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Perlan Specialist Dental Centre,
Hartfield Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 2AL


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Dental Implants Eastbourne

We are dedicated to providing an outstanding level of service to both patients and referring dentists. Together, we work with you as a team to provide expert treatment in a superbly equipped yet relaxing environment. Our commitment is to provide only reliable treatments which stand the test of time, founded as they are on sound, evidence based practice.

Our highly skilled and qualified experts in their field, being active in teaching and research as well as clinical practice. They regularly attend postgraduate courses around the world to remain up to date with new developments. They are actively involved in research and teaching and can offer expertise in periodontics, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. We are experts in reconstruction using dental implants and our team has many years experience and skill in the successful treatment of the most demanding cases.

We provide a superlative service with several experts available in one state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinic and we strive to achieve the optimum level of health, aesthetics and function for your mouth.

We hope that you can be confident in being treated in one of the UK’s leading Specialist Dental Clinics.

We are delighted to welcome new referrals to our practice from both patients as well as professional colleagues. For further information please phone our reception team, or contact us online. Your call will be answered promptly and your problems dealt with courteously and sympathetically.

Mr. Stephen Barter - qualified in 1985 from Guys Hospital, London. Following a further period of postgraduate oral surgery and orthodontic training he was awarded the MSurgDent of the Royal College of Surgeons and is a registered Specialist in Oral Surgery. He is a Lecturer and Specialist in the Department of Periodontology, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. He has 25 years experience in Oral Surgery with 18 years involvement in clinical and academic implant dentistry.

Mr. Barter’s career advancement and experience in complex case management has been achieved through worldwide study, including advanced training at the Straumann Clinic, University of Bern.

Mr. Barter has been established in Eastbourne for over 20 years and set up Perlan Specialist Dental Centre in 2007, bringing together specialist colleagues in other disciplines. He is the Clinical Director of this busy multidisciplinary specialist clinic dealing with implant, prosthodontic and periodontal cases of all levels of complexity His philosophy has always been one of comprehensive planning, combined with empathy to the patients needs.

Mr. Barter also practices at The Esperance Hospital in Eastbourne. He lectures both nationally and internationally and regularly presents at major international conferences. His work is also published in both scientific journals and the dental press.

Interests: sinus surgery and computer-guided surgery

Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Member of the British Dental Association; Member of the Association of Dental Implantology; Member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons; Member of the European Association of Osseointegration. Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI).

Michael Heffernan qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1990. He subsequently spent two years in hospital training in maxillofacial surgery and went on to work in private general practice in London. In 1997 Michael enrolled in a three-year full-time Masters Degree Program at the University of Iowa (USA) in Fixed, Removable and Implant retained Prosthodontics. He performed valuable research into the Translucency of All-Ceramic Systems for which he won the prestigious John J. Sharry Prosthodontics Research Prize from the American College of Prosthodontists (2001). He was then awarded a scholarship at the University of Florida in a dedicated implant fellowship provided by the International Team of Oral Implantology (ITI).

Michael returned to the UK in 2002. He is registered as a Specialist Prosthodontist with the General Dental Council. He is a Fellow of International Team for Implantology (ITI), a member of the Association of Osseointegration, a member of the British Dental Association and Hon and a Member of the American Dental Society of London

Natalie Woodlock Natalie first qualified in dentistry from Guys, Kings & St. Thomas’ Dental Institute in 1999. Since then she has gained extensive experience in a variety of settings. These have included general practice, community dentistry, oral surgery, and providing dental care for the staff of Unilever.

In 2001 she was successful in achieving Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Whilst working as a Senior House Officer in Restoative Dentistry, she developed an interest in periodontology.

She completed the four year part-time specialist training programme at King’s College London. She was successful in gaining a Master of Science in Periodontology, and went on to gain further expertise in the subject achieving the Master of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics and the Membership in Restorative Dentistry to become a Specialist in Periodontics.

Natalie limits her practice to periodontics.

Dr. Stephen Barter BDS MSurgDent RCS Specialist in Oral Surgery
Dr. Michael Heffernan BDS MS Specialist in Prosthodontics
Natalie Woodlock BDS(Lond), MFDS RCS(Ed), MSc, MClinDent(Perio), MRD RCS(Ed)
Specialist in Periodontics

GDC number: 60311 (Dr. Stephen Barter), 66168 (Dr. Michael Heffernan), 76558 (Natalie Woodlock)


  • Implant Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Restorative Dental Treatment
  • Cosmetic Dental Treatment
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Radiography
Dr Stephen Barter

Specialist Oral Surgeon:
Dr Stephen Barter

Dr Michael Heffernan

Specialist Prosthodontist:
Dr. Michael Heffernan

Natalie Woodlock

Specialist in Periodontics:
Natalie Woodlock