Restorative dentistry involves diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and supporting structures. It encompasses the dental restorative mono-specialties:
- Endodontics – managing teeth that require root canal treatment.
- Prosthodontics – managing broken down or missing teeth with crowns, bridges, dentures or implants.
- Periodontics – preventing and managing problems that affect the gums.
Restorative dentists uses knowledge and skill in all of these mono-specialties, working with other dental, medical and surgical specialists, in the rehabilitation of cases requiring complex, multi-faceted care. The focus of restorative dentistry is oral rehabilitation of the following groups of priority patients:
- Patients affected by developmental conditions such as hypodontia, cleft lip and palate and tooth structure abnormities
- Patients who have undergone radiotherapy and ablative surgery for the management of oral cancers and tumours
- Patients who have had sever traumatic injuries to the face, mouth and teeth.
We provide treatment plans and advice to dentists who refer their patients for specialist input for issues such as;
- Patients who have damage caused by periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth surface loss.
- Patient who need complex Endodontic treatment
- Patients/Dentist who would like supportive treatment plans or second opinions on best treatment plan.
Our restorative service acceptance criteria has been agreed with national commissioners, in line with national guidance and standards.
The Managed Clinical Network, South West, has introduced a standardised regional referral form for General Dental Practice: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/dental/dcis/forms/