From braces to beauty
The Covent Garden Dental Practice has an unrivalled reputation among its patients for providing premier patient care through a comprehensive list of treatments from a highly experienced and well-qualified team of Dental Surgeons, Specialists and Consultants. For further information about a particular type of treatment please look at the treatment boxes below.
If you would like to discuss a treatment in more detail please call 0207 836 9161 or email us with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org
During an initial consultation your dentist will inspect the soft and hard tissue in your mouth. By inspecting the soft tissue your dentist is looking for any abnormalities, halitosis (bad breath) signs of periodontal disease or mouth cancer. While inspecting your hard tissue (teeth) your dentist will be checking for decay, bite anomalies, seeing how your teeth can be improved functionally as well as how your smile can be enhanced aesthetically.
The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is never more applicable than in dentistry.
That is why we recommend regular dental checkups and hygiene visits which could be anything between 3-12 months depending upon your needs. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable interval for your next check-up.
The diagnosis and routine treatments we offer include:
- Initial Consultation
- Routine Check-up
- Hygiene Treatments
Very often our patients indicate that they would like to improve the appearance of their smile. They may feel that their teeth are discoloured or stained, that their smile is too “gummy”, or they may even just wish they could start all over again with a great new smile.
Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry can help with all of these problems. Sometimes patients only need a relatively simple and affordable treatment, at other times they may opt for a complete smile makeover, where we use a number of treatments together to provide them with the smile they have always wanted.
Our cosmetic and aesthetic treatments include:
- White cosmetic fillings
- Tooth whitening
- Orthodontic treatment
- Plastic periodontal surgery
- Dental Implants
We can help with a range of dental emergencies. We can investigate the source of your discomfort and carry out any necessary treatment.
Our emergency treatments include:
- Treatment for pain
- Fractured teeth
- Trauma and swelling
- Crown, veneer or bridge recementation or repair
- First stage root canal treatment
Please note for full consultation you need to book a separate appointment.
Outside normal surgery hours please contact 07659 116 699. This is a completely independent practice from us and will charge a call out fee (currently £250 minimum). If you can wait until our practice is open please leave a message or e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We endeavour to see all our emergency patients within 24 hours.
Dental hygiene therapy plays a vital role in helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy by avoiding gum disease or by keeping this under tight control. Gum disease is extremely common and is caused by plaque which is a constantly-forming sticky film of bacteria. Initial symptoms of gum disease include sore or bleeding gums and bad breath. If left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Our periodontal services include:
- Preventive dental disease
- Scaling and teeth polishing
- Periodontal treatment
- Teeth whitening
- Maintenance of the mouth following treatment
- Elements of paediatric dentistry: white fillings and fissure sealants
Oral surgery is used to correct a variety of problems in the mouth, teeth and jaw area. This can include removal of wisdom teeth and impacted teeth, removal of teeth which are beyond repair, placement implants and reconstruction of jawbone to enable implants to be placed. It can also include more complex surgery, for example when severe damage has been caused by accident or severe disease or surgical correction of malformed jaws or facial deformities.
We appreciate that many of our patients may feel nervous about such procedures and we will do whatever we can to help you feel calm and relaxed.
We can offer IV sedation treatment in the practice and, if necessary, treatment under general anaesthetic can be provided in a private hospital. We will also advise you if we feel this is the best way to handle your treatment. Our anaesthetists are all Consultant Anaesthetists and experts in Sedation Techniques and General Anaesthesia.
Purpose-built recovery areas allow you to recover monitored by experienced nurses before leaving the practice.
Our oral surgery services (some of which are covered by medical insurance) include:
- Removal of teeth and fractured roots
- Removal of impacted and buried teeth
- Exposure of buried teeth
- Investigation of oral pathology
- Investigation and treatment of mouth diseases
- Reconstruction of missing jawbone
- Jawbone reconstruction for implant placement
- Implant placement
- Removal of salivary gland stones
- Jaw correction surgery (orthognatic surgery)
- Oral surgery under sedation
- Oral surgery under general anaesthetic (to be carried out in a private hospital)
- Oral surgery designed to accelerate orthodontic treatment (Wilcho technique)
About 70% of people who regularly snore also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). That is, soft tissue in the throat, including the tongue, collapses and falls against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and air flow stops, or is greatly reduced. The classic picture of obstructive sleep apnoea includes episodes of snoring that begin soon after failing asleep. The snoring proceeds at a regular pace for a period of time often becoming louder and for some people is interrupted by a long silent period during which little or no breathing is taking place (apnoea).
Symptoms that may be observed and experienced can include any of the following: loud snoring, disturbances in breathing, pauses in breathing (apnoea), waking not rested and unrefreshed in the morning, excessive daytime sleeping, depression and mood changes, poor judgement, mood swings, lethargy, sexual dysfunction.
Based on over 40 years of published scientific studies, oral appliances are now recommended by leading sleep medicine organisations as a key treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea.
We have a well-trained practitioner in the field, who is registered with the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine and keeps up-to-date with the latest developments in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea. Therefore, we are one of a leading practices in the UK able to offer cutting-edge treatments and appliances designed to alleviate the above symptoms.
Orthodontic treatment is used to correct misaligned or over-crowded teeth to provide a beautifully straight smile.
It can also help to correct problems with the bite and to improve facial contours.
We offer a full range of orthodontic treatment for both adults and children, including virtually invisible lingual braces and Invisalign™ aligners and ‘self-legating’ braces that radically reduce treatment time.
Who would benefit from Orthodontic treatment?
- Are you teeth noticeably crooked?
- Do you have gaps between your teeth?
- Are your teeth crowded?
- Do you have protruding teeth?
- Do you have a deep overbite?
- Do you have an open bite (where some teeth cannot be brought into contact)?
- Do you have difficulty chewing food?
Dental management also involves facilitating the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants for example.
The correction of an orthodontic problem can be undertaken at any age and adult orthodontic treatment is becoming much more common.
What is orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is an operation to reposition the jaws. (Ortho means straighten, gnathia means jaw in Latin). The operation aims to correct imbalances between the upper and lower jaws.
It is not always possible to correct your teeth and how they bite together using only orthodontics. This is because the bones of your face and jaws, in which the teeth sit, may be out of balance with one another. (For example, you may have a larger lower jaw and a normal sized upper jaw). Orthognathic surgery is able to correct larger jaw discrepancies and improve both the bite of your teeth as well as your appearance by altering the shape of the face.
What will happen at the Consultation?
The consultation is a very important part of your treatment. First, it is an opportunity to meet the consultant and team that will be personally looking after you. Your consultant will also establish the diagnosis and take any necessary x-rays or scans needed to assess the complexity of your case. If your condition warrants surgery then this will be explained to you together with any risks and the general recovery time. We only perform jaw surgery if it is appropriate and if the patient wants it to be done. It is rarely essential to carry out this type of surgery.
The surgeon works alongside a specialist orthodontist who has expert knowledge in this type of treatment. Both the surgeon and the orthodontist will formulate a treatment plan to give the best possible result for you.
It is usual for you to need orthodontic treatment as well as surgery. It is important to use braces to move the teeth to make sure that they will meet together correctly after the operation. Usually, fixed ‘train-track’ type braces are fitted about 18 months before surgery. They are worn for up to 6 months afterwards until the teeth are finely adjusted and stabilised. Lastly, there will be a period when a removable retainer brace is worn that holds the teeth in their new position.
How is orthognaphic surgery performed?
When it close to the time for the surgery the surgeon undertakes final planning with the orthodontist in order to accurately move the jawbones to the required position. Often a 3D computer programme is used based on your scans and X-rays.
The surgery may be limited to either the upper or lower jaw or in some cases both jaws (bimaxillary osteotomy).
In the vast majority of cases all surgery is all done from inside the mouth, so there are no external scars. The jawbones are repositioned and secured by tiny plates and screws made from pure titanium, which remain under the gum.
Immediately following the surgery the teeth are not normally wired together. Small elastic bands are placed between the top and bottom braces to guide the teeth into their new bite after a day or so.
Which type of anaesthetic will be used?
Your consultant will discuss the type of anaesthetic appropriate for your case, taking into account your general health and your previous experiences of having dental treatment. Surgery will require a general anaesthetic which will involve admission to a Hospital, meaning you will be asleep during the procedure.
Preparing to have your surgery
Your consultant will explain how to prepare for your procedure. For example, if you smoke, you will be advised to stop as this significantly increases your risk of wound infection, slowing your recovery. Some types of medication you take may also require special consideration.
Any medication you are taking can be continued unless you are specifically instructed otherwise.
Prior to a general anaesthetic, you will be asked to follow fasting instructions, this means not eating or drinking for some hours prior to the procedure. You will be given specific instructions by the hospital prior to your admission date.
During your consultation the consultant will also explain any risks or complications that can arise from treatment and how they can best be avoided or managed. Your surgeon will give you ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have and ensure that you are happy for the procedure to go ahead. If you are then you will be asked to give your informed consent by signing a consent form detailing the procedure agreed and any specific complications discussed.
Recovery from your procedure
Most patients will remain in hospital for 1 or 2 nights and you should probably plan to be away from work for two – four weeks after you are discharged from hospital after the operation. After the operation you will have some swelling and bruising. This will rapidly begin to subside over the first 2 – 3 weeks. For operations on the lower jaw it is fairly common to have some numbness of the lower lip for some weeks or months afterwards. In a very small number of cases a residual area of numbness will remain. This numbness will not affect movement of your lip, only the feeling in it, in a similar way to an injection at the dentist. As with any operation, you will have to take it easy for the first week or two afterwards. You should therefore expect to be off college/ work for at least this length of time. However all patients recover at different rates and your Consultant will advise you taking in to account your individual circumstances
Risks & Complications
This is usually a very safe procedure which is carried out regularly by specialised and experienced clinical staff. Complications in this type of surgery are, fortunately, rare and may not apply to you but it is important that you are aware of them.
These may include:
Numbness – The lips will be numb immediately after the operation, similar to the sensation of an injection of local anaesthetic at the dentist. Very rarely sensation never completely returns. (The lip still looks and moves normally and only exceptionally does it bother patients).
Infection – The tiny fixing plates are usually left in place permanently. In less than 10% of cases the plates may have to be removed if they become infected but this is usually after they have done their job.
Re-adjustment of the bite – In rare circumstances the bite may require adjusting. This sometimes occurs when the patient wakes up from the relaxed state of the anaesthetic and the strong jaw muscles move the bite. Although the bite may only be a few millimetres out of place, a second operation to adjust the plate fixation may be necessary.
Relapse of the operation – With most patients significant relapse is not a problem. However those who are having complicated surgery (movements of 10mm or more in one jaw, patients previously having had a cleft palate, or those with a particularly unusual bite) a relapse can occur. If relapse does occur, it is exceptionally rare for this to be significant. Your Consultant will discuss the risks that are specific to you in detail at the consultation.
Jaw joint problems – if you have pre-existing problems with your jaw joint this may be temporarily worsened after the surgery.
If you have any questions relating to the above then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Early gum disease is very common. Usually it can be kept under control by regular hygienist treatments and by a good daily oral healthcare routine. However, if left untreated, it can progress to become periodontal disease, which slowly destroys the gum tissue and bone which holds your teeth in place. Eventually your teeth can become loose and may fall out or need extracting. As well as providing preventative services we offer treatment to bring the disease back under control and to help save your teeth from falling out.
Our periodontal treatments include:
- Periodontal assessment
- Preventative periodontal treatment
- Periodontal or gum disease treatment
The aim of restorative dental treatment is to restore teeth to full health and functionality. Typically, teeth can be damaged by accident, decay or other problems. Treatment may involve the combination of root canal (endodontic) treatments, gum disease (periodontal) therapy and prosthodontic restoration. The final restorations may range from simple or complex fillings to crowns and bridges or removable dentures supported by either teeth or dental implants.
The restorative treatments we offer include:
- Biomimetic restoration of teeth with either tooth coloured fillings or porcelain veneers and restorations
- Smile make-overs with bleaching and/or veneers depending on treatment needs
- Treatment of discoloured teeth
- Crowns and bridges on teeth or dental implants. Both conventional and metal-free restorations are provided according to treatment needs
- Root canal treatments
- Gum disease treatments (Periodontal treatment), either surgical or non-surgical
- Dental implants
- Removable dentures
- Rehabilitation of worn or eroded teeth and dentitions
Dental implants are highly realistic, permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. They look and feel very natural and enable you to eat and speak with confidence as well as improving the way your smile looks.
The implant itself is a small titanium rod which is precisely set into your jawbone. Over time the bone and implant bond together forming a strong and permanent base very much like a false tooth root.
Implants can have crowns or bridges fitted on top, replacing one or more missing teeth. Patients with many missing teeth can be fitted with special dentures, held firmly in place by implants, thus making it much easier to eat and speak without embarrassment.
At Covent Garden Dental Practice we offer guided implant surgery. This involves taking a CT scan of your jaw area so we can ensure that before surgery you have sufficient bone tissue for an implant and can plan the implant placement with pinpoint accuracy. Where there is inadequate bone tissue we apply the treatment to regenerate the missing bone tissue using a variety of techniques (including bone grafting from other sites) when necessary.
Dental Implant services we offer include:
- Implant placement
- Prosthodontic restoration: Crown, bridge or denture
- Bone regeneration
- Bone grafting
- CT scan
TMJ (the Temporomandibular Joint) is the jaw joint that allows the jaw to open and close. This is a complex area and problems that affect the jaw, such as your teeth not meeting together properly, or clenching or grinding your teeth, can go on to create further problems. If you suffer from difficulty in opening your mouth or pain on opening chronic headaches or migraines, or pain in the neck, shoulder, jaw and ear, we may be able to help. Treatments are often relatively simple, painless and can make a huge difference to your quality of life.
Our treatments include:
- Occlusal analysis and equilibration treatment
- Bite guards
- Surgical treatment of the TMJ
Ageing typically removes skin volume, especially the facial contours.
At CGDP we offer a range of treatments and skin rejuvenation products.
We offer Dermal Fillers which are completely natural substances to enhance your facial aesthetics. Whether you are looking for fuller lips, defined facial contours, softened facial lines, dermal fillers such as Restylane® offer you the flexibility to bring out the best in yourself. They can be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation products and with Anti-Wrinkle Treatments.
Our facial aesthetic treatments include:
- Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
- Dr Levi
CGDP are currently offering a free consultation for this treatment.
“… Your staff are always polite, I get regular reminders about check ups and courteous responses to questions… we talk about treatments and procedures when they are necessary so that I am properly informed and prepared… I have never felt that I would consider moving elsewhere…” – Patient
Our fee guide
Fees for children’s dentistry is just half of our regular adult fees. This covers all children up to 18 years of age.
A three year guarantee is attached to all our filling, crown and bridgework (conditional on regular attendance). The guarantee does not cover any subsequent loss of natural tooth or root tissue from the restored tooth, or loss of tooth due to periodontal conditions.
We keep up-to-date with the latest dental technology and strive to offer it to our patients as soon as it becomes available. This benefits our patients in both improved comfort during the treatment and the quality of outcomes they receive. All our restorative work is tooth coloured using the very latest porcelains, composites, glass ionomers and dental adhesives.
Our approach is always one of prevention and we encourage all our patients to attend regular check ups to ensure early detection of disease. This helps us to avoid more invasive treatments in the long run. Our emphasis on a preventive approach to oral health is supplemented by our ‘in-house’ Hygienists. We also stock a full range of oral hygiene aids.
Patients are requested to pay for treatment provided at the end of each appointment. Payment can be made by cash, cheque (with bankers card), Visa, Access/Master-card, Visa Delta, JCB, or Switch.
Should you need to reschedule an appointment, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible so that we can offer your appointment to somebody else on our ‘cancellation’ list. Under circumstances where less than 48 hours notice is given or if an appointment is missed, we will request a cancellation fee (£30 per 30 minutes).
Urgent consultation and advice
Preventative & periodontal care
A full treatment plan and costs of the treatment is given after your first consultation as treatments vary from a patient to patient.
Please note: all new patient bookings will require a £60 deposit.