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I can recommend woodlands dental enough. They excel in giving the best possible care and service – nothing is too much trouble! Nobody “likes” a visit to the dentist but at least I know I have confidence in Matthew and his team to deliver the best treatment they possibly can to me and my family.

I have been a patient with Matthew for almost 20 years and even though I have moved out of the area, I continue to visit Matthew for my dental work.

Like most people, I have a slight fear of dentistry – but it is to Matthew’s credit that he manages that aspect tremendously well.

More important than that is that Matthew is exceptionally professional and he keeps up to date on all developments in dentistry.  He is also really good at explaining the work he is doing on my mouth – and why he is doing it.

He did an implant for me in 2008 and was excellent at managing that challenging process.

I would not hesitate to recommend him as a dentist and providing implants for anyone.

After many years of suffering a dental phobia I visited Holyoak dental practice over ten years ago and received extensive cosmetic treatment which gave me a new confidence in life and a new confidence in dentistry.

Matthew has remained my dentist ever since and i still visit the practice knowing I am being cared for professionally, not just by Matthew but by the whole team.

The thought of major implant treatment was very daunting for me, however the whole procedure was made bearable by the amazing support from Matthew and all his team.

Every step was explained clearly and the six months of treatment passed very quickly. The reception area at the practice is very bright and comfortable with a brilliant selection of magazines.

I am delighted with the end result now that all the treatment has been completed, thank you everyone.

One more thing – Matthew is supported by a professional and friendly team who always look after clients (patients?) very well.

My wife Joan & I have been patients of Matthew Holyoak at Woolands Dental for approx 6 years.

After being unable to obtain dental treatment in our home town of Blackburn we were recommended to conact Woodlands Dental.This we did & have been patients there ever since.

We have both received excellent & careing treatment from Matthew & his staff & can honestly say that teeth filling,teeth extraction & teeth capping,have been carried out without pain or discomfort.

The fact that we travel from Blackburn to Lytham (50 miles round trip) is proof of our complete satisfaction with Woodlands Dental.

I had various dental and gum problems over a number of years starting in my teens. I was 21 when I had my two front teeth crowned but as the years went by and I had a few other crowns there were problems with my gums as some of the crowns were ill-fitting. My one main fear was of having to wear dentures. A friend mentioned Matthew’s name to me and so I made an appointment and it was with some trepidation that I arrived at his surgery. In contrast, I left feeling confident that dentures were quite out of the question.

After somewhere between 12-18 months of treatment I had a smile to be proud of. The crowns looked amazing and the gum surgery had evened up the appearance of my teeth. For the first time in my life I was being complimented on my smile and teeth. That was roughly 10 years ago and I have no recurrence of the previous problems. I have recommended Matthew to friends of mine and I would say to anyone who has fears of losing their teeth, or wanting to improve their smile, don’t hesitate, it will be well worth your while.

At the age of 78 , as you can imagine, I have visited many dentists over the years, some good and many not so good – with regard to Matthew Holyoak, I would like to say he is one of the very best.

I find him a very pleasant person and a most knowledgeable, highly skilled dental surgeon. Most importantly, he does not automatically recommend the most expensive treatment but the explains the best solution to your dental problem.

I was 8yrs old when following an accident at school I lost one of my front teeth. I subsequently suffered with abscesses and after 2 episectomy’s I discovered Matthew Holyoak.

Matthew decided to crown my front tooth, but suggested that when I was old enough I should have an implant.The crown and subsequent gum surgery improved my appearance immediately.

At the age of 22yrs Matthew prepared my gums for an implant which was carried out successfully.

Thanks to Matthew and his team I have a lovely smile and regained my confidence

I have been going to Matthew for my dental care for around ten years. From the moment you enter the door of Woodlands Dental the staff of this modern and up to date premises are always on hand to put you at ease.

I have had one or two emergencies over the years and Matthew has always managed to squeeze me in at short notice. Even root canal treatment was almost a breeze. Once you enter the ‘state of the art’ surgery you know you are in good hands and have no need to worry.

Matthews skill is second to none and with soft music in the background I always feel relaxed during treatment. Matthew always goes the ‘extra mile’and is always available on the phone for help and advice.

Thanks to all at Woodlands Dental for all the care and assistance over the years.

We were recommended to Matthew at woodlands Dental by a friend in 1995.

After an initial consultation with Matthew I was immediately impressed and have received wonderful service ever since.


  • Appointments on time
  • Relaxed and friendly atmosphere in pleasant surroundings
  • No problems with parking or time restrictions

Matthew and his staff go to great lengths to discuss procedures, what is involved, what options are available and the long term prognosis.

A forward thinking practice constantly exploring the latest techniques on dentistry and oral hygiene.

A dental practice that genuinely cares about the well being of its patients.

First class in every respect.

To: Matthew Holyoak

Woodlands Dental Practice

May 2012


I would like to record my appreciation to you, Beth, Marie, Jenny and Hannah for the care and support provided during my initial visits to the practice. I was in a difficult place, pain and suffering wise, when I made the most fortunate decision (on recommendation) to come and see you.

The care and support provided during my root canal treatment was fantastic and it looks like the tooth has been saved, probably against the odds. 1 have also been re-motivated on tooth care and whilst I thought my teeth were reasonably ok things have moved up a level with everyone’s help. I have never (56 years old) received dental care at this level and have benefited from the obvious high levels of skill, equipment and pro-active communication provided at the practice. The one great thing was that there was always enough time to rest during procedures and to ask and receive answers to any questions I had, whilst also feeling that the treatment options were always my decision but professionally informed.

I shall certainly be recommending the practice whenever the opportunity occurs and thanks again to everyone. Perhaps a strange thing to say about dentists but I look forward to seeing you all regularly in the future!


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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