Cosmetic Dentist in North London

July 28th, 2014

Cosmetic Dentist in North London

Most people would like to improve something about their smile and at Harris Sidelsky we offer a range of cosmetic dentist treatment options that will help you achieve the smile you always wanted.

Dental Implants

Dental implant in North West London

Dental Implant

Missing or loose teeth can be a real problem, not only because they don’t look particularly nice but because they can make eating a variety of things difficult if not impossible.

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and as your cosmetic dentist in North London we are ideally suited to place them for you. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw bone and a crown is then fitted to the post giving you a permanent solution.

Porcelain Veneers

cosmetic dentistPorcelain Veneers are waiter thin shells of porcelain that is fitted over your natural teeth. They can hide unattractive stains, alter crooked teeth, close unsightly gaps between your teeth and improve the colour of them giving you a fantastic bright white smile.

When you see many of the hollywood stars and even footballers its highly probable that they have had porcelain veneers to give them that amazing smile so come to your local cosmetic dentist and ask us about them.

Invisible Teeth Straightening

cosmetic dentistHaving straight teeth doesn’t mean that you have to have unsightly metal braces fitted. We now offer a range of straightening options at our cosmetic dentist practice.

You can have a variety of different braces that are now almost invisible. The brackets are places just like metal ones on the front of the teeth, but they are the same colour as your natural teeth so barely visible. We can regularly change these for you to ensure that they stay clean and uncoloured by the food and drink you consume.

One of the braces we use is Invisalign which you may have heard of Invisalign can be use to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and children alike. Using an advanced 3D computer image to project your teeth movement, Invisalign allows you to visualise your treatment from start to finish.

Metal Free Fillings

cosmetic dentistDo you currently have silver (or amalgam) fillings? If so why don’t you replace them with something tooth coloured, we can effectively make them disappear at Harris Sidelsky cosmetic dentist.

We always give our patient a choice of having metal fillings or composites or better still white ceramic inlays. We will discuss these different options when you next visit us at the practice.

For more information about cosmetic dentist procedures call us on 020 8458 1611 or visit the website


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Dental Hygiene & Gum Disease

June 3rd, 2014

Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease

Dental Hygiene and Gum DiseaseUnfortunately, gum disease is a fairly common condition in this country. It is when the gums become infected and are sore and swollen. One of the first signs of gum disease is when you notice that your gums bleed when brushing takes place. This stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis and if left untreated a more severe form of the disease may take place called periodontitis. This affects the tissues that support the teeth and if this is left untreated the bone in the jaw may decay. There is therefore every reason to prevent the occurrence of gum disease in the first place. 

There are a number of quite simple ways of helping to prevent the onset of gum disease that you can do at home as it is predominantly caused by the build-up of sticky plaque on teeth which contains teeth and gum damaging bacteria, which forms after the consumption of food and drink.

Gum disease can be avoided or at least minimised by practicing good dental hygiene. At times it may be necessary to undertake dental treatment as well to halt or prevent the occurrence of gum disease. To help yourself you should brush and floss your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, preferably with a soft bristled toothbrush or even better an electric toothbrush accompanied with toothpaste that contains fluoride too. You should make sure you work the toothbrush into all areas of your teeth. Not smoking helps to curb the onset of gum disease as well. 

In addition to regular cleaning you should ensure you pay a visit to your dentist at least once a year so that any preventative techniques can be applied to help prevent the onset of gum disease. Your dentist might recommend the use of a mouthwash as this helps to control plaque build-up. He or she will recommend what type is most suitable for your needs.

You can only go so far with your own dental hygiene. If the plaque on your teeth has hardened into a substance called tartar it will take a bit more than an electric toothbrush to remove it.

Your dentist may then recommend scaling and polishing. This is what is termed a “professional clean” and is normally carried out by a dental hygienist at your regular dental surgery.

The dental hygienist has special instruments available that will efficiently remove plaque and tartar. Once the excess has been eliminated then your teeth will be polished to remove any signs of staining. There is a cost associated with this procedure but the investment is worthwhile as it makes your dental hygiene far more effective.

Bacteria are the root of all evil when it comes to gum disease and if you do have signs of bacteria, then root planing may be necessary. This is when your dentist will conduct deep cleaning under your gums. This helps to get rid of damaging bacteria from the roots of the teeth. It may be necessary to use a local anaesthetic in order to numb the area and relieve any discomfort while the procedure is taking place.

The suggestions mentioned above are all that can be done to ensure maximum dental hygiene and prevent either the development of gum disease or the advancement of gum disease once it has already taken hold.

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Orthodontics in Golders Green

October 17th, 2013

Orthodontics are now available at Harris Sidelsky Golders Green practice.

We understand how important a smile is to our patients – We offer a full range of braces to meet the needs and individual lifestyles of each one of our patients.
We utilise the most state-of-the-art technology available, including INVISALIGN, Invisalign Teen™, Damon® System, OrthoCAD iQ, Insignia™ and Incognito™.

Alon Akerman is a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Dental Faculty, Hebrew University, Hadassah Jerusalem, and a Doctorate of Dental surgery degree from Semmelweis University. After completing a one year residency as an orthodontic member on the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Abnormality Team at Haim Pal Children’s Hospital. He realised his passion for orthodontics and was accepted on a prestigious 3 year full time specialty programme. Alon also maintains a private practice in Israel limited to orthodontics, with an emphasis on children, adult and esthetic orthodontics.

Alon is an active member of the European Orthodontic Society, the American Association of Orthodontists- AAO and the World Federation of Orthodontists – WFO. He believes in a personal, caring and comfortable approach to orthodontic treatment using the latest technology to make your treatment as efficient and convenient as possible with emphasis on interceptive, non-extraction therapy.

We believe firmly in the importance of patient education allowing you to review your virtual 3-D models and review your treatment solutions on a computer screen in the office, we will work with you to create a treatment plan for a picture perfect outcome.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Alon Akerman to discuss which type of Orthodontics would be suitable for you please call us on 020 8458 1611 or contact us page

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Direct Access

October 16th, 2013

The regulations have changed regarding seeing a dental hygienist. Previously a hygienist needed to work from a dentists prescription (a patient would need to see a dentist for an examination first). It is now possible to gain direct access to a hygienist within our practice without the need to see a dentist first.

Patients should be aware that:

1. They can see a hygienist for a standard appointment but may need more appointments to complete treatment depending on how they present at the time. This will be at the discretion of the dental hygienist who will make the patient aware of the number of appointments required and costs incurred in advance of treatment.
2. The hygienist is legally only allowed to undertake treatment which is within their full scope of practice. The GDC sets out specific guidelines for this.
3. A hygienist can see you to provide oral hygiene advice, remove staining, tartar, bacterial deposits and other debris. She can advise you on the progression of gum disease, but more advanced conditions need to be assessed by a dentist and then the hygienist would continue treatment under the prescription of the dentist.
4. Hygienists can’t diagnose or give the prognosis (the likely outcome) of diseases such as decaying and broken teeth, or prescribe antibiotics, pain killers or any other drugs to alleviate symptoms.
5. The hygienist will make a recommendation for the patient to see a dentist if the patient presents with treatment that the dental hygienist cannot provide. The patient will be made aware of this by the hygienist.
6. Visits to a hygienist are not substitute for a full dental examination.
7. There are very rare circumstances when a hygienist can’t start treatment and before they are prepared to continue, insist that a dentist assesses you. These may relate to your medical history and general health or the condition of your mouth, which gives them concern. Additional fees will apply if a visit to a dentist is required.

The scope of practice may vary with hygienists depending on their qualification for extended duties for dental hygienists.

Caroline Emmerson and Rachel Lister are qualified to provide the following treatment:

1. Routine scale and polish
2. Periodontal charting
3. Topical anaesthetic placement
4. Deep scaling under local anaesthetic, Infiltration and inferior nerve block
5. Placements of topical fluoride gel
6. Placement of temporary dressings
7. Taking of dental impressions although for whitening teeth this will have to be under the direction of a dentist.

Should you want to arrange an appointment with Rachel Lister please call the practice on 020 8458 1611 or click on contact us.

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Dental Recalls!!!

April 7th, 2013

Its very important for your dentist to customise your very own recall program according to your level risk!!!

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Thinking about straightening your teeth?

February 5th, 2013

Need some advice about your child’s growing teeth? Do you want your teenager to have a fantastic smile? Need a smile makeover for yourself?

Why not come in for an Orthodontic consultation to discuss your concerns. We can advise you on the best kind of braces and length of time needed to achieve the smile you desire. We can offer a variety of different types of braces, including discreet and invisible options as well as removable braces. Elisheva our receptionist can explain things in simple terms and talk you through the process of starting your treatment. We can also discuss the prices and payment plans. Finance options are available (subject to credit).

To book your consultation with Alon Akerman (£80), call us now on 020 8458 1611.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Day at the Townships

January 3rd, 2013

While Dr Harris Sidelsky was recently in South Africa he went as a guest of Dr Linda Greenwall whose charity helps support Tikun Africa with their unbelievable work in Delph township in Capetown. Linda first gave a talk to nearly a hundred children on oral hygiene and then the children were divided into groups for individual instruction. Visiting the township was a very humbling experience both to understand the hardships about at the same time inspiring to see the actual benefits gained from the wonderful charitable work.

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Why did my dentist charge me so much?

November 20th, 2012

Why did my dentist charge me so much

Dentists fees are a  hot subject.  Sometimes a patient will often ask me after they have been informed about a fee – What do people who can’t afford that fee do?

It’s well known that often a tabloid paper will run a sensational article of a journalist who visits a few dentists and gets totally different treatment plans and fees.

People forget that dentists have staff, very expensive materials , laboratory fees, rent, rates, repairs incredibly expensive equipment (I just paid nearly £80,000 pounds for a Cerec machine!) electricity, heating and need I go on!  From area to area this can vary enormously.  London Centre Knightsbridge  are going to be a lot more than a little village in the country and that goes for staff as well.  But all these factors pale in comparison with the level of expertise you are buying.  After all when you buy a mini  you don’t expect to pay as much a as a Bentley.  With Dentists you can never compare one to the other as above all else you are buying the hands of each and every individual practitioner which are all different.  As we mentioned of one has a Rolls Royce pair of hands then that is what you are buying.  Also within the framework of each dentist there are different products. For example a gold filling is still the best restoration you can choose and often the cost of the gold alone can be nearly £200 pounds if it’s a big filling.  That can’t be compared with a silver filling which takes much less time.

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Why see a Hygienist

November 15th, 2012

Why see a hygienist

Seeing a hygienist is so important that I should have included that in my how to choose a dentist section!  A good dental practice is synonymous with having a  good hygienists.  Ours have been with us for 20 years! The job of the hygienist is to help you control the two main diseases which we the dentists deal with i.e. tooth decay and gum disease.   BUT SHE CANT CURE YOU – she can only SHOW YOU HOW TO CURE YOURSELF.  Let’s consider another disease i.e. heart disease.  Imagine you go to your doctor and he finds you need a stent in you artery because your arteries are getting blocked up. Lets face it some people that never happens to and others it’s in the family.  That is why when you fill out an insurance form they ask you question about your parents health.  Now after you have had your procedure your doctor is going to ask you ‘ would you like to try and stop you arteries  furring up. ?’  ‘ Of course you would!!!!!.  So then you need a lifestyle change.  The doctor is going to advise you to see a dietician to give you advice on that high cholesterol and saturated fat diet and then you need to exercise and then how about taken some medication like a statin and aspirin.  You know I know some people who just wont change.

ITS EXACTLY THE SAME WITH TOOTH DECAY!!!! We need to have the procedure instead of a stent it’s a filling and then we need to see our hygienist who will identify the lifestyle changes necessary for us to prevent the disease from recurring.  i.e. remove the plaque by brushing and flossing and that s the germs home destroyed and next comes diet alteration – there goes there food and lets attack then with medication alike fluorides and Corsodyl etc  Soooooooooo  the hygienist is the person who can remove your existing layers of plaque and then show you how to control those other factors.  And very important have an establishes habit pattern which must be altered .  To keep on top of that its a good idea to see her every now a and  again to help motivate you to keep the change going

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Tooth Decay

October 25th, 2012

Do I really have to have those fillings

This  is the biggest question of all and probably the greatest challenge facing the dental profession today.  It is well known that in the past some systems have rewarded dentist s on what is called a fee per item basis.  i.e. if they drill they bill.  Adding fuel to this fire is that patients have also somewhat contributed to the system by their reluctance to pay a fee for the dentists advice expertise and time.  Of course these are linked.  This is all relevant due to the changes that have taken place in the way we understand tooth decay.  In the past we thought if you got a hole it was inevitable tha it was  going to get bigger so the idea was to  drill it out now and fill it.

We now understand the process a lot better

How does tooth decay work

Stage 1 Your spit deposits a protein layer on to the enamel.

Stage 2 YUM YUM say the bad germs in your mouth (which by the way are kept under control by the good germs in your mouth) and they settle in the film and grow real fast.  Now eat something with sugar and the sugar  flushes the film and saturates it.  YUM YUM say the germs ‘ not only a home but food as well.’

Stage3 The germs use the sugar and then convert it to acid.  When the acid is strong (ph 5.5 or less) it softens and burns the tooth.  But………in this early stage the tooth may be softened but it isn’t yet a hole.  This is very important because there are areas where the teeth meet side by side that the dentist cant see so he takes an xray.  A softened tooth will often look blacker in that area on the xray  stage4 After a while the tooth gets so weak that it collapses and  becomes a hole which also looks black on the xray.

IMPORTANT We the dentists cant often tell whether that xray black spot is just a softened area or an actual hole. The latter should be drilled and filled BUT the former can actually be hardened by the patient

Other factors which cause tooth decay are

Your saliva quality and quantity, the genetic strength of your teeth, your predisposition to tooth decay, your diet including the frequency and amount of sugar intake


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