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Riona Gorman

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What is Dental Erosion?

Dental Erosion

Dental erosion also known as acid erosion is a form of tooth wear. Dental erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid.

There are different forms of tooth wear but today we will discuss dental erosion.

Enamel is the hard, outer surface of your tooth that protects the underlying dentine and pulp.

If the enamel starts to wear away, the underlying dentine is exposed, which may lead to sensitivity and in some occasions pain. If the wear continues, teeth will gradually over time become shorter. As well as sensitivity, this can also interfere with function. Patients that usually suffer from dental erosion also usually complain of not liking the appearance of their teeth.

What causes Dental Erosion?

  • Acids in food and drink. The main causes are excessive consumption of fizzy drinks, sports drinks, sparkling water, fruits and fruit juices, alcohol and many more. Fruit that people bite into like lemons or strawberries, etc. can lead to erosion on your front upper teeth as well as your posterior teeth. This can lead to your front teeth feeling rough, sensitive and picks up staining easily.
  • Acid reflux from the stomach. Acid can become regurgitated during reflux which may present with symptoms of heartburn.
  • Dry mouth
  • Medications

How to avoid Dental Erosion:

  • Decrease the amount of acidic food and drinks consumed. Keep acidic food/drinks to mealtimes to reduce the number of acid attacks on your teeth. Try not to snack on acidic foods.
  • Increase your knowledge on foods, drinks that may cause erosion. The dentists in Blackrock Clinic Dentistry are always available to give advice.
  • Rinse your mouth with water or drink some milk or bite into cheese to neutralise the acid post eating fruit.
  • Wait for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic or reflux before brushing your teeth.

Is the gum swollen around your wisdom tooth and giving pain ?

Wisdom tooth infections-

What is a wisdom tooth infection ?

A wisdom tooth usually causes pain and becomes infected if it is impacted. There are numerous types of wisdom tooth impaction.

The wisdom tooth can be nearly fully erupted with a small amount of gum covering over the functioning portion.

The wisdom tooth may be partially erupted or just the very tip may be visible.  It is usually the flap of gum that becomes swollen and caused the infection.

How can this happen?

If food becomes trapped in the area, leading to inflammation, this alone could cause pain or a mild ache in the area.  The upper wisdom tooth may then traumatise this flap of gum causing it to become a progressively bigger swelling causing a lot of pain.

If you grind your teeth at night or during the day this can also cause trauma to the flap of gum.

When does this happen? 

Our dentists mostly find patients complaining of this when you are very busy at work or studying for exams. In general, it can happen at anytime though.

What are the signs and symptoms of wisdom tooth infection ?

Pain – ranging from a discomfort  to a mild ache to severe pain

Swollen gum around the wisdom tooth

Bad taste

Swelling of lymph nodes

Problems with swallowing

You may not be able to function on that side

Limited mouth opening

Pain may radiate to head


Treatment of a wisdom tooth infection

Visit our dentist

Rinse with a chorohexidine mouthwash for 40 seconds daily

Clean around the tooth as best as possible

The infection may require an antibiotics from you dentist

If the infection is recurrent then your dentist will recommend treatment of either removing the flap of gum around the wisdom tooth or extraction of the wisdom tooth.



Want straight teeth? What are my options?


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6 month braces!!


Are you a suitable candidate?

If you are interested in straightening your front teeth only, want it done within 6 months and hassle free, then this it’s the treatment for you! 6 month braces can correct a lot

What is it?

It combines traditional orthodontic treatment with modern techniques. It comprises of brackets and wire all of which are tooth coloured to make the treatment as discrete as possible.

What do I need to do?

It is hassel free treatment. All that is needed is to attend an appointment every 4-6 weeks and keep good oral hygiene throughout treatment

Will my teeth more move after treatment?

You will be supplied with a removable retainer at the end of treatment to maintain the new straight appearance. You also have the option to get a fixed retainer on the back of the teeth to secure them post treatment. Retention is the key to keeping your new straight smile

How do I start?

Just book a consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate. If you are we will take impressions and get you ready for to place the braces. It’s as easy as that!



Are you feeling the pain every time you eat ice-cream? Do you have root exposure?



We are all feeling the heat and eating a lot more junk food with the summer vibes in abundance. Ice-cream consumption is on the rise but for some people that 99 is not as enjoyable as they would like.

Do you get a “nerve type” pain every time you eat ice-cream or very cold drinks?


Advice from the dentists on sensitivity when eating ice-cream or very cold drinks

This nerve type pain may simply be from root exposure.

Root exposure can occur due to a number of reasons including

  • Brushing too hard
  • If you suffer from periodontal disease
  • You clench your teeth
  • Age

A very simple bonding can easily cover this exposed root and remove sensitivity altogether.

This is a very straightforward procedure and unlikely to require local anaesthetic.

Our dentists will advise you on the likely cause of your sensitivity and give some oral hygiene tips.

There may be other causes of the pain so we would suggest attending our dentist for a dental examination to rule out any disease.

Call Blackrock Clinic Dentistry on 01 206 4218 for more information or email .

Discoloured or black front teeth

Do you have a discoloured or black front tooth that you constantly stare at in photos?



Do not worry, there are various options to consider when planning how you can treat the darkness.

  • Bleaching– normally anterior teeth that are black or discoloured have undergone trauma and the majority have had root canal treatment. If your tooth has not had root canal treatment then you can try normal bleaching but the prognosis is not predictable. Internal bleaching is a process where we bleach your tooth over 3 weeks requiring usually 3 visits. The results can vary but it is a quick procedure that is not intrusive.
  • Veneer- A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain bonded to your own tooth. Usually approx. 0.5mm of your tooth will need to be removed to allow for the veneer. It is like the thickness of your nail.
  • Crown – A crown is like a “cap” for your tooth. It is a shell of porcelain that is placed around your prepared tooth.


If you have any questions regarding a discoloured tooth, then call  Blackrock Clinic Dentistry on 01 206 4218 today or email

Why is decay so bad?

Once the decay process has started it continues until it is removed. The further the decay continues the larger the cavity in the tooth. The larger the cavity in the tooth the weaker the tooth is long-term even with a restoration. If the decay continues through the enamel and the dentine and reaches the pulp, the nerve will be affected and start to die off. This results in pain for the patient and root canal treatment or extraction being the only two options available if this occurs.

What Causes decay?

Decay (clinically referred to by dentists as caries) is the process of destruction of enamel and dentine of the tooth by acid produced by bacteria in the mouth fuelled by sucrose(sugar).
Bacteria adhere to the teeth in a layer form known as plaque.
Therefore the main two things needed for the decay process to occur are plaque (bacteria biofilm) and sucrose (sugar)

To prevent decay

To prevent decay we have to minimise sugar intake and frequency and remove thoroughly plaque containing bacteria.

Review your diet. Reduce frequency of snacking and intake of any sugary drinks. Especially sports drinks/smoothies/energy drinks and sugar in tea and coffee.

Plaque removal: Brush well 2 times per day and floss daily. Flossibg cleans the 30% of tooth surface not accessed by the brush.

Get the teeth cleaned by your dentist every 6 months to remove the plaque that you can’t access or that has hardened and is difficult to clean off.

Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride if the one ingredient that can reverse early decay.

If you have decay

It is important to see you dentist for regular check ups to catch any decay in it’s earliest form when the cavity is at it’s smallest to minimise tooth destruction and to keep filling sizes to a minimum.

New Year, New Teeth

It is 2018, begin the year with a positive, proactive attitude.

Do you like your teeth? Do you feel you look after them as well as you should?

It is very easy to put off attending the dentist until there is a problem. It’s a new year, do not wait until that tooth breaks or you wake up with a throbbing pain. Call Blackrock Clinic Dentistry 01 206 4218 and attend for your check up now. We advise a check-up every 6 months to ensure decay or gum disease is caught early.

If you are PRSI qualified, you will benefit from a free basic examination and a contribution towards a Scale and Polish now. Call with your pps number now.

Do you floss?

Make it your new year’s resolution to floss daily

Tip: Leave your floss beside you toothbrush, if you stare at the floss enough, you may just start using it. Your tooth brush does not effectively clean in between your teeth.  Our favourite floss is Oral B satin floss (it comes in a blue box).

Would you like to have whiter teeth?

On a regular basis, patients ask us about veneers, crowns, etc to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. Sometimes by completing a simple session of bleaching your teeth can greatly improve the appearance and many patients will be delighted with this non-invasive procedure. Please see our blog on bleaching below.

Are you drinking Sports drinks, fruit juices, smoothies?

Most people try to begin the year with increasing the amount they exercise and fruit intake. It is important to know that sport drinks and fruit juices and fruit by itself are acidic. This means they can erode your teeth.

Tip: 1) Drink sports drinks, fruit juices through a straw.

2) Never brush directly after eating fruit. The acid can make the enamel softer leading to erosion of your teeth. Rinse with water or drink milk or eat cheese to neutralise the acid.


When should a child visit the dentist?


On a weekly basis, patients at Blackrock Clinic Dentistry ask us when they should bring their child to the dentist.

  • The first baby teeth to erupt are usually the lower front 2 teeth at age 6-10 months. Please see the chart below re the eruption pattern.

We advise as soon as the baby teeth begin to erupt then attend the dentist for a dental check-up. Why?

  • It is very important to get your child familiar with the dentist at an early age. It is vital that they like attending the dentist.
  • Prevention is better than cure so we recommend attending every 6 months.
  • Catch decay early to avoid extractions at an early age.
  • Sometimes orthodontic intervention is required at any early age so regular routine dental examinations are important.
  • Diet  advice- your dentist will advise you on the best and worst foods or drinks for your child’s teeth.
  • The dentist will advise you the best oral hygiene technique and tips on how your child can improve brushing their teeth.


Do you qualify for a Dental Examination and Scale and Polish under the PRSI scheme?

Under the new terms, we are pleased to say that the PRSI will now offer a contribution to your yearly dental exam and scale and polish.

Say goodbye to tartar and hello to sparkling teeth..

Call 01 206 4218 or email for more details. Please have your PPS number ready.

Sensodyne Sensitive Dental team of the year


We are over the moon that Blackrock Clinic Dentistry is nominated for the Sensodyne Sensitive Dental team of the year award. This is very exciting news for us and will look forward to dressing up in our gowns on December 2nd. Wish us Luck!