New Patients are welcome at our County Cavan Dental Surgery


New patients are always welcome here at Colm Smith Dental. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive range of high quality general and cosmetic dental care as well as specialist led orthodontics and specialist oral surgery services in a relaxed and professional environment with state-of-the-art equipment. We are constantly striving to maintain our high standards and meet our patients’ expectations.

At your first visit, our team will take time to listen to your needs and to discuss treatment options which suit you. We would kindly ask that you plan to arrive at our clinic a few minutes prior to your appointed time so that we may register your details onto our computer system.

Getting here

We are located at 51 Market Street in Cootehill in Co. Cavan. Our clinic is located on the main street right opposide Foy’s Supervalu. There is plenty of FREE on street parking on Market Street. If you are travelling from Dublin by car, we estimate the journey time to be approximately 90 minutes via the M1 or M3 motorways. Please see our location map on the Contact Us page or at the bottom of this page on the right hand side.

What to bring with you

If you have been referred to our clinic by a colleague (e.g. for Oral Surgery services such as wisdom teeth removal), we would ask you to bring your insurance details and any referral letters / notes / x-rays from your referring dentist.

A list of all current medications you are taking would also be most helpful.

If you think you may be entitled to a free oral examination and a reduction on a scale/polish under the Dental Treatment Benefits Scheme (PRSI) run by the Dept of Social Welfare, We will require your Date of Birth and PPS number and check eligibility on day of your appointment after you have provide written consent.

If you have a current, valid Medical Card, we would ask you to bring it with you in advance of your first appointment so that we may complete the necessary forms and paperwork for you.

What will happen at my first appointment?

At your first appointment, you will be seen by one of our dentists who will have a chat with you about your concerns and then carry out a detailed assessment:

  • X-rays and clinical photographs as required
  • Medical History assessment
  • Detailed teeth health assessment
  • Detailed gum health assessment (periodontal assessment)
  • Cosmetic assessment (optional)
  • Functional assessment of jaw joint, muscles and bite
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Written report and estimate
  • Treatment plan

Fees & Payment

Payment for treatment carried out should be made at the end of the treatment session. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or by all major credit and debit cards. We also offer tailored payment plans for patients and our reception team will be happy to discuss this with you at the end of your first appointment.

State Schemes & Insurance

PRSI Social Welfare Scheme

If you are currently employed and paying PRSI you are entitled to a free dental examination once per calendar year and a reduction in scale/polish. All other PRSI dental benefits have been abolished in the 2009 Budget since December 31st 2009.

Medical Card Scheme

If you are over 16 years of age and hold a full medical card you are entitled to a free examination and two fillings once per calendar year.

You are no longer entitled to get your teeth cleaned free of charge.

If you are in pain you will be covered for relief of pain. You must always present your medical card at each visit.

VHI Dental Insurance

This is a Private Dental Insurance scheme operated by VHI

Laya Health Care

Private Health Insurance Company which covers a portion of each non-emergancy dental visit and emergency dental treatment following an accident.

St Pauls Garda Medical Aid Scheme

This scheme covers certain aspects of treatment for members of the Garda Siochana

Saturday Hospital Fund

Personal Health Cover from HSF healh plan gives you cash towards a range of everyday health care costs.

Tax Relief

Some of your dental treatment may qualify for tax relief such as crowns, bridges, veneers, orthodontics and root canal treatments. Tax Relief is not available for the cost of scaling, extraction and filling of teeth or the provision of artificial teeth or dentures.

This is done by filling out a Med 2 form which will provide and help complete for you, along with a completed Med 1 form and your P60. This is then sent into Revenue to claim the relief.