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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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    Richard M Palmer

    BDS, PhD, FDS RCS (Eng), FDS RCS (Edin)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 49512

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry
    • Emeritus Professor of Implant Dentistry and Periodontology at King's College London
    • Formerly Honorary Consultant in Periodontology with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust
    • Honorary Member British Society of Periodontology

    Richard graduated from The Royal Dental Hospital in 1975 and has pursued an academic career since then whilst maintaining a high level of clinical activity within his academic appointments and in part time private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry. He gained a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1979 and was awarded an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1997. His PhD from the University of London was awarded in 1984.

    Richard was Professor of Implant Dentistry and Periodontology at Kings College London as well as being the Head of Restorative Dentistry until 2013. He has gained an international reputation as a senior academic, researcher and clinician. He set up Warwick Lodge Dental Centre in 1994 having built up a private periodontal referral practice over many years. He continues to work there part time providing periodontal treatment and implant dentistry. He has been President of the British Society of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology. He sat on the board of the Dental Council and Specialist Advisory Board for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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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 Guy's 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 Guy's 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 Guy's and St Thomas NHS trust at Guy's 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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    Charlotte Spedding

    BDS, MSc, MClinDent, MRD RCS (Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 67502

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Periodontology

    Charlotte graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Guy's Hospital (UMDS) in 1991 and worked in full time general dental practice until she started studying for her MSc in Periodontology at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' which she completed in 1996. This course of postgraduate training continued until 2000 when she was awarded a Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology with a distinction. This was followed by the attainment of a Membership in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2000.

    She worked within Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Dental School as a clinical supervisor between 1996 and 2003, continuing her training in the field of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. She has been in private practice limited to periodontolgy and implant dentistry since 2000 with an increasing level of activity in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. She is actively involved in post-graduate training for dentists and hygienists. She has a particular interest in muco-gingival surgery and soft tissue augmentation techniques as well as guided tissue and bone regeneration.

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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.

Specialist in Orthodontics

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    Spencer J. Nute

    BDS, MSc, FDS, MOrth, FDS (Orth), RCS (Eng)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 67102

    • Consultant in Orthodontics at Southend and Basildon Hospitals
    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics

    Spencer graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours at the University of Bristol in 1991. After qualification, he worked in various dental and oral surgery positions around the UK. He gained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994 and was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest marks in this examination.

    In 1995, Spencer started his 5 year specialist orthodontic training at The Royal London and Southend Hospitals, and obtained his Master of Science from the University of London and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England followed by the Fellowship in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons.

    Spencer has been a consultant Orthodontist at Southend and Basildon Hospitals since 2000. He has also worked in a private orthodontic practice in South Essex since 2001. Spencer has extensive experience managing all types of orthodontic problems for children and adults. Other orthodontists regularly refer him patients with complex problems that involve working with other specialists in oral and facial surgery, plastic surgery and advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He also trains dentists to become orthodontists, which keeps him up to date with the latest research and clinical techniques. His commitment to teaching excellence led him to achieve the Certificate in Medical Education (University of Wales). He is an examiner for the University of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Specialists in Endodontics

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    James Aquilina

    BDS, MSc
    General Dental Council Registration Number 68600

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Endodontics

    James qualified as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Guy's Hospital (UMDS) in 1992. He then undertook House Officer postings within the institute in Childrens Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He subsequently completed his vocational training and practiced mainly private general dentistry.

    He then underwent further training at Guy's Hospital to gain his MSc in Endodontics in 1997. He remained at the Institute as a part-time clinical demonstrator teaching endodontics whilst building up a multi-centre private referral practice for endodontic treatment.

    James now works as a specialist endodontist in 3 private practices. In addition to this his commitment to further education involves him providing endodontic courses and lectures for general dental practitioners.

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    Daniel Vaz de Souza

    LMD, Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng), MClinDent, MEndo RCS (Edin)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 106778

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Endodontics

    Daniel graduated from the University Fernando Pessoa (Portugal) in 2006. In 2007, he relocated to Norwich where he worked for nearly 6 years in General Practice. In 2011 Daniel successfully completed the two-year Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons England. In 2012 Daniel enrolled in a further four-year specialist postgraduate Masters training in Endodontics at King’s College London where he was awarded a Master of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontology with Distinction.

    Daniel’s specialist training enables him to offer a wide range of solutions to manage complex endodontic cases and a deep understanding of challenging restorative dilemmas.

    Daniel is a part-time Clinical instructor for the MSc in Endodontics at King’s College London and he is also a Specialist Clinical Teacher at the Endodontic Unit at Guy’s Hospital London.

    In addition to his clinical teaching duties, Daniel is also an active member of the endodontic community and he is the British Endodontic Society - United Kingdom representative of the European Society of Endodontology.

Specialist Oral Surgeon

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    Anish Shah

    BDS, FDS, FFGDP, FFD, FHEA
    General Dental Council Registration Number 76559

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Oral Surgery

    Anish qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1999 with honours and after a year as a vocational practitioner, he embarked on a career in Oral Surgery. He undertook training within the Essex regional hospitals and gained his Membership from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2001. He was also a part time clinical tutor at King’s College Hospital and in 2005 was awarded the Speciality Fellowship examination in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was admitted onto the Specialist register for Oral Surgery in 2006.

    He was formerly a Consultant Oral Surgeon for South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. He carries out all aspects of oral surgery such as complex extractions, surgical removal of wisdom teeth, surgical endodontics and surgical orthodontics. He also has a special interest in Oral Medical conditions such as oral ulcerations, burning mouth syndrome and lichen planus.

    He has previously been one of the Clinical Leads for Community Dental Services for the South East Essex area and has vast experience in treating patients with special and complex needs. Anish has lectured nationally and internationally on Oral Surgery and has contributed to medical journals including many articles on Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. Anish is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and is recognised by all major insurance companies.

Specialist Prosthodontist

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    Harminder Sehmi

    BDS, BSc (Hons), MClinDent, MPros RCS (Edin)
    General Dental Council Registration Number 82530

    • General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics

    Harminder gained his Membership in Prosthodontics from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and an MClinDent Degree in Prosthodontics from Guy's, King's and St Thomas's, University of London in 2017, marking the completion of his specialist training.

    Harminder qualified from Guy's, King's and St Thomas', University of London with a First Class Honours BSc in Biomaterials Science with Oral Biology and Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2003. He has worked as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the South West of England. This has allowed him to deal with medically compromised patients and improve his skills in surgical dentistry.

    Harminder is committed to postgraduate education and has a Certificate in Postgraduate Education from the University of Bedfordshire. He has been a clinical teacher at Guy's Hospital in the undergraduate dental school.

    His special interests in dentistry include restoration of dental implants, providing complete dentures where the jaw bone is very flat and treating patients with severe tooth wear as well as provision of crowns, bridges and dentures for complex restorative cases referred by practitioners. Where necessary Harminder works in close conjunction with our team of other specialists to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the patients treated within WLDC.

This website was last updated Thursday, 14th June 2018