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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oral, Maxillofacial & Dentistry

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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry involves the care of patients who require the restoration of the oral and dental tissues. Priority is given to certain patient groups, namely congenital cleft lip and palate, craniofacial and oncology.

Much of this work involves multidisciplinary care and the treatment is planned jointly. People are keeping their teeth longer and have ever-increasing expectations of dentistry.

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.

The department's specialties include the following.

  • Fixed and removable prosthodontics
    This deals mainly with the prosthetic replacement of hard and soft tissues using crowns, bridges, dentures and implants, such as post cancer/radiotherapy, management of cleft lip and palate defects, severe hypodontia (more than six congenitally missing teeth) and treatment of severe tooth wear.
  • Periodontlogy
    This includes the treatment of patients with severe gum disease, bone and soft tissue grafting around teeth and dental implants, and drug-induced gingival overgrowth.
  • Endodontics
    The branch of dental sciences dealing with health, injuries to and diseases of the pulp and periradicular region and their relationship with systemic well-being and health.