Restorative dentistry is the study, examination and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and their supporting structures.
A restorative specialist in the United Kingdom brings together the three mainstream specialties; prosthodontics, periodontics and endodontics (including implantology), and its foundation is based upon how these interact in the management of cases requiring multifaceted and complex oral care.
Treatment for oncology patients with a tumour of the head and neck can result in intra-oral defects that require carefully designed obturation and establish satisfactory social rehabilitation of the patient. The restorative management is the responsibility of the Consultant in Restorative Dentistry who helps the patient to maintain any remaining teeth, as well as providing appropriate appliance therapy including implant-retained prosthetic rehabilitation. A group of patients who are treated with radiotherapy to the head and neck require careful planning, supervision, and timely preventive support.
The Consultant in Restorative Dentistry also manages the restorative care of patients with a variety of conditions in which dental treatment can be hazardous or complex. For example, patients with bleeding disorders, leukaemia, endocardial lesions, some form of drug therapy, the elderly patient with special problems and those with learning difficulties.
Patients with congenital clefts or major dental abnormalities require carefully planned and often complex treatment. The Consultant in Restorative Dentistry is ideally trained to manage such patients.