Ask a cosmetic dentist: why dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth

A cosmetic dentist has many options to help you replace missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Practice we believe that, in many cases, the best tooth replacement option is dental implants.

dental-implants-harley-streetDental implants remain the only permanent way a dentist can replace missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that replace the root portion of one or more natural teeth, and your cosmetic dentist can then attach highly realistic-looking new teeth – dentures, crowns, or a bridge – to the abutments on top of the implants.

As well as looking just like natural teeth, restorations attached to implants will also act just like natural teeth, restoring full functionality to your jaw and enabling you to eat a full, healthy, balanced diet.

How treatment works

Our Harley Street clinic is fully equipped to provide implant surgery, using either local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. Implant placement is meticulously planned to avoid nerves and other vital structures, as well as to ensure that your implants and new teeth can withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing.

We have a unique collection of specialists at our Harley Street practice, so your cosmetic dentist may refer you to one of their implantologist colleagues for implant placement, or may place your implants themself. Whoever carries out implant surgery, you can rest assured that you will be treated with the highest degree of professionalism, care and respect at all times.

Once your dental implants have been placed, they will be left to heal for a couple of months. During this time you may have temporary restorations fitted, so you need not worry that you will struggle without teeth for any period of time.

After your permanent new teeth are attached, you will need to attend regular maintenance and follow-up appointments with your dentist and hygienist at our Harley Street clinic.

Why regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are so important

How often should you visit the dentist? At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe you should attend regular dental check-ups at least every six months. Some patients may need to visit more frequently, particularly if you have a condition such as gum disease that needs careful monitoring, and you should always follow your dentist’s advice.

dentist-hygienistHarley Street Dental Clinic is open six days a week and the opening hours are 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. Late night, Sunday, and bank holiday opening are also options by special arrangement, because we know it is important to fit around your lifestyle as much as possible.

Your dentist is in prime position to spot the early signs of common problems such as tooth decay or gum disease – often before you notice any symptoms yourself. We also provide mouth cancer checks as standard as part of our general dental check-up. Mouth cancer has a high proportion of deaths per number of cases diagnosed compared with other cancers, so early detection is vital. You will be referred to a hospital consultant immediately should we find anything suspicious.

As well as visiting the dentist regularly, you should make frequent visits to the dental hygienist. When most people think about hygienists they picture professional tooth-cleaning – a scale and polish using special pastes and equipment. However, the hygienist also provides many other vital roles.

Your hygienist will show you the best techniques and equipment to clean your teeth, and will also provide dietary advice, including how cutting down on not just sugary but also acidic foods and drinks can help you to keep your teeth healthy.

We offer full hygienist services to patients of all ages at Harley Street Dental Clinic. New patients should contact a member of our friendly reception team to book an appointment.

A cosmetic dentist is essential for teeth whitening treatment

If you want whiter teeth, a cosmetic dentist is a must. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled cosmetic team offer three options for teeth whitening treatment: home whitening, power whitening here in the practice, or a combination of both.

teeth-whitening-harley-streetWhy is teeth whitening so popular?

Teeth whitening has seen a massive surge in interest in recent years, and any cosmetic dentist is likely to have carried out a number of whitening procedures. This is partly thanks to celebrity culture, and partly thanks to people learning the true value of a beautiful, bright smile.

Our teeth are easily stained, by food and drink including tea, coffee, and red wine, by smoking cigarettes and cigars, and by some medical conditions and medicines. When carried out by a cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and reliable way to remove these stains, restoring the natural brightness of your smile.

Teeth whitening at Harley Street

Our three whitening options at Harley Street Dental practice are suitable for most patients, and in most cases your personal preference will be the deciding factor. They all start with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will assess your oral health as well as checking you are suitable for treatment.

Power whitening takes just one hour and is carried out by a cosmetic dentist here at Harley Street. Home whitening involves using custom-made whitening trays and gel at home for two weeks. Combination whitening starts with home treatment before a final session with a dentist here in the practice.

Why a cosmetic dentist is a must

Teeth whitening products prescribed by a dentist have a long track-record and have been proven to be both safe and effective. Other “budget” whitening options are unlikely to work, and in the worst-case scenario could end up causing damage to your teeth and gums.

Afraid of the big, bad dentist? We can help!

Fear of the dentist is a very common condition, and nothing to be ashamed of. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our whole team is committed to providing pain-free dentistry. We empathise with nervous patients, and have a variety of techniques that can help you to get the dental treatment you need – and the smile you deserve.

bad-dentistApproximately one adult in every six in the UK is afraid of the dentist. That fear can range from a mild anxiety to a crippling phobia, and it has a wide range of causes. Some people cite a bad experience during childhood as a reason for their fear, while others are triggered by specific sounds, sights, or smells. Others still do not know the exact cause of their fear.

Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we do not think that in the 21st Century fear of the dentist should be a barrier to getting treatment. We work with you to help you overcome your fear and to receive the treatment you need.

Our Harley Street practice is designed to be relaxing, and our team of specialists will take the time to talk through your fears and concerns away from the dentist’s chair. They will explain any required treatment and analgesia options in depth, and will provide you with hand signals so that you can let us know if you need a break during treatment.

We offer in-chair entertainment so that you can watch a film or listen to music during treatment, and also have an in-house hypnotist in our Harley Street clinic.

Some patients benefit from treatment under sedation. You can have treatment using inhalation sedation (gas and air) or intravenous sedation. Harley Street Dental Clinic has a fully qualified anaesthetist and full recovery facilities, and you will be closely monitored at all times during treatment.

Ways a cosmetic dentist can restore your smile

When you come to see a cosmetic dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic with a view to restoring your smile, the first thing they will do is undertake a thorough clinical examination. They will also take a detailed medical and dental history and find out a little bit about you and your lifestyle, before drawing up a customised treatment plan to meet your needs.

cosmetic-dentistWe have a uniquely skilled collection of professionals at our Harley Street dental practice, and the best treatment option will depend on your clinical needs, as well as your personal preferences.

Worn, broken or damaged teeth

If you have worn, broken or otherwise damaged teeth, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to establish whether those teeth can be saved. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we focus on preventative dentistry, and strive to preserve natural teeth whenever it is viable to do so.

For front teeth with minor chips or cracks, or permanent discolouration, your cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. These thin shells of porcelain are fitted over the front surfaces of the teeth, producing a beautiful and natural-looking result that will last many years.

Back teeth and those with more extensive wear and tear may require a cosmetic crown, which your dentist will closely match to the natural colour of your teeth.

Missing teeth

A dentist will always advise you to replace missing teeth, not just for the sake of your self-confidence but also to enable you to eat a full, healthy diet, and to keep remaining teeth healthy.

At our Harley Street clinic a cosmetic dentist can use standard dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth, or they may recommend dental implants. Implants replace the root portion of a tooth or teeth, and crowns, dentures, or a bridge can be attached on top.

How your dentist can help you beat gum disease

Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are essential in the battle against gum disease. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer full general dental and dental hygiene services, as well as providing treatment from our in-house specialist periodontist (a dentist who specialises in the treatment of gum conditions) Dr Pedja Pavlovic.

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in UK adults. It is a very prevalent condition, which most people will experience at some point in their life. When caught in the early stages it is easy to treat and manage with a combination of visits to the hygienist and dentist, and a stringent home care routine.

gum-diseaseWhat causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the build-up of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth, which irritates and inflames the gums. A bad diet that is deficient in nutrients, smoking, and medical conditions including diabetes and stress can all increase your chances of developing gum disease, as can tooth grinding.

The early signs of gum disease are hard to spot but include swollen, red gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, and bad breath. As soon as you spot any of these symptoms you should book an appointment with a dentist at our Harley Street clinic.

What will your dentist do?

Your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove all traces of plaque or tartar. They will also talk to you about the most efficient way to clean your teeth at home, including the use of special devices such as interdental brushes to clean between your teeth. You may also be advised to use a medicated mouthwash.

Untreated gum disease can develop into the more serious form, periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our specialist periodontist can treat even complex cases of gum disease to help preserve your smile.

Unhappy with your smile? Ask your cosmetic dentist for a smile makeover

A cosmetic dentist can use a smile makeover to treat problems large and small with your teeth and gums. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our experienced dental team have helped many people improve their confidence by boosting their smile with a step-by-step smile makeover.

smile-makeoverA wide selection of treatments

Treatments available from a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street practice range from quick and simple brightness boosts with teeth whitening to extensive full-mouth restorations, using such procedures as crowns, bridges, and dental implants.

Here is how the smile makeover process works at Harley Street Dental Clinic:

1. Consultation

You will meet an experienced cosmetic dentist, who will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures, taking into account factors including facial structure, hair colour, and general oral health. They will also listen to what you want to achieve from treatment.

2. Treatment options

After assessing your current smile, your cosmetic dentist will talk through the relevant treatment options our Harley Street practice has to offer you. They will explain the pros and cons of all relevant treatments, so you are fully equipped to make choices about how to move forward.

3. Computer aided smile design

Harley Street Dental Clinic uses the latest computer technology to enable your cosmetic dentist to show you exactly what results you can expect from treatment. By using photographs and scans, your dentist can go through all treatment options in depth.

4. Treatment planning

Only when you are entirely happy with your chosen options will your dentist draw up a treatment plan. This will include such information as length of treatment and number of appointments, as well as the order treatment is to be carried out in (for example, if you opt for discreet orthodontics followed by teeth whitening for an extra brightness boost).

How your dentist can restore broken teeth

If you break a tooth, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we understand that dental emergencies can occur at any time, so are open six days a week and offer an on-call emergency dentist until 10pm and then from 7am until the practice opens at 8.30am.

broken-teethEven a small break or crack in a tooth should be treated promptly, because otherwise you run the risk of letting bacteria infect the pulp at the centre of the tooth, requiring root canal treatment.

Your dentist has many options available to restore broken teeth, giving them back both their aesthetic appearance and their functionality. At our Harley Street practice we have a unique collection of dental specialists, all extremely highly skilled.

The ideal solution for your individual case will depend upon a number of factors, including the location of the damaged tooth, the amount of damage, your oral health, and your own personal preference.

Here are some of the ways your dentist can restore a broken tooth at our Harley Street clinic:

White fillings and composite bonding

White filling material can be used to restore and rebuild teeth. They will look and act much like your natural teeth, and this can usually be completed in one appointment.

Crowns

Crowns give a broken or extensively damaged tooth extra strength and restored functionality. They can be made from a range of materials, including precious metals, porcelain, and ceramic, and will be made to match your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are usually used on the front teeth. They are very thin pieces of porcelain that your dentist places over the front surfaces of your teeth, improving their appearance and giving extra strength in cracked or chipped areas. Veneers are attached with strong dental adhesive and produce a natural, beautiful result.

Ways your cosmetic dentist can help brighten your smile

One of the most common requests made of a cosmetic dentist is for brighter, whiter teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we understand the desire for a beautifully bright, white smile, and offer a number of cosmetic treatments designed to boost the brightness of your teeth.

cosmetic-dentistWhy treatment is necessary

Our teeth are put through a lot in a day, so it’s no surprise that they can become discoloured and stained. Food and drink, smoking, some medicines and even some medical conditions can all result in staining of the teeth. When you come for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street clinic, the first thing they will do is to conduct a clinical examination and ask questions about your lifestyle in order to ascertain the type of staining or discolouration, so that they can recommend the best course of treatment.

Types of treatment from your Harley Street cosmetic dentist

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments available from a cosmetic dentist, and is a safe and reliable method of removing common stains from the teeth.

We offer two whitening options at our Harley Street clinic: power whitening here in the practice, which takes about an hour, or home whitening, which takes about two weeks.

Porcelain veneers

Some types of staining and discolouration are permanent, which means teeth whitening treatment will not work on them. In this case, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. These thin shells of porcelain are like false fingernails for the teeth, fitting over their front surface and improving their aesthetic appearance.

It usually requires two appointments at our Harley Street dental clinic to have your veneers fitted. They are attached with a strong adhesive, meaning that they provide a result that is durable and long-lasting, as well as beautiful.

Ask your dentist about replacing metal fillings

The dentists at Harley Street Dental Clinic offer a number of ways to replace old metal amalgam fillings, to give you a smile that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Once upon a time, metal amalgam was the only option for patients whose teeth needed to be filled. Nowadays, however, there are modern cosmetic alternatives aplenty.

metal-fillingsOf course, a dentist will always prefer not to have to provide any fillings at all. The team at Harley Street Dental Clinic is committed to preventative dentistry – stopping problems before they start with a combination of regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, a good diet and a strong oral health routine at home. However, when the need for fillings does arise, it is now possible to use white or tooth-coloured composite material anywhere in the mouth.

Your dentist will select a colour of composite material that closely matches the natural shade of your teeth, meaning that your fillings will be unnoticeable to the untrained eye in everyday life.

It is worth bearing in mind that teeth whitening procedures do not work on composite filling material, so you should talk to your dentist first if you are considering having whitening treatment.

We offer the option of replacing old metal amalgam fillings with white fillings at our Harley Street clinic. This is a simple procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. Your dentist will remove your old metal filling, along with any additional areas of decay, and place a tooth-coloured filling in its place.

For larger cavities, particularly in back teeth where extra strength is needed, a tooth-coloured inlay or onlay may be recommended. If you have a badly damaged tooth, or one that has undergone root canal treatment, your clinician may use a crown. These can be made from a range of materials, and will be matched to the natural colour of your teeth.