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Dental Clinical Academic Group

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The Dental Clinical Academic Group (CAG) integrates the remarkable expertise and strengths of three partner organisations: King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College Hospital. Our history of providing excellence in research, education and patient care is long and rich. As early as 1799, lectures on dental surgery were held at Guy’s Hospital, ultimately leading to the creation of Guy’s Medical and Dental School. Through a series of mergers of academic institutions and hospitals, King’s College London Dental Institute was formalised in 1998. The scale and impact of the Dental Institute is extensive. We provide care for more than 300,000 patients each year at more than 30 sites across south London.

Our staff body of over 1,000 work in two major dental hospitals in our partner NHS Foundation Trusts, four polyclinics and over 30 community clinics. This breadth allows us to treat patients close to their homes. Our international reputation for excellence and innovation draws patients from around the world. Through our joint multi-disciplinary clinics with medical specialities we provide services for people with complex and rare conditions. Examples of the services we provide in partnership with other disciplines include: oncology with head and neck cancer; Behcet’s syndrome with ophthalmology; Sjögren’s syndrome with rheumatology; orofacial granulomatosis with gastroenterology/renal; cognitive behavioural therapy with psychiatry; and dental treatment for people with rare dermatological disorders such as epidermolysis bullosa. Our nationally reputed salivary gland centre uses new approaches to tackle problems of salivary stones and obstruction with minimally invasive techniques including basket stone retrieval, balloon ductoplasty and lithotripsy thereby avoiding the need for surgery.

Our research influences and informs national policy. We provide a dental public health specialist service to the local NHS, advising on population oral health needs and health strategy. Our oral health promotion service provides a wide range of community initiatives in line with the agreed oral health promotion strategy. We educate the entire dental team, from dental nurses through to highly trained dental specialists and everything in between. Currently we educate 20% of the dentists in England and we are home to the largest dental school in Europe. Despite our size, our students are very satisfied with the education and clinical experience they receive and our National Student Survey scores have exceeded 90% for each of the last three years.

Our research is internationally recognised for its excellence. Our publications are highly cited and our textbooks are used throughout the world. The breadth of research is extensive, including understanding how structures of the head and neck develop and what causes both natural development and deformities; understanding how saliva and production of saliva influences oral disease and taste, creating products to minimise the effects of low saliva production; developing ways to detect cancer in its earliest stages; developing innovative ways to image tissues in real time without the need for x-rays; and developing new materials and a host of techniques to improve health, minimise the negative aspects of surgical treatments, and restore function and aesthetics. Our researchers actively participate in the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre and collaborate with colleagues within King’s Health Partners and around the world.


Clinical Academic Group Lead

Mark Woolford


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