The D in Dental Implants: Importance of Calcium in Bone Integration

The success of your dental implant will depend on a number of things. On top, you will have to develop a better dental hygiene as you will essentially be caring for a new tooth. Then, you also have to watch what you eat. Rest assured that your dentist would inform you of anything you need to know to care for your dental implant.

dental implantsUltimately, your implants will only be a success if it fuses with the bone. Time will tell, and some screenings here and there, if your bone takes to its new titanium neighbour. Nevertheless, you do not want to feel that your dear tooth replacement is in danger of falling. With that, we recommend ingesting copious amounts of Vitamin D-rich food.

Getting the (Vitamin) D

After a dental surgery, your body relies on its reserves of vitamins and minerals, which it sends alongside more blood to close the wound. Vitamin D is one of those bodily nourishments that your wound needs. Incidentally, it is also the most important mineral for your bones. Whether in growing, re-growing or integrating new parts, Vitamin D is key.

It is important to have an abundance of calcium reserves in your body. Not only will it ensure that your bone adapts to your implant, but also that your bones are strong enough to fuse itself to the metal. Furthermore, your body needs calcium for other purposes, reinforcing the need to have more than adequate of the mineral each day.

Gen D

Your body has the ability to create its own supply of Vitamin D. 15 minutes of direct exposure to the sun should be enough, but not recommended for people with a high risk of cancer. Thus, you can just eat foods rich in Vitamin D.

Bring your Vitamin D levels before the surgery. Then, let Harley Street Dental Clinic help you acquire a new, shiny tooth.

Contact us for more information about dental implants or cosmetic dentistry with one of our Harley Street dentists!

Orthodontics – cosmetic dentistry at Harley Street

Have you always dreamt of having straighter teeth? Many patients, when asked what they would change about their smile, answer that they would like their teeth to be straighter. However, when they hear the word “orthodontics” they picture metal braces that are not just very obvious, but are also associated with lengthy treatment times and discomfort.

orthodonticsIf this sounds familiar, we are confident we can help. Orthodontic treatment has advanced massively in recent years, and at Harley Street Dental Clinic our specialist orthodontists, Dr Sarah Neale and Dr Emma Laing, offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions for Harley Street patients of all ages. Many modern orthodontic devices are so discreet that nobody will know you’re having treatment.

Orthodontics is the specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the alignment of teeth, and with your bite (how your teeth meet together). The term “malocclusions” is used to describe improper bites, and can cover a range of conditions. You may be diagnosed at the clinic or may be referred to us by your dentist.

Our skilled Harley Street dentists will examine you and will recommend the best treatments for your condition, as the perfect treatment will vary from patient to patient. Among the options available are lingual braces, which act like regular braces but are placed on the back of your teeth; and Invisalign, a series of clear aligners that gently move your teeth into a new position. Invisalign are often called “removable braces” because you can take them out to eat and drink, and to clean your teeth.

In addition, we offer many other orthodontic treatments, including oral surgery to relieve jaw pain. Surgery is usually the last step taken and we may explore other treatment options first; however, when it is the best option we provide oral surgery at the Harley Street Dental Clinic, with full access to its state-of-the-art facilities including general anaesthesia if necessary, to help nervous patients receive the treatment they need.

Temporary Toothache Relief

Nothing puts a damper on a day like a toothache. It may not be a life-threatening conditioning, but suffering from toothache can be incapacitating. After all, who can work or study with a throbbing tooth? How can you attend to your usual things to do such as eating, sleeping, and speaking, when sharp pains hinder you?

Harley Street Dental ClinicToothaches vary from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing in your teeth. This usually happens when you have an infection, an exposed tooth root, cavities, a loose filling, gum disease, or jaw joint disorder. Fortunately, our dentists at Harley Street Dental Clinic are dedicated to your wellbeing. We take a look at some ways to temporarily relieve the ache—until you can get to our office, at least:

Here are some of them:

Mix Salt and Water

Salt helps reduce inflammation in the gums, which can then relieve toothaches. Salt also helps to stop the spread of bacteria in your mouth.

You simply need to mix a teaspoon of table salt with a cup of warm water. Swish the mixture in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Repeat this as often as you need throughout the day. Please note that it is important to check with your physician before doing this remedy if you have a heart problem.

Pop a Painkiller

Over-the-counter pain medications can be another effective source of relief for your toothache. Ibuprofen and aspirin, in particular, can help reduce the pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, relieves pain by blocking messages in the brain instead of reducing the inflammation.

Use Clove Oil

This one may be odd, but using clove oil is an age-old remedy for toothaches. Clove oil has antibacterial properties, and surprisingly also acts as a mild local anaesthetic.

You simply need to mix 2 to 3 drops of clove oil with a quarter of a teaspoon of olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil mixture, place it near the affected tooth, and bite down to keep the cotton in place.

Remember, these home remedies only relieve pain temporarily. Always see to it that you make an appointment with us, because we need to do a diagnosis of your toothache and find out the cause. Chances are, you have a problem that requires treatment. If you do not find out what is causing the ache as soon as possible, it could only get worse.

For a dentist on Harley Street, book an appointment with Harley Street Dental Clinic today!

Flossing Your Teeth in One Minute Flat

Many shy away from the routine of flossing because they say it takes up way too much time. Although dentists suggest flossing at least once a day, the idea alone of cleaning the in-betweens of your teeth with a small piece of floss already sounds exhausting.

Harley Street Dental ClinicFlossing can be a messy and time-consuming business, featuring plaque-covered strings and a lot of time spent in front of the mirror before bed. Dr Carlos Meulener, a dental professional from New Jersey that we look up to, teaches us all how to floss efficiently and in a single minute flat.

Can You Floss in a Minute?

Instead of discarding your dentist’s tired advice of flossing every day, consider this super quick and super easy flossing routine for a healthier teeth and mouth. Like your old and time-consuming routine, you are going to need some trusty floss you are comfortable with, a mirror and a single minute.

Take a short length of dental floss, wind it gently around both index fingers and using your thumbs, floss your upper teeth by moving the same short segment between your teeth in a rapid-fire motion. Next, move to your lower teeth and use your index finger instead of using your thumbs.

Yes, You Can

The key is the movement; instead of moving the floss up and down or back and forth laboriously, do it quickly and, in Dr Meulener’s words, with a rapid-fire motion. Manipulate the very short section of the string between teeth and you will be done quickly.

Once you are done, you get several more minutes free and clean and fresh teeth, too. It is true what your dentists have been saying all these years: brushing is not enough. You have to floss your teeth to remove the bacteria stuck in between your teeth.

If neglected, this bacteria could lead to worse dental problems, like tooth decay, which could potentially cost you a tooth (or more) and you may end up needing dental implants at an early age. Harley Street Dental Clinic encourages all our patients to maintain a quick and easy flossing routine for better oral health.

Contact us today for excellent dental hygiene advice and services.

Why Choose Us for Cosmetic Dentistry in Harley Street?

Deciding to have any sort of cosmetic dentistry can be quite a big step to make, so why should you choose Harley Street Dental Clinic for treatment? In fact we think there are lots of compelling reasons for making us your dentist of choice, not least because of our comprehensive list of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

We’ll Only Recommend Treatments That Will Work Well for You

cosmetic dentistry in Harley StreetDr Stanley Kay, and all of our dentists in Harley Street are experienced enough to be able to provide you with a complete smile makeover if required, but equally we are just as happy to recommend treatments that will fit in with your budget, and which will still give you very good results. We won’t try to ‘sell’ you a particular treatment unless we think it will offer you real value, and will provide you with the type of changes you’d like to see in your smile.

Our Well-equipped and Comfortable Surgery Offers Dental Implants

Not every dentist is equipped to offer dental implants, but this treatment can be invaluable for anyone facing tooth loss, or who has already lost teeth. Our highly trained and experienced dentists can replace lost teeth through inserting one or more implants into your jawbone. It is often the best and most cost-effective long term solution for replacing lost teeth, and dental implants can be used to secure crowns, bridge and dentures.

Dental implant surgery is usually extremely successful, and a well-placed and properly maintained dental implant can last for decades, or even a lifetime. This treatment is often used as part of a smile makeover but does require several months to complete, so if you are intending to have cosmetic dentistry in Harley Street, in time for a special event, then it pays to plan ahead.

We Are Very Experienced at Helping Nervous Patients

We have helped many people overcome their fears and concerns over dental visits, enabling them to get the smile of their dreams. If you are worried over dental visits, and this has prevented you from seeking help for dental concerns in the past, why not give us a go and discover the difference a caring dental team can make? We take the time to listen to you, and to discover what we can do to help you feel more comfortable in our dental surgery. We keep you informed at every stage of treatment, and strive to make sure every dental visit is a positive experience, gradually replacing any bad memories you may have of dental treatments in the past. There is absolutely no need for modern dental treatment to be scary, so if you have had bad experiences in the past we ask you to give us the chance to show you a different, kinder, and far more sympathetic form of dentistry.

You can read more about all the different types of cosmetic dentistry on our website, but you’ll also find all of our staff is more than willing to answer any questions you may have. When you are ready to take the next step, just give us a call to book an appointment.

Planning Ahead for Your Smile Makeover

It’s becoming far more common for people to have cosmetic dentistry in Harley Street, and there’s little doubt that a properly designed smile can make a world of difference to appearance. However it’s all too easy to underestimate the time required to carry out a comprehensive smile makeover that will involve several different treatments. If you’re thinking of rejuvenating your smile in time for some special event then it’s best to plan well ahead.

Visit Harley Street Dental Clinic for a Consultation

cosmetic dentistry in Harley StreetYour first step is to visit Dr Stanley Kay or another of our dentists at Harley Street Dental clinic to discuss how you’d like to change the look of your teeth. There are lots of different treatments that can be used, and it’s often best to use some of them in combination. The reason for this is that treatment will be as conservative as possible, preserving the maximum amount of tooth structure. A good example would be using orthodontics in combination with dental veneers and perhaps teeth whitening.

The Advantages of Using a Combination of Treatments

Cosmetic braces can straighten up the front teeth as are visible when smiling within just a few months or even weeks. Any minor anomalies can then be corrected through the use of a few selectively placed veneers. This is much healthier for your teeth than veneering all of them, and could be cheaper in the long run as veneers need to be replaced every 10 years or so. If you have more substantial orthodontic problems such as issues with the way your teeth bite together then you may need a more conventional orthodontic system that will take longer to move your teeth into the correct positions. After orthodontic treatment, whitening your teeth will automatically lift your smile creating a more youthful appearance, and your new veneers can then be matched to the new shade of your teeth.

The point is that allowing plenty of time to plan and complete your smile makeover will help ensure you get the best possible results. You get a full estimate of the total cost before treatment, and if you’re having several different treatments then you might be able to spread the cost. Your dentist in Harley Street will work with you every step of the way, and of course treatment can be adjusted to take into account your budget.

Cosmetic Dentistry: How Cutting-Edge Treatments Design Perfect Smiles

The perfect smile is something that everybody wants to achieve; it is the forefront of our face, what defines our look and describes us wordlessly how we take care of ourselves. You can tell a lot about a person by just their teeth, but it is not just the sheer whiteness of the teeth that is the basis of a perfect smile.

Harley Street Dental ClinicOn the contrary, there are a lot of different factors that actually ‘define’ a perfect smile, and more often than not, simple brushing and gargling are not usually enough to achieve this. Fortunately, it is now possible to design the perfect smile with the latest dental treatments.

Damaged Teeth

Shiny white teeth may look great, but if they are damaged or even slightly chipped, it pretty much ruins the whole look. How it appears is not the only thing that you should be worrying though; damaged teeth inhibit the overall function of your mouth, and you may find it difficult eating or even talking properly if one or several of your teeth are damaged.

Dental veneers are the best way to fix damaged teeth without having to extract it. These strong laminates, usually made of porcelain, and are thin enough to be bonded right on the tooth without being noticeable. Aside from covering the teeth’s deformation and enhancing its look, it also protects it from further damage.

Attractive Gums

The appearance of your teeth is not the only thing that defines how attractive your smile is. The contrast between the pink of your gums and the whiteness of your teeth gives a distinct feature and look to your smile, and it looks best if there is symmetry between them. As with teeth, your gum line may not exactly be perfectly symmetrical. A long time ago, correcting this was impossible and people just had to live with it.

Nowadays, it is possible to reshape and improve the gum line through gum reshaping treatments. This involves using a laser to painlessly lengthen or shorten the gum line to better fit your teeth’s overall structure. Another benefit of reshaping the gum line, aside from improving your smile, is that it actually helps make the gums healthier in the long run and that means your new smile will certainly last a long time.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are committed to offering each of our patients beautiful and healthy smile through the latest dental cosmetic procedures and cutting-edge technology. Arrange a consultation with us today and we will help you design the perfect smile.

Do Bad Teeth Affect My Career?

People say that first impressions matter when looking for a job. The better you present yourself to your employer, the higher your chances of being hired. Apparently, the same line of thinking applies to teeth.

oral healthStudies show that having good teeth not only makes you more employable but makes you more eligible for promotion and higher pay, as well. On the other hand, bad teeth may cost you your job and your chances of getting a new one.

The link between teeth and your job

A study by Bupa revealed the connection between teeth and job prospects. Among the 2000 UK respondents, around 67% of them say a good smile is an important asset at work. About 24% perceive having better teeth as a factor in increasing their chances of getting a promotion.

Researchers found that teeth might affect impressions and relationships at work, as well. More than two-fifths or 42% find people with healthy-looking teeth more authoritative. Whilst 54% of the respondents agreed that a smile from their boss is one of the best forms of motivation.

Other studies note that people with nice teeth and a pretty smile tend to be smart and trustworthy, making them ideal employees. Some employers prefer people with a nice smile because they appear meticulous and diligent, judging from the good state of their oral health.

Bad teeth = No Job?

Whilst good teeth increase your employability, the study showed that unhealthy teeth affect job prospects, work performance and confidence. Almost 37% of the respondents believe that these can harm an individual’s employability and around 33% feel these can hold back a person’s career progress.

In addition, 42% of respondents found working with colleagues with bad teeth distracting and 29% admitted it affects their confidence in a co-worker’s ability to do their job. Around 28% do not smile at work due to lack of confidence. About 27% even considered getting their teeth ‘fixed’ to improve self-confidence at work.

How your teeth look like can make or break your career. Proper oral care that comes with dental appointments is necessary to land a job and get a promotion. Harley Street dentists is your company to call when it comes to improving your teeth and smile. They provide dental implants, teeth whitening and other treatments that will help your career. Find out more about dentists in Harley Street.

What To Expect After Teeth Whitening Treatments

People take measures to ensure their teeth stay in good shape, going as far as enduring regular dental appointments. That is why they are more careful and sceptical of dental treatments like teeth whitening.

teeth whitening treatmentsDentists in Harley Street value your teeth and the importance of knowing about dental treatments. That is why they are giving you an idea about things to expect after undergoing teeth whitening treatments.

Gum and Teeth Sensitivity

Cosmetic dental treatments may produce side effects for people with existing sensitive teeth and gums. Your gums and teeth might be reacting from the whitening agents. The pain or sensitivity should go away in a few days. If your discomfort continues, however, you might have to consult with your dentist for appropriate treatment.

Not as white as you think

Some people think that undergoing teeth whitening treatments can give them clear white smiles. Teeth whiteners do not always guarantee such results. The effect varies on the quantity of chemicals used and your teeth’s condition. The deeper the stain, the harder it is to restore your teeth’s colour. Dentists do not use more teeth whitening agents than the prescribed amounts as these might cause damage to your teeth. They do their best to give you a nice, white smile whilst considering your health and safety.

Lifestyle changes

You might have to make lifestyle changes after teeth whitening treatments. Your adjustment will be a bit more difficult if you smoke or drink regularly. Tobacco and spirits cause tooth stains and compromise your treatment. A diet full of sweets, heavy sauces, coffee, tea or other colourful food and drinks may cause tooth discolouration, as well.

Occasional dental visits

Teeth whitening treatments generally last long but they are not invincible. The duration of the effects depend on how well you take care of your teeth. Proper oral hygiene and diet help, but letting a dentist clean your teeth is still the best way to prolong the effects.

Whilst dental treatments can give you instant results, proper oral care post-treatment will still determine their effectiveness. If your teeth need a makeover, cosmetic dentists in Harley Street can help you improve and restore them to their former glory. They provide advice and dental treatments to keep your teeth in good condition. Contact us for more information about our services.

Everyday Habits Advised Against TMJ Disorder

The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull, allowing movement, such as talking, chewing and yawning. Any problem associated with this part of the face is called a TMJ disorder, wherein the patient experiences persistent pain and tenderness in the jaw area, ear and neck.

TMJ disorderIf you are suffering from this disorder, whether it was caused by an injury, stress or excessive teeth grinding, it will be safe for you to avoid these three everyday habits.

Chewing Gum

Chewing greatly involves the muscles surrounding the TMJ. If you chew on gum, you are driving these muscles into overdrive, flexing and relaxing them up to a hundred times per minute. This repetitive movement places excessive stress on your already sore and sensitive TMJ. Instead of gums, you may chew on sugar-free mints instead, but remember not to bite on them.

Taking Large Bites

Often, patients with TMJ disorder experience pain when opening their mouth wide to accommodate a large bite of food. This exertive movement overextends the TMJs, straining their muscles and tendons. We recommend you avoid food that requires opening the mouth too wide, such as burgers and sandwiches. Otherwise, cut them into smaller pieces.

Drinking Excessive Amount of Coffee and Tea

A TMJ disorder and a caffeine addiction do not go well together. Coffee is commonly associated with stress, known to increase the heart rate and blood flow. It also causes unconscious tensing of the muscles, those surrounding the TMJ included. Additionally, the effect of caffeine is associated with the development of bruxism, or involuntary night-time grinding, which is one of the leading causes of TMJ disorder.

Harley Street Dental Clinic offers treatments for TMJ disorder. These include Occlusal Splints, also known as bite guards. They relieve muscle tension and reduce compression of the inflamed jaw joints. We also manage the disease through a multi-disciplinary approach, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and TMJ surgery. For enquiries about TMJ disorder and our list treatments, contact us today.