Why regular dentist visits are vital for your health and wellbeing

You should consider your dentist as much a part of your health and fitness team as a good balanced diet, regular exercise, and MOTs with your doctor. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a firm focus on preventative dentistry, which means stopping problems before they start, or treating them promptly if they do arise.

gum-diseaseHow often you need to attend general check-ups with your dentist will depend on a number of factors, including the current condition of your oral health and whether there are conditions such as gum disease that need managing. Whilst standard advice is to have a check-up every six months, you should attend our Harley Street clinic as often as your dentist advises.

If you are a new patient to Harley Street Dental Clinic, your dentist will carry out a ten-step assessment of your current oral situation. This will involve:

1) Taking your full dental and medical history. Your dentist needs to be aware of any conditions you have or medications you are taking, because it may affect treatment choices.

2) A thorough clinical examination.

3) Taking x-rays as necessary.

4) Discuss oral health concerns since you last saw a dentist.

5) Talk about how diet and lifestyle affects oral health.

6) Assess your current home care routine, recommending any improvements.

7) If any treatment is needed, this will be explained in full.

8) Provide a full treatment plan.

9) Take the time to answer your questions.

10) If no treatment is needed, tell you when you next should visit the dentist.

Harley Street Dental Clinic appreciates many of our patients have busy lives, so we are open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-6pm Saturday, enabling you to fit appointments around your lifestyle.

Conditions such as gum disease have been linked to everything from rheumatoid arthritis to heart disease, whilst tooth loss can limit your diet and make it hard to get good nutrition. Therefore, visiting your dentist regularly is a vital part of your general health routine.

To book a check-up at our Harley Street clinic, contact us on 020 3773 2780.

What a Harley Street emergency dentist can do for you

If you need an emergency dentist in London, contact Harley Street Dental Clinic immediately on 020 3773 2780. We are open from 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, and will always try to see emergency cases on the same day whenever possible.

emergency-dental-careWe are also aware that dental emergencies don’t keep to any kind of schedule, so we offer an emergency service lines should you require an emergency dentist out of regular opening hours.

Many things require the attention of an emergency dentist. Here, we look at some common dental emergencies alongside what your Harley Street clinician may do.

Unbearable toothache

Toothache must never be ignored – it’s an indicator of a more serious problem. If you have mild or intermittent toothache, book the next available appointment with a dentist at our Harley Street clinic and use over-the-counter pain relief in the short term.

If toothache is severe to the point of being unbearable, an emergency dentist is needed. Toothache may be caused by damage to a tooth, by decay, infection, or a broken/lost crown or filling.

In the case of decay, your Harley Street emergency dentist will remove the decayed area and fill the tooth. Fillings can often be replaced permanently in one appointment; crowns will require at least two, so a temporary crown may be fitted.

If your tooth is infected, you may require root canal treatment. Your dentist will get you out of pain at your emergency appointment, and may prescribe antibiotics. Root canal treatment will require at least two appointments to fully complete.

Broken teeth

Sometimes, a dentist can bond fragments of a broken tooth back together, so if you have them bring them with you. Alternatively, we offer composite bonding, white fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays at our Harley Street clinic.

Lost tooth

Your dentist may be able to reimplant your tooth. Try to do so yourself; if you can’t, put it in a clean container of milk and bring it to your appointment at Harley Street. Be careful to only touch the crown of the tooth, and clean it with saliva if necessary.

Why visiting the dentist is important at every stage of life

A dentist should be an essential member of your family health care team at every stage of your life. Harley Street Dental Clinic welcomes patients of all ages, from young children whose first teeth are starting to appear to older people in need of tooth replacement solutions such as dentures or dental implants.

children-teethWe have a uniquely skilled collection of dental professionals at our Harley Street clinic. Whether you need a general check-up from the dentist or are in need of more specialist care, such as periodontics, endodontics, or orthodontics, we can provide the treatment you need at any stage of your life, all under one roof.

Here are some of the ways your Harley Street dentist can treat age-specific oral health concerns:

Children

We recommend bringing your child to visit the dentist from an early age, soon after their first teeth start to erupt. This helps them to view the dentist as a friendly face, and minimises the chances of dental anxiety developing in later life.

It also enables your child’s dentist to spot problems early – from issues with the first teeth to possible orthodontic concerns. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we dream of a world where no child suffers tooth decay, but if your child does need a filling, we use a laser instead of a drill.

Teenagers

The teenage years are both exciting and daunting, and bring with them their own oral health concerns. From helping your teenage son or daughter to understand the impact of dietary factors on their teeth and gums – such as avoiding too much sugar – to early intervention orthodontics, and orthodontic care for those who don’t qualify for NHS treatment but still find their self-esteem dented by misaligned teeth, our Harley Street team can help.

Pregnancy

Thanks to hormonal increase in the body, pregnant women can sometimes develop gum disease. Acid erosion and pregnancy granuloma are also common. Your dentist can help treat and manage these conditions.

Older people

More people these days are outliving their natural teeth. Your Harley Street dentist can provide effective tooth replacements, including dentures and dental implants.

Orthodontics for adults: discreet routes to straighter teeth

If you think that orthodontics is only for children and teenagers, it’s time to think again. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a range of orthodontic treatments to adults, and is keen to extol the virtues of such treatment to patients of all ages.

straighter-teethThe major barrier many adults face to orthodontics is the popular misconception that it has to involve metal braces. Whilst it’s true that braces are often the best way to straighten teeth, giving your orthodontist or dentist maximum control over each tooth’s movement and producing results that can be accurately predicted, metal fixed appliances are not all that modern orthodontics has to offer.

Harley Street Dental Clinic has a specialist orthodontics team who can treat both simple and complex cases in patients of all ages. There are three in-house orthodontists at our Harley Street practice: Dr Emma Lang, and Dr Sarah Neale. All of them treat adults, teenagers, and children.

For patients who are anxious or nervous about dental treatment, Dr Sarah Neale is very experienced in treating those who suffer from dental anxiety, and is well-known for practising virtually pain-free dentistry.

At our Harley Street clinic we use both fixed appliances – braces – and removable ones – aligners – for our adult orthodontics cases.

Whichever system you choose, it’s worth remembering that the benefits of orthodontics are more than just a beautifully aligned smile. Straightening your teeth makes them easier to clean, which makes it easier to maintain good dental hygiene, cutting your risk of gum disease and dental decay.

In some cases orthodontics can help you to bite and chew food more easily, and can also decrease excessive wear and tear on specific teeth.

Among the orthodontics options at our Harley Street dental centre are:

Tooth-coloured braces

Ceramic braces made from porcelain and able to correct simple and complex issues.

Lingual braces

Metal braces that work in the standard way, but are affixed to the back of the teeth for maximum discretion.

Invisalign

This system involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to gently guide your teeth into a better position.

How your dentist can replace lost teeth

Ask any dentist and they will stress to you the importance of replacing missing teeth, ideally as soon as possible after you lose them. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of tooth replacement solutions, and your dentist will work closely with you to find the perfect one to suit your needs.

replace-missing-teethTooth loss can happen at any stage of your life, and can have numerous causes. Whether you lose one or more of your natural teeth through accident or injury, gum disease or tooth decay, your Harley Street dentist will find the best way to replace those missing teeth with restorations that are both functional and natural in appearance.

We benefit from the expertise of a unique collection of dental professionals at Harley Street Dental Clinic. This means that if you have lost teeth through advanced periodontal (gum) disease, a specialist periodontist is on hand to treat the underlying condition so that whatever tooth replacements you choose have the maximum chance of success.

Our Harley Street clinic also offers the services of an endodontist – a dentist who has undertaken additional training to specialise in root canal therapies. The aim of root canal treatment is to save teeth that could otherwise have to be extracted, so if you fear your teeth are failing due to infection, consulting our endodontist, Dr Nectaria Polycarpou, could negate the need for tooth replacement all together.

If you do need a tooth or teeth replacing, we also have maxillofacial surgeons and prosthodontists at our Harley Street practice. Both play an important role in dental implant treatment – the surgeons may place your implants and carry out additional bone grafting work as required, whilst the prosthodontists will create highly realistic tooth restorations – crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants are, in many cases, the best way to replace missing teeth because they provide a long-term solution. Combined with either a bridge, crown, or denture, they could last for life.

For those who favour conventional bridgework or dentures, your Harley Street dentist can also create these more traditional restorations, which are excellent in terms of both function and appearance.

Why your dentist will recommend root canal treatment

When a dentist utters the words “root canal treatment” even the bravest of patients may feel a twinge of fear. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are keen to point out that, thanks to modern dental techniques, root canal treatment is nothing to be afraid of. On the contrary, it can in fact be essential to saving a tooth.

root-canal-treatmentAt Harley Street Dental Clinic our root canal work is carried out by Dr Nectaria Polycarpou, a specialist endodontist who can treat even the most complex of cases. She is known for her warm, kind-hearted and compassionate nature, and can reassure patients who are anxious about treatment.

Endodontics is the specialist area of dentistry that deals with root canal therapies. Your dentist will prescribe root canal treatment when a tooth becomes infected. Untreated tooth infection can quickly become unbearably painful, and if you continue to ignore it can result in you losing your tooth. Your dentist will work hard to prevent that from happening.

Teeth become infected for a number of reasons. Visiting your dentist regularly should help to prevent tooth decay, but it does still happen and if it is not addressed promptly it can allow bacteria to enter the pulp or nerve at the centre of your tooth.

Injury to the teeth can also result in infection. Even a tiny chip or crack can be enough to let bacteria in, which is one of the reasons you should call an emergency dentist as soon as possible after an injury occurs.

Harley Street endodontics

When you come to our Harley Street clinic for endodontic treatment, Dr Polycarpou will numb your tooth with local anaesthetic before using a range of specialist instruments to cleanse the root canal(s) of all traces of infection. If you are scared of the dentist, sedation is also an option.

Root canal treatment usually requires at least two visits to our Harley Street clinic, so your dentist can be sure that the infection has fully cleared before permanently filling the tooth. We will usually place a crown on root treated teeth to give them additional strength and restore their appearance.

How your dentist can replace lost teeth and restore your smile

Ask any dentist and they will always stress the importance of replacing any teeth you lose as quickly as possible. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of solutions to tooth loss. Whatever your requirements, your dentist will work closely with you to provide the perfect treatment to suit your needs, restoring both health to your mouth and happiness to your smile.

restore-lost-teethMissing teeth cause all manner of problems. When just one is lost, more strain is instantly put on those that remain, because they have more work to do. Remaining teeth also have a tendency to shift out of position into any gaps, becoming crooked, twisted, and harder to clean in the process. This can increase your chances of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and ultimately of further tooth loss.

When several teeth are missing the impact on your daily life can be severe. Your diet may be affected, as may your speech. The impact on your self-confidence can be devastating. By visiting a dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic, you will soon be en route to restoring healthy function to your jaw, helping to alleviate all of these problems.

What your Harley Street dentist can do

When you come into our Harley Street clinic for a tooth replacement consultation, your dentist will undertake a thorough clinical examination and will check the general condition of your dental health, as well as listening to any preferences you may have about your treatment.

Harley Street Dental Clinic benefits from a unique team of dental professionals and specialists, many of whom are leaders in their chosen areas, who will work together to find the perfect solution to your tooth loss.

Among the options we offer are:

Bridges

Dental bridges usually comprise a precious metal base with porcelain teeth on top. Standard bridges are supported by crowns or wings on adjacent teeth to replace one or two teeth, whilst bridges retained by dental implants can be used to replace several teeth in one jaw.

Dentures

Modern dentures are very comfortable and realistic. We offer denture stabilisation using dental implants at our Harley Street clinic.

The benefits of visiting an orthodontist as an adult

You are never too old to benefit from treatment by an orthodontist – that’s the motto of the orthodontic team at Harley Street Dental Clinic, where we have three in-house orthodontists who welcome new patients of all ages.

orthodontist-harley-streetOrthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of the teeth, and with how the jaws meet each other. If you believe that metal train-track braces are the only route to straighter teeth, it’s time to think again. At Harley Street Dental Clinic your orthodontist can offer a wide range of subtler methods of improving tooth alignment.

What a Harley Street orthodontist can do

When you come into Harley Street Dental Clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will examine you and listen to any preferences you may have for treatment, before talking you through the pros and cons of all the relevant options.

Treatment may involve the use of a fixed appliance – a brace – or a removable appliance – an aligner. All of the systems available at our Harley Street dental centre are specifically suited to a variety of situations, and your orthodontist will help you to make an educated choice about which will suit you best.

Hidden benefits

Whilst many adults come to see a Harley Street orthodontist concerned about the way that their teeth look, it should not be forgotten that there are always more than just aesthetic benefits to be gained from straightening your teeth, even in cases where fast-acting cosmetic braces are used.

Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean. With fewer awkward to clean gaps in which food particles can gather and plaque can amass, straightening your teeth can cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay – so long as you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, of course, and practise prudent dental hygiene at home.

Issues with your bite can cause excessive wear and tear on certain teeth, and can even make it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Protruding front teeth are also at a greater risk of accidental damage. An orthodontist can provide subtle treatment to help with all of these issues.

Ways your dentist can help you fight gum disease

Regular visits to both your dentist and hygienist are essential in the battle against gum disease. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer full dental hygiene services, and also have a specialist periodontist – a dentist who has undergone additional training to specialise in the treatment of gum conditions.

gum-diseaseDespite improvements in dental hygiene, with more people than ever before regularly visiting their dentist than ever before, gum disease is still a big problem. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among UK adults, and at Harley Street Dental Clinic we think this is sad because the condition is entirely preventable.

There are two forms of gum disease; the early form is known as gingivitis, and most people will experience it in some form or another at some point in your life. Certain groups – such as pregnant women – are more susceptible to gingivitis. At our Harley Street clinic we offer special care for patients who are pregnant to minimise the risk of this condition arising and treating it appropriately if it does.

The more serious form of gum disease is called periodontitis, or periodontal disease. It is this advanced condition that leads to tooth loss, so prompt intervention from your dentist is essential. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our specialist periodontist, Dr Pedja Pavlovic, can treat complex and advanced gum disease cases. He is highly respected in his field, and lectures in Periodontology at the Royal London Hospital.

In its early stages, gum disease may have few noticeable symptoms. Your dentist can spot signs of the condition before you even suspect there is a problem, whilst your hygienist can remove the cause of gum disease – dental plaque – with a professional scale and polish.

  • Symptoms you may experience at home include:
  • Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
  • Red, swollen gums (with or without pain)
  • Bad breath

Should you notice any of these early warning signs, or anything else suspicious, you should book an appointment with a dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic as soon as possible. Caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and manageable.

A cosmetic dentist is an essential part of your teeth whitening journey

Consulting a cosmetic dentist is essential if you want whiter teeth. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of ways to brighten up your smile, whether your tooth stains are temporary or permanent. These include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and replacing metal fillings or crowns with tooth-coloured alternatives.

cosmetic-dentist-harley-streetThere are numerous products on the market that claim to whiten teeth, and bizarre claims that everything from cider vinegar to turmeric can be used for teeth whitening. Vinegar should never be applied directly to the teeth because it is highly acidic and can cause damage to tooth enamel. As for turmeric, if you’ve ever cooked a curry you will know it is more likely to turn things yellow than white.

As for supposed teeth whitening products that can be bought from the internet or provided in beauty salons, in the best case scenario they won’t produce the results you want. In the worst cases, they have been known to cause serious damage to teeth, gums, and mouth.

A cosmetic dentist will only use tested, safe, effective methods of whitening your teeth. The teeth whitening systems we use at Harley Street Dental Clinic are regulated and have been proven to be safe, gentle, and effective. You wouldn’t go to anyone other than your dentist for a filling, denture or brace, and teeth whitening treatment should be thought of no differently.

Teeth whitening with a Harley Street cosmetic dentist

When you come into our Harley Street clinic for a teeth whitening consultation, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to ascertain the nature of your tooth staining. Numerous factors play a role in discolouring teeth; dental plaque is the leading cause of tooth staining, and 66% of the British public have visible plaque on their teeth.

A Harley Street hygienist can get rid of your dental plaque and teach you how to prevent it returning.

Your cosmetic dentist can offer both home and in-clinic teeth whitening. The former takes a fortnight while the latter takes just an hour.

For permanent discolouration, your cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneer.