Horbury Dental Care & Implant Clinic is a family run dental practice with a mission to provide state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry in a relaxing & friendly environment.
Mark Willings and his team use the latest in advanced technology and techniques to deliver premium quality dental procedures that cater to your needs and comfort. Their greatest priority is helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile while ensuring your complete comfort and satisfaction.
Our aim is to exceed your expectations and deliver a result which is technically first class but delivered within a calm, relaxed environment with minimal stress.
History In The Making
Horbury Dental Care first opened its doors over 75 years ago and is now owned by Mark Willings, the third generation of the same family.
The practice boasts a very modern building consisting of 10 dental surgeries with a mixed provision for NHS, Private treatment and more complex dental implant treatment. Mark and his team strive for excellence in clinical standards and customer service, whilst adhering to the caring family values that have seen the business flourish over the last 75 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The Referral Clinic
A committed and dedicated referral practice, trusted by over 100 local dentists, to provide high quality and caring dentistry for their patients. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced dentists and specialists available to help with all your dental needs.
The Implant Clinic
Implant treatment at Horbury is carried out by Mark, Nick and James, our highly experienced dentists. All three of our dental implant surgeons have successfully completed the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, the course formally recognised by the General Dental Council as the gold standard in implant education in the United Kingdom.
Additionally they have completed further formal training and qualifications in individual areas of interest, enabling them to work as a team to provide you with excellent and comprehensive care.
We understand for many people visiting a dentist is not always easy and everyone deserves a beautiful smile. With our committed team of dedicated dentists, nurses, hygienists and receptionists it is our aim to provide you with exceptional quality, accessible dentistry. We would like to invite you into our relaxed, friendly practice where your smile is our focus. Whether you are one of our long-standing NHS patients, a family on our essentials scheme or a couple wanting to join our private scheme, we can offer a service to suit everyone.
Let our family treat your family.
MARK VINCENT WILLINGS – Principal Dentist
Mark is Director of the very successful Horbury Dental Care & Implant Clinic and he has a huge wealth of experience on Dental Implants & Dental Implant systems; not only on how these can be used to restore a patient’s ability to chew and function, but also how they can be used to achieve the best results, in many cases restoring dignity and confidence.
Mark is from a family of dentists and indeed he is himself the fourth generation in his family; his great grandfather practiced in Leeds and his grandfather, grandmother and fathers all practiced in Horbury, Wakefield. Mark is married to Kate and they have two children, Harriet and Alexandra. Harriet is in the first year of practice as a Dentist in Newcastle and Alex is currently studying Philosophy at the University of Exeter.
- Mark was one of the first board members on Astra-Tech Platform Exchange for Education and Research (PEERS) and has been involved in research projects in Implant Dentistry for over 10 years.
- Mark continues to run study programs for General Dental Practitioners and has lectured widely all over the UK on the use of dental implants in General Dental Practice including the association of dental implantology national members forums.
Outside of dentistry
Mark enjoys cycling, and is an extremely keen road cyclist. He has completed several challenges over the last years including Lands’ End to John O’Groats, and the annual team challenges the practice find themselves up against. His other hobbies include going to the gym to maintain his fitness for his cycling endeavors. He also enjoys shooting and if the time allows, he is also keen on travel. Mark and Kate are also involved in a great deal of fund raising and are the Ambassadors of the Wooden Spoon children’s charity, who help fund projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children.
1991 – Graduates from United Medical & Dental Schools of Guys & St Thomas Hospital.
1991-1994 – Works in Gravesend, Kent followed by a position at Carlshalton Beeches in Surrey.
1994 – Returns to his native Wakefield and joined his father Eric Willings as an associate dentist.
1998 – Becomes a partner alongside of his father and with a relocation of the existing practice produced Horbury Dental Care. (now a state of the art 6 surgery practice.)
1998 – Becomes a member of the Faculty of General Practice.
2000-2009 Worked at Manchester University Dental Hospital in Dept of Oral and Maxillo Facial surgery exclusively working on surgical aspects of implantology including advanced reconstruction of patients who had lost teeth and jaw bone because of ablative surgery to remove tumors and cancer.
2002 – Becomes a Postgraduate Dental Tutor at the Yorkshire Deanery (University of Leeds)
2003 – Becomes a tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons for the Implant Dentistry Diploma.
2004 – Awarded the advanced level certificate of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry
2004 – Made chair of the Education Committee Yorkshire Division FGDP (UK)
2007 – Mark extends Horbury Dental Care to add further surgery space including his very own implant clinic.
2007- Made the Director of the Yorkshire Division FGDP (UK)
2007- Mark was one of the co-authors who published a Cochrane review on immediate loading in dental implantology.
2008 – 2013 Manchester University Dental School – Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow. Responsible for teaching Implantology to students on the Master of Science program
2009 – Awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons
2013 – Mark extends Horbury Dental Care to add further surgery, office and space for staff.
2013 – Opened Dental Excellence Harewood with 3 Partners and won Best New Practice, Best Interior Design for a dental practice and overall Best Practice at the acclaimed Private dentistry awards in the first year of opening.
2014 – Introduces 3D digital imaging with a state of the art Come Beam Scanner for Horbury Dental Care.
2016 – Mark and his team win the Best Team award at the Dentistry Awards
2017 – Mark’s eldest daughter Harriet graduates with distinction at Newcastle Dental School.
2018 – Horbury Dental Care is now a 10 surgery practice