Not overly eager to attend a check-up? 5 reasons to visit our dentist in Harley Street

When you were a child, chances were that your parents had to drag you to attend a dental check-up. However, there are many reasons why attending check-ups are important and few of them are to do with your parents’ rationing of sweets afterwards!

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As an adult, attending check-ups is rarely as dramatic as it was when you were a child but few people genuinely understand why it is important to see our dental team at least twice a year. In recent times, understandably, attending a dental surgery has not been at the top of a person’s health priorities but that does not reduce the significance of attending a check-up.

At Harley Street Dental, our dentist in Harley Street is still able to offer check-ups to you and your family to ensure that your oral health stays in good shape. We can provide you and your family with tips on maintaining high levels of oral hygiene, while also discussing other areas of dental care such as orthodontics and cosmetics.

So, why should you come and see our dentist in Harley Street as soon as possible?

Preventative

With dental care, prevention is better than cure and of course, seeing our team as regularly as possible ensures that any dental issues are caught early, allowing for all-around easier treatment.

Concerning children, regular check-ups with our dentist in Harley Street allows them to become more familiarised with the entire process, preventing them from forming phobias in adulthood.

Better health

The link between a plaque-free mouth and overall good health has long been established, meaning that getting in the dental chair can do far more than prevent a filling.

Everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer has been linked to poor oral health, so attending regular check-ups can save your life. Also, as oral cancer screening is part of each check-up we provide at Harley Street, we can also offer early interventions with cancer treatments if needed.

Whiter smile

Of course, while checking for cavities and unusual growths is part of any dental check-up, our team will also aim to clean any stained fillings that you may have, along with giving your teeth a thorough clean.

This, in turn, gives you a whiter, healthier smile which will boost your confidence and wellbeing. What’s not to like about that?

Saves money

A check-up is rarely expensive, even if you need to have a filling replaced or growth explored.

However, delaying check-ups can allow decay to set in which may lead to cavities, extractions and even infections, all of which are more complicated and expensive to treat. So if you are looking for a way to save on your finances, (and prevent discomfort) attend check-ups as often as you can.

Discussion

If you want to have our teeth straightened or are curious about veneers, why not use the check-up as an opportunity to discuss these options with our dental team?

You can also enquire about other procedures, such as whitening and even facial aesthetics. Brilliant!

Worried about a loose filling? 5 signs you need to see our emergency dentist at Harley Street

Having a dental emergency is no fun, regardless of your age. And so, when one strikes, it is pivotal to know what to do to resolve any discomfort and get everything back under control.

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In the first instance, you will need to contact a dental surgery for a same-day appointment.

At Harley Street Dental, we are proud of our emergency clinic and if you are suffering from a dental emergency, our emergency dentist in Harley Street can offer you advice 24 hours a day. We set aside appointments for our emergency patients each day and will endeavour to resolve

your issue within 24 hours, allowing you to get on with your day.

But what are some of the signs that you need to see our emergency dentist in Harley Street?

Persistent discomfort

Often portrayed in the media, persistent pain in your mouth is a key indicator that you need to see our emergency dentist in Harley Street.

Remember, dental discomfort could point towards anything from an abscess to a loose filling, all of which need to be addressed promptly to prevent serious complications.

Swelling

If you spot swelling on your gums, under your jaw or if one of your cheeks appears larger than the other, you need to see our team.

Even if the swelling does not feel uncomfortable, it still requires urgent attention as it could suddenly begin to hurt and could even signify something as serious as oral cancer. And of course, as swelling rarely shrinks, it could even begin to press on your airway which can be life-threatening. Come and see our team as soon as you notice any abnormal swellings!

Loose fillings and crowns

It is an irritation to many people who have fillings and crowns that they can come loose.

Not only can this be uncomfortable, but if left untreated it can cause infection to set in and can allow for further decay of the tooth. Yikes!

If you can move a filling or a crown with your tooth, call our team for a check-up. We will be able to apply a composite to secure the filling, but concerning crowns, we may need to prepare the tooth again to support the newly fitted crown.

If you have lost a filling or crown, we need to see you urgently as the exposed pulp is more prone to infection.

Bleeding

When you have had an accident or a dental extraction, there is probably going to be some bleeding in the oral area.

However, if with the application of gauze the bleeding fails to subside after 20 minutes, you need to see our team at Harley Street to prevent blood loss. Depending on the underlying cause, we will be able to apply surgical glues or stitches to prevent any further bleeding.

Chipped and cracked teeth

Chips and cracks are common but can allow bacteria access underneath the enamel.

Therefore, if you notice that one of your teeth is cracked or chipped, we can repair it with composite materials.

Dental abscesses and what you need to know. A guide from our dentist in Harley Street

A subject that is rarely covered, because it makes people cringe, is the area of dental abscesses.

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If you have ever been unfortunate enough to experience an abscess under one or many of your teeth, then it is unlikely that you will have forgotten what it felt like. Dental abscesses are the reason for the majority of emergency dental appointments and so, it is important to know a few facts about this particular dental issue so you can make informed decisions.

Firstly, they are usually caused by an infected pulp which will require a dental expert to treat effectively. While you may want to avoid the dental surgery altogether for fear of judgement or additional discomfort, when it comes to abscesses it is important not to do so.

And at Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team will be comforting and reassuring and will not pass judgment at such a stressful time. Our dentist Harley Street will endeavour to treat the discomfort from the abscess first and attend to any secondary issues once it has calmed and you are in no discomfort. We pride ourselves on our emergency dental team, so if you have an infection spring up overnight, contact us immediately!

But what are some of those lesser-known facts about dental infections and abscesses? Our dentist Harley Street provides them below.

Abscesses do not get better on their own

If you are extremely fearful about attending a dental appointment, you may have convinced yourself that the abscess will simply go away on its own.

And while the majority of dental abscesses do burst and seemingly resolve, this is only temporary; the pulp of the tooth is still infected and still needs the attention of our dentist Harley Street.

You may need a root canal

If you have recently recovered from an abscess, then our team is likely to schedule a root canal to ensure that the infection does not reoccur.

The infected debris of the tooth is removed from the pulp, which is then filled to prevent any bacteria from infiltrating it.

They show up on an X-ray!

You may be confused when you attend our surgery with an abscess as to why our team is taking an X-ray.

In short, an X-ray will show us how large the abscess is underneath your gum line and will help us to plan the most appropriate treatment. Once the abscess has calmed following medication, our team may take a second X-ray before beginning the root canal procedure.

You may need antibiotics

Abscess are infections and so, it is highly probable that you will need antibiotics to help in the recovery.

Standard abscesses may need a 2-week course, but more serious infections may need up to a month of antibiotics before they heal completely.

They can cause permanent damage

If left untreated, abscesses can cause deformation to the surrounding bone and may cause your teeth to protrude at odd angles, due to pressure underneath the gum.

So if you have an abscess, contact our team right away for fast relief to your discomfort.

How can I stop my dental pain? 5 general dental FAQs answered by our dentist in Harley Street

When it comes to dental care, most people have more than a couple of questions to ask their dental practitioner!

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As the fear of dentistry reduces due to the improvement in pain-free procedures and the allure of cosmetic options, there has been an overall increase in the numbers of people attending dental surgeries for general dental procedures. And while there is still some way to go until everyone becomes comfortable in the dental chair, dental teams are being asked more questions about general dental care than ever before.

At Harley Street Dental, we aim to be as informative as possible to all of our patients, explaining procedures and techniques in jargon-free language. Our dentist in Harley Street and their team will always aim to provide all of our patients with top rate dental care, while also being compassionate and understanding to those who are anxious about dentistry. Perfect!

So, what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our dentist in Harley Street receives? Read on to find out!

How can I practice good oral hygiene at home?

The key to good oral hygiene is routine; make sure you brush, floss and rinse twice a day and be sure to routinely attend check-ups with our dentist in Harley Street.

Avoid overconsumption of sugary foods and drinks, try to avoid smoking cigarettes (we can help with smoking cessation if requested) and, as tempting as it is on a hot summer’s day, do not chew on ice cubes!

How can I stop dental pain?

Any intense dental pain should be followed up with a visit to our team in Harley Street.

In the interim, aim to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen, and gently rinse the area with saltwater.

How do I get my kids interested in brushing their teeth?

Children very rarely enjoy brushing their teeth and so, it is important to make it as fun as possible.

Brush your teeth with them, create a song, use star charts to reward when they have brushed, and invest in an interactive toothbrush. Make it a game if you have multiple children- if they brush their teeth twice a day for a week, they will receive a treat. And if we give them the thumbs up at their check-up, they will get a bigger treat.

Does tooth whitener from the pharmacy actually work?

In cases of minor staining, purchasing a whitening toothpaste from a chemist can work.

But as more people have deeper set stains, it is unlikely that you will achieve the level of whiteness you want. If you want whiter teeth, contact our team and we will be able to offer you dental whitening which can lighten your teeth up to 18 shades! Brilliant!

Can I get straighter teeth as an adult?

Of course!

The brace or aligner which we choose will depend on the severity of the issue being treated, but if it is minor or moderate, we will try to use a more visually discreet brace like Invisalign.

Are lingual braces for you? Our dentist answers the top 5 FAQs about this orthodontic treatment

When you are looking into having braces fitted as an adult, you will be happy to learn that you may be a bit spoiled for choice!

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With advances in modern orthodontic care allowing more people to wear discreet braces, there is no longer the need to worry about how your smile will look in photos. As cosmetic aligners and orthodontic ones have merged, many people are now suited to wearing clear or invisible braces. From Invisalign to Lingual braces, more complex alignment issues can now be corrected without the need for traditional metal alternatives.

And at Harley Street Dental, our dentist in Harley Street can choose the perfect brace for you and your unique clinical requirements. With our precision application and our knowledge of all things brace-related, you can have that straighter, healthier-looking smile you have always wanted in 6 months or less! Perfect!

In this article, we will explore one of our more popular braces, that combines aesthetics with some more traditional aspects of orthodontics; lingual braces. Enjoy!

What are lingual braces?

Picture regular metal braces, and then place them on the back of the teeth as opposed to the front and you have lingual braces!

Once fitted, our dentist in Harley Street will need to see you every few weeks to adjust and tighten the aligners, in order for that straighter smile to come to fruition sooner.

Discreet and highly effective, you can even brag to your friends that you are wearing the same brace type that was once worn by Prince William!

Are they uncomfortable?

Whether you are undertaking lingual braces or Invisalign, the realignment process is likely to cause some minimal discomfort.

Remember, you are moving teeth that are set in their place into new positions using applied force, so some twinges are to be expected. However, if you feel that the discomfort is too much to bear, contact our dentist in Harley Street for a check-up and assessment of your lingual brace.

Will I have a lisp while wearing them?

When it comes to all kinds of brace and aligners, it is likely that for those first few days you will have some alterations in your speech.

Once your tongue has adjusted to having them in your mouth, your normal speech patterns should return.

How long will I need the incognito brace for?

This depends entirely on the severity of your orthodontic issue and as lingual braces are designed to treat more complex cases of misalignment, you can expect to wear them for at least 18 months. In more complex cases, you may be required to wear this brace for up to 36 months, but our team can provide a more accurate estimate.

Do they really work?

Yes, they do.

In fact, lingual braces have a similar long-term success rate as regular braces. Up to 96% of all patients who have undertaken lingual braces report a straighter smile 5 years following treatment. Remember, to ensure your teeth don’t relapse, you will need to wear a custom-fitted retainer afterwards.

Need to see an emergency dentist for a painless issue? Steps to take before the appointment

When many people hear the word emergency used in conjunction with dentistry, they immediately equate the scenario to being one that is uncomfortable.

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And there is some truth to that- the majority of emergency dental visits are linked to discomfort in a tooth or the jaw.

But if you find yourself with a dental emergency that isn’t linked to discomfort, what do you do?

Far from an oxymoron, dental emergencies also include issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, lost fillings or crowns, swelling to the jaw, gums or oral area and broken orthodontic braces. And as you can see, these are not all necessarily as uncomfortable as an abscess.

Here at Harley Street Dental, our emergency dentist in Harley Street can handle all manner of emergency care and will aim to resolve any issue you may have. We are proud to be able to offer same-day emergency appointments, allowing you fast relief, shortening the chance of secondary complications. Perfect!

But while you are waiting for our surgery to open to see our emergency dentist in Harley Street, here are some steps you can take to ensure the appointment goes more smoothly. Remember, this is not intended for those suffering from either acute dental pain or abscesses.

Cracked or chipped tooth

OK, so this is unlikely to have happened in the middle of the night!

But, as soon as you are aware that one of your teeth is chipped or cracked, try to save as many pieces as you can and call our emergency dentist in Harley Street.

If there is any bleeding, apply a piece of clean gauze to the area, and apply a cold compress to the outer cheek to keep swelling to a minimum.

Lost filling

An irritant that may cause minor discomfort, a lost filling can occur at any time.

If you have prepared for this moment in advance (well done you!), then you can apply some temporary dental cement to the area, to prevent bacteria from getting access to the tooth’s pulp.

If you don’t have any dental cement, place a piece of sugar-free gum where the filling was and wait for your appointment with our emergency team.

Lost crown

If your crown falls out, place it in a Tupperware container to keep it safe.

If possible, dab some clove oil onto your tooth and use some dental cement to cover it over. You can even use the dental cement to temporarily place the crown back onto the tooth but under no circumstances use super glue to do this!

Swelling

Swelling can be temporarily managed by placing an ice pack on the cheek, neck or jaw where the swelling has occurred.

Take over the counter anti-inflammatory pain relief to reduce the swelling and contact our team promptly.

Brace related issues

If a piece of your brace snaps and is cutting into your inner cheek, take a cotton wool ball and place it over the sharp end. Contact our team and your orthodontist to resolve this issue.

Reasons why you should choose us as your family dental clinic

Choosing a dentist isn’t a decision that can be made lightly, especially if you’re after an oral health practitioner who can treat all your loved ones with the utmost precision and care.

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Our team at Harley Dental aren’t just imbued with the knowledge to address your dental health issues, but we’re also highly personable and empathetic. We understand that visiting the dentist is an activity enjoyed by a few, which is why we make it our priority to ensure that your appointment with us runs smoothly. In the below, we’ll discuss how we aim to make your time with us as pleasant as possible at the dentist in Harley Street.

We’ve created a safe and calming environment

Dental anxiety is an all-too-common side effect of a traumatic experience, which is something we don’t treat seriously.

Our doctors are specialised in attending to patients who suffer from panic, terror or fear associated with seeing the dentist in Harley Street.

We’ll talk you through your fear and fully explain the steps of the procedure that you’ll be undergoing. We’ll discuss approaches you can use to remain calm, which includes listening to music, watching a movie, or following deep breathing techniques.

Conscious sedation is another alternative if the above-mentioned holistic approaches don’t relax you.

Our practice is eye-catching, comfortable and clean

Our clients love the charming Georgian-style exterior of our practice, not to mention the cosy interiors and warm greetings extended by a friendly team of receptionists.

Grab a beverage and find something to read before your appointment. Our bright and airy waiting room features various seating arrangements to keep you comfortable.

We provide a personalised service

Your dental problems are unique to you, which is why we provide customised sets of treatments taking into account your budget, preferences, wants, and fears.

Our treatment menu is comprehensive

Ranging from cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, through to preventative dentistry, we offer a wide selection of treatments, administered by top professionals at the dentist in Harley Street.

Below you’ll find brief descriptions of our top treatments.

Teeth whitening is an aesthetic treatment that lightens the shade of your teeth. Tough stains and marks are removed from the surfaces of your pearly whites using Hydrogen Peroxide in one or two dental appointments.

Dental implants are a groundbreaking restoration treatment that replaces absent teeth at the root. It’s popular among people who’ve suffered both minor and significant teeth loss.

If there is one thing we know, it’s that you’re never too old for braces. Our onsite orthodontist will find the most suitable straightening aid for your unique orthodontic issue.

We’re for kids! Preventative dental care starts early, so the sooner your children begin to see us, the chances of obtaining severe issues as adults are significantly reduced. We commonly treat our little patients using fluoride application and routine checkups to keep their milk teeth healthy and strong. 

We attend to emergency dental work as quickly as possible, working hard to preserve your damaged teeth while relieving accompanying pain.

Who is Harley Street Dental Clinic?

We, here at the Harley Street Dental Clinic, believe excellence in dentistry is mandatory in assisting all patients in achieving their best smile possible. We understand that a healthy smile is paramount to feeling good about your appearance. We aim to exceed the expectations of all our patients who come to our Dentist Harley Street. We aim to deliver the best experience in our friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We have a dedicated team of dentists on hand to ensure that you get the help and attention that you need. We will always ensure that your needs are put at the forefront of everything that we do. This article will take you through what treatments we offer as well as what you should do next if you do decide that we are the practice for you. We are on hand with our friendly receptionist team to assist you in your dental needs, so why not give us a  call?

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What treatments are on offer?

If we, here at the Harley Street Dental Clinic, sound like a perfect practice for your dental needs you will be happy to know that as a Dentist Harley Street, we offer a number of different treatments. We offer General Treatments to allow you to keep your smile looking happy and healthy, this can also be completed through Preventative Dentistry. If you are looking to reconstruct your smile into a more aesthetically pleasing one then you could look into Cosmetic Dentistry, where we will work with you and your smile to improve its appearance. If you have unfortunately lost some of your teeth, we can work with you and our Missing Teeth treatments which will complete your smile again, this can also be done through Dental Implants. If you are looking to straighten your smile then you could look into

Invisalign and the other forms of Orthodontics that we offer. We can take special care of children’s teeth as well as offering specialist support. We also offer facial aesthetics, which you can use if you wish to improve your appearance. Patients should read on to the next section to discover what they should do next.

What should I do next?

If we, here at the Harley Street Dental Clinic, sound like the practice for you, then you should consider getting in touch with us so we can begin to help you on your journey to a healthier smile. We can offer you a free consultation here at Dentist Harley Street so we can begin to assist you in the best way possible. Your free initial consultation will be with one of our highly trained and friendly cosmetic dentists.as a result of your consolation we will be able to discuss your options moving forward in achieving a brand new smile. You will be able to meet our dental team as well as voice your concerns about your smile. We will be able to help you put a plan into place so you can access the treatments that you require. You will be advised on the best option moving forward for your smile.

Who are Harley Street Dental Clinic?

We are a dentist in Harley Street who aims to provide excellent care to all of our patients. We aim to go above and beyond for each patient by delivering a highly personalised service that uses the most cutting edge treatments and methods. We can support you in your venture to a stronger and healthier looking smile and allow you to finally get the smile that you always wished that you had.

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This article will run through the treatments that we offer as well as why we think that we could be a good fit for you and your family. Should you decide that we as a practice could be a good choice for you and your family then you should consider getting in touch with us here at our warm and welcoming practice. You could also use the website to get a better feel for the treatments and services that we offer.

What services do you offer?

Here at Harley Street Dental we can offer you and your family a wide range of different treatments. All of these treatments have been specially designed with you in mind so you can get the best possible assistance in making your smile look how you always dreamed it would. You could consider one of our many cosmetic dentistry treatments as these were specially designed to allow you to sculpt your smile into the one that you are proud of. These treatments can make your smile look more aesthetically pleasing.

We can offer treatments that also combat the issue of missing teeth so you can have your smile be completed again – this can be completed through a number of different treatments, one being dental implants. Being a dentist in Harley Street, of course we also offer more general treatments so we can support you with all of your dental needs. This is in direct conjunction with preventive dentistry which can allow us to work with you to prevent issues from arising unnecessarily. If a patient is looking to straighten their smile, this is amongst the services that we can offer. This can be done through Invisalign and orthodontics. We also do work specially for children’s dentistry, facial aesthetics and specialist referrals.

Why should I consider this practice?

Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, as a dentist in Harley Street, we want to put the time and effort into each of our patients, so they can get the help that they need. We understand that each patient has something individual that they want for their smile and overall oral health.

We only provide the highest standards of treatment for each and every patient, so patients can be assured that they are in the best possible hands. Every interaction that you have in our practice is a friendly one, from making your initial appointment, right through to the dentist who carries out the necessary work. We strive to make your experiences as relaxing as possible, this comes down to regularly available tea and coffee, a television set and comfortable seating. We take the time to get to know you so you can be matched with the best dentist for your individual needs.

Preventive care by your dentist in Harley Street

Your smile is your opportunity to speak without words. We use our smiles to convey emotion and interact unconsciously with our peers, business associates and acquaintances. By ensuring that your smile is as healthy as possible, then you are putting your best foot forward in all of your ventures in life.

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By choosing a dentist in Harley Street who looks at your whole wellbeing when considering the approach to your oral health care, you are ensuring that caring for your smile improves your general health and is essentially easy to do.

Preventive health care is one of the fundamental approaches to dentistry that your dentist in Harley Street is confident in performing and pleased to be able to offer you and your children. Our approach is holistic and inclusive, ensuring that every one of our patients are as involved with the process as possible, understanding the importance of a good daily hygiene routine as well as the frequent visitation to our practice.

From here, we can seek to apply a bespoke treatment plan so that your smile can remain as strong and healthy as possible. This can be done in a number of ways, with preventive treatments such as fissure sealants, with hygiene appointments performed by a professional and with advice and education on how to clean your own teeth at home properly for your unique situation.

What is a fissure sealant?

Often performed on young adult teeth, where children are at a greater risk of developing cavities in their new teeth which can have a devastating impact on their oral health for life, a fissure sealant is used to fill in the deep grooves on the back molars which can be difficult to clean.

If debris and bacteria stay sitting in these grooves for too long, then the enamel is eventually worn away, exposing the tooth and causing a cavity that will need restoration.

A fissure sealant protects and covers these grooves, creating a smoother surface that is easier to clean. The result is a preventive strategy that can be reapplied over n over again once it wears away.

How often should I have a hygiene appointment?

Your dentist in Harley Street will generally suggest that you have a professional cleaning appointment as often as you visit them, which is generally twice a year. We are able to use specialised tools to remove any hard to reach debris as well as plaque and tartar that cements to teeth which is not only not very attractive but is damaging to the health of your teeth as well.

By keeping your teeth looking and feeling their best, you are more likely to love the smile you have and care for it properly.

Cleaning your teeth twice a day by brushing, flossing and rinsing is perhaps the best method of preventive action that you can do. We are keen to guide you in the right way by showing you what the best tools and methods are for oral health care specifically for you.

We look forward to helping you achieve that healthy smile that you deserve.