A DENTAL practice is set to receive a boost worth more than £170,000 to expand.

Family-run Burnham Dental Practice received a £175,000 funding package to buy the flat above the office and renovate it.

The expansion created space for a new state-of-the-art treatment room and waiting area and introduced a full-time implantologist, endodontist and anaesthetist.

After opening in 2018, the practice now provides care for more than 11,000 patients in the area.

The practice currently employs 11 staff and, following the investment, is hoping to create four new jobs.

Managing director Dr Jasdeep Hall said: “The dental industry has faced significant pressure over the last 12 months, as practices look to continue providing an essential service to patients, while also adapting to changing the restrictions and demand.

“We’re fortunate to have been able to turn our downtime into a positive by expanding our premises and implementing new plans for growth.

“Since the pandemic began, we’re also seeing increased numbers of people who no longer wish to travel into central London for specialist dental treatment and currently our visiting clinicians are seeing greater demand in areas like ours than at their own practices on Harley Street.

“The support we’ve received from Lloyds Bank has given us the flexibility needed to meet that growing demand, while also continuing to provide routine care to our existing NHS patients.”

The dental practice also received £50,000 from Lloyds through the Bounce Back Loan scheme after it was forced to temporarily close its doors in March last year due to the pandemic.

Bank spokesman Mike Philpot said: “Thanks to Jasdeep’s forward-thinking approach, the business has been able to continue providing a critical NHS service to its patients in a more Covid-secure way, while also investing in the practice’s future and creating employment opportunities in the process.”