3 Benefits of Having Cosmetic Dentistry

3 Benefits of Having Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s never been easier to have cosmetic dentistry in Ireland that will restore your teeth and give you a winning smile.

Let’s face it: we weren’t all born with perfect teeth. In fact, few, if any of us, are entirely happy with the way our teeth are and how our smile radiates to the world. And while it’s normal to have teeth that are not all that straight, and some that may be slightly misaligned, many people would like them otherwise — and certainly a lot, lot whiter. 

Getting them fixed is certainly an option, and these days, many dental clinics, including ours, offer cosmetic dentistry in Ireland that will give you a dazzling smile. Plus, you no longer have to consider taking out a second mortgage to have your teeth done, as the procedure is now more affordable than ever. Here are three things you can look forward to if you choose to have cosmetic dentistry to look amazing.  

Better Bite

First of all, if you’re thinking of having cosmetic dentistry in Ireland, it’s not all about image and how you’ll look after — but about how your newly aligned teeth will function. That’s because many of us don’t have a perfect bite — the meeting of the upper and lower teeth — due to various misalignments of our teeth. This can lead to stresses and strains on some teeth, as they take a heavier load than others during the bite and can cause damage. Having cosmetic dentistry will remedy this because your new teeth — whether crowns or veneers — will be perfectly matched up and aligned, giving you an ideal bite and vastly improved function. 

Better Protection

Having cosmetic dentistry done in Ireland means you’re also protecting your teeth in the long run. Crowns are thin pieces of porcelain that fit around the entire tooth like a glove, while veneers are strips that are bonded to just the front of the tooth. You can also have dental bonding, which repairs cracked or broken teeth, or dental implants, giving you back teeth you’ve lost. Whichever type your dentist advises is best for you, you can be sure your teeth will be well-protected for years to come thanks to the porcelain or other additions, and this may not only save you potential pain and trouble but lots of money too.  

Lots More Confidence

Thanks to the introduction of new and sophisticated dental technologies, you can have a smile makeover in just one day. At The James Clinic, for example, we use CEREC technology, which uses computers, software and a milling machine to scan the mouth, design crowns or veneers that are perfect for each patient and have them made and fitted straight away. Now, with your great new teeth and celebrity smile, you won’t be shy about showing them off and you’ll almost certainly have a lot more confidence in your personal and work life. It could be the big boost you’ve been wanting. 

You no longer have to put up with bad teeth that were ruining your look and sapping your self-confidence. And if you’re not sure if you want to go ahead and have crowns or veneers just yet, you can always go for the quick-and-easy option of teeth whitening and see how you feel once your pearly whites are glistening the way you want them. We offer professional teeth whitening kits that are used at home along with a special mould that we make for our patients so that they get the maximum results. Say hello to a whole new and improved you!

 

Are you unhappy with your teeth and would love to have them fixed so that you have an incredible smile? Contact The James Clinic today and our cosmetic dentistry experts will be able to tell you which procedure is right for you and explain all about it. Get in touch now. 

Our Survey Shows Many People Are Still Afraid of the Dentist

People Are Still Afraid of the Dentist

And that lots would consider dental sedation to put themselves at ease.

As dentists, we know that not everyone is comfortable with what we do — just the thought of making an appointment for a procedure can make some people break out in a cold sweat. While it’s certainly not true for everyone, there’s something about dentists — more so than any other profession (although, also maybe the taxman) — that can and does strike fear into the hearts of patients and make having a procedure done an oftentimes excruciating experience.

For whatever reason, dentophobia, or fear of the dentist, is incredibly common here in Ireland and right around the world. Millions of people are afflicted by it — women more than men, by a slight margin, it turns out — and it could be because people have heard tales of painful experiences at the dentist, perhaps from older people, stemming from a time when dentistry wasn’t so advanced. It can also be a fear of having instruments in your mouth and psychologically blocking your airway that’s vital to keeping you alive. Many people are afraid they’re going to have a lot of pain, as it’s a sensitive area with gums and lots of teeth full of nerves. Thankfully, we can use dental sedation to erase all these fears and put people at ease in the dentist’s chair.

We wanted to know what Irish people think of dentophobia and to what extent it exists in this country. This month, we commissioned Google Surveys to poll Irish adults and get their views on the dentist and if they would consider having dental sedation to overcome any worries and anxieties they might have. Dental sedation, by the way, is usually given in a pill or gas form — “laughing gas”, or nitrous oxide, to give it its real name — and these wear off quickly. For deeper dental sedation, an intravenous drip can be used; a patient can also be put under with general anaesthetic, although it’s generally quite rare.

What Did Our Dentophobia Survey Reveal?

Our survey found that 18.6% of those polled (28.6% male, 53.6% female) said they were usually nervous or anxious when they had an upcoming dental appointment, a figure that’s based on a sampling of the population and when extrapolated out around the country, represents a sizeable amount of people with fears of the dentists.

The poll also showed that 13.3% (50% male, 35% female) said they were “terrified of the dentist”, while 10.8% said they sometimes were anxious when they were due to have an appointment for a procedure, such as an extraction or filling. Over a quarter (25.8%) felt their fears were negatively affecting their oral health, but the majority of respondents (57.2%) had no unease about dentists at all.

Worryingly, a combined 37.6% of those who took part in the survey — over one-third — said their fears of the dentist meant they would put off going for procedures, avoid attending appointments altogether or would try to go but were not sure if they had the courage to do so.

Again, the majority (62.4%) had no qualms about making dental appointments and having procedures done. Perhaps this is a sign that more people than ever realise that modern dentistry is almost always relatively comfortable and painless and that these days, you hardly even feel the prick of a needle when you’re having a local anaesthetic.

What About Dental Sedation?

Asked if they would consider dental sedation to put them at ease before a dental procedure, almost one-third of respondents (32.5% — 39.2% male, 49% female) said they would. Others (16.6%) said they would need to know more about dental sedation before going ahead with it, while 8.3% said they were not sure and 42.7% — the majority — said they would not have it for a dental procedure.

In some much-needed good news for dentists, a combined total of 38.9% said that if dental sedation was an option for them when they visited the dentist and had something done, it would change the way they view dentists and what they do — in an entirely positive way.

 

If you have fears or anxieties about going to the dentist and would like to know more about dental sedation so that you’re much more relaxed, contact The James Clinic today and we’ll be happy to explain everything to you.

What to Expect with the Dental Crown Procedure

What to Expect with the Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns are an incredible way to transform your teeth and overall smile, but it pays to know what to expect before you have the procedure. 

More people than ever are having cheap cosmetic dentistry that gives them top-quality results and the smile they’ve always wanted — without breaking the bank. There’s no longer any need to endure misshapen and perhaps also discoloured teeth when the dental technology that exists today can rectify everything, making you look incredible at prices that won’t leave your hair standing on end.

Dental crowns are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around, and they allow for the full restoration of teeth, making them perfectly aligned and also delivering an incredibly white smile. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and fitted over the whole tooth, and, apart from the aesthetic value, they also protect the tooth and boost its function by allowing for a better bite. 

If you’re thinking of having crowns or have an appointment with your dentist to have one or more fitted — perhaps on all the visible upper and lower teeth for a complete smile transformation — what can you expect with the dental crown procedure? Here’s a brief overview of having dental crowns so you’re in the picture before you get into the dentist’s chair. 

A Preliminary Examination

Before your dentist can advise you about cheap cosmetic dentistry — discussing the various options available and if you’re a good candidate for a particular procedure, like having crowns — you’ll need to have an initial examination. Generally, only if you have good oral health and are not experiencing any problems with your teeth or gums will your dentist give the go-ahead for cosmetic dentistry. 

If you’re given the green light for cheap cosmetic dentistry — congrats! — you’ll be booked in for a second appointment. The good news about crowns and other types of cosmetic dentistry is that today, it’s all relatively fast as well as pain-free. Previously, it was a case of having multiple appointments and enduring uncomfortable aspects of cosmetic dentistry like biting down on a mould for extended periods to take an impression of your teeth. This frequently caused very achy jaws. 

Also gone, with the advent of new dental technology, is the need to wear a prosthesis — plastic teeth that cover your filed-down ones while your crowns are being made — for up to a week or more. It all makes having a smile transformation speedy and comfortable, as well as easy on the wallet. 

The Dental Crown Procedure

The cosmetic dentistry technology we mentioned usually comes in the form of a sophisticated camera attached to a computer that uses specific software to render precise images of a person’s teeth so that the most suitable designs for dental crowns can be created. Once this is done, it’s time for a milling machine, which is part of the set-up and on-site in the dentist’s clinic, to start making the crowns, and they’re ready to be fitted in a flash. The dentist can use the machine to refine the crowns, which are milled from a small porcelain block as needed. 

Before fitting, your dentist will have filed areas around the teeth that are to receive crowns. This is to provide enough space for them to be fitted into place. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort from the filling instrument. 

The only thing left to do after that is to apply a bonding agent to your teeth and snap the crowns into place. With proper care and attention, they should stay in place for many years to come, as porcelain is a hard-wearing material — but like anything, including teeth themselves, they can become damaged or break if you’re not careful. So when your crowns are in place, don’t go biting down on hard things, like nuts or cubes of ice. Should one of your crowns become damaged, you can always have it either repaired or replaced, ensuring you don’t lose your celebrity smile but keep on dazzling. 

 

Thinking about having dental crowns and wondering where and how? Talk to us at The James Clinic and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this dazzlingly transformative procedure that will give you perfect teeth in no time. 

Payment Plans for Dental Braces That Will Lighten the Load

Payment Plans for Dental Braces That Will Lighten the Load

With dental braces payment plans, there’s no need to be distressed at paying a big lump sum. 

There are many benefits of having dental braces fitted, whether for children or adults, but because they tend to be one of the more expensive procedures, some people are unfortunately put off by the cost, which typically runs into several thousand euros. When household budgets are tight and perhaps stretched thin because of the needs of a number of children, just the thought of having to pay for dental braces for one or more of them can be alarming. 

That’s why dental braces payment plans are a godsend: you’re able to get the braces you want without having to come up with a significant amount of money at the outset. Here at The James Clinic, we understand the financial pressures on some of our patients and their families, which is why we’ve come up with flexible dental braces payment plans that will dramatically ease the burden and not put a strain on the household budget. 

Now, members of your family can have dental braces fitted and there’s no need to worry about paying a lump sum to have it done. Before we get to our dental braces payment plans — as an example of what you could expect — let’s have a look at braces and why someone in your family might need them. 

Reasons for Having Dental Braces Fitted

Dental braces have many benefits, and they go beyond just aligning teeth and closing the gaps between them. They’re usually worn anywhere between 18 months and two years, and overall, they greatly impact a person’s oral health for the better. This means you can expect to have improved tooth and gum health, and this will also benefit the way you eat and your digestion as well as help to prevent jawbone erosion from occurring and improve the way you speak because your teeth will be better aligned. 

Your dentist might recommend that you have braces fitted if you have a lot of crowding or spacing of teeth in one area, and this might also affect your bite — giving you an overbite or underbite — due to misaligned teeth. Patients who have incorrect positioning of the jaw or a type of disorder of the jaw joints might also be candidates for dental braces, so the problems can be corrected over time. Other conditions that may call for braces include tooth grinding, gum disease and general difficulties chewing and eating. 

You don’t have to be put off by unsightly metal braces anymore, however — especially if you’re an adult and have to attend work meetings, give speeches and do anything else you might have to in the public eye. These days, you can look forward to clear dental braces, including Damon system braces, and hardly anyone would know you’re wearing them at all — also an important factor when young people, such as teenagers, are making new friends. 

Dental Braces Payment Plans

Each patient is different, and so it’s not possible to give an exact figure of how much dental braces will cost before you have an initial examination and assessment. But let’s say that you should expect to pay in the region of around €3,800 for your braces — it may be less, or slightly higher; we’ll just use this sum as a general guide. 

Under the terms of our dental braces payment plans, you’ll pay a deposit of €500 the day your braces are fitted, and you then have a choice of making repayments over a period of a year or 18 months. If you opt for 12 months, it works out at €275 a month, or just €68.75 per week. The longer-term option has an even more affordable repayment plan of €183.33 a month — only €45.83 every week of the plan’s duration. 

With affordable dental braces payment plans like these, there’s no reason not to have orthodontic treatment and have great teeth and optimal oral health. 

 

Do you, or does someone in your family, have to have dental braces and you’re worried about the cost? The James Clinic is here to help you spread the cost so you don’t have to come up with a large payment. Contact us today to find out more. 

 

Signs You Might Need an Emergency Dentist

Signs You Might Need an Emergency Dentist

There’s no point in needlessly suffering with dental problems when you can get immediate attention from an emergency dentist.

Dental problems can build up over time, perhaps starting with a dull ache that develops into something more serious, like a crippling pain, or they can strike without warning. Whatever the case, it’s tempting to put off a visit to the dentist and try to deal with it yourself — hoping beyond hope that the pain will go away and you’ll be fine. Pain and other issues are a symptom that something’s wrong, and so it’s unlikely the problem will resolve itself without dental intervention; still, many of us hold out and put off that dental visit.

It’s a pity because if you have something wrong with your teeth or gums and it’s left to fester, it’s likely to get worse and be more difficult — and more costly — to treat. So if you wake up with a toothache one day and pray it will go away, it almost certainly won’t, and if you’re asking yourself: “Do I need an emergency dentist?”, the answer almost always is yes, and to have treatment as soon as possible. 

Here are some signs you might need an emergency dentist, which usually is a service that’s provided out-of-hours or at the weekend, as urgent dental problems are not limited to business hours.  

Toothache

A toothache, and especially if it’s a severe one, can be one of the worst things, leaving you unable to do anything other than desperately wish it would go away. Toothache is caused by a number of things, including an abscess, decay, cracks, fractures and infected gums. It can also be caused by damage to fillings. Toothaches that haven’t gone away after a day or two most likely are not going to, and may you may start to have an earache or fever too. It’s certainly time to see an emergency dentist, like at our Enfield dental practice, who will immediately alleviate your pain and fix the problem. 

Bleeding

If you find that you’re suddenly experiencing bleeding along your gums or around your teeth, it’s definitely something you want to get checked out by an emergency dentist. It could be a sign that you have gum disease or an infection, and if left untreated, it could result in the loss of one or more teeth. Make an appointment with your emergency dentist now so that you don’t put your oral health at risk. The dentist will be able to pinpoint the source of the bleeding and diagnose what the problem is and treat it. 

Broken Crowns

Another reason to see an emergency dentist is if you have dental crowns and they become damaged — either by breaking, falling out or getting chipped. Some people try to fix the problem themselves, including by glueing the crowns back into place, but this inevitably makes it worse. You need professional work so that the crown is either restored or a new one is made to replace the one that’s too badly damaged and can’t be fixed. This extends to composite bonding, which is used to repair or restore chipped teeth, as well as fillings that may fall out. 

Loss of a Tooth

Permanent teeth can fall out for no apparent reason, and if this happens to you, it’s vital to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible so they can try to save the tooth. They will also be able to determine why it happened and if there are underlying issues that need treating, such as damage to nerves or gum tissue. If one of your teeth falls out and you do nothing about it, you could experience difficulties later on, so be sure to get checked out as soon as possible if this happens to you. 

These and other problems usually mean you need to call an emergency dentist straight away. Looking after your oral health is essential in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. 

 

If you’re experiencing dental problems and are not sure if you should get emergency care from a dentist, it’s best not to wait but get immediate advice and attention. Contact The James Clinic, in Enfield, Mullingar or Ferbane, and our emergency dentists will be happy to help.

Reasons to Have Dental Sedation for Your Next Procedure

Reasons to Have Dental Sedation for Your Next Procedure

For those worried about going to the dentist, dental sedation could be what they’re looking for.

If the mere thought of having to go to the dentist for any kind of procedure, from a filling to an extraction or anything else, fills you with dread and makes you break out in a sweat, there’s no reason to worry, for you are not alone. Millions of people all over the world, including many here in Ireland, have a fearsome dread of going to the dentist and put it off even if they’re in unbearable pain.

Thankfully, due to modern dentistry practices, help is at hand. And for those who are terrified of having anything done at the dentist, dental sedation is the ultimate answer to their prayers. It’s a solution that can put you totally at ease, far more so than having a local anaesthetic that will just numb the area being worked on and where you’d still be fully alert and possibly also anxious about what’s being done.

What Is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation — also known as sleep dentistry — uses medication to make patients relax and feel at ease when they’re in the dentist’s chair and having something done. You’re not actually asleep — unless you happen to have general anaesthesia — but awake and aware of what’s going on while at the same time feeling relaxed and not worried about anything. It’s beneficial to be awake during dental procedures, as the dental team may ask you to do various things, such as open your mouth wider, put your head in a certain position or rinse your mouth or spit.

Most people will have heard of so-called laughing gas, and this is what’s typically used for dental sedation. It’s nitrous oxide and, along with oxygen, is breathed in through a mask — and you won’t be in fits of giggles while the procedure is being done; instead, you will just be in a relaxed state. The benefit of nitrous oxide is that the dentist can control the amount you get and it wears off quickly. That means that by the time everything is finished, you’ll be able to hop in your car and drive home.

Dental sedation can also be given in pill form or via an intravenous drip; these are more moderate forms of sedation and patients will experience a deeper level of relaxation. Afterwards, you’ll feel groggy or sleepy and will need someone to take you home. Whichever type your dentist will use on you, you’ll also usually have a local anaesthetic in the area being worked on so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort.

Why Should You Have Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is beneficial not only for nervous patients but your dentist too. That’s because dental procedures can often be detailed and complex and require precise work in hard-to-reach areas — such as a root canal at the back of the mouth — or when the dentist is working on a nerve or removing dead pulp from the tooth. An anxious patient can make the work more problematic due to a possible jerking of the head or wanting to stop and have a break.

So dental sedation makes it all so much easier for whoever’s in the chair and the person working on them. If you’re due to have a procedure and are anxious or worried about it, you might want to consider dental sedation. You’d be relaxed and care-free as the dental team got on with their work, and it would all be over in a flash.

It can also help if you have a low threshold for pain or find it hard to lie back and keep still while in the dentist’s chair — or if you have a bad gag reflex and the thought of lots of instruments in your mouth fills you with terror. Dental sedation is also advantageous for patients who require a substantial amount of work done in one session.

Now, there is nothing to fear.

Worried about an upcoming dental appointment because of what will be done? The experienced and friendly dentists at The James Clinic can offer you dental sedation to put your worries to rest. Contact us now to find out more.