May 21st, 2013
Dental implants have revolutionised the control individuals with artificial teeth have over their oral functions. People who have lost one or more teeth may benefit from dental implants to secure a dental restoration or a dental prosthesis.
Replacing missing teeth
Teeth may be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Leaving a missing tooth gap places pressure on remaining teeth and may make them more likely to weaken or move out of their proper positions. At Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the city of London we provide patients with options in replacing missing teeth.
Choices to replace missing teeth include crowns, bridges, and dentures. Any of these dental restorations may be anchored to a dental implant for greater retention and stability.
Dental implants to replace missing teeth
Dental implants consist of a titanium post and abutment that are inserted through the gum tissue into the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. The titanium post fuses with the natural jaw bone over an approximate six week period through a process known as osseointegration. However, certain dental implants may be immediately inserted and anchored with a dental restoration after a dental extraction.
There are different types of dental implants that may be used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures. Some dental implants are partial and replace only a few missing teeth on a dental arch. Four or six dental implants may be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth.
Suitability for dental implants
Our implant dentist assesses each person’s oral health for suitability of dental implants. Not all people may be good candidates for dental implants, depending on their jaw bone width and bone density. Some may need a bone augmentation or sinus lift procedure first before dental implants may be inserted.
May 14th, 2013
An interdental brush is a type of flossing tool that is used to brush out food debris and plaque from between the teeth. For optimal oral hygiene, the interdental brush should be used at least three times a week and is easily included as part of daily oral hygiene practice.
We recommend interdental brushing
The interdental brush benefits patients at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in a number of ways:
Adjustable interdental brush heads
Our dental structures vary and the interdental brush is made to suit different sized and spaced teeth with adjustable brush heads. The flossing brushes come in thin to thicker sizes, some smaller and some larger. The brush heads are attached to a handle and may be removed and replaced as needed.
Versatile interdental brushing
Most of us have a combination of our existing teeth and dental restorations. Interdental brushes are versatile in that different brush heads may be used to clean away debris from between existing teeth and dental restorations such as crowns and bridges.
It is recommended to have a selection of brush heads to clean between teeth, tooth gaps and dental restorations. Discuss interdental brushing with your dentist if you have dental implants to replace missing teeth or wear an orthodontic device for teeth straightening.
Thorough oral hygiene
Toothbrushes and standard floss does not always get between all of the tooth grooves. Plaque and tartar may therefore develop in hard to reach places. Interdental brushes are shaped to reach into tooth grooves to remove plaque and debris, preventing bacterial colonisation and tooth decay.
The brush heads are designed to clean teeth with ease, moving in between and gently moving out of tooth gaps and grooves for proper cleansing. Our dental hygienist can tell you more about using the interdental brush as an alternate to or in compliment with dental flossing at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in London.
May 9th, 2013
Dr Richard Lee is an experienced private dentist having served patients at Harley Street, London’s West End and now our London studio at Devonshire Square. Providing exceptional general and cosmetic dentistry care, Dr Lee and his team strive to place patients at the centre of their service.
Cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry specialism
A specialist in cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry, Dr Richard Lee developed his expertise after graduating with BDS from University of Birmingham in 1999. Gaining advanced qualifications in Dental Study thereafter at Florida’s Dawson Centre Dr Richard Lee not only treats patients to the highest standards of care, but develops the cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry body of knowledge nationally and abroad at conferences.
Smile Accomplishments in cosmetic dentistry
Winning the Conservative Smile at the 2009 FMC Smile Awards, Dr Richard Lee then was highly commended in Conservative Ceramic Smile at the 2011 Smile Awards. Dr Lee’s accomplishments are best experienced by his patients as he exceeds their expectations in general and cosmetic dentistry services.
Global promotion of oral health
Part of Dr Richard Lee’s commitment to his profession is in creating awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and promoting better oral health through commercials such as Crest and Oral-B.
The Devonshire Square Dental Studio team
Dr Richard Lee works closely with his dentistry team, listening to the needs of each individual patient and providing the highest quality of treatment that not only meets but exceeds expectations. Involving patients in their care and treatment choices, Dr Lee is person-centred in approach so that each individual feels in control of their treatment.
Registered with the General Dental Council, the Dr Richard Lee and his team adhere to professional standards and invest in the latest technologies and materials for best patient care at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in central London.
May 4th, 2013
All of us at some stage in our lifespan experience teeth stains or discolouration. Some of us may be more prone to dental discolouration due to our genetics or smoking habits that yellow the teeth. Our diets can affect the colour of our teeth. Those that love to drink red wine, tea or coffee regularly may find that their teeth yellow too or become dull, losing that fresh white toothy lustre.
The impression our teeth make
When we smile, the first thing we reveal are our teeth and gums. The state of our teeth can impact the way in which we are perceived by others. To help you look and feel your best we provide a convenient solution at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in central London to safely whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
Safe and convenient home teeth-whitening
Our dentist assesses your teeth whitening needs and makes appropriate recommendations for treatment. We can power whiten your teeth in our studio for immediate teeth whitening results and provide you with maintenance home teeth whitening treatments or we can give you a full home teeth-whitening solution.
Our teeth whitening dentist custom-prepares whitening trays for you that contain a low intensity oxidising agent to gently whiten your teeth shade. The tray fits over the teeth similar to a mouth shield and should be used approximately six hours a day for best results.
Home teeth whitening effects does vary from person-to-person. All our whitening products are compliant with EU regulations. Home and power teeth whitening may not be suitable for all, such as those with genetic tooth discolouration or those with overly sensitive teeth. Dental veneers may then be the ideal alternative to mask dental discolouration for healthy white-looking teeth and a beautiful smile.
March 23rd, 2013
Gum disease affects all and may be caused by poor oral hygiene, lack of dental care, illness and smoking. Tooth decay is the main contributor to development of gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Daily oral hygiene practice for good oral health
Brushing teeth daily after meals and before bed time, and flossing, helps keep the mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria. Sticky plaque is naturally present in the mouth around the teeth, on the palate and tongue, and may build up with food debris. Cleaning away plaque, including from dentures and orthodontic devices, prevents plaque build up excess colonisation of bacteria that may cause tooth decay.
Visits to the dental hygienist for teeth cleaning
Plaque may form hard tartar or calculus that best cleaned and scaled by our dental hygienist. Acidic levels within saliva rise with plaque build-up, destroying dental enamel and causing cavities. White fillings seal cavities and prevent onset of infections and gum disease.
Regular dental check-ups and oral screening
At Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the city of London we screen for oral cancer and gum disease through regular dental check-ups. Dentists look for signs of gingivitis, such as swollen, inflamed, and red gum tissue. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that develops from gingivitis with symptoms of bleeding gums, loose teeth and bad breath.
Making the right lifestyle choices for better health
Smokers are at higher risk of gum disease as plaque layers develop on the teeth, palate and tongue. Our dental hygienist provides guidance to smokers on products they may use to keep their mouths fresh and free of decay-causing bacteria. Poor nutrition and consuming foods with high acid or sugar levels may erode tooth enamel. Eating a healthy, varied and balanced diet improves oral health and prevents development of gum disease.
February 26th, 2013
A dental emergency can happen to anyone; we never know when one is going to occur and it is probable that you will require treatment immediately to fix it. This is why we offer emergency appointments to our patients. They can be necessary for a number of problems, highlighted below:
Knocked Out Teeth
If one of your teeth gets knocked out, you should gently lift it by the crown and clean it with care. Sometimes there will still be gum tissue so you can leave this and carefully return the tooth to the empty socket. Alternatively, place the tooth into a container filled with milk or hold it next to the cheek inside your mouth until you reach the dentist. You should make an appointment as soon as possible to increase the chance of saving the tooth.
If part of a tooth has been knocked out or damaged following an accident you should call immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime ease any pain or swelling by cleaning your mouth with warm water and using a cold compress on the swollen area.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you accidentally bite your tongue or lip so badly that you are bleeding and in pain, go to an emergency room as stitches may be necessary. This should only be done if the bleeding cannot be stopped with a cloth or compress.
Possible Broken Jaw
You may need to visit the hospital if your jaw has suffered an accident or injury. Swelling can be eased by using a cold cloth.
Toothache can happen for a few reasons, but the most common one is dental infection. If it gets worse with time, rinsing your mouth with warm water can help, followed by gentle flossing to get rid of any food debris that can lead to infection. Corsodyl or another specialist mouthwash can help prevent excess bacteria. If the pain persists contact your dentist for treatment so that the infection does not spread.
If you do use painkillers to help with pain in gums and teeth, it is important not to allow them to rest on the gums as they will lead to burning in the gum tissue. If you would like to know more about the emergency dentistry services we offer please contact the team at Devonshire Dental Studio in the heart of London.
February 21st, 2013
We always try to ensure that our services are affordable and accessible to all our patients. We have thought long and hard about the best way to enhance our services and have now introduced a Practice Membership Plan for our patients. The aim of this plan is to safeguard your dental health and can help you avoid any dental issues by using the membership plan to visit us on a regular basis.
A programme of preventative measures is important to keep your smile looking good and promote overall good dental health. Studies have shown that people who have regular appointments with hygienists and dentists will need less dental treatment in the long run than people who leave a long time before visiting their dentist. By looking after your teeth and gums you can avoid the need to pay for more expensive treatments such as fillings and crowns. The Practice Membership Plan includes regular appointments for check-ups, which can prevent the development of serious dental problems. A monthly Direct Debit means that the cost is spread out and avoids you paying large amounts at once. On top of this, the plan includes insurance for dental accidents and emergency insurance, giving you greater security.
Monthly payment plan
The dental accident and emergency insurance included in the monthly payments will leave you covered for damage caused to your teeth by an accident such as a trauma, blow or fall. It also includes any emergency treatment that you may require whilst away in any other part of the world or after normal surgery opening times (this is subject to policy limits). For more information on our membership plan contact us at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the heart of London.
February 9th, 2013
Diet is an important factor in how your mouth looks and feels – sugar is converted in the mouth to acid which attacks tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. Every time we eat our teeth are being exposed to potential decay, and watching what we eat and drink can help prevent this process.
Healthy foods for teeth
Some foods contain calcium which helps protect tooth enamel, including meats (particularly chicken), cheese, milk and nuts. Vegetables and crisp, firm fruits such as apples are good for teeth as they contain a large amount of water. This lessens the effect of any sugar contained in them as well as helping the mouth produce saliva. Saliva is helpful in preventing tooth decay as it washes away bits of food debris in the mouth. If you are eating acidic things like lemons or other citrus fruits, try to have them with other things, as part of a meal, so that the effects of the acid they contain is minimised.
Foods that are bad for teeth include hard sweets such as lollipops, as well as other things with a high sugar content such as cakes, crisps or dried fruit. As well as being high in sugar, these foods have the potential to stick to your teeth and provide a source of fuel for any bacteria in the mouth. Take care when taking cough drops as they will coat teeth in sugar in the same way as other sweets.
In terms of drinks, the best things for your mouth are milk, water and tea which does not contain sugar or sweetener. Try to avoid too many sugary or fizzy drinks, as well as coffee and tea that has been sweetened. Do not sip sugary drinks throughout the day, as this means they are constantly being exposed to sugar. As well as preventing tooth decay, try to avoid staining by watching your consumption of red wine and coffee. If you would like to speak to one of our oral hygienists please contact the team at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in central London.
January 29th, 2013
Visiting the dentist can be a nerve wrecking experience for many people, including those who’ve had the same dentist for the last twenty years, so it is expected that when you make that first trip to your new dentist you’re going to be a little apprehensive.
At Devonshire Dental Studio however the mission is and always has been to make a patient’s first visit a relaxing, enjoyable and easy experience that they’ll always remember.
With a wide variation of consultations that range from the very detailed and comprehensive to the very simple, and including some complimentary consultations, Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the city of London look to give the best experience possible. A visit to the practice with one of the practices treatment coordinators is also available; this is to give you a feel of what is on offer and to discuss treatment options, which is available to patients at no extra cost.
Two way process
All the consultations that are on offer are conducted by one of Devonshire Dental’s dentists, and works as a two way process in order to address your concerns and inform you of any issues that need tending to.
As the practice wants to give you the best experience and wants you to feel as though you’ve gained as much as you can from your time there, the comprehensive evaluation is recommended for new patients.
This will involve you receiving a full and detailed examination and discussion with a senior dentist, where everything from health to cosmetics can be discussed. The process takes an hour and cost £150 and includes all required X-rays. Of course there are many other options available.
It is important to remember that Devonshire Dental does everything it can to ensure you have the best oral health around, and can even arrange consultations with specialists if required.