What is a Specialist?
Any registered dentist can work in a particular field of dentistry (such as doing root canal treatment, implants etc) regardless of their expertise in that field.
Only those on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist lists, however, can call themselves a 'Specialist'. Specialists have undertaken additional training, qualifications and met regulatory requirements prior to being given the right by the GDC to use that title. At present any dentist can describe themselves as “an expert” regardless of their experience.
AJ is recognised by the General Dental Council as a Specialist in the following:
The cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.
The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.
The restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function. Includes all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics
Emma is recognised by the General Dental Council as a Specialist in the following:
The practice and teaching of, and research into the comprehensive therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through adolescence, including care for those who demonstrate intellectual, medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional problems.
For further information please visit the GDC website by clicking here.
What is a Consultant?
A Consultant is the leader of an NHS clinical team. Consultants have undergone additional training after being accredited as a Specialist by the GDC and have to be awarded an NHS Consultant contract.
Consultants have overall clinical responsibility for the care of NHS patients and commonly teach and supervise trainees and Specialists.
AJ is an NHS Consultant and Head of the Department of Restorative dentistry and Implantology in Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.
Due to the additional expertise that Consultants offer, our fees are commonly higher than general dentists or Specialists.