Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear in our mouths, often not coming through until the late teenage years. Because of this, they can often fail to erupt properly, causing or potentially causing pain, discomfort and oral health problems. For that reason, wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common oral surgery procedures.

wisdom tooth extractionNobody likes the idea of tooth extraction. However, in some cases it becomes necessary and if you need a wisdom tooth removed you can rest assured that at Harley Street Dental Clinic you will receive expert care from experienced oral surgeons.

But why do wisdom teeth need to be removed? Because they erupt late, wisdom teeth have a tendency to become impacted. They may prove hard to clean, increasing the chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. Because they develop internally, cysts may form around wisdom teeth, potentially damaging the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a fully-equipped theatre for tooth extractions and other maxillofacial surgical procedures, such as treating bone fractures, placing dental implants and carrying out certain orthodontic procedures. Wisdom tooth removal may be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on each patient’s wants and needs.

It’s important to prepare for wisdom tooth extraction, and to talk to us if you experience dental anxiety, so that we can plan your treatment accordingly. You will also need to prepare for careful post-surgical care, following the advice your surgeon gives you.

Pain or discomfort after surgery can usually be managed by over-the-counter painkillers, although if you find these don’t help do not take more than the stated dose – instead, contact us so that we can help you. We recommend that you follow a liquid diet immediately after surgery, and use cold treats such as ice cream to help with gum swelling. Overconsumption may lead to sharp pains, however, so please take care.

General Treatments

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer a wide range of dental treatments for all the family, to patients from London and beyond.

restorative dentistryWhile we’re committed to preventative dentistry, aiming to stop dental health problems before they arise, should you find yourself in need of treatment we can offer a full and comprehensive selection of treatments, all under one roof. We have a dedicated and experienced team of specialists in a range of areas, including restorative dentistry, dental hygiene, children’s dentistry and orthodontics.

We are committed to practising pain-free dentistry and are equipped and experienced in treating nervous and phobic patients. If fear has put you off seeking dental treatment for many years, we are confident we can help you. We will never be judgemental, but will work with you to restore your dental health and keep it in good condition for the rest of your life. Options for nervous patients include relaxation and sedation, enabling you to have necessary treatment in a relaxed, calming environment.

Because we use only the latest techniques and materials, delivered by highly-skilled and experienced practitioners, we are able to provide pain-free dentistry to patients of all ages. We are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice.

In most cases, we recommend that you visit us for a general dental check-up at least every six months. That way, it’s easier for us to spot problems early and treat them before they become serious.

After your examination we will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis, a treatment plan if any action is needed, plus advice on caring for your teeth and gums at home. If we find you need specialist treatment, for example for periodontics (gum disease), then you will be referred to one of our specialists. Your dentist will continue to oversee your treatment plan and will keep you informed at all stages of treatment.

The Unsettling Effect of Tooth Loss

Many patients underestimate the implications and consequences associated with missing teeth. Upon closer examination, you will find the effects to be far more serious than many are aware of.

dental implantsTooth loss is physical, emotional and psychosocial all at once. Patients undergo a change that leaves a holistic effect in their appearance, speech, functioning, comfort and health.

Find out how tooth loss can bring about these effects.

The Facial Collapse: effect of non-stimulation

Tooth loss is not about the tooth so much as it is about the bones.

The facial bones are important in the configuration of the face. They are responsible for supporting the nose, cheek, lips and skin, and require continuous stimulation to maintain their shape, volume and density.

This stimulation can be likened to how exercise keeps the bones in your body active and healthy.

The bone supporting the teeth (alveolar) requires this stimulation from the teeth themselves. The teeth make contact with these bones every day through the periodontal ligament, “exercising” the bone and stimulating it to reconstruct continually.

When a tooth is lost, these bones lose width over time, brought about by lack of stimulation.

Within the first year of tooth loss, the bone’s width decreases by 25% and up to 4 millimetres in height in the subsequent years, creating a domino effect. As it loses width, it loses height. As it reduces in height, it loses width as a result– and the cycle continues.

At some point, it will have an effect of the gum tissues, whose deterioration will cause a change in speech and everyday functioning, such as biting and chewing.

If not addressed on time, this can also cause the basal bone (bone at the base of the alveolar) to recede or resorb. The chin will tilt forwards and upwards, and the cheeks will hollow out.

Thus, the patient experiences what is called the facial collapse, which causes premature aging.

Dental implant: restoring bone vitality

Dental implants are innovative treatments that effectively counter the effects of tooth loss. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, they promote healthy bone growth by stimulating bone remodelling and integrating with the bone. In effect, they restore the patient’s appearance, functioning and speech.

Find out if you qualify for this treatment and contact Harley Street Dental Clinic for an assessment today.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Did you know that your smile is the first thing many people notice when they meet you for the first time? Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with the way their smile looks, hiding it away behind their hands in public. The good news is, there are many cosmetic dental treatments that can help.

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic aspects of your smile. This encompasses a wide range of treatments, tailored to meet each individual patient’s wants and needs.

While once cosmetic dental treatment was the preserve of celebrities, advances in techniques and materials now mean that everyone can have the smile they deserve.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a team of experienced cosmetic dentists who offer a wide range of treatments, from tooth whitening before a special occasion to full-mouth restorations and complete smile makeovers.

One reason to choose Harley Street Dental Clinic is that we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to cosmetic dentistry. Our dental team firmly believes that every smile should be as unique as the face it sits in. We will listen to your concerns and needs, will examine your teeth and gums and will take your whole face into consideration when recommending treatments, so that the results are unique, beautiful and completely natural looking.

Among the cosmetic dental treatments we offer are:

Sometimes one treatment will suit you perfectly, other times we may recommend combining two or more treatments to give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

Whatever treatment you have, you can rest assured that our experienced Harley Street dental team will treat you with the highest standards of care, excellent skills and attention to detail. We use the best materials and the latest techniques for every treatment, every time.

Why Invest In Cosmetic Dentistry

It has become an increasingly visual world. It seems as though every place we look, someone famous is getting their lips done or their waist trained. Not that this is an altogether negative mindset. It just goes to show how access to cosmetically-enhancing opportunities has gotten so much better over the past few years.

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is one of those modern treatments continuously giving people more reasons to feel happier and more confident about their appearance. As a cosmetic dentist on Harley Street, we offer many of these treatments.

While Hollywood-bright smiles may not be the crowd favourite anymore, there’s much to be said about the confidence-boosting, anti-ageing effect of bright, perfectly balanced teeth.

Brits Value Smiles Most, Research says

The public has spoken: when it comes to first impressions, nothing beats a nice, bright smile. A research by the British Health Foundation says a smile is the first thing noticed by Brits when meeting or introduced to new people. They have also ranked teeth as the most important body feature compared to body type, face, hair and height.

Unfortunately, 58% of the respondents admit to being unhappy with their smiles. The biggest reason for this discontent is ‘discoloured’ teeth, while ‘crooked’ ranks second.

A Bright Smile: more than just confidence-booster

‘A smile makes you look successful’, says an American study. In a group of female respondents, those who smile more tend to cope better with challenges, are more competent, and have happier marriages and greater well-being – than those who are unsmiling and withdrawn.

It is not that difficult to find the connection. Smiling is a typical expression of positive affect. If we will go with that line of reasoning, those who can do it often must live a higher-quality life than those who cannot.

When the lips part to smile, discoloured, chipped or missing teeth will come into view. The study says these are some of the biggest reasons some people are not keen smilers.

It becomes a vicious cycle. The more people avoid it, the more susceptible they are to negative emotions, which create negative experiences. On the flip side, the more people smile, the happier and more confident they tend to be.

If you cover up your smile, you may be holding yourself back in more ways than you realise. Life is much more challenging for patients who are self-conscious about their teeth that they cannot simply venture into the act.

Consult Harley Street Dental Clinic to discuss your concerns and potential corrections. Through cosmetic dentistry, we can address various dental problems – from discoloured and crooked teeth to gummy smiles.

Dental Hygiene on Harley Street

A good dental hygiene regime is essential if you want to maintain a healthy, happy smile. Good dental hygiene involves team work, combining regular visits to your dentist or hygienist with stringent homecare.

dental hygieneAs well as treating you in the practice, our hygienists will show you the best way to look after your teeth at home. We recommend that you visit the hygienist every six months to help keep your mouth in top condition.

Most people instantly think of professional tooth cleaning, often called a scale and polish, when they think of dental hygienists. Whilst thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove any stubborn plaque or tartar is a vital part of our hygienists’ work, they also provide a range of other services.

Your professional tooth cleaning will involve:

  • Complete ultrasonic tooth cleaning to gently remove tartar
  • Polishing to remove any stubborn plaque
  • Stain removal using a high-power, mildly abrasive water jet

In addition, our hygienists will fully assess the health of your gums. They can spot and treat gum disease before it become too serious, another important reason to visit us every six months.

You will also receive a full, honest assessment of your current oral health, including any steps you can take to improve it. This may include the best products to use at home, as well as dietary advice, fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and fissure sealants to close small cracks and limit future decay.

The goal of all of this is to help you achieve excellent standards of oral health, avoiding the need for potentially more invasive treatments in the future. If you do require procedures such as oral surgery, good dental hygiene practices will help you to enjoy and maintain the benefits of such treatment for many years to come.

The Harley Street Dental Clinic are able to help with simple to complex dental concerns. Book a consultation with a dentist to find out more.

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

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

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

Getting the (Vitamin) D

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

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

Gen D

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

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

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

Orthodontics – cosmetic dentistry at Harley Street

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

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

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

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

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

Temporary Toothache Relief

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

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

Here are some of them:

Mix Salt and Water

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

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

Pop a Painkiller

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

Use Clove Oil

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

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

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

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

Flossing Your Teeth in One Minute Flat

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

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

Can You Floss in a Minute?

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

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

Yes, You Can

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

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

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

Contact us today for excellent dental hygiene advice and services.