We are an award-winning independent, private dental laboratory in Bournemouth specialising in natural aesthetics


The Hive Dental Laboratory is a leading implant, digital and prosthetic dental laboratory dedicated to excellence in manufacturing dental appliances in Bournemouth, Dorset. We strive to develop and hone the latest cutting-edge technologies and bespoke dental solutions through continual investment, training and by working closely with dental surgeons and specialists alike.

Dentistry is evolving rapidly as patients become more aware of their options and seek intelligent alternatives to traditional methods or quick fixes. The evolution of digital dentistry offers significant benefits to dental practices and patients alike; we can now reduce surgery time with digital scanning and improve the accuracy of the final fit with CADCAM technology. This means that dentists can see more patients in the same amount of time, and patients can get a resolution to their dental concern much faster than ever before.

We are located in the large white house set back from the road next to the Norfolk Royal Hotel on Richmond Hill (the one with the flag!) Access is through the gate to the right and the black door to the right. We are on the first floor of the grade II listed building so disabled access is unfortunately limited. If you have accessibility concerns then please do ring the buzzer at the door and a member of our team will come down to the door to greet you in our large entrance way where we can discuss your issues in relative private. We do have toilets on site but they are located at the top of the stairs.

Contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone on 01202 922280 for more information, to book a denture consultation, or chat about a case.

Awards and Recognition

2021 - Best Technician

The Dentistry Awards is the UK's largest dental award ceremony. The event, which is often known as "dentistry's biggest celebration," has grown in popularity, recognizing excellence in dentistry across the country. Our very own Emily Pittard won the "Best Technician" in 2021.

The Dentistry Awards 2021 Finalist

2021 - Best Laboratory & Best Technician

The Dentistry Awards is the largest dental awards ceremony in the UK. Tagged as 'dentistry's biggest party', the occasion has become a well-respected ceremony, recognising excellence in dentistry across the whole of the UK. The Hive Dental Laboratory has been shortlisted as the "Best Laboratory" finalist, and Emily as a "Best Technician" finalist.

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2020 - Best Technician Winner

The Dentistry Awards takes place towards the end of the year and is the profession's biggest celebration, recognising excellence in UK & Irish dentistry for over a decade; celebrating the work of those who have shown incredible commitment to and innovation within their field. Emily Pittard, our director won in 2020 and we couldn't be more proud!

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2019 - Best Implant Laboratory Winner

The Laboratory Awards is the UK’s largest dental awards ceremony recognising the science behind the smile. Presented by FMC, an award-winning dental communications company, these awards acknowledge technicians and dental laboratories. As the awards could not take place in 2020 we are currently the reining winners of Best Implant Laboratory UK!

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2019 - Highly Commended Best Team Member

The first year we entered the awards our laboratory director, Emily Pittard, received highly commended in the category 'Best Team Member'. This was an incredible achievement considering she was up against everyone in this category - from dental nurses to practice managers to hygiene therapists from across the UK!

Private Dentistry Awards 2019 Highly Commended Best Team Member

2019 - Highly Commended Most Invaluable Team Member

The Private Dentistry Awards is one of the most prestigious occasions to recognise excellence in private dentistry in the UK & Ireland. Our managing director, Eleanor Pittard, received highly commended in the category 'Most Invaluable Team Member' which was an incredible achievement considering the quality of entrants she was up against.

Clinical Dental Technician Onsite

And Extended Scope of Practice for our technicians

We are incredibly proud to be owned and directed by an award-winning Clinical Dental Technician. This means that every piece of lab work is quality controlled by a dual-qualified technician and clinician and it allows us to see patients for denture treatment in our onsite clinic.

We can see patients direct for denture treatment where they have no natural teeth and on prescription from a dentist where they have natural teeth. We are offering free consultations at the moment with our award-winning clinician – we work with some of the top specialists in the country so if we cannot solve your concerns onsite we can certainly direct you to the right person.

Our dental artisans can also take your shade and take clinical photographs so you can discuss your desired smile with the artisan face to face to ensure that your smile is produced in our laboratory beautifully.


Free Denture Consultations

Book now for a free 1-hour denture consultation with our Clinical Dental Technician. Ask as many questions as you like, we are here to help!

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One Day Turnaround

Broken denture? Crown come off? Need teeth in a hurry? Not a problem. We can craft a whole new smile for you in just one day! Contact us now to discuss your concerns.

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Design Your Smile in 30 Minutes

Using our state of the art technology we can take a photo of your smile, upload it onto our software and design a whole new smile while you watch.

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MDTA Member

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is the professional body and membership association for dental technologists in the UK. They are committed to keeping members in touch with what is going in dental technology and the wider dental arena as well as facilitating members with the tools they need to stay educated and compliant.

We are proud to be a member of the DTA and to uphold their values within our laboratory.



Speech Marks

“All I can say is wow Emily. The denture you made is by far the best denture I’ve seen and fitted. You’re extremely talented. Both my patient and I are really grateful.

Thank you so much.”

Dr N Kunapalasingham

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“Our patient was in tears… she has dementia and attends with her daughter who looks after her. You made her day.”

Dr Sade Marlene

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“My patients are very happy, for this last case no adjustments were needed at all. Really pleased. Best dentures I’ve fitted in a long time”

Dr T Doyle

Speech Marks

“I first met Emily 3 years ago where I walked into the practice needing completely new dentures.

She spent a lot of time with me talking through all the options available; showing me the difference between them all and even letting me see inside the laboratory just to allay my fears about where the teeth come from. I can honestly say I have never met a more lovely person or kind dental professional in my life.

Her commitment to getting it right is second to none and I never feel like I’m wasting her time.”

Mr C Vangelder

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“My smile is perfect now and, I always thought false teeth were meant to look bad! or at least false, not these ones!

I’ve told everyone to come to The Hive Laboratory to get their teeth done!

Thanks guys.”

Mr E Timojenko

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“I cannot thank you enough for the time, care and skill given to making my implant crown.

From the moment you came in to the surgery I felt at ease, you talked through everything that was going to happen; picked the shade with me and even showed me how you design on the computer! (Isn’t technology marvellous?!).

The crown fitted beautifully and looks very natural. All round gold star!”

Mr P Roberts

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“It was a joy meeting Emily to discuss my new teeth. She explained the stages in the laboratory into making teeth and I now realise why dentists charge so much!

You have not only given me teeth you have given me back my confidence and my life. Thank you so much Emily.”

Mrs A Goad

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“Hello Emily,

I would like to thank you for your care, attention and expertise over the last couple of months when I had a replacement implant denture made and fitted. Everything was explained in full detail as to what would happen at each visit and the materials that the denture would consist of – and I was consulted at the time re the colouring of the teeth.

I am really pleased with the end result – which fits like a glove.”

Mrs C Wapshott

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“My dentist explained that your laboratory made my tooth from the moulds he took. I don’t know how you managed to do it but the tooth is PERFECT! I have always been skeptical of dentists stealing money but now I have completely turned my opinion around.

Thank you and your team for giving me my smile back.”

Mrs L Lambert

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