Reliving the Horror of the Old Gum Lift Procedure (Before Burying It)

Teeth are not the only things that make a smile great.

Gums can be a factor in a person’s smile, depending on how visible they are. Dentists can lighten gums to the liking of their patients, or cut away gummy smiles altogether. It is as scary as it sounds; or at least it used to be.

Seeing Gums

hsdcProminent gums when smiling is a cause of embarrassment to the people who have these ‘horsy’ grins. Thankfully, gum lifts can provide troubled individuals a chance to correct their smile—but it does come with a bloody, painful price.

Let us calm you down first. Modern gum lifts are far safer, cleaner and faster than the scary whittling procedure first conducted during the late 1980s. We use accurate lasers to shape the gums of our patients seamlessly and with minimal bleeding, so there is no need to be afraid anymore. But, enough of our procedure; let us delve into the 1980s horror show you came here to read about.

Seeing Red

Gum lifts, or crown lengthening, was one of those dental procedures that fuelled the 20th century fear of going to the dentist. It was a very disconcerting procedure, yet the science behind it is solid and its effectiveness was undeniable to anyone willing to engage in a short-term relationship with oral painkillers.

We admit, taking a scalpel to a patient’s gum line sounds, medieval, to say the least. The invasiveness of the procedure would depend on the size of your teeth. Dentists would chip away at the bone beneath the cut gums in order to keep large teeth from appearing even larger. A level of stitching is required to prevent the gums from growing back, and yes—a lot of blood is involved. Not to mention some swelling and post-surgery bleeding episodes.

So, should you get a gum lift? Today, there is no excuse not to. Gum lifts are now more advanced and clinical. Just like how the white fillings replaced the silver ones, this is one very graphic instance of how dental practice continues to improve. If you have a gummy smile that you want to correct, thank your lucky stars that the laser is now here, and you can flash your pearly whites without having to stain them crimson first.

For all your non-scary dental needs, just contact Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Can a dentist cure snoring?

Your dentist may be the last person you think can help if you suffer from chronic snoring. However, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team of dental professionals have helped many patients who regularly snore to overcome the problem.

snoringSnoring is a common problem that can turn into a nightmare – not just for the snorer, but also for those who share a bedroom with them. It is caused by a narrowing of the airways, which happens when they relax as you sleep. This affects the air pressure within your airways, causing the soft tissues in your head and neck (such as the tonsils, soft palate and nasal passages) to vibrate and produce a sound.

Everyone snores sometimes, and partial blockage of the airways thanks to colds, flu, or seasonal conditions such as hay fever can all lead to temporary snoring. However, when it becomes chronic, it can become a serious issue, affecting your sleep (as well as the sleep of your loved ones) and sometimes indicating an underlying condition.

Common causes of snoring include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Some medications

In these cases, changes to your lifestyle can help resolve your snoring. As mentioned, chronic snoring may be a symptom of a more serious condition called sleep apnoea, which sees suffers stop breathing entirely several times a night. This should always be investigated by a sleep clinic in the first instance. However, in many cases your dentist can help with both snoring and sleep apnoea.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic your dentist can create a custom-made oral device or mouthpiece that will prevent your lower jaw from dropping back whilst you are sleeping, so preventing your airways from closing.

You will be invited into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation, where your dentist will take impressions of your mouth for your mouthpiece to be made, helping you to breathe better and sleep better.

Find the perfect dentist for all the family

Finding a new dentist involves developing a relationship of trust. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have an unrivalled staff of dental specialists who provide professional, patient-focussed, bespoke care for every patient at every appointment. Our entire team takes the time to get to know our patients as individuals, so that we can provide you with the very best treatment whatever you come to see us for.

perfect-dentistOur practice, located at 139 Harley Street, London, is a beautiful, five-storey converted Georgian town house, designed with patient comfort in mind. We have a highly-experienced team of dental experts under one roof, including cosmetic dentists, endodontists, prosthodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and children’s dentists.

Your first contact will be with a member of our friendly and helpful reception team, who will ascertain what has brought you to our Harley Street practice and will match you with the best dentist or treatment co-ordinator to suit your needs.

Because we know that patient comfort and relaxation is key to developing a good relationship between dental team and patient, we have a comfortable reception area, where you can relax and help yourself to tea or coffee, watch television and generally make yourself at home. We also have a dedicated prayer room, which all faiths are welcome to use.

Harley Street Dental Clinic is a proudly multi-cultural practice, and we understand different faiths and cultures. We can also offer fluent in-house translation services for Arabic, French, Italian and Japanese-speaking clients, as well as having a dedicated children’s dental team, who take the time to build strong relationships of trust with their young patients.

For patients who are nervous or phobic about visiting the dentist, we have a number of options available, including treatment under hypnosis or sedation. The team at Harley Street Dental Clinic understand fear of the dentist, and will treat all patients with care, respect, and compassion at all times.

What an emergency dentist can do for you

If you need to see an emergency dentist, you will be well aware that time is of the essence. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we provide an on-call emergency dental service until 10pm and then from 7am until the practice opens at 8.30am, six days a week.

emergency dentistMany situations constitute a dental emergency, and we understand that the experience can be painful and frightening, which is why we always endeavour to see emergency dental patients as soon as possible. We will see both registered and new patients who need an emergency dentist at our Harley Street clinic.

Here are some of the scenarios that constitute a dental emergency, along with what action your dentist may take:

Lost tooth

Teeth are often knocked out through accidents and injuries. If your tooth has been knocked out, contact our Harley Street team as soon as possible. If you still have your tooth and it isn’t broken, it is very important to keep it clean. You should only pick it up by the crown (the portion that’s visible in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. If you need to clean it, rinse it under cold water, then put it in a clean container covered either by your own saliva or some milk.

In some cases your dentist will be able to reimplant your tooth in the socket. We also offer a range of tooth replacement options at our Harley Street centre if this is not possible.

Broken tooth

Even if your tooth is only slightly chipped, you should book a dental appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist may be able to rebuild it with tooth-coloured filling material or a crown.

Toothache and dental abscess

A sudden, painful toothache, with or without a dental abscess, can be unbearable. Your dentist will get you out of pain, although you may require follow-up appointments at Harley Street to fully restore your oral health.

How a cosmetic dentist can boost your smile with veneers

Veneers are one of the most common treatments cosmetic dentists are asked to perform. They are an excellent way of rejuvenating a smile, with results that are both aesthetically-pleasing and durable. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our team has helped many patients to boost the appearance of their smile quickly and painlessly with the help of veneers.

How it works

veneersVeneers are micro-thin shells of material that are bonded over the front surfaces of the teeth by a cosmetic dentist to improve their appearance. They can be made from composite bonding material, porcelain, or ceramic – porcelain is the most popular choice.

They were first invented by a Hollywood cosmetic dentist to enable actors to change the appearance of their smiles quickly and easily. These early veneers were not designed to be a long-term solution and usually fell off quickly, because they were secured with denture adhesive. Thanks to modern advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry, and special, stronger dental bonding agents, veneers can now provide a natural-looking, beautiful, long-term way to make over a smile.

If you are interested in treatment with veneers, you should book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street clinic. Veneers can be used to disguise permanently discoloured teeth, cover and add extra strength to teeth with small chips and cracks, and generally improve a smile’s appearance by closing small gaps or correcting minor alignment issues when orthodontic treatment is not appropriate.

You will need at least two appointments to have veneers fitted at our Harley Street clinic. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and will prepare them to have your veneers attached. They will carefully match the colour of your veneers to the natural colour of your teeth, and when they are ready you will be called back to have them fitted.

How your dentist can provide perfect dentures

As a dentist, it is common to see patients of all ages who are distressed because they have lost one or more of their natural teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our expert team of dental professionals – including dentists and prosthodontists – have helped many patients to restore their smiles and their confidence with the help of dentures.

perfect denturesDentures are not a new concept – even the ancient Egyptians fashioned crude replacement teeth. However, there have been massive advances in the field of prosthodontics (the dental specialism that deals with the restoration and replacement of teeth). At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our prosthodontics team offer a number of denture options for patients who need to replace several or all of their natural teeth.

In some cases, it is possible for your dentist to fit your dentures at the same time as removing failing natural teeth. This is known as “immediate dentures” and means that you won’t be left with gaps in your mouth or no teeth.

If you are interested in immediate dentures, speak to your dentist at your initial consultation. They will carefully examine you and assess if this is the best treatment option in your case.

Dentures can be full – replacing an entire arch of teeth – or partial – replacing some teeth in one arch of the mouth. They can be made from a range of materials, from plastic to porcelain. Your dentist will discuss all your denture options at your initial consultation here in our Harley Street clinic.

As dental professionals we would always recommend replacing your teeth, and dentures are an excellent way to do this. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we recognise the value of your smile and your oral health, and our team of cosmetic dentists and prosthodontists have many years of training and experience, enabling them to create the perfect dentures for every patient.

Ask a cosmetic dentist about smile makeovers

As a cosmetic dentist, there is no greater pleasure than seeing the difference a smile makeover can have on a patient’s self-esteem. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we know the value of a beautiful smile, and our skilled dental team have helped scores of patients to achieve the smile they have always dreamt of thanks to our wide range of cosmetic dental options.

smile makeoversA smile makeover starts with a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist here at our Harley Street clinic. Smile makeovers can have functional as well as aesthetic benefits, and we believe that an investment in your smile is one of the wisest you can make.

At your initial consultation, your cosmetic dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums, surrounding structures, and your overall facial appearance. They will find out what you like and dislike about your current smile, and what you would like to achieve. X-rays, scans and photographs will be taken as necessary to aid with diagnosis and treatment planning.

Your dentist will then recommend all the available treatments to meet your needs. This may be one treatment or a combination of two or more, and could include porcelain veneers, orthodontics, teeth whitening, dental implants, and crowns, among other treatment options.

By using the latest 3D imaging technology, your cosmetic dentist will be able to show you what results you can expect from various treatment options, so you can make an educated choice about how to move forward with treatment.

At our Harley Street clinic we have an unrivalled team of dental specialists under one roof, so whatever treatment you require it can all be provided here in the comfort of our modern Harley Street practice.

Once you have decided on the best treatment, your dentist will draw up a treatment plan detailing future appointments and projected costs.

How your dentist and hygienist can help restore your gum health

As well as taking care of your teeth, your dentist and hygienist will work together to ensure that you have healthy gums. Gum health is just as important as tooth health, because gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, as well as a team of dentists and hygienists, we offer the services of specialist periodontist Dr Pedja Pavlovic, who can treat a range of complex gum issues.

gum diseasePeriodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the gums. Gum disease is very common and most people will experience it at some point in their life. There are two forms of gum disease: the early form is called gingivitis, while the more advanced form is known as periodontitis or periodontal disease.

The early symptoms of gingivitis can be difficult to spot, which is why regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are important, as they are in a prime position to notice the early signs. Symptoms you may notice yourself include red and swollen gums (which may or may not be painful), persistent bad breath, and gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.

If you notice any of these symptoms you should book an appointment with a dentist here at our Harley Street clinic at your earliest convenience. Treating gingivitis promptly will help to prevent the more serious form of gum disease developing.

Your hygienist plays an important role in treating the early stages of gum disease, professionally cleaning your teeth in a procedure known as a scale and polish to remove all traces of plaque, which causes gum disease.

If you haven’t visited the dentist or hygienist for some time, you may have developed periodontitis, which is characterised by:

  • Tooth ligaments detaching
  • Destruction of surrounding bone
  • Teeth becoming wobbly
  • Tooth loss

Harley Street Dental Clinic’s specialist periodontist, Dr Pavlovic, can provide a range of options to manage the condition.

How a cosmetic dentist can cure your gummy smile

A cosmetic dentist doesn’t just work on your teeth – they can also help if you have too much gum tissue on show when you smile. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled team have helped many patients who have a gummy smile to improve the appearance of their smile – and with it boost their confidence.

cosmetic dentists at harley streetMany people come to our Harley Street clinic concerned about their gum line. It may be too high or too low, or they may describe themselves as having “short” teeth. In most cases teeth are of standard length, but are covered by excess gum tissue.

The cosmetic dentists at Harley Street can remove excess gum tissue and even out your gum line with a procedure known as a gum lift or gum reshaping. There are several different options for this treatment, and these will be discussed by your dentist at your initial consultation.

If a gummy smile is making you frown, you should book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist here at our Harley Street practice. They will carefully examine your teeth and gums before recommending the best course of treatment.

In many cases your dentist can painlessly reshape the gum line – increasing or reducing its length – using a laser. Some patients will require a more extensive gum reshaping procedure, which involves removing bone and gum tissue through dental surgery.

Having a gum lift carried out by a skilled cosmetic dentist can improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile by making it look better proportioned and more even. As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits, an improved gum line can also lead to healthier gums in the long-run.

For patients who have laser treatment for a gummy smile, there is practically no down time and most patients can return immediately to everyday activities. You may experience slight swelling or redness of the gums for a few days, for which your dentist can prescribe analgesia.

Finding a new dentist: why it’s never too late to save your smile

Many patients put off visiting the dentist because they are nervous or phobic. They then start to feel embarrassed or ashamed of the condition of their teeth, making them even less keen to visit a dental practice. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe that it is never too late to save your smile. We offer a range of treatment options for nervous and phobic patients, and urge you never to be embarrassed to come and see us.

nervous and phobic patientsAt our Harley Street clinic your dentist will never judge you if you haven’t visited a dental practice for many years. We know that this is counterproductive and could easily put you off seeking treatment in the future.

Instead, your dentist will take the time to work with you to help you overcome your fears. The whole team at Harley Street Dental Clinic wants nothing more than to help you get your smile – and the full functionality of a healthy mouth – back, then to help you maintain it for life.

If you are nervous about seeing the dentist, just let us know. Our highly experienced team will take all the time you need to talk through your fears in the relaxed surroundings of our Harley Street clinic.

Your dentist will explain any treatment required, including any analgesia required. To help you relax we offer in-chair entertainment, so you can listen to music or an audiobook, or watch a film, during treatment. We also ensure you know that by giving us a hand signal you can let your dentist know you need a break.

Patients can opt for treatment under hypnosis, which has been proven to be very effective, as well as either inhalation sedation or intravenous sedation, with the latter being provided by a consultant anaesthetist here at our Harley Street practice.