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Professor Nicola West

Professor Nicola West

Professor Nicola West
B.D.S., Ph.D.(Wales), F.D.S.R.C.S.

Professor in Restorative Dentistry

Area of research

Evaluation of oral healthcare products, soft and hard tissue regeneration and implantology

Lower Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS1 2LY
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+44 (0) 117 342 4145


The Clinical Trials Unit is in the international arena of research with regards to toothwear (erosion, attrition, abrasion and abfraction), tooth bleaching, tooth staining, dentine hypersensitivity, prevention of plaque and gingivitis and treatment of diseases of the periodontium, and soft and hard tissue regeneration in periodontology and implantology . The studies are carried out both within the Clinical Trials Unit at the Bristol Dental School in dedicated laboratories and clinical environment, and in General Dental Practice in the UK. Studies are often initially conducted in vitro before moving into in situ and in vivo models. The research group has developed an ethically approved in situ model using human teeth to assess, in particular, the erosive properties of acidic soft drinks, the abrasive and erosive effects of oral healthcare products and their synergistic effect with each other, in order to help manage clinical toothwear which is the fourth most common condition in dentistry after caries, periodontal disease and trauma. Further these models allow occlusion of dentine tubules to be assessed in order to reduce the pain of dentine hypersensitivity experienced by at least 15% of the population worldwide. Other areas of active research involve studies into bioglasses, dental implants, bone regenerative materials and pain reduction when performing oral local anaesthesia.

The majority of the research is supported by international industrial funding from the UK, Europe, Switzerland and the US as well as external grants such as EU monies.


Professor Nicola West is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff). After attaining her fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Nicola was awarded her PhD from the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1995, on dentine hypersensitivity and tooth surface loss. Nicola gained her chair in Periodontology at Bristol Dental School, where she conducts research, leading the Clinical Trials Unit and attracting substantial industrial funding. Current research interests include: developing research methodologies, periodontal conditions, bone augmentation and peri-implant lesions, the scientific evaluation of oral health care products, tooth wear, dentine hypersensitivity and tooth whitening. She is also an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry.

Nicola has established a reputation for aesthetic treatment of complex restorative cases involving periodontal, implant and prosthodontic treatment. Nicola lectures regularly in the national and international forum. She is an active member and secretary of the British Society of Periodontology ( She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy ( Nicola chairs the Dental Education Committee and leads the periodontology, bone augmentation and peri-impantitis Unit in the Bristol Dental School Masters Programme. 


  • Dentine Hypersensitivity
  • tooth wear
  • tooth staining and bleaching
  • soft and hard tissue regeneration and implantology



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