Our Team

Dr. Davina Graham

Five Minutes with Dr Davina Graham, Dentist

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?


After graduating with honours from Trinity College Dublin in 2012, I moved to Glasgow for a year to follow a postgraduate general practice training scheme .I gained invaluable experience in an excellent practice, where I treated a high number of children and nervous patients. It certainly was a baptism of fire! That experience has served me well over the years. I then moved back home to Kildare and joined another position in general practice, before getting the opportunity to work in Pembroke Dental in 2014, and I’ve been based here ever since. My dental home, you could say.


2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?


After graduating with honours from Trinity College Dublin in 2012, I moved to Glasgow for a year to follow a postgraduate general practice training scheme .I gained invaluable experience in an excellent practice, where I treated a high number of children and nervous patients. It certainly was a baptism of fire! That experience has served me well over the years. I then moved back home to Kildare and joined another position in general practice, before getting the opportunity to work in Pembroke Dental in 2014, and I’ve been based here ever since. My dental home, you could say.


In my spare time I enjoy cooking, cycling and playing tennis. I like travelling, both for leisure and to do charity work, which I’ve done in both Kenya and Cambodia. I hope to continue this work in the future.


3. What is that last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?


I attend courses and conferences regularly to keep up to date with the most recent and minimally invasive treatments and techniques. Digital dentistry is the latest development which has made a huge impact on accuracy and comfort of many treatments, as it eliminates the need for impressions, which many people find uncomfortable. I have trained in the prestigious Eastmann Dental Institute in London in both endodontics and cosmetic dentistry which really added to my skills.


I enjoy orthodontics and recently completed the Invisalign GO course so now I can offer this treatment to my patients who want straighter teeth with the minimum of fuss.


4. I take a lot of medication; do I need to tell my dentist and if so why?


Yes, it is essential to bring a list of all the medications you are taking, however relevant or irrelevant they seem. So many medications have oral side effects, such as dry mouth, thrush, ulcers and altered taste. Others thin the blood, which may impact how we do extractions. Some medications, especially those for osteoporosis and for cancer treatment, alter how the bone heals, or can lead to huge issues after an extraction. Drugs for the immune system can make you more prone to infections too. Dentists also frequently prescribe antibiotics and painkillers, some of which may interact with medication you are on. So, it is extremely important that you inform your dentist about anything you are taking (even herbal) and if this changes over the years.


5. Do I need to have dental X-rays taken, are X-rays bad for you?


Taking x-rays is an important diagnostic tool for dentists. A lot of dental decay and other issues would be missed without x-rays as it gives us information about areas in the mouth and jaws that we otherwise can’t see directly. We simply cannot do our job to the highest degree without the use of dental x-rays. Our dental x-rays are all now digital, so the dose of radiation is extremely low. We only take x-rays when they are justified and under strict guidelines which we adhere to, each and every time. The radiation dose is not anything to worry when taken with proper care and attention.


Why are dental treatments so expensive?


Excellent dentistry takes exceptional skill and time. Expensive equipment, laboratory costs and a large dental team are all part of the dental experience that you don’t see firsthand but are important components of comprehensive dental treatment. Knowledge and individual skills are always being improved on in the form of extra courses- certificates, diplomas and masters degrees. Dentistry has improved a lot over the years, and it is only with continued learning and professional growth that this has be achieved.


Investing in quality treatment always ends up being cost effective in the long term but we have to invest in our facilities, equipment and our staff without government help in order to provide you with the best dental treatment available. This all contributes to the expense of dental treatment, but we do try to help our patients in this regard by facilitating dental payment plans to make the treatment journey more achievable.