Small changes can make a big difference……in just six months!

31st January, 2017

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Patient: Male in his mid 20’s wasn’t thrilled with the gaps in his front teeth and also with the front two teeth overlapping

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh at Portobello Dental Clinic.

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

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For further information on the orthodontic treatment we provide see here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com


Smile makeover in just 5 months…see for yourself!

31st January, 2017

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Patient: Male, in his 20’s was unhappy with the appearance of his teeth

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 5 months

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on our orthodontic treatments visit here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com


Fancy a white Christmas?

29th November, 2016

Let’s talk teeth whitening – what exactly is it, is it bad for our teeth and what’s the difference between going to a dentist as opposed to a beauty salon for the treatment?

What exactly is teeth whitening?
When asked -“what would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response from people was whiter & brighter teeth – this is where teeth whitening comes in.
Teeth whitening is the process of brightening the colour of your natural teeth, removing stains and discoloration.

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Above patient Brian (33 years) was unhappy with the shape and colour of his teeth. After discussing various options including Orthodontics, we decided to do a course of tooth whitening followed by cosmetic bonding of his front teeth to change their shape.

Treatment: Tooth Whitening followed by Cosmetic Tooth Bonding.

Duration of treatment:  Slow-release whitening followed by one visit in the chair for Cosmetic Bonding.

What happens during the treatment process?
The process is relatively simple, involving just a few steps. Firstly, your teeth and gums are checked to ensure that you are dentally fit and a good candidate for whitening. Then impressions are taken, and a custom-made tray that fits exactly to your mouth will be fabricated. Once the trays fit properly, you will be showed how to use the whitening gel, which is placed in the tray and worn through the night as you sleep. The trays are extremely thin and comfortable to wear, people rarely have any problems sleeping with them.

Is everybody suitable?
Most people are suitable candidates for whitening. However, if you have existing crowns/veneers/fillings on your front teeth- due to the material are unable to whiten.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?
Teeth whitening results are long-term, but not permanent. People who smoke, or expose their teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining will see the whiteness fade more quickly than those who don’t. Once your whitening trays are made, they can be reused, and it is a simple and inexpensive process to “top-up” from time to time. We recommend topping-up one night every second month to maintain optimum whiteness.

How “white” will my teeth go?
This depends on a number of factors and results will vary between patients. Our system will get your teeth to as white as they will naturally go. Check through our smiles gallery to see some of our patient’s results.

How soon will I see results?
You will see results within a few days – just in time for Christmas!

Is it going to damage my teeth for the future?
Absolutely not- studies of teeth whitening products using Carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface- this is the

Are there any side effects?
Between 10-20% of people who whiten their teeth experience sensitivity, either during the night when whitening, or the following day. This sensitivity is transient, and normally goes away within 24 hours. Using sensitive toothpastes, or special desensitising gels available from Portobello Dental Clinic will normally alleviate the sensitivity.

It’s cheaper in a Beauty Salon – I’ll just go there…
It’s cheaper for a reason- beauticians cannot check your teeth for decay/defective restorations, they will not be able to diagnose gingivitis nor periodontal disease. They are also unqualified to administer and monitor teeth whitening products.
Dentists are bound by codes of practices including cross infection control measures that are often not in place in such commercial whitening businesses.
The only saving grace is the commercial whitening clinics/beauty salons cannot get access to the same professional strength teeth whitening systems as the dentists (obviously the dental companies only issue their high strength product to Irish & UK registered Dentists). So there is an element of damage limitation, in so far as, the product doesn’t actually work particularly well. The percentages of hydrogen peroxide that commercial whitening businesses/beauty salons can get access to is so low that there is no chance of these whitening products actually working to the same degree as dentist delivered teeth whitening.

It’s been said time and time again- but sometimes spending slightly more now will save you in the long run.

So do you fancy a white Christmas…?   
Contact us directly on T: 01 4542022 or see here for our half price Teeth Whitening offer !


Have you met our new Dentists?

11th October, 2016

We have recently added two new dentists to our practice. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gina Kilfeather and Dr. Daisy McCarthy to the team.

Dr. Gina Kilfeather  

gina Throughout her career Gina has taken a keen interest in the treatment of anxious patients and helping patients overcome their fear of the dentist, or indeed dental treatment. Gina has also acquired further training in endodontics (root canal treatment) and is highly motivated in maintaining the patients current dentition.

Gina is currently undertaking a Masters in Orthodontics with the University of Warwick and is delighted to be able to provide orthodontic treatments for patients at Portobello Dental Clinic. Gina currently provides  orthodontics using the Damon orthodontic system and cosmetic ICE braces.

Read more about Dr. Gina Kilfeather here. 

To book an appointment with Dr. Gina, see here.

Dr. Daisy McCarthy

dr-daisy Daisy worked in private practice in Edinburgh before working as an SHO in the Oral Surgery department in Glasgow Dental Hospital and also in the community dental service, doing domiciliary visits and working with anxious patients and those with special needs, before working in a general family practice in Glasgow.

Daisy has a keen interest in dental education and has supervised dental students in Glasgow and Newcastle dental hospital sedation department. She has a diploma in clinical education with the University of Edinburgh, and is completing the MSc year of Clinical Education this year. She also has a diploma in conscious sedation with Newcastle University and has enjoyed offering sedation treatment for anxious patients.

Read more about Dr. Daisy McCarthy here.

To book an appointment with Dr. Daisy see here.


Mouth Cancer Awareness Day – Wed 21st September 2016

20th September, 2016

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day takes place Wednesday 21st September- and like every year Portobello Dental are delighted to offer our services and expertise in the area. We are offering free oral cancer screening to anyone who is worried about having suspected oral cancer.

According to the National Cancer Registry in Ireland, roughly half of all mouth cancers and even fewer cancers of the pharynx are diagnosed at an early stage. This can result in more complex treatment with greater impact on quality of life and overall survival. Whilst it depends on the cancer site, we know that more than half of those treated will have good survival outcomes and these continue to improve each year.

Early detection of mouth cancer greatly improves the chances of survival.

To find out more about mouth cancer, the signs and symptoms, the risk factors or other information about cancer please follow the link  www.cancer.ie.

Dentists have a key role to play in the early detection of mouth cancer and in the prevention of the disease by identifying those patients who are exposed to risk factors.

What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?

The most significant sign to look for is an ulcer or sore in the mouth that is not healing

Oral Cancer of the lip


Oral cancer of  the tongue

Also look out for;

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  •  The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  •  Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  •  Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  •  Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks
  •  A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  •  Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  •  Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or changes in the voice
  •  Ear pain
  •  A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together – a change in your “bite”
  • Dramatic weight loss

There is absolutely no need to be nervous of the oral cancer exam; see below for an outline of what the dentist will do on the day.

— A mouth cancer exam is painless and quick — it takes only a few minutes —

Here’s what to expect:

1 – Preparing for the exam: If you have dentures (plates), you will be asked to remove them.
2 – Your health care provider will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
3 – With both hands, he or she will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck, checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
4 – Next, your provider will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal colour or texture.
5 – In addition, he or she will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
6 – He or she will then look at and feel the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red and/or white patches.
7 – Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
8 – Finally, your provider will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.

You may be referred for further tests but there’s no need to be alarmed – there are many possible explanations for a variety of symptoms.

To book a FREE Oral Cancer Screening Exam please contact; 01 – 4542022