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Tooth Decay in Dublin

What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth Decay, Caries or a cavity are a bacterial infection that causes the destruction of your tooth enamel, which is the hard outer layer of your teeth. The last time you visited the dentist he more than likely spoke about plaque which is a substance that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the food you eat. When the bacteria feed, they make acids and attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after you eat. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, causing tooth decay.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay
– Dark coloured spots or shading on your teeth
– Swelling of your gums
– A toothache
– Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

How to avoid Tooth Decay
The most straightforward way to prevent tooth decay is to floss and brush your teeth daily, and make sure you visit your dentist regularly. Other ways to avoid it include using fluoride toothpaste, reducing your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, and by not smoking.

If you are concerned that you might have tooth decay, don’t delay, contact our reception today and come and see our friendly dentist reception@pearltreatments.ie or phone 01 6790625

Sweet As Sugar

Sugar is in the food and drinks we consume every day, but how many of us are aware of the quantity we consume and the consequences for our teeth.

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Recently, The World Health Organization (WHO) published new guidelines suggesting that reducing the amount of sugar we eat from the current recommended limit of 10% of daily energy intake to 5% would be a positive step. Based on an adult of normal weight, that’s around 25g every day (approximately 6 teaspoons).

To put this in perspective, look at the brief list below and the quantity of sugar. All measurements are based on 1 teaspoon = 5 grams of sugar

– Bag of Natural Confectionary Jelly Snakes – 27 teaspoons
– Can of Coke – 9 teaspoons, Bottle of Coke – 16 teaspoons
– Mars Bar – 6 teaspoons
– Apple – 4/5 teaspoons

When we consume sugar it mixes with the bacteria in our mouth forming acid, this acid attacks the hard outer surface of the tooth called enamel and can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

Our Advice
– Read labels on food
– Have sugary treats at meal times only
– Use a straw with drinks
– Brush and floss daily
– Visit your dentist

If you have questions on the information above please contact reception on 01 6790625 or email reception@pearltreatments.ie

What is Root Canal Treatment?

RootCanal

Root Canal Treatment, also known as Endodontics is the treatment of an infection in the middle of a tooth. This infection occurs when bacteria that live in the mouth gain access to the tooth through a cavity (hole in the tooth), a damaged filling or when a trauma happens. The bacteria attack the pulp, which is the soft tissue of nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive.

Once this infection takes place the patient will experience symptoms such as painful gums, and in more serious cases dental abscess causing a swelling of the face. Therefore it is imperative that the patient receives treatment as soon as possible, either in the form of a tooth extraction or Root Canal Treatment to prevent the bacteria spreading any further in the mouth.

Root Canal Treatment is very straightforward and is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure the comfort of the patient. As per our diagram above the process involves 3 steps:

1. Gain access to the affected area of the tooth
2. Remove infected pulp using a special dental instrument
3. Fill the area with a sealant and then cover with a filling or a crown to seal the tooth.

At Pearl Dental we have significant experience with Root Canal Treatment having provided it to several patients over the years, you can be assured that if you require this treatment you are in the best possible hands.

If you have any questions regarding Root Canal Treatment please feel free to contact the clinic and we will be happy to clarify any queries for you. You can call us on 01 6790625 or email reception@pearltreatments.ie

Dental Treatment and Facial Aesthetics Prices at Pearl Dental, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Here at Pearl, we are not shy about displaying our prices, (see list below), or being upfront about the costs of a course of dental or facial aesthetic treatment, and are ALWAYS prepared to give you a breakdown of all costs involved in your treatment plan before you begin. In addition, we often offer special discounts on certain treatments for a period of time, and also reduce costs for multiple treatments in a single visit. In an increasingly cost conscious environment, we aim to be as competitive as possible, whilst still retaining the extremely high standards to which we work, and the high end materials and laboratories that we use to ensure maximum longevity from all of our work. We also offer a guarantee on almost every treatment that we undertake- proof that we aim for the highest standard of dental care achievable. We don’t believe that you can compromise on quality where dental care is concerned, and as such are not prepared to cut corners or standards just to reduce costs.

Call us now on 01 679 0625 for appointments, or email us at reception@pearltreatments.ie.

Dental Treatment Price List   (effective 1st January 2011)

Fees must be paid at each visit. If this will present a problem, please discuss with the Dentist or Assistant before treatment begins.

Price

Treatment

€ 80.00 – € 100.00 Examination, Scale and Polish
€ 70.00* Hygienist Session (30 mins)
€ 10.00 X- Rays ( per film )
€ 90.00 – € 125.00Extraction ( complex extraction extra )
€ 90.00 – € 160.00 Amalgam (silver) fillings
€ 90.00 – € 170.00 Anterior composite ( white ) fillings
€ 110.00 – € 230.00 Posterior composite ( white ) fillings

Tooth Bleaching /Whitening

€ 150.00 (Full mouth night tray bleaching)
€ 179.00* ( 1 hour Zoom bleaching inc. home kit )

Root canal treatment

€ 350.00 – € 550.00( 1 root canal )
€ 450.00 – € 650.00 ( 2 root canals )
€ 500.00 – € 850.00 ( 3 or more canals )


These fees do not include restoration of the tooth after root treatment.
We generally advise crowning a back tooth after root canal treatment.

€ 350.00 – € 650.00 Veneers
€ 500.00 – € 975.00 Crowns
From € 1100.00 Maryland Bridge

Other bridges as per quotation after full assessment

€ 450.00 – € 600.00 Dentures – partial upper or lower acrylic
€ 950.00 – € 1200.00 partial upper or lower chrome
€ 550.00 – € 700.00 full upper or lower
€ 975.00 – € 1100.00 full upper and lower
€ 100.00 Sportsguard
From € 250.00 Facial aesthetics (Line and Wrinkle injections)
From € 250.00 Dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Teosyal, Radiesse)

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.

Emergency Dental care in Newbridge, Co. Kildare

We here at Charlotte Street Family Dental Practice take our responsibilities in relation to emergency dental care very seriously. We always try to offer sameday appointments for dental emergencies, be they patients of our practice, another practice, or casual patients with no regular dentist. Out of normal working hours, Paul Redbond, Principal Dentist in Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2 , and one of our dentists in Newbridge, has an emergency number to allow dental emergency patients to access advice on how to deal with the situation. All of our dentists are trained to deal with any dental emergency that may present itself, and generally we have 2 or 3 dentists available at any one time if second opinions are required for complex cases. As we are able to offer a comprehensive range of dental solutions, we can offer advice on how best to proceed in the longterm with any problem tooth that requires treatment. We can also provide immediate quotes on the full cost of any treatment plan recommended, such that any patients can make appropriate decisions as to which option is most appropriate to them before any treatment is undertaken.

For emergency, or routine appointments, call us on 045 431 676, or check our website www.pearltreatments.ie for more information on our services, and details for Pearl Dental, Dublin 2

Pearl Dental Services available in Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Those of you who have read through the dental postings on this site will be aware that Pearl Dental Practice, Dublin 2 offers a comprehensive range of dental procedures to a a very demanding standard. What you may be less aware of is the fact that Paul Redbond, the Principal dentist behind the Pearl venture, also practices in a surgery in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, and is able to offer the same dental procedures and standards here as in the main practice in Dublin.

Be it veneers, bleaching, dental implants, aesthetic white fillings, crowns, root canal treatment, smile design or more, the full Pearl service can be found on Charlotte Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Facial aesthetics treatments are now also available, so say goodbye to those lines and wrinkles with a course of dermal fillers, or muscle relaxing injections to smooth the forehead.

For appointments, call 045 431 676, or use the e-mail contact form on the main Pearl site- www.pearltreatments.ie. Please note that Paul is only available in Newbridge on Wednesday and Thursday each week, and to ensure that you see the correct dentist, you will need to request that your appointment be specifically with Paul Redbond himself, as many of the advanced procedures are not available from the other dentists in the practice, who are not associated with Pearl.

For photos of some of the procedures available, view other posts on this site, particularly the before and after section, and for more information, contact either of the practices, or see the main site for prices and a full list of pr0cedures.

Root Canal Treatment at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Root canal treatment has long inspired fear and dread in all who hear the words, but here at Pearl Dental, Dubin 2, we don’t believe it should be that way. Prices for RCT start from €450 for simple, routine, single rooted teeth, and reach around €850 for the most complex multi-rooted back teeth. These fees are tax deductable at 20%, and can also be reduced if you are qualified under your PRSI contributions.

All of our dentists are trained in the latest techniques:

  • for anaesthesia before root canal treatment
  • for effective isolation of the tooth during root canal treatment, to ensure optimum sterilisation of the root canals
  • for efficient and rapid cleaning of the root canals 
  • in effective methods of sealing the canals afterwards.

The procedure is quite time consuming, as effective sterilising of root canals takes patience, care and advanced techniques, but the procedure should be ENTIRELY painless, should only need to be undertaken once, assuming that optimum techniques are used, and enables an otherwise doomed tooth to be saved for the longterm.

Root canal treatment is not cheap, due to the time and materials used to undertake the procedure effectively, and if you do require a root canal treatment, use this checklist to see if your dentist is anywhere near up to speed. Remember, a failed root treatment can often lead to loss of the tooth, so you want to ensure that the chances of success are maximised, as follows:

  1. Rubber dam (see other posts on this site for white fillings, ( which shows photos of a rubber dam in place). This is essential in ensuring a sterile environment, and eliminating any leakage of chemicals into the mouth during the procedure.
  2. Magnification. Almost every specialist in root canal therapy will insist that root canal treatment can never be undertaken effectively without magnification to enable maximum visualisation of the root canal system. This is imperative in ensuring that every canal is located and cleaned effectively. We regularly find ourselves undertaking retreatment of a tooth that has previously been root treated elsewhere due to the fact that a canal had been missed. Retreatment is expensive, and you don’t want the job done twice!
  3. Nickel Titanium Files. All of the most recent developments in RCT revolve around the use of these types of specialist files, which make for faster and more accurate cleaning of the canals.
  4. Thermal Filling Materials. It is generally accepted that thermally packed fillers are the most effective method of sealing root canals.
  5. Tooth Seal after RCT. For almost all back teeth, it is recommended that a crown be placed after RCT to strengthen and protect the tooth, which can become brittle after RCT. Your dentist should advise you of this before the procedure begins, as the crown may be more expensive than the RCT, and you should be aware of all the costs before you begin.

The basic procedure for RCT can be found below, and for more information, see our main site www.pearltreatments.ie, call us on 01 679 0625, or e-mail us at reception@pearltreatments.ie.

Emergency Dentist care at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Emergency dentist care at Pearl Dental

We here at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon on Nassau Street, Dublin 2, take our responsibilities in relation to emergency dental care very seriously. We always try to offer sameday appointments for dental emergencies, be they patients of our practice, another practice or casual patients with no regular dentist. Out of normal working hours, we have an emergency number to allow dental emergency patients to access advice on how to deal with the situation. All of our dentists are trained to deal with any dental emergency that may present itself, and generally we have 2 or 3 dentists available at any one time if second opinions are required for complex cases. As we are able to offer a comprehensive range of dental solutions, we can offer advice on how best to proceed in the longterm with any problem tooth that requires treatment. We can also provide immediate quotes on the full cost of any treatment plan recommended, such that any patients can make appropriate decisions as to which option is most appropriate to them before any treatment is undertaken.

For emergency, or routine appointments, call us on 01 679 0625, or check our website www.pearltreatments.ie for more information on our services.

Emergency Dentist care at Pearl Dental

Tooth decay. Are you at risk of cavities?

Tooth decay is a preventable disease, and much easier to prevent than to treat afterwards. Many factors affect your susceptibilty to tooth decay, also called tooth caries, tooth rot, and tooth cavities. The internet has a wealth of information related to tooth decay, and some of our own wisdom on this issue can be found elsewhere in this blog, but the link below has good ideas on how to assess and minimise your risk of tooth decay:

www.simplestepsdental.co

If tooth decay is an issue that has you concerned, or if you need your teeth assessed to ensure that all is sound, give us a call on 01 679 0625, or check our main site for mre information: www.pearltreatments.ie.