Irish Award Winning Dentistry at Portobello in Dublin

What does a Dental Hygienist do?

A dental hygienist specailises in prevention, as opposed to treatment of dental disease. This is important not just for your dental health, but for your general health as well. Recent research has demonstrated there is an association between poor dental health and certain systemic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Patients with diseased gums release significantly higher levels of bacterial components  into the bloodstream where they can travel to other organs in the body.  The mouth can be a major source of chronic or permanent release of toxic bacterial components in the bloodstream during chewing.

Your dentist will treat dental disease, such as dental caries (decay) for example by restoring a tooth using filling materials or crowns. A hygienist’s role is to try to prevent the progress of all types of dental disease. She can do this by employing a number of techniques:

  • Treatment of gingivitis (swollen gums) by scaling and polishing
  • Treatment of periodontal disease (more advanced gum disease) by deep cleaning techniques
  • Diet advice suitable for your requiremnts and lifestyle
  • Oral hygiene instruction tailored to your needs
  • Application of flouride and other strengthening agents to the teeth
  • Removal of surface stains and unsightly marks from the surfaces of your teeth

Our hygienist Gina will take the time to ensure your mouth is at optimum health by doing all of the above and more, using gentle cleaning techniques; under local anasthetic where necessary.

If you would like any more information about our hygienist services, please contact the surgery at 01 4542022 or by email , or see our hygienist special offers on

Fee Guide
Routine maintenance
New patient examination (what’s included) *From December 1st 2013 we will refund the cost of your consultation on all extensive treatment plans (all plans over €1000) €60-€95
X-rays (small) €10
X-Rays (panoral – full mouth) €65
Hygienist Packages
Intensive hygienist appointment
(New patient package)
Extensive hygienist appointment
(Treatment of periodontal disease)
Implants (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
Single implant (including crown, without bone graft) from €2090
Surgical placement of single titanium implant
from €1170
Restoration of implant / Placement of porcelain crown
from €920
Multiple implants from €1750 per tooth
Intra Venous Sedation €260
Orthodontic Braces
Inman Aligner
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief)
€1700 per arch
Six Month Smiles
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief) Note – fee includes all orthodontics, as well as additional treatment to the value of €625; including fixed and removable retainers, an extensive hygienist appointment, and free upper and lower teeth whitening.
€2200 one arch
€2995 both arches
Silver amalgam fillings €75 – €99
White composite fillings (front) €88 – €165
(back) €90 – €165
Root treatments (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
Root canal treatment (front) from €360
(back) €420 – €590
Tooth whitening
Airflow (Ideal for surface staining) from €42
Slow release tooth bleaching €299
Crowns & Veneers (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
All-porcelain cosmetic crown
(usually most suitable for front teeth)
from €790
Tooth coloured crown, metal inside (the best combination of strength and appearance) €748
Cerec one visit crowns and inlays €748
Bridge (dependent on design) from €900
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers €720
Lumineers €760
Da Vinci Porcelain Veneers €850
There are still circumstances in which a removable plate is the best option. Newer materials make them stronger and less obtrusive. Sometimes they can be held in tightly by using a press stud technique to hold them to suitable remaining roots.
Complete set – upper and lower from €800
Chrome cobalt partial denture (upper or
from €850
Partial acrylic denture from €280
Valplast flexible partial denture from €580