Dr Richard Clarke-Irons


BDS(Birm)Dip ImpDent RCS(Eng). Principal Dentist

Qualified at Birmingham Dental School in 1997. GDC: 73011.

I have been very fortunate in finding a career that inspires me on a  daily basis. Being in a position to help people maintain and improve their dental health and wellbeing is very satisfying. 

I have a belief that dental treatment should be as conservative as possible. I believe that we should be restoring teeth biomimetically using dental materials that behave in a similar way to the natural tooth (often significantly increasing the lifetime of the tooth), and that full crowns and silver fillings are an outdated and potentially damaging form of treatment. We avoid using crowns as far as possible unless replacing existing crowns.

My dental interests are; biomimetic restorative dentistry including the treatment of cracks under old fillings, treatment of tooth wear and dental rehabilitations with or without dental implants.

My ultimate goal is to try and help my patients to limit the amount of dentistry they require over their lifetime.  In other words, once we’ve fixed your dental problems we want to help you keep it that way. I work very closely with my hygienists to achieve this. In fact regular patients of mine will often see the hygienist a lot more frequently than they see me! This not only saves my patients money, but they are likely to need less treatment going forward. It is the kind of dentistry that I would like to receive myself. Over the last few years, we have experienced huge demand for dental implants.

I have studied widely and passed the Royal College of Surgeons Implant Diploma. I have also travelled to Italy, Germany and Portugal to seek out experience from Implant colleagues abroad. I am currently studying for both the Royal College of Surgeons Restorative Diploma and the Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry Mastership Course with the highly accomplished Dr Sami Sherif. 

Life outside dentistry is frantic, chasing after 3 active children, a dog and a wife that likes Marathon and Ultra running! I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting and the occasional Parkrun.