General & Restorative
The heart of our practice is maintaining a healthy relationship between patients and their teeth. Consequently, we offer general dental services designed to keep things as healthy as possible and nip larger issues in the bud before they get worse.
We perform very thorough examinations and check-ups with photographs and X-rays which allow us to detect any areas of concern and we will discuss these in depth with you. If required, we will perform extractions, place fillings, inlays, crowns or bridges always ensuring that the patient is as comfortable and pain-free as possible during the procedure. We take just as much pride in this ‘bread and butter’ dental work as we do in our most cutting-edge treatments.
The real advantage to working in a practice with dentists that specialise in all the different dental disciplines, is that we can take a team approach where necessary. If your teeth are not in the right place, Orthodontics may well be the best solution. Problems with your gums may mean seeing our Gum therapist. If you have worn or chipped teeth, then Cosmetic Dentistry can deliver a beautiful smile. Missing a tooth or dentures falling out, you may require an implant. Whatever the issue we have a team of experts at Callan Dental who can help you.
Crowns are often referred to as “caps” since they cover and protect the entire outer surface of the tooth.
Crowns are required when the tooth structure is weak or teeth have been fractured. They provide support and stability for your teeth. They are often used to replace large amalgam fillings, fractured teeth or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. They are also used to improve the appearance of discolored or crooked teeth.
We use the highest quality dental materials to ensure that your crowns are perfect in every way and more importantly, that they are an exact match and are indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
Metal Free Crowns
Have you ever seen someone smile and then you notice a black line right at the gum line of the person you’re talking to and wondered what it was? Well, that black line is the margin of a crown that has metal under the tooth-coloured porcelain. Dentistry has come a long way and today if you need to correct a broken or chipped tooth, you can do so without having the metal show from under your crown.
A metal free crown is one that is made entirely of porcelain and can be custom matched to your existing teeth without any metal margins showing. Although an all ceramic crown may not be right in every situation, in most cases we can use this new type of full coverage crown to restore teeth.
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can move and drift into the empty space, which can cause problems with your bite. Bridges provide a permanent solution for the replacement of missing teeth and also provide stability and support for teeth surrounding the gap. As bridges are fixed to the teeth adjacent to the gap, they do not have to be removed like dentures. Here at Callan Dental Practice, our bridges are hand crafted by one of the country’s best ceramists to ensure a perfect fit, colour match and function.
Dental implants provide the ultimate solution for missing teeth;
a permanent alternative to dentures.
A dental implant consists of an artificial titanium root which is used to anchor a permanent ceramic crown or removable denture. Dental implants have been used successfully in Ireland for 30 years. We guarantee to use only the best dental implant systems and materials.
Root Canal Treatment
Decades ago, having a toothache meant having the tooth extracted. Today, most teeth with infected nerve tissue can be saved by performing root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is required when decay has infected the nerve and the nerve needs to be removed. The treatment is usually completed over 1 to 2 visits, followed by a crown to maintain the tooth’s integrity. In most instances, root canal treatment is not painful.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the tooth becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread causing severe pain and swelling and the tooth may need to be taken out.
Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What if I don’t have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth. Teeth which have had root canal treatment but have not been crowned afterwards have a much higher risk of fracture.
What about aftercare?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.