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The dentists working within the SDC group are committed to delivering quality dentistry and have the expertise and experience to provide you with the very best levels of care before, during and after your treatment.

Specialists in Periodontics

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    Lesley Pantlin

    BSc, BDS, MSc, FDS, RCS (Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 60876

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

    Lesley graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with distinction from The London Dental Hospital in 1985 and worked as a part-time Clinical Assistant in Periodontology with the Medical Research Council Dental Research Unit between 1989 and 1990. This was followed by the attainment of a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1990. She completed her MSc in Periodontology at Guys Hospital in 1994.

    From 1994 until 2000 she divided her time between private practice limited to periodontology and working as a clinical supervisor in the Department of Periodontology of Guys Dental School. She continues to provide lectures and workshops for dentists and hygienists. She currently works as a specialist periodontist in private practice with an interest in periodontal plastic surgery.

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    Paul Palmer

    BDS, MSc, MRD, RCS (Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 61360

    • Consultant in Periodontology with a special interest in implant dentistry with Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust
    • Clinical Demonstrator in Implant Dentistry & Periodontology at King's College London
    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

    Paul graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from The London Dental Hospital in 1986 and worked within the department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery both there and subsequently at St Margarets Hospital, Epping until starting in general dental practice in 1987. He gained his MSc in Periodontology at UMDS Guys Hospital in 1991 and has worked in part-time private periodontal practice since 1989.

    He holds a Membership in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology), from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is currently in private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry and is a part-time Consultant in Periodontology with a special interest in implant dentistry within Guys and St Thomas NHS trust at Guys Hospital. This involves providing implant treatment for complex cases and teaching implant dentistry to post-graduate students. He has worked with several different implant systems since 1987 and has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject. He has a particular interest in bone augmentation and non-invasive sinus grafting techniques.

    He is an examiner for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and previously sat on the board of the Specialist Advisory Board for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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    Zohra Rashid

    BDS, MFDS RCS (Edin), MClinDent, MPerio RCS (Edin)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 114278

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

    Zohra graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King’s College London Dental Institute, University of London in 2007 and then worked in a Community Dental Service in Buckinghamshire, where she gained experience in treating children and adults with complex medical needs, dental phobias and anxieties. She has also held the position of Senior House Officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust within the departments of Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry. She then worked within the same trust as a Speciality Dentist / Clinical Teacher in Acute Dental Care and Oral Surgery.

    She gained her Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2009 and continues to be an examiner for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties examination within the college. She studied for her MClinDent in Periodontology at King’s College and graduated in 2015 whilst also gaining her Membership in Periodontology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Throughout her training she has gained experience in treating complex cases including placement and restoration of dental implants. She has worked in part-time private periodontal practice since 2010 and is currently in private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry. She has a particular interest in regeneration procedures to replace missing support of periodontally compromised teeth and the treatment of gingival (gum) recession.

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    Dr Alex Biller

    BDS, BSc, MFDS RCS (Edin), MClinDent, MPerio RCS (Edin)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 211222

    After graduating from UCL with a BSc in Human Sciences in 2007 Alex then went on to graduate as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King’s College London Dental Institute, University of London in 2011. He then worked in a general dental practice in London and subsequently took up the post of Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery across the Royal London and Whipps Cross University Hospitals

    In 2013 Alex gained his Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Alex qualified as a Specialist in Periodontics having studied at King's College London and he currently works in several practices providing Specialist treatment. Alex has been trained in the management of gum (periodontal) problems, implant gum problems (peri-implantitis), and in the placement and restoration of dental implants. He has also received training in bone grafting for implants at The School of Dental Medicine at The University of Bern in Switzerland. Alex always aims to provide a supportive and understanding approach that builds trust and enables him to work closely with his patients for optimum results from treatment.

Specialist in Orthodontics

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    Dr Purnima Chhabra

    BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Edin), M Phil(Birm), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 81679

    • Consultant in Orthodontics at Southend University Hospital NHS Trust and at Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust
    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics

    Purnima graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King George’s Medical College, India in 1997. She worked in general dental practice providing the full range of dental treatment for her patients. After moving to the UK in 1999, Purnima gained experience in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry and Prosthodontics. She was successful in achieving the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2001 as well as the International Qualifying Examination in 2003.

    Purnima started her Specialist Orthodontic training at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 2004 and attained the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh successfully gaining entry to the Specialist Orthodontist Register of the General Dental Council in 2007. During this time she undertook a Masters in Philosophy research degree at University of Birmingham with a dissertation in “Alveolar Bone-grafting in patients with Unilateral Cleft lip and Palate”.

    Purnima went on to undertake higher training in Orthodontics to gain more experience in the management of the most complex malocclusions as well as those requiring multi-disciplinary treatments at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield and Queen’s University Hospital, Nottingham before transferring her training to Birmingham Dental Hospital to be with her young family. She gained the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010 to gain Consultant status. She was a Consultant in Orthodontics at Worcester Royal Hospital NHS Trust before she became a Consultant at Southend University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014. She also works at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

    Purnima has many years of experience in managing both simple and complex malocclusions for adults and children. She is an examiner for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculty (MJDF) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a trainer for postgraduate dentists undertaking specialist training in Orthodontics. Purnima has published research articles, presented papers and posters at a number of regional, national and international meetings. She lives in Essex with her husband, a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and her young children.

Specialists in Endodontics

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    Stephen Cawte

    BDS MSc(Cons) MFDS RCS (Ed) MClinDent MRD(Endo) RCS (Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 63222

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Endodontics
    • Council Member and 2018 President of the British Endodontic Society

    Stephen qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1988. After graduating he was commissioned into the Royal Army Dental Corps and served in the UK and overseas. Seven years later, on completion of his commission, he graduated with an MSc in Conservative Dentistry from the University of Manchester and spent several years working in both private and NHS practices and at the Turner Dental School in Manchester.

    He then became a resident SHO in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with East Lancashire Maxillofacial Service and after two and a half years in this post he accepted the position of Staff Grade in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield. On completion of a three year full-time monospecialty training programme (endodontics) at the Eastman Dental Institute in London he began working at several practices in Central London.

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    David Jones

    BSc BDS MFDS RCPS MClinDent (Endo) MEndo RCS (Ed)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 85434

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Endodontics

    David studied dentistry in his home town, at the University of Glasgow, and graduated with commendation in 2005, having already achieved an intercalated BSc (DentSci) in Anatomical Science in 2003.

    Following graduation, David moved to London, working in the community dental service followed by hospital training positions in oral surgery, restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and dental radiology. He was accepted as a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (MFDS RCPS) in 2009.

    Following his hospital roles, David worked in general dental practice in West London, where he developed his interest in endodontics (root canal treatment) and decided to pursue specialist training in this field. David entered a four year specialist training programme in endodontics at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital in London in 2010. David completed the programme with Distinction, gaining the MClinDent and MEndo (RCSEd) qualifications. The research David performed as part of his specialist training has been published in an international peer-reviewed journal.

    David is registered with the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Endodontics and accepts referrals for complex root canal treatments. In the past, David has worked at King's College London, teaching endodontics at both under-graduate and post-graduate level. He is a member of the British Endodontic Society.

    David always takes time to explain all treatment options available to patients to ensure that they are fully informed regarding their treatment. He endeavours to provide pain-free, comfortable treatment in a relaxed and friendly manner.

Specialists in Oral Surgery

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    Mr Vyomesh Bhatt

    BDS (Hons), MDS (OMFS), FDS RCS, MBChB (Hons), MRCS, FRCS (OMFS)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 79841.

    • Consultant in Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery at Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Honorary Lecturer in Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery at the University of Birmingham.
    • General Medical Council Registered Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
    • General Medical Council Registration Number 6098153.
    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Oral Surgery.

    Mr Bhatt qualified as a dentist in 1992 and completed his masters training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from India in 1997. He moved to the UK and after a few junior training positions undertook his medical training at the University of Birmingham in 2004. He undertook basic surgical training in the West Midlands in trauma and orthopaedics, general surgery and intensive and critical care. He was then appointed to the West Midlands Higher Surgical Training Program where he received training in the entire range of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures.

    During this training, Mr Bhatt spent two year’s at the University Hospital Birmingham, which houses the Royal College of Defence Medicine and is a pioneering centre for cranio-maxillofacial trauma, deformity and reconstructive surgery. Mr Bhatt was selected for the AO Cranio-Maxillofacial Trauma and Orthognathic Surgery Fellowship, which he undertook in the highly reputed department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Albert-Ludwig University in Germany. Mr Bhatt practices the full range of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with a subspecialty interest in facial trauma, congenital and acquired deformity, facial cutaneous malignancy and salivary gland disorders.

    Mr Bhatt has presented at various national and international meetings and has published widely in journals and is a reviewer for several journals. Mr Bhatt has an interest in medical education and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is an examiner to the Royal College of Surgeons and an active Instructor on Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and European Trauma Courses. He also organises and teaches on maxillofacial courses in the UK and abroad.

    Mr Bhatt always aims for clinical excellence and to give the best possible care with patience, empathy and understanding to every patient.

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    Mr Kandasamy Ganesan

    BDS, MDS (OMFS), MFDS RCS(ENG), FFD RCS(IRE)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 84896

    • Consultant Oral Surgeon Southend University Hospital NHS Trust
    • Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Leeds
    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Oral Surgery

    Mr Ganesan qualified as a dentist in 1995 with a distinction in Oral Surgery and he subsequently completed a Masters degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1999 in India. Further training resulted in his gaining MFDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and FFD at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Oral Surgery with Oral Medicine and ultimately entry onto the General Dental Council's Specialist Register. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, he has been involved in oral surgery training at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

    Mr Ganesan undertakes all aspects of oral surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of oral medical conditions. His certifications in advanced life support and advanced trauma life support provide a valuable breadth of knowledge to treat medically compromised dental patients. Mr Ganesan specializes in the surgical management of canine impaction, coronectomy and neonatal tongue tie. He has a particular interest in bone preservation techniques and he has vast experience in dealing with complex oral surgical procedures.

    He has published articles in the American and British Journals of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Mr Ganesan is an examiner in MOMS and MFDS for The Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow and in MJDF for The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Hygienists

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    Morag Wood

    EDH
    General Dental Council Registration Number 1380

    • General Dental Council Registered Hygienist

    After qualifying in 1976 valuable experience was gained working in a well established, progressive mixed practice in Newcastle upon Tyne where emphasis was on prevention of disease with hygienists at the heart of it.

    Moving to Essex also brought a change in direction. Working in a practice which focussed on NHS patients, but included the setting up of a pioneering preventive dental unit which was aimed at dental education and fluoridation for the younger patients.

    This involvement with education has progressed and is now focussed on working mainly with adult patients, and in particular those with implants or with periodontal disease, by using a holistic approach to solving their sometimes complex dental challenges and help them to achieve the best results possible, with a personally tailored oral health regime.

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    Anne Symons

    RDH, Dip DHE
    General Dental Council Registration Number 3177

    • General Dental Council Registered Hygienist

    Anne qualified as a Dental Hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1986 achieving a commendation for Dental Education in the Community. Anne also has a Diploma in Dental Health Education. She has experience in both private and NHS practices and also worked for an NHS Hospital Trust treating patients who had undergone treatment for head and neck cancer. She has been part of the Sovereign House team for 10 years. Anne has a Counseling Skills Certificate and is a considerate and caring individual.

    Anne is a member of The British Society of Hygiene and Dental Therapy and regularly attends courses to update her knowledge.

This website was last updated Thursday, 14th June 2018