Dr Elizabeth Melvin, Dentist

Macroom Dental Surgery (Middle Square)

Macroom Dental Surgery
Middle Square, Macroom
Co. Cork
T:026 41052
E: dentist@macroomdental.ie

Opening hours
9.00am – 8.00pm

9.00am – 5.30pm

9.00am – 4.00pm

Emergencies are also catered for at Macroom Dental.

New patients are always welcome (medical card, PRSI, and private).


News - March 2018

How long will pain last after a root canal?

dfdfdMost people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. While most people can expect some discomfort during and after the procedure, excessive pain is not normal.
Modern technology and the use of anaesthetics make this procedure quick, safe, typically pain free, and an excellent way to help save a natural tooth. Fast facts on root canals:

  • a root canal will treat the diseased tissue while preserving the rest of the tooth;
  • a person will be given anaesthetic before the procedure, so it is usually no more painful than a typical dental filling; and,
  • if a root canal fails, redoing it can fix the problem.

In most cases, the sensitivity and discomfort associated with a root canal should go away within a few days. If it does not get better, or if the pain is severe or unrelieved by home measures, call your endodontist or dentist for an evaluation.
Fortunately, most root canals are successful. However, some root canal treatments are unsuccessful, and a person can experience more pain. There are many reasons why this happens:

  • the restoration begins to leak;
  • poor oral hygiene;
  • breakdown of the tooth or sealing material over time;
  • presence of an extra canal in the tooth that the endodontist cannot see;
  • an obstruction such as a curved root canal that prevents complete cleaning of the canal;
  • vertical cracks in the tooth; and,
  • dentist or endodontist error.

Over the counter or prescription pain relievers should be sufficient to relieve the pain after a root canal.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com


Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery

dfdfdA trip to the dentist or orthodontist can instil dread in some patients. Add to that the fear of oral surgery with a painful recovery, and many people will avoid these visits. Now, one group reports a pre-clinical study in ACS Nano showing that pain and recovery time could potentially be reduced with the aid of specialised nanotechnology.
In some orthodontic cases, teeth are misaligned to such an extent that surgery is required to cut collagen fibres under the gums before braces are put on the teeth. But patients often choose not to undergo the procedure because it's invasive and can be painful. Scientists recently have turned to nanotechnologies to target therapeutics to specific locations. For example, previous studies have shown some success in using liposomes, which are empty nanoscale vesicles, for drug delivery. Collagenase enzymes could potentially remodel the fibres connecting teeth to bone in the mouth without using a scalpel, but so far, delivering enzymes with liposomes has been challenging. Avi Schroeder and colleagues wanted to develop liposomes that could deliver collagenase enzymes to perform targeted nanosurgery in the mouth.
The team developed liposomal nanoparticles that contained collagenase and performed tests with them on rats. When the liposomes were placed under the gums, the collagenase diffused out of the particles and was activated by calcium naturally found in the mouth. The collagenase weakened the collagen fibres, making it easier to shift the teeth afterward with braces. Compared to conventional surgery, the collagenase treatment helped move the teeth three times faster.

From: www.sciencedaily.com


Lack of guidance may delay a child's first trip to the dentist

dfdfdWithout a doctor or dentist's guidance, some parents don't follow recommendations for early dental care for their children, a new poll has found. One in six parents who did not receive advice from a healthcare provider believed children should delay dentist visits until age four or older – years later than what experts recommend – according to a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll on children's health.
Poll co-director Sarah Clark says: "Visiting the dentist at an early age is an essential part of children's healthcare. These visits are important for the detection and treatment of early childhood tooth decay and also a valuable opportunity to educate parents on key aspects of oral health.
"Our poll finds that when parents get clear guidance from their child's doctor or dentist, they understand the first dental visit should take place at an early age. Without such guidance, some parents turn to family or friends for advice. As recommendations change, they may be hearing outdated information and not getting their kids to the dentist early enough".
More than half of parents did not receive guidance from their child's doctor or a dentist about when to start dentist visits.
Experts say starting dental visits early helps set children up for healthy oral hygiene, with parents learning about correct brushing techniques and the importance of limiting sugary drinks. Dental decay in baby teeth may also be detected, allowing for treatment to avoid more serious problems. In young children with healthy teeth, dentists may apply fluoride varnish to prevent future decay.

From: www.sciencedaily.com