A DENTAL surgeon has secured £350,000 to deliver a new specialist-led dental practice in Bangor.

Dr Mike Hughes has used the funding package from NatWest to secure a new premises and will launch Deintyddfa Na-Nóg Dental & Implant Team over the coming weeks.

The practice, located in Parc Menai, will offer private general dental care and a range of specialist services including hygiene, dental implants, Invisalign orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, specialist gum disease management and advanced root canal treatment.

Some of these services are said to be unavailable elsewhere in North Wales, with patients seeking the expert procedures forced to travel to Manchester or Liverpool for treatment.

The move has brought several new job opportunities to the area, with the company currently recruiting for another dentist, as well as three dental nurses and two dental hygienists.

Dr Hughes, director of Dentistry by Mike, said: “Opening Deintyddfa Na-Nóg Dental & Implant Team has been a goal of mine for a long time and the funding package and support from NatWest has enabled me to bring my vision for the business to life, as well as my passion and drive to support the local communities of North Wales.

“Our innovative procedures and teaching opportunities will be a great addition to Bangor and to North and Mid Wales. I am confident the business will succeed and have great plans for future growth.”

The funding has facilitated the essential move for Dr Hughes, who has ambitious plans for growth over the next five years. The two-storey building will initially hold three surgeries and a teaching facility to assist local and national dentists to improve their skills, while there are also plans for a further two surgeries within the next two years.

Tim Davies-Hughes, Relationship Manager at NatWest, said: “The people of Gwynedd and the wider North West Wales require closer access to specialist dental procedures to avoid lengthy travel, so we believe the new Dental Centre will be widely welcomed in the community, as well as being a high-class general practice.

“It was fantastic to work with Mike on this deal and to help secure the funding package. Mike is hugely committed to his local area, and it is great to see him use his skills and investment to plug the gap in specialist-led and good all-round dentistry in North Wales.”

Dr Hughes has been practicing dentistry for more than 14 years in Gwynedd, accepting referrals for complex work from up to 30 colleagues across North Wales.

He has worked as a private referral dentist since 2009, focusing mainly on referral work for the last eight years, and has thrice been named as Wales’ Young Dentist of the Year.