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.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR A CHECK-UP AND CANCER SCREENING NOW
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.
Book an appointment at Redmond Molloy!
Case 1: Veneers
This lady had veeneers on her teeth to broaden and whiten her top teeth.
Case 2: White fillings
Simple proceedures like restoring teeth with white fillings is sometimes all that is needed to smile with confidence.
Case 3: Crowns / Smile design
This man had his teeth restored with crowns and had a whitening procedure.
Case 4: Orthodontics 3 Month Braces
This patient had an Inman aligner fitted and the movement of his upper teeth was finished in 16 weeks.His teeth were then whitened. We have completed well over 500 Inman cases here at Redmond Molloy that is more than any one else in the country.
All the above pictures are work completed at Redmond Molloy with the pictures taken by our Dentists
Our Dentists take great pride in their work and they appear regularly on a range of radio stations and on RTE and TV3. Just click on our BLOG tag above to read their articles directly.
We provide almost every dental treatment available and we are 'OPEN WIDE' in Dublin Docklands, Sutton, Santry and Balbriggan with extended hours across a 6 day week. Call us on 01 678 6070 for an appointment or simply click on the CONTACT link above to book online.
We promise to make you feel differently about going to the Dentist.
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.
Chewing gum can help to maintain oral health in a number of ways:
- First thing to say is that the benefits are all based on chewing sugar free gum.
- Chewing gum helps to reduce tooth decay by removing food debris ansd bacteria from the teeth.
- The action of chewing stimulates the flow of saliva.
- Saliva neutralises mouth acids which cause decay.
- Saliva contains minerals that can strengthen the teeth.
- An adequate flow of saliva is essential for a healthy and comfortable mouth.
- The action of the chewing gum on the teeth can help to remove plaque as it is starting to form.
- This helps to prevent gingivitis which is caused by plaque and calculus.
- Sugar snacking between meals can be reduced. Less food particles around teeth will lower the risk of tooth decay.
- It helps to reduce or resist the urge to smoke. Smoking is a serious risk to oral and general health.
- It will help but doesn't replace the need for a regular clean and examination with us.
It is important that you chew sugarfree gum. Sugar is one of the main causes of decay and gum disease.
When is the best time to chew gum?
- It is best to chew soon after eating.
- Chewing for about fifteen minutes removes food debris and plaque, and stimulates the flow of saliva.
- Remember that plaque starts to form again within half and hour of cleaning your teeth.
- It provides oral care between brushings.
Can chewing gum replace brushing and flossing?
- No, it's not that easy unfortunately. Chewing can add to your daily routine of dental care, but it cannot replace the tooth brush and Floss.
- Chewing gum does not clean between the teeth. Floss cleans between your teeth, which is where plaque can do the most damage and can lead to flossing cavities.
Why has it taken so long to recognise the usefulness of chewing gum?
- Eating patterns are changing and so is the awareness of oral health.
- Frequent snacking is now common. This calls for the more frequent use of chewing gum.
- People are eating more refined, sugar-rich foods.
- High sugar consumption as well as frequent sugar consumption, are some of the main causes of tooth decay.
- Frequent snackers may need to clean their teeth more often than twice a day to prevent plaque formation and tooth decay.
- Chewing gum is easy to have on hand to clean teeth and freshen breath.
- Refined foods do not require the vigorous chewing which increases the production of saliva.
How can chewing gum help older people?
- Many older people suffer from a dry mouth condition called xerostomia.
- It can be caused by medical ailments or medication.
- Bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease are all symptoms of xerostomia.
- Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow and can assist in solving the problems of xerostomia.
Fun facts about chewing gum
- The first patent for chewing gum was issued in1869 to William F. Semple, a dentist from Mount Vernon, OH.
- In the early 1900s, William Wrigley Jr. was one of the first to promote the sale of branded goods through advertising. Wrigley's new spearmint gum quickly became a best seller.
- During WWII, U.S. military personnel spread the popularity of chewing gum by trading it and giving it as gifts to people in Europe, Africa, Asia and around the world.
- Cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint are among the most popular flavors of chewing gum today.
- Why is bubble gum pink? The color of the first successful bubble gum was pink because it was the only color the inventor had left. The color "stuck" and today bubble gum is still predominantly pink.
Chronic halitosis (chronic bad breath) has multiple causes. While the symptom may seem more of an embarrassment and a annoyance it can occasionally be a sign of serious or systemic disease so it is best to get checked out.
Chronic halitosis is a condition in which a person produces an offensive odor from their oral or nasal regions and they’re unable to eliminate it through normal oral hygiene techniques, such as flossing or brushing.You should see your Dentist to rule out the simple causes such as bad teeth or tartar build up.
Bad breath that continues for a long period of time is often referred to as chronic halitosis. It’s a condition that has been around for a very long time, but it is only in last century that we have started to may much attention to it, and only in the last decade that we have made any real progress in finding ways to deal with the problem.
Chronic Halitosis Causes
The most common cause of chronic halitosis (chronic bad breath) is an oral condition such as bacterial build up in the mouth through gingivitis, a cavity, or abscess. this is easily removed with a dental cleaning.
Most halitosis sufferers have no idea that they have a bad breath problem unless somebody informs them. It creates social barriers for the people who suffer from it, and many people are seeking a halitosis cure.
Seeking a halitosis treatment should start at Redmond Molloy first, to check for possible gum disease, infections or tooth decay.
Halitosis may be normal or physiological. This would be typically seen in so called “morning breath” which results from enzymatic breakdown of cellular proteins and amino acids. Other physiological origins of halitosis include hunger, dehydration, or it may be related to the ingestion of certain foods.
Nasal or throat conditions may cause halitosis. Common conditions include sinusitis; chronic nasal airway obstruction with secondary drying effect in the throat lining; chronic tonsillitis particularly when associated with deep crevices known as crypts which accumulate partially digested food; other inflammatory conditions associated with injury to the mucosal lining (ex canker sores); or tumors of the mucosal lining. These conditions generally are also readily evident on physical examination by your Dentist.
Some more chronic halitosis causes may be:
- Foods high in protein and odorous foods can cause chronic halitosis.
- Dental cavities, tooth decay, dental abscess and gum disease can also be cause of chronic halitosis (bad breath).
- Tobacco smoking and chewing
- Not proper or infrequent teeth brushing and flossing
- Dry mouth
There are also a number of medical problems that are associated with halitosis such as uncontrolled Diabetes, kidney and liver failure. Occasionally halitosis is a sign of systemic illness. Examples of this include uremia (kidney failure), a complication of diabetes known as diabetic ketoacidosis, or liver failure. These conditions would generally be associated with other more serious symptoms.
To cure halitosis that is temporary in nature, there a few things you can do right now that will help such as brushing your teeth and using mouthwash after eating meals or snacks. Floss at least once a day in order to remove decaying food that often becomes trapped in crevices between teeth.
Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Is a taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have a common problem called "sensitive teeth."
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Cavities and fractured teeth can cause sensitive teeth so first port of call is to let one of our dentists at Redmond Molloy examine your teeth, if we rule these problems out, a simple filling without even needing anesthetic is sometimes all that is required to prevent the problem getting any worse. Worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed tooth root may be the cause.
A layer of enamel, the strongest substance in the body, protects the crowns of healthy teeth. A layer called cementum protects the tooth root under the gum line. Underneath the enamel and the cementum is dentin, a part of the tooth that is less dense than enamel or cementum.
The dentin contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When the dentin loses its protective covering, the tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to get in at the nerves inside the tooth. This causes hypersensitivity and occasional discomfort. Fortunately, the irritation does not cause permanent damage to the pulp. Dentin may be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity near the gum line.
Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If you brush your teeth incorrectly or even over-brush, gum problems can result. Ask our dentists at Redmond Molloy if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth can be treated. Our dentists at Redmond Molloy may suggest that you try a desensitizing toothpaste, which contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. Desensitizing toothpaste usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
With thanks To Colgate for the image
If the desensitizing toothpaste does not ease your discomfort, your dentist may suggest in-office techniques. A fluoride gel, which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations, may be applied to the sensitive areas of the teeth.
If receding gums cause the sensitivity, your dentist may use agents that bond to the tooth root to "seal" the sensitive teeth. The sealer usually is composed of a plastic material such as white filling material.
In cases where hypersensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment to eliminate the problem.
Dr David Keenan
We are delighted to announce that Dr. David Keenan has decided to join Redmond Molloy Docklands on a full time basis. David Keenan has been practicing in Redmond Molloy for some years on a two days a week basis, but now he welcomes all old and new patients, from early till late, five days a week. Just call 01 678 6070 for an appointment. Everyone at Redmond Molloy truely wishes him well.
Dr.David Keenan qualified in 2002 and undertook a two year general professional training position in Edinburgh Dental Institute. He worked as a Senior house officer gaining invaluable experience in oral surgery, Restorative (crown and bridge) childrens and special needs dentistry.
In 2005 he returned to his native Dublin where he took up a position in private general practice. In 2007 David completed a year long certificate in Cosmetic and Aesthetic dentistry in London . This certificate was awarded by Dr Christopher Orr, a past president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and world renowned name in Cosmetic Dentistry .
In 2008 Dr.David Keenan completed his MFDS at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He is now a full member of RCS Edinburgh.
Dr.David Keenan has also supervised final year students in Dublin dental school. He is intersted in all aspects of general dentistry but has a particular keen interest in Anterior aesthetics incorporating veneers, implants and crown and bridge.
Dr.David Keenan is also a fully certified provider of the Inman Aligner and is qualified practioner in the provision of anti-wrinkle treatments.