Professor Nicola X West

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

  • BS1 2LY

1994 …2020

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Research interests

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.

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Research Output

A narrative review of the survival of dental implants placed simultaneously with lateral sinus floor elevations without the use of graft materials

Kenyon, P., West, N. & Claydon, N., 23 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Oral Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A novel cervical tooth wear and recession index, The Cervical Localisation Code, and its application in the prevention and management of dentine hypersensitivity

    Griffith, L., Newcombe, R. G., Daly, S., Seong, J., Davies, M. & West, N. X., 15 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Dentistry. 103432.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    Faculty Membership of the British Society of Periodontology

    West, Nicola X (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Activities

    Prevention and management of erosion

    Nicola X West (Speaker)

    19 Mar 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Europerio 8

    Nicola X West (Speaker)

    4 Jun 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Supervised Work

    Determining the efficacy of potassium oxalate containing strips to reduce dentinal fluid flow in situ

    Author: Chapman, N. R., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Porter, S. (Supervisor) & West, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


    The use of genetic data in dental epidemiology to explore the causes and consequences of caries and periodontitis

    Author: Haworth, S., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Timpson, N. (Supervisor), Thomas, S. (Supervisor), Franks, P. W. (External person) (Supervisor) & West, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)