Here at Bristol Dental School, a particular
strength of our clinical teaching is that senior year students deliver primary dental care to patients who have a large amount of unmet treatment need. Bristol Dental School reaches these patients because we have focused recent
development of dental education within an exceptional purpose-built
teaching clinic, accessible to local populations. This known as Community Based Dental Teaching, sometimes called outreach teaching, and
it takes place on the edge of the city within South Bristol Community Hospital. Here our population based clinical teaching programme focuses on developing student’s diagnostic and treatment planning skills and enables them to gain significant experience in both clinical dentistry and patient management. Bristol’s dental students not only directly restore teeth with fillings, and more advanced techniques, but also treat acquired tooth loss, experienced through caries (decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). Our students gain further Oral Surgery dental extraction experience and also deliver treatment using advanced care techniques such as intravenous sedation. Outreach based dental teaching in Bristol
enables all of our dental undergraduates, student dental therapists and hygienists
to work closely in a supportive environment, developing mutual understanding of their
scope of practice and team working. Our graduating professionals are excellent, fully prepared caring clinicians who look forward to embarking on their rewarding careers within dentistry.