FAQs

Likely caused by the death of a nerve inside the tooth or a gum infection. Untreated, an abscess could be life threatening. Antibiotics/pain killers may be prescribed.

Tears, cuts or punctures inside the cheeks, lips or tongue. Clean and treat immediately in an urgent care centre or emergency department. Stop bleeding in soft tissues including tongue by cleaning area with running water and then compressing the injured area with gauze or cotton wool for five minutes. If necessary pull tongue forward.

If a tooth is pushed inward or outward, reposition to normal alignment with light finger pressure. Do not force. Use a moist cloth or gauze to hold tooth in place. See a dentist within 30 minutes of injury.

Minor fractures may be smoothed by a dentist using a sandpaper disc. Moderate to severe fractures may require more extensive treatment. Try to find broken piece of tooth, place it in a glass of water and bring to the dentist. It may be possible to re-attach it to the tooth using a dental adhesive filling material.

Mouth Ulcers

If the mouth ulcer doesn’t heal within 10 days, see a dentist. Don’t put aspirin near the ulcer. A pharmacist can recommend a topical aesthetic to reduce discomfort.

Broken or Lost Filling

If causing pain, take an over-the-counter pain medication until you can see your dentist. Don’t delay. Brush and floss to remove impacted foods; eat soft foods.

Toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated. It can be very painful if not properly treated.

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply a cold compress. Use floss to remove any food trapped between teeth. Apply cold compress. Do not put heat or aspirin on the aching area. Avoid very cold or hot foods because they may make the pain worse.

Call dentist on call to schedule a dental appointment.

If appropriate emergency procedures are followed and you bring the tooth to a dentist — ideally within 30 minutes, but even up to an hour or more — it may be possible to save the tooth.
• Find and pick up the tooth by the enamel or top portion of the tooth to prevent damage to the root.
• Handle the tooth as little as possible and do not touch the root surface.
• If dirty, wash gently for 10 seconds under cold running water. Do not scrub, use soap or any other chemicals.
• If possible, replace the tooth into the socket immediately and hold in place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.
• If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket, keep it moist at all times and do not wrap in a tissue or cloth.
• Transport the tooth to a dentist in an emergency tooth preservation kit, milk, mouth (next to cheek), or if none of these is practical, in clean water with a pinch of salt if possible.
• Get to the dentist as soon as possible. If replanted by a dentist within 15-30 minutes, there is a 90 percent chance the tooth will be retained for life.
• For baby or primary teeth, do not try to place it back into the socket. This could damage the formation of the permanent tooth bud. Seek immediate advice from a dentist.

You should be brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that causes dental disease. Plaque is a mixture of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.

Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.

Yes. This is quite a popular option with our patients. As part of our members scheme, you will receive a Dental Check-up and Scale & Polish twice yearly. If you attend with your children, we will also see them for a check-up for free.

The cost of our Members Scheme is €100 per year, payable at the first visit.

Yes! Having a dental emergency is usually very unpleasant and we are happy to see patients on the same day that they call us. As you can imagine, when you attend as an emergency, you may have to wait to be seen by one of our dentists. Generally we try not to keep patients waiting too long, but you will appreciate that patients with prior appointments will be given preference in this regard.

Yes… for certain more expensive treatments including orthodontics and full mouth reconstructions, our clinic offers interest free structured payment plans which can be tailored to suit your needs.

Simply call us on 049 5552683 to discuss this in greater detail with a member of our reception team.

Yes there is plenty of FREE on-street parking directly outside our clinic and all along Market Street. Friday is ‘market day’ in Cootehill and tends to be busier but you should still be able to get a space within a short walking distance from the clinic.

Certain dental procedures such as crowns, root canals, orthodontics and oral surgery, do qualify for tax relief. At the end of treatment we will provide and help complete a Med 2 form for you and you can use this to claim your tax relief. Note: you will also need to download a Med 1 form which will accompany your Med 2 form as part of your claim.

After taking your details at reception, your first appointment will be with one of our dentists who will carry out a full examination of your teeth and gums. They may also take some digital x-rays and / or photographs at that visit.
Once complete, your dentist will discuss what treatment options wll best suit your needs. Many people also like to have their teeth cleaned at this appointment.

Our dentists and clinic staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding tailoring your plan to your needs.

We are delighted to see new patients at our clinic. Most patients come to us through ‘Word of Mouth’ so if you have been referred by one of our patients please tell us so we can thank them!

Yes we can. The Department of Social and Family Affairs (DSFA) Treatment Benefit Scheme provides Dental Benefit for qualifying patients. Prior to your first appointment with us, we would ask you to provide us with your PPS number. We will contact the Department and confirm that you are indeed eligible for an examination under this scheme.

Yes, we are a full service practice and are happy to see patients with Medical Cards. We also see patients covered under the Dental Treatment Benefit Scheme (PRSI) and Private Patients. We also see patients covered under private insurance schemes and the Garda Medical Aid.

We are located at 51 Market Street in Cootehill in Co. Cavan. Our clinic is right on the main street opposide SuperValu.

We are approx 80 mins drive from Dublin.

 

Our sister practice, Monaghan Dental Centre is located on Plantation Road in Monaghan town.

Yes… we accept all major credit and debit cards.