Missing teeth? Here’s what your dentist can do

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our dentists have many options for patients with one or more missing teeth. There are many reasons patients lose teeth, from gum disease to accident or injury. Whatever the reason, we believe it is essential to replace missing teeth, first and foremost to ensure you have confidence in your smile, but also for the benefit of your general health.

dental implantsWhen teeth are lost, the bone and gums beneath any gaps slowly starts to recede, which can lead to a sagging appearance in the face. You may also struggle to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and any remaining teeth may become crooked and harder to clean by moving into the spaces left by missing teeth.

If you lose a tooth you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are sometimes able to reinsert your tooth in the socket if it has been knocked out in an accident. Even if you have been missing teeth for some time, our experienced dental team will be able to replace them.

There are many options for tooth replacement and, after examining your mouth, your dentist will go through all the options with you. This may include bridges, dentures or dental implants.

Dental implants are the only permanent solution to missing teeth, and at our Harley Street practice our dentists are highly experienced in the latest implant techniques. Implants are small titanium screws placed directly in the jaw bone, where they integrate with the bone and act as replacement tooth roots, providing firm support for new teeth in the form of dentures, bridges or crowns.

Even if your dentist has told you that you are not suitable for dental implant treatment because you have suffered bone loss, our Harley Street dentists can help, using bone graft or sinus lift procedures to restore you bone.

What can a cosmetic dentist do for me?

A cosmetic dentist is a clinician who focuses on the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have an experienced team of dental professionals offering cosmetic dental treatments to suit all patients’ needs.

cosmetic dentistOften, patients will come to see us at our Harley Street clinic unhappy about the appearance of their smile, but unsure exactly what treatment they need to improve it. In this case, we recommend a smile makeover. This is a consultation with a skilled cosmetic dentist, who will assess your current smile, will listen to your concerns and what you would like to change, and will then recommend the best way to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Here’s how it works:

1. Smile Assessment. You’ll come into our Harley Street practice for a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist. He or she will review the shape, colour, size and position of your teeth and will find out what you want to achieve. They will also check there are no dental health problems that need treating before your cosmetic work begins, and will take into account such factors as hair colour and the shape of your face before recommending treatment.

2. Treatment Recommendations. Your cosmetic dentist will recommend treatments and will use 3D-computer-aided smile design to show you what results you can expect from various treatments. Depending on your needs you may require just one treatment – veneers, for example – or a combination of two or more – orthodontics plus teeth whitening, perhaps. Once you have decided on treatment – with your dentist’s help – a treatment plan will be drawn up.

3. Appointment Setting. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we work hard to set appointment times that are convenient for you. Your cosmetic dentist will draw up an appointment schedule. The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on which treatment(s) you are having.

Afraid of the dentist? Here’s how we can help

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist? Then you are not alone. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we specialise in helping nervous and phobic patients to get the dental treatment they need. Regular dental appointments and good oral health aren’t just important for your teeth and gums; many studies have shown links between poor oral health and conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

nervous patientsFear is the single biggest reason patients in the UK give for putting off visiting the dentist. Dental fear can range from mild anxiety to full-blown phobia and has myriad causes. Whatever the reason and level of you fear, Harley Street Dental Clinic can help.

Causes of dental phobia

There are many reasons patients give for being afraid of the dentist. These include bad experiences in the past, exaggerated horror stories from friends and family, embarrassment about the state of their teeth, and specific triggers including a fear of needles or the sound of the dentist’s drill.

At our Harley Street clinic we will take time to find out what causes your fears and will talk through them in our relaxed, comfortable environment. Dental techniques have advanced greatly in recent years, and if you haven’t been to see the dentist for some time you may be pleasantly surprised.

We will explain any procedures and analgesia requirements in detail, and will ensure that you know the hand signals to give us should you need a break during treatment. Don’t worry about holding up the dentist – we know everybody needs a breather sometimes, and ample time for breaks will be built into your appointment.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we will never be judgemental; we empathise with nervous patients and if you have not seen a dentist in many years all we want is to restore your oral health and give you a smile to be proud of. We offer the option of listening to music or watching a film during treatment, and also have the option of treatment under hypnosis, which many patients find helps them to relax.

For those who need a little extra help to relax, we offer treatment under sedation. There are two options: relative analgesia, also known as inhalation sedation, which uses a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you breathe in. You will be awake and able to cooperate with your dentist, but will remember little about treatment.

The second option is intravenous sedation, carried out by a consultant anaesthetist here at our Harley Street clinic.

How a cosmetic dentist can boost your confidence as well as your smile

Many people are unhappy with the way their smile looks, and are seeking help from a cosmetic dentist. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a skilled team of dentists, many of whom specialise in aesthetic treatments. By boosting the appearance of your smile, you can also raise your self-esteem and confidence, which can have a significant positive impact on many areas of your life.

cosmetic dentistWe see a lot of patients at our Harley Street practice whose smiles are getting them down. If this affects you, you may find yourself hiding your smile away behind your hands in public or even not smiling at all.

A skilled cosmetic dentist can offer a range of treatments to address the issues you have with your smile, improving any aspects you don’t like. Many of our patients have reported that this has seriously boosted their self-esteem, which has helped interactions in their personal and professional lives.

If you are interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile with the help of a cosmetic dentist, the first thing to do is to book a consultation at our Harley Street clinic.

Every patient’s needs will be different, but here are just some of the treatments we offer here at Harley Street Dental Clinic. . .

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic dental treatment. They offer a fast, safe and minimally-invasive way to brighten and boost your smile. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to improve their appearance and disguise minor imperfections such as chips or cracks.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening uses special bleaching gel to remove stains from your teeth. It can be carried out here in Harley Street or at home, and must only be performed on a dentist’s prescription.

Dental implants

Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth. Contact us for more information.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear in our mouths, often not coming through until the late teenage years. Because of this, they can often fail to erupt properly, causing or potentially causing pain, discomfort and oral health problems. For that reason, wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common oral surgery procedures.

wisdom tooth extractionNobody likes the idea of tooth extraction. However, in some cases it becomes necessary and if you need a wisdom tooth removed you can rest assured that at Harley Street Dental Clinic you will receive expert care from experienced oral surgeons.

But why do wisdom teeth need to be removed? Because they erupt late, wisdom teeth have a tendency to become impacted. They may prove hard to clean, increasing the chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. Because they develop internally, cysts may form around wisdom teeth, potentially damaging the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a fully-equipped theatre for tooth extractions and other maxillofacial surgical procedures, such as treating bone fractures, placing dental implants and carrying out certain orthodontic procedures. Wisdom tooth removal may be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on each patient’s wants and needs.

It’s important to prepare for wisdom tooth extraction, and to talk to us if you experience dental anxiety, so that we can plan your treatment accordingly. You will also need to prepare for careful post-surgical care, following the advice your surgeon gives you.

Pain or discomfort after surgery can usually be managed by over-the-counter painkillers, although if you find these don’t help do not take more than the stated dose – instead, contact us so that we can help you. We recommend that you follow a liquid diet immediately after surgery, and use cold treats such as ice cream to help with gum swelling. Overconsumption may lead to sharp pains, however, so please take care.

General Treatments

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer a wide range of dental treatments for all the family, to patients from London and beyond.

restorative dentistryWhile we’re committed to preventative dentistry, aiming to stop dental health problems before they arise, should you find yourself in need of treatment we can offer a full and comprehensive selection of treatments, all under one roof. We have a dedicated and experienced team of specialists in a range of areas, including restorative dentistry, dental hygiene, children’s dentistry and orthodontics.

We are committed to practising pain-free dentistry and are equipped and experienced in treating nervous and phobic patients. If fear has put you off seeking dental treatment for many years, we are confident we can help you. We will never be judgemental, but will work with you to restore your dental health and keep it in good condition for the rest of your life. Options for nervous patients include relaxation and sedation, enabling you to have necessary treatment in a relaxed, calming environment.

Because we use only the latest techniques and materials, delivered by highly-skilled and experienced practitioners, we are able to provide pain-free dentistry to patients of all ages. We are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice.

In most cases, we recommend that you visit us for a general dental check-up at least every six months. That way, it’s easier for us to spot problems early and treat them before they become serious.

After your examination we will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis, a treatment plan if any action is needed, plus advice on caring for your teeth and gums at home. If we find you need specialist treatment, for example for periodontics (gum disease), then you will be referred to one of our specialists. Your dentist will continue to oversee your treatment plan and will keep you informed at all stages of treatment.

The Unsettling Effect of Tooth Loss

Many patients underestimate the implications and consequences associated with missing teeth. Upon closer examination, you will find the effects to be far more serious than many are aware of.

dental implantsTooth loss is physical, emotional and psychosocial all at once. Patients undergo a change that leaves a holistic effect in their appearance, speech, functioning, comfort and health.

Find out how tooth loss can bring about these effects.

The Facial Collapse: effect of non-stimulation

Tooth loss is not about the tooth so much as it is about the bones.

The facial bones are important in the configuration of the face. They are responsible for supporting the nose, cheek, lips and skin, and require continuous stimulation to maintain their shape, volume and density.

This stimulation can be likened to how exercise keeps the bones in your body active and healthy.

The bone supporting the teeth (alveolar) requires this stimulation from the teeth themselves. The teeth make contact with these bones every day through the periodontal ligament, “exercising” the bone and stimulating it to reconstruct continually.

When a tooth is lost, these bones lose width over time, brought about by lack of stimulation.

Within the first year of tooth loss, the bone’s width decreases by 25% and up to 4 millimetres in height in the subsequent years, creating a domino effect. As it loses width, it loses height. As it reduces in height, it loses width as a result– and the cycle continues.

At some point, it will have an effect of the gum tissues, whose deterioration will cause a change in speech and everyday functioning, such as biting and chewing.

If not addressed on time, this can also cause the basal bone (bone at the base of the alveolar) to recede or resorb. The chin will tilt forwards and upwards, and the cheeks will hollow out.

Thus, the patient experiences what is called the facial collapse, which causes premature aging.

Dental implant: restoring bone vitality

Dental implants are innovative treatments that effectively counter the effects of tooth loss. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, they promote healthy bone growth by stimulating bone remodelling and integrating with the bone. In effect, they restore the patient’s appearance, functioning and speech.

Find out if you qualify for this treatment and contact Harley Street Dental Clinic for an assessment today.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Did you know that your smile is the first thing many people notice when they meet you for the first time? Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with the way their smile looks, hiding it away behind their hands in public. The good news is, there are many cosmetic dental treatments that can help.

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic aspects of your smile. This encompasses a wide range of treatments, tailored to meet each individual patient’s wants and needs.

While once cosmetic dental treatment was the preserve of celebrities, advances in techniques and materials now mean that everyone can have the smile they deserve.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a team of experienced cosmetic dentists who offer a wide range of treatments, from tooth whitening before a special occasion to full-mouth restorations and complete smile makeovers.

One reason to choose Harley Street Dental Clinic is that we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to cosmetic dentistry. Our dental team firmly believes that every smile should be as unique as the face it sits in. We will listen to your concerns and needs, will examine your teeth and gums and will take your whole face into consideration when recommending treatments, so that the results are unique, beautiful and completely natural looking.

Among the cosmetic dental treatments we offer are:

Sometimes one treatment will suit you perfectly, other times we may recommend combining two or more treatments to give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

Whatever treatment you have, you can rest assured that our experienced Harley Street dental team will treat you with the highest standards of care, excellent skills and attention to detail. We use the best materials and the latest techniques for every treatment, every time.

Why Invest In Cosmetic Dentistry

It has become an increasingly visual world. It seems as though every place we look, someone famous is getting their lips done or their waist trained. Not that this is an altogether negative mindset. It just goes to show how access to cosmetically-enhancing opportunities has gotten so much better over the past few years.

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is one of those modern treatments continuously giving people more reasons to feel happier and more confident about their appearance. As a cosmetic dentist on Harley Street, we offer many of these treatments.

While Hollywood-bright smiles may not be the crowd favourite anymore, there’s much to be said about the confidence-boosting, anti-ageing effect of bright, perfectly balanced teeth.

Brits Value Smiles Most, Research says

The public has spoken: when it comes to first impressions, nothing beats a nice, bright smile. A research by the British Health Foundation says a smile is the first thing noticed by Brits when meeting or introduced to new people. They have also ranked teeth as the most important body feature compared to body type, face, hair and height.

Unfortunately, 58% of the respondents admit to being unhappy with their smiles. The biggest reason for this discontent is ‘discoloured’ teeth, while ‘crooked’ ranks second.

A Bright Smile: more than just confidence-booster

‘A smile makes you look successful’, says an American study. In a group of female respondents, those who smile more tend to cope better with challenges, are more competent, and have happier marriages and greater well-being – than those who are unsmiling and withdrawn.

It is not that difficult to find the connection. Smiling is a typical expression of positive affect. If we will go with that line of reasoning, those who can do it often must live a higher-quality life than those who cannot.

When the lips part to smile, discoloured, chipped or missing teeth will come into view. The study says these are some of the biggest reasons some people are not keen smilers.

It becomes a vicious cycle. The more people avoid it, the more susceptible they are to negative emotions, which create negative experiences. On the flip side, the more people smile, the happier and more confident they tend to be.

If you cover up your smile, you may be holding yourself back in more ways than you realise. Life is much more challenging for patients who are self-conscious about their teeth that they cannot simply venture into the act.

Consult Harley Street Dental Clinic to discuss your concerns and potential corrections. Through cosmetic dentistry, we can address various dental problems – from discoloured and crooked teeth to gummy smiles.

Dental Hygiene on Harley Street

A good dental hygiene regime is essential if you want to maintain a healthy, happy smile. Good dental hygiene involves team work, combining regular visits to your dentist or hygienist with stringent homecare.

dental hygieneAs well as treating you in the practice, our hygienists will show you the best way to look after your teeth at home. We recommend that you visit the hygienist every six months to help keep your mouth in top condition.

Most people instantly think of professional tooth cleaning, often called a scale and polish, when they think of dental hygienists. Whilst thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove any stubborn plaque or tartar is a vital part of our hygienists’ work, they also provide a range of other services.

Your professional tooth cleaning will involve:

  • Complete ultrasonic tooth cleaning to gently remove tartar
  • Polishing to remove any stubborn plaque
  • Stain removal using a high-power, mildly abrasive water jet

In addition, our hygienists will fully assess the health of your gums. They can spot and treat gum disease before it become too serious, another important reason to visit us every six months.

You will also receive a full, honest assessment of your current oral health, including any steps you can take to improve it. This may include the best products to use at home, as well as dietary advice, fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and fissure sealants to close small cracks and limit future decay.

The goal of all of this is to help you achieve excellent standards of oral health, avoiding the need for potentially more invasive treatments in the future. If you do require procedures such as oral surgery, good dental hygiene practices will help you to enjoy and maintain the benefits of such treatment for many years to come.

The Harley Street Dental Clinic are able to help with simple to complex dental concerns. Book a consultation with a dentist to find out more.