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Staying ahead with Clinipad

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At Quirke Dental Surgeons we endeavour to always deliver the very latest dentistry by using the latest equipment and techniques available to us and this does not exclude our reception area.  In an age when the use of tablets is becoming increasingly popular the practice has introduced the use of our brand new ‘Clinipad’.

The Clinipad allows Quirke Dental Surgeons a big leap ahead in its task to become a ‘paperless practice’. As a patient, the main difference you will notice is that we no longer ask you to fill in a paper Medical History form, instead a few simple clicks and a signature on our tablet computers and all of your details are transferred directly to our records.

For us the Clinipad means a big reduction in the administration time for your dentist, allowing them more time to concentrate further on treating you, the patient.

In trialing the Clinipad at the practice we have found that our patients are enjoying the introduction of the tablet, they find it quick and simple to use and as of yet we have not had the Clinipad returned without a patient commenting on it and smiling. And for that very reason it is a definite hit with us!

As ever, we revolve around the views of our patients and love to hear your feedback about all aspects of the practice. So please let us know what you think of the Clinipad next time you visit Quirke Dental…

Just another of the innovations we have introduced to ensure we are one of the best dental practices in Ireland.

 

Wisdom teeth, what are they good for?

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Many patients come to us every year complaining of problems with wisdom teeth. Many times, the problem is as a result of an infection in the gum overlying the wisdom tooth as it breaks through the gum. This is usually relatively easy to control using antibiotics and good oral hygiene measures. And if the wisdom tooth is coming through in the correct orientation and has enough space to erupt into, control of these local and short-lived infections is often the only issue.

However, the problems really start if the wisdom tooth is not coming through at the correct angle or has insufficient space. The picture illustrates what can happen next.

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In this example, the wisdom tooth has ‘crashed’ into the back of the tooth in front. Over time this has resulted in decay on the wisdom tooth and has also seriously compromised the tooth in front to such an extent that the tooth had to be lost. This is what happens when an impacted wisdom tooth is not taken out in good time.

At Quirke Dental Surgeons, we always assess the likelyhood of wisdom teeth causing this type of problem and will recommend early extraction if we feel that the above scenario is likely to occur in the future. We can refer extraction of wisdom teeth to our visiting specialist oral surgeon if necessary for the procedure to be completed in New Ross.