Dental clinical placements

As a dental student, you gain a wide range of experience through hospital and community-based clinical placements.

University of Bristol Dental Hospital

The University of Bristol Dental Hospital is a centre of excellence providing routine and specialist clinical dental services for the South West.

As part of your training, you will be present at the clinics offered by the Dental Hospital, conducting most of the treatment under close supervision from highly qualified and experienced dental staff. The specialties that you will interact with include:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Pathology
  • Dental Radiology
  • Special Care Dentistry

Community-based teaching

As you progress through your dental training, you will provide primary dental care to the community under the direct supervision of a highly qualified dental teaching team.

The dental unit at the South Bristol Community Hospital provides an impressive environment in which you can develop your primary dental care skills as you progress towards general dental practice.

Facilities include 20 dental chairs, four of which are enclosed for private surgery, providing the latest in dental equipment and technology.

You will be closely supervised by an expert clinical team and gain experience across a wide range of primary dental care conditions.

You will make accurate diagnoses, develop individual treatment plans and deliver them as a member of a dental team which includes dental hygienists, therapists and nurses.

Conscious sedation clinical teaching is delivered within this dental practice setting enabling anxious patients to receive their dental care.‌

BDS Dentistry

How to apply

Information for patients

Bristol Dental Hospital offers a wide range of dental treatment. To access these consultant-led services, you will need to be referred for treatment by your dentist or GP.

Our undergraduate dental students provide a limited range of treatments under close supervision from experienced clinicians. You can self-refer by emailing or writing to:

Student Treatment Assessment Clinic
Bristol Dental Hospital
Lower Maudlin Street
Bristol BS1 2LY


If you live in the South Bristol area, you can be treated by dental undergraduates at South Bristol Community Hospital. Find out more.

Our outreach unit in Hengrove, South Bristol allows us to deliver dental education where there is most need, allowing continuity of care for patients. Students will get the opportunity to develop and nurture a professional relationship with patients, as well as taking responsibility for their treatment.

Department of Community Based Dental Teaching, South Bristol Community Hospital
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