This patient disliked the slight protruding of her upper canines. The patients’ options were discussed in detail, taking into account the patients time constraints, budget and lifestyle. It was decided that 6 months smiles was the best option for the patients needs.
Duration of treatment: 10 months (with regular adjustments)
Cost of full treatment: €3200 (includes at home whitening treatment)
Result: This patient was absolutely thrilled with the results achieved using 6 month smiles. She now has a stunning smile with all teeth moving in-line beautifully.
Dentist: Dr. Gina Kilfeather
For more information on orthodontic treatment and to see more before and after pictures see here
Dr. Kilfeather is currently on maternity leave, however if you would like to discuss ortho treatment further please contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can use our online booking form here (book online via our website) to book a new patient exam.
It can be a scary moment when you hear your dentist or hygienist utter the words ” you have some gum recession“, automatically you have visions of your teeth hanging on without supported gums or worse- visions of them all falling out! However, rest assured this is not the case- there are different stages of gum recession with most people falling into the “mild” category. Even if you have a more severe case, know that it can be treated and there are solutions for you.
What is gum recession? (Gingival Recession)
Gum recession is where the gum recedes below the tooth and pulls away from it leaving more of your tooth exposed at the root. When this happens, disease causing bacteria can start to build in the pockets of the gaps between the tooth and the gum line.
What causes gum recession?
Brushing your teeth too aggressively– you should always use a soft bristle toothbrush or an electric one and not be attempted to scrub your teeth!
Genetics – unfortunately the health of your gums can come down to genetics, if one or more of your parents suffered with gum recession there is a high likelihood that you will too.
Teeth grinding – grinding can cause undue stress on your teeth – a nigh guard can help with this. Teeth grinding can cause many dental issues so it is always worth investigating if you think you may suffer with it.
Not looking after your teeth– may be an obvious one, but not brushing your teeth at least twice a day, not flossing and not having regular dental checks all add greatly to the risk of developing gum recession.
Hormones – women have an increased risk of developing gum recession due to fluctuations in hormone levels seen in puberty, pregnancy and the menopause.
If you are diagnosed with mild gum recession catching it early and addressing it straight away will ensure you keep it under control. Your dentist can help identify the causes for it and instruct you on measures to address it and stop it developing it further. Your dentist will give you advice on what toothbrush you should use and how to use it properly, how to floss correctly and if needed as with teeth grinding, they can advise you on the different types of night guards. They will also recommend regular hygienists visits to keep the pockets free from bacteria.
If you are diagnosed with more developed stages of gum recession you may be referred to a periodontist (a gum specialist). A periodontist will do a deeper more intensive cleaning of your teeth and gums. How often this occurs will depend on the stage of the gum recession. Depending on the cause of your gum recession, your periodontist may advice you to have a surgical treatment also know as a gum draft. ( We will do a separate blog on gum drafting shortly!)
If you have any questions on gum recession or feel you may suffer with it you can call us on T: 01 4542022 or E: email@example.com and we can advise you accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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
€88 – €165
€90 – €165
Root treatments (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
Root canal treatment
€420 – €590
Airflow (Ideal for surface staining)
Slow release tooth bleaching
Crowns & Veneers (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
All-porcelain cosmetic crown
(usually most suitable for front teeth)
Tooth coloured crown, metal inside (the best combination of strength and appearance)
Cerec one visit crowns and inlays
Bridge (dependent on design)
Da Vinci Porcelain Veneers
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.