Helping to overcome toothache and other dental pains
Although pain is usually a warning sign that something is wrong, for many of us, it is fortunately short lived and goes away without us thinking any more about it. However, as anyone who has suffered it will know, dental pain tends not to go away but often remains, nagging away at us day in and day out.
It may be a surprise to know that that just under a third of the UK population claims to suffer some level of dental pain on a regular basis. Even at a lowish level of pain where it simply nags throughout the day, there is still a major effect on people’s lives, their ability to think clearly and to enjoy a full social life.
What make us different?
There are now many cosmetic dentists operating in the UK and especially in London. The vast majority can demonstrate a high level of skill and experience, so choosing the right dentist can be quite difficult for a new patient, with many simply opting for a dentist close to them.
Of course, whilst many of our patients do come from West London, many also travel longer distances especially to visit our Harley Street dental practice. So why do they do this when there may be dentists nearer to them than ourselves?
Our Harley Street dentist explains the ‘teeth in a day’ process
All on 4 dental implant procedures are becoming increasingly common and are an excellent substitute for dentures which can be uncomfortable for some and have a tendency to become loose over a period of time.
With many ‘all on 4’ procedures taking just a single day to perform, they are both convenient and quickly effective for the patient.
Q. What is it like to eat when I have had all on 4 implants placed?
Dental treatment for children in Harley Street
Most of us who have had children or know people who have, are fully aware of the craving for sugars that nearly all young children have. Given the amount of energy that they seem to expend, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at their seemingly never ending intake of sweets. This intake though does also have the disadvantage of causing dental problems which may, if not controlled, form into a lifetime habit.
Although it is advisable for young children to attend a dentist even when they have their initial teeth, once these have been lost, it becomes even more important that they attend. This ensures that good habits are developed and oral health is preserved for as long as possible. Without this early discipline, children’s teeth can degrade very rapidly indeed.
How our Harley Street dentist works with veneers
Dental veneers are sometimes thought of as ‘false fingernails for teeth’. This is because they are applied in a similar manner by being attached to the front of a tooth. The procedure though is, of course, somewhat more involved than that of the placing of a false fingernail.
Dental veneers are made from a very fine layer of porcelain and can be shaded to match the colour of a person’s natural teeth. They are only placed on a tooth though after the same thickness is removed from the front of the tooth where it is to be placed.
Doing only what is necessary….
It’s probably fair to say that not too many people really enjoy visiting a dentist, and whilst some may certainly be less concerned about it than others, most patients simply want to get away with having as little done as is practically possible and would like to get out of the dental chair as soon as they can. Of course, this is not always possible and particularly in cases where a more complex procedure is needed, it is important that care is taken rather than getting the procedure over and done with quickly. Under no circumstances will we put a patients dental health at risk by cutting corners to save time.
Whilst not specifically designed to save time though, our Harley Street practice’s policy of minimally invasive dentistry not only ensures that your dental health is looked after, but that the procedure is often performed more quickly than you may have expected.
What is Minimally Invasive Dentistry?
Sustainable dental repairs for damaged teeth
Some of us have probably experienced that feeling when, despite all of our attempts to keep our teeth in great shape, we take a bite of something and hear a sickening ‘snap’ sound as our tooth breaks. Sports too can sometimes have a similar effect when we receive a blow to the mouth and a tooth breaks or comes out.
These are unfortunate occurrences that do happen and there is only a limited amount that we can do to prevent it. However, there are a number of solutions which can help once the unfortunate event has happened and we provide a number of these at our Harley Street dental practice in London.
Is mouth wash effective on its own?
We have heard cases recently from a couple of patients who have been concerned that their children, who have now fled the nest, seem to be neglecting their teeth. It appears that there is a myth circulating on the Internet that simply using a mouthwash is sufficient to keep the teeth clean and free of plaque and decay.
To be clear about this, mouthwash can certainly be useful if used correctly. It is especially useful for freeing up those tiny bits of debris which have become stuck in places where a toothbrush or floss struggle to reach. Many mouthwashes also contain fluoride which is beneficial in preventing decay. What it will not do though is to dislodge all of the plaque or clean the teeth effectively. Somewhat ironically, certain ‘special’ mouthwashes actually react with toothpaste so it is highly advisable that you should not use these directly after you have cleaned your teeth. Please ask your dentist if you are unsure.
Taking a closer look at your whitening options….
It’s a fact of life that as we get older, our bodies start to show signs of ageing, our skin starts to become less smooth, our joints begin to ache when we least expect it and our teeth start to loose some of their whiteness.
We can of course, use moisturisers and eat healthily to keep our skin looking good, exercise and supplements can help with aching joints, but what about our teeth? What are the best options for having great looking teeth?
Long debated but there are advantages…..
Whilst there has been some debate about adding fluoride to water supplies, this has been done since the middle of the 20th century following the discovery that people in areas with high fluoride content had less cases of tooth decay than those in areas with lower content. Simply by adding 1 part per million to the water supply, it has been found that dental decay in children has been reduced by as much as 50%.
How Does Fluoride Protect Against Tooth Decay?