorite penetration into root dentine: an ex vivo experiment', International Endodontic Journal, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 986-997. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.13290

Matos, FDS, do Prado, RF, Khoury, RD, de Oliveira, LD, Valera, MC, Tomson, PL & Carvalho, CAT 2019, 'Anti-inflammatory and anti-resorptive efficacy of adrenergic blockers on late replanted rat incisors', Dental Traumatology. https://doi.org/10.1111/edt.12523

Petridis, X, Beems, BP, Tomson, P, Scheven, B, Giepmans, B, Kuipers, J, van der Sluis, L & Harmsen, MC 2019, 'Effect of dentin matrix components on the mineralization of human mesenchymal stromal cells', Tissue Engineering Part A, vol. 25, no. 15-16, pp. 1104-1115. https://doi.org/10.1089/ten.TEA.2018.0192

Austah, O, Widbiller, M, Tomson, PL & Diogenes, A 2019, 'Expression of neurotrophic factors in human dentin and their regulation of trigeminal neurite outgrowth', Journal of Endodontics, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 414-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joen.2018.12.011

Dietrich, T, Krug, R, Krastl, G & Tomson, P 2019, 'Restoring the unrestorable! Developing coronal tooth tissue with a minimally invasive surgical extrusion technique.', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 10, pp. 789–793. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0268-9

Heran, J, Khalid, S, Albaaj, F, Tomson, PL & Camilleri, J 2019, 'The single cone obturation technique with a modified warm filler', Journal of Dentistry, vol. 89, 103181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2019.103181

Kelly, RD, Addison, O, Tomson, PL, Krastl, G & Dietrich, T 2016, 'Atraumatic surgical extrusion to improve tooth restorability: A clinical report', The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prosdent.2015.09.028

Tomson, P, Lumley, P, Smith, A & Cooper, P 2016, 'Growth factor release from dentine matrix by pulp capping agents promote pulp tissue repair-associated events', International Endodontic Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.12624

Kelly, R, Palin, W, Tomson, P & Addison, O 2015, 'The impact of endodontic access on the biaxial flexure strength of dentine-bonded crown substrates – an in vitro study', International Endodontic Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.12608

Review article

Virdee, SS, Butt, K, Grant, M, Camilleri, J, Cooper, PR & Tomson, PL 2019, 'A systematic review of methods used to sample and analyse periradicular tissue fluid during root canal treatment', International Endodontic Journal, vol. 52, no. 8, pp. 1108-1127. https://doi.org/10.1111/iej.13104

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