We’re spoilt for choice with dental specialists in Bath

Living in Bath has always had its benefits. It’s comforting to know that we have a pool of specialist dentists covering major aspects of dentistry. However, it’s not always easy to know what (and who) you should be looking for.

Profile of a dentist

It takes 5 years of dedicated training to provide all undergraduates with a foundation of general dentistry, with an additional 2 years of clinical activity. A number of these clinicians will choose to become specialists, embarking upon further post graduate study and training for hospital positions, university careers or to become Specialist Practitioners in the high street.

Development from Surgery to Service

Historically, the first specialists in dentistry were Oral Surgeons who established their surgical skills during the Second World War. This pioneering work on facial injuries in young airmen led to the subsequent development of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery whereby clinicians who had both medical and dental undergraduate degrees focused upon major head and neck surgery including trauma, developmental anomalies such as cleft palates & lips and the management of cancer of the head and neck. The foundation of Orthodontics, dedicated to the movement of teeth, rearrange their positions with the use of braces and fixed appliances, provided a more pleasing appearance with the patients’ smiles. Traditionally, the vast majority of this work was performed on children but, in recent years, this is now universally carried out on adults too.

Modern methods available in Bath:

  • Replacement of missing teeth (“Prosthodontics“) This includes the use of dentures, bridgework or implant supported prostheses which may be fixed or removable.
  • Treating Gum disease (“Periodontics“)As much as 20% of patients are susceptible to gum disease which causes bone loss with loosening of the teeth.
  • Decaying and Infected teeth (“Endodontics“) The result of irreversible damage to the nerves within the teeth, requiring filling the root canals to allow the teeth to be re-built.
  • “Screw-in” teeth (“Implantology“) As an alternative to dentures, teeth can now be permanently fixed to titanium implants, replacing lost roots.
  • Restorative Dentistry (inc. Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Implantology) Modern cosmetic dentistry has been developed to help the restoration of damaged and missing teeth, treating gum disease and damaged nerves in the roots of teeth.

Finding the right specialist

Recently, there have been vast changes in Specialists Dental clinic services. Where previously dental treatment was referred to hospitals, patients now have access to the Specialists in Dentistry directly. The public need to be aware that references to Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Centres and Implant Clinics may indicate specific services provided by a general dental practitioner with a special interest in the field.
Only The GDC website will identify the Accredited Specialist at http://gdc-uk.net/, a selection of which is provided below:

  • Mark Vardon-Odonkor
    Dept Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG

    Specialities: Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics

  • Gaston King
    The Bath & Bristol Periodontal Clinic,
    506 Bath Road, Saltford, Bristol, BA31 3JF

    Specialities: Periodontics

  • Gillian Boswell
    Edgar Buildings Dental
    7 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE

    Specialities: Endodontics

  • Toby Talbot
    The Talbot Clinic
    Tasburgh House, Warminster Road, Bath, BA2 6SH

    Specialities: Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics & Prosthodontics

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