We believe it’s never too early to start considering how to look after your Children’s teeth and teaching them how to maintain a great oral health routine..
Did you know you are entitled to Dentures every 5 years subject to approval from the health board???
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At Nuala Cagney Dental Practice we encourage patients to always wear a custom made mouthguard to adequately protect the teeth when playing sports.
A dental Examination will identify how healthy your teeth and gums are and any problem areas within your mouth, you and your dentist will then discuss the options that are available to you and decide which treatments in most suitable for you.
Your check up will include a thorough full mouth examination for dental decay. Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, our dentists can detect decay at an early stage and therefore prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
ROUTINE CHECK UP
Your check up will include a thorough full mouth examination for dental decay. Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, our dentists can detect decay at an early stage and therefore prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat. Your dentist or hygienist will use a “Scale and Polish” when your teeth require a thorough clean to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. Scaling is used to remove the hard tartar on your teeth, which cannot be removed by simply brushing your teeth, the polishing stage helps to clean away stains from your teeth, which may have been caused by coffee, tea, red wine or smoking.
Your dentist may decide to use x-rays to gain more information about your teeth, as they show what is happening inside and around the tooth and its roots. Therefore, they can indicate any signs of decay, gum disease or bone loss, X –rays also show how the jaw is growing in Children’s mouths. Here at Cagney’s dental surgery, we have digital X Ray machines including digital OPG Machine, which is an advanced type of dental x-ray which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. This enables us to have maximum information on your teeth, with images of your X-Rays displayed chair side within minutes.
On occasion a tooth may have significant damage which can not be repaired using a filling. As we recommend retaining the natural tooth where possible a patient can consider the option of crowning a tooth. This involves placing a crown over the damaged tooth. There are many different types of crowns and at Nuala Cagney Dental Surgery. All crowns look like natural teeth once complete and are matched to your own dentition. If a tooth has been previously root treated it is often necessary to increase the strength of the tooth by placing a fitting called a ‘post and core’ in the tooth. These posts improve the strength and durability of the restored tooth.
Where spaces are present and a patient wishes to restore the dentition for either functional or aesthetic reasons, fixed bridgework can be considered. This involves attaching laboratory fabricated bridges (artificial teeth) to the teeth adjacent to the space being restored. Bridges are fixed in place, very durable and have the appearance of natural teeth. Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.
Where front teeth are either fractured or discoloured porcelain veneers can be considered. Veneers are thin, tooth shaped and tooth coloured porcelain layers which can be used to cover or repair front teeth. Veneers are used to make teeth look natural and straight by improving their colour, shape and position. They are particularly effective when teeth are discoloured, broken, chipped or crooked. Each veneer is individually made for you to fit perfectly over the surface of your existing teeth. They perfectly match the colour, appearance and translucence of your natural teeth, restoring, and often enhancing your appearance.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings On occasion it is more clinically beneficial to restore teeth with amalgam (silver) fillings. Amalgam is a very durable filling material and is appropriate in cases where the filling will not be visible or where there is significant restoration to be done. Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.
With significant advances in dental materials many fillings are now completed with white composite restorations. Composite restorations can be used to repair worn or fractured front teeth by matching the tooth tissue colour to various white filling materials.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to a natural tooth and hardened with a special light which ultimately “bonds” (sticks) the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile. Dental bonding for cosmetic purposes (as opposed to treatment of dental decay) involves minimal tooth preparation, and therefore is very conservative of tooth substance. Little or no enamel removal is required, thereby leaving your tooth strong and intact. Bonding can generally be done in one visit. Because of some of the limitations of dental bonding, it is very well suited to small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). At Nuala Cagney Dental Surgery we will take the time to explain the various options available to you,
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
To repair and restore the appearance and shape of decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
To repair chipped or cracked teeth
To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
To close spaces between teeth
To make teeth look longer
To change the shape of teeth
As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
When a tooth is too damaged to support a tooth filling but not damaged enough for a dental crown, you end up somewhere in the middle. Capping a damaged tooth unnecessarily with a dental crown removes more tooth structure than needed. But a large dental filling can weaken the remaining structure of the tooth, causing the tooth to break, crack or eventually need a root canal.
When you’re faced with the choice between a large tooth filling or a dental crown, do you save money now and risk major dental problems down the line or undergo possibly an unwanted dental treatment?
There is a dental restoration that can solve your problem: dental onlays. Dental onlays fall somewhere in between dental fillings and dental crowns. Like dental inlays, onlays restore large cavities without having to use a crown.
Dental inlays and onlays are the same kind of restoration, but they cover different proportions of the tooth. A dental inlay fills the space in between the cusps, or rounded edges, at the centre of the tooth’s surface. The dental onlay works like an inlay but covers one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Because of their extensive coverage, dental onlays are sometimes referred to as “partial crowns.”
Dental onlays are more durable and usually last longer than dental fillings but, like any restoration, can still weaken the tooth’s structure. The size of the filling and type of material you choose can help determine the life of your restoration. Depending on your budget and aesthetic needs, dental onlays can be made from gold, composite resin or porcelain.
If cared for properly, a dental onlay can last up to 30 years! Your best bet for preserving the life of any dental restoration is practicing excellent oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly will have a significant outcome on the success of your dental onlay procedure.
At our In-Surgery teeth whitening clinic we can whiten teeth by up to six shades in a one-hour visit, brightening your teeth to their optimum natural shade. Our laser teeth whitening system includes variable intensity so each treatment can be customised to maximise patient comfort. The system also includes desensitisers to help minimise sensitivity and protect your enamel. Your lips and gums are covered and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special LED light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. All whitening procedures are carried out by our experienced staff so the procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven.
Home Whitening is suitable where a patient is happy to achieve a more gradual whitening effect. Or if you have had In-Surgery teeth whitening, home whitening is a good way to ensure your whiter teeth are maintained over time.
At your Home Whitening appointment, the dentist with take impressions of your teeth, from which a study model is made, producing a small tray (or ‘pocket’) which fits your teeth perfectly. Your home whitening kit includes special teeth whitening solution which is added to the tray ensuring that it only comes into contact with the required surfaces and that no damage is done to the soft gums. You wear the tray for just a half an hour during the day with some results seen after three days.
NON VITAL BLEECHING
Non Vital/Internal bleaching procedures are performed on devitalized teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment (a.k.a. root canal) but are discoloured due to internal staining of the tooth structure by blood and other fluids that leaked in. Unlike external bleaching, which brightens teeth from the outside in, internal bleaching brightens teeth from the inside out. Bleaching the tooth internally involves placing a peroxide gel into the pulp chamber so they can work directly inside the tooth on the dentin layer. In this variation of whitening the whitening agent is sealed within the tooth over a period of some days and replaced as needed, the so-called “walking bleach” technique. A seal should be placed over the root filling material to minimise microleakage. There is a small risk of external resorption. An alternative to the walking bleach procedure is the inside-out bleach where the bleaching cavity is left open and the patient issued with a custom-formed tray to place and retain the agent, typically a carbamide peroxide gel inside the cavity. On review once sufficient shade change has occurred the access cavity can be sealed, typically with a dental composite.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS
Teeth are held in the jaw by their roots, which have nerves inside of them. When there is decay or an injury, it can cause the root to die, which can result in an abscess at the end of the tooth. Root Canal Treatments involve removing damaged or dead nerves and filling the space, this allows your dentist to repair the tooth that is left.
Our aim is to assist patients in retaining the natural dentition whenever possible and a very useful treatment for retaining badly broken down or symptomatic teeth is root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is a pain free procedure and while there may be occasional post-operative symptoms from this treatment the vast majority of cases resolve without post-operative pain.
Following root treatment it might be necessary to crown a tooth but this would be discussed before any treatment would commence.
These are used to replace missing teeth and are made of plastic. Sometimes metal is also used in order to make them strong and less bulky. When there are only a few missing teeth that need to be replaced “partial” dentures will be fitted. When all of the natural teeth are missing, a “full” set of dentures will be used. Our dentist will be happy to discuss all of our options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.
Cancer screening is routinely carried out at your dental health check, giving us the opportunity to detect any abnormal areas in your mouth that may need further investigation. Facts about mouth cancer
More than 300 cases in Ireland every year
More common in men but the incidence in women is increasing every year
According to the National Registry in Ireland, on average half of all mouth cancers are diagnosed at an early stage
Late detection results in more complex treatment with a greater impact on quality of life and overall survival
EARLY DETECTION OF MOUTH CANCER GREATLY IMPROVES THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL How to ensure a healthy mouth
Visit a dentist regularly, even if you wear dentures.
When brushing, look for any changes in your mouth or neck. Early warning signs include ulcers that are not healing within 3 weeks, red or white patches in the mouth, or unusual changes in the mouth or neck.
When exposed to the sun, use a high SPF barrier cream on your lips.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. A good diet rich in vitamins A, C and E helps the body to protect itself from most cancers.
Avoid the risk factors for mouth cancer. These include –
Smoking tobacco – cigarettes, roll-ups, cigars, pipes or cannabis
Excessive alcohol consumption
Using both tobacco and alcohol together – this greatly increases your risk
Excessive exposure to sunlight or radiation
A diet lacking in fruit and vegetables
Viral infections e.g. human papilloma virus (HPV)
To find out more about mouth cancer, please follow the link to www.cancer.ie
At Nuala Cagney’s dental practice we encourage patients to always wear a custom-made mouthguard to adequately protect the teeth when playing sports.
A well-fitting mouthguard is important for comfort but also ensures the mouthguard functions correctly. Your mouthguard will help to avoid fractured or broken teeth, nerve damage and tooth loss. It will also protect against injuries to your lips, tongue and soft tissues of the mouth. There is now also some evidence to suggest that wearing a mouthguard could possibly reduce the risk of concussion if there is a blow to the face.
At Nuala Cagney’s dental practice we make high quality mouthguards for sufficient protection. We have a wide range of colours to choose from and we can promise next day fitting.
Types of Braces
Our practice uses Mini braces because they were designed with both patient comfort and clinical efficiency in mind. These braces are 30% smaller than traditional appliances, which makes them more comfortable to wear — not to mention less noticeable on your teeth.
Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-carat gold and are popular with patients of all ages. They can be combined with gold or tooth coloured wires depending on the stage of treatment.
Tooth coloured Braces
If you are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal braces, ceramic, tooth-coloured braces may be for you. However they are not suitable for all cases, have certain disadvantages and require excellent oral hygiene Mr. Penny will advise you of the suitability of your teeth for this type of bracket.
A fixed brace is made up of small, precisely designed metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to each tooth. The brackets are then connected to each other using a thin metal wire, called an archwire. The archwire is held in place with small elastic rings called modules. These come in various colours, allowing you to design your own brace. Currently there is no additional charge for the various types of bracket but they may not be indicated in your particular case.
Clearstep is a wire-free, series of clear positioning trays, which gently guide your teeth into the desired position for a beautiful smile. The clear positioning trays are invisible and removable allowing treatment to be completed without embarrassment or discomfort. You simply remove, brush, floss, rinse and reinsert: Clearstep will do the rest! Clearstep is not for everyone, and more complicated cases may need fixed braces or fixed braces in combination with the “Clearstep” system.
When a tooth is very badly damaged or is causing infection or pain we may need to extract or remove the tooth.This is usually done in the surgery with local anaesthetic. Occasionally we may need to refer a patient to the hospital to see an oral surgeon in particular if the wisdom teeth are problematic.
Make an appointment
Address: Newline, Charleville, Co. Cork
Tel: 063 81088
Monday 9.00 - 5.00
Tuesday 8.00 - 5.00
Wednesday 8.00 - 5.00
Thursday 8.00 - 5.00
Friday 8.00 - 5.00
Saturday 8.00 - 4.00