Baker Street Dental Clinic, 102 Baker Street, Dentist in London, W1U 6FY
Hammersmith Dental Clinic, 78 Dalling Road, London, W6 0JA


Information for Baker Street patients on dental treatments by experienced and qualified dentists



A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

  Amalgam fillings   Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. The advantage of using amalgam is that it's extremely durable and able to withstand the grinding and chewing of the molar teeth over long periods of time.    
  Snoring devices   Anti-snoring devices range from the very simple, to the somewhat complex. The majority of devices are available in pharmacies or through direct mail (postal or Internet/e-commerce).    
  Teeth whitening   Tooth whitening is a procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at much less cost and inconvenience than other techniques. The majority of dentists perform tooth whitening.    
  Bonding   Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.    
  Brushing your teeth  

Brush at least twice a day - after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly breaks down plaque.

Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums.

  Bruxism TMJ   Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults.    
  Canine occlusion   Occlusion is how your teeth come together when you close your jaw. Your Occlusion is influenced by three primary components: (1) teeth, (2) nerves and muscles, and (3) bones. Another factor, which can affect the way your teeth come together, is your posture.    
  Crowns   A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.    
  Dental decay  

The problem is caused by sticky deposits called plaque that collect, in particular, around the gum line, the edges of fillings and the grooved surfaces of the teeth.Plaque is made up of food debris, saliva and the bacteria that are normally present in the mouth, and convert food into acids.If plaque is allowed to collect over time it will harden into a substance called tartar. Both tartar and plaque contain acids which, over time, can dissolve away the protective, hard enamel coating of the tooth, and create holes, or cavities.

  Dentures   Dentures are a prosthesis made by the dentist to replace the teeth in your mouth, indeed usually all or most of the teeth in your mouth. It used to be that the average age in the United States for people having dentures was 35 years old. It has now gone considerably up as people are doing more to keep their teeth. Also, the materials used to create dentures have changed dramatically. We now use plastic materials, porcelain and plastic teeth that look and chew like natural teeth to make dentures.    
  Denture fixative   Denture fixatives can be purchased in three different forms:- pastes liquids and powder. Complete dentures depend for their retention upon being an excellent fit. Experience indicates that however well a denture may fit there are many patients who gain extra security and confidence from the use of a denture fixative. The choice of a particular type depends very much on personal preference. It is wise therefore to experiment and choose the most effective product. Fixatives are particularly useful with an immediate denture or after an addition has been made to a partial denture, as the tissues shrink upon healing and the dentures will become loose.    
  Tooth extraction   Having a tooth extracted is the same as having an operation and, because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection.    
  Dry socket   Dry socket -- painful condition following a tooth extraction caused by a blood clot that does not properly fill the empty socket, leaving the bone underneath exposed to air and food.    
  White fillings   Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.    
  Fissure sealants   One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special varnish called a pit and fissure sealant. If your dentist determines that you need a pit and fissure sealant to help protect your teeth from decay, some special steps are taken to prepare the teeth first.    
  Orthodontic fixed appliances   A fixed brace – this is the most common type of brace today, often known as "train tracks". Brackets are glued onto the teeth and linked by wires. Small elastic hoops are often used to hold the wire in position. The wires exert gentle pressure to move the teeth into a new position. The brackets can be metal, ceramic or even gold and the elastic hoops come in many colours.    
  Flossing your teeth   Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where periodontal disease often begins.    
  Gum disease and treatment   Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone that supports the teeth.    
  Dental implants   A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of    
  Interdental brushing  

It is important to use dental floss, or interdental brushes, to clean food debris and plaque from between your teeth. Brushing on its own will only clean around 60% of each tooth's surface area.

The two main methods of cleaning in between your teeth (interdental) are by using dental floss (or tape), or an interdental brush.

Your dentist or hygienist can show you the correct interdental cleaning techniques, and recommend which method is most suitable for your needs.

  Orthodonti removable appliances   A removable brace – this is sometimes used for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch. It has a plastic baseplate with wires and springs attached. Removable braces need to be worn all the time except for cleaning or sport.    
  Root canal treatment   Root canal or endodontic treatment removes infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. This tissue, called the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels that help nourish the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals arc cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed.    
  Sedation and intravenous sedation   Your dentist may recommend an intravenous or IV sedation. This is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm. The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.    
  Tooth brushes   • Ideal features of a toothbrush
• Not too large – length of top joint of thumb
• Medium texture.
• Multi Multi-tufted.
• simple straight handle
• lasts for 6 6-8 weeks
  Veneers   An increasingly popular procedure, veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are fixed directly to the teeth. They are a great option for closing gaps, straightening crowding or disguising discoloured teeth.