How your dentist can improve the appearance of filled teeth

Your dentist has several options available to them if you would like to improve the appearance of filled teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled team of cosmetic dentists have helped scores of people to find renewed confidence in their smiles with replacements for metal fillings.

hsdc-white-fillingsOnce, if you needed a filling, the only option was to have a metal amalgam one. Whilst these are both strong and durable, they are also very obvious in the mouth, particularly if they are located near the front. Obvious silver or grey metal amalgam fillings can make you self-conscious about smiling and can dent your self-esteem. Fortunately, at our Harley Street clinic, we are able to replace metal amalgam fillings with more aesthetically pleasing white ones.

White fillings have been around for many years, but were for a long time considered less strong and durable than their metal amalgam counterparts. Thanks to improvements in materials and techniques this has changed, and white fillings are now thought of as almost as strong as metal fillings, and are suitable for use anywhere in the mouth.

Whilst they are described as “white” fillings, they can more accurately be called “tooth-coloured” fillings, because your dentist will carefully select a shade of composite filling material that closely matches the natural colour of your teeth, meaning they will blend in seamlessly and you will be smiling again in no time.

If you come to Harley Street Dental Clinic to have your metal amalgam fillings replaced with white ones, this can usually be completed in a single appointment. Your dentist will remove your old metal filling, along with any additional areas of decay that have developed around it, before shaping the cavity and placing the filling.

For larger cavities, your dentist may opt for a tooth-coloured inlay or onlay (a half-step between a filling and a crown) or a crown if extra strength is needed.

What a cosmetic dentist can do for patients with missing teeth

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our cosmetic dentists have many options available for patients who have suffered tooth loss. From standard bridges to replace a single missing tooth to a full-mouth restoration using dental implants, our skilled team of dentists and prosthodontists will work together to create the perfect solution for you if you have lost one or more teeth.

cosmetic-dentist-hsdcThere are many causes of tooth loss, and the experienced team here at Harley Street will create the ideal treatment plan to suit your wants and needs, treating any medical problems such as periodontitis (advanced gum disease) that have led to you losing one or more teeth, and providing replacements that are both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.

What are my options from a cosmetic dentist?

Your treatment options to replace missing teeth will depend upon a number of factors, including how many teeth you have lost, the cause of your tooth loss, and your lifestyle. When you come in for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street clinic, they will carefully examine your mouth and will listen to what you want to achieve from treatment before recommending the best route forward to reach your smile goals.

In some cases, your cosmetic dentist will carry out all treatment, while in other cases they will refer you to one of their specialist colleagues, for example an implant surgeon if you require dental implants. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are proud to offer the services of a unique and highly-skilled team of experts in many areas of dentistry all under one roof. Your dentist will draw up a treatment plan detailing any specialists – such as an implantologist or prosthodontist – who will be involved in your treatment, and will oversee your treatment from start to finish.

Why a dentist recommends root canal therapy, and what is involved

When a dentist recommends root canal therapy, many patients balk in fear. However, at Harley Street Dental Clinic we are keen to point out that this treatment is nothing to be afraid of – and can be essential to saving your tooth.

Why you need root canal therapy

root-canal-therapyRoot canal therapy will be prescribed by your dentist when the pulp or nerve at the centre of your tooth becomes infected with bacteria. This can happen as a result of tooth decay, or from injuries to the tooth. That’s why it is important to get even the most minor chips and cracks in a tooth’s surface treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

If a tooth becomes infected, pain is often the first symptom. Untreated, this can lead to a dental abscess and even tooth loss. Root canal therapy – or endodontics, to give it its official name – is a specialist treatment designed to remove all traces of infection, getting you out of pain and saving your tooth.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our specialist endodontist Dr Nectaria Polycarpou carries out our root canal therapy work. She is highly experienced and can treat even the most complex cases, such as a retreatment after an initial course of treatment has failed.

Dr Polycarpou understands that many patients – particularly those with a fear of the dentist – are anxious about root canal therapy, and she is renowned for her kind-hearted, compassionate nature and gentle treatment.

Harley Street Dental Clinic is proud to provide pain-free dentistry, and for particularly anxious or phobic patients we do offer the option of treatment under sedation.

Root canal therapy involves using special files to clean the root canal of infection, before filling the tooth and in many cases adding a crown for additional strength.

How a cosmetic dentist can rebuild your smile

A cosmetic dentist has many treatments at their disposal to rebuild a smile. The team at Harley Street Dental Clinic comprises many leading experts in their field in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, meaning that whatever treatment you need to restore your smile, it can all be carried out under one roof.

Why smiles need rebuilding

cosmetic-dentistAt our Harley Street Clinic our cosmetic dentists see patients who need to restore their smile for all manner of reasons. Sometimes, tooth loss has occurred, through accidents and injuries or through conditions such as gum disease. In other cases, teeth are broken or extensively chipped. Teeth can also become worn – particularly if you experience bruxism (tooth grinding) or temporomandibular joint problems (TMD/TMJ) – while other people find that old metal fillings or crowns add an unwanted glint to their smile.

Whatever the reason, if you need restorative treatment large or small, the team of cosmetic dentists at Harley Street have a range of treatment options available to help you.

Missing teeth

Your cosmetic dentist can replace one or more missing teeth with a variety of treatment options. Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth, and at our Harley Street clinic we have a highly experienced implantology team who can treat even the most complex of cases, no matter how many teeth you have lost.

Standard dentures or bridges are also an excellent option to replace missing teeth, and at our Harley Street dental practice our skilled prosthodontics team will create restorations that both look and function much like natural teeth.

Damaged teeth

Cosmetic dentists can also restore damaged, chipped or fractured teeth with results that look highly natural. Porcelain veneers can cover one discoloured or chipped tooth, or can in a full set create a beautiful smile makeover. White fillings, composite bonding and tooth-coloured inlays and onlays also restore a natural look.

When an emergency dentist is needed

Are you looking for an emergency dentist in Harley Street? If you have found our site by searching for emergency dental treatment, please get in touch with us straight away on 020 3733 7340. Dental emergencies can be unbearable, and the quicker you get in contact, the sooner we will be able to help you.

hsdcAt Harley Street Dental Clinic, we know that dental emergencies pay no mind to the clock. They can arise at any time of the day or night, and as with any medical emergency, time is often of the essence. That’s why we have a call-out service available until 10pm and an emergency service line, as well as longer practice opening hours than many other dental practices.

What is a dental emergency?

There are many reasons you might urgently need to see the dentist, from unbearable toothache to an accident or injury causing damage to the teeth, gums or jaw. Common dental emergencies include:

  • Teeth that are knocked out (common in trips, falls, and sporting accidents)
  • Teeth that are broken (again commonly caused by accidents and injuries)
  • Unbearable tooth ache
  • Excessive/unstoppable bleeding after oral surgery
  • Damage to orthodontic devices or restorations

When you contact our Harley Street clinic in an emergency, we will whenever possible attempt to see you on the same day.

We work as a team at Harley Street Dental Clinic, meaning that when you contact us in an emergency we may direct you to one of our dentists, oral surgeons or other specialists, depending on who is best-placed to help you.

Our first priority will be to get you out of pain, and you may require further appointments with the dentist to fully treat your condition.

If you have a lost tooth, your dentist may be able to reimplant it in the socket, so be sure to keep it in a clean container covered in your own saliva or milk, and bring it to your appointment.

Ask your cosmetic dentist about smile makeover options

As a cosmetic dentist there are few greater pleasures than seeing a patient’s confidence restored with a smile makeover. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled team of dental professionals offer a huge selection of treatments large and small to make over your smile.

cosmetic-dentistryThere are many reasons you might be interested in a smile makeover, both aesthetic and functional. Boosting your smile can also boost your self-confidence, and can improve your personal and business relationships. Treatments such as cosmetic orthodontics can also have a corresponding positive effect on your health, because straighter teeth are easier to clean and so are healthier.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, we invite you to join us for a smile makeover consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street clinic. Your dentist will listen carefully to your likes and dislikes about your current smile, and what you would like to achieve. Photographs, x-rays and scans will be taken as required to aid with diagnosis and treatment planning. They will then carefully examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, before running through all the appropriate treatment options to achieve your smile goals.

Your cosmetic dentist may recommend one treatment or a combination of two or more. Thanks to the latest 3D imaging technology available at our Harley Street clinic, your dentist will be able to show you the projected results of any treatment options right from the outset, so that you can make an educated choice about your smile options.

Once you and your cosmetic dentist have decided on your best treatment options, they will draw up a detailed treatment plan. Depending on your needs, all work may be carried out by your initial dentist, or you may be referred to one of their specialist colleagues at our Harley Street practice for certain treatments.

Silver to White Fillings

There was a time when, if you found yourself needing a filling, the only option was to have one made of metal amalgam. Metal fillings are very strong and durable, but on the down side are also very obvious, particularly if the tooth that needs filling is near the front of your mouth.

white-fillingsFortunately, times have changed and white or tooth-coloured fillings are now far more common.

White fillings have been around for many years, but were for some time considered less strong than metal amalgam fillings, so not suitable for the back teeth where the strongest chewing forces are exerted. However, improvements in both materials and techniques now means that white fillings are considered almost as strong as metal amalgam, and thanks to the range of materials used are suitable for use anywhere in the mouth.

Many white fillings are made from a composite resin material. As well as being strong, this material will be closely matched to the natural shade of your teeth by your dentist, meaning they will blend in seamlessly and will not be obvious. You should remember that this type of material will not be affected by tooth whitening products, so you should speak to your dentist first if you are also thinking about having teeth whitening treatment.

For larger cavities, we are able to create porcelain restorations using our Cerec 3D porcelain milling machine. This option provides strength and longevity, and again your dentist will closely match the colour of porcelain to the natural shade of your teeth for maximum discretion.

Many patients come to us with grey-coloured metal amalgam fillings that they would like replaced with tooth-coloured fillings. While we would never recommend a treatment just for the sake of it, if your metal fillings are old, worn or unsightly, making you shy about smiling, we may be able to remove them and replace them with a strong and durable tooth-coloured alternative.

How your dentist can help combat gum disease

Gum disease is a common problem that your dentist and hygienist can work with you to combat once and for all. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, as well as standard dental and hygiene treatment designed to prevent gum disease from arising, we also offer the services of a dedicated periodontist – a dentist who has undergone additional specialist training to specialise in the treatment of gum disease and other gum problems.

Why gum disease happens

hsdc-gum-diseaseThe main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which builds up on the surfaces of the teeth. This plaque bacteria starts to irritate and attack the gums, leading in the first instance to gingivitis – the milder form of gum disease.

Even if you have a good home cleaning routine, there may be areas of your mouth that are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing alone. It is here that plaque bacteria can start to collect, and it is essential to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to remove any plaque build-up.

From gingivitis to periodontitis

Many people will experience mild gum disease (gingivitis) at some point in life. Regular visits to your dentist help to catch the condition early, sometimes even before you have noticed any signs at home.

Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. This requires specialist treatment in order to save your teeth. At our Harley Street clinic, our periodontal specialist Dr Pedja Pavlovic is highly experienced in treating even complex cases of periodontitis.

As well as working at Harley Street Dental Clinic, Dr Pavlovic lectures in Periodontology at the Royal London Hospital.

Gum disease symptoms

The best way to prevent gum disease is good dental hygiene. Some of the common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
  • Swollen gums (with or without pain)
  • Bad breath

If you spot any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your dentist immediately.

How a cosmetic dentist can help patients with missing teeth

A cosmetic dentist has several options available to help patients with missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a unique collection of dental specialists – including periodontists, implant dentists and prosthodontists – who will work together to help you restore your smile.

Why you lose teeth, and why you should replace them

hsdcAt our Harley Street clinic we see patients who have lost teeth for a variety of reasons. Gum disease and tooth decay can result in tooth loss, as can accidents and injuries. Whatever the reason you’ve lost your teeth, as dentists we believe you should always replace them.

If you don’t replace your missing teeth, other teeth may move into the gaps left behind, becoming crooked and more difficult to clean. This in turn leads to an increased likelihood of plaque bacteria build-up, and ultimately further tooth loss. Your diet and even your speech may be affected if you’ve lost several teeth, and your confidence in your smile can be severely dented.

What a cosmetic dentist can do

Patients with one or more missing teeth are invited to join us at our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. They will carefully examine your remaining teeth and your gums, and will listen to your personal preferences before running through treatment options.

For one or two missing teeth, a dental bridge is a good option. If your surrounding teeth are strong and healthy, your bridge can be supported by crowns or wings on these teeth. Another option is to have a bridge supported by dental implants – in most cases one implant can support several new teeth.

Dentures – either partial or full – are a popular choice with patients who have lost all or several teeth. These can be made from a variety of materials, and can be of the traditional type or can also be supported by implants.

A Harley Street dentist ideal for international patients

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are proud to welcome patients from across the world who need to see a dentist. Whether you are an international patient travelling to the UK specifically for dental treatment, or are in London for only a brief period of time, we believe that our five-star service can provide you with all the treatment you require.

harly streetWhatever your dental requirements, at Harley Street Dental Clinic we are confident that we will be able to help. We have an excellent staff of specialists, from endodontists to cosmetic dentists, paediatric specialists to maxillofacial surgeons. We also have state-of-the-art facilities in our practice, which is based in the heart of London, with excellent transport links.

We are a multi-cultural practice and several of our staff are fluent in a range of languages, with in-house translation services available for Arabic, French, Italian and Japanese clients. The whole team at Harley Street Dental Clinic understands and is respectful of different faiths and cultures, and we offer the services of our prayer room to anybody who wants to use it.

Every patient at our Harley Street clinic is provided with a personalised treatment plan, which is designed around their wants and needs. If you are only visiting London for a short time we are able to offer longer appointments to fit around your schedule, and in addition to our standard opening hours (8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-6pm Saturday) we are also able to offer late evening, Sunday and bank holiday appointments by special arrangement.

For patients who require treatment under sedation, or for those who just need to relax for a short time after treatment, we offer the services of a fully-equipped recovery room.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are pleased to welcome patients of all ages, from anywhere in the world, whatever the reason that you need to see a dentist. Please get in touch with us today if you would like more information or would like to book an appointment.