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Claire Rath BDS MClinDent
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Our Team

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Dr Claire Rath BDS NUI MClinDent (Prosthodontics) U Lond
Irish Dental Council Registration Number 2797

Claire graduated with a bachelors degree in dentistry from UCC in 1984. She worked in the Health Service and in private practice in both Ireland and the UK. She was awarded Master of Clinical Dentistry in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics from Kings College, University of London in 2009.

Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with advanced crown and bridgework, dentures and implants. Prosthodontists are typically involved in complex dental cases where several teeth have to be restored, teeth have suffered excessive wear, previous dental prosthetic treatment has failed and/or where occlusal (bite) stability needs to be re-established. Claire completed a postgraduate certificate in dental implants with the Oxford Society of Implantology conducted by Professor Manuel Chanavaz.

Publications

Rath C., Sharpling B., Millar, B. Survey of the provision of crowns by dentists in Ireland. Journal of the Irish Dental Association 2010, 56(4);178-185.

Memberships

Dr Rath is a member of the Irish Dental Association, the British Dental Association, the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry, the International Team for Implantology and the European Prosthodontic Association

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Dr Mairead Browne BDS NUI MFDS RCSI
Irish Dental Council Registration Number 7406

Mairead graduated from University College Cork with an honours bachelor degree in dentistry. After graduation she worked in both private and public practice in Ireland. Mairead continued her postgraduate training in the Cork University Hospital where she gained experience in on-call emergency and maxillofacial dentistry. She completed her membership in the faculty of dental surgeons with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in 2008. Mairead has completed training and is a provider of Six Month Smiles. She has attended the Facial Aesthetic Academy in London for training in the use of use of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Mairead is is studying for a Masters in Aesthetic Medicine at St Marys University in London. She is president of the Munster branch of the Irish Dental Association and is a member of the Irish Dental Union Council.

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Dr Kate Horgan BDS NUI
Irish Dental Registration Number 11311

Kate graduated from University College Cork in 2010. She was  awarded the prestigious IADR David Scott Fellowship and was the overall winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Operative Dentistry, with the Academy of Operative Dentistry. Following garduation she spent some time working with the dental team in Work The World, a voluntary organisation in Nepal. Kate worked in general dental practice in the UK before returning home to the Ireland. Her special interests are in the area of Aesthetic Dentistry as well as providing a full range of Orthodontic Services. Kate has continued her postgarduate education through a variety of advanced courses including Six Month Smiles, Dentofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics, Smile-Tru Clear Aligners and Secret Smile Lingual Braces.  Kate is currently studying for a Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (City of London Dental School, London).

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy can be summed up as People, Prevention and Preservation.

We recognise that our patients are the most important people at our practice and remember at all times that we treat people and not just their teeth. Our primary desire is to help our patients prevent dental disease by showing them how they can best take care of their oral health and encouraging them to take personal responsibility to maintain a healthy dental condition.

When a person has experienced damage to their dental condition we attempt to preserve as much of their natural dentition as is practicable and according to their means. There are occasions when teeth have to be replaced or removed and a prosthetic (veneer, crown, bridge or implant) may be required. Our approach is always conservative and based on careful diagnosis.

We discuss treatment options fully with our patients before treatment occurs to ensure that they are well-informed and they agree to the schedule of treatment. We have assembled an experienced and qualified team to provide the highest level of dental care with this philosophy.

Caries Programme

Some of our patients experience higher than normal levels of dental disease (caries) and this programme is a structured diagnostic approach to investigating potential causes for their condition. The programme combines a selection of tests to evaluate whether the cause is biological and/or behavioural in origin. Patients are provided with a written report showing their likelihood of avoiding future caries and recommending actions to improve their chances of avoiding further fillings.

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Periodontal Programme

Periondontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults from the age of 35 years onwards. Maintaining good oral hygiene will help ensure that teeth will last a lifetime. However, research has shown that up to 30% of the population may be genetically disposed to periodontal disease. Research has also shown that periodontal disease can be linked to many serious diseases such as heart and respiratory diseases. The consequences of periodontal diseases can range from bad breath to the significant lifestyle changes that are involved when teeth are lost.

Often the patient is the first to detect the onset of periodontal disease (bleeding gums, bad breath, change in the fit of dentures, loosening teeth, etc) and it is important that these symptoms are brought to the attention of a dentist so that early intervention can be made before the disease progresses.

The periodontal programme is a structured set of therapies designed to treat the existing periodontal condition of the patient. These therapies may include oral health instruction, scaling, fluoride treatment, root planning and/or treatment of diseased epithelium by laser depending on the severity of the periodontal disease. The treatment occurs over a number of appointments and the patient is provided with a schedule of therapies for each appointment.

Our prevention programmes can provide patients with very informative customised reports showing the periodontal condition of their individual teeth. Apart from informing patients about their periodontal condition, we have found these reports often motivate patients to participate more in their treatment as they can monitor their progress. This link gives an example of a typical report.

Our Commitment

We aim to provide you with a caring service that caters for your individual dental needs. We will communicate with you about your dental health so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment. It is our policy to provide you with a written treatment plan showing the cost of each item of treatment before treatment commences.

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