Dr Lina Shams

Dr Lina Shams

With special interest in Oral Surgery

 

 

Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

 

  After graduating from the Faculty of Dentistry in Egypt in 2011, I spent one year of postgraduate training in the University Hospital to further enhance my dental skills and knowledge. After that valuable year, I worked as a general dentist for 2 years in general practice .During this period I finished my Membership of the Royal College of Ireland [MFD] and decided that I would like to follow my interest in oral surgery.

 I joined the oral and maxillofacial surgery team in the Ministry of Health hospital in KSA[Kingdom of Saudi Arabia]. I gained a lot of specific experience in oral surgery and was awarded my postgraduate oral surgery diploma in 2017.

 I was then accepted to join the Master of oral and maxillofacial surgery training program back in Egypt and I continued to work in a private practice doing general dentistry as well as my hospital position until  I got the opportunity to work for Pembroke Dental.

 

 

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

 

I enjoy helping anxious patients to have their dental treatment without fear and try to meet their expectations of a healthy attractive smile. I get great satisfaction in fulfilling my patients expectations, be it providing the simplest or the most complex treatments-I do value feedback and continually try to improve my interactions with my patients to make their dental treatment comfortable and a pleasant experience.

 In my spare time I like going out for a walk & exercising, also I like cooking and listening to different kinds of music.

 

 

What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

 

I regularly attend courses and workshops to keep up to date and to improve my knowledge and skills. I am continuing my Masters training program in Oral Surgery and I read the latest research in different fields of dentistry.

 

 

What do you suggest for nervous patients who needs to see a dentist but are too nervous?

 

Talk to your dentist, the right dentist will know that your nervousness can be an important barrier to confidence and health. Morning appointments will be better to help handle stress-we are all less tired. Limit all caffeine before your appointment because it can increase anxiousness. Do not worry, we now have many solutions to calm nervousness -from the simple, such as helpful supportive dental teams to full sedation options.  We need to take the time to talk to you about your needs and assess what is the right approach for you as an individual.

 

 

What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

 

 Tooth sensitivity is pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to certain stimulations such as variations in temperature, hot or cold foodstuffs/drinks and sometimes sweet substances. It can be temporary or lingering, severe or mild in nature and can affect one tooth or several teeth-but one thing is certain, it can be very uncomfortable.

The most common causes can be gum recession or loss/thinning of the enamel outer layer of teeth which are typically due to either brushing too hard or grinding your teeth. But it can also  be due to dental caries and cavities which needs  immediate treatment so it is best to come in and visit your dentist for a dental health check to exclude any serious dental issues before trying any home remedies.

Dr. Hadeel Omer

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.

Dr Mehwish Mansoor

Five Minutes with Dr Mehwish Mansoor, Dentist

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

My journey as a dentist started when I graduated in the city of Lahore in Pakistan from the oldest and most prestigious dental school there. We had a wide variety of patients coming in from all parts of the country. I did my first clinical internship in the public hospital associated with our dental school. It was a very exciting opportunity for a young graduate like me, albeit one that carried an enormous responsibility. After twelve months of working in all the different disciples of dentistry, I started working in a private clinic that was owned by one of our teachers.

Fast forward many years and I moved to Ireland where a whole new world opened to me, regarding not only dentistry but also in the form of a very inviting and inclusive culture and people. It has been a very happening journey and sometimes I am surprised myself when I think of the young and clueless teenage girl roaming in huge corridors of the age old building of Demontmorency Institute of Dental Sciences after clearing all the requisite exams to be there.

 

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

I enjoy all aspects of general routine dentistry but there are certainly a few things about my profession that I particularly enjoy. There is a sense of accomplishment in helping people and I am very fortunate that dentistry is one of the few professions where rewards go beyond monetary, you get to connect with people on their level and help remove their pain or discomfort. At the end of each day, nothing satisfies you more completely than being of use to another human being.

Secondly, I particularly enjoy the emphasis on prevention and disease control that has been put on oral health in the recent years. In the 80s and 90s, dentistry was more about treating the disease after it has occurred. Now we have evolved into professionals who can prevent a vast majority of oral and dental health issues by preventative measures. This saves a huge amount of time, money and discomfort in the later years. I love educating people about their oral health so they can see dentists as allies who will work with them to avoid most of the dental health problems, and treat the ones that are remaining in the most minimally invasive manner possible.

Regarding my spare time, I have been an avid reader all my life. Nothing is as relaxing at the end of a long day as a book. I also have two young boys and most of my time is spent tearing them away from their gadgets so we can read, draw, play, walk and cook together. Growing up, my favorite sport was badminton and I still love any chance I can get to take the rackets out, weather permitting, of course.

 

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

Like all professional fields, it is vital that we keep learning in dentistry too so our knowledge and skills are up to date. I very regularly attend Royal College Intensive Revision Courses that gathers all the professors and masters in the different fields of dentistry to get on one forum and teach the current best practices in their field of expertise.

I have also attended hands on refresher courses in the Dublin Dental Hospital to improve my clinical skills. The feedback that you get from the teachers and seniors there plays a big role in improving your work.

 

4. How do you suggest for a nervous patent who needs to see a dentist but is too nervous?

I understand that a lot of people have the nagging feeling that they need to see a dentist but they may have some fears, for example of pain, judgement or a horrible diagnosis. What I would suggest them firstly is that there is nothing unusual about it. It is perfectly normal to be afraid of dentists, sometimes our previous experiences also factor in to our fears. However, you need to visualise your first appointment as just the knowing process, both of the dentist and and his opinion about your teeth and discussion and planning of all the available treatment options.

Dentistry has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years and patients are explained each and every step of their treatment plan. We want your treatment to be as painless as possible and for you to be as comfortable as possible so your appointments are happy, pleasant and productive for both of us. We also prefer minimally invasive treatments and maximum preservation of your teeth and supporting structures. There is no judgement in a dental clinic, just friendly professionals who would love to see you and your family smile their best.

 

5. What makes Pembroke dental a great place to work?

Pembroke Dental has to be one of the best dental practices in this country to work in. The sense of camaraderie and teamwork makes everything easier. Everyone looks out for their colleagues and take pride and joy in each other’s accomplishments. Dentistry itself can be somewhat of a lonely experience in some workplaces, but not Pembroke. This place is bustling with life and activity and there is always a friendly ear around if you need it. Also, the presence of so many specialists and general dental practitioners under one roof makes the brain storming of ideas and continual learning a daily part of our professional lives.

 

6. How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

As a mother I can fully appreciate how hard it can be to get our children into these small daily habits. There is a lot of patience and consistency needed to get them to brush their teeth thoroughly and regularly. Up until the age of 7 years, you need to be helping them do it properly, especially regarding cleaning the back teeth well. Kids don’t really have enough manual dexterity to reach all the nook and crannies of their mouth where most of the sweet and sticky stuff is quite possibly lurking around.

From seven, you can gradually hand them over the responsibility of brushing their teeth, and you can invest in their favorite cartoon character brush, a timer and pleasant tasting toothpaste to make the process more fun of them. However, you may still need to remind them or ask if they have done it. You can also round them up and do your own flossing and brushing in their presence so you can keep an eye on the way they are doing it. And very importantly, keep on bringing them to the dental clinic every 6 or 12 months as advised by the dentist according to your child’s dental health. Being reminded by the dentist and shown proper brushing technique in the clinic can really help them understand and form good dental hygiene habits.

Dr. Amar M. Thiyab

Five Minutes with Dr Amar M. Thiyab, Dentist

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

I graduated from dental school in 2007 and worked as a general dentist for 6 years in three different countries. My keen interest and ambition to create beautiful smiles and tooth restorations guided me to enhance my skills and knowledge in these fields. So, I went back to study Restorative and Implant dentistry at master degree level and I was delighted to be awarded a master’s degree in 2017 from UiTM University in Malaysia .I also became a Fellow in Periodontology and Implantology in the same year from Genova University in Italy.

As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry since 2014, I have worked on advanced full mouth and smile rehabilitations in the Faculty of Dentistry of UiTM University where I was a Senior lecturer in Restorative Dentistry. This work gave me the opportunities to reach my patient’s highest expectations with my best practice and scientific approach. I try to bring that approach to my work here in Pembroke Dental. I always believe in listening and sharing with the patient all the treatment processes and decisions. Complete patient satisfaction is my optimum goal.

My family and I really enjoy living in Ireland where we have been made most welcome -I believe we will make Ireland our permanent home. In my spare time, I like to read novels, play soccer and have fun family times.

 

2. Why is the routine dental health check so important?

Most dental problems have chronic causes and start slowly without our patients noticing any signs and symptoms -for example dental decay/cavities and gum disease. By the time, our patients are aware of any problems, dental disease can already be widespread and difficult to treat. We would like to control any problems before they get out of hand. That is where the routine dental check comes in-modern dentists are trained to diagnose any dental problems early. Any diagnosed problems remain small and any treatment required is easy.

Prevention is always better than cure is a good and true adage. We will work with you to prevent dental disease occurring. But there is another very important reason to come in for your routine dental health check-a lot of dental health problems are linked to your overall health -for example, gum health has recognised links to heart health so by keeping your overall dental health stable and tip-top, you can help your general health too.

 

3. Why are my gums bleeding?

Dental plaque and gum tartar are the most common causes of gum bleeding. Dental plaque is an invisible collection of bacteria that collects mainly at gum level around your teeth which ultimately can fuse to your teeth -a hard build-up called tartar. This collection of bacteria needs several weeks/months to cause signs of gum disease. The first reversible sign of gum disease is inflammation of your gums leading to easy bleeding of your gums when brushing or flossing.

Patients are now starting to get worried and sometimes avoid brushing or flossing for fear of making the situation worse. But by keeping to a good oral hygiene regime, our patients can achieve a healthy gum without abnormal bleeding and recession. Flossing and brushing effectively is essential and we can design a suitable home care programme for you. With routine dental checks and easy gum treatments, we can keep gum disease at bay.

 

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

We, as dentists ,need to know about your general health so we can treat you in the safest and best way possible .Knowing what medicines you take is quite essential as we wish to avoid any interference with your daily medical routine when undertaking dental treatment .A lot of medications can cause mouth effects such as dry mouth and we need to be aware of potential problems that you might have so we can work out suitable home care programmes to help you. We do understand that filling out medical history forms can be a tedious chore but we are always thinking of your safety and health.

Dr Davina Graham

Five Minutes with Dr Davina Graham, General Dentist

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 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.

 

 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.

 

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.

 

 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.