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Innovative Orthodontics with the Inman Aligner

October 4th, 2015

2445507_blogNothing says innovation like the Inman Aligner. With this incredible treatment, you can enjoy beautifully straight teeth in just 16 weeks! Gone are the days of waiting around for results, your new smile could literally be weeks away!

About the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is an orthodontic appliance that works rapidly to correct misalignment and straighten out issues with the front teeth. The aim is to create a stunning smile and improve oral function. This treatment uses forces generated by a coiled spring and a metal bar to squeeze the teeth, gently pushing them in the right direction. The technology is advanced and the teeth move swiftly without causing discomfort.

As the Inman Aligner is removable, patients can enjoy eating without any difficulty and it is easier to keep dental disease at bay, as there are no risks of food getting stuck in the brackets or struggling to clean the teeth thoroughly because of the brackets and wires. You simply pop the aligner out and brush as usual. Many patients also prefer the sense of freedom a removable brace gives them.

Am I a good candidate for the Inman Aligner?

If you have minor orthodontic issues and are eager to enjoy rapid results, the Inman Aligner could be just the ticket! This treatment is designed to provide patients who only need a small amount of movement a fast and discreet alternative to traditional fixed braces and it can also be an excellent option for patients who have already had treatment in the past and started to suffer relapse. This occurs when the teeth start to move after treatment.  Your City Dental Leeds dentist will be able to determine whether you are a good match for the Inman Aligner once they have examined the teeth and had a good look at your bite.

Emergency Dentistry Hints and Tips

October 3rd, 2015

3534882_blogA dental emergency can happen to anyone. We never know when one is going to occur and it is probable that you will require treatment immediately to fix it. This is why we offer emergency appointments to our patients. They can be necessary for a number of problems, highlighted below:

Knocked Out Teeth

If one of your teeth gets knocked out, you should gently lift it by the crown and clean it with care. Sometimes there will still be gum tissue so you can leave this and carefully return the tooth to the empty socket. Alternatively, place the tooth into a container filled with milk or hold it next to the cheek inside your mouth until you reach the dentist. You should make an appointment as soon as possible to increase the chance of saving the tooth.

Broken Teeth

If part of a tooth has been knocked out or damaged following an accident you should call immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime ease any pain or swelling by cleaning your mouth with warm water and using a cold compress on the swollen area.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If you accidentally bite your tongue or lip so badly that you are bleeding and in pain, go to an emergency room as stitches may be necessary. This should only be done if the bleeding cannot be stopped with a cloth or compress.

Possible Broken Jaw

You may need to visit the hospital if your jaw has suffered an accident or injury. Swelling can be eased by using a cold cloth.


Toothache can happen for a few reasons, but the most common one is dental infection. If it gets worse with time, rinsing your mouth with warm water can help, followed by gentle flossing to get rid of any food debris that can lead to infection. Corsodyl or another specialist mouthwash can help prevent excess bacteria. If the pain persists contact your dentist for treatment so that the infection does not spread.

If you do use painkillers to help with pain in gums and teeth, it is important not to allow them to rest on the gums as they will lead to burning in the gum tissue.



How is a Fractured Tooth Repaired?

October 2nd, 2015

1787127_blogAlthough the teeth are made from incredibly hard components, they are still vulnerable to injury. If you’ve chipped, broken or lost a tooth, we can provide excellent restorative treatment to repair the tooth and restore your confident smile.

Causes of dental fractures

Common causes of dental fractures include:

  • sports injuries
  • trips and falls
  • car accidents
  • tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • gum disease
  • sudden changes in the temperature of the mouth
  •  fighting
  • biting down on hard foods or bottle tops

What are the symptoms of a fractured tooth?

If you’ve fractured a tooth, you may find that the tooth is painful, especially when you bite down with it. The area around the tooth may be inflamed and you may experience increased sensitivity. Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell whether the tooth is broken or not. When you see your dentist, they will X-ray the tooth to confirm a diagnosis.

What can be done for a broken tooth?

There are various treatment options for cracks and fractures and the treatment used is usually dependent on the severity of the fracture. Sometimes, when a tooth is only slightly damaged, bonding can be used and this is a very quick and simple fix. If the tooth is more extensively damaged, a new crown may be recommended. Crowns are placed over the top of the damaged tooth. In extreme cases, when the tooth is severely damaged and it’s impossible to repair it, the tooth may be extracted. Veneers are another option, as they are beneficial when the tooth structure is still strong but the aesthetic of the tooth has been impaired.

Preventing fractures

It’s often the case that fractures arise from preventable situations. Here are some simple tips for protecting the teeth:

  • wear a mouthguard when playing sport
  • always wear a seat belt
  • take care when chewing hard sweets or biting down on hard foods
  • never use your teeth to open bottles
  • take extra care when drinking from glass bottles or cups
  • see your dentist for regular check-ups




Dos and Don’ts for Your Children’s Teeth This Autumn

October 1st, 2015

318711_blogAutumn is a time beloved by kids, with celebrations such as Halloween and Christmas around the corner and plenty of presents and treats to be had as the nights start to draw in.

But while it is a fun and exciting time for children, it can also be a time when their oral health is put at risk.

The array of sweet foods that become very popular during Halloween and Christmas can add more sugar to the system and this has the potential to really damage teeth!

To help avoid any serious damage to your children’s oral health during the autumn months, here is a list of do’s and don’ts.

  • DO take additional care to ensure they maintain their oral health routine. Brushing at least twice a day is important all year round, especially if they’ve been eating sweet treats, so make sure your kids stick to it.
  • DON’T bring home snacks. While it may seem obvious, if there aren’t sugar snacks in the house then none can be eaten. The occasional snack around the festive period is okay, but don’t allow your kids or yourself to overindulge.
  • DO find replacement snacks. Oral health is becoming ever a central theme of public attention and as such there are now many snacks being sold with lower sugar content. The best type of snack would be fruit or vegetables with low acidic levels, but as every parent knows, it can be hard getting kids to eat these during meals, let alone as a replacement for sweets.
  • DO get dental check-ups. Before and after the Halloween or Christmas it is a good time to book check-ups, allowing any serious damage done to be fixed before it gets any worse.


Five Dangerous Foods That Harm Our Oral Health

September 30th, 2015

302075_blogThere has been a huge amount of discussion about the impact of sugar on the health of the nation, but the dangers of sugar consumption are nothing new and dentists have been warning about the implications of excessive sugar consumption for many years now.

Sugar is a major issue because it causes the bacteria in your mouth to release acids, known as plaque acids, which erode the tooth enamel. Once the enamel starts to become thinner, the risk of tooth infection and damage rises and enamel cannot be regenerated by the body.

Five foods to avoid for good oral health


One of the main problems is that many of the nation’s favourite foods and drinks are laden with sugar, including cakes. Cakes are an indulgent treat and they taste amazing, but if you’ve baked one from scratch or read the nutrition labels of a shop-bought product, you’ll be well aware of the amount of sugar that goes into a sponge or a gateau.


Crisps are savoury, but they contain starchy carbohydrate, which is eventually converted into sugar. Crisps also tend to get stuck in the grooves of the teeth after chewing and this can increase the chances of plaque forming in and around the teeth.

 Chewy sweets

Chewy sweets are not just full of sugar, they also get stuck in the pits and grooves of the biting surfaces of the teeth.

 Sports drinks

Energy and sports drinks have become hugely popular in the last few years, especially among young people and studies have shown that they are incredibly harmful for the teeth. Many contain more sugar than fizzy pop, which not only increases the risk of decay and gum disease, but also contributes to an increased risk of diabetes and other health complications.


Wine is a very popular tipple for people of all ages, but unfortunately, it is not good news for the teeth. Wine is acidic, which contributes to erosion and enamel wear and it also stains the teeth. Studies have shown that white and red wine contribute to discolouration of the white enamel.

Common Fears of People with Dental Phobia

September 29th, 2015

283481_blogDental phobia is an umbrella term that encompasses a vast range of fears associated with the dentist and dental procedures. Below are some of the common fears experienced by people with dental phobia:

  1. Loss of control. People with dental phobia may have a fear of being out of control. The ‘turtle on its back’ position assumed in the dentist’s chair can leave people feeling defenceless, vulnerable and exposed.
  2. Embarrassment. Some people with dental phobia are so embarrassed and ashamed of their teeth that the idea of a dentist/hygienist/pretty dental assistant laughing at or mocking their teeth leaves them severely distressed. Human beings are social animals and need positive social evaluation.
  3. Needles. A fear of needles can be traced back to a genetic survival instinct and the impulse to avoid harmful objects such as snakes, lightening and, of course, needles.
  4. Smell. The notorious smell of the dentist can result in a primal fight-or-flight response in some people with dental phobia. The antiseptic ‘Eugenol,’ derived from clove oil, is responsible for the strong smell found in most dentists and is actually a healing agent.
  5. Sights. The sight of the sterile whitewashed walls, the dentist chair and face mask are all powerful visual reminders of real or imagined fear.
  6. Pain. Some people are absolutely terrified at the prospect of experiencing pain at the hands of their dentist. This can result from a previous painful dental experience or another painful and/or traumatic experience.
  7. Crying/making a fool of yourself. The fear of crying and/or breaking down in fear is enough to completely deter people from attending their dental appointments.
  8. Gagging/vomiting. Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and gagging can also create extreme fear of dental situations.

Dental Implants for the Replacement of Missing Teeth

September 28th, 2015

iStock_000001998629XSmallDental implants are a perfect and permanent way to replace missing teeth without the difficulty often associated with dentures. As dentures are prone to slip and slide whilst eating or talking, especially on the lower jaw, dental implants are the best alternative, using titanium anchors to stabilise your dental restorative.

Dental implants make your dentures stable, more comfortable and easy to use, giving you a perfect smile and your confidence back.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The main benefit of dental implants is that they can last a person a whole lifetime. Dental implants will replace any missing or damaged teeth and look just as real as the surrounding healthy teeth without damaging any of them. In fact they do the complete opposite, as dental implants can assist with preserving the adjacent bone and gum tissue, which is usually worn down with the use of traditional dentures.

What happens during the dental implant procedure?

The procedure for placing dental implants involves surgically placing implant titanium anchors into the jawbone of the patient. These anchors will then function like the natural root of the tooth and after a sufficient amount of time has passed the anchors will bond with the bone and gum tissue surrounding them. Studs are then attached to the anchors, so when the gum and bone has healed natural looking crowns, dentures or bridges can be attached to the studs to give you back that confidence-boosting smile.

Once this is done you continue living just the way you did with your original teeth and wont have to suffer the problems that come with dentures such as eating certain food, as these teeth are just as good as natural teeth.

For more information please call City Dental Leeds.

How to Treat a Tooth Infection

September 27th, 2015

944335_blogRoughly speaking, a tooth can be divided into two parts: the outer crown and the inner root. It is these roots which anchor the crown into your jaw. Your tooth contains within it a remarkable ‘root canal’ system, which stretches all the way from the exposed enamel of the outer crown all the way down to the roots themselves. Within this complex system is a ‘pulp chamber’, which houses the living tissue that is your dental pulp. If the pulp gets infected, your tooth is effectively dying and if this is not treated you could lose your tooth. Root canal surgery is essentially the process of cleaning out the bacteria that can cause such an infection.

How does a tooth become infected?

For bacteria to make its way to your tooth pulp, the outer crown must first be penetrated. Tooth decay or damage can easily grant bacteria access to your tooth pulp, as can a leaked filling. It is important to see your dentist should a filling break in order to prevent a tooth infection.

What happens during root canal surgery?

Firstly, X-rays will be taken of the damaged tooth to help identify the number of roots in your tooth and any symptoms of infection. A local anaesthetic will be administered and a rubber dam may be placed over your infected tooth to help keep the tooth dry. This will prevent re-infection and aiding us in administering the procedure. The infected pulp with then be removed and any abscesses will be drained. The root canal system itself will be cleansed, closed up and then a temporary filling will be placed over the tooth. You will then be required for a second appointment to make sure re-infection has not occurred. Finally, a permanent filling will be fitted.

Does it hurt?

Thanks to the local anaesthetic, you should feel very little during the actual surgery. Following surgery your tooth may be a little tender or uncomfortable, but this really is nothing when compared to the excruciating pain of an infected tooth. For more information please contact the team at City Dental in the very heart of Leeds.




Gum Disease: The Signs and Treatments

September 26th, 2015

429735_blogGum disease is the UK’s major reason for tooth loss in adults. However, it is a preventable problem and one that can be successfully treated if it’s caught soon enough.

The signs of gum disease

The main signs of gum disease include bleeding gums and gums that are swollen, red and/or tender. The gums may appear to be pulling away from the teeth and you might persistently experience a bad taste in the mouth. A tooth or number of teeth could feel loose and your bite may have changed as well.

Causes of gum disease

Gum disease is primarily caused by dental plaque that has been allowed to build up around the gum line.The bacteria found in plaque produce a form of acid and other toxins which begin to eat away the gum tissue. If left untreated the acid will eventually begin to eat away the teeth and the underlying jaw bone. This is why it is important to brush twice daily and floss every night.

What treatments can be used to cure gum disease?

Stage 1 Treatment:

In the very early stages your dentist might suggest that you improve your oral hygiene routine. The following may be suggested to you: begin to brush your teeth and gums for 2 to 3 minutes twice daily and flossing every night. If possible use an electric toothbrush as these remove more plaque than a manual one and use an antiseptic mouthwash. This form of treatment may well be enough to cure the problem.

Stage 2 Treatment:

A professional scale and polish may be the next step as this will ensure that all plaque and tartar is removed. It will also include cleaning under the gumline, which should remove the problem plaque and cure the infection.

Stage 3 Treatment:

In some cases of gum disease ‘root planning treatment’ is required. This is essentially a deep clean which gets below the gum line and under the teeth to the roots. This is done under local anaesthetic and patients may feel some discomfort for a few days after the treatment. However, this can be soothed with over the counter painkillers.

All About Wisdom Tooth Removal

September 25th, 2015

585804_blogThe wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the last teeth to develop and can be found in the corners of the mouth. There are four wisdom teeth in total. Most people start to get their wisdom teeth during their late teens or early twenties, although this can vary. Often, just saying the words ‘wisdom teeth’ is enough to make people squirm, as they are synonymous with pain.

In many cases, the wisdom teeth cause no problems, but sometimes it can be painful when they push through because of a shortage of space in the jaw. If there is not enough room for the teeth to develop properly, they can start to grow at an angle and push against the neighbouring teeth, and this can be uncomfortable. This is known as an impacted tooth.

Wisdom tooth extraction

If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems and you are struggling with pain, it is advisable to have them extracted. The wisdom teeth are not essential and you will be able to do everything you need to without them, so losing them is usually the best course of action if they are troublesome.

Wisdom tooth extraction is similar to normal tooth extraction, when the tooth is gently pulled out of the tooth socket using dental instruments, but the procedure may be more complicated due to the position of the wisdom tooth. The teeth are located right at the back of the mouth and this can make it more awkward to reach them, especially if they are impacted and positioned at an angle. If you need a wisdom tooth removed, our expert dentists at City Dental Leeds can help. Our team boasts experienced dentists with expertise in oral surgery to remove your teeth with minimum discomfort. We understand that oral surgery can be a daunting prospect and we have measures in place to help patients to feel more relaxed and comfortable.