Been told you need a root canal? 5 myths and facts about this procedure by Harley Street Dental Clinic

It is without a doubt one of the most feared and misunderstood of all dental treatments available – the root canal.


While many people dread needing to have a root canal performed, it is actually a very straightforward procedure, which offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits to you as the patient. Historically, the alternative to root canal therapy was a full extraction, which would have had an obvious downside to the aesthetics of your smile.

Today, root canal therapy is a straightforward and painless way to restore a previously infected tooth. Our dentists can offer you endodontics in Harley Street of the highest standard, to help you maintain the functionality of all of your teeth and keep your smile in one piece!

But what are some of the more common myths surrounding endodontics in Harley Street that make root canals such a feared procedure?

Root canals are painful


It is easy to understand where this myth originated from but it is false!

While there will usually be some discomfort when you visit our team for endodontics in Harley Street, this will typically be caused by the infected pulp in your tooth.

Before we perform any kind of treatment to relieve an infection, our dentists will ensure that your mouth is sufficiently numbed and will recommend pain relief for you to take at home post-treatment. A root canal is no more painful than a filling and actually resolves discomfort in much the same way, the relief after treatment will bear this out.

Root canals don’t work!


In relation to restoring and preserving a once infected teeth, root canals have an extremely high success rate – well over 95%, 10 years after treatment has been completed.

If the tooth becomes infected again, you may need to have another root canal performed, but as most teeth are topped with a crown to preserve the treatment, chances of reinfection are low.

A root canal will kill the tooth


While it may seem that having your tooth pulp cleaned would kill your tooth, this is not true.

A root canal offers our dentists the chance to clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth, removing the infection and restoring any damaged bone. All nerves and blood vessels in and surrounding the tooth will remain intact.

Having a root canal takes multiple appointments


Undergoing root canal therapy typically takes 2 appointments; one to diagnose the issue with the tooth and the other to complete the therapy.

While this appointment will be longer than a standard 10 minute check-up, most root canals take on average between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete, so the procedure time is not excessive.

There is a lot of after pain associated with a root canal


Once the treatment is completed and the numbing agents have worn off, you may feel a sensation similar to a bruise on your jaw and around the treated tooth.

This is completely normal and should be manageable with over-the-counter painkillers. If you are in excessive discomfort, contact our team immediately for a same-day emergency appointment.

Why dental clinic visits are necessary

Patients often don’t realise the importance of visiting a dental clinic in W1 for regular dental check-ups until a problem with their oral health develops and they are in extreme discomfort. At our Harley Street Dental Clinic our check-ups and procedures are carried out by experienced and qualified dental practitioners and are focussed on:

  • Conducting thorough oral examinations to detect current and potential problems.
  • Treating a variety of dental issues.
  • Providing corrective and preventive procedures.
  • Performing cosmetic procedures for patients who want to enhance the appearance of their teeth.
  • Educating patients on the necessity of looking after dental health and providing recommended dental guidelines to help them achieve this.

3 important dental check-ups to have

In addition to ensuring the overall health of the mouth is healthy, there are a number of other essential check-ups we carry out at our dental clinic in W1 that we encourage patients to have done.

  1. Oral Cancer check

Many patients are not aware of having a dentist carry out an oral cancer check while at a dental clinic in W1. The expertise of a trained dentist is required to identify the various warning signs of what is considered a very serious dental disease. As with a number of other dental diseases, oral cancer is a progressive disease and for this very reason, timely detection and treatment is critical.

The check for oral cancer is quick, non-invasive and there is no discomfort experienced. The dentist will be on the lookout for evidence of dead tissue as a result of tumours.

  • Gum disease detection

Another worrying progressive dental disease is gum disease. The adverse effects of this disease make direct and indirect inroads into various areas of a patient’s life that may not be obvious at first. One of the most serious consequences of gum disease is tooth loss. Consider the impact of this for the patient. Replacing missing teeth can be costly for a patient and not replacing missing teeth presents other problems for a patient, from difficulties with chewing to adversely affecting their self-image or self-esteem.

2. X-ray checks for an in-depth oral exam

Mouth structures include those parts of the mouth that cannot be seen by the naked eye and require X-rays that provide images that go beneath the surface. These X-rays provide dentists with a closer look at the hidden layers of teeth and jawbone. Without X-rays it is practically impossible for dental professionals to diagnose certain issues that are lurking under the surface.

Some of the dental issues that require X-rays to be taken are impacted teeth, jawbone damage, bone decay and tumours and cysts. These issues need to be treated quickly and effectively to prevent more complex problems developing.

  • Examination below the jawline

The most common areas of a regular dental check-up include the tongue, teeth and gums but a thorough check-up should also cover the lymph node in addition to the neck and jaw. The examination is important to detect signs of swelling or lumps that may indicate a serious health issue.

At our Harley Street Dental Clinic we pride ourselves in offering our patients the best quality dental care available. We are able to do this thanks to a dedicated dental team comprised of professionals in various fields of speciality. Give us a call today to schedule a quality dental check-up.

Does your child need braces? Four long term benefits of orthodontics for children

It can seem like a nightmare getting your child to attend a basic dental check-up and when they are told they may need a brace, you could be mistaken for thinking a volcano has erupted! While it is far from the most popular medical treatment your child will need, if their dentist states to you that they could benefit from a check-up with an orthodontist, it is important to pursue it.


Timing is important when it comes to children’s dentistry; just after all of their baby teeth have fallen out and their adult teeth are emerging is the desirable time for them to visit the orthodontist. Before their adult teeth are set in place, an orthodontist has the opportunity to move them easily, without causing extreme discomfort or pressure on their jaws. Delaying treatment could be extremely detrimental to your child’s physical and mental health, potentially causing issues later in life.

When it comes to childhood braces, you can come to us for your child’s orthodontics in Harley Street. Our team will assess the condition of your child’s newly emerged adult teeth and assess the fastest way to realign them, without causing undue stress to your child. We aim to make all of our procedures seamless and will work to make both you and your children feel relaxed in our surgery.

But what are the long term benefits of orthodontics in Harley Street? Read on to find out!

Better prognosis

While we cannot see into the future, early orthodontics in Harley Street can provide both you and our team with a rough idea of how your child’s adult teeth will form.

If we detect an underlying problem with how they are aligned or notice any protrusions, we can correct them sooner, allowing the teeth to move when they are at their most adaptable.

Bite correction

A huge area of childhood braces revolves around over, under and crossbites.

While these may seem fairly benign as a dental issue, they can cause problems such as oral grinding and have been linked to more extreme facial injuries when falling.

Having a brace fitted on your child will correct all manner of bite issues and create a more symmetrical, straighter smile.

Improve long term oral health

Straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain.

If your child has misaligned or crowded teeth, it is highly likely that they are missing areas in their mouths with their daily dental routine. This can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and periodontal diseases like gingivitis.

While you may not feel like the most popular parent in the world, saying yes to your child’s brace treatment sets them up for a lifetime of straighter, healthier teeth and better overall health too.

Create more room

Adult teeth that are crowded or overlapping can prevent other teeth from emerging, causing your child discomfort.

Braces can help space out crowded teeth more evenly, creating room for unemerged teeth to grow and ensuring that all of the new teeth are correctly aligned.

Over 50? Want a better looking smile? Treatments that our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can offer

It is all too easy to associate cosmetic procedures with younger people.

After all, if you ever find yourself on a cosmetic treatment website, it is almost certain that the before and after pictures will involve younger people, who already have flawless skin, displaying the benefits of dermal fillers.


If you are an older person, you may feel fed up with having gaps in your teeth or wearing dentures for example, but are worried about approaching a dentist for any kind of restorative procedure. You may worry that you will be seen as too old and don’t want the embarrassment of being turned away.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we don’t care if you are over 60 or 70! If you have good oral health, have no health issues that may impact on the cosmetic procedures we offer and are over the age of 18, we can help you restore or achieve that winsome smile that you deserve! Our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can help you choose the most beneficial treatment for you, so you can feel confident in your smile.

But what are some of the most popular treatments that our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can offer to older people? Read on to find out!

Dental implants

Fed up with your dentures rubbing against your gum line?

Our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can offer you a permanently fitted, immovable alternative that both looks like a real tooth and functions like a real tooth. Dental implants comprise of two parts; an implant (that looks like a small screw) that is drilled into your jaw and a prosthesis (a single tooth, teeth or full set of dentures) that are attached to the implant.

This provides an immovable prosthesis that can bite into and chew all food without issue and can be colour matched to any natural surrounding teeth.

Tooth whitening

As we age, our teeth accumulate stains, leaving them looking yellow or brown.

Our team can offer you a deep whitening regime, which is performed both in your own home and at our surgery in Harley Street. Using gentle oxidising gels, we remove deeply set stains from your teeth, leaving your enamel cleaner and looking healthier.

White fillings

Many older people suffer from calcium deficiencies, which can play havoc with your teeth, regardless of how often you brush them!

If you do find that your teeth are becoming more susceptible to decay, don’t fret! Our team can offer you sophisticated and natural-looking white fillings for any tooth in your mouth. This offers a discreet alternative to the traditional metal fillings and offers you a filling that has a longer life span too.


Fed up with those chipped teeth in your mouth?

Porcelain veneers can disguise the appearance of aged teeth and can also be a fantastic way to create a more symmetrical, crack or chip-free smile. If your teeth are too sensitive for whitening, veneers offer you a painless way to whiten your teeth too! Come and see our team, we will be happy to help you.

Still on the fence about having cosmetic dentistry? 4 ways it can change your life in Harley Street

Curious about cosmetic dentistry?

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we know more and more people are approaching our dental team about having their teeth whitened, straightened, bonded and implanted; cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever in recent years and as more dental advancements become available to our team, it is going to soar in desirability!


When you decide you want to straighten your teeth, or that you have had enough of that gap, our team at Harley Street Dental Clinic can help. Our specialised cosmetic dentist in W1 can help you achieve a smile that will change your life and will boost your confidence to the highest level!

So, we hear you ask, how exactly can cosmetic dentistry change my life?

Improved oral hygiene

Similar to investing in excessive amounts of hairspray and gel after getting that amazing haircut, when you have any cosmetic procedure on your teeth, you will obviously want to keep your teeth looking their best.

This may prompt you to improve your oral hygiene habits; everything from purchasing a more expensive toothbrush to attending appointments with our hygienist dentist in W1, having cosmetic dental work will get you focussed on keeping your dental hygiene at an exceptionally

high level.

Better diet

While it is common practice in modern society to consume large amounts of coffee, tea, and other acidic beverages, these habits are not always good for our teeth and they are certainly not good for our bodies.

After you have had cosmetic dentistry with our dentist in W1, you will want to prevent any staining or sticking to your newly whitened teeth, or that new dental implant. This will lead to a reduction in sugary and acidic foods, which will be beneficial for your gastrointestinal health.

Less discomfort

When you have teeth that are misaligned, you are at a higher risk of grinding your teeth together at night.

As we fall into slumber, our lower jaws fall back due to the muscles relaxing; if your teeth are not correctly aligned, this can cause your upper and lower jaws to grind against each other. When this happens repeatedly, it can lead to neck pain, headaches, and migraines occurring in the morning, which is the worst way to start your day.

The cosmetic procedures we offer at Harley Street Dental Clinic will help you realign your smile and reduce discomfort caused by bruxism or teeth grinding.

Longer life

It is the first thing people want a new baby to do to them; smile!

This is with good reason. Smiling is a natural way to express happiness and studies have found that when we smile, our brains release endorphins and a feel-good chemical called dopamine. Smiling also reduces stress, which in turn, has been thought to extend life significantly.

If showing your teeth makes you feel anxious, we want to help you boost your confidence and achieve that great smile that you deserve; whether you need dental implants or whitening, our team at Harley Street Dental Clinic can help!

Fearful of the dentist? Five ways to calm your nerves from our team at Harley Street

It goes without saying that the most universally disliked of all medical check-ups is the dental check-up.


Many people have experienced some kind of issue while in the dental chair, which has caused them to feel exceedingly anxious when their check-up reminder comes through their letterbox. While it is human nature to avoid things we dislike, not attending these check-ups can lead to further issues with your teeth, which may become harder to ignore.

Luckily, there is a solution.

Modern dentistry can offer solutions to those who are fearful of dental check-ups and our surgery in London is no exception. Our dentist in Harley Street is proud to be able to offer the most nervous patients a range of distractions, to make their time in the dental chair more comfortable.

But what can you do, as the patient, to help yourself overcome your fear of the dentist in Harley Street? Read on to find out our top suggestions!

Recognise your feelings

This may sound easy but it can be extremely difficult to acknowledge unpleasant emotions like anxiety and fear.

If you need to book an appointment to see our dentist in Harley Street, do not push your fears to the back of your mind and try to forget them; they will inevitably come back. Explain to our receptionist staff that you are feeling anxious and our team will strive to make your dental check-up much more tolerable.

Bring along a loved one

Who doesn’t like a good day out with a friend?

While going for a dental check-up may not be at the top of the list for an exciting day out, bringing a friend or family member along to a dental check-up can really take the edge off.

They can distract you in the waiting room and hold your hand in the dental chair and afterward, they can take you out for coffee! Brilliant!


Many people who are nervous about dental check-ups find it is the sound and smells of the surgery that makes them nervous.

When you come to Harley Street Dental, feel free to bring along a headset with your favourite music, and audiobook or even earplugs if you need to; we won’t judge and fully support such distractions.


If your fear of the dental chair is quite intense, it may be worth discussing your worries with your doctor.

Although it is not a long term solution to solve anxiety, they may be able to offer you some sedative tablets or antihistamines, which will reduce your anxiety before you get to the dental surgery. These can make you feel drowsy, so you may need to bring along that friend with their coffee shop trip afterwards too!

Seek psychological help

If you cannot walk past a dental surgery without breaking into a cold sweat, it is time to seek professional help.

Many psychologists and psychiatrists across the UK can offer you therapy to help desensitise you to the dental chair and can provide you with more targeted relaxation techniques. Good luck!

Think braces are just for children? 4 ways our orthodontist in Harley Street can help adults

Whenever someone mentions the word ‘brace’ many people instantly create an image of a small child in their head, smiling with a large, orthodontic brace – adorable!


However, while it is more common for children to require a trip to have their braces tightened, many people wrongly assume that the world of orthodontics can only help children achieve a straighter and better functioning set of teeth.

This is simply not true! The world of adult orthodontics is more popular than ever. With the creation of braces such as Invisalign and the Inman Aligner, more adults are approaching members of our team in Harley Street to get a straighter and healthier smile.

Our orthodontist in Harley Street is equipped to help anyone get a straighter smile! If you are aged 8 or 58, if your teeth and gums are in good condition and you are deemed suitable, our orthodontics team can help you get that coveted straighter smile in no time at all.

But what can our orthodontist in Harley Street actually do to help you get that straighter, healthier smile you would like as an adult? Read on to find out.

Picking a brace

It is true that most children wear the same type of brace, the traditional metal or orthodontic brace.

However, as an adult looking for straighter teeth, you have a wider range of options available, each targeted towards correcting a slightly different issue. Depending on your individual clinical situation, our orthodontist in Harley Street will select the correct brace for your teeth, targeting the treatment specifically to your dental requirements.

Custom made

All braces are custom made to some extent, but when you come to our orthodontic team in Harley Street, they will create both a custom-fitted brace and an individually targeted dental plan.

This will aim to reduce your time wearing the brace and to minimise any associated discomfort you may feel throughout treatment.


While wearing any of the adult braces we offer at Harley Street, you will be required to attend both regular dental check-ups and orthodontic appointments.

During these assessments, our orthodontic team may need to take X-rays to examine the progress of your brace, and to make adjustments if required, to help move your teeth correctly and promptly. This can only be performed by an orthodontist, so it is vital you attend these check-ups, or you may be saddled with your brace for longer than you anticipated!

Treat associated conditions

As an adult who requires a brace, chances are you have experienced some of the conditions associated with misaligned teeth.

We are talking about more than a slightly crooked smile in photos; when you visit our orthodontic team for treatment, they can assess the damage caused by misaligned teeth, such as enamel wear, uneven surfaces, and problems caused by nocturnal grinding.

If you are undertaking treatment with a removable brace, our team may decide to create a custom-fitted mouthguard for you, to prevent any further damage to the surfaces of your teeth.

Trying to choose between dentures or dental implants? Five reasons to choose implants in Harley Street

When you have lost a tooth, several teeth or your entire set of teeth, you will obviously want them replaced to restore your confidence and the functionality of your mouth. In years gone by, dental professionals would have been able to offer you either a bridge supported by any surrounding natural teeth and either a partial or full denture.


However, as dental technology has advanced in recent times, there are now other options available to patients who have a few missing teeth. With the invention of oral implants, patients may now find themselves debating which is better for them; implants or dentures?

At Harley Street Dental, we are proud to be able to offer all of our patients dental implants in Harley Street, regardless of their age. We pride ourselves on using the most up-to-date implant technology, to help you get the best prosthesis to improve your appearance, while also restoring the functionality of your teeth.

Are there any key advantages of getting dental implants in Harley Street? Are they more suitable for you than dentures?


If you are currently wearing a set of dentures or a bridge, then you may be well aware that your dentures require a great deal of adhesive and maintenance to keep them in place.

When you choose dental implants in Harley Street, they are attached directly to your jawbone and are therefore significantly more stable than dentures; they are immovable!

No rubbing

After you have dentures fitted, your jawline may recede back and become thinner. This can cause your newly fitted dentures to rub against your jawline, causing ulcers, sore spots and redness.

As implants and the prosthesis are fitted snugly to your jaw, there is no possible way they can rub against your jaw. Long term, they offer more comfort for wearers and require no daily removal and fitting each day.

Long life-span

While dentures can offer wearers a long-term solution, implants can also offer a very long life- span once they are fitted.

If you look after your oral health, attend your biannual dental check-ups, do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol or smoke, then your oral implants can last up to 40 years! Now that’s a good investment in your smile!

Improved bite

We have all seen denture adhesive adverts stating that certain glues can allow you to eat corn on the cob or bite into an apple without issue.

However, if you choose to have oral implants fitted, there is no messy adhesive needed to secure them and wearers report having a stronger bite and better levels of precision. With implants, you can eat corn on the cob, apples or even toffee without worrying that they will come loose or fall out.

Higher confidence

Our dentists at Harley Street will match any oral implants that we make for you in colour, size and shape, with your remaining natural teeth, ensuring that when you smile, all of your teeth look as natural as possible.

And that is enough to boost anyone’s confidence!

Want to try out dermal fillers? Come to Harley Street Dental Clinic! No, we aren’t joking!

Going to your dental practice for facial aesthetic surgery? Has the world gone upside down?


Many people associate facial aesthetic procedures with high-class spas, hospitals, and specialised clinics. Nowadays, however, you can walk into many dental surgeries around the UK and have minor facial surgeries in the dental chair!

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are proud to be able to offer our patients facial treatments at our dentist in W1. Our team is trained in how to apply many anti-wrinkle or plumping agents to the face and can ensure that any procedure performed will be to the highest standard.

So, why should you choose our dental surgery for your facial treatments?

Benefits of dental based facial work

Not many people are aware, but all dental practitioners have extensive knowledge of the facial muscles and tissues; this allows them to easily identify where to inject things like dermal fillers or other age-defying chemicals.

Our dentist in W1 can perform the following procedures and many more at our clinic in Harley Street, to leave you looking younger and full of vitality!

Chemical peels

A great way to remove dead skin cells and exfoliate, chemical peels are increasingly popular at Harley Street.

The peels that our dentist in W1 uses work on many levels to transform your skin. They promote faster cell turnover and eliminate the old damaged skin layer, allowing the fresher underlayer of skin to come through naturally, giving you a silky rosy glow.

Our peels also remove any damaged skin and promote the production of elastin and collagen leaving your skin looking plumped, fresh and healthy.

Dermal fillers

If you want to get rid of those stubborn wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, dermal fillers may be an option for you.

An ever-growing procedure in Harley Street, dermal fillers involve minor injections into the facial tissue, to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Other uses of our dermal fillers include plumping of thinning lips, enhancing shallow holes in the skin and improving the overall appearance of scar tissue. Depending on the injection site, dermal fillers may last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years and may take up to 1 month to integrate into the facial tissue, so a bit of patience is required!

There may also be some minor bruising around the injection sites post-procedure; this is normal and if you have any concerns, contact our team as soon as possible.

Derma pen

Similar to dermal fillers, the derma pen works by creating skin-boosting collagen around specific sites on the face.

At Harley Street Dental, we use derma pens to help enhance the appearance of your skin or help eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles. If you have acne scarring, our team can apply the derma pen to your scars and they will reduce in appearance. Derma pen treatments are also popular among those who have stretch marks on their hips, breasts, thighs or have enlarged pores around the facial area.

Did you know Invisalign can improve your physical health? 4 ways this aligner can improve your life

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years and now there are more benefits than ever to approaching your dentist for cosmetic treatment.


Unlike most cosmetic surgeries or treatments, dental cosmetics can also resolve issues caused by having less than perfectly straight teeth, such as oral grinding or bruxism. This means that when you visit your dentist for cosmetic dental work, you may be killing two birds with one stone!

One of the most popular areas in the world of cosmetic dentistry is that of adult orthodontics. Anyone who has ever had braces as a child is aware of how a brace can correct misalignment problems, making this a perfect solution for adults who have a misaligned smile and who grind their teeth at night.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we can offer a wide range of adult orthodontic options, that will straighten your teeth to give you an amazing looking, and correctly functioning, smile. Everything from traditional aligners to Invisalign in Harley Street, our team will decide which treatment is best suited to your individual dental requirements.

But how can having Invisalign in Harley Street correct physical health issues? Isn’t it just a cosmetic brace?

It will give you better oral health

Any dental professional will tell you that a set of straight teeth are easier to clean.

If you have misaligned, protruding or gaps between your teeth, then it is likely that certain areas are being missed in your daily dental routine.

When you choose Invisalign in Harley Street, these braces will correct any misalignment or protrusions, giving you a set of perfectly straight teeth that are easier to clean and maintain.

It will reduce headaches

Revisiting night-time bruxism and grinding, both of these issues are caused by teeth not sitting together correctly as you sleep, which can cause you to grind your jaws together.

Come morning, it is likely that you will have a sore throat and a very bad headache!

Realigning your teeth will minimise night-time bruxism and reduce associated headaches, shoulder pain, and migraines.

It will help you sleep

Having a misaligned set of teeth can cause poorer sleep, thanks to issues with bruxism or oral grinding.

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth and are having issues with your sleep, it may be time to ask your dentist if you can try an invisible aligner! What’s the worst that could happen?

It will resolve digestive issues

We often forget that our teeth and our mouths are the first part of our digestive system.

Chewing food with teeth that do not fit well can cause larger pieces of food to reach the stomach, resulting in or exacerbating conditions like acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion. Wearing any kind of aligner may result in helping you chew your food more thoroughly, leading to fewer digestive issues.

It will boost your confidence

Invisible braces are discreet, and so, you can undertake a cosmetic orthodontic procedure that will not attract stares from strangers or colleagues – now that’s a confidence booster!