The team

Delivering professional dentristry personally

We at Toothworks strive to make our Practice the one that people want to join. We are a small and close team, like family, and that comes across to our patients. Your needs as a Patient always come first and we do whatever we can to make your visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We are very happy to work with nervous adults and children. The array of treatments we offer is vast but we are always pushing forward trying to improve.
All our staff satisfy the General Dental Council requirements and are completing additional courses to further their knowledge and to keep up to date with all the latest techniques. We all take the confidentiality of patients very seriously; at Toothworks our number one priority is you, the patient, your comfort and needs always come first.

Who is my dentist

Gus van Riessen

Gus van Riessen has over 25 years experience in providing high quality dental care to his patients, tailored to their individual needs. He qualified in the Netherlands in 1988 and moved in 1990 to East Sussex, where he operated two very successful mixed NHS and private practices until 2007. He subsequently joined Oasis Dental Care as Clinical Director for the South East, where he was responsible for setting up and implementing a Clinical Governance system in the ten practices he led. He took over as owner and Principal Dentist of Toothworks when he moved to Bristol in 2010.

Gus will be available for consultations about simple fillings and regular maintenance as well as advanced cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, orthodontic (brace) treatment and dental implants. He has done many postgraduate training courses and is a member of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry and the International Team for Implantology using the leading Straumann dental implant system.

Gus is also a part-time lecturer at the Cardiff School of Dentistry, supervising Undergraduate students on clinic and teaching Advanced Restorative Dentistry in the form of demonstrations, lectures and seminars. He is working towards a Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy.

He is registered with the General Dental Council number 64961.

Anna-Louise Bate

Anna-Louise Bate qualified as a dentist in 1988 in Guy's Dental Hospital and, following a number of years in General Practice, completed an MSc in endodontics in 1997. She has worked since then as a specialist endodontist in practice and also taught endodontics to Undergraduate students in Guy's Dental School. Anna spent a number of years in Italy where she operated her own Endodontic Referral Practice and decided to come back to the UK in 2015.

Anna will carry out all aspects of specialist endodontics by referral only, using a microscope, including: trauma cases, root canal re-treatment, finding and gaining access to sclerotized canals, removal of posts and broken instruments, treatment of unusual anatomy (such as dens in dente, roots with extreme curvature, bi- or trifurcations of canals), endodontic surgery (apicectomy, hemi-section, root resection, perforation and external resorption repair), problems with anaesthesia, perio-endo lesions, non-vital bleaching etc. Her main aim is to achieve a high quality of service for the patients, whilst making them feel at ease.

She is on the Endodontic Specialist List of the General Dental Council number 64053.

The toothworks dental team...

Emma Needham started working in Toothworks in June 2015, coming up from Devon where she worked as Lead Dental Nurse for a number of years in a busy NHS practice. She is our qualified First Aider and Fire Marshall and deals amongst other things with the Practice policies on Health and Safety matters and Care Quality Commission compliance.

Zara Ross joined us in September 2015 and is on an Apprenticeship training programme through Learndirect to become a qualified Dental Nurse.

We are totally committed to providing the best possible service and we are constantly striving to improve the quality of our care. If there is ever anything you are not entirely satisfied with please let us know so that we take steps to address this and improve.