Dental Implants at Harley Street Dental Clinic

Dental implants are one of the fastest-growing areas of modern dentistry. They provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, one which is both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.

dental implantsIf you’ve lost one, a few or perhaps all of your natural teeth, for whatever reason, you will know how distressing this can be. You may find yourself embarrassed about smiling and public speaking, could be struggling with ill-fitting unsecured dentures and might even find your diet restricted, putting many healthy options off the menu. In many cases, dental implants offer the perfect solution, and our Harley Street dentists can help.

So, what is a dental implant? Many people colloquially refer to dental implants as replacement teeth, but this isn’t technically correct. Dental implants are in fact replacement tooth roots. They are small, titanium screws that are placed directly in the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone and provide support for replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges and secured dentures.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our implants team are highly experienced and renowned for their implant treatment. Mr Steve Dover, Dr Pedja Pavlovic and Dr Charlotte Stilwell are all fellows of the International Team of Implantology and are all involved in education in implant dentistry. Their expertise is recognised in the UK and abroad, and as they are all a cosmetic dentist on Harley Street, their patients feel comfortable in their expertise.

Implants are placed in your jawbone in a minor surgical procedure, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. There are several options for implant treatment, but in general they are left to heal and integrate with the bone for a few months before replacement teeth are attached to abutments on the top of the implant. The results look and act very much like natural teeth.

While a single missing tooth will need one implant to replace it, it is also possible to support several new teeth with a single implant. The exact number of implants you will need will be discussed at your dental implant or cosmetic dentistry consultation with our Harley Street dental team.

Ask a cosmetic dentist: cosmetic dentures explored

Patients who have lost all their natural teeth may not think a cosmetic dentist can do much for them. However, at Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled cosmetic team can work with colleagues including prosthodontists (who create dental restorations) and implant surgeons to restore your smile in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

cosmetic denturesModern dentures have come a long way from the false teeth used even 20 or 30 years ago. Dentures of a sort have been around since ancient times, but 21st Century restorations have been designed to look and act just like natural teeth. By combining your dentures with dental implants, your cosmetic dentist can create a bespoke treatment plan that will enable you to eat whatever you like, smile and laugh with confidence, and have less chance of experiencing bone loss.

Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we know the value of both your smile and your oral health. When you come in to see us for a consultation about ways to replace your missing teeth, your cosmetic dentist will undertake a thorough clinical examination of your gums and any remaining natural teeth, as well as taking a detailed medical history and finding out a bit about your lifestyle. This enables them to create the perfect set of cosmetic dentures to suit your needs.

Dentures can be made from a range of materials, including plastic and porcelain. At our Harley Street clinic we also offer the option of stabilising your dentures with dental implants, which replace the root portions of missing teeth and keep your dentures securely in place at all times.

The advantages of dentures are manifold. These include:

  • Helping maintain the shape of your jaws and face
  • Strengthening the facial muscles, which helps with biting and chewing
  • Preventing remaining teeth from moving position

Gum disease: what a dentist can do to save your smile

Regular visits to a dentist and hygienist are vital in fighting gum disease. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our unique collection of dental experts can treat gum problems effectively, even if you have developed the more advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis.

gum diseaseGum disease is a very common condition and many people will experience it at some point in their life. Caught early, it can be treated and managed without too many problems. However, it is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults in the UK. By attending six-month check-ups with your dentist, alongside regular dental hygiene appointments, you can minimise the chances of the condition becoming serious.

Often, your dentist or hygienist will be able to spot the early signs of gum disease even before you have experienced any noticeable symptoms at home. However, if you do spot any early warning signs, you should book an appointment at Harley Street Dental Clinic as soon as possible. We are proud to focus on preventative dentistry, and can help you get back to full oral health.

What are the early signs of gum disease?

Gum disease often starts to develop without many noticeable symptoms. However, early warning signs include:

  • Bleeding gums, particularly when you brush your teeth
  • Red, swollen gums, that may or may not be painful
  • Persistent bad breath without an obvious cause

Should you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a dentist as soon as you can. Early intervention makes the condition easier to treat, and can ultimately save your teeth.

Left untreated, the early form of gum disease – called gingivitis – can develop into the more serious form, periodontitis, which causes tooth loss.

Harley Street Dental Clinic’s specialist periodontist, Dr Pedja Pavlovic, can treat even complex cases of periodontitis, so even if you have developed the advanced form of gum disease, we will do everything we can to preserve your teeth.

How your cosmetic dentist can whiten your teeth

Teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is an excellent way to boost the appearance of your smile quickly, safely, and with minimal fuss. Harley Street Dental Clinic’s cosmetic team offer two options for patients who are interested in whitening their teeth.

How does treatment work?

teeth whiteningOur teeth are easily stained by everyday living, and even if we think we have a good oral health routine, tooth staining can still happen. Food and drink, smoking, even some medicines, medicated mouthwashes and medical conditions can all cause stains to develop on the teeth. When it’s carried out by a cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to get rid of these stains.

We offer both home whitening and power whitening here in our Harley Street clinic. No matter which option you decide on, you will still need to come into the practice for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, because we need to ensure you are in good dental health before we treat you. Otherwise, the chance of developing temporary sensitivity are increased.

If we do spot any health issues, your dentist will treat these first. So, while teeth whitening is a great way to boost your smile before a special event (such as a wedding or a big business presentation) do be sure to leave enough time to complete your treatment.

Your teeth whitening options in Harley Street

1 Power Whitening

Power whitening takes place here in our Harley Street clinic. Your cosmetic dentist will protect your lips and gums and will apply teeth whitening gel to your teeth. A special light is used to activate it; you just sit back and relax for an hour while the gel gets to work.

2 Home Whitening

You are given whitening gel and custom-made trays, which you wear overnight for approximately two weeks at home.

How your dentist helps to improve your general health

Everyone knows a dentist is the best person to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy – but did you know that regular visits to the dental practice are also important to your general health? At our Harley Street clinic, we usually recommend you visit the dentist at least every six months for a general check-up to keep you healthy. Sometimes your clinician will tell you that you need to visit more frequently, and you should always follow this advice.

dentist londonOne of the most obvious links between dental health and general health is that the condition of your teeth and gums can affect your diet. If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, your ability to eat a full, healthy and balanced diet, full of fruit and vegetables, will be impacted, and you are likely to find yourself restricted to a soft food or liquid diet.

As well as taking the pleasure out of eating, this can make it difficult to get adequate nutrients to keep your body healthy. Dietary restrictions also arise in some patients who wear traditional dentures, as they find that their jaw bone shrinks and their dentures become loose, making biting, chewing, and even speaking more difficult.

A dentist will always recommend replacing missing teeth to help eliminate these problems. At Harley Street Dental Clinic many of our patients have benefited from treatment with dental implants, which hold restorations permanently and securely in place, enabling you to enjoy a full diet once more.

Studies have also shown a link between gum disease and other conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and some problems in pregnancy. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled team of experts can treat gum disease effectively – even if it has advanced to become the more serious form, periodontitis or periodontal disease – which helps to keep your mouth and your whole body healthy.

Combination treatments from a cosmetic dentist: ways to boost a smile

Have you considered seeing a cosmetic dentist, but put it off because you don’t know what treatments are required to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted? Harley Street Dental Clinic’s cosmetic team comprises a unique collection of highly-skilled dental professionals who are here to help you whatever treatment is required. We welcome new patients for a no-obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation, whether you require procedures large or small, and even if you have no idea what treatment will be best for you.

cosmetic dentistryWhen you come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation, you will meet a highly experienced cosmetic dentist, who will examine your teeth and gums, and will also take such considerations as facial structure, hair colour, and personal smile goals into account before running through all the appropriate treatments from our extensive cosmetic dentistal treatment menu. They will also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

While some patients require just one treatment to achieve their dream smile, others benefit from combining two or more treatment options. Whatever you decide, your cosmetic dentist will ensure you are happy and understand exactly what is involved in any treatment before drawing up a detailed treatment plan, which will include estimated timescales and costs, and the order in which procedures will be undertaken.

Of course, every patient’s requirements will be as individual as they are. However, some of the popular treatment options available from your Harley Street cosmetic dentist include:

Discreet orthodontics

Using either tooth-coloured or lingual braces, or clear aligners, our orthodontists can improve the alignment of your teeth.

Teeth whitening

Teeth are easily stained. Teeth whitening is a safe, fast and reliable way to remove common stains.

Cosmetic dentures

Dentures don’t have to be unwieldy and obviously false. Our specialist prosthodontist can create beautiful, realistic restorations to help you smile again.

How your dentist can replace missing teeth: the options

Your dentist has several options available to replace your missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have a unique collection of dental specialists, who have helped scores of patients to restore both their smile and the functionality of their jaw, using treatments including dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

missing teethThe best treatment option for you will depend on your circumstances, your clinical need, and your personal preferences. If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, you should come in for a consultation at our Harley Street practice. Your dentist will carefully examine you and will listen to your concerns, wants and needs, before recommending the best tooth replacement options.

Why you should replace missing teeth

A dentist will always recommend replacing missing teeth. As well as the obvious concern about the aesthetic appearance of your smile, missing teeth can also cause health problems. Remaining teeth have a tendency to move into any gaps, becoming crooked and thus harder to clean in the process, which increases your chances of tooth decay, gum disease and ultimately further tooth loss.

Depending on how many teeth are missing, you may find your ability to eat a healthy and balanced diet affected, and can also experience problems with speech. At our Harley Street clinic we see patients who have lost teeth for all manner of reasons, from gum disease and tooth decay to accident and injury.

The expert team at our Harley Street clinic can help whatever has caused you to lose a tooth or teeth – so please do book an appointment with us to find out what your options are, and what treatment entails.

Among the tooth replacement options available from Harley Street Dental Clinic are:

Dental Bridges

To replace one or a few adjacent teeth, secured to surrounding teeth or dental implants.

Dentures

Made from a variety of materials, traditional or supported by dental implants.

Dental Implants

Artificial tooth roots that support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Why a cosmetic dentist may recommend veneers

A cosmetic dentist enjoys nothing more than seeing a happy patient who has achieved the smile of their dreams. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our team believes that everybody deserves a beautiful smile to be proud of. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a patient who was once embarrassed to smile or laugh in public now beaming because they want to show off their new smile.

cosmetic dentistWe invite anyone who is unhappy with their smile to come into our Harley Street practice for a no-obligation consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures, and will listen to what you want to achieve. They will then run through all the available treatments to help you get that dream smile.

One of the most frequently requested treatments from a cosmetic dentist is veneers. It’s not difficult to see why; they are a fast and effective way to enjoy a smile makeover. Where celebrities lead the general population usually follows, and more and more people are opting for dental veneers because as well as producing beautiful, lasting results, the treatment time is also considerably shorter than for many other cosmetic dental procedures, often requiring just a couple of visits to our Harley Street clinic.

Veneers can be made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite bonding (white filling) material. They are micro-thin shells bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can rectify a number of dental problems including permanent staining, chips, cracks, gaps, and misalignments. Whichever material you opt for, your cosmetic dentist will closely match the colour of your veneers to the natural shade of your teeth.

The high-quality veneers created at Harley Street Dental Clinic are not a short-term fix. With proper care they should last you for many years – typically at least a decade.

Why regular dentist and hygienist visits are so important

How often should you visit the dentist? The simple answer is “as frequently as your clinician advises”. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we know that many patients have busy and hectic lifestyles, which is why we offer extended opening, including Saturday and evening appointments, enabling you to get the treatment you need without time constraints being an issue.

dental hygiene servicesWe also offer full dental hygiene services from our experienced hygienists – who play a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy.

Standard advice is to visit both the dentist and hygienist every six months for a general dental check-up and professional tooth-cleaning. However, every patient’s needs are different, so the number of times you need to attend will depend on your circumstances. Your dentist will advise you how often you should have a check-up, and you should always follow this advice.

It’s all too easy to think that, if you have been given a clean bill of health by your dentist, you don’t need to visit so often. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our entire team is passionate about preventative dentistry – doing everything we can, together with you, to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and more invasive treatments are not required. Routine dental and hygiene appointments are vital to maintaining good dental health.

When you come to our Harley Street clinic for a check-up, this will be carried out by a qualified and experienced dentist, who will look out for the early signs of problems such as gum disease or tooth decay. Often they will spot early warning signs even before you’ve noticed a problem yourself, meaning that it can be treated swiftly and effectively.

Your hygienist also plays a vital role in both preventing and spotting the early signs of decay and disease, and can furnish you with appropriate home-care advice to treat and/or manage conditions.

Fast ways a cosmetic dentist can boost your smile

A smile makeover is one of the most popular treatments requested from a cosmetic dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic. Whether you have a particular cosmetic dental treatment in mind, or just know that you want to improve the way your smile looks, by coming in for a smile makeover consultation, your dentist can discuss all the best treatment options to help you reach the smile of your dreams.

How smile makeovers work

cosmetic-dentistryThe cosmetic dentistry treatment menu available at Harley Street Dental Clinic is extensive and includes treatments large and small. Some patients will require just one treatment, whilst others will benefit from combining two or more options from our treatment list.

If you are interested in a smile makeover, you will see a cosmetic dentist who will carefully examine your existing smile and surrounding structures, as well as listening to what exactly you would like to change. They will then use the latest dental technology to enable you to see the results of any recommended treatments before you start – enabling you to make a fully-informed choice about treatment options.

At your initial assessment in our Harley Street practice, your cosmetic dentist will take into consideration such factors as hair colour, facial structure and features, to ensure that all treatments recommended produce results that are as natural-looking as they are beautiful.

Your dentist will discuss all relevant treatment options in-depth, and with the help of photographs, scans, and impressions taken as necessary, they will use 3D computer software to create a realistic idea of what results will look like from various treatment options.

Only when you have agreed on the best course of treatment will your cosmetic dentist finalise your treatment plan. This will include details of projected timescales and costs, and how any combinations of treatments will work.