Eoin Ó Broin is a UCD graduate who trained as a plastic surgeon in Ireland. He later did senior fellowships in St. James’s Hospital, Leeds and in the Australian Craniofacial Centre in Adelaide. He did additional training in cleft lip and palate surgery in Nottingham City Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
He repairs cleft lip and palates in babies (primary surgery), as well as secondary surgeries for speech and appearance in older children. He has a specialist interest in cleft rhinoplasty in young adult patients.
Fiona qualified in Medicine (1986) and Dentistry (1991) in U.C.C. She also holds a Diploma in Child Health from RCSI and a Fellowship in Dentistry from RCSEd.She has lectured and worked extensively with a widely diverse group of patients with special needs in both hospital and community settings.She is currently based in the Dental Clinic, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork.
Role of the Paediatric Dentist
Children with cleft lip and/or palate are considered to be a high priority group of patients as the cleft may cause several types of disruption to the development and growth of their teeth.They have a higher rate of tooth decay and, because of the different anatomy in the mouth, dental treatment can be more difficult to provide.The paediatric dentist will see the children with clefts within their first year, sometimes before their teeth have grown.She plays a vital role in helping to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and early loss of teeth, all of which may affect future orthodontic treatment.As well as reviewing the children periodically, the paediatric dentist will also refer them to a HSE designated dentist for regular, preventive based care including dietary advice and oral hygiene instruction, as well as any necessary dental treatment.
David Hegarty qualified as a dentist from UCC in 1990. He did further training in oral surgery in the UK and became a Consultant Orthodontist in 1999. He has worked in the HSE and is currently based in Cork at St Finbarrs Hospital. He enjoys the team ethic with the cleft lip and palate team, and the challenge this complexity of work brings.