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If you have a dental emergency please contact us immediately at (061) 484 844. Prompt action can avoid additional difficulties and cost. More information here.


 
 

GENERAL CARE

DENTIST ADVICE

At Crescent Dental Limerick we we offer a preventive dentistry service to ensure our patients have good oral hygiene and dental health. As part of this we strongly recommend 6 monthly appointments with our hygienist. We also offer a restorative service to repair decayed, broken or missing teeth.

At Crescent Dental your dental exam will determine what work is needed to restore your dental health and we will provide you with a treatment plan setting out what treatments are required and what costs are involved.

To book your appointment contact the clinic in Dooradoyle on (061) 484844. To find out more about treatments available and price lists please click Dental Treatment Fees.


 
 

DENTAL CHECK-UP WITH YOUR LIMERICK DENTIST

Regular dental check ups and cleanings are central to ensuring your overall oral health. Your dental exam will involve careful examination of your mouth including the oral soft tissue . X-Rays will also be taken as required. You will be given a detailed explanation of any work that may be required.

Call us now at (061) 484844 to book your dental check-up at Crescent Dental, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick.

Free PRSI Check Up

You may be entitled to a free check up annually under the government PRSI scheme. Please call us on (061) 4848446 with your PPS number and we will be happy to check this for you.

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PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

Where gum disease is already present periodontal treatment may be required. This involves deep cleaning of the teeth and gums along with comprehensive home oral care advice and instruction. There are usually 2 to 4 visits with the hygienist required to complete treatment.

To book an appointment contact our clinic in Kilkenny town on (061) 484844.

To find out more about dental treatments available and price lists please click Dental Treatment Fees.


 
 

DECAY DECTECTION

Your check up will include a thorough full mouth examination for dental decay. Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, our dentists can detect decay at an early stage and therefore prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.

Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any bone loss around the tooth.

To book an appointment contact our Kilkenny dentist clinic on (061) 484844.

To find out more about treatments available and price lists please click Dental Treatment Fees.

 

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BAD BREATH

Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums.

However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.

Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.

The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.

To book an appointment contact our Kilkenny clinic on (061) 484844.

To find out more about treatments available and price lists please click Dental Treatment Fees.

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GUM DISEASE

Screening for gum disease forms an integral part of your routine examination.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?

Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF GUM DISEASE?

All gum diseases are caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and flossing.

WHAT HAPPENS IF GUM DISEASE IS NOT TREATED?

Unfortunately, gum disease progresses painlessly on the whole so that you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE?

The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in the rinsing water when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.

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FILLINGS

White Fillings

With significant advances in dental materials many fillings are now completed with white composite restorations. Composite restorations can be used to repair worn or fractured front teeth by matching the tooth tissue colour to various white filling materials.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER WHITE FILLINGS?

White fillings are very natural looking, as well as doing the job they’re meant to do. While they have traditionally been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings, advances in materials now mean that white fillings are virtually as durable as silver amalgam.

IS IT WORTH REPLACING MY AMALGAM FILLINGS WITH WHITE ONES?

It is generally best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.

WHAT ARE TOOTH-COLOURED FILLINGS MADE OF?

Composite fillings: Made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. Your dentist will choose a shade to match your own teeth. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area with an adhesive and a light shone onto it to set it. With this type of filling, the dentist may have to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.

Glass Ionomer: Glass Ionomer fillings form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay. This type of filling is relatively weak and is usually used on non-biting surfaces, such as around the neck of the tooth.

Porcelain inlays: Our laboratory can now use computer technology to design and prepare perfectly fitted porcelain inlays. Porcelain tends to be very hard wearing and long lasting, and it can be precisely coloured to match your own teeth. This type of filling is significantly more expensive than the standard white filling. Your dentist will explain all of your options before any treatment commences.

Amalgam (Silver) Fillings

On occasion it is more clinically beneficial to restore teeth with amalgam (silver) fillings. Amalgam is a very durable filling material and is appropriate in cases where the filling will not be visible or where there is significant restoration to be done.

Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.

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CROWNS

On occasion a tooth may have significant damage which can not be repaired using a filling. As we recommend retaining the natural tooth where possible a patient can consider the option of crowning a tooth. This involves placing a crown over the damaged tooth. There are many different types of crowns and at Crescent Dental our preference is to recommended either all porcelain crowns or porcelain bonded to white gold crowns. This is consistent with our philosophy of using only the highest quality materials to ensure the best and longest lasting result. All crowns look like natural teeth once complete and are matched to your own dentition.

If a tooth has been previously root treated it is often necessary to increase the strength of the tooth by placing a fitting called a ‘post and core’ in the tooth. These posts improve the strength and durability of the restored tooth. It is our policy to use laboratory fabricated white gold posts for the best clinical results.

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ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

At Crescent Dental Limerick our aim is to assist patients in retaining the natural dentition whenever possible and a very useful treatment for retaining badly broken down or symptomatic teeth is root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is a procedure to remove the pulp (nerve) when it is either inflamed, dead or infected. The pulp extends along small canals inside the tooth. The pulp of a tooth can become damaged due to dental decay, trauma, fractures or leaking crowns and fillings. Where the damaged or dead pulp is not removed, it will often become infected and may result in a dental abscess. Root canal treatment is a pain free procedure and while there may be occasional post-operative symptoms from this treatment the vast majority of cases resolve without post-operative pain.

Following root treatment it might be necessary to crown a tooth but this would be discussed before any treatment would commence.

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BRIDGES

Where spaces are present and a patient wishes to restore the dentition for either functional or aesthetic reasons, fixed bridgework can be considered. This involves attaching laboratory fabricated bridges (artificial teeth) to the teeth adjacent to the space being restored. Bridges are fixed in place, very durable and have the appearance of natural teeth.

Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.

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DENTURES

Dentures are removable appliances that enable people who are missing teeth to eat the foods they desire, talk naturally and smile with confidence.

Dentures can be used to both replace all the natural teeth where there is total loss and to fill gaps where there is partial loss.

Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.

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