Who Are We?
The Tycoch Dental Centre is a small, independent, private dental practice that focuses on preventative dentistry for individuals or families alike. We believe that education of our patients is the best way of securing their dental health and that drilling and filling of teeth, however good the techniques and dental materials are these days, should always be seen as the need for further help and education to help protect our patients.
Obviously, we haven’t reached dental nirvana yet where none of our patients requires any treatment. We believe that when we do have to repair a damaged or broken tooth, we should use the latest techniques and best quality materials possible. Dentistry is a complex and challenging endeavour, with the human mouth being a very sensitive and punishing environment. We feel that one of our best treatment tools is time – time to talk, time to treat in a calm and none rushed atmosphere, time to educate, advise and assist, time to listen.
Visiting the dentist is not the most popular of experiences so we work hard to try and make your visit as pleasant as possible. Our younger members get a dedicated themed day just for them, where we can have a bit of fun while getting the dentistry done.
Nick DavisonDental Practitioner
Nick qualified from Guy's Dental School in London in 1993. After a Foundation Training year at the Old Oak Dental Practice in Carmarthen, he then work in general practice in London for seven years before taking over the practice in Tycoch in 2001. Frustration and fears of a backward step in quality of treatment with the 2006 NHS contact (since proved correct by a recent review of treatment data), forced Nick to make the practice independent of the NHS, but he now enjoys the freedom of recommending the best treatment for each scenario for each patient.
Nick believes that too much time in dentistry is spent fixing things and not preventing them from happening in the first place, so whenever possible, through the use of computer-animated graphics, photographs or videos, he tries to educate patients on how to avoid dental treatment by preventing problems with quick and simple tools and techniques.
When not at work, Nick is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, documenting his experiences through photography, video and sound. This lead to Nick starting his own production company to act as an outlet for his work. When not out on his own adventures, Nick teaches a photography course at the National Botanical Garden of Wales and around Wales through his own Gower Photography website.
Joanne BlaineTreatment Coordinator
Joanne joined Tycoch Dental Centre in December 2009. She qualified her Dental Nursing NVQ Level 3 in October 2010.
Outside of work Joanne spends most of her time with her two young children. She also enjoys going out for meals and the cinema with her husband when she can squeeze it in.
Sam RichardsTreatment Coordinator
Sam joined the practice in October 2017 as a trainee Treatment Coordinator.
She finished her studies in December 2019 and is now taken on the role of overseeing the practice audits and quality assurance program.
Lisa WilliamsTrainee Treatment Coordinator
Lisa joined the practice in June 2019 after deciding on a career change to retrain as a Dental Nurse. In her spare time, Lisa likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters or socialising with other family and friends.