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

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;


  •  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



She thought her front teeth were too long, but our solution might surprise you!

25th May, 2016

Patient “J” did not like her smile, and came to Portobello Dental Clinic because she felt that her two front teeth were too big, and she wanted them filed down.

JMB4She had recently completed a course of whitening at another clinic, so there were still some areas of white opacity on her upper teeth (these can be a side effect, but they normally reduce in the weeks and months following tooth whitening).

During the consultation, when we measured the two front teeth, we discovered that they were 10.5mm long – the perfect size! The problem was not that the two front teeth were too big, but the adjacent teeth were too small. We decided to use cosmetic bonding to build up the two lateral incisors, you can see the result below!

Treatment: Cosmetic bonding of lateral incisors. Minimal cosmetic re-contouring of one central incisor

Treatment time: Just one appointment (after initial consultation) No anaesthetic required, almost zero enamel removal.

Treatment cost:  €598 + consult

Treatment carried out by: Dr Nicholas Beirne.

Are the front teeth really too long?
Are the front teeth really too long?
After cosmetic bonding.
After cosmetic bonding.

A perfect smile in a matter of weeks!

10th May, 2016

Patient S was self conscious about the discoloured marks and the gaps between her front teeth, but she thought the only way to fix them was to crown them.

While crowns and veneers can be a great solution in certain situations, we felt that we could get an excellent result here with the much less invasive approach of tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding. We gently whitened the teeth over a 2 week period, and then built up the two front teeth to give them back a much more pleasing shape and colour.

See for yourself and let us know what you think!

Before whitening and bonding
Before whitening and bonding
After tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding
After tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding.


Treatment : Tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding

Cost : €850

Treatment performed by : Dr Nicholas Beirne

Did you know – poor oral health can increase the risk of breast cancer?

6th January, 2016

New research indicates that having untreated gum disease could significantly increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

We all know the big risk factors for cancer such as smoking, alcohol and other dietary and lifestyle factors. What is not so well known, however is how your oral health can influence your general health, and how poor oral health can lead to an increase risk of diseases including:
• Breast cancer,
• Cardiovascular disease (people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease),
• Prostate cancer,
• Diabetes,
• Pre-term birth and low birth weight for pregnant women,
• Reduced fertility and difficulty in becoming pregnant.

This may seem unlikely, but the mechanism of action particularly in relation to heart disease is well understood.
Put simply, bacterial plaque irritates your gums, which, when inflamed look red, puffy and bleed easily. The total surface area of your gums is about 4 inches squared (about the size of the palm of your hand). If you had a 4sq inch patch of your skin constantly inflamed and bleeding, that would naturally be a concern.

Sometimes, it’s helpful to think of gum disease as a battle taking place between the warring sides of bacteria on one side, and your body’s immune system on the other side. The “shrapnel” from this war contains toxins (cytokines) which can leech into your blood system. Over a lifetime, these are very destructive to your general health. The good news is that it’s easy to prevent this, and in doing so reduce your risk of developing these diseases.

So what can you do?
Visit the dentist/hygienist for a professional clean every 6 months (3 months for periodontal disease sufferers)
Employ effective oral hygiene regimes. Make sure to clean the inside and the outside of all of your teeth, particularly where the teeth meet the gums. For most people, this is best achieved by using an electric toothbrush. However, this will not clean between the teeth, where much of the bacteria resides. To do that you should use floss, interdental brushes, a Waterpik toothbrush or Easypicks (Tepe).
Don’t smoke
Leading a healthy lifestyle, including good diet, enough sleep and minimising stress has also been shown to be effective in preventing periodontal disease.


How can you transform your smile without veneers or crowns, and with no drilling and no braces?

19th November, 2015

Patient G wanted to improve her smile without using braces or porcelain veneers.

She particularly wanted a wider smile, but also would like them to be a little straighter and whiter!

No problem! With Cosmetic bonding, we can totally transform a smile, and when combined with tooth whitening, we can get a fantastic result without having to do any drilling or enamel removal.

  • Requires absolutely no removal of any precious enamel
  • Very conservative treatment
  • Possible to get an excellent cosmetic result
  • Can easily be repaired in future if required
  • Reduced cost vs. crowns or veneers


The images below are untouched photos of a patient G who recently underwent tooth whitening & cosmetic bonding at Portobello Dental Clinic.

smile before
Before whitening and cosmetic bonding


Smile after
After whitening and cosmetic bonding


Treatment carried out by: Dr Nicholas Beirne

Treatment time: 2 visits over 10 weeks

Cost of treatment: €1,490

Cosmetic bonding can totally transform a smile- you won’t believe this is the same person!

23rd September, 2015

Patient A did not like her smile and was self-conscious about her front teeth. She wanted to return her smile to how it looked before the teeth were worn, but wanted to keep the character and shape of the original teeth, including the gap between the two front teeth (disastema).

We discussed a number of treatment options including tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding, crowns and veneers. We opted for a combination of tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding for the following reasons:

  • Requires absolutely no removal of any precious enamel
  • Very conservative treatment
  • Possible to get an excellent cosmetic result
  • Can easily be repaired in future if required
  • Reduced cost compared to crowns or veneers

The images below are untouched photos of a real patient who recently underwent cosmetic bonding at Portobello Dental Clinic.

A before
Before whitening and cosmetic bonding


A After
After whitening and cosmetic bonding


Treatment carried out by: Dr Nicholas Beirne

Treatment time: 4 visits over 10 weeks

Cost of treatment: €2,200

Charity Day – Saturday October 3rd 2015

16th September, 2015

On Saturday 3rd October we are holding a fundraising day here at Portobello Dental Clinic with all proceeds being donated to The Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal. We will also be running a raffle over the next 2 weeks leading up to this Charity Day.

Do you need your teeth cleaned? We will be offering hygienist appointments  on this day for €75 with all proceeds raised going to the Red Cross. We ask all patients to please pay by cash for these appointments.


Here is why the Red Cross are so in need of funds and what they are doing so far


  • Over 5,000 people are believed to have lost their lives, while undertaking terrifying journeys to better lives, attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean in the last 18 months. This makes these waters the most dangerous borders in the world.
  • These are people with hopes and expectations for a better life. These are people fleeing unimaginable misery and danger and also people trying to escape the sort of poverty that drives some to desperation. The issue is not only confined to the Mediterranean.
  • Similar tragedies have unfolded in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is also not an issue confined to dangerous journeys people make by sea, many die or are at risk as they make their way over land and across borders.
  • The Red Cross recognizes that the plight of migrants constitutes a humanitarian emergency.
  • People can help the Red Cross give frightened and desperate people shelter, water, food and basic items such as clothes, hygiene kits, and nappies, as well as medical assistance. We can help give people dignity and help tackle the vulnerabilities of people just like you and I. All they want is a better, safer life.


For more information on the work the Red Cross is doing with the funds raised please check out their website at


Many Thanks in advance for your support and generosity

The Team at Portobello Dental Clinic