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Dental Implants

The Dental Implant Team
Smiles Dental has a dedicated Dental Implant Team who are experts in the field of implants. Our Dental Implant Team consists of:
Dr Michael Koukoulis

Dr Michael Koukoulis graduated in 2003 from the University of Glasgow (Scotland). Following completion of his vocational training in the UK, Michael joined the army for a year where he worked as a Dental Officer. In 2006, Michael completed postgraduate training in Dental Implantology from the University of Warwick (UK) and since then his area of interest lies primarily with the provision of dental implant restorations. Michael is also a qualified provider of the Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment and a dental implant specialist. Michael has been a member of the Smiles Dental Team from its humble beginnings and he’s proud to have seen it grown to the largest dental care provider in the country.

Dr Dan Gruenfeld

Dr Dan Gruenfeld graduated from the University of Tuebingen in Germany in 2006. Dan spent two and a half years in the south of Germany in a general practice. In 2009 Dan moved to Ireland and started working with the Smiles Dental Team in 2010. Dan is committed to continuing his professional development and has a particular interest in aesthetic dentistry, the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants and various surgical procedures. Dan is also member of the “German Society for Dental Implantology” (DGZI) and the “Irish Association of Aesthetic Dentistry”.

Dr Liam O’Sullivan

Dr Liam O’Sullivan qualified from University College Cork, (NUI) in 1981 and practiced in the UK in general practice for a number of years. On returning to Ireland, he set up a private practice in 1990, offering routine, advanced restorative, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. This included the taking of continuing professional education courses in all of these areas including post-graduate studies in Trinity College Dublin.

The greatest problem facing the general dentist is the cosmetic/aesthetic replacement of lost or very damaged teeth. Therefore, a fascination with the possibilities offered in the use of dental implants to permanently replace missing teeth took hold in 2004. “This emerging area of dentistry can provide solutions and aesthetic results that could only be dreamed of when I first qualified.” There followed a series of courses in Europe, culminating in studies for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London. Liam has been working with Smiles Dental at Waterloo Road, since 2011.

Dr Ali Afrasiabi

Dr Afrasiabi qualified in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor degree in Dental Science. After graduation, he started working in private practice and has been continuously attending various courses to deliver a higher standard of dental care. He keeps up-to-date with the latest techniques, materials and clinical protocols in dentistry.

Dr Afrasiabi has completed courses in Implant dentistry, Restorative dentistry and Endodontics. He is currently studying a Masters degree in Endodontics at King’s College London. Ali travels to each of the 20 Smiles Dental practices throughout the year and is constantly reviewing methods and dental materials to ensure that our patients receive best possible dental care. He also works as a dentist in Smiles Dental Dundrum.

Dr Joanna Szydlowska

Dr Joanna Szydlowska graduated in 2002 from The Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. After working in Poland for many years, Joanna joined Smiles Dental in 2007. Joanna’s favourite aspect of being a dentist is putting her patients at ease. Joanna also has a special interest in oral surgery implantology, aesthetic and prosthetic procedures. Joanna completed a Certificate in Implant Dentistry in 2009 at Warwick University and has recently graduated with a High Profile Diploma Degree in Implantology from The University of Manchester (UK).She is fully qualified to take on implant cases. She also has a Diploma in Clinical Dentistry issued by The Dublin Dental School and Hospital(2012’).

Dr Philip Christie

Dr Philip Christie has over thirty years’ experience in general dentistry, periodontology and form and function. Philip has a keen interest in general wellness and prevention of disease. Philip has also written and published a very successful book about the first behavioural manual in dental care named “Something To Chew On: A Mouth Map To Health”. Philip is currently completing a Masters in Psychotherapy dealing with the patient/dentist relationship and the problems of fear and anxiety in the dental surgery. Philip also provides short-term orthodontics (Six Months Smiles) and selected implant cases. Philip provides nervous patient consultations also.

Dr Arkan Al-Qudsi

Dr Arkan Al-Qudsi graduated from the university of Tuebingen in 2007. He then spent 7 years working in Germany in both general dentistry and later focused in on implants and surgical practices.
He completed 2 years of postgraduate training in “Oral Implantology” in the German Society of Implantology DGI and was awarded his diploma. He is certified as a laser safety officer in the use of dental lasers for treatments such as root canal, gum and surgical laser treatment.

Dr David Murnaghan

BDS. (QUB) MJDF RCS (Eng)
David qualified from Queens University Belfast in 2006. He completed a year long certificate in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry at the Eastman Institute London in 2010. He is in addition a member of the Irish Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology and a member of the Irish Association of Aesthetic Dentists. David has recently been successful in his postgraduate examinations leading to the additional qualification and Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons in England [MJDF RCS (Eng)]. He has a special interest in Dental Implants. Outside work, he is a keen sportsman, his main interest being waterpolo.

Dr Julia Rosales-Palermo

Dr Julia Rosales-Palermo
B Dent Sc, MSc in Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, MSc in Periodontics

Julia qualified from the Dental School at the University of Granada (Spain) in 2004. She completed a three year Master’s Degree in Oral Surgery and Dental Implants with honours in 2010, and a Master’s Degree in Spain with Dr. Raúl Caffesse from Michigan University in 2011.

Julia has worked exclusively in the field of Oral Surgery and Periodontics for the past seven years. Her additional training and experience allows Julia to provide you with the most up to date and advanced periodontal treatment, as well as with different oral surgical procedures. She is proud of her ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with both patients and co-workers.

Julia is committed to patient care, trying to make the experience as easy and comfortable as possible for her patients, helping and guiding them during the treatment and afterwards.


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