Dental Treatments at Seafield
We specialise in enhancing, restoring and correcting your smile. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the latest in technical excellence in a calming and relaxed environment. We love our work and it is important to us that you enjoy every aspect of your treatment experience. See below for links to our many treatments.
We provide a full range of general dentistry at Seafield. We diagnose, treat and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education. At a routine visit to us you will have a thorough examination of your mouth (including teeth, gums and other structures), a professional cleaning and a discussion about your dental (and overall) health.
We provide a comprehensive Family Dentistry service that addresses oral health at every stage of life. Children have very different dental needs than adults and our team deliver oral care from baby teeth to permanent teeth. We are particularly concerned with concerned with oral hygiene and the health of your teeth and mouth. We believe good habits last a lifetime and so it is very important that children attend the dentist from a very young age. We develop a good relationship with our young patients and we have seen the them growing up to be adults with a healthy attitude to their oral care.
With Dr. Aisling O’Mahony Consultant MA, BDentSc, FDS(RCSI), MS (Pros), DDS. and Mr. O’Ceallaigh, Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery MB, BAO, Bch, LRCPI&SI, BDent Sc, MRCS, FDS, FRCS (OMFS) both senior specialists, on the Seafield Dental & Aesthetics Team we offer the best in Specialist Dental care. Dr. Aisling O’Mahony is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry (Prosthodontics) at the National Maxillofacial Unit in St James’s Hospital. She has over 20 years experience working in multidisciplinary teams providing restorative dentistry for complex cases focusing primarily on patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies, head and neck cancer and trauma. These complex dental problems require a team approach for optimal results. Mr. O’Ceallaigh is an Oral & Maxillofacial consultant. His special interests include: wisdom teeth, dental implants, facial pain including trigeminal neuralgia, mouth and salivary gland disorders, oral cancer and facial aesthetics. For more details, visit facialsurgery.ie.
The Dental Hygienist is an important part of the dental team. The Hygienists role is to improve the oral and dental health for individuals as well as groups in collaboration with a registered Dentist. The Dental Hygienist works with preventative and therapeutic procedures aimed to prevent and/or control dental decay and gumdiseases. Dental Hygienist can communicate with patients in a caring and ethical way. Education is the key to empowering you to keep your mouth, teeth strong and healthy. The hygienist uses a variety of tools to help you do this. What treatments can a Hygienist carry out? Treatments carried out by the Hygienist include cleaning and polishing teeth, placing
fissure sealants, applying topical fluoride and identifying abnormalities in the mouth,taking dental radiographs and administering local anesthesia.
Teeth Whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth through a bleaching process to make them look “whiter”. We recommend a comprehensive dental examination prior to tooth whitening including radiographs where necessary to exclude other causes of a dark tooth, diagnose dental decay and any other pathology in advance of the treatment. Silver/amalgam fillings should be replaced in aesthetically visible areas in advance of tooth whitening as these can leach into the tooth and cause greyness during bleaching.
Dental Crowns are restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. A crown strengthens your existing, damaged tooth so as to preserve its functionality. Dental crowns are also commonly known as “caps” because a crown sits over your existing tooth, covering the entire outer surface. Crowns are also used to hold a bridge in place or cover a dental implant. The process of making a crown involves a number of steps/visits beginning with preparation of the tooth under local anaesthetic. An impression is then made by the dentist and sent to the laboratory where it is made into a mould and the laboratory custom fabricates the crown for your tooth. In general, front crowns are made of all ceramic/porcelain to give a natural translucent colour to your tooth.
Crowns in the back of your mouth will look natural but may have a metal core to provide strength for chewing purposes. On your second visit, the crown may require some adjustment to fit the tooth. After adjustment, the crown is cemented with a resin cement that bonds to the tooth.
Dental Implants are made from titanium and replace the root portion of your natural tooth.This material is well tolerated by bone and in over 90% of cases integrates (fuses) with the bone tissue. A customised metal post (abutment) is screwed onto the implant to retain the permanent crown/bridge/denture. The implant is covered with a replacement tooth (crown) which may be cemented or screw as deemed most appropriate to your clinical situation. Dental implants can function as anchors for dental bridges and anchors also.
Dental Bridge is one or more replacement false teeth. The false tooth (teeth) is anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic and is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, thereby bridging them together.The Bridge requires a minimum of two visits and are custom fabricated like crowns to your tooth. The first visit involves the administration of local anaesthetic, the parallel preparation of the teeth (for insertion of a bridge) and an impression to record the shape of the preparations and allow the laboratory to fabricate a bridge. A temporary crown or bridge is placed to cover the prepared teeth.On the second visit, the bridge is fitted and adjusted to provide a comfortable bite/jaw relationship. The more extensive the bridge (longer) the more adjustment required. Occasionally it may be necessary to remake the bridge.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.
A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. A mouthguard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sport often called a sportsguard or gum shield . Mouthguards are also used as a treatment for bruxism or TMD, or as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching, sleep apnea. At Seafield, we also provide Armourbite customised products that provide protection and deliver enhanced performance. The Underarmour Performance Mouthwear is very popular particularly with professional athletes. See samples. Depending on application, it may also be called a mouth protector, mouth piece, gum shield, gumguard, nightguard, occlusal splint, bite splint, or bite plane, essex retainer and or a therapeutic splint.
Dental Veneers are wafer-thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material which either partially or fully surround the tooth. These are generally made from porcelain/ceramic and occasionally from composite bonding material. They are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand new, straight, white smile.
The wisdom teeth (or third molars) are usually the last teeth to arrive between the ages of 18 – 24 years. As the wisdom teeth come through they may cause problems. If there is not enough room to accommodate wisdom teeth they do not erupt into the mouth normally. Impaction occurs when there is prevention of complete eruption. This may be due to lack of space, other teeth being in the way or development in an abnormal position. For most people, impacted wisdom teeth will cause no problems. However some people can suffer problems such as inflammation of the surrounding gum (pericoronitis), a higher risk of tooth decay (caries), gum disease (periodontal disease) cyst formation around the wisdom tooth if it does not come into the mouth properly, and possibly experience problems with teeth or jaws in later life. It is usually the lower wisdom teeth which cause problems. It is rare for problems to arise from upper wisdom teeth. Indications for surgical removal of impacted third molars include:
- Repeated pericoronitis of the gum surrounding the tooth.
- Unrestorable caries (decay).
- Chronic infection at the root of the tooth that is not otherwise treatable.
- Internal/external resorption of the tooth or adjacent teeth.
- Where a cyst has developed around the wisdom tooth.
- Fracture of the tooth or jaw bone associated with trauma.
- Removal prior to orthognathic surgery.
- When a tooth is involved in or within the field of tumour resection.
Facial pain – Jaw joint pain – Migraine – Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial pain may be the presenting sign of a vast range of pathological and psychological conditions. Facial pain is associated with significant psychological, social and/or physical consequences which can have a debilitating impact on a patients lifestyle.
Common causes of facial pain diagnosed and treated at the clinic are:
- Teeth grinding
- Sinus disease
- Burning Mouth Syndrome
- Burning Tongue
- Temporomandibular joint disorders including clicking and locking
- Neuralgias such as trigeminal neuralgia, Fibromyalgia
- Temporal arteritis
- Atypical Facial pain
- Intracranial / Brain lesions
- Cancer in the oral cavity, orpharynx, nasopharynx and skull base
The diagnosis can often be made by taking a careful history and performing a thorough clinical examination. Investigations including X-rays and MR scans are useful and may be ordered as part of your diagnosis. Routine blood tests are required on occasion. Botox and facial pain /Migraine/Chronic daily headache-prefereably
Therapeutic trays are used as a carrier device to deliver gels, fluoride and tooth whitening materials in a concentrated fashion to the tooth. At Seafield dental we are strong believers in the ongoing use of Essex retainers to protect the teeth from tooth wear, and to minimise the effect of clenching and grinding on teeth. Essex Retainers also retain teeth in the correct position following Orthodontic Treatment. Adults often complain of lower incisor crowding, spacing reoccurring years following orthodontic treatment. The nightly use of a retainer will prevent this from happening and can be used as a therapeutic tray in the prevention and treatment of dental caries and gum disease.
Oral Cancer Screening
Checking for signs of oral cancer is part of a regular dental checkup. At any dental examination we will examine your oral tissues by looking at your lips and inside your mouth. We check your gums carefully, the inside of your cheeks and all areas of your tongue (the sides and underneath). We look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure. According to the Irish Cancer Society, there are more than 300 cases of oral cancer reported in Ireland every year.