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|Monday||Dr Quinlivan||11.00am to 3.00pm
4.00pm to 7.30pm
|Tuesday||Dr Garvey||9.30am to 1.30pm
2.30pm to 6.00pm
|Wednesday||Dr Quinlivan||8.00am to 1.00pm
2.00pm to 5.00pm
|Thursday||Dr Garvey||9.30am to 1.30pm
2.30pm to 6.00pm
|Friday||Dr Garvey||4.00pm to 7.00pm|
|Saturday||On Rotation||10.00am to 1.00pm|
The dentist will check your teeth, gums and oral tissues and inform you of any problems they have found. They will give you a treatment plan and discuss their findings with you. Radiographs (x-rays) may be required.
Cleaning the teeth removing tartar build up as well as dietary and smoking stains. This can be carried out by the hygienist or dentist.
Patients with more advanced gum disease may be advised to have root planning carried out. This is done by the hygienist who will make the area numb and clean the root surface of the teeth below the gum line.
Dental decay has to be removed and the cavity is then filled with either a white (composite) or silver (amalgam) material.
A root canal treatment involves removing the nerve from a non-vital tooth. For the patient it feels like having a filling done, although the appointment is a little longer.
Non-vital (dead) teeth or teeth that are beyond being able to restore may need to be removed. This may also be needed prior to getting braces. An extraction is the removal of the unwanted tooth. It is a painless procedure with the use of local anaesthetic.
If you have any teeth missing, the gaps can be filled with dentures which are false teeth that can be taken in and out (they are not fixed in the mouth). They can be on a plastic or metal base.
Patients who grind their teeth can benefit from wearing a splint at night time. This is like a gum shield which sits over the teeth to stop you grinding and protect the teeth from the strong force of the jaws.
If the mouth is free of cavities, the teeth can be whitened by using a special dental bleach which is put into custom made trays that fit around your teeth. You wear the bleach for 4-12 hours (depending on the concentration) and over a period of weeks the teeth become whiter. The teeth can be sensitive during the treatment but this is normally short lived, your dentist can advise you on how to manage this. Unless there are no external stains on the teeth (stains from smoking, tea and coffee etc) you would need to have a scale and polish done before the treatment.
If you have a single tooth which is dead, it may go dark and look grey compared to the rest of your teeth. If the tooth has a root canal treatment in it, we can put bleach into the tooth and leave it for a week to brighten. In most cases this takes 3-4 sessions to bring the tooth to the correct colour.
A veneer is a facing that covers the front surface of an anterior tooth. It helps to reshape the tooth to make it more aesthetic and gives the tooth an even appearance.
Crowns are like hats that permanently sit over a tooth. They are usually needed when a tooth is very heavily restored (has a large filling) or has a root canal treatment. Sometimes posts are needed to go into the root surface if a tooth is very broken down.
A bridge is used to fill the gap of a missing tooth. The fake tooth is held in place by bonding it to the adjacent teeth, meaning that the tooth will be fixed in position.
If a tooth has been removed an implant can be placed which involves a screw being in placed in the bone where the tooth root used to be. A crown is then put on top of the implant screw. The process can take a few months to complete.
To prevent tooth decay, newly erupted back teeth can have fissure sealants placed on them. A sealant is a thin film which covers the fissure (groove) in the tooth to help stop bacteria getting in and make them easier to clean.
Patients who are at high risk of dental decay can also be prescribed a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride compared to normal toothpastes. With regular visits we can also put a fluoride varnish on the teeth to help make them stronger. This is particularly important for children's teeth.
Anyone participating in a contact sport is advised to wear a gum shield. It covers the teeth and helps to protect them if there is a blow to the mouth. Children should ideally have a new gum shield every season due to their mouth changing with the eruption of adult teeth.
Medication can be given to nervous patients to help them relax. See our section on nervous patients for further information.
You may be entitled to free treatment if any of the following apply to you.
GMS Medical Card
All medical card holders are able to have free of charge from January of each year:
The dentist is able to apply for additional treatments on your behalf including:
It is with regret that dentists in private practice are unable to treat children under 16 years using their medical card. We will be happy to see them privately or advise you contact the local HSE dentist if they require urgent treatment.
If you or your spouse are employed and have been paying PRSI for 5 years, you may be entitled to a free examination every year.
Please contact us with your own or spouses' PPS number for us to check if you are eligible.
If you have Dental cover with your Vhi insurance you can use our direct payment system which means you only pay for your share of the treatment cost and don't have to pay the full amount and claim it back like traditional methods.
To arrange for direct payment, call Vhi on 046 907 7337 with your policy number and tell them you would like to see us.
When you call us to make an appointment, tell us you have VHI insurance and there should be no charge for an examination, x-rays and cleaning. We ask that you would complete the following form with your policy details and bring it to your appointment (these forms are available at the practice if you forget).
If you require any treatment, we contact Vhi to discuss what will be covered within your policy. You will then only be asked to pay your share of the treatment (for fillings this is 30%) and Vhi will pay the rest.
Medical / Dental Insurance
Depending on your policy you may be able to claim back the cost of your treatment.
The government allow you to claim the tax back for some treatments including root canal treatments, veneers, crowns and bridges.
If you have had any of these treatments in the past year, you may contact us to complete a Med 2 form on your behalf.
Oral health is an important aspect of general health - it enables you to eat, speak and socialise without painful disease, discomfort or embarrassment and contributes to your general wellbeing.
This section of our website will provide you with information on various aspects of oral health.
At Ranelagh Dental we have a great understanding that coming to the dentist can be a daunting prospect for some patients, whether it's from a previous bad experience or worry about certain treatments.
We strongly encourage you come in to us.
Dental diseases of the teeth and gums get worse with time and may only require a simple treatment to fix them. We always like to meet our patients before doing any treatment so recommend you book in for an examination.
For this appointment the dentist only has to look in your mouth and will then discuss the treatment you need. We can make a treatment plan that is broken down to make each visit manageable for you.
All our dentists are experienced in dealing with nervous patients and will never push you out of your comfort zone to have a treatment done that we don't think you will manage.
Websites such as www.dentalfearcentral.org are excellent resources for anxious patients to receive support from similar people and caring dental professionals.
Dental Conscious Sedation
Sedation is one way of making the treatment visits a little easier and can be provided orally.
Oral sedation is prescribed by the dentist at the examination appointment and requires you to take a tablet the night before and another 1 hour before your treatment appointment.
This helps you to relax and makes the treatment more manageable.
If you would like further information, or feel that you could benefit from conscious sedation, please contact the clinic where one of our reception team can discuss this further with you.