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Restorative dentistry

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.

Our specialisms

  • 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 orthodontics.

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 treatment.

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.