Reasons For Lip Swelling And Tingling In The Mouth In The Heart Of London

July 29th, 2014

Have you ever eaten something or used a certain product and felt your lips become swollen or experienced a tingling sensation? If so, this may be a sign of an allergy.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when the body reacts to a particular substance in an adverse manner. The symptoms you experience when you are allergic to something are caused by the reaction of the immune system; this system is the body’s defence mechanism and when you have an allergy, the system mistakes the trigger from something harmful and this brings about a reaction. During the reaction, certain chemicals, including histamine, are released and this causes you to suffer symptoms. The most common symptoms include itchiness and irritation of the eyes, nose and skin, skin rashes, a tingling sensation and swelling; in severe cases, when a person has a very serious reaction to something, they may develop breathing problems.

The most common examples of allergies include dust and animal fur allergies, allergies to grass and pollen, which is known as hay fever and food allergies.

Allergies and the mouth

It is fairly common for people to experience mild allergic symptoms when they eat certain foods. Some people have very severe food allergies, in which case, they must avoid these foods and foods that contain traces of them completely, while others only have minor allergies. The most common foods to cause tingling and swelling in the lips are fruits and some types of vegetable. Tomatoes can often cause the lips to tingle and this may also be the case when you eat tomato-based foods, such as sauces and soups.

In cases where allergic symptoms are mild, there is usually no need to seek treatment; however, if your allergy has an impact on day to day life or you have more severe symptoms, it is a good idea to seek medical attention.



Swap Unsightly Amalgam Fillings For White Natural Looking Fillings In London

July 26th, 2014

Our dentists often see patients who would like to swap existing mercury amalgam fillings for white fillings. We recommend white fillings for a number of reasons and are happy to replace old metal filings with natural looking composite fillings.

About white fillings

White fillings are made from dental composite combined with resins. Composite is available in different shades and we choose the closest match to your tooth shade for the most discreet aesthetic.

When you have a filling, the composite is moulded to fit the cavity; this is possible because composite can change state and it goes from being soft and putty-like to strong and durable with the help of a curing light.

White fillings are not just advantageous because they are impossible to detect when you smile; they are also made from safe and environmentally friendly materials.

What happens when you have a filling?

The filling procedure is simple, painless and quick. Before treatment begins, your tooth will be numbed and your dentist will start by cleaning the cavity. The decayed tissue will be removed and the cavity completely cleared. Bonding agent is applied to the tooth tissue and this helps to composite to stick. Your dentist will then place the composite inside the cavity and shape it to make sure that it fills the cavity. Once your dentist is happy with the shape of the filling, they will shine a light onto the composite to set it; this makes it hard. Once the composite is firm, your dentist will make any final adjustments and trim the filling for a perfect fit.

If you would like to find out about replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings, call us and book a consultation now!


Charlotte Graduates!

July 25th, 2014


We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to our hygienist, Charlotte Manahan, whose graduation ceremony took place recently. Charlotte joined Harley Street Dental Studio in February this year and has quickly become a firm favourite with our patients who love her friendly personality and attention to detail. Charlotte graduated from Bart’s and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry. She achieved the highest exam results in her therapy examinations, and won The Oral B Award for her outstanding clinical work. Well done! You can find out more about the rest of our team here.

Why Choose Dental Crown Treatment In The Heart Of London

July 24th, 2014

At Harley Street Dental Studio, we use beautiful porcelain dental crowns to restore the teeth and improve the aesthetic of broken, damaged and decayed teeth. Our crowns are built to last and each one is custom-made for the individual using the best quality materials and the latest techniques.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a type of restoration, which are used to strengthen a tooth when it has been weakened or damaged as a result of an injury or accident, infection or decay. Crowns are also called caps because they sit on top of the tooth.

We recommend porcelain crowns in many cases because they provide beautiful aesthetics and match the shade and finish of the natural teeth. It is also possible to make crowns from metals and metals fused to ceramics.

Dental crowns as part of a smile makeover

A smile makeover is a collection of dental treatments, usually cosmetic, which are used to create a new smile and transform unsightly teeth into a beautiful set of pearly whites.

If you have teeth that are crumbling, broken or severely damaged, we may recommend including crown treatment as part of your smile makeover. New crowns will help to make your teeth stronger and improve the function of your teeth, as well as making them look much more attractive.

Crown treatment

Before your new crown can be fitted, it is important to prepare the tooth and remove any decayed tissue. The preparation stage helps to prevent further damage and infection and ensures that the tooth is ready to receive the new crown. Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression is created and this is sent to highly skilled dental technicians. Once the new crown is ready, we will fit it and then secure it onto your tooth using dental adhesive.

Dental crowns usually last around 10 years.



Fix Your Front Teeth Quickly And Discreetly In The city of London

July 22nd, 2014

CFast is a rapid, aesthetically pleasing solution to common orthodontic problems, such as crooked, twisted and crowded teeth. These braces are not your average fixed braces and they provide a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional train-tracks.

The ins and outs of CFast

CFast is a very discreet and delicate fixed brace treatment, which is designed to produce results very quickly. These braces are light and fine and they work quickly to straighten the teeth and correct alignment issues. CFast braces are made from small, clear brackets and discreet tooth-coloured wires and the process is very simple. Once the races are in place, they use very gentle force to move the teeth gradually, eventually creating the perfect, straight smile.

CFast treatment can be beneficial for patients with minor, moderate or complex needs.

What are the benefits of CFast?

CFast treatment is quick, the braces are less visible than other fixed braces and the treatment is versatile, offering benefits for patients with all kinds of orthodontic prescriptions. The average treatment time is just six months and more minor cases may be completed even quicker.

CFast also represents a cost-effective solution, as it is less expensive than many other systems, due to its speed and simplicity.

How can I find out more about CFast?

If you would like to find out more about CFast or check if you are a suitable candidate for this system, we recommend calling the clinic and arranging a consultation. During the consultation, our dentists can have a look at your teeth and analyse your bite to see which kind of treatment would suit you best. They can also answer your questions, ease any worries you may have and provide detailed information about the different treatment options and types.


The Advanced Way Of Wearing Fixed Braces In The Heart Of London

July 19th, 2014

If you’re looking for an example of advanced orthodontic treatment, look no further than Damon Braces, an incredibly impressive fixed brace system, which is available right here at Harley Street Dental Studio.

About Damon Braces

Damon Braces are fixed braces, which are suitable for patients with all kinds of orthodontic issues, including those with the most complex needs. These braces use advanced technology to accelerate tooth movement without compromising on design or comfort and they present an excellent modern alternative to traditional fixed braces.

Damon Braces have a sliding bracket mechanism and self-ligating wires, which reduce treatment and enhance comfort. They are a viable option for patients who need intensive treatment and they work faster than traditional fixed braces.

How long does treatment with Damon Braces take?

The exact treatment time will vary depending on how much movement is needed and every patient is different. Typically, this treatment works around 4-6 months faster than conventional fixed orthodontics. Once your Harley Street Dental Studio dentist has examined your teeth, they will be able to discuss treatment times with you and give you an idea of how long you will wear your braces for.

Are Damon Braces invisible?

Damon Braces do not promise invisibility like some removable aligner systems, but the brackets and wires are very discreet. These braces are made from very small, fine brackets and tooth-coloured wires for a much more discreet look than you get with traditional metal fixed braces.

Are Damon Braces the best solution for me?

Damon Braces provide a host of benefits for patients with moderate and complex orthodontic problems and they offer an alternative to traditional fixed braces. If you need a significant amount of tooth movement and you have been advised t consider fixed braces, rather than removable appliances and you are looking for speed, comfort and excellent aesthetics, Damon Braces could be the ideal match for you. Call and arrange a consultation and we will be able to discuss the treatment with you in more detail and assess your suitability.


Race for Life

July 18th, 2014

EIWe’re pleased to support a number of charities both locally and worldwide, and it’s fantastic when our team gets involved too. In the first of many upcoming events, we’d like to say congratulations to our Treatment Coordinator, Emily, who ran 5k last weekend for Cancer Research, Race for Life. Emily managed to complete the run in 39 minutes and continues to train for her next run in September, London’s Run or Dye, for which she’s convinced most of the team to sign up too! Well done Emily!

Find out more about the other charities we support here.

Children’s Dental Health

July 18th, 2014


Recent reports have highlighted the effects both soft drinks and fruit juices have on a child’s oral health, with growing numbers being referred to hospitals in need of extractions caused by decay. According to the NHS, tooth decay is the main reason why children aged 5 to 9 are treated in hospital.

Here at Harley Street Dental Studio, we believe in the importance of teaching children the benefits of comprehensive oral health care from a young age, covering the reasons why it’s so important to brush your teeth, to helping children learn how to clean their teeth properly. That’s why we now have a children’s dentist who can take the time to educate our younger patients, making sure their first experience to the dentist is a positive one. Find out more about Dr Mahshid Mirheli here.

Stop Dentures Slipping And Sliding For Good In Central London

July 17th, 2014

If you’ve had dentures that have slipped and slid around in the past, you’ll be all too familiar with sore spots, irritated gums and the feeling of anxiousness when you start chewing a juicy steak in a restaurant. With our dental implants, you don’t ever have to face these problems again and you can enjoy confidence when eating, comfort and a beautiful smile.

Everything you need to know about dental implants

Dental implants are a long-term option for patients who have missing teeth and they are suitable for those with full sets of missing teeth, as well as patients who have a lost a single tooth as a result of an accident, injury or decay.

Implants are designed to act as a substitute for the tooth root and they are able to anchor a new restoration in the same way as a strong natural tooth. Implants are compatible with different types of restoration, including bridges, crowns and dentures, and this is why they can replace any number of lost teeth.

Implants are made from titanium and they blend in with the natural teeth without causing any harm to the neighbouring teeth, the gums or the bone structures, which support the teeth. When supported by implants, dentures are held firmly and securely in place and there is absolutely no risk of the denture slipping; the denture is also easy to maintain and the bite power is increased by implants, which enables you to chew more effectively.

Implant treatment

Implant treatment involves two separate stages. During the first stage, the implants are sited and this involves drilling a small hole in the jaw bone. Once the holes are in place, the implants are secured and then the gum flap is closed and left to heal. As titanium is a biocompatible material, this means that the implant is able to integrate into the bone; this process is called osseointegration and it takes around 3-6 months.

The second stage of treatment involves the fitting of the new restoration and this takes place once osseointegration is complete.



Products That Can Help Sensitive Teeth In The City Of London

July 15th, 2014

If you’ve winced when biting into an apple or felt a sudden shock of pain when you eat an ice cream or sip a hot chocolate, you’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem, but you don’t have to suffer, as there are some treatments that can help.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Sensitivity occurs when the nerves are exposed; the nerve tissue is found in the dentin section of the tooth, which lies underneath the hard enamel outer surface. When the enamel is damaged or it becomes thin or worn, the dentin is exposed and this causes you to feel pain. The enamel can be damaged by injury or trauma and it may also become thin and weak as a result of acid erosion, which is usually linked to your diet. Acidic foods weaken the enamel, but eating sugary foods can also contribute to enamel wear, as bacteria feed on sugar and this causes them to release plaque acids, which erode the enamel.

Brushing too hard can also increase the risk of enamel wear.

What can be done for sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, it’s advisable to use sensitive toothpaste. These types of toothpaste are specially designed to relieve pain associated with sensitivity instantly and also to reduce the risk of sensitivity in the future.

If you suffer from tooth pain on a regular basis or there is one tooth that is particularly painful when you eat something hot or cold or bite down, this may be indicative of tooth decay and it’s a good idea to book an appointment with your dentist. If you have a cavity, it will get bigger, you’ll experience more pain and there is a risk that the infection could spread to other parts of the tooth, so it’s best to get treatment as early as possible. The most common treatment for a cavity is a filling.

You can also use simple steps, such as using a straw to drink cold drinks and cutting up apples, rather than biting into them, to help reduce pain.