Please contact us to have your teeth straightened in Six months one of our Dentists Dr Robert Molloy is weraing them at the moment so he has put his mouth where his advice is!!!
The following are some of the frequently asked questions about Six Month Smiles with thanks to Six Month Smiles for some of the answers.
Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months?
A: The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?
A: No! Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.
Q: How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A: Six Month Smiles uses low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Q: Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles.
Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.
Q: What's the catch?
A: There is no catch. If you are an adult (15 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you're not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.
Dental Implants -
As our life span has been increasing, the need for some type of highly functional dental replacement system has become increasingly important. Dental implants are permanent dental replacements that are both natural looking and very functional.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. We surgically place the dental implant into either the upper or lower jawbone under local anaesthetic and generally oral sedation. After a period of time, this depends on the dental implant site and the quality of the bone, the dental implant will integrate with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement tooth, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture depending on the case.
If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits then dental implants can outlast any of the other replacement options. Dental Implants offer a similar force to natural teeth for biting. Dental implants are amongst one of the most successful procedures in dentistry. Whilst there is no guarantee that every dental implant procedure will be successful, studies have conservatively shown, a five-year success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants.
Dental implants are sometimes the only option where a tooth is missing and the procedure is more complex and can be a more time consuming treatment than some other tooth replacement options. Dental implants are a dependable solution to missing teeth. Compared with dentures, which can be loose and unstable, dental implants provide a permanent solution that is both functional and natural in appearance, giving you the confidence to smile and show your pearly whites.
Please contact us for an appointment with our implant specialist to have a consultation regarding replacing your missing teeth with implants. 01 67 86 070
The cost of implants can vary depending on where in your mouth the teeth are missing and the length of time the teeth have been missing and the amount and quality of bone, where the implants are required. On average in single tooth cases the cost is between €2000-2700,the difference in price will depend on the degree of difficulty, the type of implant system to be used and the amount of bone present in the area to be restored, there is also 20% tax relief available on implants, thus after this is taken into account the cost is €2025 on an implant costing €2500.
The total cost goes down for multiple implants restored, our Dentists / Implant specialists will advise you and give a written quotation for all the treatments required.
Three people die from head and neck cancer every week - greater numbers than die of skin melanoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma or cervical cancer yet the disease remains relatively unknown.
Oral cancer is also largely preventable as the major risk factors are Tobacco and alcohol consumption.
While the incidence of oral cancer is currently three times higher in males than females, it is rising in females and in younger males particularly with respect to Tongue cancer.
An analysis of recent data by the National Cancer registry of Ireland indicates the rates of oral cancer have increased by 26% in Irish females over the last decade ('94-'05) the most notable increase being the tongue and Tonsil lesions.
The prognosis for the early diagnosed is extremely good, with five year survival rates of 80%-90%, for advanced lesions it can fall as low as 10%-30%. The ability to control Head and neck cancer depends on prevention and early diagnosis.
The effectiveness of screening for breast, cervix and colorectal cancers has been well documented. However while screening for these involves some invasive tests and expensive equipment, oral cancer screening initially involves a relatively simple and painless visual examination of the oral soft tissues.
It usually takes less than a couple of minutes requires no special laboratory tests or special equipment and is routinely done as part of our routine dental check-up at Redmond Molloy.
Dentists are currently the only primary health care professionals that are trained in oral cancer examination. In Ireland only a third of the adult Irish population visit the dentist annually, while less than 50% visit bi-annually. The challenge is obviously to screen more frequently so regular attendance can make the difference between early and late detection and thus survival rates.
When it comes to cancer the message is simple early detection is key, and the easiest place to be screened is at your dentist.
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One in three holidaymakers go on their holidays without dental insurance, a new survey reveals. Research has discovered that a third (33%) of sun-seeking sightseers admit they have no holiday dental insurance, to cover them in the event of a dental emergency.
While more than half of holidaymakers (55%) admit they are unsure if their travel insurance includes adequate dental protection. And only one in nine (12%) knowing their travel insurance includes dental cover.
Dental emergencies can develop at any time, whether you are at home or while you are away. They can range from painful toothaches to broken, loosened or knocked-out teeth, so it is vital that you have the right level of cover to meet any medical or dental needs.“Take out travel cover as soon as you have booked the trip and make sure you carefully examine the small print to know what your policy entitles you to. Most private medical insurance includes dental emergency cover but make sure you check with your insurer to clarify this, as dental care in other countries can be expensive.
In addition to taking out suitable travel insurance which includes medical emergencies, holiday-goers are also advised to make sure they apply for an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will cover any medical treatment, including dental, that becomes necessary during your trip. The EHIC gives you access to reduced-cost or free medical treatment from state healthcare providers within the EU but it is not an alternative to private travel insurance. ‘Most insurers now insist you hold an EHIC before being able to purchase private insurance. As the card will not cover any private medical healthcare costs, non-medical claims such as lost or stolen property, or trips outside the EU, it is vital you have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.
Having an accident abroad can be a draining and traumatic experience and ruin your holiday experience so the message, cliché though it may be, is “better to be safe than sorry” and even though all your pre-planning will not prevent the emergency, it will certainly make it easier for you if something does go wrong.
Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease and also wont lead to them having anything to fear about going to the Dentist. Redmond Molloy tries to answer some questions to give your kids the best start in life. As the proverb says “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”
Can I let my child have sweets?
Most children want sweets, so denial does not work, try and make sure they don’t eat them often and encouraging them only to eat their sweets with or after a meal. This way, your child avoids having extra 'acid attacks' from eating sweets between meals. This helps prevent tooth decay by giving the teeth time to recover from the effects of the acids. We give the same advice to adults who are trying to reduce their cavities.
What are the best snacks to give my child?
The best snacks are the ones that don’t contain refined sugars like fruit and raw vegetables. Try tangerines, bananas, pieces of cucumber or carrot sticks. Other good snacks include breadsticks, crackers, rice cakes and plain popcorn.
Should I let my child have fizzy drinks?
No. Fizzy drinks contain sugars and acids that can affect the enamel on your child's teeth, making it thinner and weaker more susceptible to acid attack and decay, if you find it hard to stop fizzy drinks then always get them to use a straw as it will send the drinks away from the teeth and down to their tummies causing less damage.
What are the best drinks for my child?
The best drinks for children aged over one year old are water or milk. Cow’s milk is not suitable as a drink until your baby is 12 months old. Where formula is a better alternative.
Fruit juices contain sugars and acids so it's best to limit these to mealtimes and use a straw, as then the drink avoids the teeth as it is ingested straight down to the tummy. If your child is thirsty, it's better to give them water than to encourage a taste for sweet drinks. It's best to avoid giving babies fruit-flavored 'baby juices' as then they will develop a sweet drink habit and it is harder to wean them off these drinks, and never give them in feeding bottles."
Fruit juice is not suitable for babies under six months.
Can I let my child have milk at bedtime?
Water is the best drink to give at bedtime, but if you do give milk, don't add anything to it. Chocolate-flavoured 'bedtime' drinks and milkshake powder usually contain sugars, which can increase the risk of decay if given at bedtime. It is best to try and develop the routine where the last thing before bed is brushing the teeth, which can be made into fun time like counting the teeth etc and then after that brushing the only thing allowed is water. so milk then brush not the other way around.
Are sugar-free medicines better for my child?
Yes. Always ask for sugar-free medicines, the usual ones you would use like Calpol and Neurofen also have sugar free versions and remind your doctor about this if you're being given a prescription for your child. This is especially important if your child is taking long-term medication.
When should my child give up bottles?
Your child should begin moving off the bottle and on to a feeder cup at six months and try and get them using normal cups with a straw. Bottles should be given up completely by the age of one especially the night time one, because the teats and spouts encourage children to suck for long periods of time, which can mean the drinks that cause tooth decay stay in contact with your child's teeth for a long time.
Will a dummy or thumb sucking harm my child's teeth?
These won't harm teeth but will encourage an open bite. This is when teeth move to make space for the dummy or thumb. They may also affect speech development. Thumb sucking and dummies won't cause permanent problems as long as the habit stops by the time your child gets their second teeth, but it can be a hard habit to break. Discourage your children from talking or making sounds with their thumb or a dummy in their mouth, and don't dip dummies in anything sweet such as sugar or jam."
What are fissure sealants and should my child have it done?
This is a special filling that is painted onto a child's adult teeth to help protect them. It is generally done within two years of the first molar teeth erupting to protect them from decay it is painless no injections or drilling and it is done at the dental surgery. Talk to your dentist to find out if your child would benefit from this extra protection."
Many people are reminded time and time again that it is important to go to the dentist regularly, but sometimes the full reasoning is not always explained. Prevention is not only better than cure it is less costly. Since many people have an intense fear of going to the dentist, it helps to know why it is important to go to the dentist on a regular basis, as it may encourage otherwise nervous individuals to make a dental appointment. People should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and a dental checkup, with some individuals may need to visit more than twice a year generally for maintaining their gum health which is very much linked to your general health people with bad oral health have a greater risk of heart disease. If you have not been within the last six months, you should probably make an appointment to go to the dentist soon.
The main reason to go to the dentist is to keep your teeth in excellent health. During a tooth cleaning session, a dental hygienist can be much more in depth than you can at home. At Redmond Molloy we have specialized equipment which is designed to remove plaque and tartar while cleaning all around the tooth. The dental hygienist can also offer tips and suggestions for keeping your teeth healthy now and for the future.
It is true that most dental problems do not become painful or visible until they are highly advanced. And unfortunately by then the dental issues are usually irreversible, meaning that an extremely painful tooth will have to be drilled and filled or extracted. By going to the dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your teeth and the general health of your teeth and also your soft tissues in checking for oral cancer amongst other conditions. The dentist can identify areas of potential risk and head off major dental problems before they occur and reach that painful stage.
So if you want to take the best care of your teeth and have that perfect smile don't wait until you have a toothache before you call your dentist. Prevention is both better and less expensive than cure.
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Tooth-coloured fillings are a safer and more attractive alternative to older silver amalgam fillings. By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of your teeth, a skilled dentist at Redmond Molloy is able to provide you with white fillings that are virtually invisible. The removal of amalgam fillings can provide patients with white fillings that provide a more pleasing, silver-free smile.
So what are these new fillings made of? White fillings are made of composite resin and serve to fill cavities just like silver amalgam fillings. However, these white fillings are matched to the color of your teeth and are virtually invisible. Tooth-coloured fillings have become more popular over the years. As the availability of white fillings has increased and the possible dangers associated with amalgam fillings have become more publicized. This has lead to more and more patients are having their cavities filled with beautifully white, tooth-colored fillings.
For most people when a new cavity needs filling, the vast majority of patients now choose white fillings. However we are finding that many patients also opt for the removal of their old fillings in favor of replacing with new white fillings. These patients want to enhance their smile by ridding their mouths of unsightly silver fillings and replacing them with white fillings. This simple procedure is an easy way to make a big difference in your smile.
Some of the advantages of white fillings can be:
Since they bond to the tooth, white fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth. Silver fillings can weaken the teeth, making them more susceptible to breaking. Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, white fillings can save a lot of expense over the long.
Composite fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth
Teeth restored with white fillings can be less sensitive to hot and cold than teeth restored with amalgam
And finally composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities, the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller with white fillings.
Register now for an appointment at Redmond Molloy and get those silver fillings replaced!
1. Is it unusual for adults to have orthodontic treatment?
- More and more adults are having orthodontic treatment to correct crooked or crowded teeth.
- Orthodontics can make the teeth more attractive and more functional, by improving jaw alignment, and correcting "the bite".
- Improved techniques have been devised for treating adults.
- Modern orthodontic braces are less obtrusive and adults are more willing to wear them.
2. Is adult orthodontic treatment successful?
- Adult orthodontics is particularly successful for correcting crowding and jaw problems.
- Healthy teeth can be moved with braces at any age.
- Very similar treatments and appliances are used for children and adults.
3. I've always had crooked teeth. Does it really matter?
- It does. Crooked teeth can prevent you from chewing properly, from cleaning your teeth properly and lead to jaw joint problems.
- Improving "the bite" can make eating more efficient and comfortable.
- Crooked teeth affect your appearance and most people want to look their best at any age.
- People with unattractive teeth are often too embarrassed to smile. Orthodontic treatment enables you to smile with confidence.
Looking better can make you feel better about yourself, and can increase your self-confidence.
4. What are the most common orthodontic treatments for adults?
- Correcting crowding or crooked teeth.
- Closing newly developed or old spaces between teeth.
- Correcting the position and alignment of teeth
Teeth often tilt into gaps left by extractions. These teeth have to be moved into a more upright position.
This correction makes it possible to use replacement crowns, implants, fixed bridges, or removable partial dentures to replace the missing teeth.
5. What problems could make orthodontic treatment for adults more difficult?
- Periodontal Disease
- Adults may suffer from gum disease, which is a deterioration of the gums and underlying bone.
- Periodontal treatment will be necessary before the orthodontic treatment can start.
- Tooth decay
- All dental decay should be treated before orthodontic treatment starts.
- It is less comfortable to have dental treatment after braces have been fitted.
- Abnormal jaw relationships
- The growth of the jaws has been completed in adults, and so this can make the out come less predictable than in children
- In children, the ongoing growth of the jaw can be directed to correct the abnormalities that are present. In other words you can take advantage of the growth of the jaws in children where you can’t in adults.
- Worn down or broken teeth
- These must be built up or restored before orthodontic treatment can start.
- Lack of commitment
- Adult patients may find it hard to commit to long term treatment, especially to wearing braces for long periods.
A confident smile can fill up a room, projecting an image of self-assurance and inner self-confidence. That magnificent smile is no longer a fantasy. Now it can be yours! Recent advances in techniques and materials offer patients many alternatives in the creation of brilliant smiles. We have not yet discovered the magic wand, but we are getting closer.
Since no single approach serves the needs of every patient, careful evaluation of alternative or combined approaches is essential to getting a pleasing and lasting result. This is what an examination at Redmond Molloy is all about, No one size fits all, so a combination of treatments can sometimes be the answer.
These offer the most exciting and revolutionary advancement in aesthetic dentistry. Results can usually be achieved within 10-14 days to correct somewhat misaligned, mis-shapen, discolored or broken teeth. Veneers are quite suitable as an alternative to minor orthodontics, but not recommended in cases of severe crowding or misalignment of teeth or malocclusion. Veneers are a more conservative restoration and are preferable to full crowns when there is adequate remaining tooth structure to support the veneer. The approach requires less reduction of healthy tooth structure than full dental crowns, without compromising the periodontal health.
Crown & Bridge Dentistry
While porcelain veneers offer dazzling aesthetic results, they require there to be adequate remaining tooth structure as a foundation. Where there is not sufficient tooth structure remaining, crowns offer greater strength and durability than veneers. These dental restorations are customarily indicated for teeth that have sustained significant loss of structure, or to replace missing teeth. Crowns and bridges may be placed on natural teeth or dental implants.
In some instances, simple reshaping of the front teeth, even without anesthesia, may produce a dramatic result to correct jagged, slightly uneven or chipped teeth. The dentist employing sanding discs and creativity can get you back your smile with little cost and no pain.
Bleaching and Micro-Abrasion
Have your teeth become darker and yellowed over the years? Dentists have discovered a simple, safe and inexpensive technique to manage discolored teeth, when used in indicated circumstances. An in -office whitening along with a customized tray, can be fabricated for the application of gentle bleaching agents for teeth whitening at home. Even intrinsic blemishes may be improved with the select utilization of micro-abrasion. An evaluation our dentists, of the causes of the discoloration is indispensable to a predictable outcome.
This was one of the first and most promising techniques developed for "instant" smile enhancement. It is using white filling material to add on to teeth to change their shape or to rotate or replace a worn down tooth. It is suitable in many circumstances to correct broken or misshapen teeth, but is neither as durable as porcelain veneers, nor as spectacular in addressing more complex cosmetic concerns. Once again, prudent employment by our dentist's will enhance your smile to achieve the best and happiest endings in your quest for that beautiful smile. It is not a way to achieve perfection but will definetely enhance your smile.
Many orthodontists claim that over 50% of their practices include adult patients. The use of simple removable braces like our Inman Aligner brace affords an opportunity for many dental patients to realize the value of adult orthodontic care.
With the use of modern periodontal "plastic surgery" techniques and the employment of synthetic bone, very pleasing aesthetic outcomes may be achieved in selected instances with periodontal surgery. Dr Maher Kemmoona performs this surgery in our Forbes St branch.
Nothing is a substitute for your natural teeth but this is as close as you can get, though not as ideal as a natural, healthy teeth, dental implants, when judiciously diagnosed and skillfully restored, offer select patients an opportunity to achieve a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Advances in modern dental care offer more patients alternatives to losing all or most of their teeth. However, full or partial dentures are still an available option in treating dental conditions ravaged by extensive periodontal disease or tooth decay. Full dentures are not as functional as a healthy dentition, but may provide dynamic aesthetic results. There may be no other dental discipline that requires the practitioner to fully integrate his skills in art and science as the delivery of full dentures.
Dentures, have been the most popular method of dealing with tooth loss for decades. In fact, dentures have been around for centuries, made from gold or even animal teeth in the past. Despite the fact that dentures have been around for many years, they still suffer from some problems, which usually develop over time.Generally every person who has a missing tooth or teeth, want some kind of replacement. After all, it is easier to eat and speak properly with a full mouth of teeth, and most of us find it embarrassing to walk around with gaps in our smiles. Dentures may be the ideal solution and these days false teeth can be made to look either just like the ones we have left, or even better than the ones we initially had! But as time goes on, you may find that you develop problems with your dentures.
Loose dentures causes
Sometimes this can be due to a lack of care for your oral health, but generally you will notice that your dentures have simply started to become loose after a period of time. This can be a slow process and something you may not notice immediately, but eventually your dentures may become too uncomfortable, or too embarrassing, to continue wearing. Loose dentures can be caused by a variety of factors and many of them are, unfortunately, just the natural progression of age. With older dentures in particular, there is often little the patient can do to prevent their dentures from becoming loose.
Luckily for sufferers, this problem is such a common one that Redmond Molloy has a wide selection of methods to help secure your false teeth. Some of these are very simple, and only fix the problem temporarily, while others involve oral surgery and will guarantee that you never have problems with loose dentures again. The treatment that you choose will depend upon many factors, such as cost and the seriousness of your current condition and Redmond Molloy will be best placed to give you the right advice on which treatment is right for your situation and your condition.
A lot of dental work can be quite expensive, which is why many people will often put off getting their loose dentures replaced or repaired. However, the sooner you get problematic false teeth checked out by our dentists At Redmomd Molloy, the more options for treatment you will have and the greater chance of saving yourself some money.
The cheapest treatment, but is it the best?
The cheapest treatment for loose dentures is, undoubtedly, denture adhesive, although this is only ever a short-term solution for very minor problems with your false teeth. For a more permanent solution, you will just have to face the fact that there will be a cost.
Many people who are suffering because of loose dentures will try simple treatments at home before they seek the advice of a dentist. However, if the problems that are causing your loose dentures are significant, or if the loosening process has been going on for some time, then it might be time to find a more permanent solution.
Implant-retained dentures, false teeth that are secured to the jawbone via metal fixtures for extra security, are a more complex treatment and therefore more expensive than straight replacement, but have many more benefits.
Implants are becoming more and more common in modern dental treatment. These days a lot of patients who are told that they need dentures or false teeth are electing to have them fitted with implants, known as implant-retained dentures, for added security, to ensure that they don't suffer from loose teeth in the future.
A full set of dentures with a 2 -4 implants per jaw can cost from €8000. Mini implants are cheaper, but do not have a good longevitity as the regular sized implants and have limited use.
How can implants benefit my dentures?
Not only will dental implants feel much more secure, but it is almost impossible for anyone else to tell you are wearing them! You will find you have fewer problems eating or speaking and the bone loss that many denture wearers suffer from in later life is prevented by the presence of the metal implants in the jawbone.
Am I suitable for implant-retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures are not suitable for everyone, as you need to have a certain bone density in your jaw in order for the metal fixtures to be securely attached. In some cases, the dental surgeon will be able to carry out a bone graft, if there is not sufficient bone present in the required area.