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The Dental Practice
The Dental Practice started in Roscrea in 1983. In the year 2000, we moved to our present location on the Main Street. We are a team helping patients to achieve great dental health
in a comfortable pleasant manner in
All of us are committed to caring for your dental health. Nearly all dental disease is preventable. After a thorough examination, we discuss our findings and in agreement with you, arrange the most appropriate preventive program.
“Preventive dentistry” is the collective term for care and education to avoid gum disease, tooth decay and other problems of the mouth.
Preventive dentistry has been the foundation of the dental services we provide. Dr. Terry Farrelly, Dr. Anne Marie Julian and hygienists Lorraine Kelly and Imelda Shanahan are committed in helping patients to improve their oral health and appearance.
Our thorough preventive programme is a combination of regular check-ups and scheduled X-rays to spot any problems early on. Whenever we see a potential problem, we’ll discuss the causes and the solution of your dental problems with you, including how you can prevent them happening in the future.
We pride ourselves in caring for our patients as if they were one of our own family. We give you the same attention we would for our own children or our own parents. We want to provide care that is so good that you keep coming to this practice for the rest of your life.
Our practice offers a full range of dental care starting with the helping of those who are unfortunate to experience pain and need urgent attention. We offer general, preventive, children’s dentistry and orthodontics (braces).
Learn about the services we offer. Click on the buttons to the right.
Medical Card Holders are entitled to certain free treatments.
Employees and Self-Employed with sufficient PRSI contributions are entitled to free examination and x-rays, once per year.
Urgent Care & Emergencies
Examination & Xrays
Periodontics (Gum Disease)
Root Canal Therapy
Replacing Missing Teeth
Orthodontics & Braces
Urgent Care & Emergencies
Contact the practice by phone or online booking as early as possible in the day. Do not let the day go on without contacting us that way we can get you seen and sorted very quickly.
We will see you as soon as possible, please phone our reception at
0505 21000 as early as possible in the day so we can see you as quickly
as we possibly can. The sooner that we see you the better, if you have
issues or concerns about attending please let the receptionist know so
that we can make your emergency as easy as possible.
Please, Please tell us, tell the receptionist, tell the dentist, and we can help you. If it’s a secret it makes much harder to manage. Sometimes we can give you sedation in tablet form or gas and air.
We can help you with to achieve good oral heath in an easy way, we can provide sedation for those over sixteen and give gas and air for those under sixteen. Firstly before any treatment is even thought about we must do a thorough examination to establish your needs and how best to take care of them.
Examination & Xrays
We will begin your care with a thorough examination of your mouth.
This examination will include an assessment of your “soft tissue” (gums, lips, tongue, lymph glands, etc.) and “hard tissue” (teeth, bone and joints). It may also include taking X-rays. X-rays are a valuable examination procedure which we use carefully. There are many dental problems that only X-rays can reveal.
After this thorough assessment, the results will be discussed with you so that we can tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs and priorities.
We believe it's important that we inform and educate you about any dental problems you have, and provide a range of acceptable treatment alternatives for your consideration.
Teeth may need to be repaired or “restored” (filled) for a variety of reasons, including:
Amalgam (metal) fillings are still considered a very safe, functional and sometimes irreplaceable form of treatment. However, visually-appealing white fillings are usually ideal for repair and restoration of the visible teeth at the front. White fillings are also constantly improving in durability for use in the grinding teeth at the back of your mouth.
All of us are committed to caring for your dental health. Nearly all dental disease is preventable. After a thorough examination, we set up the most appropriate preventive programme.
This starts with education about how to use a tooth brush clean most effectively. We'll also explain and show you the huge benefit of cleaning between your teeth with interdental and single tufted brushes.
We are keen that high risk patients especially children at risk of dental decay use prescription toothpastes and have fluoride varnish applied regularly to prevent fillings and costly repairs to teeth. We also provide fissure sealants (protective plastic coatings) for our young patients to protect them against decayed teeth and fillings. We do diet analysis to explain the harmful effects of sugar on your teeth.
Our hygienists will remove all the dirt and plaque from teeth getting them looking and feeling better and will also show you how to maintain a clean healthy mouth. This is the real foundation of gum health which is being increasingly connected with poor cardiac (heart) health.
For many of our patients, this programme has resulted in a dramatic decrease in tooth decay and gum disease, thereby avoiding the need for extensive and expensive dental treatment.
We are experts in the manufacture of sports mouthguards, to prevent injuries in contact sports.
Our goal is to work with parents to avoid or eliminate all dental disease before it starts.
We would like infants to come to the dentist soon after they get their first baby teeth. Dental decay, rotten teeth and fillings are totally preventable. If you never have a hole in your tooth it will never need a filling. Then there are no fillings to replace the whole cycle of dental disease is stopped. Nearly all the children we see are being brought too late to start the best prevention.
Babies and children rely completely on their parents and carers to help them avoid dental problems. Without proper dental care, babies and children can rapidly develop dental problems that affect not only their teeth, but also their overall health, appearance, speech, and self-esteem. Poor dental health at an early age can potentially cause life-long problems.
Most children have their “primary” (baby) teeth by 30 months of age. The health of these baby teeth will affect the health of their permanent (adult) teeth.
For this reason, we recommend that you start bringing your child for check-ups at around 1 year of age. (Of course, you're welcome to bring your child earlier than this if there's anything specific that concerns you.) We would like an opportunity to speak to parents of small toddlers to advice on diet and preventive oral health care.
Small children are very welcome to attend when mum or dad comes for an examination so they can look around and familiarize themselves with the surroundings and meet the practice team.
By early education of both parent and child on diet and cleaning we can create a positive view of dental health in your child, working together dentist and parents can prevent dental disease. Regular check-ups and prevention from an early age have been shown to reduce disease help eliminate a fear of the dentist and establish good dental health routines for life.
Periodontics (Gum Disease) Healthy Gums never bleed
The two most important factors in gum disease are - How clean your teeth and gums are and genetics.
We cannot change your genetics but our hygienists can get your mouth sparkling clean and help you to look after your own oral health.
Poor gum health is increasingly being linked as a significant factor in heart disease.
Some signs of periodontal (gum) disease are:
If it's allowed to progress, gum disease can cause the loss of the supporting jaw bone around your teeth, and some or all of your teeth may be lost. Chronic gum disease is also associated with general health problems especially heart disease.
Treatment of gum disease involves removing the main causes its cause which is dirty bacteria by both patient and by a hygienist to make it easier for you to look after your own teeth and gums.
In very severe or difficult cases, you may need to be referred to a gum specialist, a periodontist, to carry out your gum disease treatment. Treating gum disease makes your mouth look, feel and smell better. Treatment will also greatly eliminate any bleeding from your gums but it’s a joint effort with hygienists helping you to care for your own tooth gum and some cases heart health.
A crown is a hollow cap that is fitted, shaped and glued over a tooth. Each crown must be precisely shaped, recorded by impressions and reproduced in a special model. We only use high quality crowns made by Irish dental laboratories. Not in China.
Crowns may be constructed to provide a tooth-like appearance in shape, size, colour and texture.
Crowns have numerous functions, including:
Root Canal Therapy
Teeth with painful and infected “pulps” (tooth nerves) may be treated with Root Canal Therapy to relieve pain and avoid extraction of the tooth.
This procedure is performed over multiple appointments. Firstly, the pulp is removed and the root canal is cleaned, shaped and medicated. Next, the canal is filled with a special material. A final filling is then placed. Most root canal treated teeth must be crowned as soon after the root canal is completed.
The success rate of Root Canal Therapy is very high (over 95%), but we assess the overall strength and future of the tooth before commencing this procedure.
There are several benefits to avoiding tooth extraction:
Teeth normally darken gradually over time to a yellow or brownish colour. Teeth are often made much darker by stains from coffee, tea, dark wines, smoking, or medications like tetracycline.
Teeth whitening is a relatively-inexpensive and conservative treatment that has proven very successful in rejuvenating many darkened smiles. The results can be stunning.
We often whiten teeth before further cosmetic restorative treatment (veneers, implants, crowns, white filling replacement) so the new cosmetic treatment can be made as white and visually-pleasing as possible, while still matching the natural teeth around it.
After many years of successful treatment, and careful tracking of clinical trials and results, we use only the most highly-recommended whitening treatment: at-home overnight teeth whitening, which is the only type of tooth whitening allowed by the HPRA and the Dental Council used under the direct supervision of your dentist.
This treatment involves a few visits to the dentist, and usually takes about two weeks to complete. Each night, the patient wears a custom-fitted “whitening splint” (like a mouthguard) that holds a special whitening liquid.
We have the whitening liquid available to top up the whitening in the trays years after the initial whitening.
Veneers are thin restorations that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of stained, chipped or crooked teeth. They are a more conservative alternative to crowns.
Veneers not only improve the colour of teeth, but can also close spaces between teeth, improve the length of short or worn teeth, and change the shape of teeth.
We can deliver 2 types of veneers:
Not all teeth are suitable for veneers and we will discuss this with you.
Replacing Missing Teeth
We can replace missing teeth with:
When teeth are missing, one of our options for restoring the function and cosmetic appearance is to make removable partial and full dentures.
We provide all types of dentures. Plastic(acrylic), Metal(Chrome Cobalt or Titanium) and Flexible partial dentures.
We also do same day denture repairs.
Unfortunately, sometimes teeth are so badly damaged or infected that they need to be “extracted” (removed).
For many years, we've used laughing gas “conscious sedation” to relax patients when appropriate.
We strongly recommend that sports-people wear custom-fitted mouthguards. Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year, thousands of people (including children) are treated for dental injuries like broken teeth that could have been avoided or minimized by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
All our mouthguards are custom made and come with the patients name laminated into the mouthguard. We can also put in mobile phone numbers so the owner can be contacted if lost. We have a huge range of colours.
Unfortunately, the “boil-and-bite” mouthguards you can buy in stores generally don't fit well enough to offer proper protection. They are often knocked out of the mouth by the impact. We see many patients with dental injuries, despite wearing a “boil-and-bite” mouthguard at the time.
Here are 5 Good Reasons to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard:
Damaged or knocked-out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be painful and disfiguring. The cost of treatment for an injured jaw or teeth would be much more expensive than the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
We offer different thicknesses of mouthguard to match the intensity of the sport and age of the patient.
We can offer a discount for teams or clubs if entire group orders at the same time.
Orthodontics & Braces
Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of crooked teeth.
We would like to assess children for orthodontics at about eight to ten years of age as many treatment options close after children loose their baby teeth.
Orthodontic procedures adjust how your teeth and jaws line up with each other to give you a really beautiful smile.
Orthodontics often involves the use of “braces” (fixed orthodontic appliances). Each of these appliances has a specific role and benefits. After the main orthodontic treatment is complete, there is usually a period when the teeth are held in position while the jaw bone re-stabilises. Removable retainers or fixed wire retainers (attached out-of-sight behind the tooth) are used for this.
Orthodontics can be performed on children, teenagers or adults (even quite mature adults) to improve the appearance, function, and often the future of your teeth.
Patients experiencing tooth sensitivity should always get it checked out. Far too many of the patients we see are using toothpastes for sensitive teeth when in fact they have holes or decay in their teeth that requires diagnosis and perhaps treatment.
All the treatment we provide is completed to give the best cosmetic results. We are very slow to remove healthy tooth tissue or teeth to just get a COSMETIC result. We know our teeth are precious and we want to keep yours precious.
Meet Our Dentists
Each member of our trained team has years of experience ensuring your visit is a relaxing appointment. We offer several types of sedatives to help those who are particularly anxious.
“Delivering the best dental treatment appropriate to your needs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”
- Dr. Ann-Marie Julian, B. Dent. Sc.
Graduated from Trinity College
Dublin in 1996. Working here in Roscrea since Oct 1999. Living in Cappawhite, married with two children
Cathal and Ruth.
“ Providing dental care and treatment in a pleasant patient orientated environment.”
- Dr. Yong Yong Foo, B.D.S.
Graduated from University College Cork. She won the Irish Dental Association Prize and Dental council prize for best student. She worked in Kilkenny before coming to Roscrea.
“Making sure all patients
have a great experience.”
- Dr. Terry Farrelly, B.D.S.
Qualified 1976, got married to Evanna and together have three grown up children. Started practice in Roscrea 1983. Completed many postgraduate courses.
Dr. Ann-Marie Julian, B. Dent. Sc.
Dr. Yong Yong Foo, B.D.S
Dr. Terry Farrelly, B.D.S
24/24 Main Street, Townparks
Roscrea, Co. Tipperary E53 EC56
The Dental Practice
Gentle Preventive Care
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