Our dental practice provides a wide range of dental treatments for all the family, from your very first dental check-up to more advanced treatments that you may require. We provide care for Private patients, PRSI-eligible patients and Medical Card-eligible patients.
Regular dental appointments are advised to help maintain your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. We advised yearly check-ups from an early age (when your child first gets teeth). Some people will be advised to come more often as required.
During your check-up we will examine your mouth and teeth and let you know if you need any treatment. We will also advise you on the best oral hygiene regime to suit your needs.
We are available for emergency appointments, we try to facilitate emergencies as soon as possible. Please contact us
Removal of teeth may be necessary for a number of reasons, including infection, unrestorable decay/fractures, impacted wisdom teeth or for orthodontic reasons. Extractions, in most cases, are carried out under local anaesthetic in the surgery. Your dentist will advise you on the best post-operative care plan which aims to help reduce the risk of normal post-operative problems such as pain/swelling/bleeding.
Occasionally your dentist will refer you to an Oral Surgeon if the tooth is deemed to require their expertise.
Once a tooth has been extracted there are options to replace the missing tooth with either bridges, dentures or implants. You can discuss the replacement options for missing teeth with your dentist.
Gum disease is a very common condition, which, if not treated can develop into periodontitis and may result in tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. This plaque contains bacteria that causes bleeding, swelling, bad breath and sometimes pain.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups help reduce the risk of gum disease. We screen for gum disease during your check-up. You will be advised on the best oral hygiene regime to suit your mouth and, if necessary the teeth will be cleaned by your dentist.
Root canal treatment, sometimes called root filling or endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to resolve or prevent infection in a tooth.
The pulp of your tooth lies in the centre of the tooth in tubes called roots canals. If bacteria gets into the pulp, it becomes inflamed and subsequently infected. This can cause pain and swelling around the tooth. The tooth can also discolour.
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria needs to be removed. This can only be done by either:
- Removing the bacteria from the root canal system by doing Root Canal Treatment
- Removing the whole tooth (extraction)
However, removing the tooth isn’t usually recommended as it’s better to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
Root canal treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic. This numbs the tooth and the area around the tooth so that your dentist can clean the root canal without you feeling it. The canal is cleaned with small files and washed out with anti-bacteria solutions that cleans to the tip of the root canal. Once the root canal is clean, the canal is then filled and sealed to help prevent bacteria from re-entering.
Some root- filled teeth discolour. Your dentist can usually recommend a type of tooth bleaching specifically for root-filled teeth to correct this.
Some root-filled teeth, especially molar teeth, are more likely to fracture after the treatment, your dentist might recommend a crown for these teeth to help prevent this from happening.
Overall, root canal treatment is successful. Reviews indicated that it is successful over 85% of the time.
Crowns are placed on teeth for a number of reasons including:
- If there is not enough of your natural tooth remaining to hold a filling in place
- Some root-filled teeth, especially molar teeth, are more likely to fracture after the treatment, your dentist might recommend a crown for these teeth to help prevent this from happening.
- To treat cracked tooth syndrome
- Sometimes to improve aesthetics
- To replace existing crowns
A crown is a cap which can be made from metal, porcelain or ceramic material that is placed over your tooth. To have a crown, you usually require two appointments. At the first appointment the dentist prepares/shapes your tooth for the crown and takes an impression/mould of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is then fitted. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, and it is at the dental laboratory where a dental technician will make the crown to fit your tooth. This usually takes about two weeks. At your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown over your tooth. If the crown fits well and looks good, your dentist will cement the crown in place.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. If you have a missing tooth and you would like to get the space filled with a new tooth, your dentist may recommend a bridge. Bridges are made in a similar way to crowns, by a dental technician. One, or more, of your natural teeth adjacent to the space are used to support the bridge. A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, unlike dentures, which must be removed every night.
Dentures/false teeth are used to replace missing teeth. A full denture is used to replace all your teeth. A partial denture is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures can be acrylic-based or metal-based. Your dentist can advise you on the options available that best suit your needs.
If you have dentures it is important to attend your dentist yearly to have the dentures reviewed and to have your mouth examined, even if you don’t have any teeth remaining.
Cleaning your denture daily is very important. Your dentist will advise you on the best way to maintain your denture.
Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.
There are a number of different types of tooth whitening available, and your dentist is best able to advise you on the type of tooth whitening that will work best for you. Before having your teeth whitened, it is important to come to a dental check-up to examine your teeth and mouth. Your dentist can assess the type of discolouration on your teeth and advise you on the best tooth whitening procedure.
A good diet, keeping your teeth clean and attending your dentist regularly can help prevent dental decay and gum disease.
Regular examinations from an early age is important.
To help prevent gum disease, your dentist can carry out a cleaning/scaling
To help prevent decay, your dentist can give you diet advice and advise you on the best type of fluoride toothpaste to suit you.
Fissure sealant are also a very good way to help prevent decay of adult teeth in children. Fissure sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your children’s teeth from tooth decay. It is a plastic coating which covers the chewing surfaces of the back adult teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth.
There are over 400 cases of oral cancer diagnosed every year in Ireland. It mainly affects older people, but younger people are now being diagnosed. When diagnosed early, your chance of survival is greatly improved.
The key to the prevention of oral cancer is to not use tobacco (or to give up tobacco use if already a user), and to adopt a sensible approach to the consumption of alcohol. It is estimated that at least three-quarters of oral cancers could be prevented by eliminating tobacco smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.
Use a lip balm that contains sun block
A healthy diet with at least five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables may also reduce the risk of oral cancer.
Check your mouth regularly for changes, for example, when brushing your teeth
Visit your dentist regularly, even if you have no teeth and wear dentures
A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, helping to protect them from damage.
When participating in contact sport it is import to wear a helmet if necessary, or a well- fitting mouthguard.
We can custom-make mouthguards to fit your mouth. We just take a mould of your mouth and then normally, within one week, we have the custom made mouthguard ready for you. You can choose what colours you would like the mouthguard to be, and your name can be printed on it.