October 30th, 2014
Cancer is a word that provokes fear in most of us and oral cancer is becoming more common in the UK. Our aim is to raise awareness of oral cancer and encourage our patients to be aware of the risk factors and symptoms. We provide oral cancer screening to ensure that cases are identified and diagnosed at a very early stage when the chances of treatment proving successful are much higher.
About oral cancer screening
Oral cancer screening enables us to identify changes in the soft tissue at a very early stage; we use advanced technology, which allows us to spot abnormalities before they become visible to the naked eye. If abnormalities are detected, we can then arrange for more tests and a diagnosis can be made at the earliest possible stage. With cancer, time is of the essence, as the disease develops and spreads; if oral cancer is diagnosed and treated early, the chances of survival are up to 90 per cent higher.
Screening is pain-free and quick; we simple use a device to look around the mouth and check the soft tissue; the test takes just a few minutes, but it could save your life.
November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month and we are inviting everyone to come for screening. We cannot stress the benefits of screening enough and we are also on hand to discuss the causes and symptoms and talk to patients about mouth cancer.
Spotting the signs of oral cancer
The most common signs of oral cancer include mouth ulcers that take a long time to heal (see your dentist if you have had an ulcer for more than 2 weeks), red or white patches in the mouth or any lumps or abnormal swelling. Other signs may include problems with swallowing and a sore throat, which doesn’t improve after 7-14 days. It’s worth pointing out that in the vast majority of cases, these signs will not mean that you have oral cancer, but it is always best to be cautious and to get symptoms checked out by your doctor or dentist.
October 29th, 2014
When you head off to bed looking forward to a nice big sleep, the last thing you want is to wake up with terrible tooth pain. With our preventative and general dental services, we can help you to keep dental disease and toothache at bay; we can also offer same-day appointments in the event that you need urgent attention.
Preventing dental disease
Decay and gum disease are common, but they are preventable and with good oral hygiene, a sensible diet and regular dental appointments, you can make a major difference to your oral health.
Oral hygiene is extremely important and cleaning your teeth will help to significantly reduce your risk of dental problems, as well as keeping your teeth looking clean and bright. We recommend brushing twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time and flossing daily. If you have any questions about choosing a toothbrush or which toothpaste to use, we will be happy to help.
Diet is another major player when it comes to your oral health and a healthy diet will not just boost your chances of enjoying a great looking smile, it will also contribute to improved general health. Sugary and acidic foods are the main dangers for oral health, so we recommend limiting your intake of these foods and ensuring that you consume them at mealtimes only. When you eat the enamel softens and becomes weaker temporarily; if you snack on sugary treats between meals, this means that your enamel never has time to recover.
Regular dental checks are a great way of reducing your risk of dental injuries, damage to the teeth and oral health diseases. Check-ups are really quick and there’s no need to worry about them. We also recommend dental hygiene sessions; seeing a dental hygienist will help to reduce the risk of illness and infection, as well as making your teeth look radiant.
October 28th, 2014
If your smile is in need of a bit of reinvigoration this autumn, our custom-made dentures could be just the ticket. If you have missing teeth and you’re looking to inject some style into your smile, our dentures can help to restore and rejuvenate your smile.
We provide custom-made dentures, including partial and complete dentures, to replace lost teeth and enable you to enjoy improved oral function and amazing natural looking aesthetics. With a denture, you can enjoy life as you did with your own teeth; you can smile with confidence, you can eat and enjoy a variety of foods and you can enjoy better facial aesthetics thanks to increased support for the cheeks and lips.
Why choose dentures?
Dentures have been around for many years, but modern dentures are a completely different proposition to the dentures of times gone by. Modern dentures offer incredible levels of functionality and they look more like natural teeth than ever before; they are also designed with comfort in mind and they are made from high quality materials, which provide durability.
We recommend dentures as an effective and reliable treatment for patients with missing teeth. Dentures are readily available, the process is simple and they are much more affordable than dental implants.
What does denture treatment involve?
Dentures are custom-made, so during the consultation stage, we create impressions of the mouth, which are used by highly skilled technicians to create your bespoke dentures. Once your dentures are ready, we will check the fit and then go through some simple instructions for cleaning and maintaining the denture. We will organise regular follow-up sessions to check the fit of your denture and ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.
October 27th, 2014
Halloween may be just around the corner, but the last thing we want is to see patients suffering with monstrous mouth ulcers.
About mouth ulcers
Ulcers are small sores, which develop inside the mouth; they usually heal without any need for treatment, but they can be very painful, especially if you accidentally catch them with your toothbrush or when you’re eating something with sharp edges.
In most cases, ulcers develop when the soft tissue inside the cheek or lip is damaged; this is most commonly caused by accidentally biting down on the tissue when you are eating. There is also evidence to suggest that you’re more likely to get ulcers when you are tired, stressed or run down.
Dealing with mouth ulcers
In many cases, mouth ulcers don’t cause any problems and there’s no need for treatment; however, if you have ulcers and they are very painful, you can buy over the counter gels to ease pain and speed up the recovery process. When you have an ulcer, it’s a good idea to avoid very acidic, sharp flavours and to take extra care when you are eating crisps, crusty bread or hard sweets. We also recommend brushing very gently to avoid touching the ulcer.
If you find that you’re developing ulcers on a regular basis, it’s advisable to see your dentist or your GP.
If you have ulcers or sores that heal slowly, we advise you to make an appointment. Slow-healing ulcers can be a sign of oral cancer and although it is very unlikely that this is the case, it is always best to get potential signs checked out.
October 25th, 2014
If you dream of a perfect smile for Christmas, we are here to make your wishes come true. With our range of cosmetic and restorative treatments, we have a solution for every dental drama and we can provide the perfect treatment for you.
If you have a damaged tooth, we are able to offer an array of restorative solutions, including beautiful porcelain onlays.
What are onlays?
Onlays are a type of restoration, which are used to repair damaged teeth; they are usually seen as a mid-point between a filling and a crown. Onlays can be made from dental composite, precious metals or porcelain; we often recommend porcelain because it produces the best, most natural looking aesthetics. Onlays are very similar to inlays, but with an onlay, the restoration also covers the cusp of the tooth.
Onlays are not a permanent solution, but they are durable and hard-wearing and they should last for several years.
Why would I need an onlay?
You may be advised to have an onlay if you’ve damaged your tooth playing sport or as a result of trauma, you have had a large filling in the past or you have extensive decay and you need a more intensive treatment than a filling.
Onlays and inlays are custom-made for the individual to ensure they fit perfectly. An impression of the tooth is made and sent away to the dental laboratory and the restoration is usually ready within 2 weeks.
October 24th, 2014
Even minor sensitivity can put a dampener on your day and with winter creeping ever closer and the lure of cosying up in front of the fire with a hot drink becoming increasingly tempting, now is the perfect time to sort out those sensitive teeth and book an appointment.
Most people notice sensitivity when they eat or drink very cold or hot drinks or food; it usually causes temporary pain, but it can sometimes cause shooting pain, which is very unpleasant.
Why have I got sensitive teeth?
Sensitivity usually results from worn enamel; underneath the enamel lies the dentine, the section of the tooth, which contains the nerves. When the enamel is weak or thin, the dentine is exposed and this is why you feel pain. The enamel can be damaged through injury or eroded as a result of your diet; sugary and acidic foods and drinks accelerate enamel erosion.
Sensitivity can also be a sign of decay or damage to the tooth, such as a fracture.
When should I see a dentist?
If you suffer pain associated with sensitivity on a regular basis, you should see your dentist; you may need a filling or a new crown and we can help to ease your pain and have you fighting fit in time to enjoy those delicious warming winter drinks.
Protecting your teeth from sensitivity
Your diet is really important when it comes to protecting your enamel, so try to avoid eating and drinking sugary and acidic foods on a regular basis and stick to 3 meals a day; eating between meals is particularly damaging because the enamel softens when you eat sugary and acidic foods and grazing means that your enamel is under attack for long periods of time. Always wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after eating and avoid brushing too hard, as this can damage the enamel.
October 23rd, 2014
Dental decay can be a real pain, but with our quick and simple check-ups, we can make sure that your teeth remain healthy, strong and cavity-free. We recommend 6 monthly check-ups for adults and children.
What happens when you have a check up?
Routine check-ups only last a few minutes and you don’t need to worry about a thing; we promise that there won’t be any pain and we do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. A check-up is a chance for us to have a look at your teeth and gums and check the soft tissue in your mouth; we will check the teeth for any signs of cavities or decay and make sure there are no signs of gum disease. We record any changes in your notes and discuss any potential issues with you; if you do need treatment, such as a filling, we will arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. We offer oral cancer screening, but we also carry out checks during our routine check-ups. We can also offer advice about teeth cleaning and oral hygiene, diet and giving up smoking.
The importance of check-ups
Check-ups are important for a number of reasons; firstly, they give us a chance to spot developing problems at an early stage and this prevents you from suffering, increases the chances of successful treatment and saves you money. Oral health is really important, not just because we don’t want you suffering with aches and pains or swollen gums, but also because research suggests that gum disease can increase your risk of developing other serious health conditions, including heart disease. We also perform oral cancer checks as part of your dental check-ups and the earlier signs are spotted, the higher the chance of successful treatment.
With regular check-ups, you can make major strides towards a beautiful, healthy smile; call us today to book your appointment.
October 22nd, 2014
Sleep apnoea is potentially very serious and it requires diligent management. If you suffer from sleep apnoea or you snore on a regular basis, we may be able to help. Sleep is so important, not just to ensure you feel alert and alive during the day, but also to keep you fighting fit, and with our help, you could soon be enjoying a much better night’s sleep.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which occurs when the body is not getting enough oxygen; it disrupts breathing and it can be very serious. Most commonly, cases of sleep apnoea are diagnosed in people who are overweight or obese; this disorder is also more common in men than women.
Sleep apnoea is not the same as snoring, but if you snore regularly, this can be a sign that your body is struggling for oxygen and it may be symptomatic of sleep apnoea.
How we can help
In minor cases of sleep apnoea, it may be possible to ease symptoms without formal treatment; this is usually true in cases where the individual is very overweight. Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle can have a very positive impact on breathing and circulation.
In severe cases, breathing apparatus may be required to improve breathing while you sleep.
In moderate cases, we may be able to help by providing a custom-made appliance to move the jaw forward; this helps to improve air flow and prevent problems with breathing. The appliance is designed to fit perfectly for optimum comfort and it will enable you to sleep soundly night after night. We can also provide the same appliances for patients who snore on a regular basis.
October 21st, 2014
Have you ever wondered about getting your chipped teeth seen to, but thought you’d have to pay hundreds of pounds or spend hours in the dental chair? If you’ve been put off having cosmetic dental treatment for chipped teeth, we have incredible news for you. At City Dental Leeds, we can offer cosmetic bonding, an affordable, quick and painless solution to remedy your dental woes.
Cosmetic bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a procedure, which involves using dental composite to patch up and repair damaged, worn and chipped teeth. The procedure takes just an hour and there is absolutely no pain involved, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.
If you have a chipped tooth or you have a few teeth that are a little worn and in need of some TLC, bonding is a great option. Your dentist will select a shade of dental composite to match the tooth shade and then shape the composite, which feels like putty, to fit the gaps and shape the tooth. When your dental expert is comfortable with the position of the composite, they will then shine a curing light onto the material to make it set. This takes just a few seconds and the composite becomes firm.
There are so many benefits of bonding and you will be shocked what a difference such a simple procedure can make. Even repairing a small chip can make the smile look much healthier and more attractive and the process is quick, simple and pain-free. This option is also much more affordable than veneers and it really makes an amazing difference to the look of the smile, as well as your confidence.