A warm welcome to our practice
Founded in 1938, our well-established practice has been providing dental care to the local community in Torquay for over 80 years. We provide a comprehensive range of treatments, from general dentistry to dental implants, teeth straightening and cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening.
Our modern practice is wheelchair friendly and we offer both free Wi-Fi and refreshments to keep you relaxed while you wait. We accept referrals from other dentists, and we offer emergency appointments to our existing patients who need to be seen quickly.
Our dental treatments and services
As well as routine check-ups, we offer a wide range of dental treatments and services. We provide restorative care such as dental implants and root canal treatment, and cosmetic services including teeth straightening and teeth whitening. We also offer facial aesthetics, get in touch to find out more.
If you’re a nervous patient, speak to our team about the sedation options we offer.
Prognosis and prevention
We have a 3D imaging scanner to assist us with diagnosis, allowing us to recommend the best treatment possible. We also pride ourselves on preventative measures, with our in-house oral health educator providing patients with guidance on effective oral hygiene.
How to find us
You’ll find us at 41 Shiphay Lane in Torquay, directly opposite the grammar school and a short walk from the hospital. If you’re driving, we have a car park at the Practice with street parking also available nearby. There are also several local buses that stop nearby.
Implants at Shiphay Dental and Torbay Implant Centre
If you have one or more missing teeth, and are looking for high quality, long-lasting and discreet treatment, our clinicians are experienced in placing dental implants. Dental implants can last as long as your natural teeth if you care for them properly. Tailored to your smile, each dental implant is carefully created bespoke to you. Get in touch with us to find out if implants are right for you.
What makes us different?
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free on-site parking
- Wheelchair friendly
- Over 60 years' local experience
- Nervous? Ask us about sedation
- We're accepting dentist referrals
“The staff are always so friendly, helpful and kind. I’m a very nervous patient but always feel safe and reassured by the wonderful care I receive on every visit. I cannot recommend Alice and her team, Sue and Louise on reception, highly enough.”
“Felt safe with the COVID-19 rules in place. Staff all friendly and professional as usual. Experience was as good as ever.”
“Friendly and well-informed staff. They answered all my many questions with kindness and reassured me perfectly.”
“I have attended Shiphay Dental for many years and I have always had excellent treatment. They’re friendly and courteous while remaining professional at all times. The receptionists, hygienists and dentists cannot be faulted in my eyes. I am completely satisfied. At this awful time with COVID-19, I still felt safe and secure attending as everything is done to comply with regulations.”
"I like the efficient and friendly staff as well as the very well-kept condition of the whole practice. Even though my husband and I have to travel approximately 30 miles for our appointments, we would not consider changing to a more local practice as Eric, the dentist I see, shows a genuine interest in my dental care. He’s so friendly, he listens, advises and during various treatments I have received, has given excellent quality care. I can’t praise him enough"
"Excellent service at all times from this practice. Strict adherence to all COVID guidelines. Friendly, efficient office and superior professional services. I always feel I’m in the caring hands of extremely skilled and competent practitioners"
"The people there are professional friends whom it is a pleasure to visit. The visits are swift and well managed, yet always feel as though there is nothing more important going on than the care of my health. The equipment there feels as though it is the best available and when, very occasionally I have a "dental emergency", this is invariably handled very quickly and nobody makes me feel as though I am interrupting their busy schedule."
"The knowledge and expertise of the dental surgeon that treats me combined with the professional and friendly atmosphere prevails despite the difficult circumstances everyone is working in."
"I have been a member of this practice for many years. They have always been helpful and friendly. Eric especially, has helped to reduce my fear of dentists by making me feel comfortable."
Why we’re different
Talk to us about payment options
Don't let the cost of treatment get in the way of improving the appearance and health of your teeth.
Hitachi Capital can arrange finance from 0% APR* to help you spread the cost of your dental treatment.
*Finance applicant must be aged 18 or over, a UK resident, have a UK bank account and be in permanent employment. Loans subject to status, affordability, eligibility and credit check. T&Cs apply.Find out more
Finance is provided by Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Hitachi Capital House, Thorpe Road, Staines upon Thames, Surrey, TW18 3HP, company registered no.1630491, Financial Services Register no. 704348. Oasis Dental Care Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). FCA registration no: 710559. Oasis Dental Care Limited is a credit broker and not a lender.
Meet the team
At Shiphay Dental and Torbay Implant Centre, our team applies their skills and expertise to provide you with excellent specialist care.
- Dental Nurses
Alice Sarah Havard
Alice has a keen interest in Invisalign treatment, teeth whitening and facial aesthetics, including dermal fillers. Alice is popular with nervous patients and children due to her kind and gentle manner.
David is our in-house oral surgeon, performing surgical procedures including placing dental implants, bone augmentation and surgical extractions. David is also able to offer dental sedation for nervous patients.
Eric has a strong interest in endodontics and holds an MSc in the field. He is one of very few dentists in the area to have a dental microscope and receives referrals from all over Torbay for root canal and re-root treatments. He also offers whitening and cosmetic dental treatments.
Sue qualified as a dental hygienist from Birmingham University in 1979 and has been a familiar face to most of our patients for 30 years. Sue has previously provided hygiene services in hospitals and in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Ellie joined us as a trainee dental nurse, qualifying as a dental nurse soon after. She is working towards her postgraduate qualification in Oral Health Education so she can advise patients on how to improve and maintain their oral health.
Emma qualified as a dental nurse in 2001 and joined the practice in 2008. She has completed a postgraduate qualification in Implant Nursing so she can assist with implant placements.
Gemma qualified as a dental nurse in 2005 and joined the practice in November 2016. Gemma has completed a postgraduate qualification in Radiography so that she can assist our dentists with taking X-rays for patients.
Georgie joined the team as a trainee dental nurse in December 2019. She works alongside our clinicians and is always friendly and welcoming to our patients.
Jo qualified as a dental nurse in 1987 and joined the practice in 1994. She has a wealth of experience as a dental nurse but particularly enjoys working on implant cases. She is also trained to assist with dental sedation.
Kristina is a dental nurse at our practice. Her caring nature and knowledge of dentistry makes her a great asset to our team.
Carolyn joined the team in October 2017. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in a patient environment having been a receptionist at a large opticians for over 10 years prior to joining us.
Louise is our lead receptionist and offers our patients a familiar face, having been at the practice since 2008. She has a wealth of knowledge within the dental industry having qualified as a dental nurse in 1981.
Before becoming our practice manager, Victoria was a dental nurse. Her clinical knowledge is valuable to her role and helps her handle patient enquiries. Victoria also runs our oral health education clinic, giving free dental help and advice to patients.
Branded treatments and services
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