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Registering as a new dental patient at Portobello Dental Clinic, Dublin is a simple enough matter. When booking that new patient check up and consult, a surprising number of people worry that they need to do something, bring something or chase up old dental records and X-rays. Rest assured, there is no need to supply previous records except in very specific circumstances. All that we need to get you started are a few basic details.

If you are registering someone else, please know we do ask new patients for

*full name

*date of birth

*contact number

*PPS (optional)

A mobile number is preferable for contact if you wish us to send handy text reminders.

If a PPS number is provided at the time of booking we can check in advance if there is any PRSI to offset against the appointment. A comprehensive, new patient check up and consult, including X-rays if required, is currently €95 for private patients and €60 if you have PRSI cover (current on 24.11.14.) If we know in advance that you qualify, we’ll automatically apply the lower fee and do the claiming for you.

We don’t require anything else, but we do love to learn about YOU! If you are a nervous dental patient, whether or not you are interested in sedation, or if you have a concern about the health or appearance of your teeth and gums, do please tell our Clinic Coordinators who will listen, inform and help make your visit as smooth as possible.


If you would like a call from one of our two Treatment Coordinators for a chat about your teeth, treatments or fears, Sinead or Anne-Marie will be glad to help prior to your check up and at any stage in your treatment.

To register and/or book an appointment you can talk to us on 01 454 2022. Alternatively you can use our handy online booking system by clicking the orange button (also at top of page:)

Online Booking

If you are already a regular patient at Portobello Dental Clinic then you may have seen something about one of the treatments offered in our dental surgery, and which almost seems too good to be true. CEREC restorations in Dublin can be used to replace areas of decay in teeth instead of having a filling, inlay or onlay. They can even be used to fabricate crowns, and treatment can be completed in just one visit.

CEREC Restorations DublinPrecision Designed for a Precision Fit

We are one of the few clinics in Ireland to have a CEREC machine on site. CEREC is a milling machine that uses CAD/CAM technology to precision-make your restoration. The advantage of having your restoration milled from a single block of porcelain is that the resulting crown or inlay will be much stronger than if it were constructed using traditional techniques in a dental laboratory, and of course you will not need to wait weeks with a temporary crown or filling.

No Need for Messy Impressions

Your tooth is prepared in the conventional way, but from then on the process is quite different. If you struggle with a strong gag reflex that makes conventional impression taking tricky, then you will really appreciate having CEREC in Dublin. This is because our dentist in Dublin will not need to take an impression. Instead a camera is used to scan the preparation, and this information creates a 3D digital image of your tooth. Your dentist will then use this image to design your new crown or filling right before your eyes.

Once they are happy with the design, the information is sent to the milling machine so it can begin to make your crown or filling. This is done using a single block of porcelain that will have been pre-selected by your dentist. We carry a large selection of different porcelain blocks in varying shades and translucencies, ensuring your finished crown or inlay will blend in beautifully with the rest of your natural teeth. The actual milling process is pretty quick, after which your crown or filling will be checked and finished, before it is tried in by your dentist. They will make sure the fit is perfect before it is permanently bonded onto your tooth.

It is easy to see the advantages of choosing CEREC in Dublin, as you can leave Portobello Dental Clinic with your new crown firmly cemented in position, with no need to worry about finding the time for another appointment for fitting. It can also be the perfect solution if you happen to break a crown before a big event. Even though our temporary crowns will look reasonable, they will not look as beautiful as your new CEREC crown.

CEREC in Dublin will be a great choice for many types of restorations, but it might not be ideal in all cases. For example if you intend to have an extensive smile makeover then you could still benefit from having it made the old-fashioned way, even if it takes a bit longer. We will always be honest with you if we think this is the case.

“The girls at reception are kind and very friendly”
Caroline, 31 Dublin

“It is a nice and tidy dental surgery”
Ken, 41 Wexford

“Keep the good work up!”
Jill, 53 Carlow

“I was a patient of Dr. Ivers and after his illness this clinic was recommended to me and after my first visit I knew I would return.”
Sinead, 41 Dublin

“Had not been to the dentist in 9 years – was very apprehensive but I was really made to feel at ease !!”
Roisin, 47 Dublin

“My whole experience in the clinic was very pleasant, friendly, polite and professional”
Helen, 21 Dublin

“You gave me very reason to stay committed to Portobello Dental Clinic – no need to change”
Catherine, 51 Donegal

“Happy with treatment I am getting here, all very helpful.”
Jean, 54 Dublin

“Very professional practice. Friendly staff and efficient service (ie. Text messages etc)”
Dione, 29 Portlaoise

“I find that I am always treated with respect, great manners at reception. I feel at ease in the chair and always pain free. Great!!”
Ruth, 30 Wicklow

“The treatment was efficient and painless”
Karen, 30, Dublin

“Really friendly and relaxing practice, looking forward to my new teeth.”
Colette, 57 Dublin

All testimonials are verifiable, written by our patients, and available for viewing at Portobello Dental Clinic

Almost on a weekly basis, we get asked whether it’s ok to have dental treatment while there is a cold sore present.

Before I answer this question, I will explain the causes and current treatments available for the common cold sore (which is caused by the Herpes Simplex type 1virus).

What causes them to occur?

Cold sores are caused by the HS virus (Usually type 1 for oral cold sores)-this virus is generally transmitted during early childhood via saliva i.e. kissing your baby, children sharing eating utensils, although the virus can lie dormant in the nervous system until triggered, which can be many years later.

Cold sores can be brought on by stress, menstruation, bright sunlight, wind damage, sunburn, fever, or local skin trauma. Even kissing someone with stubble! Surgical procedures such as dental or neural surgery lip tattooing, or microdermabrasion or facial resurfacing are also common triggers.

How will I know if I am getting a cold sore??

When you are about to get a cold sore, you will generally experience some or all of the following at the site where the cold sore will appear:

a)      Tingling (prodromal) stage: Itching, burning, tingling, and/or pain signal the start of a cold sore.

b)      Redness (erythema) stage: Swelling, redness, and soreness begin.

Then after this phase has passed we see:

c)      Small bumps (papule) stage: Small bumps develop and swelling may continue.

d)     Blister (vesicle) stage: One or more fluid-filled blisters form.

e)      Soft crust (ulcer) stage: Blisters break open and form an ulcer

Finally we see:

f)       Hard crust stage: Drying of the ulcer results in a scab and the hard crust disappears

g)      Remaining symptoms stage: Swelling, dry skin flakes, and/or redness remain after loss of the hard crust, and returning to the…….

h)       Normal skin stage: Cold sore disappears and normal skin returns

 

How can I treat/get rid of my cold core(s)?

Treatments available depend on what stage you start treatment:

Acyclivor topical cream is available in Ireland as Zovirax. This anti -viral topical cream which works by stopping the virus from copying itself, causing shorter outbreaks. It is a treatment for cold sores, not a cure.

Compeed Cold Sore Patch-this patch covers and protects the cold sore lesion, creating the optimal germ-free healing environment for faster healing and prevention of scab formation.

Plenty of other types of treatments exist for treatment for cold sores, but most centre around drying out the blister (applying alcohol Perfumes, Red wine sediment). Moisturizing the soft or hard crusts aids healing.

If you suffer from repeated severe episodes of cold sores, see your G.P., as a systemic course of anti viral medication could see you cold sore free for up to six months.

After your cold sore has healed, you may feel the area is still slightly raised. If this is the case, the root of the cold sore is living just under the skin. as such mild triggers can bring about another cold sore. Using a really rich moisturizer or vaseline for 3-4 weeks at night time can allow skin layers to shed evenly, and this will shed the root.

Finally Can I have dental treatment whilst I have a cold sore?

Technically, yes you can—but we consider it best to avoid all non-emergency dental treatments if possible, as the healing of the cold sore may be delayed due to the aggravation of the lips being stretched during treatment. Equally, it is ok to have dental treatment once you have passed the infectious stage—which is just after the vesicles have started to heal over and form the soft crust stage.

  • 8 out of 10 Irish adults entitled to free annual dental exam
  • But new figures show that of the 3.3 million people covered, less than 20% have availed of offer
  • Funding for PRSI scheme falls 87% in 3 years

Although 3.3 million Irish adults are entitled to a free oral examination once a year, fewer than 600,000 of them availed of the offer in 2011, whilst at the same time expenditure on both the Medical Card Scheme and the PRSI Dental Scheme have declined rapidly.

Know your entitlements, and take advantage of your free examination!

At Portobello Dental Clinic, your examination includes:

  • Comprehensive consultation and discussion
  • Detailed Dental Examination (Teeth)
  • Detailed Periodontal Assessment (Gums)
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • No-obligation treatment plan and estimate if treatment needed

 

Your natural teeth are perfectly designed to last a lifetime, but all too often this does not happen. Tooth loss can occur due to trauma or disease, and when it does, it is important to replace lost teeth. The choices are pretty straightforward, as you can have a partial or full denture, a bridge, or dental implants in Dublin. Perhaps you are wondering why you should choose the last option, as after all it is the most expensive, and will take the longest to complete. There are lots of reasons for doing so, not least that in the longer-term, choosing dental implants could prove to be far more cost effective, without even considering the other advantages.

Long-Term Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implants

Dental Implants DublinA recent study evaluated literature on the cost-effectiveness of dental implants, and concluded that when replacing a single tooth, a single implant was cost effective in the long-term, in comparison with alternative methods of tooth replacement such as a dental bridge. When multiple teeth were replaced with implants, the study found that although the initial costs were higher in comparison with bridges or dentures, there were better improvements in terms of overall oral health.

Although dental implants will not be the right choice for everyone, they can provide the most natural looking tooth replacement, especially when a single implant is used to replace a single tooth. When used to replace multiple teeth, they can help to secure loose dentures, or can even replace them completely with a fixed bridge.

Enjoy a Greater Variety of Foods

Anyone who has a loose and uncomfortable denture or teeth that are painful to bite or chew on will be able to see the huge advantages to this. Having teeth that function correctly and which you know will stay in position can make it easier to get the most out of life. Some people will actively avoid social situations with others because of concerns of the appearance of their teeth and concerns that their dentures may move about. They may choose to only eat soft and easy to chew foods, rather than food that really appeal, and which could help to give a nutritionally well-rounded diet. Without good nutrition it is difficult to enjoy good general health, and many social events and gatherings are centred on enjoying a meal with others.

If any of this sounds familiar, Portobello Dental Clinic can help. We have been placing dental implants for years, and take every precaution to ensure treatment is successful. This begins with an extensive planning process that will involve fully evaluating your oral health. Through the use of dental x-rays and possibly CT scans, we can see exactly how much bone you have, and whether this will be sufficient to support dental implants. If not, then a bone graft is a simple procedure that can restore lost bone, building up a solid foundation to support your new dental implants in Dublin.

During the planning process we’ll use this information to decide exactly where to place your dental implants to make maximum use of available bone while providing good aesthetic results. Every step of the treatment will be explained in a way that is easy to understand, as we won’t baffle you with lots of dental terminology, and of course you are encouraged to ask all the questions you’d like about your new dental implants in Dublin.

Dental veneers in Dublin are a popular way to help perfect a smile. They are a very versatile cosmetic dental treatment that is relatively non-invasive, and which can be used to modify teeth in a number of different ways. A dental veneer consists of a very thin piece of porcelain that is made to fit precisely over the front of your tooth, and quite often the biting edge of the tooth. It is typically just 0.5mm thick, but in spite of this it is reasonably strong once cemented into position.

Dental veneers Dublin They are worth considering if you have one or two teeth that are slightly out of alignment, or if you have gaps in between one or more of your teeth. Quite a lot of people have a gap in between their front teeth, something that is called a diastema. While some like the character it provides, others would prefer to have it closed up completely if possible, or at least minimised. If the gap is particularly large then it might not be possible to close it up completely without leaving you with two front teeth that look too wide.

If it really bothers you, your dentist in Dublin might recommend an alternative solution such as orthodontics to help close it at least slightly. Once you have completed orthodontic treatment then you might find you still need veneers, but they can be more correctly proportioned to compliment your smile.

Dental veneers in Dublin are also a good way to cover up teeth that might be discoloured or stained, or just a less than an ideal shape or size. They are great for helping to replace areas of teeth that may have become worn down, or which have chipped.

Getting Your New Dental Veneers in Dublin

The first step in getting dental veneers in Dublin is to book an appointment with one of our dentists in Portobello Dental Clinic. They will assess your smile, and can help you decide whether or not dental veneers are the right choice for you. They will only recommend you have veneers if they firmly believe they will give good results, and will help to remedy any issues you have with your smile.

The next step will be to prepare the teeth. A minimal amount of tooth material will almost certainly need to be removed from the front surfaces of the teeth. This is necessary, as even though the veneers are incredibly thin, they would look too bulky and artificial if they were simply cemented onto the front of teeth that had not been prepared. Once your dentist is happy with the preparation, they will take an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab. This is cast up in dental plaster to provide a detailed working model of your teeth, and is used for fabrication.

It can take a couple of weeks for your veneers to be made as the process is quite involved and intricate. Once they are ready you can return to Portobello Dental Clinic to have them tried in and bonded onto your teeth. You’ll need to take care of your veneers with regular check-ups, and good dental care at home, as this will help to prolong their life.

Unfortunately dental emergencies in Dublin can and do occur, and usually at the most inconvenient times possible. Sometimes it is simply unavoidable, but often a dental emergency can be averted through preventative dental care. Most people will need to visit their dentist in Dublin every six months, and it is recommended that you have a hygiene appointment at the same time.

Dental Implants DublinThe Argument for Regular Preventative Dental Care Appointments

The reason for doing so is that your dentist in Dublin will be able to detect any small signs of lesions or pits in your tooth enamel that could be the beginnings of a cavity. At this stage it might be able to halt the decay through the application of fluoride to help harden the tooth, or alternatively you might need a small filling.

This early on there may be very few, if any symptoms. You might notice the tooth feels more sensitive to hot and colds foods, but this is a sign that is very easy to ignore. If the decay were left to continue then it would eventually reach the centre of your tooth that contains all the nerves. By this stage things are likely to have become much more painful, and treatment is likely to be more invasive and a lot costlier, as you may need root canal treatment and to have the tooth restored with a crown.

Your dentist in Dublin will also be assessing the health of your gums. Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) is the major cause of tooth loss in the world, and the early symptoms are all too easy to miss or just ignore. If you have ever noticed your gums bleed when you brush or floss then you might have tried to fool yourself that this is normal. It isn’t, and is an early sign that your gums need professional attention. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes the gum tissues to become inflamed as the body tries to fight back. This inflammation can destroy not only the gum tissue, but also the ligaments that support the teeth, and the bone around the teeth.

The early stages of gum disease are called gingivitis and are really simple to treat. Our hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, removing much of the bacterial infection. The next part is down to you, as you will be given lots of advice on how to care for your teeth and gums at home. Great home dental care is essential to get rid of this condition.

Dealing with Accidental Tooth Loss

Regular preventative dental care can help lessen the risk of toothache and ultimately tooth loss, but if you do have an accident that knocks out a tooth then quick action could save it. Store the tooth in a little milk, and find a dentist as soon as you can. Reinsertion can be successful if carried out within the first half hour to an hour. This window of opportunity is pretty small, but it is worth trying. If reinsertion fails then you could opt for dental implants in Dublin, as these provide a long-lasting means of tooth replacement.