Best Dentists in Cork
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The 5 Best Dentists in Cork

Finding a good dentist is often a case of trial and error. But once you’ve found one you’re comfortable with, rest assured that trips to the dentist won’t be so bad anymore.

If you’re still on the search for one, you can give our list of the best dentists in Cork a try. We’ve covered the basics such as rates, each clinic’s pros and cons, and more.

Before we reveal our picks, let’s talk about their rates first.

How Much Do Dental Services Cost in Cork?

To give you an estimated cost of our entries’ services, check out the table below.

Note that we’ve only listed some common dental treatments such as examinations, fillings, and braces. For a full list of costs, check out our entries’ respective websites.

Dr. Grania O’Connell, Cork Dental CarePrivate Check-up w/ Scale and Polish€120
 Comprehensive Exam€50
 Dental Cleaning€70
 Lingual Braces€6,900
 Composite Fillings€110 – €150
Dr. Maria Byrne, Cork Dental SmilesDental Examination€20
 Scale and Polish€70
 Composite Fillings€150 – €190
 Upper and Lower Damon Braces€4,500 – €4,800
Dr. Michael Doyle, Cork City DentistDental Examination€40
 Scale and Polish€70
 Composite Fillings€90 – €120
 Upper and Lower Fixed Metal Braces€3,500 – €3,800
Dr. Cliona Fergey, Dental OptionsDental Examination€65 – €90
 Composite Fillings€90 – €150
 Fixed Braces€3,495 – €4,295
 Adult Emergency€85
Dr. Seamus Ryan, Shandon DentalDental Examination€30
 Scale and Polish€70
 Composite Fillings€90 – €140
 Emergency Appointments€50

The Best Dentists in Cork

Now that you know what to expect, let’s talk about what the best dentists in Cork can offer!

1.   Dr. Grania O’Connell, Cork Dental Care

Dr. Grania O’Connell, Cork Dental Care's Photo
SERVICESOrthodontic braces, veneers, scale and polish, fillings, root canal, dental crowns
ADDRESSCork Dental Care, 14 Union Quay, Cork City
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon to Thurs: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dr. Grania O’Connell isn’t your ordinary dentist. Initially a mechanical engineer, Dr. Grania found herself wanting to become a dentist after several years of working in the mobile telecoms industry.

After earning her license in dentistry, she opened Cork Dental Care in 2009—a full-service general and cosmetic dentistry practise at the heart of the city.

She’s the dentist to see if you’re planning to get orthodontic treatments such as Six Month Smiles. We also like the fact that orthodontic consultations are free of charge, which already includes a free digital scan.

Together with her colleague Dr. Emma Vahey, they’ve made Cork Dental Care a trusted name among Cork City residents, and even those residing in surrounding counties.

They pride themselves on having a welcoming and friendly team and from what we’ve seen, they live up to it.

Apart from their wide range of dental services, we also like the fact that they provide patients with flexible financing plans through Flexi-fi. In fact, you may also be eligible for a free check-up once a year depending on your PRSI contributions.

Just take note that first-time patients will have to pay a €20 booking fee when making an appointment. Don’t worry though: this will be refunded to you in full when you attend your appointment.


  • Wide range of dental treatments
  • Central clinic location
  • Flexible payment plans
  • Can cater to late-night appointments
  • Free orthodontic consultation


  • Booking fee applies to first-time patients
  • Relatively short weekend hours
  • No emergency services

Customer Reviews

Check out what Dr. Grania’s previous patients have to say:

“I cannot recommend Cork Dental Care enough!! Every time you walk through the door you get the warmest welcome. A special thanks to Dr. Grania O Connell for her amazing work, her attention to detail is superb. She will go above and beyond for you and makes you feel so at ease during every visit. Thank you for making me smile Grania.” —Ciara Daly, Google Reviews

“I first heard about Cork Dental through word of mouth (excuse the pun) in work and I only heard good things so I decided to check it out and for a guy who isn’t very fond of the dentist I must say I was pleasantly put at ease by all the staff from when I walked in for my first check up Dr.Grainne and her team. I decided to go for The Invisalign treatment which was under Dr.Grainne herself, she took me through the full Invisalign process which consists of a full breakdown of how my teeth will look on a 3D computer system ( the coolest part) from start to finish and once that was finished I honestly could not wait to get started. I am now on my 11th set out of 14 and i notice such a big change already my over crowding has levelled out, my teeth are so straight and the process has been super easy and very little to no discomfort throughout. I would happily recommend there professional services to anybody who is in anyway shy of the dentist, they really look after you inside there and serviced with a smile. Thank you Cork Dental Care.” —Alex Moore, Google Reviews

2.   Dr. Maria Byrne, Cork Dental Smiles

Dr. Maria Byrne, Cork Dental Smiles' Photo
SERVICESDentures, fissure sealants, dental hygiene and gum treatment, preventive care, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics
ADDRESS12a St. Patricks Place Street, Patricks Hill, Cork
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tues to Wed: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thurs: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Dr. Maria Byrne is Cork Dental Smiles’ founder and principal dentist. She previously worked in the UK before returning to Cork, where she later established Cork Dental Smiles.

Dr. Maria specialises in orthodontics for children and adults. One of the many things we like about this clinic is that they offer free orthodontic consultations and free dental examinations for children and teenagers.

On top of that, the clinic also provides family discounts—truly the perfect option for those who are looking to have their entire family treated! Flexible payment plans are also available for those who are looking to get orthodontic treatment.

What’s also worth mentioning is that the clinic offers a same-day treatment service for dental emergencies. Hence, you might want to put them in your list of contacts should you encounter bleeding or severe tooth pain.

We’re a bit disappointed to see that the clinic is closed on weekends though. Furthermore, they also don’t offer late-night appointments, much to the dismay of those working long hours.


  • Wide range of dental treatments
  • Emergency services available
  • Free orthodontic check-up
  • Free dental consultations for children
  • Flexible payment plans
  • Family discounts apply


  • Closed on weekends
  • No late-night appointments

Customer Reviews

Below you’ll see some reviews by Dr. Maria’s previous patients:

“Undoubtedly the best dental care I have ever experienced! From the moment I picked up the phone and spoke with Emma about having orthodontic work done I immediately felt I had finally found the perfect dental practice for me. The professionalism and friendliness of Emma, Niamh and Dr Maria is truly outstanding. Dr Maria is an excellent dentist. She always took the time to explain every procedure to me and answered any and every question I had so thoroughly along the way. I can’t tell you how happy I am with my now straight white teeth! I would highly recommend Cork Dental Smiles to anyone. Dr Maria is by far the best dentist I’ve ever had. I really can’t thank the whole team enough for their continued support and kindness throughout the whole treatment process.” —Aisling, Google Reviews

“I began orthodontic treatment 2 years ago and have frequently been visiting Dr. Maria. The atmosphere and professionalism by all team members is outstanding. Dr Maria gave me the perfect reason to smile, even during a pandemic!! Like many people, I had the fear of visiting the dentist however Dr. Maria and her team create such a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere it really puts you at ease. She is very gentle and never causes any pain or discomfort even with complicated cases such as my own. I am over the moon with my results and can’t stop smiling!! I cannot recommend Dr. Maria enough. From start to finish my experience was always positive, they are always very accommodating and happy to help!!” —Aine Keanneally, Google Reviews

3.   Dr. Michael Doyle, Cork City Dentist

Dr. Michael Doyle, Cork City Dentist's Homepage
SERVICESGeneral dental treatments, cosmetic treatments, orthodontics
ADDRESS59A MacCurtain Street, Victorian Quarter Cork, Cork
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon to Thurs: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cork City Dentist is one of Cork’s longest-serving private practices dating back to 1970. Dr. Michael Doyle took over the reins from Dr. Pat Gamble, who used to be one of Ireland’s top dentists at the time.

Following a successful career in the UK, Dr. Michael found a home in Cork. He specialises in dental surgeries, root canal treatments, and even aesthetic composite bonding.

Most of Dr. Michael’s patients are returning clients who like him for his friendliness and ability to put nervous patients at ease. With a relatively large team of dental professionals, rest assured that you’ll be in good hands at Cork City Dentist.

Like most dental clinics, this one also offers free annual examinations and oral cancer screening for those registered with PRSI. Despite it not having free dental consultations, we found costs to be reasonably priced.

You can also put them in your list of emergency dental contacts as they can accommodate patients as soon as possible. 

Unfortunately, patients who are working on weekdays may need to take time off to see them as they don’t offer late-night appointments. While the clinic’s open on Saturdays, note that you can only visit in the morning.


  • Wide range of dental treatments
  • Large team of dental professionals
  • Free orthodontic consultation
  • Emergency services available
  • Central location


  • Relatively short business hours
  • No late-night appointments
  • No free consultation

Customer Reviews

Take a look at what some of Dr. Michael’s previous patients said about him:

“We have been going to Michael and his team for years. He and his team provide an excellent service. Always has a very professional,  friendly approach. My kids have a laugh when they go there! They’re never nervous to visit the dentist. Lovely new spotless facilities. They always accommodate working people for convenient appointments too which is great. Highly recommended.” —Shirley McConnell, Google Reviews

“Could not recommend Dr. Michael Doyle enough. Such a patient and gentle man. Have been coming to Michael routinely for 10+ years and every experience has been so enjoyable, efficient and painless. Michael performs many different aesthetic and surgical procedures and is absolutely loved by everyone in Cork. He is really such a magnificent dentist. Thoroughly recommend for any of your dental needs!” —Dylan Lee, Google Reviews

4.   Dr. Cliona Fergey, Dental Options

Dr. Cliona Fergey, Dental Options' Photo
SERVICESGeneral dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, full mouth reconstruction, root canal treatment, digital imaging
ADDRESSBlackrock Hall Primary Care Centre, Blackrock Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Cork
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon to Thurs: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Like most dentists on our list, Dr. Cliona Fergey also spent years working in the UK before heading Dental Options’ Cork branch.

Dr. Cliona specialises in general dentistry and Invisalign treatments. Her patients love her pleasant demeanour and her ability to reassure nervous patients.

And this perfectly aligns with Dental Options’ ethos in helping patients relax. If drilling sounds make you anxious, you can borrow their noise-cancelling headphones that you can wear during your treatment.

What also sets Dental Options apart from other clinics on our list is that they have guarantees in place for fillings, veneers, crowns, and bridgework.

Do take note though that certain conditions must be satisfied before making a guarantee claim. Hence, we recommend asking them beforehand to know how their guarantees work.

We also like the fact that they can cater to late-night appointments on weekdays until 8:00 pm, with Saturdays open until early afternoon.

While fees are relatively more expensive in this clinic, there are flexible payment plans available to help you spread out the cost. Furthermore, the clinic features free consultations for select services like orthodontics, whitening, and composite bonding.


  • Noise-cancelling headphones available
  • Free orthodontic consultation
  • Long business hours
  • Guarantees available for certain treatments
  • Flexible payment plans


  • Relatively far from city centre
  • Relatively expensive

Customer Reviews

Here’s a glimpse of what some past patients have to say about Dr. Cliona:

“Dr. Cliona was really helpful and patient. I was very anxious going in and the reception team really helped to put me at ease. Their fees were really reasonable too. Thanks again to the team. Highly recommend.” —Christopher Gogan, Google Reviews

“Highly recommend this practice.. Cliona really knows what she’s talking about and was a pleasure to deal with. And Antoinette was always so helpful with appointments and is always on hand to deal with any enquiries. Couldn’t recommend these girls enough.” —Shelly O Keefe, Google Reviews

“Dr Cliona Fergey and her team were nothing short of exceptional. From my initial consultation to my final appointment everything was seamless. I was always very conscious of my teeth and never smiled. I decided to look into  Invisalign and came across Dental Options Cork. I couldn’t be happier with my results, my teeth are perfect now. I couldn’t recommend Dr Cliona enough, definitely 5 stars!” —April Philpott, Google Reviews

5.   Dr. Seamus Ryan, Shandon Dental

Dr. Seamus Ryan, Shandon Dental's Photo
SERVICESDental implants, dentures, teeth whitening, root canal treatment, dental crowns, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry
ADDRESSShandon Dental, 4 Shandon Street, Shandon, Cork
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon, Wed to Fri: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tues: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sat: By appointment only

 Dr. Seamus Ryan is at Shandon Dental—a private practice conveniently located at the city centre. With just a 5-minute walk away from Patrick Street, this clinic makes an ideal choice for lunchtime and afterwork appointments.

As Shandon Dental’s principal dentist, Dr. Seamus holds many years of dental experience in Scotland and Essex. He settled down in Cork in 2019 and specialises in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and many others.

His patients like him for his knack for giving detailed explanations to every procedure that suits them—all while being comforting to anxious patients.

We love the fact that Shandon Dental has pretty affordable prices despite its central location. While there aren’t any free consultations available, you can get a thorough dental examination for a low cost, which already includes oral cancer screening, orthodontics, and more.

The only major downside to Shandon Dental is that they don’t offer orthodontic treatments. While they can advise you on treatment plans, they don’t have the necessary equipment to provide you with the actual treatment.

If you’re busy throughout the week, by the way, they have extended opening hours on Tuesdays. Alternatively, you can also schedule an appointment on Saturdays at your most convenient time.


  • Relatively affordable rates
  • Central location
  • Open on Saturdays
  • Emergency services available
  • PWD-friendly facility


  • No orthodontic treatments available
  • Late-night appointments available on Tuesdays only

Customer Reviews

Check out some comments about Dr. Seamus below:

“Seamus is a truly excellent dentist. He excels in making sure every little detail is checked, and advises on the best procedures necessary. I would highly recommend Shandon Dental to anybody looking for a great dentist.” —Connor Meenehan, Google Reviews

“I am very pleased to be a loyal customer of Shandon Dental. I am extremely nervous about going to the dentist but Seamus is absolutely fantastic with me. He always ensures I am ok and explains all procedures to me in detail. He is extremely professional and so accommodating. He has rang me out of business hours when I had an issue with my teeth and was so helpful. I travel from Kerry to go to Shandon Dental because nowhere else provides  the great service they do.” —Ciara O’Connor

FAQs about Dentists in Cork

That ends our list of the best dentists in Cork! If you’re planning to see them any time soon, feel free to bookmark this page for contact information.

You can also send us your own recommendations and we’ll be happy to check them out as soon as we can!

To give you more options for your dental needs, our list of the best dentists in Ireland can help you on your search—if you find yourself outside of Cork, that is.