Dental Treatments in Central London

at Harley Street Dental Practice

Cosmetic dentistry is used very commonly to subtly give teeth a straighter, whiter, more even appearance. The treatments we provide at our practice ranges from general dentistry, hygiene and periodontal treatment, through to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Lookng for dental treatments in Central London? or require information on our cosmetic dentistry services? then please contact our Harley Street dental practice on 0207 580 2366.


When there are a number of teeth that need to be replaced, implants may be the answer. With this type of treatment, dental implants are positioned in the jawbone and a single tooth or multiple teeth are attached to the implant or implants. Harry Shiers places implants routinely and because he is one of very few dentists with the advanced and specific training in Implant Dentistry (Master of Science) he also places implants for fellow dentists who refer their patients to the centre.

A dental implant is like a screw or cylinder, made from titanium, which is inserted into the jaw bone to replace a natural tooth root. The dental implant must heal and integrate within the bone for up to three months (treatment times vary for individual patients) before it can be restored with a crown, which is fitted by us over a couple of appointments. Sometimes the implant treatment can be completed in a weeks.

There are many benefits with having a dental implant placed instead of a dental bridge or denture. A dental implant supported tooth looks and feels like a natural tooth, it does not affect adjacent teeth, and is much easier to clean and maintain than bridgework. It is also strong and able to perform the same functions as a natural tooth.

Please contact us to help you decide if the benefits of implants are suitable for you. A consultation will clarify what type of treatment you may require.


We fit every type of crown available, gold, gold bonded to porcelain or porcelain alone (metal free). There now exist an array of metal free crown and bridge materials including cast, pressed, sprayed and computer generated ceramics. These materials undergo continual development and offer very high strengths with previously unparalleled appearance.


Fillings can be made to be invisible. Today there are alternative materials to the black/grey amalgam and gold fillings, which include a spectrum of various ceramic inlays made at a laboratory or composite (white fillings) placed directly by us for small cavities.

Harry Shiers has been practicing dentistry using non-metallic fillings since the mid 1990’s, when these treatments first became available. There are many reasons for choosing these fillings, including concerns with the use of mercury in older style amalgam fillings, and of course the aesthetic result.

Back teeth that need fillings can now be completely rebuilt with the latest modern technology using white composite resin. This new treatment will completely restore teeth to a beautiful condition. At the implant and cosmetic dental centre, we utilise perfectly colour matched composite resin, and porcelain so that your back teeth can be rebuilt with long term strength, and a more desirable aesthetic appearance.

Teeth that are filled with older style amalgam fillings, can now be rebuilt with composite resin or porcelain, preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure. Smiles can even be widened and brightened using this new technology. After treatment by Harry Shiers, you can be sure that you will be laughing and smiling with renewed confidence.


As a result of modern technology, thin ceramic (porcelain) veneers can be fabricated with little tooth preparation. These can be chemically bonded to teeth to offset the effects of ageing, discolouration, chips, cracks, twists and gaps.

A porcelain veneer is a thin but highly durable porcelain laminate or facing that is bonded over an existing tooth – becoming part of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct imperfections in the structure, colour and positioning of the teeth. They can also be used for “filling gaps” between teeth. And adding porcelain veneers to the outside surfaces of the upper premolar teeth can also effectively “widen” a smile.

Our porcelain veneers are expertly fabricated – naturally shaped and perfectly colour-matched – by our specialist dental ceramist.


A bridge is designed as a permanent replacement for a missing tooth or teeth (the teeth can sometimes be replaced using dental implants), which looks and feels just like a normal row of teeth. There are several different types of bridge. Conventional bridges use crowns on the existing teeth at each end of the space with the additional tooth held in place between them.

Adhesive bridges (or sticky bridges) use the latest bonding techniques and involve very little cutting of the adjacent teeth to support a new tooth in the gap. These bridges are made using gold and bonding alloys fused to porcelain.

All-on-4 Implants

The all-on-four on dental treatment was introduced to minimize the amount of implants needed to restore a full arch dentition. The all on four system enables a bridge or denture to be fitted the same day as the implants are placed. This is due to where the implants are placed in the jaw, the angle at which they are placed and the bracing method used for the bridge or denture which, then allows forces of the bite to be loaded evenly through the implants to the bone.

Traditional implant restoration of a full arch would require six to ten dental implants, increasing the cost of treatment for the patient. There is also a longer period of healing before the patient can have the implants restored with a bridge or denture.

Most dental patients that require restoration of a full arch dentition are suitable for the all on four method of treatment. However, there are exceptions, those that have server periodontal disease (gum disease), smokers, and those taking certain medications for bone density.

All patients looking to have all on four treatments must go through a thorough examination and consultation before any treatment method can be advised. On occasion it is advisable that patients have CT scan to check availability of bone and it’s quality within the jaw.

The advantages for having all on four treatment for patients is that treatment time is minimised within the dental surgery due to the effectiveness of this method and that patients can have implants placed and restored in one appointment.