October 23rd, 2014
Dental decay can be a real pain, but with our quick and simple check-ups, we can make sure that your teeth remain healthy, strong and cavity-free. We recommend 6 monthly check-ups for adults and children.
What happens when you have a check up?
Routine check-ups only last a few minutes and you don’t need to worry about a thing; we promise that there won’t be any pain and we do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. A check-up is a chance for us to have a look at your teeth and gums and check the soft tissue in your mouth; we will check the teeth for any signs of cavities or decay and make sure there are no signs of gum disease. We record any changes in your notes and discuss any potential issues with you; if you do need treatment, such as a filling, we will arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. We offer oral cancer screening, but we also carry out checks during our routine check-ups. We can also offer advice about teeth cleaning and oral hygiene, diet and giving up smoking.
The importance of check-ups
Check-ups are important for a number of reasons; firstly, they give us a chance to spot developing problems at an early stage and this prevents you from suffering, increases the chances of successful treatment and saves you money. Oral health is really important, not just because we don’t want you suffering with aches and pains or swollen gums, but also because research suggests that gum disease can increase your risk of developing other serious health conditions, including heart disease. We also perform oral cancer checks as part of your dental check-ups and the earlier signs are spotted, the higher the chance of successful treatment.
With regular check-ups, you can make major strides towards a beautiful, healthy smile; call us today to book your appointment.
October 22nd, 2014
Sleep apnoea is potentially very serious and it requires diligent management. If you suffer from sleep apnoea or you snore on a regular basis, we may be able to help. Sleep is so important, not just to ensure you feel alert and alive during the day, but also to keep you fighting fit, and with our help, you could soon be enjoying a much better night’s sleep.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which occurs when the body is not getting enough oxygen; it disrupts breathing and it can be very serious. Most commonly, cases of sleep apnoea are diagnosed in people who are overweight or obese; this disorder is also more common in men than women.
Sleep apnoea is not the same as snoring, but if you snore regularly, this can be a sign that your body is struggling for oxygen and it may be symptomatic of sleep apnoea.
How we can help
In minor cases of sleep apnoea, it may be possible to ease symptoms without formal treatment; this is usually true in cases where the individual is very overweight. Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle can have a very positive impact on breathing and circulation.
In severe cases, breathing apparatus may be required to improve breathing while you sleep.
In moderate cases, we may be able to help by providing a custom-made appliance to move the jaw forward; this helps to improve air flow and prevent problems with breathing. The appliance is designed to fit perfectly for optimum comfort and it will enable you to sleep soundly night after night. We can also provide the same appliances for patients who snore on a regular basis.
October 21st, 2014
Have you ever wondered about getting your chipped teeth seen to, but thought you’d have to pay hundreds of pounds or spend hours in the dental chair? If you’ve been put off having cosmetic dental treatment for chipped teeth, we have incredible news for you. At City Dental Leeds, we can offer cosmetic bonding, an affordable, quick and painless solution to remedy your dental woes.
Cosmetic bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a procedure, which involves using dental composite to patch up and repair damaged, worn and chipped teeth. The procedure takes just an hour and there is absolutely no pain involved, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.
If you have a chipped tooth or you have a few teeth that are a little worn and in need of some TLC, bonding is a great option. Your dentist will select a shade of dental composite to match the tooth shade and then shape the composite, which feels like putty, to fit the gaps and shape the tooth. When your dental expert is comfortable with the position of the composite, they will then shine a curing light onto the material to make it set. This takes just a few seconds and the composite becomes firm.
There are so many benefits of bonding and you will be shocked what a difference such a simple procedure can make. Even repairing a small chip can make the smile look much healthier and more attractive and the process is quick, simple and pain-free. This option is also much more affordable than veneers and it really makes an amazing difference to the look of the smile, as well as your confidence.
October 20th, 2014
Mouth cancer is a disease, which affects more than 6,000 people every year in the UK and at City Dental Leeds, we are on a mission to protect our patients. We offer mouth cancer screening to detect early warning signs and maximise the chances of successful treatment and we are also on hand to discuss causes and risk factors with patients.
About mouth cancer
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. The most influential risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, drinking alcohol and exposure to the HPV infection, which is transmitted through sexual contact. A poor diet can also increase the risk of mouth cancer.
The most common symptoms of mouth cancer to look out for include red or white patches in the mouth, slow-healing ulcers or sores and any abnormal lumps in the mouth or throat. Other symptoms may include a persistent sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
The importance of screening
Screening for mouth cancer is so important because as with most forms of cancer, is can progress very quickly and the chances of survival are much higher when the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. It s estimated that early treatment increases the chances of survival by up to 90 per cent. Screening allows our dentists to identify potential warning signs before they become visible to the naked eye and this can make the difference between life and death.
Screening isn’t painful and it takes just a few minutes; come and see us today; it could save your life!
October 19th, 2014
Have you ever dreamed of feeling like a Hollywood star? Do you long for that all-out glamorous smile? Well now, you can enjoy the glitz and glamour of the red carpet right here in Leeds with our magical smile makeovers.
Smile makeovers are designed to create the smile of your dreams and we have an array of dazzling treatments at our disposal to make your dental dreams come true. Whether you’re in need of whitening treatment and some extra sparkle or you have worn down or missing teeth, we can help!
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is made up of a series of different treatments, which may include restorative, cosmetic and orthodontic treatments. The selection of treatments you choose to achieve your perfect smile will usually depend on your dental needs and your idea of the dream smile. We will assess your needs and talk to you about the different options on offer during the consultation stage and we can make recommendations based on what we think would be the best pathway to a flawless new smile. Some patients need restorative work, others need orthodontics and some simply prefer to go all out with the aesthetics and focus on cosmetic solutions; every patient is different and that’s why every smile makeover we offer is completely unique.
Popular treatments for a smile makeover include porcelain veneers, dental bonding, white fillings, tooth whitening and cosmetic braces.
Smile makeovers can take a few days or several months, depending on the treatments that are used and the cost varies; your City Dental dentist will give you an accurate idea of costs and treatment times when you have your consultation. If you’re strapped for time or you have a budget in mind, we can tailor our recommendations to suit you.
October 18th, 2014
There are some bacteria, which are essential for good health, but others are downright nasty and we need to banish them before they contribute to dental disasters.
Good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against harmful bacteria. With an effective regime of brushing and flossing, you can maximise your chances of good oral health. Ideally, you should brush every morning and evening for at least 2-3 minutes each time and floss daily; it’s important to do this to remove bacteria from your mouth and reduce the risk of plaque forming. Plaque is a sticky film, which is made when bacteria, food debris and saliva come together. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and decay.
Bacteria and halitosis
Halitosis (bad breath) is a very common problem, which is almost always associated with oral bacteria. When bacteria feed, they give off gases, which smell very unpleasant and this is why you get bad breath. Smoking and taking some types of medication can also increase the risk of halitosis. The best way to prevent bad breath is to stick to a good daily oral hygiene regime and to chew sugar-free gum after eating. It is also highly beneficial to see a dental hygienist in addition to your routine dental check-ups.
Dental appointments are really important because they enable your dentist to keep tabs on the mouth and identify any dental issues at an early stage. Dentists can then arrange any relevant treatment and they can also give the mouth a good clean, which removes surface stains to give the teeth a healthy white glow.
October 17th, 2014
Have your dreams of dental implants been shattered? Are you sick of ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures? If so, we may have a solution. Mini dental implants are suitable for most patients and they provide a solution for patients who lack bone density to support traditional implants, as well as those who have had troubles with dentures in the past.
About mini dental implants
Mini dental implants are simply smaller versions of traditional implants; they are often recommended for patients who are unable to tolerate traditional implants as a result of insufficient bone tissue in the jaw and they can also be used to anchor dentures to create a more stable tooth replacement. The procedure for placing mini implants is much less invasive and straightforward than larger implants.
Dentures are very effective and many patients have absolutely no problem with them; however, many patients who have dentures report issues with the fit and comfort factor and implant-retained dentures can prove a very innovative and useful alternative to traditional dentures. Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are held in place by mini implants, rather than the suction of the gums. They provide much greater stability and security and they also increase the power of the denture, which means that you can enjoy a wider range of foods and complete peace of mind when you’re eating.
If you are thinking about swapping your denture or you’re interested in finding out more about mini dental implants or implant-retained dentures, call us today or bob in and see us when you’re next in Leeds!
October 16th, 2014
We understand that facing the dental chair can be anxiety-inducing, but we are here to help you and our amazing dental team has experience and expertise in providing care for nervous patients. We are a very friendly bunch and we promise every patient that we will do everything we can to make them feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. With us behind you, you don’t need to worry and you can face your dental appointments without any fears at all.
Treatment for nervous patients
Dental fear is very common and most of our patients admit to feeling at least a little nervous when they come to the practice, especially if a complex procedure is around the corner. We are very caring and compassionate and we make time for our patients; we are happy to show patients around the practice, introduce them to dentists and answer any questions before you have treatment and we also offer techniques, including sedation, to make treatment less daunting.
Sedation is a popular choice for nervous patients and it can really make a difference to how you feel before and during treatment. With sedation, we use sedative medication to bring on a deep state of calm and patients feel completely relaxed during the procedure. When you are under sedation, you won’t feel any pain, but you will still be conscious, so if you want to speak to your dentist you will be able to do this.
After sedation, you’ll be able to go home, but we do suggest that you ask a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you while the effects of the drugs wear off, as you may be a little drowsy.
If you’re worried about going to the dentist or you haven’t been to the dentist for many years because of dental anxiety, we can help you to overcome your fears. Call us now to speak to one of our friendly reception team or pop in to the clinic if you are in Leeds city centre.
October 15th, 2014
Are you one of those people that feel a sense of dread when a camera comes out or you shy away from showing off a beaming smile at a business meeting or when you meet somebody for the first time? If you have dental issues and they are making you feel self-conscious, Invisalign could be the ideal solution for you. With Invisalign you can straighten out issues such as crooked and crowded teeth with the peace of mind that nobody can see your braces.
Invisalign is a clear brace system, which uses a series of bespoke, plastic aligners to gently reposition the teeth and straighten the smile. The aligners simply sit over the teeth and when they are in place, they cannot be seen, as they are made entirely clear components. Invisalign differs to traditional treatment because it uses a number of appliances, rather than a single brace. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks, meaning that every one is slightly different; this allows room for movement.
Invisalign is not just beneficial because it offers discretion; it also offers flexibility and simplicity, as the aligners are removable. This means that treatment has minimal impact on your day to day life, as you won’t have to adapt the way you eat or clean your teeth. There is also a lower risk of oral health problems because there are no brackets or bands to attract bits of food and bacteria.
Invisalign is a viable option for most patients with minor or moderate orthodontic issues and it may be just the treatment you’ve been looking for if discretion is the name of the game. Call us today to find out more and arrange your consultation; a beautiful new smile could be just around the corner!
October 14th, 2014
If you’re determined to keep dental disease in check and preserve perfectly white, shiny pearly whites, we strongly recommend seeing one of our amazing dental hygienists.
About dental hygienists
Our incredible dental hygienists are expertly trained to provide treatments to prevent oral disease and promote good oral health. With intensive cleaning treatments and preventative services, such as fluoride varnish and sealants, our hygienists are on hand to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Our treatments include preventative treatments, gum disease treatment, scale and polish and surface stain removal and information and advice about issues such as oral hygiene at home, giving up smoking and diet.
Why should I see a dental hygienist?
Even if you have healthy teeth and a clean bill of oral health, it can be hugely beneficial to see a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists are experts in oral hygiene and the treatments they provide can help to keep dental disease at bay and ensure your teeth look bright and beautiful. Regular treatments rid the mouth of potentially harmful bacteria and polish the teeth and remove stains to make them sparkle and shine.
We recommend annual sessions for patients with good oral health and more frequent sessions for patients who have gum disease or bad breath or a high risk of developing dental problems.
You can now book directly with our dental hygienists, rather than being referred by a dentist; simply call our reception team!