KINSALE Dental are celebrating after being finalised in a category at the prestigious UK Aesthetic Dentistry Awards, which take place in London later this month.
They are the only general dentistry practice in the Republic of Ireland to make the final of these awards and it’s quite an achievement for the practice, according to Janet Power, who runs the business on Pearse Street with her husband PJ.
‘This is our first time entering these awards and it’s fantastic that we have made the final,’ Janet told The Southern Star.
Janet is a finalist in the ‘Restorative Full Mouth Rehabilitation’ category and she will be attending the awards with PJ, Orla O’Rourke, their practice manager in Kinsale and Glenda Eaton, their general manager from their UK practice in Wickford, Essex.
‘When you’re in this type of category it can take up to two years to prepare it and you need to write it up and put in all the photographs. The thing with the Aesthetic Awards is that they are judged by your peers and that’s why it means a lot to me,’ added Janet.
Their nomination follows on from the Irish Dentistry Awards, which were recently held in the Mansion House in Dublin, where the practice was nominated in seven categories. They were highly commended in the ‘Best Patient Care’ category and dental nurse, Edit Handzsuki was highly commended in the ‘Most Invaluable Team Member’ category.
‘We were delighted to be nominated in so many categories. We were also up again this year in the final for the Sensodyne Dentist of the Year Award. Also our dental hygienists have made it to the final five of the ‘Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year’ for the last two years, with Karen White making it this year and Yvonne Coleman last year.What’s great about these awards is that it’s the patients who nominate you.’
Janet describes Kinsale Dental as a multi-disciplinary practice, as they cover most areas of dentistry.
‘We have a consultant orthodontist, David Hegarty who attends here while PJ my husband covers implant surgery. I cover the high end restorative aesthetic and cosmetic work, which includes Digital Smile Design, which allows us to use modern technology along with our dental experience that enables us to design the optimum smile for that person. It’s about having a road map and it’s a very clear process,’ added Janet, who also does facial aesthetics in the practice.
‘We look after our patients from the cradle to the grave and we like to be able to give our patients the best so we prefer to invest in everything like the latest technology and the best of equipment to offer a high end treatment.’
Dentistry is certainly running in the Power family with three of their four children currently studying dentistry, with two daughters studying in UCC and their son studying in Manchester.
‘My son and I are actually graduating in Manchester on the same day as he’ll be graduating as a dentist and I will be getting my Masters in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry,’ added Janet.