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Restorative dentistry

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is concerned with the care of patients who require restoration of the oral and the dental tissues.  This involves the disciplines of periodontics (gums), endodontics (root canal therapy / removal of dental nerve) and prosthodontics (crowns, bridges and dentures), which includes dental implants.

What is the purpose of the restorative dentistry and oral rehabilitation service?

The service predominantly provides dental management of patients being treated for head and neck cancers.  This commonly involves replacing teeth that have been removed following cancer surgery or preventive advice to minimise/prevent side effects arising from the use of radiotherapy.  All patients should still attend their own dentist in general practice for routine care and any emergencies as treatment in the department is of a specialist nature and generally provided for those who require complex dental care.  The service is part of the head and neck oncology multi-disciplinary team within Dorset Cancer Care Centre.

A limited part of the service is for the provision of NHS funded dental implants that meet the criteria set out in the local NHS dental implant guidelines.  This service is funded by the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (formerly primary care trust). 

What type of treatment is provided?

Periodontal, endodontic and prosthodontic treatment is provided where there are limitations or restrictions that prevent the patient’s dentist providing such treatment. 

The dental hygienist provides preventive advice and maintenance for patients.

Is there any cost for restorative dentistry treatment?

There is no charge for dental treatment.

Who is in charge of the restorative dentistry service?

Mr Simon Ellis is the trust's consultant in restorative dentistry.

Which staff form the restorative dentistry service?

  • Consultant in Restorative Dentistry – Mr Simon Ellis
  • Clinical assistant – Shiraz Teja
  • Dental Hygienist – Peter Sparks

How can I be seen in the restorative dentistry department?

Your dentist must refer to Mr Ellis with regards to restorative dentistry management of head and neck cancer patients or follow the protocol for NHS Dental Implants. 

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Other useful infomation

Dental implant policy and other specialist referral guidelines and forms:

Download the implant referal advice leaflet.

Information for general dental practitioners for dental Trauma management:

To locate an NHS dentist contact NHS 111 by phoning '111' or visit


Useful links

You may find the following external links useful:

British Dental Health Foundation -

ACSRD - Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry -

Dental implants - Click on ‘Patient Information’ box.

Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic - detailed clinical information and personal patient accounts of mouth cancer and related conditions from a clinic based at Leeds and Wakefield hospitals.

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