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Dental Implants from €1500 at Pearl Dental and Beauty, Dublin 2

Dental implants at Pearl Dental, Dublin 2 are more affordable than ever, with fees from €1500 for multiple units. And these are Ankylos implants, one of the leading implant manufacturers in Europe, not mini-implants or obscure cheaper implant types. The fee for a standard dental implant at Pearl Dental includes everything- assessment, surgery stage, restoration and review visits. There are no hidden fees to surprise or disapoint, and we pride ourselves on our committment to service and customer satisfaction. Please note that a definite quote can only be provided after assessment, as there are many factors that influence the treatment plan, and therefore the cost, of dental implants.

A dental implant is generally the most complete and effective method of replacing a missing tooth, and is a remarkably civilised procedure, generally requiring no time away from work, (except the treatment appointments), usually involves little or no pain, and is now an incredibly reliable procedure in the hands of a competent and experienced dentist who is prepared to take the necessary time and care to ensure success. Dental implants are not a procedure to be undertaken during a weeks holiday to foreign climes, as the planning, consent and undertaking of such procedures requires more than a cursory visit, and dental implants that go wrong often require immediate intervention, which can be much more difficult to access if the dentist is 3 hours away on a plane!

Many successful and competent dentists carry out dental implant procedures in other countries, but if they tell you that you only need a weeks visit, move on to the more conscientious dentist who accepts the fact that implants need careful planning, careful explanation and consent, and a high level of technical skill to be successful. Wherever you decide that your implants will be carried out, ensure that the dentist is expecting at least 5 or 6 visits from initial assessment to final restoration, and ensure that they give a warranty of at least 5 years on all the work, with no further cost to be incurred by you if anything goes wrong. 

Here at Pearl Dental, Dublin 2, we guarantee all of our dental implants, fixtures and crowns for a minimum of 5 years (subject to certain criteria), and don’t expect you to pay for anything should there be a failure in that timeframe.

Finally, be aware that dental implants require excellent maintenance regimes, both by you, and your dentist. Here at Pearl Dental, we advise all of our dental implant patients to see our hygienist, Joann, on a regular basis to ensure that the implant is maintained impeccably, along with the rest of the teeth, and to ensure that the patient’s oral hygiene is optimised to maximise gum health.

If you require further information on dental implants, contact us at 01 679 0625, or via e-mail at reception@pearltreatments.ie.

More information on services at Pearl Dental, Dublin 2, can be found by visiting our main site at www.pearltreatments.ie.

Dental Hygienist Services at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

A Dental Hygienist visit keeps teeth in tip-top shape

Probably the most undervalued and abused member of the dental team, both by dentists and patients, Dental Hygienists have a hard life, as many dentists use them as a depository for all the patients and work they don’t want themselves, and many patients don’t quite understand their role when they’re sent to see them.

In our world here at Pearl Dental, Dublin 2, our hygienist, Joann, is considered a vital part of our dental team, and helps maintain optimum oral health for our patients, as well as ensuring that complex restorations are cleaned and maintained as they should be, for maximum lifespan. One of the most important tasks that a dental hygienist undertakes is the treatment of gum disease and the maintenance of the gum health thereafter. If you have bleeding gums, or find that your dentist spends only a couple of minutes cleaning your teeth at your check-up visit, it’s probably time to see the hygienist to find out what a properly clean mouth feeels like.

That smile needs care. Your hygienist is the ideal person to provide it.

If you want a clean, healthy mouth, perfect oral hygiene, and immaculately kissable breath, a hygienist should become one of your best friends, as she will be able to advise you on the most appropriate oral hygiene techniques for your mouth, will clean your teeth more diligently, and more thoroughly than the majority of dentists, and should take a personal interest in you becoming a paragon of oral health. She is generally able to treat the majority of cases of gum disease, and you can see her as often as you wish to maintain that perfect smile, without having to see the dentist every time.

Also, check this post for more information on gum disease:

If you get into knots with floss, drink mouthwash as an aperitif, and use interdental brushes to clean your ears, you need a visit to the hygienist ASAP!

Visit the hygienist to learn the best hygiene techniques for your mouth

Our hygienist, Joann, is available Wednesdays and Fridays in our studio on Nassau Street, and will gently, but thoroughly, clean and polish your mouth, and coax you into better oral hygiene habits. She is also appreciated by us dentists too, as she can clean a mouth better than any of us are able!

Not a dental fan….?

We have found over the years that there are one or two of you out there that have a specific dislike of the dentist. We try not to take it personally, but sometimes it just seems unfair. We know the dentist was an ogre when you were a kid, and that he/she strapped you into the chair with the other kids watching and pulled your tooth out with no anaesthetic, but honestly, we’ve worked out that you don’t really like that anymore, so we try really hard to make it more civilised these days!

Here at Pearl Treatment Centres we have a team of motivated and caring staff who actually want you to come back because you want to, not because you’re told to. We have 4 different dentists available, such that we should have someone for any personality out there. We have tried to make our surroundings modern and appealing, such that your first thought coming through the door is not ‘Aaargh, DENTIST!’  We are patient in our approach, and try not to overload you with too much in one visit if that is not comfortable for you. For those of you that need more help when coping with your dental visit, we also have a hypnotherapist on site, and we work very closely with him in bringing the real dental phobe to the point at which the dentist is not the big deal that they thought.

We are committed to trying to provide a full range of treatment for everyone that needs or wants it, and if that takes 12 months for some, and 2 weeks for others, we’re in no rush. At the end of it all, we want you leaving with a smile!

Did he even look at your gums?

The most common reason now for a tooth to be extracted is gum disease. Unfortunately, many dentists are not particularly interested in gums, and as such, gum disease often goes unnoticed until relatively advanced, and difficult to treat. Early signs are bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, and healthy gums SHOULD NOT BLEED! Treatment in early stages is thorough cleaning of the teeth by the dentist or hygienist (who is specifically trained for this purpose), followed by instruction in suitable maintenance techniques for homecare.

The main reason for bringing people back for 6, 9 or 12 month check-ups is to allow regular professional tooth cleaning to prevent gum disease and maintain optimum oral health, so if your dentist only ever cleans the back of the front 6 teeth and gives them a quick brush, CHANGE DENTIST NOW!! There is no excuse for ignoring gum disease anymore, and any dentist that does should not be allowed to get away with it. Be particularly aware if you are being seen under your PRSI, a medical card, or other third party scheme, as it is easy for the dentist to skip the proper cleaning and still get paid, and this should not happen.

Treatment of more advanced gum disease will cost you money, as there is no easy fix, and it will require time and effort on your part, and usually the intervention of a good hygienist or periodontist (gum treatment specialist). It is much easier to prevent than to treat gum disease.

Before you travel for the cheap teeth…..

For those of you considering a holiday that includes major dental work such as crowns, implants, veneers and bridgework, and costs less than a good meal in a fine Dublin restaurant, take a few minutes to read this advice.

 Before you go, at least get an assessment from a reliable dentist here for the work you are planning to have done. If we tell you it’s going to take 6 months from start to finish, there’s a good reason why, and it’s not just to allow you to hang on to your money for a bit longer! (Wouldn’t we rather have it quicker?) If your prospective dentist in lands afar plans to do the same work in 3 weeks, you should be wondering why, especially if he hasn’t even seen your teeth before he starts. An assessment with us is generally going to cost you around E100 including x-rays, and at least you have some idea of what should be happening when you arrive overseas.

Also, be prepared to return to the country in question on an annual basis, as complex work often requires specific maintenance regimes, and if we aren’t happy with the work, or are unhappy as to how you are looking after it , we’ll send you back to the original dentist for it’s maintenance.

Check out a few of the downsides before you go as well. Achieving any kind of comeback on substandard work in a different jurisdiction is proving extremely difficult in our experience, and the dentist who replied to your e-mails within minutes before you went over, is generally less forthcoming when things aren’t working out. It can also be a long trip back if things are going awry, and replacement of temporary restorations and the like can mean flying back more often than planned. Don’t expect a dentist here to be overly helpful if someone else is doing the work for you. If your dentist is in Bulgaria, that’s where you’re headed if it’s not working out.

Finally, here’s a couple of our recent experiences with foreign dentistry on the cheap.

Firstly, Poland. Steven (real name) flew to Poland to have his crooked front 4 teeth straightened for his 30th birthday. Before leaving, the teeth were sound, but misaligned. He would have been an ideal candidate for braces to correct the problem, or alternatively, veneers may have been used instead. His trip to poland lasted 1 week in total, and he returned with his straighter teeth, as  requested. His first visit to us was last Wednesday, 6th Feb. His gums were ‘bleeding a bit’ around the front teeth. Examination revealed crowns on his front 4 teeth, none of which were ideal, but adequately fitting at best. X-rays were more informative, and showed that 3 of the 4 teeth had their nerves removed, and as this had not been carried out to a sufficient standard, were now chronically infected in the bone. The less than ideal crowns were causing chronic gum disease around the teeth, adn he had been given no instruction as to how to maintain the crowns. Steven now requires the 3 root treatments to be redone to clear the infection, will need posts in the weakened 3 teeth, followed by 4 new crowns to complete the work, over a 9 month period. He will never be able to get back to his pre-Poland state, and will now be left with compromised front teeth for the rest of his life. None of the work carried out was necessary, or appropriate, and it should never have been completed in 1 week.

Secondly, Elaine, Budapest. Elaine flew from  the UK to Budapest for Implants on the cheap. She has never regretted any decision more than this. Without giving the whole story, which is now ongoing for nearly 3 years, the work was a disaster from day 1, and has only deteriorated since. Suffice to say that the teeth which were fitted to the implants lasted less than 3 months, the implants placed in the jaw bone were all infected within 3-6 months, and no general dentist in the UK would even consider trying to rectify the situation. Referral to a specialist oral surgeon was required, and by this time she had been in CONSTANT pain for nearly 4 months. Every one of the implants had to be removed, she has required bone grafting surgery to try and repair the damage to the jaw bone, and is currently having plastic surgery to move the skin of her cheek over the exposed bone areas of the jaw. She endured over 18 months of pain, leading to her requiring prescription anti-depressants for more than 12 months, and will never look or feel the same as before her visits to Hungary. Her life has effectively been destroyed for the past 2 years, and she will never get that back. She was advised before she went that it was possibly not the best option, but price is a powerful motivator. She is currently not in a sufficiently stable frame of mind to document her experience, but we are hoping that she will eventually be able to do so.

We have other tales from many countries, Lebanon, Spain, Romania, Thailand, Bulgaria and others near and far, and some from Dublin  also, but we have not yet found a single failed case from abroad that has achieved financial recompense from the original dentist. Genrally, the remedial work required is far more extensive than the original treatment required.

Obviously we do see some acceptable cases that return from abroad, but be careful. If it goes wrong, it’s generally very wrong…

Tip of the week 6- Start Young!

Childrens teeth are vitally important for many reasons, and need particular care and attention. Habits formed as children tend to become life habits, and letting your child’s baby teeth decay will often be followed by decay in the permanent teeth that follow, as the causes of the problem are generally habits that begin as young children. Get things right at the start, and it will set them up for life!

See http://www.dentist.ie for basic information on keeping those baby teeth pearlywhites…

Tip of the week 5 from Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Check Your Diet…

Much as this may be a surprise to many, tooth decay does not just happen.

For your tooth to rot, it needs to be covered in bacteria (of which millions inhabit every mouth, even the clean ones!), and these then need a regular supply of sugar to do their damage. Those of you with a sweet tooth will know what we’re on about straightaway, but for those of you in denial, check for the number of times you drink tea or coffee with a little sugar added each day. Count how many times you pick up a fizzy drink, a fruit juice or a squash between meals. Incidentally, most fizzy drinks are acidic as well, even the sugar free versions, and are probably one of our biggest business builders! Keep track of the number of little snacks you smuggle in to keep your day at work bearable. And don’t forget the sneaky sugary ones, like flavourings for crisps, sauces on foods or sandwiches, most mints for sucking or chewing, and many chewing gums to name just a few.

Late night snacks are particularly unfavourable for teeth, as the natural defence, saliva, slows down to prevent drowning (or drooling!) when asleep, so that hot chocolate before bed is not a great idea.

Ideally, your teeth should not be exposed to sugar more than 3 or 4 times in an average day, which is generally breakfast, lunch and dinner time, and if you find you’re way over this figure, we’ll probably be seeing you soon!!

For parents out there, kids teeth are much more vulnerable than those of adults, so be obsessive with their diet when young to prevent serious trouble later on. Good habits in childhood tend to last, as do bad ones! More on kids in the next tip of the week.

For more advice, search this blog, ask your dentist or hygienist, or contact us at the surgery on 01 679 062, via e-mail at reception@pearltreatments.ie, or see our main website www.pearltreatments.ie.

A book for Christmas?

Book Description
A charming chronicle of smiles and smiling throughout history.

It has been said that supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha. Yet the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated “smiling” with drinking whisky. In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly weaves art, poetry, history, and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many meanings of the human smile.

Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the nuances of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. But he also asks key questions about the behavioral and psychological aspects of smiling: Is smiling unique to human beings? When and how does human smiling become an act of communication? How does smiling foster our attachments to one another?

Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry as he brings his expertise as writer, historian, and thinker to bear on the art of the smile.