Specialist Dentistry


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Endodontics/Specialist Root Canal Treatment ›
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An Oral Surgeon is a dentist who has undertaken a further 3 years of training in a hospital setting following completion of a general dental degree. Dr. O’Neill completed her specialist training in the Dublin Dental Hospital, qualifying in 2014 having been awarded a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Dr. O’Neill has also received a Diploma in Conscious Sedation from Dublin Dental hospital for the use of I.V. Sedation for patients.

This allows for complex dental procedures to be completed for patients safely and with no anxiety. This has proved especially popular for clients who may have been nervous patients previously.

Dr O’Neill is also the consultant oral surgeon in the Mater Private, where she can attend complex cases in a hospital setting with an option for general anesthetic.

An oral surgeon is a specialist in all aspects of surgical dentistry including:

  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Dental Implant placement – Docklands Dental uses 3i Zimmer Implants
  • Surgical removal and wound treatment for complex tooth removal
  • Dental treatment for Medically compromised patients
  • Bone grafting and sinus lifting
  • Ridge augmentation for ideal replacement of teeth or dental implant placement
  • Diagnosis and treatment of dental pathology including cyst removal.
  • Use of 3-D technology to assist and implement the surgical aspect of complex restorative dentistry

Endodontics/Specialist Root Canal Treatment

What is an Endodontist?

Another term for a Specialist Root Canal Treatment is Endodontics. An endodonist is a specialist in root canal treatment. A patient can choose to have a root canal treatment if they have developed pain in  a tooth or an infection has begun inside a tooth. Sometimes this can be very painful, however, we can assure you that a root canal treatment is totally painless. The process cleans and sterilizes the inside of a tooth and then a special rubber filling is placed in the tooth to prevent an infection developing in the future.

What makes an Endodontist different? 

Teeth have lots of different shapes and sometimes the anatomy of a tooth can be very complex. In these cases, it may be difficult for a general dentist to ensure that they have accessed the whole tooth and cleaned it completely. If the tooth is not fully cleaned, then it is possible a root canal may fail and an infection develop that can cause pain or damage for a patient. An Endodontist goes back to college after dentistry to specialise in root canal treatments. These are performed under a microscope to ensure that the whole tooth is cleaned, giving excellent success rates in over 95% of cases. We are one of the few private practices to have purchased a Global G3 microscope for the treatment of root canals. Meaning that even the most difficult teeth have a great chance of working in a patients’ mouth for years to come.

Does Specialist Root Canal Treatment hurt?

Absolutely not! If a patient is in pain or has developed an infection, this can be a stressful and painful time. The process of having a root canal is painless, we use modern anesthetics and in some cases IV sedation for very nervous patients, to ensure that the process is as easy as possible. The normal procedure time is between 60-90 minutes and will include a core restoration to make a tooth as strong as possible and ready for any further treatment a patient may decide to undertake.


Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. In simple terms, Orthodontic treatment is not just about straightening teeth – it is also about aligning jaws, preserving the health of the gums and jaw joints, and correcting the aesthetics of your smile and facial profile.

Why should I (or my family) get orthodontic treatment?

Two great reasons: aesthetics and function. Orthodontic treatment improves your bite, allowing your teeth to function better and makes it easier for you to keep them clean, which can improve your overall health. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you — it enhances your own self-image also.

What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Compared to general dentists, a specialist orthodontist like Dr. O’Connell has received at least three years of comprehensive training solely in orthodontics, in addition to their dental training. They have passed exams with the Royal College of Surgeons in the U.K., qualifying them as a specialist in orthodontics. As such, the orthodontist is best placed to advise on and treat a whole range of dental and skeletal problems. They are experienced with a number of different brace and aligner systems for you to choose, rather than being restricted to just one brace system.

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