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Give Your Teeth Some TLC at Our Dental Practice

August 24th, 2015

18625010If your teeth are in need of some TLC, there’s no better place to go than City Dental Leeds. We have all kinds of treatments on offer to clean, polish, strengthen, protect and brighten those pearly whites.

Our treatments

We offer a comprehensive range of general, preventative, cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic treatments and are confident that we can find the perfect solution for almost any dental problem or imperfection you can imagine. Whether your teeth are decayed, discoloured or damaged, we can give them the TLC they deserve and ensure you leave with us a beautiful, healthy smile.

We provide general and preventative dental treatments such as check-ups, cleaning treatments, fillings, extractions and root canal treatment to keep dental disease at bay and treat existing signs of decay, infection and gum disease. Our aim is always to prevent dental problems, but in the event that they have already become apparent, we aim to make you feel comfortable and prevent any progression as quickly as possible.

Our restorative treatments, including crowns, inlays and onlays and dental bridges, are designed to repair and restore broken, chipped and misshapen teeth. If you’ve been injured, have been involved in an accident or your tooth is decayed, we can help to patch it up and restore strength and beauty to your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about making you look and feel amazing and with our cosmetic innovations, you can really treat your teeth. We offer teeth whitening, veneers, cosmetic bonding, white fillings and gum reshaping and we can combine treatments to produce a stunning smile makeover. We also use the latest cosmetic braces to straighten out issues including gaps between the teeth and crowding.

If you would like to treat yourself to a new and improved smile, call us today and arrange a consultation.

Relaxation Techniques for Anxious Patients

August 23rd, 2015

944335_blogAt City Dental Leeds we recognise that going to the dentist can be an anxiety-provoking experience for some of our patients. We are a Dental Phobia certified practice and always help our patients feel calm, relaxed and comfortable. Our modern clinic is kited out with the latest equipment and we have designed soothing, peaceful spaces to help you de-stress and relax.

What causes dental anxiety?

There are many reasons why people suffer from anxiety when faced with a session in the dental chair. For many people, more specific fears such as a fear of the drill, needles or injections are to blame, while others feel nervous due to negative experiences in the past. In patients who haven’t been to a dentist for a long time, there is often a worry that something will be wrong or a feeling of embarrassment about the state of the teeth and gums.

At City Dental Leeds, our dentists work with nervous patients on a regular basis and use a variety of techniques to help patients to overcome their fears and ensure they feel much more confident and comfortable the next time a dental appointment comes around. From a warm, friendly smile on arrival to the use of the latest dental techniques to minimise discomfort, we are always here to help. We are happy to meet patients for a consultation prior to an appointment for treatment so that they can have a look around and meet the team. We also provide treatment under sedation.

Sedation for nervous patients

We often find that even the mention of sedation can help to make patients feel more relaxed. Sedative medications induce a feeling of calm on the body and mind and when you’re under sedation you can undergo treatment without any anxiety. With sedation, you’ll feel drowsy, but you will still be conscious. you won’t feel anything and you probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards.

If you would like to find out more about dental services for nervous patients, don’t hesitate to call us, get in touch via our website or pop in and see us.

All About the Crown Fitting Procedure

August 23rd, 2015

529808_blogAt City Dental Leeds we pride ourselves in delivering first class crown treatment and use the best materials around to create strong, healthy and beautiful teeth. We work with highly skilled technicians and our dentists have extensive experience in fitting crowns, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.

All about crowns

Crowns are dental restorations used to strengthen a broken or decayed tooth. They sit over the top of the tooth and are commonly placed following an accident, injury or root canal treatment.

Crowns can be made from various materials, including metals and ceramics. We often recommend porcelain, as it is strong and produces beautifully natural aesthetics. With a porcelain crown, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the natural tooth and the crown.

How is a crown fitted?

Crowning treatment usually involves two sessions in cases where hand-crafted crowns are used. The first session is used to plan treatment and create an impression to be used as the mould for the new crown. This impression is made using dental putty once the tooth has been prepared and shaped. The aim of the preparation stage is to remove any decayed tissue and re-shape the tooth. Once the mould has been created, it is sent away to the laboratory where the new crown is made by experienced dental technicians. The second stage of treatment involves fitting the new crown and this usually takes place around two weeks later. Fitting the crown involves placing the crown over the top of the tooth and securing it firmly.

Once it’s in place, it’s important to look after your crown. Care for it in the same way as your natural teeth and take care when playing sport or eating hard foods. Crowns last up to five years and your dentist will check your crowns and fillings every time you have a routine dental check-up.

3 Reasons to Have a Dental Check-Up

August 22nd, 2015

585811_blogYou often hear dentists talking of the importance of six monhtly check-ups, but why are they so important and do you really need them if your teeth feel fine? If you’re due a check-up or haven’t seen a dentist in a while, here are three good reasons to pick up the phone and book an appointment:

  1. Reduced risk of decay and gum disease: patients who see a dentist on a regular basis are proven to have a lower risk of decay and gum disease than those who avoid frequent checks. When you see your dentist, they will carry out some basic checks to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and ensure that any problems are treated. If you have signs of gum disease or decay, treatment can be administered to prevent the condition from getting worse, saving you pain and also money. Routine treatments are much less expensive than treatment for complex dental health problems.
  2. Shiny, bright teeth: seeing a dentist is not just about looking out for warning signs of dental health issues. Your dentist will also talk to you about oral hygiene at home, offer tips and answer any questions you have. They will also give your teeth a good clean, so you’ll leave with a bright, sparkly smile.
  3. Early diagnosis and treatment: regular dental check-ups are an effective means of keeping an eye on your teeth and gums and ensuring that any abnormalities or symptoms are spotted and addressed at the earliest stage.

If you would like to book a dental check-up with our excellent dentists, now is the perfect time to call us!

Finance Packages for Dental Treatment

August 21st, 2015

585804_blogAt City Dental Leeds we aim to make our dental treatments as accessible as possible and strongly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy confidence when they smile. We offer competitive dental fees, operate a transparent pricing policy and are happy to provide patients with treatment as part of a finance package.

About dental finance

Finance packages can help to make extensive treatment more affordable. With a finance plan in place, you can spread the cost of treatment, paying a series of monthly instalments rather than the entire cost up-front. The terms of a finance agreement will depend on the cost of treatment and the length of the agreement and all the details will be made clear before you sign any contracts. We currently offer finance on a range of treatments – see our friendly staff team for more details.

Denplan

In addition to dental finance, we also offer Denplan, a membership scheme that enables you to spread the cost of routine dental treatment over the whole year. With Denplan, you pay a small monthly fee in exchange for a dental package designed to prevent dental diseases and keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. The Denplan Essentials plan includes:

  • two routine dental check-ups per year
  • Routine dental hygiene treatment, including scale and polish (up to a maximum amount detailed in the contract)
  • dental X-rays
  • advice to help prevent dental disease
  • discounts on other dental services

If you have any questions about dental fees or finance offers at our clinic, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

How We Get the Best Results with Digital X-Rays

August 20th, 2015

4225775_blogAt City Dental Leeds, we are always looking to the future and are committed to continual investment in equipment and technology to ensure our clients get the best possible treatment. We are delighted to offer cutting edge treatments and use advanced digital X-rays to carry out treatment accurately and effectively.

About digital X-rays

Digital X-rays are a modern alternative to traditional X-rays, which use photographic film to produce images. Digital X-rays use digital sensors. These are more environmentally friendly and safer for both dentists and patients. Digital X-rays offer a host of benefits and enable us to make diagnoses and plan treatment effectively and quickly.

We use digital X-rays in dentistry to detect symptoms and signs, determine the nature and severity of dental injuries and plan treatment such as orthodontics and dental implant placement.

What are the advantages of digital X-rays?

The main advantage of digital X-rays is that they are safer than traditional X-rays, as they emit a much lower dose of radiation. Additional benefits include increased speed and efficiency, higher levels of accuracy and improved versatility. Digital images can be enlarged, shared and uploaded and we can send them over to other dental professionals easily and quickly if required. The images are also incredibly detailed and this enables us to show patients what exactly is going on and how treatment will benefit them, providing a greater understanding of dental problems and ensuring peace of mind.

Bridging Gaps with Extraordinary Dentistry

August 18th, 2015

Beautiful young lady smilingGaps in the smile can be problematic for all kinds of reasons, but fortunately we have some excellent replacement options for those who have lost single or multiple teeth. If you’ve lost teeth through injury, trauma or decay or are struggling with dentures and looking for an effective alternative, a dental bridge could be the ideal solution.

About dental bridges

Dental bridges are a type of prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. They are so-called because they bridge the gap between two teeth. A traditional fixed bridge is the most commonly used type of bridge. It consists of a bar of crowns with a false tooth fused to a crown on either side. The idea is to seamlessly replace the missing tooth to create a beautiful, healthy looking smile and improve oral health and restore full function to the mouth.

Bridges usually last for up to 15 years and can be made from different materials such as ceramics, which produce incredibly natural looking aesthetics.

We usually complete bridgework in two separate appointments. The first stage of treatment is planning. We create an impression of your tooth using dental putty and then send it to the laboratory where your new bridge will be made by skilled dental technicians. Once the bridge is ready, we will schedule the second appointment to fit it. You can then start enjoying your beautiful new smile.

What are the alternatives?

Bridges are commonly used for single tooth replacement, but dental implants are more versatile, as they can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Another option for patients with missing teeth is a denture. Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth held in place by the gums. If you are considering tooth replacement treatment, our dentists will be happy to go through the different treatments with you and help you decide which option is best for you.

What are Componeers and How Will They Help My Smile?

August 17th, 2015

529808_blogIf you’re looking for a rapid, simple and stress-free way of getting a great looking smile, we have good news! With Componeers, we can transform your smile in just one visit.

What are Componeers?

Componeers are a simple, convenient and more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. Unlike porcelain veneers, Componeers can be bonded directly onto the teeth, meaning treatment takes just one session. Componeers are made from nano-hybrid composite and are placed directly onto the tooth enamel to create a beautiful new aesthetic. Componeers were pioneered in Switzerland and we are delighted to offer them right here in the centre of Leeds.

Componeers come in a range of different shapes, sizes and shades and clients can choose the veneers that best suit their dream smile. They are prefabricated and can be fixed straight onto the teeth to provide instant results. It is also possible to combine whitening treatment with Componeer treatment for a bright white smile.

Who can benefit from Componeers?

Componeers are versatile and convenient. They can be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve the aesthetic of their smile. They’re perfect for those who are conscious about specific imperfections and those who long for a more glamorous look. If you have chipped, stained or uneven teeth, this is a simple and affordable way to achieve a more attractive smile.

This treatment is also beneficial for nervous patients who worry about having cosmetic treatment because they are anxious about spending time in the dental chair. This process is quick and simple, there’s no drilling, no pain and no injections. Call today to start planning your amazing new smile!

Are You Harming Your Teeth in Your Sleep?

August 16th, 2015

4443553_blogSleep should give your body chance to recover and regenerate. Unfortunately, sometimes we do things during our sleep that can be harmful. This includes grinding our teeth.

What causes tooth grinding and what are the effects?

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can occur as a result of lots of different triggers, from dental problems to anxiety and stress. The majority of cases are linked to heightened stress and many people find that they grind their teeth when they are under pressure at work or coping with difficulties in their personal life.

In the short-term, tooth grinding isn’t likely to do serious damage, prolonged periods of bruxism can take their toll on your teeth and the muscles in and around the jaw. Grinding the teeth can cause chips and wear and tear. It can also place strain on the facial muscles and connective tissue around the jaw joint. This might result in headaches, jaw pain, stiffness, tension in the jaw and neck or shoulder pain.

How is tooth grinding treated?

In some cases where tooth grinding is linked to anxiety or stress, dealing with these issues using techniques such as breathing exercises, massage, talking therapies and taking time out can help to stop bruxism. Often, with periods of stress linked to work deadlines, for example, symptoms will come and go and treatment won’t be required.

If dental issues such as a misaligned bite or loose fillings or crowns are to blame, we can provide a solution. These may include replacing or repairing loose restorations or fitting braces.

We can also provide patients with a custom-made bite guard. This is a device designed to prevent contact between the upper and lower arches of teeth during sleep. It looks like a mouth guard and can help to prevent damage to the teeth, reduce muscular aches and pains and improve sleep quality.

How Does Oral Hygiene Affect the Rest of My Body?

August 15th, 2015

2823674_blogMany dentists refer to the mouth as a window to the rest of the body and problems in the mouth can suggest issues in the body. In recent years, several studies have suggested a strong link between oral and general health, so it’s important to take good care of those teeth and gums.

Oral health and heart health

Research into the link between oral health and heart health is ongoing. Yet many studies have now connected oral health problems with an elevated risk of heart disease. This is especially true of gum disease. Researchers believe bacteria from the mouth can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. This triggers an inflammatory response that increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. A study in Scotland involving more than 11,000 adults revealed that you’re more likely to suffer from heart disease if you don’t brush your teeth twice daily.

Oral health and diabetes

If you have diabetes, your risk of developing oral health issues is increased. In many undiagnosed cases  it is dentists who spot the warning signs of diabetes. Around one third of patients who have diabetes also suffer from periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease). The increased risk is due to poor control of blood sugars.

Oral health and pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about significant hormonal changes in the body. One effect is an increase in the risk of gum disease. Dentists advise all pregnant women to visit them on a regular basis and arrange a check-up if they notice warning signs such as bleeding and swollen gums. Studies have shown that untreated gum disease can cause complications during pregnancy and increase the risk of premature labour and even stillbirth.