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Restorative dentistry

This page introduces the dental specialty of resorative dentistry.

Restorative dentistry encompasses the mono specialties of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics, providing care for patients with complex problems involving the restoration of function and ensuring an aesthetic, healthy and pain-free dentition. Many patients have particular needs with congenital or acquired facial defects, medical problems or learning difficulties that have implications for their care.

Within restorative dentistry, there are opportunities for challenge in a rapidly changing clinical scene. Skills range from those involving the management of patients with special clinical needs and the care of people with periodontal diseases, which involves surgical, non-surgical and clinical skills. Opportunities also exists within the dental material sciences in this specialty and in the technical skills involved in fixed and removable prosthodontics together with implant technology. Care involves balancing the value of technical expertise against the particular needs of patients in a constantly changing research arena.

It is now possible to gain training in the specialties of endodontics, periodontics or prosthodontics. Following completion of the training programme and satisfactory acquisition of the membership in restorative dentistry in the mono specialty, the trainee will gain access to the appropriate specialist list held by the General Dental Council.