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How Do I Save Money On My Dental Care?

Attending the dentist and taking care of your teeth can sometimes seem expensive, but there are many ways of reducing the costs involved. Here are our five top tips at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge for reducing the cost of your dental care.

Prevention is better than Cure

  1. Prevention is better than cure.

New Year’s resolutions often include taking better care of ourselves: lose some weight, exercise more, eat more healthily. We might start off the year with great intentions but our enthusiasm for wet morning jogs or yet another salad wanes and life gets in the way! On top of that, money is tight and January is the longest month of the year. Then by February our good intentions are forgotten.

Well that’s ok, you can visit the dentist in February or any other month too, and it’s never too late to start a good habit!

When it comes to your teeth, the old saying is true: prevention is better than cure. Keeping up with regular check-ups with your dentist and visits to the dental hygienist will help you avoid problems that may necessitate bigger dental work in the future. If you haven’t seen Dr Keenan or Lorraine Doyle in a while, make an appointment to see them soon. It’s cheaper in the long run.

  1. Do your homework.

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While having regular check-ups is important, the effort you put in yourself at home is just as important. Follow the advice of your dentist and hygienist: brush thoroughly at least twice a day, floss daily, use your special toothpaste or inter-dental brushes if you’ve been advised to, wear your retainer, mouth-guard or bite splint as instructed, avoid food and drinks that cause staining if you’re prone to this. It might seem like a lot of hassle at first, but good dental home care quickly becomes a habit and part of your routine. And who can argue that five minutes morning and evening is too much time to invest in protecting our pearly-whites for the long term and avoiding more extensive – and expensive – dental treatments?!

  1. Know your tax entitlements.

Did you know that many of us are entitled to a free dental exam every year? And who doesn’t like getting something for free! Under the Treatment Benefit Scheme, depending on the PRSI you have paid (or certain other conditions) you might be able to come in to see Dr Keenan for a check-up free of charge. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for this or not, please contact the office by email or phone 01 6883242 and we’ll be happy to check this for you.

You can also claim tax relief on certain non-routine dental treatments going back four years. You may already be familiar with the Med 1 form for medical expenses, but a Med 2 form also exists for certain dental treatments, including braces, root canal treatment and veneers. If you’ve been putting off having your wisdom teeth extracted or getting a crown due to the cost, remember that you can claim tax relief at the standard rate of 20-. If you’re unsure what you can claim for, or you would like us to do a Med 2 form for you, again please contact the office.

  1. Consider dental insurance.

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Vhi Dental and DeCare Dental are specialist dental insurance providers. At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we have a direct pay arrangement with these insurers which means that all you have to do is advise them that you’ve made an appointment and certain visits like straight-forward dental exams or a visit to the dental hygienist won’t cost you anything on the day – and we look after the paperwork! If you need more involved treatment, we can submit a treatment plan to your insurer and find out, depending on your level of cover, what portion of your fees would be covered by your insurer and what you will have to pay on the day. And at each subsequent visit for treatment we look after the paperwork for you, keeping the hassle to a minimum.

If you have medical insurance with Vhi, Aviva, Laya or another provider, you should also check with them if you can claim something back for a dental visit under the terms and conditions of your policy.

If you don’t yet have insurance, but you’ve been thinking about signing up, check with your HR Department at work. May companies offer corporate schemes, the cost of which can often be cheaper than the advertised commercial policies.

  1. Get money off.

There are three easy ways of saving money if you are a patient of Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. We offer a 10- corporate discount to employees of local companies on general dental care. We also offer interest-free finance plans for orthodontics over the course of your treatment. And we love referrals! If you pick up a referral card at our office and refer a friend to us, you can both avail of a €20 discount.

And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled when doing your weekly shop or visiting the pharmacy! Toothpastes, toothbrushes and floss are often on special offer (buy one get one free, money off, etc.), so stock up when you can. During the sales, reductions on prices of electric toothbrushes and water flossers can save you a few euros too!

Do you have any other money-saving tips relating to dental care? Visit us on Facebook or tweet us @pembrokedent to share your ideas!

White Christmas Competition Winners!

Drum roll please!

The lucky winners of our White Christmas competition are Patrick Devitt & Eloise Victory. You each win a take-home teeth whitening kit worth €295.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and interacted with us on Facebook, Google and Twitter.

And, in honour of the season, enjoy…

Merry Christmas from all the team at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge and we look forward to taking care of your dental treatment needs in 2016!

How and why is bone lost when teeth are lost?

 

 

 

Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge in Dublin are leading the way in innovative techniques to place implants. Bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. In the case of alveolar (sac-like) bone that surrounds and supports teeth, the necessary stimulation comes from the teeth themselves. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of alveolar bone. There is a 25- decrease in width of bone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall decrease in height over the next few years.
The more teeth lost, the more function lost. This leads to some particularly serious aesthetic and functional problems, particularly in people who have lost all of their teeth. And it doesn’t stop there. After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away).
How can bone be preserved or re-grown to support dental implants?
Dr.Keenan advises that grafting bone into the extraction sockets at the time of tooth loss or removal can help preserve bone volume needed for implant placement. Surgical techniques are also available to regenerate (re-grow) bone that has been lost, to provide the necessary bone substance for anchoring implants. In fact, a primary reason to consider dental implants to replace missing teeth is the maintenance of jawbone.
Bone needs stimulation to stay healthy. Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize it and prevent further bone loss. Resorption is a normal and inevitable process in which bone is lost when it is no longer supporting or connected to teeth. Only dental implants can stop this process and preserve the bone.
What are the options for implant tooth replacement?

Dental Implants at Dublin Dentist

Single Tooth Replacement:
Immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, Dr.Keenan would place an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will fabricate and match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Dental Implants at Dublin 4 Dentist

Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement:
As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants until the healing phase is complete. After healing, permanent abutments are attached to the implants. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridgework that a dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.

Dental Implants at D4 Dentist

Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement:
If all of your lower teeth are missing, depending on the design of the removable restoration, two to six implants may be used to support a lower denture. If all of your upper teeth are missing, a minimum of four implants may be used to support an upper denture. Removable dentures are often used to replace extensive tooth, bone and gum-tissue loss, thus providing support for the facial skeleton, lip and cheeks. A new denture can have attachments that snap or clip it into place on the implants or a custom made, milled bar can be fabricated to create additional strength and support for the restoration. Design variations are often related to your bone density and number of implants present; your dentist will discuss these options during your consultation. A significant advantage of a removable denture is facilitating the cleaning of the dental implants.
How do implant tooth replacements differ from teeth?
Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair.

Dental Implants at Ballsbridge Dentist

Teeth attach to the surrounding bone by a periodontal ligament (“peri” – around; “dont” – tooth) made up of collagen fibers that join into the tooth on one side and bone on the other. Dental implants fuse directly to the bone.
The gum tissues also attach to the root of a tooth with collagen fibers as described above. However, gum tissues can only stick to the surface of dental implants.
Teeth are susceptible to dental decay as well as the need for root canal therapy; dental implants are metal and do not decay or need root canal. Teeth may also be susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease, while dental implants may be susceptible to peri-implantitis, an inflammatory response to bacterial biofilm of the tissues surrounding the implant, which can result in disintegration of the bone to the implant.
What type of maintenance do dental implants require?
Implant crowns and other prosthetic (false) tooth replacements are made to be remarkably failsafe systems. They are removable and replaceable (only by your dentist), so that if damage or wear necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the implant(s) or attachment to the bone.
Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing to control bacterial biofilm. It is also important to see Dr.Keenan and our dental hygienist at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge in D4. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Dr.Keenan will need to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework or dentures are functioning adequately.

If you are experiencing any difficulties please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.

Implants – Dublin Dentist

A dental implant is a small titanium screw, that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth before being covered with a crown. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace either single teeth or all of your teeth in both the upper and lower jaw.
Dental Implants at Dublin Dentist
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. They are the most advanced technological treatment option available. They offer permanent replacement to loose and missing teeth and can be a viable alternative to wearing dentures, rebuilding confidence with a functional and secure smile. They are a permanent and fixed solution for missing teeth, providing patients with the nearest possible alternative to their natural dentition.

Will dental implants work for me? If you are missing a tooth or teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will assess your suitability based on the amount of available bone. It might be that other approaches are recommended, such as a crown, a bridge or dentures.

What are the advantages of dental implants?
• Permanent – A secure and permanent solution to missing teeth normally lasting the lifetime of the owner
• Improved appearance – Dental implants can stop the process of jawbone shrinkage due to tooth loss where dentures or bridges cannot.
• Preserve natural teeth – With traditional bridges, adjacent teeth are normally ground down to provide anchors. Dental implants can eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth. Dental implants are a tried and tested method of tooth replacement
• They are the ideal choice for most people who are missing teeth
• Dental implants are the only way to preserve jaw bone which is otherwise lost over time
• Dental implants will help maintain your appearance as they stop facial collapse
• They do not damage neighbouring teeth unlike dentures or bridges can

The Process.
Initially a CT scan is carried out of your jaw to establish if you have sufficient quality and quantity of bone. If you do we can move onto the surgical stage.
Dr.Keenan will surgically place your implants before placing a protective cover over them. The initial implant normally takes approx. 45 minutes and is completed under local anesthetic. The implant integrates with the bone of your jaw over a period of three to six months, as the bone grows around the screw and holds it firmly in place. A crown is then placed over the implant to replace the original natural tooth. Dr.Keenan routinely extracts wisdom teeth and impacted teeth and places dental implants. Patients tell us that having teeth extracted is the harder procedure to have compared to getting dental implants placed, although many people would expect the opposite. With today’s technology and a lot of finesse both of these procedures are surprisingly easy to sit through and to heal comfortably after treatment.

If you are experiencing any difficulties please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.

Unwrap a New Smile This Christmas

 

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you, and it’s how they arrive at a first impression. The thing is, their response to your smile is largely subconscious. So we ask, is your smile saying the right things about you? If it’s not, there’s never been a better time to reward yourself with a new smile! If you or a loved one needs a new smile, why not make that wish come true with Cosmetic Dentistry by top Ballsbridge Dentist Dr.David Keenan?
At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, we can transform your smile to ensure that it’s telling the world you’re smart, professional, vibrant, and always ready to make a great first impression. With a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments available, you can get the smile of your dreams.
The holiday season is upon us and you or someone you know may be wishing for a better, healthier and more beautiful smile. When the cameras flash and everyone says “smile”, don’t be ashamed to show your smile.
There can be no better gift to a loved one or to yourself than a healthy, beautiful smile.
A beautiful smile, created and crafted by Dr.Keenan, is more than a gift to yourself or someone else; it is a symbol of understanding what is best for a family member or a good friend or anyone who needs an oral health transformation. It is the transformation from a smile “one hides” to a smile one” shows with pride”!
The Appearance You Want, the Function You Need
Dr.Keenan delivers the highest quality of cosmetic dentistry at Pembroke Dental, allowing our patients to improve the way their smile looks and boost their self-confidence. Our cosmetic treatments look and feel like natural teeth. While your friends will notice your beautiful smile, they’ll never notice you’re undergoing treatment thanks to our conservative approach and timeframe. Dr.Keenan also offers:
Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your appearance. Most teeth will benefit from Teeth Whitening, which is a proven safe and effective way to brighten stained or discoloured teeth.
Direct Bonding
Direct Bonding is a very cost effective way to place a highly aesthetic white filling (composite) directly on the front surface of the tooth to improve its appearance dramatically in one visit.
Componeers
Componeers are specially manufactured, very thin shells that can be fixed to the front of the front teeth to conceal aesthetic imperfections. Componeers can be compared with an artificial fingernail and are placed in one visit

Porcelain Veneers
If your front teeth are stained, chipped, or misaligned, Porcelain Veneers will give you a good life-like appearance with minimum tooth adjustment. A veneer is a porcelain facing on the front of your teeth usually your top teeth, it is just like a false finger nail.
If you’ve always wanted a perfectly straight smile, to close the gap between your teeth or correct teeth that stick out without the social stigma of wearing fixed metal braces Pembroke Dental have the solution with Invisible Braces, Inman Aligners and Six Month Smiles.
If you’ve never thought of giving a gift such as this, why not consider the long term advantages? Oral health is one of the most important health factors overall for every adult. It has been studied and proven that a healthy mouth will aid in keeping the entire body healthy. Of course, that is if a person follows good personal oral health habits and maintains a healthy eating plan.
Other gifts bring a smile for a short time, but a new cosmetically-enhanced smile brings smiles for a lifetime. Gift vouchers are available for purchase to cater for any budget.

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