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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

October 26th, 2016

2839654_blogUnfortunately, dental emergencies are fairly common, so it’s advisable to learn how to act in an emergency situation.

Examples of dental emergencies

Examples of dental emergencies include broken teeth, avulsed teeth (teeth that have been knocked out), jaw injuries and severe dental pain.

If you are involved in an accident and you lose a tooth or your tooth is badly broken, it is advisable to contact your dentist as quickly as possible. In some cases, if you can get to the practice very quickly, it may be possible to save an avulsed tooth. If you have lost a tooth, try to wipe it clean while holding it by the crown at all times and then place it between your gum and the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk.

If you have a broken tooth, you may need urgent treatment to repair it and prevent any further damage. When you see your dentist, it is likely that they will order an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage and identify the best course of action.

Dental pain can be very severe and it may come on very suddenly. If you have serious dental pain, contact your dentist. It may be that you have an infection or an abscess that requires treatment. If you have bearable yet persistent toothache, arrange to see your dentist as dental pain usually indicates an underlying issue, such as a cavity.

Emergency appointments

We always try to cater for patients with dental emergencies as quickly as possible. If you need urgent treatment, contact the practice and we will do everything we can to see you and treat the problem swiftly. If you suffer a jaw injury, such as a fractured jaw, you will need medical attention, so visit your local Accident and Emergency department.

Why You Should Check-In for a Check-Up

October 24th, 2016

shutterstock_51615943Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common preventable problems around? Both children and adults can fall victim to a cavity, but seeing your dentist every six to nine months can stop those nasty little holes in their tracks. If tooth decay isn’t treated, you might end up having to have root canal treatment or even lose a tooth!

It’s easy to assume that if you don’t have any dental pain, your teeth are A-okay. But there might be tiny problems you can’t see, and these can lead to massive issues later on in life. Many dental problems fall under the radar until it’s too late. Visiting your dentist every six months can make sure these problems stay well away from your mouth.

A typical check-up won’t last longer than 15 minutes. Your dentist will have a good look at your mouth, teeth and gums and ask you about your oral health. They might also offer some pearls about eating habits and damaging habits like smoking and drinking, both of which can take their toll on our choppers. Your dentist might also give you some top brushing tips so you can keep on top of your oral hygiene.

If you need one, your dentist might schedule you in for a follow up appointment for a filling, deep clean or scale and polish.

Going to the dentist might not seem like the most thrilling 15 minutes of your life, but we can’t stress enough how important check-ups are. It helps to spot problems in their early stages and treat issues you didn’t even know you had. When it comes to your mouth, prevention is always better than cure.

The Amazing Benefits of Lingual Braces

October 20th, 2016

shutterstock_155143142One of the main reasons some people are reluctant to have orthodontic treatment is the aesthetic of braces. Train-track fixed braces are highly effective, but they are also highly visible and this puts a lot of people off. Thankfully, there are some amazing discreet options now available for patients with orthodontic issues. One option that provides a truly invisible alternative to fixed braces is lingual orthodontics. We are delighted to offer clients the revolutionary STb Social 6 brace system.

What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are fixed braces with a difference! Far from being unsightly and inconvenient, lingual braces are completely invisible because they are fixed to the back of the teeth instead of the front.

This type of brace is lighter and smaller than conventional fixed braces and they can be worn on the top and bottom teeth. They are a popular option for adults who want to have treatment without anyone being able to see that they’re wearing braces.

About STb Social 6 braces

STb Social 6 is a lingual brace system designed for patients with minor orthodontic issue. The braces focus on the social 6, which is the term used to describe the six teeth at the front of the mouth.

These braces are comfortable, completely invisible and very speedy. In most cases, treatment is complete within 4-6 months, making this one of the quickest treatments available. The wires are thin and light and they use self-ligating technology to accelerate the movement of the teeth and reduce friction and discomfort.

If you want to find out more or see if you’re a suitable candidate for STb Social 6 lingual braces, call the practice to arrange a consultation in central Leeds.

What is Dry Socket?

October 18th, 2016

shutterstock_297068462If you’ve had a tooth taken out, you might have experienced an uncomfortable condition called dry socket. This happens in around 5% of tooth extractions, when the bone has been exposed. Dry socket can be very painful, but staying in touch with the dentist that extracted your tooth will reduce your risk of dry socket and make sure you can get it treated if it does strike.

When does dry socket occur?

If you do get dry socket, it’ll probably hit you during the first few days after you’ve had your tooth removed. There’s bound to be a bit of discomfort after having a tooth taken out, but dry socket is especially uncomfortable. Your blood should clot after a tooth extraction, but if it doesn’t, the bone will be exposed and this can make you very sensitive to food, drink and even the air you breathe.

What causes it?

Smoking is a big one for disturbing the post-extraction blood clot, as is drinking through a straw. Blood clotting can also be affected by immunosuppressive drugs and birth control pills. If you take any of these, ask your dentist for advice when discussing your tooth extraction.

How is dry socket treated?

Luckily, dry socket can be dealt with easily by applying special medication to the area and carrying on with your oral hygiene routine. Always follow your dentist’s advice after having a tooth removed.

Stunning Smiles with STb Social 6 Braces

October 14th, 2016

18625010Have you ever dreamt of an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth in secret? Well now your dreams can come true, thanks to STb Social 6 braces. These innovative braces sit behind the back of your teeth, so they are totally invisible to everyone else!

The ins and outs of STb Social 6 braces

STb Social 6 braces are a lingual brace, which means that they are fixed onto the back side of the teeth. This system is specifically designed to fix problems with the social 6. The social 6 is the name used to describe the teeth positioned at the front of the mouth (the six front teeth on the top and bottom arches), which are most visible when you smile.

STb Social 6 braces are a really effective solution for patients who have minor or moderate orthodontic issues with the front teeth and they offer a speedy, invisible alternative to traditional fixed orthodontic systems. With these braces, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, straight smile without having to deal with many of the issues commonly linked with wearing braces, such as feeling self-conscious when you smile.

Do lingual braces hurt?

It’s understandable to assume that these braces must cause discomfort because there is limited space between the tongue and the back of the teeth. However, lingual braces are a lot smaller than traditional braces and these braces use the latest technology to prevent friction and pain. As with any brace, it does take a little time to familiarise your mouth with wearing STb Social 6 braces, but most patients find them very comfortable after a couple of days.

The benefits of lingual braces

The most obvious benefit of lingual braces is that they can’t be seen when you smile or speak, so nobody need know that you are even wearing braces. STb Social 6 braces are also very quick, with an average treatment time of just 4-6 months and they are comfortable and light. The treatment process is very simple; once the braces have been fitted, you simply sit back and let them work their magic. We will organise regular check-ups until treatment is complete and your smile looks fantastic.

Terrific Tooth Bonding

October 12th, 2016

Beautiful young lady smilingTooth bonding uses a thin layer of filling made from composite resin. This can be bonded to teeth at the front or back, with the ability to build up teeth worn down by decay, fill small gaps, and to cosmetically correct such imperfections as stains, flaws and crookedness. It is a relatively long lasting treatment and the bonding is accomplished quickly for maximum effect within one or two appointments.

The presence of minor gaps or small but noticeable unevenness between teeth can be irritating for many people, and they may not wish to consider braces or other slow-working aligners to treat these problems. Tooth bonding is a simple way to close small gaps and cover imperfections, including chips, gum recession, discoloration and grooves or pits in the teeth, to boost confidence and create a more attractive smile. The treatment also boasts discretion and naturalness, as the colour of the material is matched to the patient’s teeth.

A thin coat of etching solution is carefully applied to the front surface of the imperfect teeth. This makes tiny rough dips in the enamel and thus enables the resin to bond properly. The dentist then adds the composite resin bonding substance over the top and uses a strong light to fix the bonding to the teeth, hardening the material in minutes. When all necessary layers are complete and hardened, the dentist skilfully sculpts for the best and most natural looking results. The teeth are finished with polishing, and the procedure should last between 1 and 2 hours.

The bonding material is porous, which means that air can move freely through the material. In time, smokers who have undergone this procedure will find that these bonds are likely to turn yellow in colour. This may not be a problem if the surrounding teeth match this colour, but if aesthetic considerations are important then smokers should first talk to their dentist about this issue.

Regular silver fillings generally last for approximately 7 years, but the resin composites are designed for strength and so endure general wears and tears. The bonding should last between 7 and 11 years, though it is important to note that, as with all cosmetic dentistry treatments, maintaining your own oral hygiene habits is paramount in keeping the bonding in the best condition.

Give the Gift of a Celebrity Smile This Christmas

October 10th, 2016

3884462_blogIt might seem early, but the festive season is only a few weeks away! If you’re fed up of giving socks, perfume and vouchers for shops that your relatives rarely even visit, why not treat someone you love to a unique gift this Christmas?

At City Dental in central Leeds, we offer amazing smile makeovers to create flawless, custom-designed smiles. What better way to celebrate the festive season than with a smile you can’t wait to show off?

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a cosmetic dental treatment that uses a variety of different treatments to create the perfect end result. Our highly trained dentists work with clients during the design process to recommend the best treatments and produce images of the ideal smile.

Each smile makeover we do is slightly different, because all our clients are different and have varying needs, ideas and budgets.

We recommend treatments based on the desired end result, the patient’s needs and their opinions about the areas they want to address. We also take factors such as cost and timescale into consideration.

Which treatments are available?

We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic, hygiene, restorative and orthodontic treatments, all of which can be included as part of a smile makeover. Some patients need a wide range of treatments to address different issues, while others simply need a few to enhance their existing smile.

Our most popular treatments include:

  • cosmetic bonding
  • cosmetic braces
  • white fillings
  • porcelain crowns

Call us today to find out more about our smile makeover service and how you could celebrate Christmas this year with a truly amazing gift.

Choose from the Greatest Braces Around!

October 6th, 2016

386703_blogWe aim to give our clients a choice and when it comes to orthodontic treatment, we believe we offer the best systems in the country. Whether you need minor correction or intensive treatment, prefer a removable aligner or a fixed brace, we have solutions to suit everyone.

It’s important to move with the times and we ensure that our clients have access to the best orthodontic treatments around. Our dentists are committed to continual professional development and regularly attend courses to ensure they are up to date with the newest treatments and orthodontic techniques. As a result, our treatment list is expanding all the time and we are confident that we can find the perfect match for every client.

Our treatments

We offer myriad orthodontic options in order to cater for our clients’ diverse needs and preferences. We have treatments that are specifically aimed at those with minor issues, as well as those geared towards complex cases. We also offer removable and fixed braces; we have fast-acting systems, invisible braces and systems designed for teenagers.

Our treatment list includes:

  • STb Social 6
  • Six Month Smiles
  • Damon Braces

Aligner systems

Our clear aligner system, Invisalign uses a series of removable transparent appliances. We also offer the Inman Aligner, which is a rapid removable aligner treatment for minor orthodontic issues.

Lingual braces

Our lingual brace treatment (STb Social 6) provide complete invisibility. Lingual braces are fixed to the back of the teeth, so nobody can see them.

Fixed braces

Our fixed braces, which offer discretion and speed, include Six Month Smiles (for issues that affect the front teeth) and Damon Braces (for complex needs).

When you have a consultation, your dentist will be able to make recommendations based on your orthodontic prescription and your treatment preferences, for example, if you would prefer a discreet brace to a highly visible appliance.

You Could Have New Teeth in One Day!

October 4th, 2016

iStock_000001998629XSmallNo one likes dealing with missing or broken teeth and replacing a whole set is itself a whole set of nightmares. Dentures, the age old way of replacing groups of teeth, have a renowned history of problems:  slippage, clumsy speech and difficulty chewing, to name a few. Dental implants, however, operate just like normal teeth and now, with All-on-4 implants, you can have these magnificent tooth replacements fitted in a fraction of the time.

First up, what is a dental implant?

A dental implant is essentially a false tooth anchored to your jaw via a small metal rod. They can be detached, but will not slip or cause problems in the same way that dentures do. They operate just like normal teeth.

What is All-on-4?

Typically, replacing a whole set of teeth would require between six and ten implants to get the job done. With All-on-4 implants, as the name implies, only four implants are needed to replace the set.

What are the plus points of All-on-4 implants?

Well, firstly, the treatment is less invasive than conventional implant surgery and, also unlike conventional implants, there is less of a chance that bone grafting will be required. The design of All-on-4 implants works with existing bone structure and, in the case of areas lacking bone height, special implants can be used to compensate. It is also less time consuming; the new teeth can be fitted on the same day as the implants themselves, meaning you can get back to smiling the day you leave the dentist. There is also a quicker healing time for All-on-4 implants.

How does it work?

As with standard implant surgery, the two front implants are placed at a 90 degree angle. The clever bit, however, is that the two implants at the back are positioned at 45 degree angles! This nifty arrangement provides all the support and anchorage that a good set of implants need.

Talk to us

If All-on-4 surgery sounds like something you would be interested in, what not call us for a consultation?

The Many Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

September 28th, 2016

2433646_sAt City Dental we offer many choices for missing teeth treatments. Teeth may be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Our aim is to do our best to preserve existing teeth, however dental extractions at times may be necessary.

Choices in missing teeth treatments

The missing teeth treatments we offer look and feel just like natural teeth. The three main artificial teeth replacements include:

Dental bridges

A dental bridge may be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Bridges may of alloys, gold or porcelain link or clasp the artificial teeth to neighbouring existing teeth or crowns. They can be supported by dental implants too, but more on them later!

There are three types of dental bridge: traditional, cantilever and Maryland. The type of bridge recommended depends on how many teeth are being replaced and the method of replacement.


Dentures can replace one or more missing teeth on a dental arch, or complete sets of teeth on both dental arches. There are different types of custom-made dentures – partial, complete, acrylic nylon (or plastic), flexible and implant-supported.

Certain dentures are bonded to a metal or plastic plate and are easily removed for cleaning. As the gums shrink and change over time, dentures may need adjustment or to be secured with dental implants.

Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as missing tooth roots to which a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture is anchored. Implant-supported dental prosthesis are becoming increasingly popular due to stability and control it gives for oral functions.

The ultimate goal of missing teeth replacements is to restore proper dental function, alignment, bite and facial volume for a confident and beautiful smile. If you would like treatment for your missing teeth please don’t hesitate to contact City Dental in the heart of Leeds.