Five Minutes with Dr. Hadeel Omer, General Dentist with Special Interest in Oral Surgery
1. Where did you start your dentistry career?
I qualified in 2009 as a Dentist with BDS (Honours) from my home country, Sudan. I started my career as a general dentist at the Military hospital in Sudan and a private clinic simultaneously. Following this, I undertook Senior House Officer post in Maxillofacial Surgery at a tertiary hospital in Saudi Arabia. After a few years as a general dentist, I developed a keen interest in Oral Surgery, which led me to pursue postgraduate training at the University of Manchester, UK. I gained valuable surgical experience and awarded a master’s degree in Oral maxillofacial Surgery. Along with this, I achieved the Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
After gaining experience in many fields of dentistry, I decided to move to Ireland, and I am very proud to be part of one of the best clinics in Ireland, Pembroke dental . I aim to provide the same professional, high-quality service with a gentle and caring approach to the patients.
2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry, and how do you spend your spare time?
Dentistry is a personally fulfilling career. I enjoy building up a rapport with my patients. Making them feel the ease, and smile with confidence, is truly rewarding!
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with local communities and using my dental skills to reach out to the less fortunate people. Back in my home country, I worked for a non-governmental health organization offering treatment for the less fortunate and, I have joined many medical convoys. While studying in the UK, I volunteered with a homeless charity to promote oral health care and preventive dentistry.
3. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I recently achieved a master’s degree from the prestigious University of Manchester, in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, it has been a rewarding experience and has improved my clinical and research skills.
I regularly watch online webinars, and I have also attended many dental and surgical courses in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Middle East. I believe that continuous postgraduate education never ends, and it is fundamental to update dental knowledge and skills.
4. You particularly enjoy Surgical Exposure of Impacted Canine, can you explain some more about this treatment?
Some adult teeth do not erupt in the mouth as they should. Commonly, the canine or eye tooth in the upper jaw, which normally erupts at 13 years of age. It can fail to erupt or develop in the wrong position. When the circumstances are potentially favourable, a relatively minor surgical procedure is done to uncover the tooth and slowly move it into alignment with a chain attached to braces. This procedure has a high success rate and boosts patients’ self-esteem due to an enhanced smile and function.
5. What should I do if I knock my tooth out?
If your adult tooth is knocked out due to an injury or accident, it does not necessarily mean it is lost for good. Proper emergency action can save the tooth. We advise the patient to pick up the tooth by the broad chewing surface (the crown) only. Rinse it in cold tap water, try either: putting the tooth back in its place and gently bite down on it, or keep the tooth moist by placing it in a cup of milk or inside your mouth, next to your cheek. The patient should see the dentist within 30 minutes for further management and follow-ups. Time is of the essence in this situation so don’t delay in contacting your dentist.