Janet, proudly showing her new Dental Implants.My dentist of many years had retired from his Grappenhall practice and I decided that as I had gaps in my smile and that I needed implants, the time was right to look for another dentist.

Having brought up a family and the various costs associated with that, there was always something else that was a spending priority. But now with the kids leaving the nest, the priority was me once more and I wanted to choose the best dentist in the area for me.

I had a good look around for dentists in the area on the internet which is how I found the Dental Solutions website. I spent a bit of time reading the patient comments – I am not particularly nervous about dental treatment, but they seemed to have a good reputation, so I booked an appointment for a free consultation.

I had the consultation and then decided to go ahead with a CT scan. This identified that I needed a bone graft in order to fully secure the 2 implants I needed to fill the gaps. This was a straightforward pain-free procedure, but it took several months for the new bone to settle before they could perform the treatment.

During the surgery with Richard Brookshaw, I was fully numbed up and all I could feel was some pressure in my mouth as he worked away. He’s very good and I didn’t even need the painkillers that were prescribed for the following day.

I’m genuinely delighted with the results and as I no longer have gaps in my smile, I feel more confident. Although I am still getting used to smiling properly again, as before I’d learned to smile without showing my teeth. I am now a patient at the practice and am looked after superbly by Lauren. To anyone considering implant treatment all I would say is- do it, you won’t regret it!

So, there you have it! If Janet’s story has inspired you, then get in touch with our team on 01925 756565 or book your free consultation today.

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Jane’s Story – Dental Implant

by on 11th March 2019 | Posted in blog

Jane, showing off her friend and new dental implants.I have had problems with my teeth since being a young teenager – the roots in my bottom teeth were very shallow and have caused continuous problems throughout my life, despite the extra care I gave them with regular hygiene appointments.

In the end, they had become wobbly and sore, so I knew they had come to the end of the road. I had become overly conscious of them too – covering my mouth when I smiled and only choosing soft food when going out to eat.

I researched dental practices on the internet and chose three places to investigate further. I liked the website at Dental Solutions. Coincidentally I was chatting it through with my sister who turned out to be a patient there and she immediately encouraged me to go and see Gavin Laidlaw for a free consultation.

I must admit I was a little nervous about the thought of implant surgery but the ambience at the practice is so friendly- you can feel the warm atmosphere as soon as you step through the door. Then I saw Nicky the Implant Facilitator who I’d met years ago from the old Lakeside practice when she was a nurse and it was just like meeting up with an old friend. It completely broke the ice and she stayed with me for my appointment with Gavin, who again I knew from many years ago at Lakeside. I decided that they were absolutely the best people to look after me.

I have had 2 implants in my lower jaw – the treatment with Richard Brookshaw was a little uncomfortable afterwards but completely treatable with paracetamol. Nicky also followed up the treatment with a phone call to check how I was doing which I thought was a lovely touch. I also thought that explanatory brochures, verbal explanations and aftercare handouts from both Gavin and Richard were very good too which helped to allay any fears I had.

I am so glad that I have had the treatment – I can now eat what I want, and I am no longer having to cover my mouth when I smile. My passion in life is my guinea pigs or cavies as they are called. I am a hobby breeder with a stud of over 70. This is me with Snow Queen who is a great Mum and had a litter of seven last year. She’s back in show condition once more and is already winning lots of prizes.

Are you considering Dental Implants of your own? Get in touch with the team today on 01925 756565 or book a free consultation today.

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Curious About Dental Implants?


Find Out More At Our Implant Open Evening

The decision to get dental implants is often difficult to make. Although there are many benefits to dental implants, there are also many things to consider. The best way to decide if dental implants could be right for you is to speak to your dentist who will be able to answer all of your questions. This is why we are hosting a dental implant open evening.

We would like to invite you to our dental implant open evening, taking place on Wednesday 30th January from 3 pm to 7.30 pm. During the event, prospective patients will enjoy a 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw and have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the procedure. Nicola Corless, our implant treatment coordinator and practice manager will also be available to answer questions.

Save the date: Wednesday 30th January | 3 pm – 7.30 pm

Get in touch if you’d like to arrange a dental implant consultation.

Call 01925 756565 to Book Your Space

What is included in the evening?

On the day of your appointment, you will be invited to the practice for a free 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw BDS Principal Dentist and Nicola Corless Implant Co-Ordinator and Practice Manager. During this time you will have the chance to ask any questions you might have about the procedure and put your mind at ease. We specialise in the care and treatment of very nervous or dental phobic patients, so if you are nervous about the process we will be able to help. You will have a chance to look around our implant suite and meet the nursing team who will be on hand to answer your questions. At the end of the consultation, you will be given an individual treatment plan and quotation.

  • FREE 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw BDS Principal Dentist
  • Save up to £300 on dental implants, plus other amazing offers on implant retained dentures and All-on-Four
  • Find out more about our interest-free credit and easy payment options.
  • Tour of the dental implant suite where Richard Brookshaw and his team fit the dental implants
  • Opportunity to speak to staff and experts
  • Goodie bag
  • Refreshments

What’s Included in our Single Implant* package?

  • FREE 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw BDS Principal Dentist and Nicola Corless Implant Treatment Coordinator
  • All clinical records, X-Rays and photography
  • Implant Surgery with Richard Brookshaw and his clinical team
  • Review appointment with Gavin
  • Permanent restoration 3-4 months after surgery
  • * Includes Restoration but excludes CT scan cost. Not available with any other offer.

How to book your space:

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that demand for this event will be very high, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

You can book your appointment by calling 01925 756565 or by filling in the form below to request a callback.

See what our patients have to say…

“I used to cover my mouth with my hands when I smiled, and now I don’t have to. I know that I smile much more than I ever did, I now want to show off my smile. I can honestly say that whilst it wasn’t cheap, it was the best money I have ever spent. From that first meeting with Gavin to meeting Richard Brookshaw and the nursing team I have been treated with so much kindness, patience and care.”

Read Carole’s Story


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People now say that I look really well. I can eat what I want to again. I laugh without covering my mouth. I am much less self conscious and feel that I don’t have to hide any more- I am a much more open person than I was before.

Read Judith’s Story


My new smile exceeded all my expectations- I just looked in the mirror and gave Gavin and his nurse a big hug! And now? I eat normally with no trouble whatsoever. I was even told by someone who I’d met the other day ‘Aren’t your teeth lovely for your age!’

Read Paula’s Story


Now the treatment is complete I can eat pretty much whatever I want- crunchy snacks, crusty bread, I can even bite into apples which I hadn’t done since I was 15! I smile with a lot more confidence.

Read Dennis’s Story 

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Carole, an All-on-Four patient here at Dental Solutions.I am a long-standing patient of Gavin’s at Dental Solutions and before him with Angus at Lakeside Dental Surgery in Lymm- so overall about 45 years. I had an All on Four treatment 8 years ago in June 2011.

I was one of the first people in the UK to have the All on Four treatment procedure with Richard Brookshaw and I have to say that it’s the best thing that I could have had done. Before the treatment, I wouldn’t smile as I hated my teeth so much. It was my husband who encouraged me to have the treatment before he died so I felt that I was honouring his wishes.

I was very clear in my own mind that I didn’t want a fake ‘Simon Cowell’ white or straight smile – I wanted my teeth to look natural and slightly crooked and Gavin and the technical team worked really hard to get them looking just right. I couldn’t have been happier when they were first fitted. I could also eat exactly what I like. I remember my late husband having to take out his dentures in order to taste his food, and I knew that I’d never want to be in the same situation. I have much more confidence than I had before the procedure – I go to yoga regularly and maintain a very active lifestyle thanks mainly to my dog.

Over the eight years since All on Four treatment, I have just had one problem which was completely of my own making. I was biting a fingernail and I chipped one of the teeth. Fortunately, I was able to come into the practice to wait in comfort whilst the technician repaired the tooth there and then.

To anyone considering All on Four treatment, I would say bite the bullet and do it. The whole team at Dental Solutions are fantastic, the treatment doesn’t hurt, and you can have a full and fun life without the worry and inconvenience of dentures.

Interested in All on Four? Book a free consultation today or get in touch with our helpful reception team on 01925 756565. You won’t regret it!

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Zygomatic bone implants are a specialised type of implantology. This technique is one of the latest developments in implant dentistry. If you have been turned away for traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants could provide the solution for you. Zygomatic implants are a real alternative for patients for whom traditional dental implants are unsuitable. This is usually due to a lack of bone in the upper jaw. Instead of placing the titanium implants in the jaw bone, longer zygoma implants are attached to the cheekbone. Many patients with significant bone loss prefer this method as it avoids grafting and sinus lift procedures to contribute to a shorter, more comfortable treatment. Here at Dental Solutions, our implant surgeon Dr Richard Brookshaw is one of only a handful in the country who can offer this service.

Why choose Zygomatic Implants?

If you have been turned away by another dentist for traditional dental implants, then zygomatic implants might offer some hope. According to Richard Brookshaw, zygomatic implants are “an ideal alternative to traditional dentures and less traumatic and more predictable alternative to complicated bone graft procedures.” You can hear more about Richard’s experience with zygomatic implants in the video below;

What are Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants were first introduced in 1988 as a new implant solution. This is a very complex procedure which means that implants can be placed in the cheekbone instead of the jaw. This method may be used for a number of reasons, but most commonly because of a lack of bone in the jaw. Zygomatic implants can not only avoid complex bone-grafting procedures, but they also last longer than traditional implants. With zygomatic implants patients have fixed teeth on the same day  with one surgical procedure, whereas if implants have to be placed into the graft approach it can take up to eighteen months and multiple procedures to finalise the treatment.


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Illustration of Zygomatic implants
Source: Nobel Biocare

The Procedure

Before placing your zygomatic implants, we’ll take a CBCT scan to see how much bone there is in your upper jaw. This helps us plan the specific placement of your implants.

The next step is to create a structural model of your jaw, so we can assess the shape of your cheekbone and jaw to help plan and execute the implant surgery accurately.

We can fit a fixed bridge on the same day as your implants, so you’ll have a permanent alternative to loose dentures in just one day. The implant is surgically anchored to the ‘Zygomatic’ arch, or the cheekbone, onto which a bridge is attached. The procedure means that teeth are permanently fixed, and so they look, feel and function just like natural teeth, giving you an immediate confidence boost.


Having a fixed bridge on zygomatic implants still means that you need to maintain regular daily oral hygiene. Along with brushing, most patients use a water-pick for routine cleaning around the implants and the bridge, and Tepe brushes and/or Superfloss may be advised also. Visits to our hygienist team on a regular basis are important to maintain the health of your bridge, where our advanced Airflow system will also be used to leave your mouth and bridge feeling fresh and clean.


The Benefits

There are many benefits for choosing zygomatic bone implants, some of which include:


–      Shorter time-to-teeth

–      Helps those with severe dental bone loss

–      Less invasive in comparison to bone augmentation

–      The treatment itself is more comfortable for patients

–      Patients will have immediate results

–      More stable when eating or talking


Zygomatic Bone Implants at Dental Solutions

Our primary aim at Dental Solutions is to ensure every patient leaves feeling confident and happy. Richard Brookshaw has been helping implant patients for years achieve their dream smile. He is both nationally and internationally respected as a lecturer in all aspects of Implant Dentistry, so patients know they’re in the best possible hands for their zygomatic implants.


We want to make every patient feel welcome, which is why we offer a completely free, no obligation consultation. Let us show you how dental implants can improve your quality of life today. For further information about any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our attentive team who will be happy to help on 01925 756565. Alternatively, you can book an appointment through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.


Janice’s Story

Janice’s story below explains her experience of how zygomatic implants completely changed her world after having sadly spent most of her adult life without teeth;

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Need a New Dental Hygienist? 

Hygienists Vicky and Sarah

Dental Solutions’ Hygienists – Vicky and Sarah


Throughout March, here at Dental Solutions, you can jump-start your spring cleaning in 2019. Tartar buildup is the cause of many long-term dental issues; such as gum disease, bad breath (halitosis), tooth decay and eventually tooth loss. Visiting the dental hygienist at least twice a year is extremely important, as it can help to ensure your mouth remains both clean and, importantly, healthy.  

This offer will last the whole month of March so all of our new patients can take advantage of this great deal.  

Get in touch if you’d like to arrange a dental hygienist session!

Call 01925 756565 to Book Your Space


Click Here to Book Your Space

What You Get:

  • It’s a chance to meet our hygienists Sarah and Vicky to discuss your hygiene questions, needs or concerns.
  • To save 20%-off normal hygiene treatment, taking advantage of our special offer.
  • To receive an individualised treatment plan at the end of your consultation
  • You don’t have to be a member of Dental Solutions practice to book an appointment
  • We also see many nervous patients who attend a hygienist appointment as a stepping stone to build confidence before seeing one of our approachable team of dentists.
  • To view the practice and visit our dedicated hygienist suite.
  • To receive in-depth advice about a specific dental health concern – bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad taste in mouth, etc.
  • Click here to find out what to expect from your first hygiene visit.

 How to Book Your Space:

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that the demand for this event will be very high, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

You can book your appointment by calling 01925 756565 or by filling in the form below to request a callback. 




What Our Patients Have to Say…

Of course, don’t just take our word for it! Check out Annemarie’s story below of how visiting the Dental Solution’s hygienist changed her smile!

‘Previously I have always been fearful of going to the dentist as I have very sensitive gums- I used to force myself to go to the dentist for regular check-ups, but I had never actually visited a hygienist.  However, it was when I saw one of those toothpaste ads on the TV where there is blood in the sink when you brush that finally prompted me to take action. I came to Dental Solutions having googled for dentists in my area and read their testimonials on their website.

My first impressions of Dental Solutions were of a very knowledgeable team who were super friendly. After examining my mouth Sarah, the Dental Hygienist/ Therapist told me that unfortunately, I had gum disease and that I needed to take immediate action to halt it in its tracks. Sarah’s approach to delivering this news to me was gentle and diplomatic – she believed that it would take a while to achieve this but then together we agreed a course of action which has since worked.

I now have a happy and healthy smile once again – I’m delighted with the results and so pleased that I took the plunge to see Sarah. I am now very careful about how I look after my smile and follow all the care instructions they gave me to the letter. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their hygienist service- it really is first-rate.’

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Since its conception 16 years ago, Dental Solutions has become a well-loved practice in Lymm. At the heart of the practice is its founder, Gavin Laidlaw. Gavin has been serving the people of Lymm and Warrington for over 25 years, driven by a passion for creating wonderful smiles. With no plans of retiring anytime soon, he’s set to help more people achieve their dream smile for years to come!

A Dedicated Team At Dental Solutions

As a leading dental practice in Lymm, Dental Solutions are proud to be a centre of excellence for implants, smile transformations and cosmetic dentistry. The surgery has welcomed visitors from all over the North West of England and beyond to help transform their smiles. Gavin has been working with Richard Brookshaw for 15 years. Together they have created and placed over 10,000 implant crowns and bridges. Much of the dentistry they perform is associated with implants and other smile transformations.

Outside of the surgery, the practice is also known for its charitable work. By supporting The Salvation Army’s James Lee LifeHouse and Warrington Foodbank with donations of oral health packs, food, essential toiletries and warm clothing, the dedicated team at Dental Solutions are helping to change lives.

Specialists In Nervous Patients

The practice prides itself on its friendly and attentive team, always looking to go the extra mile for patients, particularly those who may be nervous. Gavin has been a dental phobia certified dentist for many years. He believes that no treatment should ever take place without the patient being completely comfortable. Gavin explains, “I have taken great care to ensure the Practice has a very friendly and caring team. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than a happy smiling patient leaving my surgery.”

This caring attitude has encouraged even the most nervous patients to visit our dentist in Lymm for support and guidance. The practice has had great success in converting previously nervous patients into happy, confident returning visitors.

Gavin and the team at Dental Solutions

Gavin’s Role In The Community

When he’s not treating patients and running the practice, Gavin has a very active role within the community. His love of sports has lead him to become Chair of the Lymm Rovers Football Club. The club promotes and encourages young footballers in Lymm and the surrounding area. He coaches and sponsors the club which has over 500 players and 25 different teams split equally between boys and girls- something pretty unique in the world of football. He’s also a fan of rowing and sponsors the Warrington Rowing team.

A Trusted Dentist In Lymm

Gavin and his team at Dental Solutions have worked hard to build a strong reputation as a trusted dentist in Lymm. For more information about the surgery and the work we do, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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There’s no better time to pay extra attention to your smile than Valentine’s Day. Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, so being confident with your teeth is a great way to make the perfect first impression. However, there are some people who may be self-conscious about the way their smile looks. Whether this is because of discolouration or crooked teeth, being unhappy with your smile can cause you to want to hide it. If this sounds like you, show your smile some love this February with these top tips: 

Cut Out The Sugar

One of the biggest culprits for poor dental health is sugar. Why not turn over a new leaf in time for Valentine’s day and change your diet for the better? Some ways you can cut out sugar include:

  • Avoiding sugary, fizzy drinks
  • Stop unhealthy snacking between meals
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Always check food labels for ‘hidden’ sugars

Don’t deny yourself of a sweet sugary treat now and then. Just remember to brush your teeth well afterwards, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water can help to wash away the acidity that comes with sugar and acidic drinks. A crucial step in fighting against the build up of bacteria in your mouth.

Visit The Hygienist

A trip to the hygienist will leave your teeth feeling wonderfully clean and smooth, just the confidence boost you need before your Valentine’s date! At Dental Solutions, the hygienist will work with you to help you achieve your desired results, we offer quick 20 minute appointments if you’re pressed for time but want your teeth looking their best.

Airflow teeth cleaning is a popular technique that can remove stains with spectacular results. It uses three components: air, sodium bicornate and water to tackle stubborn stains in hard to reach areas. You’ll be able to notice an immediate difference once the treatment is completed, leaving you with a dazzling smile to be proud of.  

Mini Smile Makeover

If you’re not happy with your smile and there are a few adjustments you’d like to make, then consider a mini smile makeover. Our recent patient Amy was unhappy with her teeth, feeling that one side of her smile was bigger than the other. With the help of white fillings and veneers, she was left with a beautiful smile that looked even and natural. You’d be surprised about just how easy it can be to rectify the problems that may be bothering you. Our friendly and talented dentists can use a range of techniques such as veneers, crowns and whitening to give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Improving Your Smile With Dental Solutions

Over the years, we’ve helped many patients who feel self-conscious about their teeth. Whether it’s through a teeth whitening treatment or mini smile makeover, we strive to help every patient feel more confident with their smile. For more information about how we can help you achieve the perfect Valentine’s day smile, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our dedicated team for a completely free consultation without any obligation to proceed with treatment. You can also book an appointment following this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.

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Many of us aspire to achieve a white smile – the reality however is that few of us are blessed with particularly white teeth, and would like to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. For those of us who regularly enjoy coffee or tea, red wine, etc; it can be difficult to maintain white teeth. That’s why some people go down the route of DIY high-street teeth whitening kits. However, though home kits are easy to use, research has shown that they may not be completely teeth-friendly. In general, the results aren’t long-lasting and don’t provide much improvement in colour, and there are risks associated with some DIY kits. As a whole, a far better end result can be achieved by a dentist than by using home whitening kits.

The importance of seeing a Dentist first;

It is essential to see a dentist and ideally a hygienist before tooth whitening; not only to ensure the best results, but to prevent any complications or poor results. Issues may arise from;

  • Gum disease or inflammation; many individuals are not aware they have issues with their gums before carrying out a home whitening treatment, and risk causing more damage or discomfort to these areas.
  • Staining or tartar build-up; if your teeth are stained even a little, or have any build-up of tartar, your results are likely to be uneven and more difficult to fix after whitening.
  • Cavities or enamel deficiencies; if there are any underlying dental issues that have not been rectified prior to tooth whitening.
  • If you have fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations: Often, the materials used in restorative dental work such as bridges, bonding, crowns, or veneers don’t whiten with the use of home teeth whitening kits. This can lead to an uneven, unattractive result.
  • If you take any prescription drugs: You should discuss any prescription drugs you’re taking with your health and/or dental professional before starting a whitening program.

Most of the most popular methods of teeth whitening can be bought over-the-counter. Though these will need to have passed the UK health regulations, most do not contain enough active ingredients or a guarantee that they do actually whiten teeth. There are inherent risks to using DIY kits, particularly bought on the internet or from another country.

What are the Most Common Methods?

Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are used because of their reasonable price point and fast results. However, excessive use can cause your teeth to become more sensitive. They also aren’t able to get into crevices as well as professional teeth whitening would, causing the end aesthetic to appear uneven.

UV Kits

Some of the teeth whitening risks associated with UV kits include: mouth infections, toothache, gum shrinkage and nerve damage. Using UV kits can also even lead to stomach problems. What’s more, much like teeth whitening strips, the uneven distribution of bleach can lead to patchy results.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is one of the latest trends in teeth whitening. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut oil) around the mouth for 20 minutes. This method may pull off the top layer of stains, although there is no evidence to suggest it can whiten teeth. This should not be substituted for regular visits to the dentist, it also can’t help tooth decay or extensively whiten teeth. Going to the dentist would produce a much more satisfying appearance long term.

woman biting into coconut to whiten teeth

Whitening Pens

Whitening pens are most commonly used to whiten individual teeth as opposed to the whole mouth because of the precision applicator. The effect of whitening pens may work but is often minimal because of the low levels of hydrogen peroxide present. They can also cause gum irritation and sensitivity.

Ensuring Safe Levels of Hydrogen Peroxide

Teeth whitening risks associated with DIY kits often outweigh the benefits. In general, the results aren’t long-lasting and don’t provide much improvement in colour. Furthermore, hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in teeth whitening products, but over-the-counter kits cannot legally contain more than 0.1% of it according to EU regulations. This is in stark contrast to your dentist, who can use up to 6% of hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. Therefore, a far better end result can be achieved by a dentist than using home whitening kits.

Worryingly, whitening kits purchased from overseas may still contain higher levels of hydrogen peroxide as well as other ingredients that haven’t been approved by the UK governments, as they’re coming from countries where regulations may be less strict. This can react badly with your mouth and cause major irritation, such as blistering and increased sensitivity. It is also illegal for anyone other than a dentist to prescribe effective levels of hydrogen peroxide. It is strongly advised that if you want safe and effective results, the best place to go is your dentist.

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Teeth Whitening at Dental Solutions

At Dental Solutions, we offer a range of teeth whitening treatments that can brighten your smile in no time. From Zoom teeth whitening to our Enlighten deep bleaching system which guarantees the whitest shade (B1), our special teeth whitening methods will ensure you leave us with a dazzling white smile.

We currently have a fantastic offer on our zoom teeth whitening with a generous 40% discount, see more here. For information on any of our teeth whitening treatments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a completely free, no obligation consultation. Let us help you achieve your dream smile by booking online through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.

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Practice Hours

Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 8.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 5.30pm
Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Saturdays by appointment only.

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