How to get started with a new dental clinic

There are many reasons a patient may want to switch from their current dental practitioner to a new one. Some of these reasons include changing location, the need to find a practice that offers more convenient hours, or one that practises a wider range of dental procedures and treatments. Other reasons could be concern over the quality of dental care they receive from their current practitioner. Whatever the reason is for finding a new dental practitioner, dental health is a priority, which is why a patient should feel comfortable and confident with their chosen dentist.

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How should a patient choose a new dental practice? The first step would be to narrow down the list of potential dental practices according to a preferred list of must-haves that will help patients choose the best dental clinic in W1

One of the critical goals is to make certain that the new dentist can meet the patient’s needs by offering a range of treatments in a professional and compassionate manner. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we strive to not only meet but exceed our patients’ expectations. To do this we believe in fostering positive patient-dentist relationships. We believe this is an essential part of offering the highest standards in best dental care.

Must-have for choosing a new dental clinic in W1

Patients intent on finding a new dental practice are offered a few helpful guidelines here to ensure that this transition is a smooth and painless process. Depending on your needs, the list of criteria a dental clinic in W1 may have to meet could include the following points.

  • How does the convenience of location, treatment hours and processes accommodate your lifestyle?
  • Can the dental practice address all your dental care needs (including corrective and preventive treatments) for yourself and family members? For example would you require paediatric dental care for young children?
  • Are there various payment plans offered should the need arise?

How to choose the right dental clinic

  • Essential questions to ask

Experience, training and ongoing professional development should not be overlooked. A discerning patient will take the time to inquire about the qualifications of the dentist overseeing their dental health.

  • Specialised treatments

Are there any specialised dental treatments offered? It is always more convenient for a patient to find a dental practice that can provide a wide service offering. This way there is no need for time delays in getting treatment records and other patient information from one service provider to another or of dental records getting lost en route.

  • Other general considerations

Once the most important concerns are addressed there are other factors to consider that may influence a patient’s decision. If a patient has a dental phobia, it is important to find out what procedures the clinic has in place – do they offer sedation dentistry for instance?  Do they have a particular policy on missed dental appointments? Is there more than one dental practitioner based at the clinic that would be able to cover for your dentist in case of an emergency?

Are you a patient looking for a new dental clinic? Find quality dental care at Harley Street Dental Clinic. Why not arrange a new patient consultation today? You will find our dental team are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Do you want to know how dental implants are fitted? A basic guide by Harley Street Dental Clinic

Having gaps in your teeth is rarely fun.

Regardless of your age, if you have a few teeth missing, it can cause you to feel insecure about  your appearance, which may lead you to withdraw from social interactions; talk about a damper on your social life!

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In years gone by, gaps in teeth were corrected using both fitted or removable bridges and of course, if more teeth were missing, a set of full or partial dentures could help conceal the issue.

However, as dental technology has advanced, there are more options available to help those who have gaps in their smile caused by tooth loss.

When you visit our team in London, you may be surprised at the treatment options available to help you get a gap-free smile. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, our team will be able to offer you a fitted bridge, a single crown or even a complete set of dentures, attached firmly to your jaw by our dental implants in Harley Street. Talk about a great solution to tooth loss!

But what is involved in the fitting of dental implants in Harley Street? How are they attached to the jaw? Read on to find out!

The consultation

When you decide you want to pursue dental implants in Harley Street, you will be called in for an initial consultation.

During this, a member of our dental team will assess the condition of any remaining teeth, your jaw and your overall oral health to assess if you are suitable for the treatment.

Other tests, like X-rays and CT scans, may be performed, so our team can look at the condition of your jawbone too. If all is deemed satisfactory, an appointment will be booked for you to have your dental implants in Harley Street fitted.

The fitting

This is where there is minor surgery involved.

Before the procedure begins, our team will numb your mouth with a powerful numbing agent and ensure that you are comfortable before they begin.

Based on where your implants are to be fitted, our team will cut into your gum line and gently peel it back to expose your underlying jawbone.

Using a specialist drill, they will then create a small hole in your jaw and, when all the drilling is completed, they will fit the implant (which resembles a small screw) into the jaw. After this part is concluded, your gum will be sewn back together with dissolvable stitches.

Prosthetics

After your implant fitting, you will have to wait up to 6 months before your prosthetic teeth or tooth can be fitted.

During this time, you will need to come back and see us on average once a month, so we can check that your implants are not being rejected by your body and to ensure that your jaw is growing around them correctly.

If this stage has gone well, we will then fit your permanent set of false teeth or tooth to your implants, giving you a fully functioning mouth once more.

Think Invisalign braces may be for you? Five invisible brace FAQs answered by Harley Street Dental

Adult orthodontics has never been more desirable!

With the rise in popularity of smile makeovers, more and more adults and teenagers are approaching dentists for ways to improve their smiles. Mix this eagerness for a straighter, whiter smile with advances in dental technologies and you have a myriad of options to choose from, each treatment tailored to correct precise dental issues.

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Harley Street is no exception! Each day, our dentists consult with multiple clients regarding cosmetic options, and we, as a dental surgery, are proud to be able to offer you a wide range of treatments.

In London, our dental team is at the forefront of adult orthodontics and can offer braces to suit every need and budget. From traditional orthodontics to invisible braces in Harley Street, our dentists are trained to work with the different types of cosmetic aligners on the market to leave you with a Hollywood worthy smile.

In this article, we have answered five of the most commonly asked questions about our invisible braces in Harley Street, specifically Invisalign, to give you a better idea of whether you may benefit from them. Read on!

How do they work?

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign works without using metal wires or tightening.

In traditional orthodontics, teeth are pulled into a new position when the brace is tightened, which can cause discomfort to the brace wearer. With our invisible braces in Harley Street, the mechanism of action involves opposing metal coils, which gently push against each other to move the teeth into a new position.

No pulling, no metal wires, and no discomfort!

How long will I need to wear them each day?

When undertaking treatment with Invisalign, a member of our dental team will discuss with you how long you will need to wear the aligners for each day to reap the most benefit.

Typically, it will range between 16-20 hours each day, meaning you will need to sleep with them in. As they are made from thin plastic and have no protruding pieces of metal, this should not be a problem.

I need a lot of realignment to my teeth – can these braces help?

This will be up to the discretion of our dental team.

While Invisalign can correct the majority of misalignment issues, if you have a more complicated case of protrusions or underbite, for example, you may not be suitable.

Will this brace be uncomfortable?

As mentioned before, Invisalign does not use metal wires to push against your teeth or cause pressure to your jaw, so there should be no discomfort during treatment. If you are worried about the level of discomfort you are in, come and see us straight away.

Isn’t Invisalign expensive?

At Harley Street, we know that money doesn’t grow on trees.

While Invisalign is a fairly expensive treatment, we are able to offer suitable patients a finance plan, to help break down the cost into affordable monthly chunks. Then all you will have to worry about is showing off your glamorous new smile!

Think cosmetic dentistry is all about appearance? Four ways dental cosmetics can improve your health

There are many reasons people undertake cosmetic procedures.

For example, if you are getting married, you will obviously want to look your best on the big day and may invest in some minor facial aesthetics. Similarly, with dental cosmetics, you may have a graduation photo coming up and want your smile to look its best.

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But, did you know, there is more to dental cosmetic work than simply improving the appearance of your smile? Many people are surprised to learn that cosmetic dental procedures can also benefit your overall health too and are therefore more beneficial to you than just having your smile straightened.

When you choose to visit our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street for a cosmetic procedure, depending on which treatment is best suited to correct your smile, you may be able to improve different aspects of your health too, not only in the short-term but for years to come! What have you got to lose?

But how can a procedure like teeth straightening from our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street improve your health? Read on to find out!

Reduced plaque

When your teeth are misaligned, they are harder to clean correctly.

This can lead to parts of your mouth accumulating bacteria and plaque, which have been linked to higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, and poorer heart health.

When you come to our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street to have your teeth straightened, over time, your straighter teeth will help expose these hidden areas of plaque in the mouth, allowing easier removal and fewer complications.

Lower change of decay

Similar to the prior point, if you have gaps in your teeth or areas that are overcrowded, you may be at a higher risk of tooth decay.

As plaque is harder to remove in a mouth that has misaligned, overcrowded or even overly spaced teeth, this can lead to a higher risk of cavities. Untreated cavities lead to discomfort, gum swellings, and even dental abscesses. Having your teeth straightened with cosmetic braces or even having gaps filled with implants or veneers reduces the risk of bacteria building up and lowers the likelihood of decay.

Preventing periodontal disease

Gum disease can run in families, but it has been heavily linked to plaque above and below the gumline.

When you come to our team in Harley Street, our dentists will remove any stubborn plaque before beginning your cosmetic treatment and, depending on which cosmetic option you pick, will aim to reduce the areas where plaque can accumulate. Fillings, veneers, and implants can all prevent gum disease, leaving you with a healthier and more attractive smile.

Better mental health

Lower levels of mental health have been linked to lower self-confidence and physical health issues like abdominal pain, migraines and back pain.

If you feel confident in the appearance of your teeth, you are probably likely to smile more often.

This prompts your brain to release the feel good chemical dopamine, which is a natural stress reducer.

Do you wish you knew more about your wisdom teeth?

Unlike the rest of your adult teeth, these molars will not come through until you are around twenty years old. It is important that you visit your dental practitioner so they can check on the condition of your mouth, and at Harley Street Dental Clinic we can provide professional treatment and guidance when it comes to wisdom teeth in Harley Street.

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What are they?

When you are finding out more about wisdom teeth in Harley Street it is a good idea to start at the beginning and find out what they are. They are similar to the molars that you already have in the back of your mouth, but they will not necessarily come through for everybody. Some people will go their whole lives without having the teeth protrude above the gumline, whilst others will have their teeth grow without a problem. Sometimes the teeth will need to be removed if they grow through at an odd angle or disrupt your other teeth, but this is something that your dental practitioner can monitor through X-rays and regular check-ups.

When to seek advice about having them removed

If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth in Harley Street then it is recommended you make a dental appointment as soon as possible, so that one of our practitioners can assess your mouth. If you are experiencing any pain or your gums have become swollen it may be possible your tooth could have become infected, and it is important to get treatment for this as soon as possible to prevent further damage from being done to your teeth. Where your tooth has pushed through the gum it is more susceptible to infection, and infection can easily spread to your other teeth.

If your tooth is coming through at an angle then it may not have enough room to grow properly or it may be putting unnecessary pressure on your other teeth, causing them to move and become crooked. This can cause additional problems and discomfort, so your dental practitioner may advise that you have your tooth removed to recreate room for your other teeth.

Removing a tooth depends on what condition it is in. Your tooth may have worked its way all the way out but needs to be removed due to infection or being at an angle, or it may only be protruding slightly from your gum, in which case a slightly different extraction procedure will be used.

After you have had a tooth removed you must ensure you take proper care of your mouth. Your dental practitioner will advise you on how to do so after your treatment, but generally you should not brush your teeth for twenty-four hours and you should gargle with warm salt water frequently throughout the day for a few weeks after tooth removal. You may experience some swelling and redness, but this should go down after a few days and should not cause you any additional discomfort. A little bleeding is normal after your tooth has first been removed, but if you experience continuous bleeding it is recommended that you return to our practice so one of our dental practitioners can make sure that everything in your mouth is healthy.

What do general treatments at the dentist typically include?

It is normal to feel nervous about your upcoming dental visit. Many people experience anxiety about their first appointment with us because they do not know what to expect. Read on to learn  about some of the general treatments in Harley Street we offer at our practice, Harley Street Dental Clinic.

general-dental-treatments-harley-streetWhat does a routine appointment entail?

On average, you should be undergoing general treatments in Harley Street twice a year, but this number might change according to the nature of your dental issue. These check-ups are crucial in preventing an onslaught of nasty, yet avoidable, mouth diseases and infections.

Usually, the treatments and procedures we administer are routine and straightforward, but the experience will vary from person-to-person, depending on how long it has been since your last visit, the state of your oral health and whether or not you are a first-time patient. We will need to conduct a full medical and dental history if you are new to our practice.

A regular check-up includes the following:

  • A thorough examination of your entire mouth. We do this to check for signs of poor dental health, namely tooth decay and gum diseases.
  • If proven necessary, we might take x-rays – these x-rays will highlight abnormalities, whereupon cavities show up as dark areas on a tooth.
  • We will discuss your health and lifestyle habits that contribute to poor oral hygiene, including a poor diet, smoking and drinking.
  • We will also chat about your teeth-cleaning and ways in which it can be improved upon.
  • If you need treatment beyond a routine check-up, these will be explained in detail, and we will make a dental appointment for you in the near future.
  • We will happily answer any and all questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

Dental emergencies: how do you handle these kinds of general treatments in Harley Street?

In an ideal world, if we look after our teeth, we should not have to experience dental emergencies. However, accidents are unpredictable and can occur at any time.

If you have knocked out a tooth, it is important to see us urgently to save it.  The sooner you receive medical attention, the higher your chances of successfully re-implanting the tooth in the socket.

There are a few things you can do to be proactive in scenarios like this, which include

  • Hold the tooth by the crown and not the root, in order to prevent spreading infection. If possible, reposition the tooth in the socket by biting down on a paper towel.
  • If you cannot, then try to hold the tooth in your cheek – it is important to keep it hydrated with your saliva.
  • If you are experiencing severe blood loss – apply pressure to the site with a cloth, bandages or anything clean and available – tea bags work well as makeshift bandages because they are highly absorbent.

In emergencies, people are left scrambling to find an emergency dentist who can treat them immediately – we offer emergency services during office hours and offer 24-hour advice to people who phone us after-hours.

Whether you are a new patient or old, require routine check-ups or more serious treatments, or need urgent medical care following an accident, our experienced dental team are on board to assist you!

Four ways your dentist can help you improve your smile

Even people who visit our dental practice regularly during the year for check-ups are sometimes unaware of the treatments that are available to them when it comes to improving their smile, or the general appearance of their teeth. Your dentist in W1 can listen to the problems and insecurities that you have about your smile at a consultation appointment, and from here they will be able to create a treatment plan that addresses your individual needs.

w1-dentistStraighten out your crooked teeth

If you have an uneven smile and wish to straighten your teeth then there are several options available that your dentist in W1 can talk you through. It is important to find the right type of brace to suit your lifestyle as well as your teeth, to leave you feeling confident throughout your treatment. At Harley Street Dental Practice we have discreet treatments available such as Invisalign aligners and lingual braces. Discreet straightening treatments are becoming increasingly popular amongst adults who feel too old for braces, as they enable them to straighten their teeth subtly without others being able to notice their appliance easily.

Restore missing teeth

Sometimes teeth can fall out due to tooth decay, whilst at other times it can be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being involved in an accident that results in the loss of one or more teeth. Either way, here at Harley Street Dental Clinic we are never happy until a patient leaves our practice smiling proudly, with a full set of teeth.

There is more than one way to replace your missing teeth. To find out which option is the most suitable for you it is recommended that you book a consultation appointment, so that one of our dental professionals can assess the condition of your mouth. At our practice you can benefit from bridges and dentures, as well as dental implants.

Repair or mask damaged teeth

Adult teeth often become chipped or damaged over time and can make people feel insecure about smiling in front of other people or joining in with things like group photographs. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have an array of treatments to help rebuild your confidence as well as your smile.

Porcelain veneers are an effective and popular way of hiding any chips that you have in your smile. Whilst they do not get rid of the chips themselves, they completely disguise them from view and can make your other teeth appear more even by lengthening or widening the appearance of the surfaces of your teeth. Veneers attach to your teeth and are tooth coloured, so they look completely natural.

Stay on top of stains

It is common to develop stains on the surfaces of your teeth as you get older. Your dentist in W1 can help you whiten your smile by several shades, but results may vary between patients as no two sets of teeth are the same shade. Discolouration can occur for all sorts of reasons, including lifestyle habits such as drinking alcohol and tea, smoking or having a bad brushing routine.

When you have your teeth whitened you will have a choice as to whether you have the process carried out in our practice by one of our professionals, or at home where you are in charge of your treatment. For the most impressive results it is recommended that you have a combination of both types of treatments.

Could orthodontics improve your smile and boost your confidence?

When you look in the mirror in the morning and see your teeth in your reflection, it should make you want to smile. If this is not happening then it is time for you to see if orthodontics in Harley Street could help you. Crooked, uneven or overlapping teeth can cause people to have low self-esteem and prevent them from feeling able to smile with confidence. This can seep into their social life sometimes and impact them negatively when it comes to being involved in things such as group photographs.

orthodontics-harley-streetInstead of being unhappy with your crooked teeth book a consultation appointment with one of our dental professionals at Harley Street Dental Clinic and find out what we could do to improve your smile.

Crooked teeth can damage your health as well as your confidence

When people have crooked or overlapping teeth they often do not realise how it could be affecting their health as well. Even if you brush religiously twice a day and use mouthwash, if your teeth overlap there is a chance that there are a few spots that you just will not be able to reach. Plaque can build up here, and if you do not have your teeth straightened this could lead to more complicated problems later on, such as tooth decay or loss, and you could also experience things such as gingivitis.

Orthodontics in Harley Street can help you resolve these issues and prevent you from having to undergo more complex dental procedures later on in life. Your dental practitioner will do whatever they can to prevent further problems from arising, as prevention is just as important to us as providing resolutions.

What options are available to you?

When you decide to find out more about what orthodontics in Harley Street has to offer, you will discover a range of treatments at your fingertips. Our treatments are both discreet and convenient so can fit around your lifestyle and leave you feeling elevated instead of self-conscious throughout your treatment.

Invisalign is a popular and modern way to straighten your teeth. With this treatment you will have a 3D scan taken of your mouth and the images this produces will be used to create a series of custom-made aligners. Made out of plastic and comfortable to wear over the top of your own teeth, this treatment is practically invisible to other people. The aligners are removable too which makes it convenient for you to take them out to eat and brush your teeth, meaning you do not need to worry about eating in public, as no food will be getting stuck in your appliance. You need to make sure that you are wearing your aligners for at least twenty-two hours of the day to ensure treatment works effectively.

If you do not mind the idea of having a fixed brace but want it to be out of sight, then lingual braces may be an option for you. These function in a similar way to traditional braces but attach to the insides of your teeth instead of the outer surfaces. The brackets are still metallic and connected with a metal wire, but they are hidden from view so nobody will even know that they are there.

Our cosmetic dentist has an array of treatments to offer you

All sorts of different things can make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, but here at Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a multitude of treatments that can boost your happiness when it comes to your smile. It is easy to arrange a time that is convenient for you to see your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street, and after your initial consultation they will be able to produce a treatment plan that targets the areas and issues that you wish to improve.

cosmetic-dentist-harley-streetWhiten your smile

Your smile can make you look younger if it is free from discolouration and metallic coloured fixtures such as fillings. Stains on your teeth can appear for a variety of reasons, but they can leave you feeling insecure about smiling because you do not want others to notice that you have yellow or brown stains. Fillings are common and are used to repair a tooth to prevent it from becoming even more damaged. Normally these are metallic coloured and can stand out when you are speaking to someone or smiling, but your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street has treatments for you that prevents these issues from arising.

Teeth whitening can be carried out by our dental professionals within our dental clinic and we are able to whiten your teeth by several shades. Whilst results will vary between our patients depending on the original shade of their teeth, we do not let anybody leave our practice until they are completely satisfied with their smile.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we also offer white fillings. Some patients that come to us wish to upgrade from their metallic fillings so that they blend in with their teeth better and become a lot less visible to others when they are talking to them. However, if you have only just found out that you need to have a filling and wish to get white ones, simply speak to your dental practitioner and they will be able to arrange this for you.

Change the shape of your teeth to get a more even smile

There is more than one way that your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can alter the appearance of the shape of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can make each of your teeth seem longer or wider to give them an overall neat and even appearance. A set of veneers easily attaches to the surfaces of your teeth and can make them look whiter and close small gaps, as well as making them appear even. This treatment is commonly used to cover up any chips that you might have in your smile too, as having chipped teeth can cause you to feel insecure. You can have just one veneer fitted or a whole set depending on your needs.

Another thing that can make teeth appear different shapes and sizes is having an uneven gum line or an overly ‘gummy’ smile. Having a gum lift will improve the appearance of your gums and give your smile a much neater finish around this area of your teeth. A gum lift works by raising and sculpting the gum line to make your teeth same longer or larger.

Visiting your dental clinic is better than risking your teeth

A majority of people do not realise how important it is to take good care of their teeth. Adult teeth should be loved and taken care of, as they are the only set of adult teeth that you are going to get. If you neglect them then you can develop things such as gum disease and risk losing your teeth and your confidence along with them.

w1-dental-clinicAt our dental clinic in W1 our dental practitioners want to do everything they can to make sure your teeth stay strong and healthy for as long as possible. We will always advise you during check-ups about which treatments could benefit you and recommend when it is time for you to have a professional clean with our hygienist. You do not have to wait for us to recommend treatments to you though, if you are interested in having a treatment at our practice then book a consultation appointment with one of our professionals to find out what steps you need to take next.

Why check-ups are important

Visiting your dental clinic in W1 at least twice a year is important in making sure that your teeth are in good condition and that you have no underlying problems. Your practitioner will inform you if you have a build-up of plaque or tartar, and may recommend that you see the hygienist if you do.

Your hygienist will be able to get rid of the plaque that has hardened onto the surfaces of your teeth that can no longer be removed through brushing. Sometimes plaque can gather in the pockets of your gums, but this is another thing your hygienist will be able to deal with. Getting rid of all this plaque will help you to avoid developing things like gingivitis, which if left untreated can lead to gum disease.

At a check-up your dental practitioner will inform you of any damaged teeth that you have that need repairing. You may need a filling, which can be either metallic or coloured white, applied to your tooth, preventing any additional damage from being done. Fillings protect the tooth’s nerves too and will prevent you from experiencing any pain or sensitivity when you bite down on things and chew food.

Seek advice as soon as you can in an emergency

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a twenty-four hour service, so that when our practice is closed there is still always someone on the end of the phone to give you advice in an emergency. It is important that you make an appointment at our dental clinic in W1 as soon as possible if you are having a dental emergency. If you have called out of opening hours then your call will be returned by one of our team first thing in the morning and they will book an appointment to attend as soon as possible for you.

There are several things that can constitute an emergency. If you are in severe pain and paracetamol has not helped, knocked a tooth out or chipped one slightly, or have suddenly noticed a lump or abscess in your mouth or on your tongue. In all these cases contact us as soon as possible.