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Did You Know We Use a Special Microscope for Root Canal Treatments?

May 22nd, 2017

shutterstock_429718120Root canal treatment is much maligned, but it’s actually a very important and effective procedure. At City Dental Leeds, we often come across patients who are anxious about having root canal treatment, but we can assure you that you’re in the best possible hands. We use the latest technology, including a special microscope, and precision techniques to achieve the best possible outcome.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a procedure, which is used to treat an infected tooth when the infection has reached the pulp tissue. The pulp lies beneath the enamel surface and it contains the living tissue of the tooth. Here, you’ll find the nerves, lymph tissue and blood vessels. Once the pulp is infected, there’s a high risk of further infection, abscesses and tooth loss. Root canal treatment is often an alternative to extraction.

What does treatment involve?

Many people fear hearing the words root canal long before they even learn anything about the process. This procedure has a bad reputation, which cannot really be justified. The procedure is conducted under local anaesthetic, which prevents any pain, and we use a microscope to plan every stage with optimal precision. Before we begin, we will administer the local anaesthetic and once it has taken effect, we will create an opening in the pulp chamber. We then insert files to determine how long the roots are and start removing decayed tissue from the root canals. We use high quality titanium instruments to irrigate the root canals and clean them thoroughly to prevent the spread of infection. We then use a material called gutta percha to fill and seal the root canals. Finally, a new filling or crown is placed to strengthen the tooth.

If you’re struggling with tooth pain, you find it painful to bite down or you’re worried that you may have a dental abscess, this may indicate that you need root canal treatment. Call us today to book an appointment.

Six Reasons to Straighten Teeth with Six Month Smiles

May 17th, 2017

shutterstock_565837129If you’re looking for an orthodontic treatment, which gives you everything, look no further than Six Month Smiles. Here are just 6 of the reasons why you should choose Six Month Smiles to straighten your smile:

  1. Speed: time is of the essence for many of us, and if you don’t want to wait years for treatment, this could be the perfect choice for you. Six Month Smiles, as you may have guessed, takes an average of just 6 months to create beautiful, straight smiles.
  2. Comfort: Six Month Smiles uses the latest friction-free technology to straighten the teeth with minimal pain.
  3. Fewer dental visits: as Six Month Smiles works so quickly, patients require fewer dental visits than with many other systems.
  4. Aesthetics: many people don’t want to have braces because they’re worried about what they will look like when their braces are fitted. With Six Month Smiles, the fixed braces aren’t invisible, but they are a lot more discreet than traditional braces. These braces feature clear and tooth-coloured parts, which are hard to detect when you smile.
  5. Cost: as treatment is fast and you need fewer dental visits, Six Month Smiles represents a more cost-effective solution than other treatment options.
  6. Results: Six Month Smiles is able to work much faster than other treatments because it targets the teeth that are visible when you smile. By focusing on the front teeth only, this guarantees beautiful results.

Five Tooth-Friendly Summer Foods

May 15th, 2017

shutterstock_569837926Summer is on its way, and many of us are looking forward to embracing some seasonal favourites. If you’re keen to keep your diet tooth-friendly this summer, here are 5 foods to include on the menu:

  1. Strawberries: strawberries are packed with vitamins, but they also contain malic acid, which is a natural stain remover. The rough skin of the strawberry can also help to banish surface stains, giving you a lovely, glossy smile.
  2. Cheese: summer is a perfect time of year to enjoy picnics, salads and cold pasta dishes. Cheese is a great addition to these simple meals and snacks, and the good news is that it’s not just tasty. It’s also laden with calcium, which is great for keeping your teeth strong, and it has a high pH value. This is beneficial because it reduces acidity in the mouth.
  3. Raw vegetables: when it’s hot outside, it’s much more tempting to reach for raw vegetables and fruit than when it’s raining cats and dogs. Eating celery, cucumber and raw carrots stimulates saliva production and blood flow to the gums. These snacks are also sugar-free, and they contain important vitamins and minerals.
  4. Leafy green vegetables: salads are all the rage at this time of year, and this is great news for your teeth. Salad leaves and leafy green vegetables contain vitamin A and calcium, both of which help to strengthen the tooth enamel.
  5. Salmon: salmon is a superfood, which has all kinds of benefits for your health. Salmon and other types of oily fish contain essential omega oils, which have been found to reduce the risk of gum disease.

Five Tips to Improve Your Hygiene Routine

May 10th, 2017

shutterstock_528465388If you’re keen to steer clear of decay and keep gum disease at bay, a good oral hygiene routine is a must. If you’re not sure if you’re doing enough at home, here are 5 top tips to improve your daily regime:

  1. Brush twice a day, every day: do you ever have days when you can’t be bothered to brush your teeth and all you want to do is fall into bed? If so, try and find the energy to stay up 2 minutes longer and your teeth and gums will thank you forever. It’s really important to brush your teeth twice a day, every day. It only takes 2 minutes to make a massive difference to your oral health.
  2. Set a timer: many people don’t spend long enough cleaning their teeth, and setting a timer is an easy way to make sure you’re doing a thorough job. If you don’t have a brush with a timer, you can set an alarm on your phone or even brush along to a song.
  3. Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which helps to protect the enamel and reduce the risk of decay. Using fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen your teeth. When you’ve brushed, don’t rinse, as this will wash the fluoride away.
  4. Brush gently: It’s understandable to assume that the harder you brush, the better the job. However, this isn’t the case when it comes to your teeth. If you brush too aggressively, you can wear away your tooth enamel, increasing the risk of sensitivity and cavities.
  5. Floss: brushing is really important for good oral health, but you can’t possibly reach every part of your mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing is a way of targeting areas that can’t be cleaned with a brush, such as the cracks between your teeth. Try and floss once a day.

Three Ways City Dental Can Give You A Brighter Smile

May 8th, 2017

shutterstock_278603378At City Dental, we love seeing the difference a trip to the dentist can make to our patient’s confidence. Most of us long for a gorgeous, bright smile, and if your teeth are looking a little dull and drab, we are here to help! Here are just 3 of the ways we can give you a brighter smile for summer.

  1. Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments we offer. Home whitening is a simple, affordable and convenient option for those who want a whiter smile without any hassle. All you have to do is wear custom-made whitening trays for a period of time each day for 10-14 days at home. Whitening isn’t painful, and in just 2 weeks, your smile will look noticeably brighter.
  2. Cleaning treatments: your teeth can often look dull and discoloured as a result of surface staining. Our dental hygienists are experts in oral hygiene and they offer intensive cleaning treatments, which blitz surface stains and give your teeth a gorgeous, healthy glow. Cleaning treatments aren’t painful, and they offer major benefits for your oral health, as well as the look of your smile.
  3. Veneers: if you want a celebrity-style white smile, veneers could be the solution you’ve been searching for. Veneers are applied to the surface of the natural teeth and they create a brand new aesthetic. As well as traditional veneers, we also offer Componeers, which are made from dental composite. These are cheaper than porcelain veneers, and they can be fitted in a single session.

If you’re dreaming of a sensational summer smile, you’ve come to the right place! Call us today to book a consultation to discuss your options.

No Wires, Straight Teeth – How Invisalign can help you

May 3rd, 2017

shutterstock_449324422Did you always think that to have a gorgeous smile you had to sport a mouth full of metal or put up with painful wires and brackets? If you’ve shied away from orthodontic treatment in the past, we have good news! With Invisalign, we can create incredible smiles without a wire in sight.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear brace system, which uses a sequence of removable plastic braces to reposition and realign the teeth. These braces are not like your average fixed brace. They are completely different, and they give you the opportunity to enjoy treatment in secret. When the transparent braces are in place, they are virtually undetectable, and as they are removable, you can get on with life as normal. You don’t have to worry about brushing around brackets or trying to make sure food doesn’t get stuck in your teeth while you’re eating.

What does Invisalign treatment involve?

Invisalign treatment is unlike fixed brace treatment because it employs a series of aligners, rather than a single appliance. Each patient’s treatment is planned in advance, and you will receive a set of aligners, which must be worn in a specific order. Each aligner is worn for two weeks. As you get closer to the end of the sequence, you should notice that your smile looks straighter, but the full effects won’t be visible until you remove that final aligner.

The benefits of Invisalign

Many people are put off braces by the idea of having lots of metal parts in their mouths and the assumption that wearing braces is painful and uncomfortable. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about discomfort or metal components. These aligners are made entirely from high-grade plastic and they use gentle forces to move the teeth. Initially, it may take you a couple of days to get used to wearing your Invisalign aligners, but you’ll soon be wearing them without even noticing.

To find out more about Invisalign, give us a ring or pop in and see us today!

Did you Know There Are Smaller Dental Implants?

May 1st, 2017

shutterstock_331993526Sometimes, traditional dental implants are not suitable for patients due to a lack of strong tissue in the jawbone. If there isn’t enough dense jaw bone tissue, the implant may fail. It is possible to carry out bone grafting, but another option that may be recommended is mini implants. As you may have guessed from the name, mini implants are smaller versions of traditional implants. They are often a viable solution for patients who have been advised against having standard implants.

What exactly are mini implants?

Dental implants are small titanium rods, which are similar to screws. They are implanted into sockets in the jaw bone and their role is to act as a new root. Once the artificial root has integrated into the bone tissue, a new tooth can be attached. The tooth crown is replaced by a crown, a bridge or a denture. Mini implants are essentially the same as traditional implants, but they are smaller, and that makes them easier to tolerate. If you don’t have dense tissue in the jaw bone, it may not be possible for your jaw to support a standard implant, but a mini implant may represent a brilliant alternative.

Mini implants are most commonly used to support a denture, and they can offer increased stability, improved functionality and amazing aesthetics. With a normal denture, the appliance is held by the natural suction of the gums, but with implants, the denture is stabilised by artificial roots. This means that there is no risk of the denture coming loose and you can enjoy complete peace of mind. It also enhances the strength of the denture, so you don’t need to worry about changing your diet.

If you’d like to find out more about mini implants, or you’re keen to see if you’re a viable candidate for treatment, get in touch with us today!

Comparing Lingual Braces to Clear Braces: Invisible Teeth Solutions

April 28th, 2017

shutterstock_571079539If you’re thinking about braces, and you’re keen to go for something discreet, you may be wondering whether clear braces or lingual braces are your best bet. Today, there are so many incredible treatment options out there, and lots of patients are spoiled for choice. If you’re weighing up your options, here is some useful information about our incredible invisible braces.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are a very popular option as many people don’t want to show off a bulky brace when they smile. If you want the convenience of a removable brace, as well as being able to undergo treatment in secret, systems like Invisalign are a good choice. Invisalign aligners are suitable for those with moderate orthodontic problems and they’re great for patients who don’t want to worry about anyone else knowing that they’ve got braces. Invisalign aligners are made from transparent plastic, and they’re really easy to incorporate into your daily life. You can take them out when you need to eat or clean your teeth, so you don’t have to adapt your daily routine in any way. If you would prefer a fixed brace, discreet options include Damon Braces and Six Month Smiles. These braces are a lot more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces, but they are visible, and if you dream of going incognito, lingual braces are probably your best bet.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces, which also offer you the chance to have treatment without anyone else knowing. These braces are attached to the back of your teeth, so nobody will be able to see them when you smile. Lingual braces are finer and more delicate than traditional fixed braces and they use innovative technology to prevent friction and minimise pain. We offer STb Social 6 lingual braces, which are designed for minor orthodontic misalignment. Treatment is rapid, as it focuses on the social 6, the teeth at the front of the mouth. Typically, cases can be completed within 6-16 weeks.

If you’re interested in invisible orthodontic solutions, we can help! Call us now to find out more!

Know the Signs of Oral Cancer: Common Symptoms To Look For

April 27th, 2017

shutterstock_482648263The number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the UK has risen by over a third in the last ten years, but many people ae still unaware of the warning signs. Do you know the symptoms of oral cancer? If you don’t, you’ve come to the right place.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Even though oral cancer has become increasingly common, many people still don’t know what kinds of symptoms they should be looking out for, and this means that many cases are diagnosed at a ate stage when treatment is much less likely to be successful. To improve survival rates, it’s essential that more people know about the potential warning signs of oral cancer. These include:

  • Abnormal swelling in the mouth or lumps in the mouth or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained oral bleeding or pain in the mouth or throat
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Sores or ulcers that take longer than 2 weeks to heal
  • Numbness in the mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your GP as quickly as possible. It’s very unlikely that there is anything to worry about, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.

Reducing your Risk of Oral Cancer

The most common risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and drinking regularly. If you’re a smoker and a heavy drinker, you’re more than 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who rarely drinks. Other risk factors include a poor diet lacking in nutrients, and exposure to the HPV (human papilloma virus).

It may not be possible to prevent oral cancer, but seeing your dentist on a regular basis will help to ensure that any symptoms are detected early. Your dentist is trained to spot early warning signs, and they can refer you for further tests at a stage when treatment is much more likely to be successful.

If you’re worried about oral cancer, or you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call us today.

Did You Know We Can Fill Gaps in your Teeth?

April 25th, 2017

shutterstock_423542674Have you got missing teeth or have you recently lost a tooth? We understand that losing a tooth can be distressing, and we have a range of treatments ready and waiting to restore your smile and your confidence. Here are our incredible tooth replacement options:

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are commonly used to replace individual missing teeth, but they can also be used to restore the smile when multiple teeth have been lost. The most common type of bridge is a traditional fixed bridge, which comprises a false tooth, which is fused to a crown on either side. The bridge is custom-designed to fit the gap perfectly, and you can choose from materials, including porcelain, for an incredibly natural aesthetic. We can fit bridges in just two appointments, which are usually held around 2 weeks apart. Bridges are more affordable than implants, but they don’t last as long. Having said that, if you care for your bridge well, you should find that it lasts around 10-15 years.

Dentures

Dentures are a tried and tested tooth replacement method. They enable you to carry out all the functions you take for granted when you have a set of healthy natural teeth, and they come in partial and full sets. Dentures are bespoke, as every patient is individual, and modern versions are very natural looking and comfortable. Dentures are not a permanent solution, but they can be made quickly, and they enable you to eat, smile and talk with confidence.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the newest kid on the block when it comes to tooth replacement methods. Implants are usually made from titanium, and they replace the root section of your natural tooth. The implant integrates into the jaw bone in the same way as the root, enabling it to offer the same level of stability and anchorage. Once the implant has settled, it can then be attached to a denture, a bridge or a crown. As it is compatible with a diverse range of restorations, the implant is the most versatile option and it can benefit patients with any number of missing teeth.

To find out more and compare treatment options, call us today and book a consultation.