Lets talk Dental Implants – what you need to know.

12th June, 2017

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Implants are a fantastic option for replacing a missing tooth/teeth

 What exactly is a dental implant?

When describing dental implants, the best comparison is to your natural teeth. A natural tooth consists of two parts- the root of the tooth buried below the gum line, and the white enamel that is visible above it. Similarly, a dental implant has the titanium component buried invisibly below the gum, and on top of it the porcelain crown which is matched to the colour of your own teeth.

When are dental implants used

  • A single missing tooth at the front or back (implant crown).
  • Many or all missing teeth (implant bridge). It may not be necessary to place one implant for every missing tooth, e.g. 3 porcelain teeth can be attached to two implants.
  • Under complete dentures. There is an enormous improvement in the fit, comfort and chewing ability of dentures that are attached to implants.

CASE119001-implant Why the need to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth can have a significant impact not only on your appearance, but also on your self-confidence and your overall health.

Teeth provide more functions than just the ability to chew. They are necessary for the health of the gums, jaw, and other teeth, as well. The effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to long-term oral and medical health.
  • An off-bite relationship: Having gaps where teeth are missing affects the way the jaw closes. For example, an adjacent tooth may tilt or drift into an open space left by a missing tooth causing the opposing jaw line to have bite-relationship problems. TMJ (acute and chronic pain and problems with the jaw joint) may be caused by tooth loss. In addition, food can become trapped in open spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Jawbone deterioration: As soon as a tooth is lost from gum disease or an extraction, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. This process is called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss. Over time, more and more of the jawbone disintegrates until it becomes weak and noticeably smaller.
  • Nutrition: As teeth are lost, it becomes more difficult to eat and chew food. Studies have shown that 29% of denture wearers eat only soft or mashed foods and 50% avoid many foods altogether.
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Once the implant is placed in the Jaw, the bone and gum heals around it (3-6mths)

  What are the alternatives if I don’t want dental implants?

  • A denture – a removable appliance, which generally feels bigger and more foreign in the mouth than implants do.
  • Porcelain bridgework – false teeth fixed in place, attached to the teeth either side of a gap. Bridges may put some strain on the supporting teeth.
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We use Implants fabricated by Straumann – currently the worlds biggest implant company

 How long does the treatment take?

It depends on how complicated your treatment is, where the teeth are to be placed, and the quality of gum and jawbone in the area. We will be able to give you a timetable after your initial assessment. As a guideline, expect a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the new teeth are finally attached to the implants.

What is the typical success rate for dental implants?

People have found huge success with implants, typically 95% of implants will function after 10+ years. Some instances can occur where an implant might fail. Failure might happen where there is a loss of bone structure around the implant, tooth grinding in some instances can loosen the implant. Our implant expert however can discuss any concerns you many have beforehand.

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Dr. Nick Beirne – Implant specialist

 Who is your implant expert?

Dr. Nick Beirne is our implant expert – he has many years of experience in doing implants. Read more about Dr. Beirne here, alternatively if you would like to book an appointment with him you can call us on 01 4542022 or book online here .

 


Healthy Ireland Spring 2017

16th May, 2017

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A recent supplement in the Sunday Business Post saw one of our dentists Dr. Nick Beirne and hygienist Juliet Gwasira interviewed about the importance of maintaining good dental health.


Get the bride’s teeth ready on time……..no pressure…..

16th May, 2017

 

 

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Patient unhappy with overlapping on front teeth
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After ortho treatment – massive difference in only a few months
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Massive smile from this patient – just in time for her wedding too!

 

Patient: Female in her late 20’s and obviously wanted her teeth to look better for her forthcoming wedding…..no pressure then at all….?

Treatment: Short term Orthodontics wit Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 7 months approx.

Cost of treatment : € 2995, which includes a hygienist visit  and full mouth whitening after orthodontic treatment complete, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.

 

 


Simple solution – beautiful results–cosmetic bonding

8th May, 2017

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Patient: Lady, NM was understandably unhappy with the appearance of her upper right central incisor.

Treatment: Cosmetic bonding with Dr Helen Walsh

Cost: € 185

No re-touching of photgraphs has been done.


Front teeth gap closure with orthodontics

10th April, 2017

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Before ortho- patient unhappy with the gap in her front teeth

 

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After ortho – patient delighted with her new smile!

 

 

Patient : CK in her 20’s didn’t like the space between her 2 front teeth.

Treatment: Orthodontics done by Dr Helen Walsh.

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included a hygienist appointment at the end of the orthodontic treatment, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.


Bike accident—see our cosmetic bonding to restore 2 broken front teeth

3rd April, 2017

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Before image of patients teeth (after his bike accident)

 

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After 1 visit – cosmetic bonding provides fantastic results!


Patient: G in his 20’s fell and broke his front teeth

Treatment: Composite bonding done over one appointment with Dr Helen Walsh

Cost: € 390

No re-touching of photographs has been done.


Beautiful smile for this patient in just 6 months!

27th March, 2017

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Pre & Post orthodontic treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient: Female in her 20’s, obviously unhappy with her “snaggle tooth” on her top right hand side, her rotated canines (“eye teeth”) and crowded lower front teeth.

Treatment: Short term orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh.

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Pre & post orthodontic treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration of treatment: exactly 6 months.

 

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Before & after smile- brilliant results in only 6 months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included hygienist visit and full mouth whitening after orthodontic treatment completed, upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

 

No retouching of photos has been done–and our patient had not started the whitening process when these photos were taken.

To enquire about all our orthodontic options please contact us on T: 01 4542022 or book in for an exam and consult directly online here. 


The importance of “Happy Air” Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation in Children’s Dentistry

27th March, 2017

If you ask an adult to list what their biggest fear is, usually a “fear of the dentist” will feature highly within that list. Children quite often express a similar fear of the dentist, and bizarrely, this is often without having had any experience of dentists or dental treatment. Maybe it’s because of what they hear from us adults, and also the fact that dentists are usually associated with having a drill and sharp instruments!

This fear, and how we manage it, is what prompted us to introduce a treatment called Inhalation Sedation to the practice.

What is Inhalation Sedation?

Inhalation Sedation (or “happy air” as its also known) in dental treatment helps alleviate dental anxiety in children.

How it wor3ks….. 

The process involves the child breathing in a special “happy air” (nitrous oxide and oxygen) through a small nose piece. This in turn leads to a pleasant, relaxed floating feeling- much like day dreaming. Most children become less aware of their surroundings making the dental treatment easy and comfortable for them.
If your child is having a filling or a tooth removed under local anaesthetic ( tooth numbing solution also known as the “injection” ),  the breathing of the “happy air” will take most of the anxiety associated with this away for the child, thus making it more tolerable. It is important to note that we will still need to use local anesthetic in most situations.

Who would benefit from Inhalation Sedation?

Inhalation sedation works very well with children who have a mild to moderate dental anxiety. It also works well for children who have a gag reflex that interferes with dental care. Children with certain special needs have benefited greatly from the process. In all instances, your child must be willing to co-operate for inhalation sedation to be useful for them.

How will my child feel after the treatment?

Once the gas is turned off, the effects wear off quickly. By the time your child leaves the practice at the end of their treatment the “happy air” should be out of their system.

Is the treatment safe?

Inhalation sedation is very safe. It works quickly, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non allergenic. While sounds and noises will seem more distant, your child will not go asleep and will be aware of their surroundings throughout the dental treatment.

How will it help my child in the long term?

We strongly believe in the use of inhalation sedation treatment when appropriate to improve a child’s comfort during treatment and to allow treatment to be carried out as easily as possible in order to build a child’s1 confidence in the dental surgery until such a point that they can have treatment without it.

 

 

 

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Dr Daisy McCarthy is our dentist with a special interest in children’s dentistry who is highly trained and experienced in treating children under inhalation sedation. You can read all about her here. If you would like further information on inhalation sedation for your child please contact us on T: 01 4542022 or alternatively if you would like to book an appointment with Dr. McCarthy you can book online here.