Wake Up To White Filling Wonderland In Leeds

September 16th, 2014

4756357_blogAre you sick of spotting silver fillings in photos or wondering about safer alternatives to mercury fillings? If so, we can offer white fillings to repair and strengthen your teeth with minimal aesthetic impact.

What are white fillings?

White fillings are a modern alternative to mercury amalgam fillings; they are used to fill cavities, small holes, in the teeth. White fillings are made from dental composite, which is designed to match the colour of the tooth. Composite is soft and malleable and it is hardened on exposure to light; this means it can be moulded to fit the cavity perfectly before it is set.

White fillings are becoming increasingly popular because they are much more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings and they are also safer and better for the environment.

Can I get my mercury fillings replaced?

Yes! We will be happy to replace existing metal fillings with new white fillings, as well as fitting white fillings for the first time.

What are the benefits of a filling?

Fillings are restorations, which are designed to make a tooth stronger when there is a cavity. Cavities are holes, which weaken the structure of the teeth; they are caused by bacteria and once there is a hole in the tooth, there is a risk of infection spreading to other parts of the tooth. The filling strengthens the tooth, but it is also protects it from further infection.

How long do fillings last?

The design and technology behind dental materials is advancing all the time and white fillings are now extremely durable. If the tooth is well looked-after they should last for several years.

Tired Of TMJ Trouble? Take A Trip To See How City Leeds Can Help

September 15th, 2014

3520145_blogDo you suffer from symptoms such as headaches, clicking and popping noises in the jaw and stiffness around your jaw? If you do, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder. This term is used to describe symptoms that affect the TMJ, the joint that connects the skull to the lower jaw.

More about TMJ

TMJ disorder is not a dental condition in itself; the name TMJ disorder relates to a collection of symptoms, which affect the joint. Common symptoms include a restricted range of movement in the joint, pain when you open and close your mouth, yawn or move your jaw from side to side, tension in the muscles around your jaw and headaches. TMJ disorder can also cause pain in and around the ears and pressure in the temples.

There are various causes of TMJ disorder, including bruxism (tooth grinding), conditions that cause deterioration in the joints, such as arthritis and inflammatory conditions. Most cases of TMJ disorder are linked to tooth grinding.

The exact cause of tooth grinding is not known, but many cases are believed to be associated with stress and anxiety. Many people find that they grind their teeth when they are under pressure at work or in their personal life.

What can City Dental Leeds do for me?

Our dentists are trained to care for patients with symptoms linked to TMJ disorder and we are able to provide patients with bite guards, which prevent damage caused by tooth grinding. With custom-made bite guards, patients are able to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep safe in the knowledge that their teeth cannot clash and clench together. Bite guards are similar to gum shields and they are made for each patient to ensure a comfortable fit; they are simply placed over the teeth at night to prevent bruxism and subsequent symptoms.

Dental Chips And Gaps Are Scared Of The Magic Composite Bonding Can Do

September 13th, 2014

3200188_blogIf you have dental chips and gaps, we have a treatment, which will banish them for good and give you a stunning new smile. Beware, dental flaws- our treatments are coming to get you!

Composite bonding, also known as cosmetic or dental bonding, is a treatment, which perfects the aesthetic of the smile in less than hour with minimal pain and no need for anaesthetic. It sounds too good to be true, but we really can transform your smile with minimal hassle.

About composite bonding

Composite bonding is a popular cosmetic dental treatment, which uses dental composite to make running repairs to the smile. This treatment is suitable for patients who have chipped and worn teeth, as well as those who have unsightly gaps between the teeth. Composite is very versatile and it comes in putty form, which means that it can be bent, moulded and morphed to fit and fill gaps and add structure to damaged teeth.

Your City Dental dentist will use their expertise and design skills to patch up worn and chipped teeth, close gaps and improve the shape of the teeth while the composite is soft and malleable. They will then shine a light on the composite to set it, making it firm and durable. Once the composite is hard, your dentist will ensure a perfect result by making any final modifications and then you can see the results.

With bonding, even the simplest of changes can make such a difference to the look of your smile. The procedure doesn’t take long and there’s no pain involved; the results are there to see as soon as your dentist has finished and they should last for years to come.

Is bonding the best treatment for me?

If you have minor aesthetic issues, such as a couple of chipped teeth, a small gap between your teeth or worn and uneven teeth, cosmetic bonding could be an excellent treatment for you. This procedure is less invasive and much more affordable than veneers. In some cases, for example, when issues are more complex and require more intensive treatment, other solutions may be better; we can discuss these with you during your consultation.

Useful Oral Hygiene Tips For City Leeds Patients

September 11th, 2014

357249_blogGood oral hygiene makes the world of difference when it comes to oral health and we are always here to offer advice about maintaining a clean and healthy mouth at home. By sticking to a good oral hygiene regime, you will reduce your risk of developing a host of dental problems, including gum disease, dental decay and bad breath.

Oral hygiene tips

Brushing and flossing

Brushing is really important and it only takes 2 minutes of your morning and evening to make a difference. Brushing removes bacteria and food debris from the mouth, which helps to prevent the development of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colourless substance, which is made from bits of food, saliva and bacteria and it is bad news for oral health. Plaque irritates the gums and increases the risk of cavities. Brushing should take place twice a day, for at least 2 minutes each time. It’s advisable to use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen and protect the enamel.

Flossing is another really simple way of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and you only need to do it once a day. The beauty of flossing is that it takes over where brushing leaves off and it cleans the parts of the mouth that are tricky to cover with a toothbrush. Flossing can take a little getting used to, but it’s well worth persevering, as it helps to keep your teeth looking bright and clean, as well as keeping decay at arm’s length. When you floss, simply pass the dental tape through the cracks between the teeth and avoid pulling.

Seeing a dental hygienist

On top of good oral hygiene at home, we recommend seeing a dental hygienist. Our amazing dental hygienists can help to banish plaque, prevent gum disease and give your teeth a beautiful, white glow.

Come And Check City Leeds Out Before The Pain Gets Too Much

September 9th, 2014

3534882_blogIf you have dental pain, don’t suffer in silence. Come and see us next time you’re in Leeds or give us a call to make an appointment and we will do our best to have you fighting fit. Dental pain often comes and goes, but it tends to get worse with time and it’s always best to get checked out.

What causes dental pain?

There are various possible causes of dental pain, including decay, damaged or eroded enamel, dental abscesses and dental injuries, such as chips and fractures. Pain can appear in various guises, from a dull ache to throbbing pain, which comes on very quickly.

Sensitivity is a very common form of dental pain, which occurs most commonly when you eat or drink something very hot or cold. This is usually the result of worn enamel, which is often caused by acid erosion. When the enamel is worn, the dentin becomes exposed; within the dentin, lie the nerves, which is why you start to feel pain.

Sudden pain can be caused by a dental injury or a dental abscess. Abscesses are infectious sores, which contain with pus; they are caused by bacteria and they are often very painful. If you have a dental abscess, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as you can; unlike other types of abscesses, dental abscesses must be treated by dentists, rather than doctors.

What to do if you have dental pain

If you have dental pain, call the practice and book an appointment and we will see you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we can offer advice about taking pain relief and you could also use self-help techniques, such as applying an ice pack to the tooth and avoiding hard and chewy foods.

Suffer From The Bad Night Blues? We Offer Apnoea Support

September 8th, 2014

1850411_blogNothing makes you feel better than a really good night’s sleep, but sadly, a large proportion of people struggle to get a quality night’s sleep on a regular basis. Sometimes, sleep disorders are to blame and in some cases, we may be able to help.

We can provide support and advice for patients who suffer from sleep apnoea and snoring to help you and the people around you enjoy peaceful nights.

What is the sleep apnoea blues?

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which affects your breathing; in severe cases, it can be extremely dangerous and may even be life-threatening. It is very important that sleep apnoea is managed diligently and patients receive the appropriate care.

With sleep apnoea, breathing is disrupted by a blockage in the airway and this means that the individual can struggle to breathe properly.

For patients with sleep apnoea, we work with local doctors to provide advice and support.

Treatment for sleep apnoea

There are various treatments available for sleep apnoea and often, treatment depends on the severity of the case. In minor cases, making lifestyle changes can have a very positive impact and we are able to offer advice about diet and nutrition and giving up smoking. Other changes may also include cutting down on alcohol consumption and increasing the amount of exercise you do.

In severe cases, it may be necessary to wear a mask to help you breathe during the night; this helps to prevent blockages in the airway.

See What It’s Like To Have A Brand New Leeds Cerec Smile

September 6th, 2014

iStock_000000363253XSmallIf you’re searching for an example to demonstrate how amazing modern dentistry is, look no further than Cerec. Allow us to tell you just how great this technology is!

What is Cerec?

Cerec is a form of technology, which has revolutionised the way dentists provide restorative treatment for their patients. Traditionally, dentists send impressions of the teeth away to dental technicians and then fit new restorations around 2 weeks later, but with Cerec, we can complete the entire process, from the design concept to the finished result, in just a single day. Cerec also enables us to do everything on-site, which means that the process is easy, convenient and very quick.

With Cerec technology, images of the teeth are converted into 3D models, which are sent across to the milling machine; the milling process takes minutes and once it is complete, the new restoration can be fitted.

Cerec enables us to create bespoke crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers without the need for temporary restorations, putty moulds or waiting around for 2 weeks.

How can Cerec benefit me?

Cerec is hugely beneficial for any patient that needs restorative treatment. The treatment process is incredibly convenient and quick, there’s no need to find time for repeat appointments and you can have the permanent restoration fitted straightaway. The process is more accurate and it affords dentists and patients more influence in the design stage.

If you would like to find out more about Cerec or book an appointment for a new crown, call us today or bob in and see us if you’re planning to head into Leeds in the near future.

Wedding Bliss Could Be Yours With A Smile Makeover Wish

September 5th, 2014

529808_blogWeddings are always a joy, but when it comes to your own big day, there’s no happier occasion. There’s also no other day when you’ll be showing off your smile from start to finish, so what better way to ensure you are always camera-ready than treating yourself to a pre-wedding smile makeover? We want you to feel and look amazing on your big day and if you’re not confident when you smile, this will really affect the way you feel when you greet your guests and pose for photos. With a stunning new smile, you can show everyone just how happy you are and look forward to looking through the photographs for many years to come.

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a very popular treatment for people who are preparing to get married, as understandably, many couples want perfect smiles for their big day. A smile makeover is made up of a series of cosmetic treatments, which are designed to create an amazing result. We can also include restorative treatments, such as crowns and white fillings, orthodontic treatments to straighten out any alignment issues, and tooth replacement treatments.

We work with you to design your smile and we choose treatments based on the time you have, the amount you want to spend and the issues you want to address. We have many treatments on offer and every smile makeover we do is slightly different.

What are the benefits of a smile makeover for couples?

Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, especially on your wedding day, when it’s likely that you’ll be beaming from ear to ear. It’s really important, therefore, that you’re happy with the look of your smile and you feel confident and comfortable when you are other people, you are with your partner or you are in front of the camera. You want to be able to feel relaxed and show off your smile, rather than hiding behind closed lips or shying away from the photographer. With a smile makeover, we can make your dreams come true in time for your big day, so that you can dazzle everyone with your perfect pearly whites and most importantly, feel comfortable and attractive in your own skin.

Take A Step In The Right Direction With Miraculous Mini Implants

September 4th, 2014

3177025_blogWe are delighted to offer our patients miraculous mini implants. You may have heard about the incredible benefits of dental implant treatment and now you can enjoy all these perks in miniature form. They say that good things come in small packages and we couldn’t agree more!

Mini implants are a really effective solution for tooth loss and they are often suitable for patients who have been warned against traditional implants due to insufficient bone density in the jaw. Mini implants are easier to tolerate and they can be attached to different kinds of restoration, making them a viable option for many patients who have lost teeth.

About mini implants

Mini implants, as the name suggests, are smaller versions of traditional dental implants. Implants are small titanium prostheses, which are inserted into sockets in the jaw bone to act as replacement tooth roots. Once the implants are anchored into the jaw bone, they can be attached to different types of restoration, including dentures.

Mini implants require less bone tissue than larger implants and the treatment process is less invasive, as these implants can be planted straight through the gums without the need to make an incision. This also means that healing time is much shorter.

Implant-retained dentures

One of the best uses of mini implants is to anchor dentures firmly in place; with implant-retained dentures, the denture is held in place by implants, as opposed to being secured in place by suction provided by the gums and this offers much greater stability and security. Many of our patients who opt for mini implants appreciate the peace of mind and enhanced functionality they get with implant-retained dentures.

If you are interested in finding out about the wonders of mini implants, call us and look your consultation now!

Come And See Which Leeds Braces Can Close Those Dental Spaces

September 3rd, 2014

Happy buddies laughingIf you’re interested in braces or you want to tackle issues such as crowded or wonky teeth, why not give us a ring and pop in and see us? We are happy to arrange a consultation to go through all the treatment options with you, explain how these weird and wonderful treatments work and how they could benefit you and talk to you about the treatments that suit your needs best. We have a plethora of options available to suit patients with varying needs and we are confident that we can find the perfect treatment to create your dream smile.

Our treatments

Whether you’ve got crooked or wonky teeth, your bite is slightly abnormal or you have spaces between your teeth, we can help. We have a comprehensive range of options to suit patients with all kinds of problems and we are also able to give patients choice and flexibility.

Our treatments include fixed braces, removable aligners, clear braces and lingual braces and modern treatments offer a host of attractive features and benefits, from speedy treatment to amazing, almost invisible aesthetics.

Our aligner treatments include Invisalign and the Inman Aligner, while our fixed brace systems include 6 Month Smiles, Damon Braces and Fastbraces. We also offer STb Social 6 braces, which are lingual braces; lingual braces are fixed to the back of the teeth.

Which treatment is best for me?   

The best thing to do if you are thinking about braces, is to book a consultation. It’s hard for a dentist to recommend treatments without having a look at your teeth and evaluating your needs, as some treatments are suited to specific problems, some cater for patients with minor or complex needs and some are beneficial for all. When your dentist has a good idea of what you need and also what you want in a treatment, they can then make recommendations. The level of treatment you need will often dictate the range of options available to you and then you may have preferences, which make it easy to narrow down the options.