What we do
The Division of Restorative Dentistry at the University of
Bristol Dental Hospital provides specialist care and advice in the
rehabilitation of oral function and dento-facial appearance.
Priority patient groups which are treated include those recovering
from oral cancer, those born with very few teeth or have oral
defects (cleft palate), those subject to significant trauma and
those requiring special care. The division excels in teaching
undergraduate and postgraduate dental professionals, and is also an
internationally recognised centre for cutting-edge research.
- Treatment of congenital oral/dental defects
- Oral rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients
- Dentistry for patients with special needs
- Teaching dental professionals
- Clinical Research
- Orthodontic-Restorative Clinic
- Dental Implant clinic
- Oro-Facial Pain Clinic
Conditions we treat
Cleft lip and palate: a condition resulting in a localised
failure of the lip, palate and dental tissues to develop.
Reconstruction of the dental tissues after cleft surgery and
Congenitally missing teeth (Hypodontia): a condition in which
some or all of the teeth and supporting tissues fail to develop and
grow. Reconstruction will often require a combined orthodontic and
restorative treatment approach.
Dental anxiety (fear) and phobia: provision of dental
treatment in a caring and sympathetic way, which may include
adjunctive sedation or general anaesthesia.
Dental and facial trauma: reconstruction of the oral and dental
tissues following loss through accidental injury.
Endodontic (root canal) problems: disease inside the teeth.
Specialist advice and treatment if out-with the scope of general
dental practice, including root surgery
Head and neck cancer: reconstruction of the oral and dental
tissues after cancer surgery and radiotherapy.
Missing and broken down teeth: where specialist advice or
treatment is required to restore appearance and function.
Oro-facial pain: a range of conditions resulting in discomfort
in the dental or jaw tissues. Investigation, diagnosis and
Periodontal (Gum) disease: a range of diseases of the gum and
bone supporting the teeth. Diagnosis, advice and provision of
treatment for susceptible individuals.
Toothwear: damage to the teeth caused by tooth grinding, acid or
other substances. Restoration of the teeth to improve appearance,
function and long-term survival.
Treatments we offer
Patients may be referred by their dentist or doctor for advice
and treatment planning. Referrals direct from patients will not
usually be accepted unless there is an accompanying letter of
referral from a dental or medical practitioner.
Specialist Prosthodontic, Periodontic, Endodontic and Operative
Dentistry treatment may be provided for priority patient groups.
These include developmental defects, head and neck oncology, severe
trauma and special care.
In addition, funding for complex high cost procedures is
limited, and is usually dependent upon prior approval from the
patient's Primary Care Trust. This includes tooth replacement
involving the use of dental implants.
On occasions the dental hospital is able to accept patients, who
are outside the normal patient priority groups, for complex
restorative dentistry treatment. This is dependent upon the
educational needs of the postgraduate clinical training programmes,
and cannot be guaranteed to be available.
Patients who require certain items of general dentistry or less
complex restorative dentistry may be taken on by the undergraduate
dental student programme for teaching and training purposes. These
treatment items change according to the educational needs of the
dental students and cannot be guaranteed to be available.