Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of teeth to the functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.
The restorative dental team, based in the Maxillofacial Department at St Luke’s Hospital, specialises in caring for patients including:
- high priority patients who require NHS-funded dental implants
- patients who are recovering from head and neck cancer or require trauma reconstruction
- patients who have not developed all their adult teeth
- individuals with congenital dental abnormalities, such as cleft palates/facial deformity
- patients with complex medical problems requiring care from a multi-disciplinary team.
Ahmed also provides a limited diagnoses and treatment planning service for primary care dentists who need support for their patients.
In addition, the team also works closely with colleagues in other dental and medical disciplines to provide care for patients with the most complex health problems.
Maintaining healthy teeth and oral tissues may involve complex care, often involving more than one specialty such as orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery or plastic surgery.
Much of this work involves specialists from different services and the treatment is planned jointly to get the best possible outcomes for patients.
Not all acute/district general hospital trusts provide restorative dentistry, but in Bradford we are proud to offer patients this specialised care.
It is a key part of head and neck cancer treatment and having the service on site means people don’t have to be referred elsewhere.