April 24th, 2014
Have you ever thought that celebrities tend to have suspiciously perfect looking smiles? Do you feel hard done by because you’ve not been blessed with perfectly aligned teeth? If so, you may be comforted by the fact that many celebrities have undergone extensive dental treatment, including orthodontic treatment, to get their gleaming pearly whites and these treatments could help you to achieve the same Hollywood worthy smile.
Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Brooklyn Beckham and Miley Cyrus are just a handful of famous faces who have worn braces to get their flawless smiles and with Invisalign, you too can enjoy a dream smile. Invisalign is a clear brace system, which has taken the world by storm and offers a virtually invisible alternative to traditional fixed braces.
Invisalign employs a different method of tooth straightening to fixed braces and uses a series of specially designed removable aligners to move the teeth into place easily. The aligners are manufactured according to detailed personalised treatment plans, which plot the movement of the teeth and each one is worn for 2 weeks. The aligners should be worn for at least 21 hours per day and they are designed to be taken out when you eat and clean your teeth.
Aside from the obvious advantage that Invisalign aligners are clear, they are also comfortable and easy to keep clean; you can also enjoy the freedom of eating without any worry about getting food trapped in your teeth during meals out and the ability to clean your teeth in the normal way.
If you’re longing for a celebrity style smile and you are searching for a discreet treatment, Invisalign could be the answer!
April 23rd, 2014
If you’ve watched television of late you may have noticed adverts warning about the dangers of bleeding gums and we encourage all our patients to look out for signs of gum disease. The advert states that you wouldn’t ignore bleeding from any other part of your body, so why ignore your gums and this is a useful message. The problem with gum disease is that it gets worse the longer it is left untreated and eventually causes irreversible damage in your mouth.
Gum disease is preventable, but that doesn’t stop it from being extremely common. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among British adults. It is easy to prevent gum disease with good oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices, but it is also important to be aware of the warning signs, so that you are able to act quickly.
If you have bleeding gums, this may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to see your dentist and get checked out. If you do have early signs of gum disease, your dentist can treat it before it gets any worse and causes permanent damage. Other signs to look out for include swollen, tender and red gums. Most people tend to notice bleeding when they brush their teeth.
City Dental dentists and dental hygienists work together to treat gum disease and free you from pain as quickly as possible. As well as providing hygiene treatments, they can also offer advice about oral hygiene and giving up smoking. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease.
April 22nd, 2014
If your tooth is decayed and infected, you may be advised to consider root canal treatment. We understand that the words ‘root canal treatment’ are enough to send some patients into a frenzy of fear, but we use the latest technology and our expertise and experience to prevent pain and ensure you feel relaxed during the procedure.
Root canal treatment has been performed for many years to treat infected teeth; it is often a preferable alternative to tooth extraction and is generally recommended when an infection has reached the pulp tissue of the tooth. The pulp is the living part of the teeth and it contains the nerves and the blood vessels; once an infection reaches the pulp, the blood supply is cut off and the tooth starts to die. The risk of further infection and dental abscesses is high and root canal treatment can help to prevent these problems.
The actual procedure involves drilling into the tooth and removing the decayed tissue from the root canals; the tooth will be numbed first to ensure that you don’t feel anything and we use specially designed instruments and a state of the art microscope to minimise treatment time. Once all the decayed tissue has been taken out, the root canals are sealed using a special form of dental filling material and a crown is placed over the tooth to make it stronger and more resistant to damage.
Root canal treatment can make the difference between keeping and losing a tooth and we always endeavour to save teeth. With this treatment, you can continue to enjoy a healthy, functional smile.
April 21st, 2014
Cerec is an amazing example of modern dental technology and it allows us to offer same-day restorative treatment in the heart of Leeds. Gone are the days when you had to wait around for a new crown, veneer or onlay!
Cerec is a form of technology, which allows dental practices to make and fit new restorations, including inlays, onlays, veneers and dental crowns on-site. This means that the entire treatment process can take place in a single day, rather than over a two week period, with multiple appointments required.
Usually, dental putty is used to make moulds of the teeth and this can be an unpleasant experience, especially if you have a sensitive gag reflex. With Cerec, this process is eliminated and instead, images taken with a camera are used to create designs for the new restoration. Cerec converts these images into detailed three-dimensional models and these are sent to the milling machine, where the manufacturing process takes place.
Aside from cutting the speed of treatment, Cerec also means that patients only need a single visit to the dentist, the process is cleaner and less invasive and dentists have more control over the design of the finished product. There is also no need for temporary restorations.
If you need a new crown, inlay or onlay or bespoke veneers and you’re in a rush, come and see us! In just one day, we’ll have you smiling with confidence again.
April 20th, 2014
Athletes in Leeds, listen up! We have an amazing appliance, which could help to enhance your performance on the field, as well as reducing your risk of suffering dental injuries. The OSO Athletic mouth guard is one of the most advanced gum shields on the market and we are delighted to be one of just a few clinics in the UK to offer this incredible product.
About the OSO Athletic mouth guard
Sport has a host of benefits for everyone, from a better social life and reduced levels of stress, to a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and strokes, but the reality is that some activities can be dangerous. Contact sports and sports that involve heavy or fast-flying objects carry a risk of dental injuries and we recommend using a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from injury in sports, such as boxing, martial arts, football, rugby and hockey.
The OSO Athletic mouth guard is not your average gum shield. Yes, it offers protection against high flying kicks and balls, but it also provides so much more. This appliance uses the latest technology to correct the alignment of the muscles in the neck and shoulders and the position of the jaw to improve posture and reduce tension and strain in the muscles. It also facilitates better muscle contraction and improves strength and balance.
If you’re looking to outdo your rivals on the field, look no further than the OSO Athletic mouth guard!
April 19th, 2014
Speed is usually towards the top of most orthodontic patient’s treatment wish-list and we have great news for you if you’re one of the hundreds of patients looking for a swift solution to crooked or crowded teeth. Fastbraces is an amazing new treatment, which promises to deliver results quickly.
Fastbraces is a versatile and innovative fixed brace treatment, which moves the teeth in half the time of conventional fixed orthodontics. Usually, braces move the roots and crowns at different times, but Fastbraces focuses on both sections from day one, vastly reducing treatment times. These braces are made from a single heat-activated wire and triangular brackets. Treatment time is around 50 per cent shorter than conventional fixed appliances and the braces are very comfortable.
This is a versatile treatment, which is suitable for patients with a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crooked, crowded, twisted and misaligned teeth and problems with the bite, and it offers a speedier alternative to traditional fixed braces. Fastbraces are also more discreet than traditional braces and they represent very good value for money, as shorter treatment times mean fewer visits to the dentist.
April 18th, 2014
It sounds dramatic when something is described as life-changing, but we really believe that dental implants can transform your life. If you’ve been struggling with low confidence or you have problems with eating or speaking in public because of missing teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution. Implants are a modern, innovative replacement for natural teeth and they can help to restore confidence and ensure that you can dine out, speak and smile with confidence.
Dental implants are designed to replace the missing tooth root and they are implanted into small sockets in the jaw bone. Once the implant is in place, it takes on the roles of the tooth root and provides support and stability for the rest of the tooth, which is replaced by either a dental crown, a dental bridge or a denture. As implants are made from titanium, they are able to integrate fully into the jaw bone and this gives much greater stability than other tooth replacement treatments.
Implants really can have a huge impact on your day to day life, especially if you have been missing teeth for a long time. You can eat as normal, feel confident when you smile and speak clearly and your overall look will change as a result of greater support for your cheeks. Implants are also designed to last a very long time and they are much easier to maintain and look after than dentures. They are suitable for most patients and as they are compatible with many different restorations, they can be an option for those with a single tooth or a full set of missing teeth.
We offer amazing implant systems, which could really transform your life. Come and see us or give us a ring to make an appointment to find out more!
April 17th, 2014
Mouth cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK and the number of cases has almost doubled in the last decade. Our dentists are trained to spot the early warning signs of oral cancer to ensure early intervention and increase he chances of survival as much as possible.
Sadly, the prognosis for many patients diagnosed with oral cancer is poor at the moment and this is almost always due to the fact that cases are diagnosed at a late stage, when there is a distinct possibility that cancer has spread through the body. Cases are diagnosed late because most people are unaware of the symptoms they should be looking out for. Most people know to see their doctor if they feel a lump or notice an abnormal swelling, but surveys show that the majority of people are unaware of the warning signs of oral cancer.
We carry out oral cancer checks during routine check-ups and we also offer oral cancer screening, which enables us to use the latest technology to spot changes in tissue that are not visible to the eye. We also encourage our patients to see their dentist on a regular basis and to look out for the following warning signs: red or white patches in the mouth, swelling in the throat and ulcers that take more than 2 weeks to heal.
With early diagnosis, we can help more people to survive oral cancer. Book your screening appointment or a routine check-up now!
April 16th, 2014
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which causes breathing difficulties. At City Dental Leeds we can identify the risks of sleep apnoea and manage the condition to help you to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
Sleep apnoea is not the same as heavy snoring and it requires careful management because it affects breathing. People who have sleep apnoea experience bouts of disturbed breathing during their sleep.
There are various risk factors for sleep apnoea, including being overweight or obese, age, sex, medical history, smoking, drinking alcohol and family history. Men and people over the age of 40 have a higher risk of sleep apnoea.
Often, making simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to patients with sleep apnoea; these may include losing weight, doing more exercise, giving up smoking and cutting down on drinking. We are here to help and we can offer advice about healthy eating and giving up smoking.
We can also help with anti-snoring treatment. If your partner snores on a regular basis and this is affecting your sleep pattern, you will probably have noticed that you feel tired during the day and this can affect your performance at work, as well as your general mood. We can provide specially designed devices to keep the airway open by holding the jaw slightly forward. These have a very high success rate.
April 15th, 2014
Going to the dentist can make most people feel a little anxious, but for some, the thought of sitting in the waiting room or lying in the dental chair is terrifying. We understand that having dental treatment can be a scary prospect and our dentists have training in caring for patients with dental fears.
We offer sedation for nervous patients, which helps to make you feel more relaxed and calm. Sedation is commonly used in medicine and dentistry and involves the use of sedative medication. Sedation is a less risky alternative to general anaesthetic; it doesn’t make you lose consciousness and you can still hear and communicate with your dentist. When you are sedated, you feel drowsy and completely calm and you won’t feel any pain.
After your dentist has finished treatment, they will give you medication to bring you around and it will take a while for the effects of the sedative to fade completely. Once you are ready to go home, we advise you to rest; we advise patients to ask a friend or relative to accompany them home, as it is not possible to drive after sedation.
One of the problems we face is that nervous patients have such profound fear that they put off going to the dentist for years on end and we want to help patients to conquer their fears, so that they feel confident and able to go to the dentist for regular appointments. With sedation, the prospect of treatment is less daunting and we hope to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their time with us.