We hope you do, as it is something that can help keep your dental bills to a minimum, and which will help your own teeth to last as long as possible. Even though we can replace your teeth with dental implants in Dublin, we’d rather help you have a naturally healthy smile, and this is something that can be achieved through preventative dental care.

The Importance of Regular Check-ups

Dental Implants DublinRegular check-ups are a great way to get peace of mind that your teeth and gums are in good health. Most people will need to visit Portobello Dental Clinic every six months or so, although some people with certain health conditions may be recommended to visit more frequently. During your check-up one of our dentists will carefully examine your teeth, your gums and your oral tissues.

They will be looking to see if you have any signs of dental decay or any small lesions in your teeth that could indicate the beginning of a cavity. It is much easier to treat dental decay at this stage, and will mean that any fillings will be smaller and cheaper. In addition it will help to prevent the decay from spreading, as otherwise it could reach the inner part of your tooth which is called the pulp, resulting in infection and toothache. By this stage you may need root canal therapy, and the tooth might require crowning.

Your gums will be examined to make sure you do not have any early signs of gum disease. This is a common condition that will affect most people during their lifetime. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and could mean you do end up requiring dental implants in Dublin after all.

You might notice your dentist examining your oral tissues, including your tongue, and this is a very important part of your check-up, and has the potential to save lives. This is a screening for mouth cancer, a disease that is often diagnosed rather late when the prognosis is far less favourable. Symptoms can include ulcers that fail to heal within three weeks, or noticing changes to the tissues in your mouth, for example areas that have changed colour, or which have become rougher or thicker. IF you do think something is wrong then give us a call for help and advice.

Dental Hygiene Appointments

Dental hygiene appointments are another valuable part of your preventative dental care regime, as our hygienist will remove the hardened tartar from your teeth, reducing the risk of gum disease. Tartar is made up of hardened plaque bacteria, and has the ability to cause inflammation and infection in your gums. Regular removal will ensure your gums stay healthy, and there is an added benefit in that your teeth will look a bit whiter due to being polished, and your breath will be fresher.

Ask us about how to care for your teeth and gums at home, as it is important that you brush twice daily and floss once a day. We know many people find it awkward to floss, but there are alternative tools such as interdental brushes that help to make the task easier and more effective.

Preventative dental care appointments by our dentist in Dublin at Portobello Dental Clinic will only take an hour or so of your time every six months, and a good home dental care regime will take less than ten minutes a day. This isn’t much to keep your smile in great condition.

It’s true, and is an excellent reason for choosing to have orthodontics in Dublin. Most people choose to have their teeth straightened purely for cosmetic purposes, and while this is also a good reason, possible improvements to your oral health are well worth taking into consideration, especially if you currently find it difficult to floss and brush properly. Not being able to floss properly increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, both of which could eventually lead to tooth loss.

Orthodontics DublinMisaligned teeth are more likely to bite together incorrectly, and this is something that can put stress on individual teeth, leading to them becoming worn or even fractured due to the fact that they will have to absorb more of the biting forces than your other teeth. In time this could mean that you require restorative treatment for these teeth, such as fillings or even crowns.

Choosing orthodontics in Dublin will mean you end up with a more cosmetically pleasing smile, but it could mean that your teeth and gums will remain healthier for longer. Of course some people will only need a few teeth repositioned, and in this case it may be possible to select one of the more cosmetically oriented braces such as Six Month Smiles or the Inman Aligner, both of which concentrates on only moving the teeth visible when smiling. Otherwise many will opt for Invisalign in Dublin, a system that is able to correct quite a few common bite problems, and which is renowned for providing very predictable results.

Clear Braces

One of the orthodontic treatments offered by Portobello Dental Clinic is Invisalign. This is an extremely popular orthodontic system, and one of the reasons why it’s so popular is due to its near invisibility. It uses clear acrylic aligners to gradually move the teeth into their new positions. Most people will be hard-pressed to notice these aligners unless they’re looking at your teeth rather closely. Your treatment is accurately planned in advance, using specialised computer technology that plots the movement of your teeth. One thing that is rather nice about this system is that you will be able to see this plan before you decide to go ahead with treatment, so you can see just how successful it will be.

Most people will need to wear these braces for approximately a year, but of course this can vary quite a lot. You’ll be given several sets of aligners to take home with you, and will need to change them every two weeks as your teeth begin to move. They are super easy to keep clean, as you can take them out whenever you eat or drink something, so all you have to do is brush your teeth before you replace them. Although the aligners can be left out for the occasional special event, you must wear them for approximately twenty two hours a day if you wish to see results predicted by your treatment plan.

Once you have completed treatment then you will need to wear a retainer. This can consist of a thin metal wire that is bonded onto the back of your teeth, and which will be invisible, or we can provide with a clear retainer that will need to be worn for specified periods of time, but these are all things that can be discussed during your initial free assessment.

Does the mere thought of going to the dentist bring you out in a cold sweat? You’re not alone, but there is no need to let dental fears and phobias prevent you from getting the smile you’d love. Portobello Dental Clinic is able to offer its patients a range of sedation dentistry techniques, starting from very light sedation, right up to twilight or sleep sedation dentistry in Dublin.

Sympathetic and Gentle Dental Care

sedation dentistry DublinAll of the dentists in Dublin at Portobello Dental Clinic have studied and qualified with the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry, and can safely administer both oral and intravenous sedation. In addition you’ll find the whole dental team is extremely sympathetic towards people with dental phobias, and will do everything possible to make it easy for you to visit us. This includes simple solutions such as making sure we see you on time, and making the time to talk to you and listen to your concerns.

We see many patients who haven’t felt able to visit the dentist for years, so there’s no need to be concerned that we will judge you in any way for not visiting us sooner. Having painful or broken teeth is no fun, but a smile makeover could make it the world of difference. We’ll need to give your full assessment, but it’s important to remember that at the first appointment we will be doing nothing more than looking at your teeth as there will be no treatment involved at this stage. If you do have any dental problems then we will need to work with you to resolve them before we can begin your smile makeover. This is where sedation dentistry can be very helpful, as if you need a substantial amount of work it would enable us to carry out several dental procedures at the same appointment, minimising your stress and anxiety.

Sleep Comfortably through Your Treatment

Sedation dentistry usually involves drugs being given intravenously as this provides the most precise control over the level of sedation, and helps ensure that we can keep you comfortable right throughout your visit as you will be put into something that’s called a twilight sleep. This is where you’ll still be able to breathe on your own, and you may even be aware of your surroundings but you won’t feel at all anxious. Instead you’ll be in a state of deep relaxation, and afterwards you’ll have very little or even zero memory of your treatment. You need to spend a bit of time afterwards in our dental surgery until the anaesthetic has worn off, but this is generally no longer than an hour and you shouldn’t feel nauseous.

Imagine being able to wake up with your treatment completed, and within a very short time you could be well on your way to having a new smile. There’s absolutely no need to be concerned about sedation dentistry as you will be closely monitored at all times, but you will need to make sure you have a family member or a friend who can stay with you for the rest of the day. Sleep sedation in Dublin is only a phone call away. If you’re not quite ready to make that appointment, then Dr Helen Walsh and Dr Nick Beirne have put together a short seven day e-mail course to help you overcome your dental fears using simple techniques. The course can be accessed through the website.

It’s very common to have one or more teeth missing, as this is something that can occur either due to trauma or to dental disease. But it’s also something that many people find quite upsetting, especially anyone who is concerned about their appearance. There are various methods of replacing lost teeth, but the very best way to do it is through having dental implants in Dublin, and this is worth considering regardless of whether you are due to lose a tooth, or if you lost teeth quite some time ago. It’s true that the treatment can take several months to complete, but dental implants will always give the best aesthetics, and when cared for properly will feel exactly like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants DublinAdvantages of Dental Implants

You implants will stay permanently in place and can be cleaned exactly like your natural teeth. Some restorations such as implant supported dentures are removable, while others such as crowns and bridges are permanently cemented or screwed into position. Whichever restoration you choose you can be sure that it will be securely retained, and will not shift or move position during the course of the day. This is something that can be a huge relief to people choosing implant supported dentures, and who may have struggled for years with loose and uncomfortable dentures that rub and slip about.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

The dentists at Portobello Dental Clinic can give you a full assessment to help you decide whether or not the dental implants are the right option for you. This is something that can depend on your oral health and also your general health. Dental implants may not be suitable for people with diabetes, or for smokers who are reluctant to quit the habit. The reason for this is that diabetics are less able to heal after surgery, especially if they struggle to control their blood sugar levels. Smoking also affects the body’s ability to heal, and greatly increases the risk of the implant failing. If you do smoke and want to have a dental implants then you’ll certainly need to quit before and during the implant procedure, but it’s also best to quit for good as this will help ensure the longevity of your dental implants, and will also positively affect your overall dental health.

If you decide to go ahead then your dentist in Dublin will work with you to prepare a treatment plan. If you lost your teeth quite some time ago then it may be necessary to have a bone graft, and this is something that can be performed as a standalone procedure, or it might be possible to place the graft at the same time as the implant. Another thing to consider is the type of restoration that will be supported by your implant or implants.

Dental implants in Dublin can be used to support a single crown, while multiple implants can be used to support multiple crowns, or to support a dental bridge or even a denture. It all depends on your individual circumstances and the number of teeth that need to be replaced.

Book an Assessment

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, then please contact Portobello Dental Clinic to book your assessment. To make it super easy, the clinic even offers online booking.

Dentists have found “striking” levels of bad teeth in athletes who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A fifth of athletes surveyed said their oral health actually damaged their training and performance. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggested cavities, tooth erosion and gum disease were common in professional athletes.

Researchers said athletes, as a group, had worse dental health than other people of a similar age.

The beaming smiles of gold-medal winners Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah are some of the defining memories of London 2012. But a team at University College London says many competitors had dental problems.

“Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor. It’s quite striking,” said lead researcher Prof Ian Needleman. He said eating large amounts of carbohydrates regularly, including sugary energy drinks, was damaging teeth.

The study looked at those visiting the dental clinic at the London Games, which offered free check-ups and mouth guards.

Of the 302 athletes examined, from 25 sports, 55% had evidence of cavities, 45% had tooth erosion and 76% had gum disease. One in three said their oral health affected their quality of life and one in five said it affected training or athletic performance.

Teeth and Training….

Oral health is already a suspect in other seemingly unrelated conditions such as heart disease. People who do not brush twice a day are at higher risk of a heart attack and inflammation is common to both. The researchers suggest inflammation elsewhere in the body may also affect recovery time and susceptibility to injury. They added that tooth pain and the resulting impact on diet and sleep may also damage performance.

Prof Needleman, who is also director of the International Centre for Evidence-Based Oral Health, told the BBC: “We know the differences at the high end of elite sport are small, it would not be surprising if oral health was having an impact on those differences.

“Many sports medics have anecdotes about athletes missing medals at major competitions as a result of oral health problems.”

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Don’t Let Fear Prevent You From Having Dental Implants

Are you missing some or all of your teeth? Perhaps you are considering having dental implants, but can’t quite imagine coping with the surgery?

This is very common, as people tend to imagine that the process for placing a dental implant is scary, or somehow painful. In fact we take great pains to make sure you are kept very comfortable throughout the whole process, and it hardly takes any time at all to place a single implant. Even so, we do understand that some people will still feel unable to cope, and this would be a great shame as dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth, and if properly cared for could last for a very long time. Luckily we have a solution for patients who have dental fear, as we are able to offer sedation dentistry in Dublin, making it easy to cope with the whole process.

Dental Implant DublinWe Offer Sedation Dentistry

The levels of sedation can vary, from quite light sedation, to sleep dentistry. This is where sedative drugs and pain killers are administered intravenously. This is something that is not available at most dental surgeries, as it does require extensive additional training on the part of the dentist. Portobello Dental Clinic has two dentists with this speciality, as both Dr Helen Walsh and Dr Nick Beirne are able to offer sleep dentistry in Dublin. This ensures the procedure is completely safe and comfortable for you, as you will be fully monitored throughout the whole treatment, so you always receive the correct dose of sedatives and painkillers.

Once you have had the implant inserted into your jawbone then it is simply a matter of waiting for it to heal. We will give you strict instructions on how to care for your implant, as it is important to keep the surgery site clean during this period.

The second part of the procedure is hopefully something that you’ll feel much more comfortable with having done, as it simply involves attaching the abutment to the implant post. The abutment is used to support your final restoration, so that could be a crown, bridge, or an implant supported denture. After this an impression will be taken of the abutment, and this is sent to the dental laboratory so your restoration can be made.

It is well worth trying to overcome your fears and dental phobias in Dublin, so you can receive dental implants. They do cost a bit more than other methods of tooth replacement, but the results are far superior, and will give the best cosmetic results. They can look extremely natural, especially when single implants are used to replace single teeth.

If you are interested, then why not make an appointment to simply come in to the surgery to talk to us? We can take a look at your teeth, and can discuss whether or not you are suitable for dental implants in Dublin. This treatment is great for most people, but it isn’t right for everyone. We can also answer all your questions about the actual surgery, and can hopefully put your mind at rest, at least a little bit.

Ms L wanted her smile improved for her upcoming wedding.

She was unhappy with the appearance of her teeth claiming they were ‘crooked‘ and the tips of the teeth were see-through.

Ms L’s smile before treatment:










With Ms L we elected to straighten her teeth with 6 month smiles and on removal of the short term braces we placed some bonding on the inside of her incisors to give a less ‘see-through’  appearance.












The treatment took just under 6 months in total and Ms L is ready to go down the aisle!

Clinician: Dr Ed Madeley

Treatment Cost: Just under €3300 (including upper and lower braces, fixed and removable orthodontic retainers, cosmetic bonding & whitening)

Treatment Time: 5 1/2 months

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Do you Think You Are Too Nervous for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming far more common, as people are more aware of exactly what can be achieved through using even a few simple procedures. good cosmetic dentist in can restore mouths that have been neglected for many years, something that can really help people who have felt too nervous to visit the dentist for quite some time. That first step is to pick up the phone to make an appointment to come and see us; you’ll find we are all very easy to talk to!

Sedation Dentistry DublinWe have successfully treated many people who thought they were too nervous to have cosmetic dentistry, and the reason why we are able to do this is because we take the time to make sure all our patients feel comfortable and as relaxed as possible. Those patients with real dental phobias will be pleased to hear that we offer different levels of sedation dentistry in Dublin, and you can even choose to have sleep dentistry, something that is also called twilight sedation. It is called this because you will be in a twilight sleep, so although you may still be aware of your surroundings, and will be able to communicate with our staff, you will mostly be comfortably unaware of what is happening, and will have little recollection of the treatment once the sedative has worn off.

This can be ideal for anyone who has felt unable to visit a dentist for many years, and who may require quite an extensive amount of work to help them return to dental health. The good news is that this work is likely to significantly improve the look of your teeth, as cosmetic dental treatments such as white fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers can be used to restore and repair teeth.

The really good news is that once you have got your oral health back on track, then it can be relatively easy to maintain it. Hopefully by this stage you will be more used to visiting Portobello Dental Clinic, and will feel able to come in for regular checks. This will enable our dentists to pick up any potential problems before they turn into something more major, meaning treatment will be easier, far less invasive, and cheaper. We can also give you advice on how best to look after your teeth and gums at home, and when combined with regular hygiene appointments, this should be sufficient for most people to retain a beautiful and healthy smile.

We realise that this makes it sound as if getting dental treatment is a walk in the park, even though it may be anything but that for people suffering from a dental phobia, but we also want to reassure you that your fears can be overcome. We know sleep dentistry in Dublin can be an extremely powerful tool in helping you to regain your oral health, and to have the kind of beautiful smile you thought was out of reach. Still not convinced? Why not take a look on our website to read about the experiences of real patients, who just like you, used to feel nervous about visiting the dentist.

You Can Overcome your Dental Phobia in Dublin

Do you find it difficult to contemplate picking up the phone to book a much needed appointment, let alone actually sitting in the dental chair? Many adults do, as dental fear is a relatively common feeling, and it is something that dentists make extensive efforts to understand. Modern dentistry is much kinder than in the past, and you are certainly assured of receiving a sympathetic ear at Portobello Dental Clinic in Dublin.

Dental Phobia DublinAll of our dentists take great pains to treat nervous patients extremely gently and have all undergone post graduate training in sedation dentistry in Dublin. If you are trying to pluck up the courage to get to a dentist, then we can help you get the treatment you need in a manner that is extremely gentle.

Many people developed their fear of the dentist through having a bad experience as a child, or it can be something that is passed down from parent to child. If your parents suffered with bad teeth, and experienced anxiety over visiting the dentist then they could easily, and completely inadvertently, have passed this on to you. Sometimes this fear can stem from the feeling of not being in control, as it is not uncommon for people to feel quite vulnerable when sitting in the dental chair. We can help you with these things, and will work with you to overcome these fears. There are far more techniques than you might think, that can easily put you back in control.

For instance, the first visit to our dental surgery is simply to give us a chance to get to know you, and for you to ask all the questions you need. We will want to look inside your mouth, but we won’t carry out any treatment. If you do need dental work then we will sit down with you to explain exactly what needs to be done, and why. We can list out all the options for you, so you can make the choice over what to have done. Then we will work out a suitable treatment plan with you, and will proceed at a pace you feel comfortable with. During treatment, you’ll remain in control at all times, and we will stop the treatment at frequent intervals just to make sure you are okay.

Don’t think this will work for you? No problem. Dr Walsh and Dr Beirne are both fully qualified and trained to administer sedation intravenously, something that is called sleep dentistry. You will then be so relaxed that you will be able to cope comfortably with your appointment, and this may be a great idea if you have quite a lot of treatment to complete.

We can help you deal with your dental phobia in Dublin, and all you have to do is pick up the phone and talk to us. We will not judge you, even if it has been many years since you managed to set foot in a dental surgery, as we have successfully helped many people who felt just like you.


The answer is a resounding yes! Dental implants are absolutely perfect for replacing just a single missing tooth. Portobello Dental Clinic can make you an extremely natural looking tooth, and although the process may take a little longer than the alternative methods of replacement, it’s well worth the extra effort and small additional cost.

Dental Implant DublinYou’ll need to visit our dental clinic to see whether or not this treatment is suitable for you, as you must be in good general health, and shouldn’t smoke or have any untreated dental diseases. This is your chance to discuss the pros and cons of having a dental implant in Dublin with us. If you decide to go ahead, we will need to plan your treatment extremely carefully. This involves taking x-rays of your teeth, and quite possibly a CT scan. This enables us to see exactly where other structures in your mouth are located, so the implant can be accurately and safely placed while still maintaining excellent aesthetics.

The actual process to place the implant is really quite quick, especially for a single dental implant in Dublin. Most patients find the procedure perfectly tolerable with just a local anaesthetic, but if you’re particularly nervous then do ask us about extra sedation, and you’ll find Portobello Dental Clinic is particularly good at helping nervous patients.

Once the implant is in place then it needs to be left to heal for a few months. This process is absolutely vital to the success of the implant as it allows something called Osseo integration to take place. The implant post is made from titanium as this is extremely biocompatible with the human body, and it’s especially treated to enable new bone cells to grow around and on the post, so it integrates with your body. Once this process is completed, then the titanium post should be firmly bonded in your jaw, and will be able to support your new crown.

The next part of the treatment will be to connect the abutment to the post. This is used to support your crown, and protrudes just above your gum line. It’s securely screwed into position and is completely covered by the crown. The abutment can either be made from metal, or if you’re interested in obtaining the very best cosmetic results then you might want to have a zirconium abutment. Zirconia is an extremely strong material, and its tooth coloured! Your crown will be fabricated from zirconium which is then covered with a special type of porcelain. The major advantage of choosing this type of restoration is that it has liveliness and translucency that closely replicates a natural tooth. This is because the light can pass straight through the restoration. Porcelain bonded to metal crown can still look extremely good, but doesn’t quite have the same amount of translucency. This is because the metal has to be blocked out with opaque porcelain to prevent it from shining through.

We will only recommend you have a dental implant if we think it’s the right course of action for you. Our dental implants in Dublin have an extremely high success rate, and when properly cared for they can last a very long time, making this a cost-effective treatment in the longer term.