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Lets talk about Veneers

What are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin piece of composite or dental porcelain that is used to cover the front surface of a tooth in order to improve its position, shape or colour. Much like false fingernails fit over nails, they are attached to your own teeth using a bonding material and generally last for several years.

Who are Veneers for?
We would recommend Veneers for patients who have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics or where people have worn away the edges of their teeth. They are also effective in cases when patients suffer with crooked or badly stained teeth that cannot be corrected with other dental treatments.

What is involved in getting Veneers?
1. Getting a veneer generally takes two visits to our clinic
2. On the first visit the tooth is prepared to receive the veneer, and your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to ensure that the new veneer fits perfectly. A shade guide is used to make sure it matches the surrounding teeth and blends into your smile.
3. At your second visit the dentist will bond the veneer to your tooth using a special adhesive, much like super glue to make sure it stays in place.

Please see below one of our successful patient veneer cases. Please contact the clinic on 01 6790625 or reception@pearltreatments.ie if you would like to discuss veneers with one of our dentists.

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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)

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.

Zoom Tooth Bleaching/ Tooth Whitening special offer at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Whiter teeth for less at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2, with our Special offer of Zoom Whitening for just €179, available now. Includes take home trays for a perfect finish, and easy whitening top-ups. Zoom bleaching is the most popular tooth whitening technique used in many makeover TV shows, and is favoured by many of the leading cosmetic and celebrity dentists worldwide.

We have a variety of tooth whitening techniques available, and the treatments are available in our dental clinics in Nassau Street, Dublin 2, 01 679 0625, and on Charlotte Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 045 431 676.

Take home bleaching as a standalone treatment is also available for the reduced price of €150.

All whitening procedures are carried out by our dental professionals, ensuring that we achieve optimum results for every patient. Advice also available on other dental cosmetic procedures, including white fillings, veneers, and more.

For more information, call 01 679 0625, or see our main website www.pearltreatments.ie.

Also, review our other bleaching/ whitening posts within this blog for advice before whitening.

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Smile Design at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2.

Here at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, we are in the process of bringing smile design to a new level, whereby we look at more than just teeth, and assess the face that frames them. With the expertise of our co-located beautician, we can arrange joint consultations that assess the smile, your skin condition, your daily skin care regime, and even your make-up!

With our competitive fees, such as veneers from €400 per tooth (for 6 teeth or more), tooth whitening from €250, implants from €2000 per tooth (for 3 or more), and crowns from €500 (for 4 teeth or more), we can provide a complete smile transformation at a fee that doesn’t involve remortgaging the house!

Using a combination of dental procedures, Dermalogica based skin analysis and treatments, Jane Iredale professional make-up, and if necessary, injectable line and wrinkle treatments such as Restylane Collagen Fillers, and anti-wrinkle injections, we can ensure that we maximise every facet of your smile to leave you glowing with youthful vitality!

Dental procedures can include tooth whitening/ bleaching, veneers, white fillings, crowns and more, and a full mock-up of the smile can be created before any treatment begins, allowing a very accurate assessment of expected outcomes.

If your smile is lacking the ‘WOW’ factor that you crave, call us on 01 679 0625 to arrange an appointment with either the beauty salon, the dental practice, or both, located here in Dublin 2, and we will talk you through your smile design options!

Before and After 2 – Veneers

You’ve all heard about them, lots of you want them, but what are they, and how do they work?

Our usual analogy is to liken them to false fingernails, as they are thin coverings fitted over your own teeth.

In most cases it is necessary to remove a small amount of the tooth or teeth to be veneered, and then impressions of the teeth are taken for a laboratory to use to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are usually porcelain, and are in the region of 0.5mm to 1mm thick, and are ‘glued’ to the tooth, covering all or part of it, thereby changing shapes and colours of teeth. They are technically demanding to prepare, fabricate and fit to a high standard, and are usually given an average lifespan of around 15 years. We give a guarantee of 5 years on all laboratory fabricated work, and if your dentist doesn’t, ask why!

Generally veneers are NOT reversible, so ensure that you are fully aware of the expected outcome, cost and maintenance requirements before you begin treatment.

If it is an extensive makeover that is required, we would usually suggest a smile design first, which uses digitally enhanced photos and models of your teeth to show fairly accurately the proposed outcome, making your decision as to whether to proceed much easier.

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…