Prof Nicola West
After attaining her fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Nicola gained her PhD from the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1995, on Dentine Hypersensitivity and Toothwear. Nicola gained her chair in Periodontology at Bristol Dental School, where she conducts research at an international level, leading the Clinical Trials Unit and attracting substantial industrial funding alongside EC and charity grants.
Current research interests include: developing research methodologies, the scientific evaluation of oral health care products for plaque regrowth and gingivitis studies, toothwear including erosion, abrasion and attrition; dentine hypersensitivity, tooth staining and whitening; periodontal conditions and periodontal disease associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, bone augmentation and peri-implant lesions.
Nicola leads Periodontology and is the Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the Bristol Dental School, also holding an Honorary Consultant appointment with the Trust. Postgraduate study is a key part of this scholarly environment. Nicola leads a thriving postgraduate culture, and continues to seek and maintain her strong reputation for producing high quality PhD/MSc degrees.
Since 1990, Nicola has maintained in parallel, a thriving private referral practice in the centre of Bristol. At The Bristol Perio Clinic, Clifton, Nicola undertakes specialist periodontal treatment, bone augmentation and implant placement. A particular sphere of interest includes the management of peri-implantitis lesions. Nicola lectures widely on this topic and is a co-author of the Association of Dental Implantology guidelines for management of peri-implantitis 2013 (www.adi.org.uk). Nicola has established a reputation for aesthetic management of complex restorative cases involving periodontal, implant and prosthodontic treatment.
WEBINAR: Perio and Alzheimers Disease
There is an association between periodontitis and increased risk for Alzheimer's Disease (AD), a common cause of dementia. The aim of this presentation is to present contemporary evidence of this association.
1. Gain knowledge on recent epidemiologic, microbiologic and inflammatory associations between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
2. Gain an understanding of potential pathways the bacteria may follow to the brain
3. Discuss the effect of long-term reduction of bacteria by effective dental hygiene and how this may help prevent further neuronal degeneration