We love to receive letters like this from our patients, its such a privilege to be able to make a difference!
Have a look at our latest happy patient, Janice Oliver from Cheshire.
Janice had been wearing a full upper denture for quite some time and found it didn’t stay in place, making it very uncomfortable, and meaning it was difficult to enjoy all the foods she knew she should eat to have a healthy, balanced and varied diet.
Janice was concerned that her bone levels may not have been good enough to be able to have regular implants, and although this worry is unfounded for many patients using the All-on-4 technique, Janice’s bone levels were too low to allow us to perform a standard All-on-4 procedure for her.
On examination of her CT scan, we were able to determine that Janice was suitable for All-on-4, but using her zygomatic arch, or cheekbones, rather than the usual upper jaw bone.
After a few days recuperating following her procedure at the same day smiles’ practice in Lymm, Cheshire, Janice was back to her usual self, and even went off travelling to India for 4 months in her provisional teeth!
Janice has since returned from her exciting trip, and has just had her definitive teeth fitted. I’m sure you’ll agree she looks amazing.
Janice’s final word… “I am thrilled with the results!”
Harley Street is to cutting edge medical treatment as Oxford University is to education; it is world class. The private clinics that line Harley Street in the City of Westminster, London are all specialists in their field, whether it is in cosmetic surgery and dentistry, cancer and fertility treatment or as health professionals such as dieticians and psychologists.
Today, thousands of leading surgical and non-surgical medical practitioners and associated employees operate down Harley Street, but where did it all start? We take a look.
Harley Street was built at the turn of the 18th Century when the land between Marylebone Road and Oxford Street was developed using the popular Georgian style that was starting to dominate London and other British cities. The grand buildings attracted wealthy businessmen who quickly moved into this new, much sought-after road in central London.
During the period before the street became a centre of medical excellence, the land belonged to the titled and wealthy (such as Edward Harley; the 2nd Earl of Oxford) and was also home to many famous residents including master painter J. W. Turner and the prime minister, W.E. Gladstone. A highly fashionable place to be in London, Harley Street never did and never has lost its grandiose and prestigious image.
It is believed that the vast interiors of these Georgian buildings perfectly lent themselves to becoming consulting and surgery rooms, with the first medical practitioners moving in during the mid-19th Century. Initially, around just 20 doctors operated down Harley Street, but by the turn of the 20th Century over 200 had started to occupy the street. Its location to London’s St Pancras, Euston and King’s Cross mainline railway stations meant that the wealthy could travel quite easily to the clinic from all over the United Kingdom, knowing they were going to receive the best medical care in the country down Harley Street.
By the time the National Health Service was established in 1948, records show that 1,500 doctors were practicing down Harley Street, a number which has continued to rise over the years (today, approximately 3,000 doctors and other medical staff are employed there).
Over the years, many famous doctors and nurses have worked down Harley Street including Florence Nightingale who worked at Number 1 Harley Street in 1853, surgeon Sir Frederick Treves (1853 to 1923) who is perhaps best known for his friendship with Andy ‘The Elephant Man’ Merrick, and the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue whose story of successfully treating King George VI’s notoriously difficult and stubborn stammer was recently made into a blockbusting film.
Today, Harley Street is at the forefront of medical science, where medical pioneers and practitioners operate private clinics for those seeking the best treatment in a prestigious environment. We’re pleased to confirm that same day smiles will be offering dental implants from a new Harley Street clinic very soon.
The Sunday Telegraph has carried out an investigation into the amount of acid contained in various popular fruit drinks and smoothies, leading to warnings about the damage being done to many children’s teeth.
With recently published official statistics showing that dental problems are the third most common cause of juvenile hospital admissions, it’s clear that this is a major issue.
It seems that many parents are giving their children fruit juice and smoothies with the best intentions, without realising the harm they may be causing; the combination of sugar and acid is highly corrosive for children’s teeth.
Dr Kathy Harley at the Royal College of Surgeons said half of 5-year-olds have suffered damage to tooth enamel due to having too much acid in their diet.
She added that kids would actually be better off with a glass of water and a handful of chocolate buttons than fruit juice and a box of raisins.
Acidity is measured using the pH scale – 1 is strongly acidic, and 7 is neutral (water has a pH of 7 and milk is 6.8). Anything below 5.5 will have a destructive effect on tooth enamel.
The most acidic fruit drink identified in the Sunday Telegraph investigation was ‘This Water’ with lemon and limes, described on the label as a “juice drink blended with pure squeezed juices and pure spring water.” The drink had a pH level of 2.7, which makes it more acidic than cider vinegar (at 2.9). In addition, a 420ml bottle also contains 9.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Meanwhile, drinks such as Tropicana orange juice and Innocent smoothies had acid levels in the 3.3 to 3.8 range.
Overall, the most acidic drink tested was Coca Cola, with a pH of 2.5. A 500ml contains 12.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Dr Harley had this advice for parents: “The only healthy drinks for teeth are milk and water. Children are having fruit drinks and smoothies several times a day, when they these should be considered as a treat, something to have once a week.”
In order to neutralise the effect of acid in fruit and fruit juices, it’s best to consume them at meal times, rather than as snacks. Calcium-containing foods such as cheese are especially effective at neutralising the acid, whilst drinking water afterwards, and waiting at least an hour before brushing teeth, are also advised.
Many people are avoiding regular visits to the dentist because they’re scared about how much it will cost, according to new research published by Simplyhealth.
They polled nearly 12,000 British adults for their Annual Dental Survey 2012, and found that more than 20% said the cost of dental treatment was too high for them to manage. 1 in 10 respondents also said they hadn’t seen the dentist for some time and had concerns about whether they would be able to afford it.
20% of people surveyed said they hadn’t seen a dentist for 18 months or more, and 54% said they were worried about how they would pay for dental care in future.
James Glover, a spokesman for the company that carried out the research, said:
“Concerns over the cost of dental treatment are apparent. With 22% of those people that have visited the dentist receiving bills of over £300, and 44% of these paying for the treatment by credit card, it is vital that individuals plan how to cover these costs.”
At same day smiles, we are transparent about the cost of our treatments – as an example, we charge £15,950 per arch for All on 4 implants.
We understand that people may find it difficult to fund such a procedure, which is why we have finance plans available to help patients spread the cost of dental implants over a period of up to 5 years.
If you’d like to know more about our pricing and finance options, get in touch today to speak to your local patient co-ordinator.