Restorative dentistry in its broadest sense involves the restoration of oral and dental tissues for patients. It includes the following dental disciplines:
1) Operative dentistry which involves the filling of teeth;
2) Periodontology which is the prevention and treatment of gum disease;
3) Endodontics which includes root canal treatment;
4) Prosthodontics which is the replacement of teeth.
The vast majority of restorative dentistry is provided in general dental practice. Many dentists work for the National Health Service with some only working on a private basis or a combination.
There are also registered specialists in restorative dentistry. These include the high street specialist who could be a periodontist, endodontist or prothodontist most of whom practice privately.
In Britain there are also hospital specialists in restorative dentistry who are consultants in restorative dentistry. To become a specialist an appropriate period of postgraduate training must be undertaken. The General Dental Council holds the lists of all the specialists in dentistry in this country.