Smiles Better

Currently accepting new private patients and dentist referrals

What are Platinum practices?

Our Platinum range of practices offer private dental care and specialist treatments in exclusive, luxury settings. They provide a personalised service, tailoring treatments to meet your needs.

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Welcoming you to Smiles Better

Situated in the picturesque market town of Abergavenny, our award-winning dental practice has been providing private dental care to the local community for over 20 years. We are proud to be founder and gold members of the BDA Good Practice scheme.

Patient care is our main focus and our state-of-the-art Platinum practice aims to make your time with us as comfortable as possible.

Our clinicians offer a range of treatments including general and cosmetic dentistry, and are well known for placing dental implants. Dr Nigel Jones brings a wealth of implant experience to our practice. He has been at the forefront of advances in dental implant treatment for nearly two decades. And he has pioneered various surgical procedures and techniques which are now widely used by his peers. If you are interested in dental implants, get in touch with us to find out more.

As a specialist practice, we accept referrals for endodontics with Dr Gareth Thomas. He retains a membership in restorative dentistry (MRD) and membership in endodontics (MEndo). Gareth has passed these demanding examinations at both Royal College of Surgeons in London and Edinburgh.

We accept referrals for implants, CBCT scans, biopsies and complex root canal treatment. We can also provide emergency appointments if you need to be seen quickly.

Dental treatments and services in Abergavenny

Our experienced team delivers quality dental care in a friendly and welcoming environment and we’ll keep you informed about your treatment from the moment you arrive.

We can provide anything from check-ups and hygiene appointments, to extractions and crowns. We also have over 15 years’ experience fitting dental implants and can offer dental sedation for implant patients who are particularly anxious. Our treatments and services include:

  • General dentistry:
  • Dentist check-ups, hygiene appointments, fillings, tooth extractions, emergency appointments, simple and complex x-rays

  • Orthodontics:
  • Invisalign aligners, fixed brace solutions, cosmetic teeth straightening,

  • Restorative dentistry:
  • Crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, oral surgery, biopsy, endodontics (root canal treatments), prosthodontics

  • Cosmetic dentistry:
  • In-practice teeth whitening including Philips Zoom!, home teeth whitening kits

We also offer aligner tooth straightening treatment for under 18s.


Our practice is wheelchair friendly, with a ramp available as well as ground-floor surgeries for your treatment. There are also disabled spaces available on the street near the practice.

Appointments which suit you

We appreciate it’s not always easy to fit in dental appointments and can offer early morning and evening slots for your convenience. Get in touch to discuss your options.

Finding our practice

You’ll find us on Baker Street in Abergavenny town centre. If you’re driving, you’ll find plenty of parking within the town and there are several pay and display car parks in easy walking distance of the practice. If you’re travelling by bus, there are several local buses that run into the town centre.

Implants at Smiles Better

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?

  • Over 20 years' placing dental implants Over 20 years' placing dental implants
  • We're accepting dentist referrals We're accepting dentist referrals
  • Emergency appointments Emergency appointments
  • Free refreshments Free refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi
  • Nervous? Ask us about sedation Nervous? Ask us about sedation
  • Free on-street parking Free on-street parking
  • Wheelchair friendly Wheelchair friendly
  • Dedicated treatment coordinator Dedicated treatment coordinator

Smiles Better
Opening hours*

Monday9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday9:00am - 5:00pm

Please note we are closed 12.45 to 1:50 Mondays and Wednesdays

What makes Smiles Better different?

Below are a few key things that make us different.

Meet the team

Our dental team at Smiles Better are all here to share their expertise to help you on the journey to the smile and treatment you require.

  • Dentists
  • Hygienists
  • Dental Nurses
  • Practice

Nigel Jones

Dr Nigel Jones is our dental surgeon who places and restores dental implants.

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Ines De Jesus Ruco

Ines De Jesus Ruco’s main area of interest lies in orthodontic treatment, although she also provides general NHS dental treatments.

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Joao Rodriguez

Dr Joao Pedro Rodrigues is a dentist offering dental implants at Smile Better Abergavenney.

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Claire Bayliss

Claire is a gentle and considerate dentist with a passion for reproducing lost aesthetics with partial or complete removable dentures (false teeth).

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Elliot Samphire

Alys Evans

Alys Evans graduated with honours from Cardiff University in 2016.

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Kara Edwards

Kara has worked as a dental hygienist at both NHS and private practices throughout South Wales. She enjoys working with challenging periodontal cases, dental implant aftercare and performing Airflow treatment. Kara is also trained to provide facial aesthetics treatments including anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers.

Morfydd Jones

Leah Costin

Lucie Scurr

Chloe Brown

Emily Walker

Hannah Gore

Hannah Evans

Abigail Simmonds

Amy Banks

Beth Jones

Emma Webber

Gemma Danter

Whitening can be an important part of a smile makeover. We always check the suitability of your teeth, as it may not be recommended for some patients with high sensitivity. It’s important to know that we may not be able to treat all of your teeth: whitening can’t alter the colour of fillings, crowns, veneers, for example. Your dentist can explain and suggest any options open to 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.

No, Bupa Dental Care practices are open to everyone. If you do have Bupa dental insurance, at selected practices we can guide you through your claim.

First, please check that our practice offers the services you’re looking for, then simply use the referral form on our contact page. Do feel free to give us a call and tell us what you’re looking for.

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1. Appointments subject to availability. 2. Patients must be 18 years or over. 3. Subject to patient suitability.

Finance applicant must be aged 18 or over, a UK resident, have a UK bank account and be in permanent employment.

The minimum spend for finance is £500 and the maximum is £50,000. 0% APR representative is available on repayment terms of up to 40 months. Finance taken at repayment terms of 48 or 60 months is subject to 7.9% APR representative.

All finance is subject to eligibility, status, affordability and a credit check T&Cs apply.

**Illustration is based on finance of £3000, repaid over 40 months, at £75.00 per month at 0% interest. Average cost of a single dental implant is approximately £3000.

Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited, Vantage Office Park, Bristol, BS16 1GW, whose company registered number is 00478127. Oasis Dental Care Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FCA registration number 710559. Oasis Dental Care Limited is a credit broker and not a lender.

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Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 00478127. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

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