Principal Dentist

Matthew Holyoak

Diploma in Restorative Dentistry(RCS Eng) in 2007.
MSc in Restorative Dentistry(Leeds) in 2010.
Lecturing: Locally in the North West & Nationwide.

GDC No: 63353


Matthew trained in Glasgow, qualifying in 1988. Completed Year long implant training program with Ashok Sethi in 1996. Full member, British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry by election in 2000.

Matthew is Clinical Director at Woodlands Dental, Lancashire with an emphasis on Cosmetic and Advanced Restorative dentistry.

He was also a Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire where he was also the Clinical Education Supervisor on the MSc in Prosthodontics (Finished 2018)

He has a specific interest in Aesthetic Dentistry including smile design, composite resin restorations, minimally invasive ceramic restorations and the restoration of dental implants.

He lectures on smile design, hands on training in composites, and restoring dental implants for FGDP, Ankylos Dental Implants, Tipton Training Academy, BARD, & the NW Deanery.

Teaching experience with FGDP, Diploma in Restorative Dentistry & UCLan MSc & CPD courses in Prosthodontics.

Invited to present at the prestigious Digital Dentistry Conference, Dubai 2017, subject “Treatment planning in a digital age”.

Regularly lectures in Middle East: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman

Presented at EDSIC Conference: Cairo, Egypt, September 2018

He is also a Clinical Opinion Leader with some of the UK’s leading dental companies, giving advice on the clinical use of restorative dental materials and the development of new materials and techniques.

Professional History Qualifications

Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree from Glasgow University
Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Master of Science Degree in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds
Fellowship International Academy Dental Facial Aesthetics
2012 - 2018
Clinical Supervisor, University of Central Lancashire, MSc Prosthodontics


  • Member Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
  • Associate member British Society for Occlusal Studies (BSOS)
  • Former Full member of British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BAAD)
  • Contributor to FGDP “Standards in Dentistry” publication 2018


  • Smile design: Rules, tools and strategies to help plan aesthetic restorative dentistry
  • Primary Dental Journal, FGDP: October 2013


Latest Case Study


This patient was unhappy that the existing porcelain veneer on the upper left lateral incisor- it was described as “dull” and “darker than the natural teeth”. Matthew advised to replace the veneer with a lighter shade to match the existing teeth and to add some composite to the upper left canine tooth to improve the appearance- make it less pointed; the incisal edges of the upper teeth were improved also with the addition of composite. The work was completed over 2 visits, with the help of Steve Taylor, dental technician, to achieve a natural smile. The patient was delighted.

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