Most important point first: From experience with an implant (lower left 5). I can highly recommend Dr Liam Ó Droma. Excellence in all aspects. The consultation, advise preparation, treatment through all stages, first-class material, good value for money and not to forget his emphasis on keeping up-to-date on implantology treatments.
I am not a newcomer to implants, I had a number of those done over the past 10 years, but none in Ireland, they were simply far too expensive here at the time. Most were done in Germany in a specialised, fairly high-tech clinic in Germany. Including flights and all still a lot cheaper than what I had found here.
When a new problem appeared in 2017. I found Liam's clinic on the internet with a competitive offer and he fitted me in pretty quickly in his surgery in An Spidéal, Co. Galway. When approaching, you may be forgiven not to expect a first-class implant specialist working in what looks a bit like a "timber hut".
What I saw inside was modern high-tech equipment standing idle and an assortment of second-hand armchairs in a tiny waiting room. When you are in the dentist's chair and Liam looks deep through his oversized looking glasses, you know you are in the right hands. He does not need high-tech and he knows what he is doing!
After the crown was fitted, I have had no problem whatsoever. It pretty much feels like an original tooth, it fitted perfectly first time and did not need any adjustments. A most impressive proof of skilfulness.
What I also found most amazing was how little blood was lost. I remember previous procedures when I looked like having been in a bad fist-fight. Blood all over and stitches having to be taken out later. Not so here; after the initial root extraction, there is hardly any bleeding. Thanks to his minimally invasive method and no stitches at all.
Just a quick word on waiting times: yes, I also had to wait, and so had other patients when I was in treatment. Somewhere else, I had the experience of having an implant done in a "normal" dental practice working to strict timeslots. You did not have to wait long before treatment started, but it then got interrupted, restarted, interrupted again, and so on. I think normal dental work of check-ups, fillings and implants with potential complications do not mix well. I will rather patiently wait for an hour in the waiting room, but then have the uninterrupted attention when being treated. This is what Liam is doing.
Thanks to all around Liam, Barbara, Arlene, Susanne and all.
I found the clinic in An Spidéal, Co. Galway, through the internet search. It is in a beautiful area, but not terribly easy to get to from afar.
As I said above, when approaching, you may be forgiven not to expect a first-class implant specialist working in what looks a bit like a "timber hut" at the back of a medical care centre.
Outside the treatment room and ignoring a computer or two, the clinic has the charm of a kind of "old-worldly" mid-50s place.