Restore your smile with
South Devon Dental

Schedule your first visit with experienced implant dentists 



Professional dentists

Our implant dentists are highly qualified to provide the best implant treatment.

Affordable prices

We provide affordable payment options to our patients, including 0% finance

Exceptional service

Our mission is to provide our patients with the best service possible

About South Devon Dental

A private practice offering general, cosmetic and implant dentistry in Paignton, Devon. The team are hand picked from across the South West based upon their exceptional level of skill as dentists, and their warm, engaging and caring personalities. They are just great people who love working together and look forward to caring for you.

Making implants affordable

South Devon Dental can offer 0% interest financing* for 12-month instalments via their financial services provider, Tabeo.

Other instalment options are available with added interest.

*Terms and conditions apply. The clinic can provide more information upon request.

Meet the team

South Devon Dental implant dentist Dr Ruairi Cunnane

Dr Ruairi Cunnane

Expert in Dental Implants

  • Ruairi has worked in general practice in Devon and as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation. His interests are in implant dentistry and complex restorative dentistry. He also has experience treating very anxious patients using sedation and is committed to providing gentle dentistry. He understands that it is important to build a long-lasting relationship with his patients, helping them to achieve a smile they are proud to wear.
  • Ruairi has completed a master’s degree in dental Implantology at the University of Bristol with distinction in 2017. He has also completed a diploma in conscious sedation in 2015 at the University of Newcastle, achieving the gold standard for education and training in conscious sedation in the UK. He is a member of the international team of Implantology (ITI) and the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) and regularly attends implant conferences to stay up to date with the latest developments in this field. He is also a member of the British Dental Association (BDA), Association Dental implantology (ADI), Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) and the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Ruairi has maintained strong links with University of Bristol since graduating and currently works there as an honorary clinical lecturer on the Dental Implantology programme. Outside of work, Ruairi enjoys running, golf and rugby; as well as cooking, travelling and spending time with his friends and family.
South Devon Dental implant dentist Dr Andrew Rochester

Dr Andrew Rochester

Lead Clinician

  • Dr Andrew Rochester completed his dental degree at Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth. Since then, he has focused on completing further training order that he is able to deliver more advanced dentistry, specifically in the areas of oral surgery, gum disease (periodontology), and dental implants.
  • Andrew is currently completing a master’s degree in Periodontology and is able to treat patients with complex periodontal problems. This means he is able provide treatment for advanced gum disease including surgery where required. This includes completing gum grafting for recession and can help improve the appearance of front teeth – this is particularly useful when having crowns or veneers placed on those front teeth. Lastly, he can complete regenerative surgery – replacing bone lost thanks to periodontal disease, with synthetic bone. This can be completed depending on the individual circumstances of each patient. Dr Rochester comprehensively examines the current health of your gums and offers treatment solutions that will reduce the chance of experiencing pain or tooth loss.
  • Andrew has completed implant training with the ‘Campbell Academy,’ one of the leading independent Implant Dental Training Establishments in the UK. In addition to this a master’s degree in Periodontology incorporates dental implant training and in particular the treatment of patients with dental implants and problems relating to gum disease.

Dental implant transformations

Explore the dental implant transformations of South Devon Dental Clinic´s patients. See the risks disclaimer for more information.

What to expect during your first visit?

Your initial assessment with be with one of our clinically trained, experienced treatment coordinators. They will get to know you and listen to the issues you have and the types of treatment that you are interested in.

A digital intra oral scan and photographs will be completed  in order to allow a full assessment of your treatment options.  They will discuss possible options with you advising on the advantages, disadvantages and associated outline costs.

In addition to dental implants they are able to discuss with you any other dental concerns or treatments including Invisalign, composite bonding, veneers, crowns. We are able to offer sedation where required for those that need it.

After your consultation, your case and circumstances will be discussed with one of our clinicians and we will be able to provide guidance on the next steps.

What should I consider as a patient?

Dental implants are a modern way to replace missing teeth. They are designed to be a long-term alternative solution for smile restoration. 


Dental implants

Fixed bridges

Removable dentures



No treatment

Overall Considerations        
Comfort (More comfortable than removable dentures?)


Cost (Average Price Range)



Function (Can restore chewing ability?)



Partially impacted function

Decreased Function
Feeling (Sensation in the mouth)

Provides a more natural sensation

It feels less natural

Removable,  feels less natural

Decreased sensation

* Results in this table show average results only and do not necessarily apply to each specific case. 

**The comparison chart above has been meticulously crafted through research conducted by numerous dental institutes, research companies, and universities. If you wish to delve deeper into the scientific resources underpinning this information, please click here.

Where to find us?


South Devon Dental

51 Palace Ave, Paignton, TQ3 3EN

Opening hours

Monday - Tuesday 8:30am - 6:00pm

Wednesday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday 8:30am - 1:00pm

Sunday Closed

Accessibility & parking

There is on-street parking along Palace avenue. To pay for parking online or using the Ringgo App, Palace avenue is location code 15854. Prices are from £1.50/hour.


Take the first steps to your new smile

If you want more information or you are interested in scheduling your first visit, leave your contact details and one of TeethToday's dental implant consultants will reach out to you.

TeethToday is a service connecting patients with dental implant professionals across the UK and Ireland to help you to restore a beautiful smile. Our mission is to provide patients with all the necessary information, help them make the right decision and support you through the entire dental implant process. (Please see the risks in the disclaimer)

TeethToday personal dental implant consultants are here to help:

  • Assist you throughout the entire implant treatment – our services are free of charge
  • Answer your questions related to possible solutions for your missing teeth and the treatment process
  • Find a listed clinic close to your location
  • Schedule your first visit with experienced dentists specialized in implant treatment
  • Please note that the personal dental implant consultant is not a healthcare professional and will not provide medical advice

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Frequently asked questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a strong, small post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. It comprises three key components: the dental implant itself, the abutment and the crown.

The dental implant, resembling a tiny titanium screw, is surgically placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia. It is designed to serve as a replacement for a natural tooth root, bonding with the bone. This process sets the foundation to replace missing teeth. Once in place securely, the dental implant may support one or more replacement teeth, referred to as crowns.

The abutment is a connector fixed on or within the top of the dental implant. It serves as a linking point and offers additional support for the crown.

The crown (replacement tooth) is custom-made to replicate the appearance, shape, and fit of other natural teeth. It is then affixed to the abutment, completing the tooth replacement process.

What does the procedure involve, and how long does it take?

The dental implant procedure typically follows a set of standard steps and requires a few visits to complete.  Initially, a qualified dental professional conducts a thorough assessment, including reviewing the patient's history, performing a dental examination, and discussing a comprehensive treatment plan. Since each patient is unique, the overall treatment duration varies based on individual needs, medical and dental history, jawbone health, and the chosen technique and materials. The timeframe can range from a few months to over a year, for more complex cases.

The next stage involves the placement of the dental implant under local anesthesia. After this surgical procedure, patients need time to heal before proceeding to the restoration phase. During the healing period, typically lasting from a few weeks to a few months, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. This time allows for the bone around the dental implant to grow and fuse with the implant surface, a process known as osseointegration. For support during the healing phase, a temporary restoration may be affixed to the dental implant at the time of surgery. Ask your dentist for more detailed information on the benefits and risks of dental implant treatment.

Once adequate healing has taken place, an impression of the dental implant site is taken by the dental professional. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fitted crown (or bridge for multiple teeth replacement) is crafted to fit the patient's mouth precisely. After fabrication, the crown or bridge is then securely installed.

How should I take care of my dental implants?

Both patients and the dental teams of our listed clinics play pivotal roles the long-term success of dental implant procedures. Our partnered clinics will create personalized oral care plans for each patient and provide tailored advice on effective cleaning methods depending on the specific treatment received. Much like caring for natural teeth, dental implants can accumulate tartar, emphasizing the importance of diligent oral care for the sustained success of your new teeth. Here are essential long-term care instructions:

Use a soft toothbrush (replace regularly) or an electric toothbrush for thorough teeth cleaning.

Employ recommended cleaning aids, such as interdental brushes or irrigation devices, to clean the gaps between teeth.

Brush teeth meticulously on all sides, including the inside, outside, and the top surfaces where chewing takes place.

Regular check-ups and preventive visits to the dentist are indispensable for maintaining the health of your new teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Like in any surgical procedure, there are risks and you may experience discomfort during and after dental implant surgery. It is important to note that each patient's healing process is unique. Your surgeon will collaborate with you before, during, and after the surgery to help you feel as comfortable as possible. 

What is the lifespan of dental implants and are they a reliable option?

When well taken care of, dental implants are designed to endure for numerous years, and in many cases, more than decades. Dentists have been successfully utilizing dental implants for replacing missing teeth for a considerable period, and advancements in technology only enhance their durability. Ask your dentist for more detailed information on the benefits and risks of dental implant treatment.

Why should I choose dental implants?

Whether you need to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, our selected clinics present a range of products designed to give your replacement a natural look and feel. Your dentist is your best resource for exploring the tooth replacement options that suit your individual needs. Feel free to start a conversation with TeethToday concierge service to get the support from your personal dental implant consultant

Are dental implants a good choice compared to removable dentures?

Dental implants offer significant advantages over traditional solutions like dentures and removable appliances. They closely resemble the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Moreover, they are designed to prevent bone loss that can occur when tooth roots are missing and do not necessitate altering adjacent teeth. 

• Dental implants are designed to seamlessly integrate with your body: Unlike prosthetics, a dental implant is an artificial root that, once healed, melds with your body, behaving just like a natural root.

• Preservation of facial structure: Dental implants,designed to firmly anchor in the bone, effectively transmit chewing forces, are engineered to promote a healthy jaw and preserve facial structure. 

• Maintenance of your smile: Dental implants are designed to closely restore missing teeth without any visible difference, enhancing both functionality and appearance. 

• Comfort in daily activities: Dental implants are designed closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, providing comfort while speaking, smiling, and eating. 

Like every surgical procedure, dental implant procedure also has risks. Ask your dentist for more detailed information on the benefits and risks of dental implant treatment.

What happens if I choose not to replace my tooth?

When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the bone that once supported the tooth may diminish as it no longer serves a purpose. This can result in bone loss around nearby teeth, potentially causing harm to these adjacent teeth. 

Are there any potential risks associated with dental implant?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks to be aware of when considering dental implants. The most common problem is infection (peri- implantitis) that can affect the gums and the jawbone, but it is also possible for the dental implant to not fuse with the jawbone properly. Your dentist will plan treatment to minimise the risks. It is also important that you look after your implants with good oral hygiene.

Disclaimer 1: Every surgical procedure carries potential risks. You should always consult with a dental professional prior to treatment. Potential risk factors may vary depending on medical or other conditions of each patient. The possibility of immediate placement and the use of a prosthetic tooth depends on many factors, such as bone presence and quality, dental history, implant location, and availability of the final restoration. Your clinician will fully describe the possible scenarios to you during consultation prior to surgery.  Consult your clinician to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Disclaimer 2: Please note that if you choose to enter into a treatment relationship with one of the listed clinics this treatment relationship will be solely between you and the respective listed clinic. TeethToday / Straumann explicitly disclaimers and waives any and all responsibility or liability for the treatments provided by the listed clinics.