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Bupa Dental Care Downend

Our Team

Here at Bupa Dental Care Downend our dedicated practice team is here to ensure that your care always comes first. We pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient nature and are always on hand to help.

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Dentists

Nigel Reynolds

GDC - 62551 DRDP Lond 2005 BDS Wales 1987 Dip Implant. Dent (Advanced) RCS (London) Faculty FGDP RCS (London) Implant.Dent. Master Implant Clinician (UCLA Los Angeles) Diploma in Restorative Dental Practice (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) Advanced Certificate in Implant Dentistry Practice (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) Certificate in Surgical and Prosthodontic Implant Dentistry Practice (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) Implant Dentist

Nigel has a wealth of experience in the dental implant field.

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Dentists

Christopher 'Chris' Andrew

GDC - 75842 DPDS University of Bristol 2006 BDS University of Bristol 1999 MSc Dental Implantology 2014 Associate Dental Surgeon

Chris has a varied interest in general dentistry with a special interest in dental implants.

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Christopher 'Chris' AndrewDentists

GDC - 75842 DPDS University of Bristol 2006 BDS University of Bristol 1999 MSc Dental Implantology 2014 Associate Dental Surgeon

Chris has a varied interest in general dentistry with a special interest in dental implants.

Chris has been with the Practice since 2004 and has postgraduate diplomas in sedation and anxiety control, periodontal treatment and crown and bridgework.

Dentists

Robert Thompson

GDC - 259176 BDS Cardiff University 2015 Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) Associate Dentist

Robert joined Bupa Dental Care Downend in 2019 and enjoys the cosmetic aspect of dentistry and improving patients smiles.

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Robert ThompsonDentists

GDC - 259176 BDS Cardiff University 2015 Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) Associate Dentist

Robert joined Bupa Dental Care Downend in 2019 and enjoys the cosmetic aspect of dentistry and improving patients smiles.

Upon qualifying as a dental surgeon, Robert split his time between University Dental Hospital, Cardiff, and general practice. Here he gained experience in restoring difficult broken teeth and completing complex treatments.

After moving to England, Robert spent a year working in the Royal United Hospital, Bath in the oral and maxillofacial surgery department, where he treated patients with head and neck cancer and trauma.

Robert has completed his postgraduate Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) qualification and is a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He continues to work part-time in the Royal United Hospital, Bath where he teaches and lectures to junior dentists, and is a speaker for Dental Charity, BrushUpUK.

Dentists

Penny Hougham-Slade

GDC - 265585 BDS Queen Mary University of London 2016 Postgraduate certificate in primary dental care Associate Dentist

Penny enjoys many aspects of dentistry and her special interests include anxious patients and paediatric dentistry.

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Penny Hougham-SladeDentists

GDC - 265585 BDS Queen Mary University of London 2016 Postgraduate certificate in primary dental care Associate Dentist

Penny enjoys many aspects of dentistry and her special interests include anxious patients and paediatric dentistry.

Before joining the Practice in 2018, Penny worked in Brighton.

Dentists

Vagisha De Zoysa

GDC - 79750 BDS Lond 2001 Associate Dentist

Vagisha has a particular interest in good oral hygiene practice.

Vagisha De ZoysaDentists

GDC - 79750 BDS Lond 2001 Associate Dentist

Vagisha has a particular interest in good oral hygiene practice.

Dentists

Monica Galpin

GDC - 112779 BDS University of Bristol 2007 Associate Dentist

Monica has worked in the North Bristol area for over 10 years providing a mix of NHS and private treatments.

Monica GalpinDentists

GDC - 112779 BDS University of Bristol 2007 Associate Dentist

Monica has worked in the North Bristol area for over 10 years providing a mix of NHS and private treatments.

Dentists

Samuel 'Sam' J Nong

GDC - 78895 BDS MEDUNSA 2000 B Dent Ther 1994 Associate Dentist

While working at Bupa Dental Care Downend, Sam has developed interests in endodontics, cosmetic orthodontics, and conscious sedation.

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Samuel 'Sam' J NongDentists

GDC - 78895 BDS MEDUNSA 2000 B Dent Ther 1994 Associate Dentist

While working at Bupa Dental Care Downend, Sam has developed interests in endodontics, cosmetic orthodontics, and conscious sedation.

Sam qualified as a dental therapist in 1994 before qualifying as a dentist from the Medical University of Southern Africa. Since he came to work at the practice, Sam has regularly undertaken courses to further develop his skills. His areas of interest lie in:

  • Restorative and cosmetic dentistry with particular interest to adhesive restorations (composite and white fillings)
  • Non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures including teeth whitening
  • Endodontics (root canal treatments)
  • Cfast orthodontics (cosmetic braces)

Sam accepts referrals for root canal treatment and all aspects of composite restorations (cosmetics).

Sam holds memberships of the British Endodontic Society, Dental Trauma UK, British Dental Bleaching Society, Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD), and the British Dental Association.

Dentists

Shaloo Suthar

GDC - 162575 Statutory Exam 2010 DDM 2002 Associate Dentist

Shaloo SutharDentists

GDC - 162575 Statutory Exam 2010 DDM 2002 Associate Dentist

Dental Nurses

Charlotte Reynolds

GDC - 218827 National Certificate NEBDN 2010 Dental Nurse

Charlotte ReynoldsDental Nurses

GDC - 218827 National Certificate NEBDN 2010 Dental Nurse

Dental Nurses

Laura Hawkins

GDC - 188334 National Certificate NEBDN 2009 Dental Nurse

Laura HawkinsDental Nurses

GDC - 188334 National Certificate NEBDN 2009 Dental Nurse

Dental Nurses

Luiza Seiler Vellame

GDC - 278995 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2018 Dental Nurse

Luiza Seiler VellameDental Nurses

GDC - 278995 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2018 Dental Nurse

Dental Nurses

Melissa Pillinger

GDC - 280035 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018 Dental Nurse

Melissa provides both NHS and private service, with a particular interest in cosmetic treatments such as orthodontics.

Melissa PillingerDental Nurses

GDC - 280035 Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2018 Dental Nurse

Melissa provides both NHS and private service, with a particular interest in cosmetic treatments such as orthodontics.

Dental Nurses

Paris Meek

GDC - 260209 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2015 Dental Nurse

Paris has an interest in dental implants and oral surgery.

Paris MeekDental Nurses

GDC - 260209 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2015 Dental Nurse

Paris has an interest in dental implants and oral surgery.

Dental Nurses

Rui Fernandes Figueiredo

GDC - 249932 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014 Dental Nurse

Rui holds an impressions certification and is trained in implants and sedation.

Rui Fernandes FigueiredoDental Nurses

GDC - 249932 National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2014 Dental Nurse

Rui holds an impressions certification and is trained in implants and sedation.

Dental Nurses

Sarah Pillinger (Price)

GDC - 131710 National Certificate NEBDN 2007 NEBDN Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing 2008 Implant Trained Decontamination Lead Certificate Lead Dental Nurse

Before joining the Practice, Sarah worked at a private referral implant clinic.

Sarah Pillinger (Price)Dental Nurses

GDC - 131710 National Certificate NEBDN 2007 NEBDN Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing 2008 Implant Trained Decontamination Lead Certificate Lead Dental Nurse

Before joining the Practice, Sarah worked at a private referral implant clinic.

Practice

Kirsty White

GDC - 157308 NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008 Practice Manager

Kirsty is a highly commended practice manager having won a number of awards in her career to date.

Kirsty WhitePractice

GDC - 157308 NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing& Indp Asses City & Guilds 2008 Practice Manager

Kirsty is a highly commended practice manager having won a number of awards in her career to date.

No, orthodontics for adults is becoming more and more common. We can talk through your options with you.

We do understand that some people really struggle with dental treatment. But we have lots of ways to help put you at ease. Please just tell us how you feel and what worries you, and then we can work together to decide on the right approach.

Generally we recommend twice yearly check-ups every six months. However, this varies on a case by case basis. Your Bupa Dental Care dentist will talk to you about when and how often we need to see you.

Fillings repair small holes in your tooth enamel. If they aren’t filled, the decay will deepen. You’ll start to feel pain, and you could end up needing root canal treatment, which is much more significant and costs more. So although you might not feel pain right now, it’s best to repair these holes as soon as possible.

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Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Healthcare Limited. Registered in England and Wales number: 03257078. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

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