How to Treat a Mouth Ulcer

March 28th, 2015

2143132_blogMouth ulcers are sores that tend to develop  inside the lips and cheeks. They are very common and most people will have at least a few ulcers in their lifetime. If you have a troublesome ulcer or you keep getting mouth ulcers, we may be able to help.

About mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers are characterised as painful open sores, which are usually blue, grey or yellow in colour. In most cases, they develop following an injury or accident that causes the skin to be broken. If you accidentally catch yourself when eating or bite your tongue, for example, and ulcer may occur. Ulcers can also be caused by jagged or uneven tooth surfaces, loose fillings or sharp foods like crisps.

Possible causes of recurrent ulcers include stress, anxiety, eating certain types of food and hormonal changes in the body. In some cases, there may also be family history.

Treating mouth ulcers

In most cases, ulcers don’t cause any problems and they disappear after a few days without any need for treatment. However, in some cases they can be very painful and treatment may be recommended. You can buy over the counter medication, usually in the form of topical gels, which are applied directly onto the surface. These treatments help to ease pain and speed up the healing process.

If you get ulcers on a recurrent basis or you have an ulcer that is taking a long time to heal, it is advisable to see your dentist. Sometimes, sores that take longer than normal to heal can be symptomatic of oral cancer and although this is very unlikely, it is always best to get checked out.

If you have an ulcer, there are some simple self-help techniques that can help to reduce discomfort, such as avoiding sharp and acidic flavours, being careful when chewing food and avoiding the ulcer when you brush your teeth. It may also be helpful to keep a food diary if you find that you get ulcers on a regular basis. This could help to identify potential triggers to be avoided in the future.

 

 

How to Protect Your Teeth Whilst Playing Sports

March 27th, 2015

2112592_blogWe actively encourage healthy lifestyle choices and sport is a really great way to meet new people, let off steam and keep fit. However, there are risks associated with most sporting activities and we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect the teeth while you play. We are delighted to be one of a handful of clinics in the UK to offer the incredible OSO Athletic mouth guard.

Everything you need to know about the OSO Athletic mouth guard

The OSO Athletic mouth guard is a specially designed sports appliance that offers much more than a conventional gum shield. This mouth guard is programmed to adjust the position of the jaw automatically, to ensure that it is in the optimum place to facilitate effective and efficient muscle contraction and reduce tension and pressure in the facial muscles. By adapting the jaw joint, any discomfort is reduced and individuals can focus on the game.

Each mouth guard is custom-made using precise measurements for a perfect fit and the guard works to modify the jaw position straight away. In addition to improving muscular contraction, studies have also shown that using the OSO Athletic mouth guard also helps to improve strength and power.

Who is the OSO Athletic mouth guard aimed at?

The OSO Athletic mouth guard is aimed at participants of all levels and abilities from amateurs to elite performers, and it comes highly recommended by dental professionals. We advise anyone who participates in a sport or activity that carries a risk of dental injury to use the OSO Athletic mouth guard, including those who engage in:

  • boxing
  • martial arts
  • rugby league
  • rugby union
  • hockey
  • kick-boxing
  • wrestling
  • lacrosse

If you’d like to find out more about the OSO Athletic mouth guard, we will be happy to talk you through the pros and cons and outline the treatment process. Call us today to arrange a consultation.

What’s So Special About a Sonicare Toothbrush?

March 26th, 2015

iStock_000006052729XSmallAt City Dental Leeds, we’re determined to go the extra mile to promote good oral health and shout about the importance of good oral hygiene from the rooftops. With an effective brushing and flossing regime teamed with healthy eating and regular check-up, you can drastically improve your chances of enjoying strong, healthy teeth and for many years to come.

We recommend Sonicare by Phillips to our patients. This impressive and innovative range of toothbrushes boasts features to suit clients of all ages with varying dental needs and there are brushes with budgets to cater for everyone.

What’s so special about Sonicare?

Sonicare brushes are developed based on extensive research that identifies the best ways of detecting and removing plaque and producing the best possible standards of cleaning. The designs are easy to use and versatile and there are options to personalise the brush, including different settings and modes. Sonicare uses a patented cleaning system that doesn’t just clean and polish the visible tooth surfaces, but also targets the gum lines and the spaces between the teeth. Although brushing is effective and powerful, the motion is very gentle and it protects the enamel.

Which brush should I choose?

Sonicare offers a diverse range of models at varying costs. Generally speaking, the more you pay, the greater the range of features, but even the most basic model will achieve a really positive outcome. If you need advice about buying toothbrushes we will be happy to make recommendations based on your dental needs, how much you would like to spend and the features you would prefer.

If you have any questions about brushing or flossing or would like advice about buying products or achieving a better clean at home, simply give us a call today. We will be happy to help!

Why We Need to Replace Missing Teeth

March 25th, 2015

3708143_blogWhile it can be distressing to lose a tooth or a number of teeth, there are many effective replacement treatments available today. We are delighted to offer a range of tooth restoration and replacement methods including dental bridges, dentures, mini implants and dental implants.

Why is it beneficial for replace missing teeth?

Losing even a single tooth can have far-reaching implications. The aesthetic of the smile is altered, there’s a risk of neighbouring teeth moving out of position and you may suffer from a lack of confidence, especially in situations where your smile is visible to a lot of people. Missing teeth can also increase the risk of dental infection, make it difficult to eat certain foods and affect speech and pronunciation.

Replacing missing teeth not only restores the aesthetic of a beautiful smile, it also makes it possible to enjoy a wider range of foods, improves speech and gives you greater confidence. Tooth replacements can also benefit the remaining teeth and help to reduce the risk of dental disease.

Tooth replacement options

We offer modern dentures, highly effective dental implants and hassle-free dental bridges to restore beautiful, functional smiles. Dentures are a very popular tried and tested method for replacing a number of lost teeth and the process is simple. Bridges are easy and affordable and treatment only takes around 2 weeks. This is a good option for patients who have single missing tooth or a small number of lost teeth. Implants are a long-term option and they are growing in popularity. They are the most expensive treatment option, but they do last for many years and provide the best results.

If you have missing teeth and you would like more information or to discuss your dental needs with an expert dentist, call us today and book an appointment.

 

Get Excited About Enlighten Whitening

March 22nd, 2015

2823674_blogSummer is coming and it’s time to start getting excited about parties, festivals, barbeques and special events. If you’re gearing up for a wedding,  birthday or landmark anniversary, what better way to celebrate than with an amazing new smile? We are incredibly pleased to offer Enlighten, the world’s leading whitening system, in the heart of Leeds, so what are you waiting for? Let’s get excited about Enlighten!

What is Enlighten?

Enlighten is a professional whitening system that uses high grade products to obtain incredible results. Enlighten is touted as the world’s best whitening treatment and it is a regular feature on television makeover shows for this reason.

With Enlighten, you are guaranteed a stunning smile and treatment takes just 15 days. At the moment, this is the only treatment available in the UK capable of producing shade B1, the brightest, lightest tooth shade.

How does Enlighten work?

Enlighten is an impressive treatment that uses a period of home whitening combined with an in-chair treatment to achieve the perfect outcome. For the first 14 days, treatment takes place at home and involves the individual wearing a tray containing whitening agent. Trays are custom-made to fit over the teeth perfectly and they gradually lighten the shade of the teeth on contact. We generally recommend a six hour daily treatment session. This can take place at any time of the day or night.

After 14 consecutive days of treatment, we invite you to pop into the clinic for an hour-long session designed to give your teeth a brilliant shine. There’s no pain involved at all and we simply apply whitening agent to your teeth and then shine a light on it to activate it. All you have to do is lie there and we are happy to provide films or music or let you catch 40 winks. After treatment, your smile will look stunningly bright and the results will last for years to come.

If Enlighten sounds tempting, call us today and book a consultation. In just a few weeks, your smile will look incredible.

A Brand New Look with Fabulous Facial Rejuvenation

March 19th, 2015

2977218_blogIf the arrival of spring has inspired you to refresh your look, why not treat your skin to facial rejuvenation treatment? This non-surgical anti-ageing solution could help to transform your complexion and give you a gorgeous youthful glow this spring!

About facial rejuvenation treatment

Facial rejuvenation treatment is a non-invasive treatment designed to revive ageing skin and create a younger looking, smoother and brighter complexion. There are various treatment methods, including Botox and dermal fillers.

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, and is an effective treatment for softening facial lines and wrinkles. Botox is injected into the skin and it reduces the visibility of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in the face. Botox blocks nerve signals to the muscles, which prevents them from contracting and causes them to relax, making the skin soften.

Dermal fillers are another effective solution for facial lines. However, they can also be used to add volume to the skin and enhance the features. Fillers are injected into selected areas of the skin and they create more plumpness and combat the effects of reduced collagen stores. We can use fillers to target wrinkles, create more definition in the jaw line and cheeks and add fullness to the lips.

The treatment process

Facial rejuvenation treatment is a simple, quick and non-invasive alternative to surgery, and the ease of the process makes this a very appealing option for anyone who is eager to enjoy a younger looking complexion. Before treatment, we offer a consultation to discuss the ins and outs of the procedure and decide which areas of the face to treat. We then book an appointment, during which we simply involves use a very fine needle to inject the filler or Botox into the desired areas. We have vast experience in facial treatment and we control the amount of filler or Botox used very carefully in order to guarantee a natural looking result.

After treatment, it takes a couple of days for the full effects to become visible. Side-effects are not common, but may include localised swelling and redness.

If you like the sound of bright and beautiful skin for spring, call us now and book your consultation!

Terrific Treatment for Terrible Tooth Decay

March 18th, 2015

585811_blogIf you’re suffering from sensitive teeth or dental pain, it could be a sign of infection. But don’t panic, because City Dental Leeds provides root canal treatment to protect your tooth and soothe any pain you may be feeling.

When a tooth infection spreads to the pulp tissue, root canal treatment is a method that saves the tooth instead of extracting it, which is usually the only alternative. The living tissue of the pulp is contained in the pulp, including the nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes infected, the tooth begins to die and there is an increased risk of infection spreading.

About root canal treatment

Before starting root canal treatment, we will numb the tooth with local anaesthetic to make sure your comfort is optimised during the procedure. When the tooth is numb, we will drill into the tooth to get to the root canals. The decayed tissue will then be removed and we will thoroughly clean the tooth roots. Then, we will use a dental material called gutta percha to fill the root canals and seal them.

Usually, we will place a new crown after root canal treatment to strengthen the tooth and provide aesthetic benefits.

Benefits of root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is an effective method that prevents the extraction of an infected tooth. People are often concerned that root canal treatment is painful, but local anaesthetic coupled with our gentle expertise will ensure that you’re relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. This treatment reduces infection risk and decreases the chances of future tooth extraction.

Brilliant Braces for Adults and Children

March 18th, 2015

header_image4At City Dental, we have some amazing orthodontic options for patients of all ages. If you’re looking to banish crooked teeth or sort out crowding for good, we can find the perfect treatment for you!

The benefits of braces

Braces are a popular treatment for issues that affect the alignment of the upper and lower teeth and positioning of the teeth. They straighten the teeth and correct misalignment by generating forces that apply pressure to the teeth.

Braces improve the function of the teeth, as well as reducing the risk of oral health problems, improving speech and creating more attractive smiles. In many cases, people who have orthodontic treatment struggle with low confidence when it comes to their smile and treatment can really help to make a difference to the way they feel about how they look.

Our brilliant braces

We are delighted to offer an array of amazing treatments to straighten out orthodontic issues. Our exclusive collection features the world’s leading treatment systems including Invisalign, the Inman Aligner, Six Month Smiles, Damon Braces and STb Social 6 lingual braces.

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that utilises a sequence of bespoke removable appliances made entirely from transparent plastic to move the teeth. Invisalign aligners work in order and they are a great option for anyone looking for a more discreet alternative to fixed braces.

The Inman Aligner is a rapid removable treatment offering an outstanding option for patients with minor issues involving the front teeth. The average treatment time is just 4 months.

Six Month Smiles is a fixed brace system that presents patients who have front teeth issues with a discreet and swift alternative to conventional fixed braces. Treatment time is just six months.

Damon Braces are sophisticated fixed braces suitable for cases that require a lot of movement. These advanced braces use state of the art technology to work faster and more comfortably than traditional braces.

STb Social 6 braces are lingual braces offering you the opportunity to enjoy completely invisible treatment. These braces are fixed to the back of the teeth and they target minor issues with the social 6 – the front teeth. Treatment is very quick, with an average time of just 16 weeks.

Marvellous Mini Implants

March 17th, 2015

529808_blogMini dental implants are a marvellous solution for missing teeth and they could be just the treatment to restore your smile and fill you with confidence.

About mini dental implants

As you can probably guess from the name, mini dental implants are smaller versions of traditional implants. They are smaller in stature and this makes them easier to tolerate. Mini implants are often recommended for patients who have issues with traditional dental implants because of a lack of dense bone tissue in the jaw. If the jaw lacks density, the implant may fail as it may not be able to integrate fully. With mini implants, the chance of failure is much lower.

Mini dental implants are most commonly used to anchor a denture and they offer a host of benefits for patients, especially those who have had problems with traditional dentures in the past.

The benefits of mini implants

Mini dental implants offer much greater stability than a traditional denture, as the denture is supported by the implants, rather than the suction of the gums. Implants also increase the power of the denture, allowing you to enjoy the same level of functionality as natural teeth. Your smile will also look incredible and the implants will also have a positive effect on the overall look of your face, as they will provide additional support for the cheeks, creating a more youthful look.

The procedure for mini implants is quicker and less invasive than traditional dentures and you can enjoy the results faster. Implants are also easy to care for.

What does the placement procedure involve?

Placement of the mini dental implants usually only involves one session and we are able to offer light sedation or local anaesthetic to ensure that you feel comfortable and don’t experience any pain. We use a very precise surgical technique to place the implants, leaving the head of the implant exposed through the gum. Once the implants are in place, the denture is then secured onto the head of the implants.

If you’d like to find out more about mini dental implants and see if they are a good match for you, call today and we can arrange a consultation.

What is TMJ Disorder and How is it Treated?

March 16th, 2015

2143132_blogTMJ disorder stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, a group of symptoms that affect the temporomandibular joint, the joint, which joins the lower jaw to the skull. If you regularly wake up with aches and pains, you grind your teeth or you suffer from migraines, TMJ disorder could be the reason. Sometimes TMJ disorder is referred to as myofascial pain disorder.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder is a term used to describe a range of symptoms that involve the TMJ. Examples include:

  • stiffness and restricted movement in the jaw
  • clicking and popping noises
  • headaches and migraines
  • shoulder and neck pain
  • pain when you move the jaw

TMJ disorder is a very common problem and it is estimated at almost a third of adults suffer from symptoms at some point in their lives.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are various possible causes of these symptoms, including stress, tooth grinding (also known as bruxism), an uneven bite, arthritis and injury. Many cases are linked to bruxism and clenching the teeth, as this increases pressure on the facial muscles, which may lead to stiffness and discomfort.

When should I see a dentist or my doctor?

Many cases of TMJ disorder are mild and symptoms disappear without any need for treatment; however, if you experience symptoms on a regular basis, you are in pain, you have pain, which is getting worse or the condition is affecting your day to day life, it’s advisable to see your doctor or dentist. There are various treatment options, which can help to ease symptoms and make you feel more comfortable.

Treatment for TMJ disorder

There are a few different options for treating TMJ disorder and the treatment oath usually reflects the cause. In cases where bruxism is to blame, stress and anxiety management techniques may be beneficial and we can also provide custom-made bite guards, which prevent the upper and lower arches of teeth grinding together. If you have an uneven bite, orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment of the teeth and jaws may be recommended.