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.

If you have one or more missing teeth, then you might be trying to decide whether or not to get implants in Dublin, or whether to opt for a dental bridge. So which is best, and why? Both systems have their merits, but dental implants could prove to be the healthier option. There are two main reasons as to why, and the first is simply that dental implants help to conserve your jawbone, while the second is that dental implants will not negatively affect your remaining teeth in any way whatsoever.

Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants

Both of these reasons are equally as important. Dental implants act in a way that is similar to natural tooth roots, and at the moment they are the best way of artificially replacing teeth. The implant post is made from titanium alloy and is inserted into your jawbone. This forms a strong anchor point for your crown. Once you have your dental implant crown in place then you should be able to eat perfectly normally, and can enjoy all the foods you used to when you had all your natural teeth. The implant post helps to ensure the bone in your jaw remains strong and healthy and that it isn’t reabsorbed.

When you lose one or more teeth it can have quite a destabilising effect on your remaining teeth. These teeth will begin to shift and move out of position, and unless your teeth are replaced you’re likely to notice gaps appearing in between your remaining teeth. Missing teeth even affect the teeth that used to bite against them. When you’re teeth bite together, the forces created by this action help keep them in place, and if one of these teeth is removed then the remaining tooth has nothing to bite against, and it can gradually shift towards the space created by the missing tooth. Replacing these missing teeth with dental implants in Dublin will help ensure that all your teeth remain in the correct position, providing only positive benefits.

What about Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can seem like a very good option, and they can look very nice and natural. However the teeth adjacent to the gap needs to be strong and healthy, as they have to be ground down and crowned. These crowns are attached to the replacement tooth or teeth, each of which is called a pontic. This does mean that the crowned teeth are subjected to additional stresses, and one of the problems of opting for a dental bridge is that these teeth will always need to be crowned in the future. A dental bridge also does nothing whatsoever to prevent the loss of bone in your jaw.

If you think you may be interested in having dental implants, it’s always better to choose this option sooner rather than later as you’ll save these teeth from being crowned, and you’ll save yourself money in the longer term as all crowns need replacing every 10 years or so. Dental implants aren’t right for everyone, but they do make great choice for most. You can find out if you’re suitable by making an appointment with Portobello Dental Clinic in Dublin.

Dental fears and phobias are much more common than you might think, and if most people honest than they probably say they feel at least a twinge of anxiety over visiting the dentist. This can become even more of a problem if you haven’t visited a dentist for a number of years and if you just know you really need urgent dental treatment but can’t quite pluck up the courage to ask for it. In fact it’s not uncommon for people to completely avoid having dental treatment until they’re in such pain they’re forced to ask for help. It doesn’t have to be this way, and it’s worth enquiring about sedation dentistry in Dublin, especially as this is something that offered by Portobello Dental Clinic.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is sometimes called sleep dentistry or twilight sedation, even though you don’t actually go to sleep during the process. You will however be heavily sedated, and although you’ll be able to communicate with our staff, and you may even be aware of what is going on around you, you won’t remember much when you come round.

Sedation dentistry uses sedatives and pain relieving drugs to help you become deeply relaxed. This type of sedation is administered intravenously by either Dr Helen Walsh or Dr Nicholas Beirne, both of whom are fully certified and licensed to provide this treatment. You’ll be completely monitored during the whole process so it’s very safe, and it’s perfect if the thought of sitting in the dental chair makes you want to run in the opposite direction. It’s also ideal for patients who are not particularly nervous about visiting the dentist, but who may have particularly sensitive teeth, or who do not respond well to ordinary anaesthetics, or for people who have a particularly strong gag reflex. One of the huge advantages of this type of treatment is that it enables the dentists at Portobello Dental Clinic to complete much larger amounts of treatment during one single session. This means if you haven’t visited the dentist for a while or are in need of extensive treatment, this can be completed much more quickly.

You will need to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment as you’ll be unable to drive yourself home afterwards, and you may want someone to sit with you for a while afterwards until you’ve recovered.

If you think you could get through treatment without having sleep dentistry, but would still like some extra help, then at Portobello Dental Clinic can definitely offer you extra sedation on top of the normal numbing anaesthetic. The exact level will vary depending on your needs as it will be fully adjusted to suit you. The main thing is to ask us for assistance in dealing with dental phobias and fears, as we are extremely used to helping nervous patients and understand how difficult it can be to seek treatment. If you haven’t managed to visit the dentist for a while, then we certainly won’t judge you, as all want to do is help you to have a nice healthy mouth.

It’s not uncommon for people to have to wear full dentures. While full dentures are a reasonable substitute for natural teeth, they are certainly not perfect, and many people who have been wearing for them for a while will find they develop problems.

Problems with Dentures

Once all your natural teeth are extracted, then the bone in your jaw will gradually begin to reabsorb or disappear. This is because natural teeth have quite long roots that extend into your jawbone. Every time you bite on a natural tooth then some of the forces are transmitted right through the crown of the tooth, into the tooth root, and out into the surrounding bone. This tells the bone to keep growing so it renews old bone cells, ensuring the bone stays healthy and strong. Once the tooth roots are removed then the bone has no reason to keep on growing, and it is gradually lost.

If you wear a lower denture then this is likely to be particularly evident after you’ve had it for just a few years. You’ll probably notice the bony ridge that used to support your teeth is gradually becoming flatter. This can create major problems with trying to hold a lower denture in place, as it will gradually lose retention. The end result could mean you are able to eat fewer foods than before and you’ll probably find that you are constantly worried about it slipping and moving around when you’re talking or socialising with others. You could try having the denture relined, or you can opt to use denture adhesives, but these can be messy and quite expensive to buy.

The Solution

The solution could be to visit Portobello Dental Clinic to find out if you’re suitable to have an implant supported denture. This is a denture that is secured to four or more implants in your jaw so it can no longer move around. Most implant supported dentures are used to replace lower dentures, but they can also be used to replace upper dentures. If you’re interested in this option, then it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll probably need a few more implants to hold the upper denture firmly in position.

If you choose this option to secure an upper denture then it can be constructed slightly differently. Upper dentures are made to cover all of the upper palate, as this is necessary to provide good retention. If your upper denture is secured with dental implants in Dublin, then it can be constructed in a horseshoe shape, leaving the upper palate uncovered. Your upper palate contains lots of taste buds, so it can make eating rather more interesting!

One of the major advantages of this treatment is that it only needs a few implants, and this can help to bring the cost of the treatment within reach of many more people. The denture either clips onto a bar that is attached to the implants, or your denture will have a socket attachment that fits firmly onto ball shaped attachments on the implants. You will still need to take your denture out each day to thoroughly clean it and the attachments, and it’s very important that you clean around the implants.

Scientists have grown rudimentary teeth out of the most unlikely of sources, human urine!

The results showed that urine could be used as a source of stem cells that in turn could be grown into tiny tooth-like structures. The team from China hopes the technique could be developed into a way of replacing lost teeth.

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If you have heard of dental implants before you may also have heard about their excellent success rate in offering a solution to people who have one or more missing teeth. The science and research around implant dentistry, also known as implantology, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past decades, making it possible to restore the teeth of more patients than ever before. At the same time, the materials used for the implants, as well as the crowns and bridges that they support have also improved and are now more biocompatible and aesthetic that they ever were.

If you are interested to find out more about implants in Dublin, you should look no further than Portobello Dental Clinic in Dublin. This is a state-of-the-art dental practice based in Portobello on South Circular Road. Dr Nick Beirne has received extensive training in dental implant treatment and has a great deal of experience in delivering this restorative solution to patients. In addition, to stay updated and always improve his skills, Nick is a member of the Irish Dental Association, the Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Not everyone with missing teeth is suited to dental implants and your eligibility will need to be assessed initially with a thorough examination of your mouth with dental x-rays. This will give us a better idea of your underlying jaw bone structure, and in certain cases some patients will need a bone graft to bulk up the implant site to ensure it remains durable. Once placed, implants can last for a very long time but it is important to come for regular checks so your gum health can be monitored. Once your prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) is fitted on top of your implant you will be able to bite and chew with it as if it was a normal tooth. From an aesthetic point of view, your ‘new tooth’ or teeth will not look out of place next to the surrounding teeth, giving you a natural smile that you are proud to show off.

For more information, why not visit us at the clinic in Portobello, Dublin. You can call us to make an appointment on 014542022. You can also visit the website to view our smile gallery to see how implants have transformed the smiles of our patients. Click here to visit