Cosmetic Dentistry

Rathdrum Dental provides cosmetic dentistry from a simple cleaning to remove stains and tartar to teeth whitening to implants/crowns/bridges to restore missing teeth.

We work with registered specialists to offer the highest standards of treatment.

Some of our routine cosmetic procedures are listed below:



Crowns can be made entirely from porcelain or contain a metal core.  All ceramic crowns means they will never corrode or cause dark lines, that can often happen with crowns that contain metal. As a rule Rathdrum Dental will never use any material that would be unsightly. Crowns can look like natural teeth. This means the teeth can look much more lifelike and are indistinguishable from your own teeth

We are all familiar with the unattractive black lines that show over time around crowns containing metal. This is caused by corrosion of the metal. It can lead to discolouration of the root of the tooth and even the gum itself. Ceramic crowns are different. They are made entirely from porcelain which means they will never corrode and cause the problems with dark lines.



Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile if you are unhappy with the colour, shape or position of your teeth. They are a long-lasting solution for problems with stained or chipped teeth and can make an ordinary smile look fantastic. Veneers are a thin wafer of porcelain, which is bonded to the tooth to cover the shape or colour of the tooth. They may involve some preparation of the tooth and, as such, they really are a permanent solution. Veneers require you to have a healthy tooth in order to work their best. If you have heavily filled teeth or a very heavy bite you may benefit more from ceramic crowns instead.



What is a Dental Implant used for?

Dental implants are anexcellent  solution to tooth loss. Dental implants can be used to replace one/ two or several  missing teeth.  They can also be used to retain your denture or a bridge making it more secure.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a man made root which is gently placed into the bone where the tooth used to be. This root can be used as a support for a new tooth, or to support a denture. Implants have been used successfully for over 40 years in dentistry but the modern implant is the closest thing to a real tooth. An implant, unlike a bridge or a denture, does not rely on the neighbouring teeth for support, meaning the other teeth are left undamaged. Implants are also resistant to decay as they are made from titanium. With correct maintenance, they can last a lifetime.


Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening can be performed at your dental clinic or in the comfort of your own home. In-clinic whitening allows your dentist to use a more powerful whitening gel. A specialized light or laser activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.

In-clinic whitening usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. The number of appointments needed will depend upon the method used, how severe your stains are and how white you want your teeth to be. Different types of stains respond differently to the treatment. The majority of people can expect their teeth to come up to seven shades whiter. For at-home whitening, your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and will make custom mouthpieces to fit you. The close fit helps the whitening agent remain in contact with your teeth.

At home, you will fill each mouthpiece with a whitening gel your dentist provides. You will wear the mouthpiece for several hours every day. Many people achieve the amount of whitening they want within a week or two. However, you may need to wear the mouthpiece for four weeks or longer, depending on how white you want to go



A dental bridge is a false tooth, which is held between two porcelain crowns to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.


White fillings:

These are a tooth like substitute which is made in the mouth directly in one visit. These can be strong and long lasting if the cavity is small and there is not a very heavy bite.


If you have a medium to large cavity you are better off with a ceramic inlay. These are made by CAD-CAM and are much stronger than white fillings. They are made outside the mouth in the laboratory and are then bonded to the tooth.


If the tooth is very heavily filled and has been weakened then a ceramic crown is usually the best choice. This completely covers the tooth and is like a strong band over the tooth. This can also look very life like and be very long lasting.












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Rathdrum Dental Surgery

Fairgreen, Rathdrum,
Co Wicklow
(0404) 46728

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