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Why You Should Consider a Denture

June 24th, 2016

3177025_blogComplete tooth loss can be devastating to a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as their oral health. It stops you from being able to eat certain foods, can make your face appear sunken and aged and can also affect the way you speak. Tooth loss can make you look, feel and even sound like a different person, but thankfully there is a massive range of treatment to restore your smile to its former glory, one of the best being complete dentures.

Dentures for missing teeth

Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for many, many years and are one of the most cost-effective options for restoring a smile.

Making custom-fitted dentures requires around five appointments, which might involve:

  • Checking and assessing your oral health
  • Making a dental impression of your gums and mouth
  • Using a ‘try-in’ denture to see what kind of denture suits you
  • Fitting you with a temporary denture while you wait for your custom-fitted denture
  • Making sure your new denture fits you perfectly

Some patients may also require tooth extraction before they can be fitted with dentures and in this case we will wait eight weeks to give your gums time to heal.

How to look after your denture

A denture can last 10-15 years without needing to be altered, if you keep the health of your mouth in optimum condition. This requires keeping your gums clean and soaking your dentures overnight. It is advisable to always take your dentures out when you sleep, to allow your gum times to rest.

Also avoid putting your dentures in hot water, as this could warp the denture, making it unwearable.

Dentures and dental implants

Dentures can also be held in place using dental implants, which increases the stability and strength of your smile, making eating, speaking and smiling as easy as it was with natural teeth.

Which Lifestyle Factors are Harming Your Dental Health?

June 22nd, 2016

Beautiful young lady smilingNo one wants to have poor dental health. People who are conscious of their teeth follow various oral hygiene steps to make sure that their teeth are doing well. However, even if you brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist regularly, you can still have bad dental health if your lifestyle includes smoking, using other tobacco products and even sleeplessness.

Smoking

All the effects of smoking are negative. Most people are aware of only few of the medical conditions, such as lung cancer, strokes and heart diseases caused by the use of tobacco. But there are quite a few dental conditions caused by smoking. Tooth discoloration, bad breath, build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, gum disease, oral cancer and many more are all caused by smoking. Regular smokers have a very high chance of developing gum disease, as the tobacco in cigarettes weakens the attachment between the soft tissue and the bone. It is also interferes with the regular functions of the cells in the gums. This interference increases the risk of periodontal diseases.

Sleeping disorders

Sleeping disorders can also cause many dental conditions, since they weaken the immune system. We use our mouth to eat food, drink water and talk. However, every time we open our mouth, germs and bacteria are ready to get in and cause infection. The immune system of our body constantly fights these bacteria and allows us to lead a healthy life. People get sick because their immune system had lost the battle with harmful bacteria, virus or germs, due to inadequate strength. Therefore, apart from cleaning the mouth regularly and eating fresh fruit full of vitamins, it is also important to give your body a proper rest everyday in order to keep your immune system strong.

Sweets and treats

Even if you brush your teeth every day, it is important to brush your teeth after having sweets or carbonated drinks. This is because both sugar and acid stay active for at least one hour after you have them. Both sugar and acid will team up with the bacteria present in the plaque to produce harmful bacteria, which in turn will slowly eat away the enamel and make your teeth susceptible to various dental conditions.

 

How to Treat a Dental Abscess

June 16th, 2016

944335_blogThe collection of pus within the gums or teeth due to bacterial infection is called a dental abscess. The bacterium is generally found in the plaque and damages the gums, teeth and soft tissue within the tooth. Dental abscess can only be cured by dental treatment and a dentist is best equipped to deal with them. In some advanced cases, the dentist may also need to perform surgery.

Dental procedures

If the abscess is periapical, then you’ll require root canal treatment to get rid of the abscess. In this procedure, the dentist drills into the lifeless tooth in order to let the pus loose and remove infected tissue. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, a root filling is inserted to avoid any future infection.

If the abscess is periodontal, after the dentist releases the pus and has cleaned the periodontal pocket, he or she will smooth the surface of tooth’s root by scaling and filling beneath the gum line to facilitate complete healing. This will help prevent any future infection.

Surgery

In certain cases where the periapical abscess recurs, an oral surgeon will be required to remove the infected tissue. In the case of periodontal abscess the oral surgeon will reshape the gum tissue in order to remove the periodontal pocket permanently.

In very rare cases, the abscess can show up even after both dental and surgical procedures. In cases like this, or where the tooth is severely broken, the tooth will be completely extracted.

Painkillers

There is no doubt that dental abscesses are very painful. Over the counter painkillers from a local pharmacy can be used to get some relief however, they should only be used for temporary relief while you are waiting for proper dental treatment. Also, do not overuse the painkillers and always follow the prescription mentioned on the cover. Painkillers will just reduce the pain and cannot get rid of the abscess or the infected tissues and should never be used as an alternative to proper dental treatment.

A Truly Invisible Brace System!

June 14th, 2016

Beautiful young lady smilingWhen someone tells you a brace is invisible, you might wonder if it’s too good to be true. How invisible can a brace really be? Well, STb Social 6 lingual braces truly can’t be seen, as they are bonded to the back of your teeth. Your smile will be straightened in total secret!

Spectacular Speed

If your teeth are overcrowded, protruding or irregularly spaced, STb Social 6 lingual braces could be perfect for you. These spectacular braces can straighten smiles within a tiny 16 week period. Your orthodontist will evaluate your dental condition and if you’re suitable, they’ll recommend this awesome orthodontic system.

Self-ligating system

As well as it’s speed and discretion, the STb system also boasts a cool self-ligating mechanism that uses low levels of friction so your teeth move with ease and comfort. Traditional brace systems would often cause problems when eating, speaking and brushing your teeth, but these babies make all of that a piece of cake. This self-ligating dental technology makes treatment faster, so you can enjoy your brand new look in no time!

Custom-made just for you

Once you’ve decided on STb Social 6 lingual braces, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth to allow the boffins in the dental lab to create your custom-made braces. Once this is done, your braces will be fitted for smile-enriching results.

Your dentist will fit and adjust your braces and you can expect to wear them for 6-16 weeks. You’ll soon get used to wearing them and any temporary sensations you experience should fade within a few days.

Throughout your treatment you’ll feel confident in your self image and once the braces are off, you’ll feel on top of the world!

Quick, Simple Straightening with the Inman Aligner

June 10th, 2016

386703_blogLeeds dentists straighten teeth quickly and effectively with the Inman Aligner

For many years, lots of people have benefited from the straightened teeth offered by braces.  However, although they are extremely effective, braces are not without problems for the wearer.  Firstly, they often need to be worn for as long as three years.  That’s three years with a mouth full of metal that is visible every time you smile! This can be especially troubling for those who find social situations difficult anyway.

The Inman Aligner can straighten teeth just as effectively as traditional braces, but eliminate the two problems identified above. The Inman Aligner works incredibly quickly. With an average treatment time of less than six months, some patients complete the treatment in just six weeks. What’s more, the device is completely removable, which makes it much easier to clean.

This brace is also very discreet. The only visible part is a thin straightening bar running across the front teeth.  The rest of the working parts of the Inman Aligner are out of view.  It works work by using the power of a coiled spring to push teeth against the straightening bar.

Despite the extra speed and convenience of being able to remove it, the Inman Aligner is not an expensive option. In fact it costs roughly the same as most other, similar orthodontic treatments.  It is worth bearing in mind though that the Inman Aligner is not suitable for rotating teeth.

Get Great-Looking Teeth with Mini Implants

June 8th, 2016

3177025_blogTry an alternative teeth solution with mini implants at City Dental.

With technology advancing on a daily basis, dentists and their patients are getting spoilt for choice with a variety of different dental treatments. From transparent removable aligners to porcelain veneers, there’s a dental solution out there matched to your needs. But have you heard of mini implants?

What are mini implants?

Used to support dentures and crowns, mini implants are placed using a simple non-surgical approach – and the sheer ease of this procedure means you can have it done in the morning and have full use of them by evening. Lasting about 90 minutes in total, a light anaesthetic is injected into the gums, followed by the insertion of the implants either into the gum or bone. The implants are then screwed into the bone and able to accommodate dentures immediately after surgery. Because of this, mini implants have proven to be very successful, as opposed to the three to six month healing time that comes with the standard implants.

How can I get them?

Firstly, seek out a professional trained within the field of mini implants. This type of procedure may not be suitable for you, so it’s always best to talk to an experienced practitioner who can carry out an oral health examination as well as evaluate your medical history. Whilst you can have mini implants done once the bones have stopped growing, those with certain medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes or periodontal disease may need further treatment before the implants can be fitted.

Make Your Smile Sparkle This Summer

June 6th, 2016

3170978_blogThe sun is shining and many of us are looking forward to packing suitcases and jetting off on holiday to enjoy a summer of fun. So what better time to showcase a new smile? If you fancy transforming your teeth with the latest treatments or you’ve been longing for a dream smile for years, now is the time to call and set the ball rolling! With our smile makeovers, you could soon be showing off a flawless smile in perfect time for those all important holiday snaps.

Our smile makeovers

We are proud of our personalised smile makeover service, which offers clients the opportunity to enjoy a brand new smile and high levels of confidence. Our makeovers can change lives, as many patients who come to us have been hiding their smile away for years and we are confident that we can produce a perfect outcome for every individual client.

We use many different treatments and techniques for our makeovers and we have a range of restorative, orthodontic and cosmetic options at hand. We have solutions for any kind of aesthetic problem and we take time to chat with our patients, look at photographs of smiles they like and choose treatments to design the ideal smile.

Which treatments will I have?

The range of treatments on offer reflects the varying demands and needs of our patients and every smile makeover we do is slightly different for this reason. One patient may need completely different treatments to the next and we understand that everyone’s perception of a perfect smile is different.

We have an array of cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative treatments on offer, including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding, while fillings, crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, Inman Aligner treatment and gum reshaping.

With so many choices available, it can be difficult to choose your treatments, but often, the options become much clearer once you have an idea of the look you want and we have discussed the changes you want to make. We can explore the different treatments, talk to you about how they work, how long they take and how much they cost and make recommendations based on your current oral health status and the look of your smile, the amount you want to spend and your preferred treatment time.

Straighter Teeth are More Achievable Than Ever Before!

June 2nd, 2016

header_image4How the process works

Invisalign is a progressive tooth straightening alternative to braces. This innovation uses clear tooth retainers that support your teeth and provides them with the scaffolding they require to pull them into an aligned position.

You firstly need to be assessed by your dentist, which will result in impressions of your teeth being taken, so sizes and shapes – everything – is taken into account.

Using the model coupled with your personal treatment plan (given to you by the dentist) software can then calculate the projected movement of your teeth from their current position to perfect alignment.

The virtual tour of your teeth’s progress allows you to feel more comfortable about exactly what the result will look like.

After your assessments and viewing your treatment plan, a series of nearly invisible retainers will be manufactured. You will then be given a set of these, which you are required to change every two weeks. The Invisalign retainers should be taken out when eating, drinking and cleaning.

The basic idea is that each set of retainers is shaped fractionally closer to what you want your teeth to look like, to allow your teeth to grow into the position you desire little by little.

What does Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can be used to cure overlapped, gappy, crossbitten, over/underbitten teeth and is designed not to impede on your lifestyle. Braces can do this, however, with Invisalign you can take your retainer out and continue to live your life – eventually with a straight, confident smile.

Why You Should Visit a Hygienist

May 26th, 2016

585811_blogAt City Dental we provide appointments for a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments and dental care including hygiene visits. Dental hygiene check-ups form part of the regular dental check-ups that we offer, such as for tooth decay and gum disease screening.

Meet our dental hygienist

Our dental hygienist is there to listen to your oral health concerns and provide you with information, screening and treatments. The role of the dental hygienist is to provide care in prevention of oral diseases and dental care maintenance for better health.

There are certain treatments that may be provided at dental hygienist visits, such as professional teeth cleaning, and others that may involve both the dentist and dental hygienist, such as for management of gum disease.

Visit our dental hygienist for power teeth cleaning

Appointments may be made to scale, clean and polish teeth as part of helping you maintain good oral health through home oral hygiene practice. Plaque and tartar are removed from tooth grooves that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Power teeth-cleaning prevents development of tooth decay and gum disease.

The dental hygienist for screening of oral disease

As part of their role in preventing oral disease, dental hygienists screen for caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, and mouth cancer. The screening helps identify early signs of an oral disease so that the right treatment may be provided to restore oral health. Regular check-ups with the dental hygienist maintains a healthy mouth, body and mind. Contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds for more information.

Wave Goodbye to Wisdom Tooth Woes

May 24th, 2016

3534882_blogAfter your milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, wisdom teeth usually start to develop. Wisdom teeth may once have been particularly useful to us. Now the need for wisdom teeth is almost obsolete due to the evolution of our diets.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, generally grow at the back ends of our jaws or dental arch. Depending on how wisdom teeth develop, they may grow normally or cause orthodontic problems. Wisdom teeth issues include dental overcrowding or impaction, partial eruption, cysts and pain.

Dental treatment may be required to prevent malocclusion, bite or jaw disorders and infection.

Problems with wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth impaction occurs when the wisdom teeth grow sideways, pushing neighbouring teeth out of position. A dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction if the impaction, whether complete or partial, is causing malocclusion or cysts and infection.

The danger in leaving wisdom teeth bony impaction untreated is tooth decay, jawbone damage or pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is infection of the gum tissue pocket over the partially erupted wisdom tooth. Wisdom tooth extraction is generally required in such cases.

Removing a wisdom tooth

The procedure for wisdom tooth removal includes administration of a local or general anaesthetic for pain-free extraction. The sedation not only numbs the treatment site, but reduces anxiety about the procedure. Once extracted, gauze may be placed over the pocket to stem bleeding and to promote blood clotting.

Aftercare advice is provided for recovery after wisdom tooth extraction, particularly to prevent dry socket where the blood the clots within the pocket bursts and causes pain. Antibiotics may be provided to prevent infection, and painkillers to relieve any post-operative discomfort.