about hadleigh dental surgery

Whether you require routine or specialist treatments the Hadleigh Dental team are on hand to provide you with the complete experience.

dental surgeons

Philip Wilson - Senior Partner

GDC No. 65071

Dr Philip Wilson qualified from Guys Dental Hospital in 1989. After qualifying he joined Richard Hems at Hadleigh Dental Surgery where he became a senior partner in 1994. He was instrumental in the expansion of the practice from two to six surgeries and has just celebrated his 25th anniversary of working at the practice.

Philip has been involved in the vocational training of newly qualified dentists. He has undertaken many post-graduate courses and keeps up to date with all aspects of modern dentistry.

Philip enjoys the overall approach of general practice; providing high quality dental care in a friendly environment, encompassing all aspects of treatment including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

For several years Philip has worked alongside implant specialists, providing implant retained teeth for patients. He has completed an implantology course at Churchill College Cambridge in association with Cavendish House Implant Centre.

Philip works closely with excellent and highly skilled dental laboratories such as Anthony Coe (denture technician) and Dental Applications (crown, bridge, veneer and implant technicians).

Philip is married with two children. In his spare time he enjoys ski-ing and cycling.

Gurps Singh - Senior Partner

BDS (Hons) MSc (Endodontics)
GDC No. 85972

Dr Gurps Singh is a dental surgeon with a specialist interest in the field of Endodontics. He is an International Member of the American Association of Endodontics which delivers world class education and research at an excellent standard.

Gurps graduated in from Guys Dental Hospital London and had extensive experience is Oral surgery and General Dentistry. He was awarded the Robert Woodhouse Prize in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine along with the Maurice Wohl prize for General Dentistry. Gurps was nominated by Guy’s Dental Hospital for the University of London Gold Medal Award.

He completed his Vocational Training working under Mark Davis in Capel St Mary, Suffolk. In 2006 He moved to the Hadleigh Dental Surgery to work in Private Practice for Richard Hems and Philip Wilson. In 2008 Gurps invested in the Practice and became a Senior Partner. Gurps has a passion for all restorative dentistry. He has successfully completed a Restorative Course in Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry led by Basil Mizrahi from the Eastman Dental Institute. Gurps works under a Zeiss operating microscope which very few dentists have the opportunity to do so. Under the microscope predictable and precision dentistry can be implemented. Gurps travels frequently to the USA to attend post graduate teaching and seminars.

In 2010 Gurps returned to his studies to Master his skill set and enrolled upon a Masters postgraduate degree in Clinical Endodontics. This postgraduate degree has given Gurps the knowledge and skills to treat the complex and advanced cases referred by other dental surgeons. Gurps is one of very few postgraduate endodontic surgeons who utilises 3D X rays to help diagnose and treat rare endodontic conditions. Hadleigh Dental has invested in a CBCT scanner so all treatments can be carried out in house.

He takes satisfaction from providing treatment that gives a great outcome combined with a healthy conservative approach. He especially enjoys providing care to patients who had previous fears and anxiety related to dentistry. Gurps currently takes referrals from local dentists for root canal related problems.

In his spare time he enjoys being with family and friends and currently helps to organise dental and medical camps in developing countries.

Gurps has a commitment to education and teaching and has presented his thesis both nationally and internationally. He has been fortunate enough to have lectured in Europe and the USA.

For more information on Endodontics - www.suffolkrootcanal.co.uk

Rachael Norris - Dental Surgeon Associate

GDC No. 74732

Having qualified from Sheffield Dental School Rachael joined the Practice in 1998.

Rachael regularly studies at post graduate courses to keep up to date with all aspects of modern dentistry, helping her patients achieve a healthy, confident smile.

Rachael enjoys providing quality dental care for people of all ages and is interested in all aspects of general restorative dentistry. Preventative care is a special interest with the aim to provide patients with the ability to maintain good oral health.

In her spare time Rachael enjoys many outdoor activities including walking, cycling and canoeing.

Sheelen Patel - Dental Surgeon Associate

GDC No. 265107

Dr Sheelen Patel graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Dental Surgery. He is an experienced and enthusiastic dentist who is both dedicated and passionate in providing the highest quality of care to his patients. He joined Hadleigh Dental in 2019 after being handpicked by Dr Singh following an intensive recruitment process. Sheelen has ties to the local area and loves the rural Suffolk lifestyle.

He has experience of working within both general practice as well as the hospital setting. It is here he was able to further his skills and knowledge within a number of different dental specialties- including Restorative, Oral Medicine, Acute Dental and Oral Surgery. It was at Guys Hospital in London that he developed his passion for Oral Surgery and as a result continues to work there as a Specialty Dentist/ Staff Grade Oral Surgeon.

Sheelen prides himself in being empathetic to his patient’s prerequisites and requirements. He understands how personal dentistry is and therefore prioritises spending time in getting to know his patients before tailoring a treatment plan to their specific wishes. He feels this allows him to give his patients the highest standard of care, but also create a positive experience along the way.

Sheelen takes great pleasure in the academic side of dentistry. He strives to keep up with new and innovative treatments, with the aim of providing the best possible care to his patients. Sheelen was awarded the John Miller Prize in Dentistry for his final year dissertation, and still continues to recognise the importance of evidence based dentistry has within our profession. Therefore he remains actively involved in research projects within the Oral Surgery Department at Guys Hospital.

Outside of work, Sheelen enjoys travelling as well as spending time with friends and family. He is an avid sports fan, his first passion is football though this is closely followed by his love of Rugby; both of which he has played at a competitive level in the past. He also enjoys skiing and golf in his spare time.

Divya Patel - Specialist Periodontist

BDS (Lond) MClinDent (Perio) MPerio RCSEd
GDC No.229872

Divya qualified from Kings College London Dental Institute in July 2012.

Since qualification she undertook her Vocational training in a general dental practice in Sudbury, Suffolk, following which, she worked in a number of dental practices in Essex. During this time, she wanted to continue to expand her skill set and returned to carry out Dental Foundation training in Oral surgery and Restorative Dentistry at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. It was here she developed a keen interest in Periodontology and felt she wanted to pursue her career pathway in this field. She entered into Specialist training in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2016 and completed in 2019 qualifying with a distinction and awarded the Dean’s List commendation. Her postgraduate qualification has provided her with a high level of clinical expertise in providing treatment for patients for complex periodontal needs.

She is committed to continue to progress in the field of Periodontology and works as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute. This allows her to teach postgraduate students and develop her research. Her area of interest is “masticatory function patients with periodontitis” and she hopes to identify difficulties periodontitis patients can struggle with when eating, and strategies to improve this. She was nominated for the Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize 2019 for her work in this area.

She is passionate about providing treatment to stabilise periodontal (gum) disease, cosmetic gum procedures utilising minimally invasive techniques. She accepts referrals from local referring dentists for non-surgical and surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgical treatments such as gum grafts, crown lengthening and peri-implantitis.

When she is not working, she enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family.

Vinod Patel - Specialist (Oral Surgery)

BDS (Hons) MOralSurg RCS Eng
GDC No.112528

Mr Patel is on the specialist list for Oral Surgery as recognised by the General Dental Council and works as a consultant oral surgeon. He qualified from University of Liverpool in 2007 and following vocational dental training undertook rotations in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. He then completed his specialist training in Oral Surgery at Guys & St Thomas Hospital and successfully gained his CCST and specialist registration on the Oral Surgery list and appointed as a consultant in 2016.

Mr Patel provides the full range of routine oral surgery procedures. Within dento-alveolar surgery he provides dental extractions including third molar surgery, cyst removal, apicectomy and orthodontic related oral surgery. Additional services include oral medicine, biopsies, soft tissue surgery and the management of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. All these services are available via referral to Hadleigh Dental Surgery.

Mr Patel has a number of specialist areas. He has concentrated his service and research towards the dental management of oncology patients. This includes those treated for head and neck cancer with radiotherapy as well as those given medications such as bisphosphonates, denosumab and a host of other cancer drugs implicated in osteonecrosis of the jaw. His particular interest is in osteonecrosis of the jaw and leads a tertiary service having managed over 350 established cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw. Mr Patel also has a keen interest in the conservative management of odontogenic tumours as well as adolescent oral surgery.

Mr Patel has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at national and international conferences. He continues to be an active researcher with regards to osteonecrosis of the jaw. He has also served as a representative on a number of national dental committees and is a member of the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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