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

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


Postgraduate supervision

  • MRes
  • PhD


Characterization of material directed pulp tissue repair with experience in the following areas:

  • Proteomics.
  • Cell culture.
  • Molecular Biology.
  • Organ culture and histology.

Principle investigator of a multi-centre clinical trial of “Smart Seal” a new endodontic obturation material.

Analysis of ultrasonic tips for root end preparation using Laser Scanning Vibrometrics.

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)


Cushley S, Duncan HF, Lappin MJ, Tomson PL, Lundy FT, Cooper P, Clarke M, El Karim IA. Pulpotomy for mature carious teeth with symptoms of irreversible pulpitis: A systematic review. J Dent. 2019 Jun 20. pii: S0300-5712(19)30129-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2019.06.005. [Epub ahead of print]

Jones OP, Lumley PJ, Green DJB, Tomson PL. Enhanced NHS endodontic services in England: a postcode lottery? Br Dent J. 2019 Jun;226(11):871-877.

Dietrich T, Krug R, Krastl G, Tomson PL. Restoring the unrestorable! Developing coronal tooth tissue with a minimally invasive surgical extrusion technique. Br Dent J. 2019 May;226(10):789-793

Bjørndal L, Simon S, Tomson PL, Duncan HF. Management of deep caries and the exposed pulp. Int Endod J. 2019 Jul;52(7):949-973

Virdee SS, Butt K, Grant M, Camilleri J, Cooper PR, Tomson PL. A systematic review of methods used to sample and analyse periradicular tissue fluid during root canal treatment. Int Endod J. 2019 Feb 25. doi: 10.1111/iej.13104. [Epub ahead of print]

Austah O, Widbiller M, Tomson PL, Diogenes A. Expression of Neurotrophic Factors in Human Dentin and Their Regulation of Trigeminal Neurite Outgrowth. J Endod. 2019 Apr;45(4):414-419.

Duncan HF, Galler KM, Tomson PL, Simon S, El-Karim I, Kundzina R, Krastl G, Dammaschke T, Fransson H, Markvart M, Zehnder M, Bjørndal L, Dummer PMH. European Society of Endodontology position statement: Management of deep caries and the exposed pulp. Int Endod J. 2019 Jul;52(7):923-934.

Petridis X, Beems BP, Tomson PL, Scheven B, Giepmans BNG, Kuipers J, van der Sluis LWM, Harmsen MC. Effect of Dentin Matrix Components on the Mineralization of Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells. Tissue Eng Part A. 2018 Dec 28. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2018.0192. [Epub ahead of print]

Wolters WJ, Duncan HF, Tomson PL, Karim IE, McKenna G, Dorri M, Stangvaltaite L, van der Sluis LWM. Minimally invasive endodontics: a new diagnostic system for assessing pulpitis and subsequent treatment needs. Int Endod J. 2017 Sep;50(9):825-829.

Tomson PL, Lumley PJ, Smith AJ, Cooper PR. Growth factor release from dentine matrix by pulp capping agents promote pulp tissue repair-associated events. Int Endod J. 2017 Mar;50(3):281-292.

Kelly RD, Palin WM, Tomson PL, Addison O. The impact of endodontic access on the bi-axial flexure strength of dentine bonded crown substrates -an in-vitro study. Int Endod J. 2017 Feb;50(2):184-193.

Kelly RD, Addison O, Tomson PL, Krastl G, Dietrich T. Atraumatic surgical extrusion to improve tooth restorability: A clinical report.  J Prosthet Dent. 2016 Jun;115(6):649-53.

Tomson PL, Simon SR. Contemporary cleaning and shaping of the root canal system. Prim Dent J. 2016 May;5(2):46-53

Simon SR, Tomson PL, Berdal A. Regenerative endodontics: regeneration or repair? J Endod. 2014 Apr;40 (4 Suppl):S70-5.

Adams N, Tomson PL. Access cavity preparation.Br Dent J. 2014 Mar;216(6):333-9.

Tomson RM, Polycarpou N, Tomson PL. Contemporary obturation of the root canal system. Br Dent J. 2014 Mar;216(6):315-22

Tomson PL, Lumley PJ, Alexander MY, Smith AJ, Cooper PR. Hepatocyte growth factor is sequestered in dentine matrix and promotes regeneration-associated events in dental pulp cells. Cytokine. 2013 Feb;61(2):622-9.

Simon SR, Berdal A, Cooper PR, Lumley PJ, Tomson PL, Smith AJ. Adv Dent Res. Dentin-pulp complex regeneration: from lab to clinic. 2011 Jul;23(3):340-5.

Simon S, Machtou P, Adams N, Tomson PL, Lumley P. Apical limit and working length in endodontics. Dent Update. 2009 Apr;36(3):146-50, 153.

Smith AJ, Lumley PJ, Tomson PL, Cooper PR. Dental regeneration and materials: a partnership. Clin Oral Investig. 2008 Jun;12(2):103-8.

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