Seapoint Clinic is established as a Centre of Dental Excellence. We offer full spectrum dental services and all the latest technologies.
Our dentists have all the necessary skills to ensure that all of your treatments can be taken care of in-house. We cater for patients from all walks of life – from busy executives to retired couples, professional sportspeople and busy mums.
We are conscious of your time and value your custom. We are extremely efficient in our patient dealings and offer early mornings and late evenings and endeavour to maximise our work in one patient visit.
We are conveniently located in a fantastic building, which underwent extensive refurbishment in 2012, across the road from Seapoint DART station in Blackrock. Our principle dentists graduated with honours from Trinity College, Dublin and have years of experience and post graduate training behind them. All of our dentists have completed training in the USA and Europe in cosmetic dentistry and implantology.
Despite offering high tech dentistry, we are still aware of the need to offer treatments at affordable prices. We regularly check our prices against clinics in Northern Ireland and Eastern Europe to ensure you receive excellent value for your money. You can be rest assured that we are down the road if you have any issues or post-treatment questions for our helpful staff.
At Seapoint we aim to treat our patients in a comfortable and caring environment. We endeavour to build relationships with our patients and recognise the value of referrals and returning custom. Your smile is in safe hands at Seapoint Clinic – We have the experience, technology and creativity to give you the smile you deserve.
Extractions/wisdom tooth removal
Extractions are a lot less common today than they once were, as people are taking better care of their teeth and, as dentists, we are able to save more teeth now than we could previously. Despite these advances, however, there are still times when an extraction of a tooth is the only option. If you do need a tooth taken out, we are able to take out any tooth, including wisdom teeth, and often it will be covered by your health insurer (wisdom teeth only). This means you will not need a referral or to wait on a long waiting list to get the procedure performed.
We perform most extractions with the use of a good local anaesthetic. We always ensure the area is completely numb before we take a tooth out and your comfort during the procedure is our priority. If you are particularly nervous, we can arrange either oral or I.V. sedation for you to make the procedure more comfortable. We call this ‘twilight sedation’ as often patients feel that they half awake and half-asleep, but very relaxed!
Socket preservation/ ridge preservation
Where a tooth is being taken out and an implant will be placed in the near future, it is advisable to try and preserve as much bone as possible. At the time of extraction, we often recommend the placement of a bone substitute to preserve the ridge shape and bone. This is particularly important in the front of the mouth for cosmetic reasons, but is useful everywhere in the mouth to give you an implant that really looks and feels like a natural tooth. The procedure itself is not painful as it involves placing granules into the socket after thoroughly cleaning the socket. There is no additional discomfort afterwards.
Wisdom tooth removal
We are able to extract all wisdom teeth at Seapoint Clinic, even more difficult impactions. Most wisdom tooth extractions are performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, but we can arrange a general anaesthetic if necessary. Our dentists are registered with the majority of well-known reputable insurance companies, so typically your extractions will be covered completely by your insurer (you may be liable for fees for sedation or general anaesthesia).
Wisdom tooth removal will generally require a surgical approach, which means you may be more sore and swollen afterwards. We will give you pain medication to keep you as comfortable as possible and antibiotics to help your general healing, but you may need to set aside a few days from work, to allow you to heal and relax in comfort.
Headaches, teeth grinding and jawaches
Many people suffer from headaches and migraines, which are actually related to disorders in their sleep. Many patients we see wake up in the morning with stiff muscles and headaches, sometimes with difficulty opening their mouth or chewing properly.
Typically, this is related to teeth grinding at night and it can be easily corrected with the manufacture of an NTI appliance. This small easy to wear appliance fits over the front teeth only and gently separates them during sleep. If you suffer from tooth grinding or headaches it is worth checking if an NTI or nightguard can be of benefit to you. We have helped dozens of patients with these remarkable and simple treatments.
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you can cause enormous damage over time to natural teeth and indeed dental crowns/implants/veneers etc. If you wear a nightguard, this damage can be prevented and your teeth will likely last the rest of your life.
Eating disorders can cause significant damage to your teeth. Often a dentist will be the first health care professional to spot the signs of eating disorders due to the extensive and rapid damage that can occur. At Seapoint Clinic, we have treated many people with eating disorders so you can be rest assured that you will be dealt with in complete confidence. We offer a non-judgemental and caring service to all of our patients and will try to help you in whatever way we can. No matter how extensive the damage you have suffered, we will be able to help you on the road to recovery and towards regaining your beautiful smile.
Bulimia, in particular, can cause a smile to deteriorate in just a few months. This is due to the cycle of binging and purging which occurs. Typical problems which can result include loss of the protective enamel coating, tooth decay, chipping and fracturing of the teeth.
If you have suffered from bulimia or anorexia in the past, your damaged teeth can be a painful reminder of how you suffered. Thankfully we are able to give you back a beautiful smile, no matter how bad the effects on your teeth have been. When your teeth are repaired, your confidence will return and you can leave those painful memories behind. You will no longer need to feel self-conscious about your teeth and smile.
Prevention and hygiene
The vast majority of dental diseases can be prevented or eliminated by correct dental hygiene and diet. This means you are generally in control of how many cavities you will have, if you will suffer from gum disease and if you will lose your teeth.
The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. This occurs when plaque accumulates around the gum line of teeth and over time the bone and gums recede. Even a small amount of plaque over time will potentially lead to early tooth loss. Some people are more genetically likely to suffer from gum disease but poor oral hygiene and smoking are the two biggest causes which can be easily eliminated.
If you do suffer from any form of gum disease seeing the dental hygienist every 3-6 months is an important part of keeping your teeth long term. Studies show that people who visit the hygienist are much less likely to lose their teeth than those that don’t.
Dental decay is caused by plaque acids converted from sugars eating into your tooth. Every time you have some food or sugar containing drink the bacteria in your mouth get fed and produce the damaging acid. Each acid attack lasts approximately an hour. If you only eat 3 times per day this will not usually be a problem. If however you are prone to snacking or are constantly sipping soft drinks etc this can mean your teeth are constantly being eaten away. Over time the acids eat more and more of the tooth until they need to be filled or need a root canal treatment or even extraction.
Some surfaces of the teeth are more prone to decay than others. These are usually the rougher occlusal (biting) surfaces. Most damage to these surfaces can be prevented by applying a fissure sealant to the area. This blocks off the area to acid and makes the area less prone to damage.
Tooth grinding (Bruxism)
A normal person’s teeth only meet for a few minutes per day. This doesn’t put too much stress on the muscles or the tooth structure and so they can last a lifetime. Other people clench and grind their teeth for prolonged periods during their sleep and sometimes during the day. The excessive forces from grinding can rapidly wear away enamel making teeth much shorter than they should otherwise be. Once the enamel is worn off the process accelerates as the exposed dentine is 700% softer than the enamel. Fillings, crowns etc can all be broken by this excessive force and so it can leave a person with a mouth of stumps where teeth used to be.
This can be prevented by the wearing of an appropriate nightguard. Instead of wearing away your teeth you instead wear away plastic or rubber. In severe cases it is possible to inject an agent to reduce the muscle tension in the grinding muscles.
Fear of dentistry is a massive problem and you are not alone if you are nervous of the dentist. We are very happy to see nervous patients and we have yet to meet someone we couldn’t help.
If you are nervous of the dentist we understand that it’s a massive step even to pick up the phone and make an appointment. We can assure you that if you do make that big step, we will treat you with care and compassion. Do please let us know if you are feeling anxious or worried about any step of your treatment. If you want to talk to someone else who has been through the process they are usually delighted to talk with you. There are a number of advances which can make dentistry easier for you now than ever before.
We employ the gentlest methods of numbing including topical anaesthetics to ensure you feel little or nothing when being numbed. People often say to us, “Is that it??” after we have finished as it is so gentle.
We use strong local anaesthetics to ensure you will not be in pain. Nearly numb isn’t good enough. We then check every time before we start a procedure and you are always in charge – you can stop us at any time if you are uncomfortable.
For those who need a little help prior to getting dental treatment, other than a sympathetic dentist, we offer different types of sedation depending on the clinical necessity. Our most common form of sedation is Temazepam taken orally , which can take the edge off the treatment. It makes patients feel relaxed and sleepy and patients often don’t remember the procedure afterwards. You will also require an escort to accompany you home. You can ask one of of Patient Coordinators about taking sedation for your appointment.
For those who are undergoing more lengthy procedures or who are very nervous we offer IV sedation. This involves the use of IV sedative (Midazolam) and provides more profound reduction in anxiety. It also eliminates most if not all memory of the procedure. This is a very effective method of sedation for anxious patients. IV sedation is very safe in healthy patients however, it does legally require an escort to accompany you until you have recovered several hours later. You do not need to fast with IV sedation and anyone in good health is a suitable candidate provided they are not phobic of needles in the hand/arm and have visible veins. IV sedation is charged separately and is non refundable if the procedure cannot go ahead due to lack of an escort. You must also sign a consent form in advance of treatment under IV sedation.
For those who are very nervous IV sedation can allow most patients to undergo dental treatments uneventfully.
For a patient who cannot undergo dental treatment at all even under IV sedation a referral to the dental hospital for treatment under general anaesthetic is necessary. It is best if this can be avoided as typically no conservative treatments such as fillings or implants are carried out under general anaesthetic and this means many teeth get taken out unnecessarily.