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A guide to dentistry in Ireland
Ireland's economy has experienced a breathless rise from Western Europe's poorest nation to the top of the world's wealth indicators. Over 30 years of E.U. membership has helped shape Ireland's health system into a modern and highly regulated model of good practice.
Interest from Irish patients have increased substantially for dentistry in neighbouring Northern Ireland where dental treatments cost less than in the Republic.
Benefits of Irish Dentistry
Regular checkups are a vital part of good oral healthcare and a local dentist is by far the best choice. A trusting relationship with your local dentist has immense benefits: Dental emergencies can be dealt with by a healthcare professional who knows your medical history inside out. Even for more expensive treatments the value of this close working knowledge can far outweigh price considerations, ensuring an ongoing beneficial, oral regimen.
Dentists in Ireland - Qualifications
Ireland has 2 dental colleges with an addtional college offering specialty training. The course is 5 years, followed by 1 year of vocational training. Successful graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Science.
There are two recognized specialties: Oral surgery and Orthodontics.
There is no mandatory continuing education but its practice is strongly recommended by all professional associations and the Dental Council. Courses in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Oral Surgery are among the continuing education options available in the country's dental schools.
Dentists in Ireland - Additional Information
The Dental Council is the statuatory organization responsible for dentistry in Ireland. It oversees the standard of dental education and dentistry in general. The Council holds a registry of all those permitted to perform dentistry within the state: Registration is mandatory.
There are a number of professional associations covering the dental sector workers. Over 80% of Ireland's dentists are members of the Irish Dental Association. The association in its present form is over 80 years old and with its historic beginnings in the British Dental Assocation is one of the worlds oldest established dental associations.
Irish dentists are required by the 1985 Dental Act to: Safeguard the health of patients; promote oral health within the population and maintain the highest ethical standards with the profession. To these ends dentists must not overcharge, recommend unnessecary or damaging proceedures, create false expectation or in any way mislead their patients.
The ethical guidelines follow and expand upon those issued by the Council of Euopean Dentists, which define the core ethical values of European dentistry.
The Dental Council has the power to deal with complaints against registered dentists. It can issue warnings, fines, suspend or remove a dentist from the dental register. Patients may also take direct action through the civil courts.
Ireland has a Data Protection Commissioner and a number of acts covering the protection and accessibility of personal data. A comprehensive website gives all information relative to data protection - see the resources section below.
Dentists in Ireland:
The Dental Council
7 Merrion Square,
tel: +353 1 676 2069
fax: +353 1 676 2076
ethical code: www.dentalcouncil.ie/g_dentalethics.php
Irish Dental Association
Irish Dental Association Ltd.
Unit 2, Leopardstown Office Park
tel: +353 1 295 0072
fax: +353 1 295 0092
Data Data Protection Commissioner
tel: 1890 252 231 (lo call - inside Ireland only), +353 57 868 4800 (for outside Ireland)
fax: +353 57 868 4757
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