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-OdonkorDept Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
Specialities: Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics
Gaston KingThe Bath & Bristol Periodontal Clinic,
506 Bath Road, Saltford, Bristol, BA31 3JF
Gillian BoswellEdgar Buildings Dental
7 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE
Toby TalbotThe Talbot Clinic
Tasburgh House, Warminster Road, Bath, BA2 6SH
Specialities: Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics & Prosthodontics