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ABOUT OUR PRACTICE

Welcome to The Gentle Dental & Implant Clinic where we take immense pride in building real relationships with our patients. Our goal is to not only create a fantastic smile but also to meet, and exceed, your individual needs with a dental health program designed especially for you. After all, few things are as valuable as a set of strong, healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

Your Initial Visit

During your initial visit with our team we’ll take the time to discuss the health of your mouth and teeth which will allow us to develop a tailor made dental health plan.

Next we will answer any questions you may have and discuss the various treatment options available to you. By the end of your first visit, our goal is that you are more informed than ever about the state of your oral health and the many ways we can help you nurture, preserve and enhance it.

Our Priority is Our Patients

Whether it’s been six months or even if you’ve never been to a dentist before, we believe it’s never too late for anyone to improve your dental health.

Our team of premier professionals warmly welcome you to come in and see how we get you achieve a healthier, happier smile!

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DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Highly Trained, Highly Professional

Our team at The Gentle Dental & Implant Clinic are trained to highest standards. We not only have the experience to make your smile shine brighter than ever, we have the expertise to deliver amazing results!

We provide enhanced hygiene and gum health as well as state-of-the-art root canal, fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges. We can also help our nervous patients with our sedation techniques.

Our team will gladly take the time to discuss your options to make sure you make the decision that’s right for you.

Single Visit Dentistry made possible by CEREC
CEREC is the world’s only single visit ceramic dental restoration process. What this means is that in only one visit to our practice you will have a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay or veneer.

CT Scanner
At Gentle Dental we use CT Scans to produce highly detailed 3D virtual images of your mouth to ensure the best possible placement of your crown or implant. The scan measures the depth, width and density of your jaw bone and helps us pinpoint the exact location of nerve canals and sinus cavities to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

The entire procedure- from start to beautiful finish- is done in a single appointment and without the need of uncomfortable impressions. Incredible!

Imagine: fewer injections, less drilling and less time in the dentist’s chair.

Along with the most advanced and effective treatments available, we also provide a wide array of more traditional procedures:

  • Aesthetic And Cosmetic Dentistry
  • White (Mercury Free) Fillings
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Twilight Sleep for Nervous Patients
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Home Visits as Required
  • Custom Made Sports Mouth-Guards
  • Adult Orthodontics
  • Cost Estimate with Every Treatment Plan
  • Ground Floor Surgery and Wheelchair Access
  • Fully Computerised
  • Fully Qualified Dental Nurses

For a full list of our treatments click here.

MEET OUR TEAM


PRINCIPLE DENTIST

MICHAEL McMANUS

BDS QUB
GDC No.: 85923

Owner and head of practice Michael qualified from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2005 and his career and skills have gone from strength to strength. He began working in private practices in Belfast and Armagh before returning home in 2008 to create Gentle Dental. What once was a humble part-time two surgery practice is now a full-time four surgery accomplishment.

As well as being an active member of the Irish Association of Aesthetic Dentistry, Michael was one of the first dentists in Ireland to offer the Six Month Smiles Inman Aligner and Invisalign treatments and has studied new techniques in Germany, Spain and England. He also travels frequently to various conferences around the world to learn about new and developing treatments and procedures.

Michael is a forward thinking and a keen study of the latest advances and techniques. In this digital age of dentistry he uses state-of-the-art technology to design and manufacture veneers, implants and crown on-site- usually within a few short hours. This is made possible by his investment in a Sirona CBCT scanner and a Premium CEREC one-day tooth restoration treatment- one of the very few practices in Ireland to offer this service.

He is also our in-house specialist in digital smile design and, by using a series of highly detailed 3D images and videos, Michael can create a preview of your potential smile without ever having to touch a tooth.

As well as being dedicated to continuing his professional development Michael is also very active in helping everyone in the practice grow their skills so they can be the very best they can be.

Michael’s experience also includes:

SUZANNE DINSMORE
DENTIST

BDS QUB
GDC No.: 176537

After her 2009 graduation from Queen’s University, Suzanne completed her vocation training as an associate in Belfast before moving to Singapore. In 2013 she returned home and joined the Gentle Dental team. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn the most cutting-edge technologies lead her to complete further training in 2014-15 in restorative dentistry with Dr. Tidu Mankoo. Like all of our team members, Suzanne attends regular training and is fully up-to-date with all CPD requirements.

DOREEN FITZSIMONS
DENTIST

BDS QUB
GDC No.: 59104

As a 1984 Queen’s University graduate, Doreen has acquired an impressive amount of experience. Before going into General Practice, she spent a year as a houseman in the Dental Hospital before joining a practice in Antrim where she spent 5 years. Her career then took her to Kilkeel, Castlewellan and Newcastle before joining Ian Roche’s practice in 1992- which became Gentle Dental in 2008. Doreen enjoys all aspects of general dental practice and continues to update her skills by taking courses regularly.

NIAMH ROGERS
DENTIST

BDS QUB
GDC No.: 243902

A 2018 Graduate of QUB, Niamh completed one year of vocational training in Bangor before moving to the Paediatric Dental and Orthodontic departments as a Senior House Officer in the Royal Victoria Hospital (2014-15). She joined the Gentle Dental team in April 2016 and is a self-described ‘people person’ who strives for pain-free treatment with a keen interest in Restorative, Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry. She is fully up- to-date in her Continuing Professional Development.

PETER McCAUL
DENTIST

BDS MJDF
GDC No.: 191107

A 2010 graduate from Queen’s University (Belfast), Peter has worked in practices in England and the Republic of Ireland. His broad experience in the field of general dentistry made him a perfect addition to the Gentle Dental team. He has been awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties by the Royal College of Surgeons and continues to improve his skills by studying the latest advances in modern dentistry techniques, with a strong focus on orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry.

CATHY HARRISON
HYGIENIST

DIP HYG QUB
GDC No.: 114538

Cathy qualified with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the School of Dentistry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her enthusiasm for patient care compliments her extensive experience in preventing and treating gum disease. Cathy also plays a key role in providing personalised oral health plans to maintain the best standards of hygiene and in the application of sealants on children’s teeth to help prevent early decay.

When not making her patients happy, Cathy can be found exercising or socialising with friends and family in the Annalong area where she lives.

COLLEEN McMANUS
BUSINESS MANAGER

As a qualified dental nurse with a longstanding interest in dentistry, our Business Development Director Colleen is responsible for coordinating our growing team and ensuring all training in continuing professional development and specialist training on service standards is met and up to date. She regularly attends the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Conference to help us maintain our high standards of quality dentistry and exceptional patient service delivered by a well trained and caring team.

DEBORAH CROSKERY
PRACTICE MANAGER

Our Practice Manager Deborah is our hands-on professional patient experience expert. Deborah checks and double checks to ensure we are consistently delivering the highest possible standards and that they are maintained at all times, consistent with the core values of our practice. She juggles the day to day affairs of our busy practice and coordinates the exceptional service you will experience each time you visit us, yet still manages to find the time for a cheerful smile for everyone!

CAROL LAVERY
RECEPTIONIST

Having worked at Gentle Dental since the very beginning, Carol leads our exceptionally talented nursing team. Having worked for more than 20 years in the dental nursing field, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that never fails to inspire her team to deliver above and beyond even her rigorous and highly professional standards. Efficient, organised and hardworking, Carol is a true leader and an incredibly valuable and irreplaceable member of our friendly team.

NICOLA DIGNEY
RECEPTIONIST

Nicola is likely to be the first of the many friendly and smiling faces you’ll see when you step foot into Gentle Dental’s practice. She specialises in ensuring that each and every patient is treated in a caring and professional manner and that your visit with us is as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Customer care and the best possible dental experience is of the utmost importance to everyone at our practice, but Nicola is, without a doubt, our shining star!

ROISIN HUGHES
RECEPTIONIST/DENTAL NURSE

GDC No.: 234697

EMMA McMANUS
DENTAL NURSE

GDC No.: 256273

LAUREN ANNETT
DENTAL NURSE

GDC No.: 259650

SARAH O'HAGAN
DENTAL NURSE

Trainee

LIAN GORDON
DENTAL NURSE

GDC No.: 273816