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Meet Declan MacDonnell, implant dentist

10th November 2021

Meet Declan MacDonnell, implant dentistFollowing our recent blog post on what to look for in an implant dentist, we thought it was high time we put own amazing implant team under the spotlight – starting with Declan MacDonnell!

Originally from Kildare in the Republic of Ireland, Declan graduated from Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth in 2012 before joining TDP in 2013. The practice had already earned its reputation as one of the leading implant centres in the region and Declan was inspired to study for a prestigious Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons, which he was awarded in September 2021.

“You aren’t required to have a Diploma in Implant Dentistry to offer dental implants, but it does equip you with a depth and range of theoretical and hands-on experience which patients find reassuring. As a practice, TDP encourages every member of our dentist, nursing, and admin team to continually update and improve our skills. It shows that we are committed to our patients and our careers.”

So, what is it about implantology that particularly appeals to Declan? “It’s such an interesting and rewarding area of dentistry” he replies. “I enjoy the technical nature of it, and the precision it requires. But I also love how transformational it is. Taking patients through their treatment, from start to finish, and seeing the difference implants can have on their ability to eat normally, or smile confidently, is remarkable. You just can’t underestimate the positive impact it can have on a patient’s quality of life to get rid of their dentures or fill a gap in their teeth.”

Declan cites the recent example of a patient who had suffered for years with two damaged and decayed front teeth. “He was very anxious about proceeding with the treatment. I offered him sedation but after talking things through he was reassured enough to go ahead without it. He now has two very natural looking crowns and is delighted with the result.”

Declan says he thrives on being part of such an experienced and supportive team, which also includes implantologists Ian Mills and John Cato, and restorative dentist, Rhys Gabe. And he enjoys welcoming new implant referrals. “Patients coming to us for the first time are always surprised at how big the practice is, with our eight state-of-the-art surgeries, oral health and hygiene department, and bright and spacious reception.”

So, what advice would Declan offer to anyone reading this, who might be thinking about implants? “I’d say, come in for a chat. We offer a free initial consultation where we can talk about the problems you are having and the treatment options available to you. Implants aren’t suitable for everyone, in which case, we will suggest alternative procedures. Either way, you are under absolutely no obligation to proceed.”


Mr Mills was kind, pleasant and reassuring, and explained everything to me, so that I knew what was going on every inch of the way. I can’t recommend him and his implant team highly enough.
Super helpful, friendly, clean, efficient and brilliant at informing us of procedures & treatment. We never feel rushed or have to wait too long. They have made the dentist experience a positive one for our children – who are always excited to go!
I would rate this dentist 1000 stars if I could! Everyone there is so friendly and smiley! I had my teeth done by John Cato and Paula and what can I say. Both of them made me feel so relaxed even though I normally hate the dentist they have made this all change! I couldn’t thank them both enough.
Ms P
It’s nearly two months since my treatment for an implanted bridge concluded and I could not be more pleased. The treatment was excellent, the care by Ian Mills and his team was superb and the teeth look fantastic.
Rhys Gabe is an incredible guy. After 30 odd years of avoiding the dentist through fear I actually now enjoy going thanks to this man. I cannot recommend him highly enough to nervous and anxious patients.