BDS (hons), MFDS RCSEd, MOralSurg RCSEd
Dr Kathryn French
Specialist Oral Surgeon (GDC No: 229443)
Following a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford Kathryn graduated with honours from Peninsula Dental School in 2012. She worked in general dental practice then took posts in Oral and Maxillofacial and Oral Medicine departments in Salisbury, Bristol, and Bath. There she managed dental infections, minor trauma, oral medicine conditions and carried out surgical procedures on patients with local anaesthetic, sedation and under general anaesthetic.
During her undergraduate studies at the Queens College Kathryn focussed on cell biology and gene expression. She combined her research background and these interests to win a highly competitive National Institute of Healthcare Research Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oral Surgery. Her work on the foreign body reaction and wound healing using the zebrafish model organism has been published in the Journal of Cell Sciences. Alongside laboratory work Kathryn lectured, supervised, and examined dental students at Bristol Dental School. She has also worked on multiple clinical and educational papers.
Kathryn now works mainly in a hospital setting, performing complicated extractions with local anaesthetic and sedation. She has worked hard to perfect techniques that make the experience as relaxing and pain-free as possible for her patients. Kathryn can perform the surgical removal of upper and lower wisdom teeth, impacted (buried) or broken teeth. She can do root end surgery (apicectomies), expose buried teeth for orthodontic purposes and smooth bone that has caused issues under dentures. She can also perform surgery on soft tissues (e.g. gums, tongues, cheeks) to improve the function of your mouth or check any suspicious areas. She can also biopsy (take samples of) and manage cysts of the jaws. Kathryn can advise on any concerns you have of the soft or hard tissues of the mouth and either reassure, treat, or refer onwards if necessary.