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The Many Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

September 28th, 2016

2433646_sAt City Dental we offer many choices for missing teeth treatments. Teeth may be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Our aim is to do our best to preserve existing teeth, however dental extractions at times may be necessary.

Choices in missing teeth treatments

The missing teeth treatments we offer look and feel just like natural teeth. The three main artificial teeth replacements include:

Dental bridges

A dental bridge may be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Bridges may of alloys, gold or porcelain link or clasp the artificial teeth to neighbouring existing teeth or crowns. They can be supported by dental implants too, but more on them later!

There are three types of dental bridge: traditional, cantilever and Maryland. The type of bridge recommended depends on how many teeth are being replaced and the method of replacement.

Dentures

Dentures can replace one or more missing teeth on a dental arch, or complete sets of teeth on both dental arches. There are different types of custom-made dentures – partial, complete, acrylic nylon (or plastic), flexible and implant-supported.

Certain dentures are bonded to a metal or plastic plate and are easily removed for cleaning. As the gums shrink and change over time, dentures may need adjustment or to be secured with dental implants.

Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as missing tooth roots to which a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture is anchored. Implant-supported dental prosthesis are becoming increasingly popular due to stability and control it gives for oral functions.

The ultimate goal of missing teeth replacements is to restore proper dental function, alignment, bite and facial volume for a confident and beautiful smile. If you would like treatment for your missing teeth please don’t hesitate to contact City Dental in the heart of Leeds.

No More Toothache!

September 26th, 2016

3534882_blogThere’s nothing worse than a nagging pain in the tooth. If you’re in pain or have suffered on and off for some time, we’re here to help. Our experts will get to the root (pardon the pun!) of the problem so you can bid goodbye to toothache for good.

Why have I got toothache?

Toothache is a very common problem. Sometimes it comes and goes without much drama but in other cases it just won’t budge. It can get so bad that you can’t even eat properly! There are a few main causes for toothache, including obvious ones like dental injuries, or more subtle reasons like dental abscesses, decay or sensitivity, which is often linked to enamel erosion.

When should I see a dentist?

Get to your dentist pronto if:

  • You suddenly experience excrutiating pain
  • You’re in pain on a regular basis
  • You experience heightened sensitivity, weakness in the tooth or bleeding gums
  • You hurt your tooth in an accident

How is toothache treated?

As a short-term fix, you can take over the counter painkillers to soothe pain, but always follow the dosage instructions on the packet. If your pain is really bad or has been bugging you for a while, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Depending on what’s caused the toothache, treatments include:

  • Fillings or crowns
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Hygienist treatments
  • Abscess removal

Your dentist can also give you sound advice about diet and oral hygiene to keep toothache well away.

The Ins and Outs of Enlighten Whitening

September 22nd, 2016

18625010We are proud to offer our clients the best cosmetic dental treatments on the market, including Enlighten whitening. Enlighten is the world’s leading professional whitening system; if you’re looking for a beautiful, bright smile this autumn, this is the perfect choice!

The ins and outs of Enlighten

Enlighten is a whitening treatment that uses both at-home and in-chair methods. Treatment takes 15 days, with the first 14 days involving home treatment followed by a professional in-chair session on the 15th day.

We recommend Enlighten because it is tried and tested, the results are amazing and long-lasting and the procedure is safe and simple. This is the only treatment currently on the market that guarantees the lightest, brightest shade of white, B1.

The Enlighten treatment process

Enlighten treatment is simple and convenient. Before you start your treatment, we will ask you to pop into the clinic so that we can make an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create your bespoke whitening trays.

When your trays are ready, you will undergo 14 days of treatment at home. All you have to do is wear your trays for around 6-9 hours per day (most people prefer to wear theirs at night while they sleep) and you will start to notice that your teeth look lighter and whiter.

On the 15th day of your treatment, we invite you back to the clinic for a power whitening session, which lasts just one hour. During this procedure, whitening agent will be placed on the teeth and bright light will be used to activate it. After treatment, your smile will look stunning and the results will be visible straight away.

What To Do If You Knock Your Tooth Out

September 20th, 2016

2143132_blogEven the most careful among us suffer accidents from time to time. Oral injuries can be incredibly painful, and if left untreated can go on to cause further problems – decay, disease and eventually loss of speech function or the ability to eat normally. It goes without saying that damage to teeth must be treated quickly and effectively.

Evulsed teeth

Serious damage can result in a tooth being completed knocked out. This is called evulsion. The first thing to do is to make a dental appointment as soon as possible, preferably immediately. If you can find the tooth that has been evulsed, gently clean it by rinsing it, but do not remove dirt by scrubbing it. When you are cleaning the tooth, hold it by the crown. Never hold the root of the tooth, as this may damage the delicate cells still attached, which are needed to re-implant the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned, put it in your mouth between the cheek and gum. If the tooth cannot be stored in the patient’s mouth – for example, as would be the case with a small child, store it in some milk. If you are able to see the dentist within half an hour of the damage being done, it is possible that the tooth could be re-implanted, which is why you should endeavour to see the dentist as quickly as possible.

Extruded teeth

When a tooth has suffered slightly less severe damage and merely been knocked out of place, so it is protruding inward or outwards, try to re-position it to normal position using very gentle pressure. Above all, do not force the tooth into position. Attempt to hold the tooth in position with dampened tissue and again, try to see a dentist as soon as possible, ideally within thirty minutes.

Throw Away Loose Dentures and Say Hello to Implants!

September 16th, 2016

3177025_blogDentures have served people well for decades, but they are not always completely trouble-free and if you’ve had issues with dentures and are looking for an alternative, we may have just the treatment you’ve been searching for. Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular and they offer a long-term solution for tooth loss and a remedy for many of the problems commonly experienced by denture wearers.

Everything you need to know about dental implants

Dental implants are revolutionary dental treatment that is fast becoming the treatment of choice for patients who have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth. Implants are made from titanium and they look similar to a small screw. They are implanted into the jaw bone as a means of replacing the root of the missing tooth. Titanium is used because it is strong and it is also biocompatible, which allows the tooth to integrate into the bone. This means that the new root can provide the same level of stability as a natural root.

Once the tooth root has been replaced, we can then set about replacing the visible part of the tooth. Implants are compatible with dentures, dental bridges and single crowns, so we can use them to replace single teeth or multiple teeth. Once the new restoration has been attached, your new smile will be complete and you can enjoy the same aesthetics and level of functionality as you had before with your natural teeth.

How long does implant treatment take?

Usually, implant treatment takes a few months, as it takes time for the implants to integrate. However, we are able to offer All-on-4 treatment, which is a same-day treatment suitable for patients who require a large number of new teeth. Call us now to arrange a consultation and discuss options with our friendly and experienced dentists.

Delightful Damon Braces!

September 14th, 2016

386703_blogAt City Dental, we are delighted to offer dazzling Damon Braces in the heart of London. Damon Braces are one of the world’s leading brace systems and this innovative treatment is capable of correcting even the most complex orthodontic issues and creating stunning, straight smiles.

What are Damon Braces and how do they work?

Damon is an advanced fixed brace treatment suited to patients with moderate or complex orthodontic issues. This treatment is an excellent alternative to traditional fixed braces for those looking for a discreet, comfortable and quick solution for a range of problems including overcrowding, underbite, overbite and gaps between the teeth.

Damon Braces are among the most advanced braces on the market. They feature sliding brackets, which are easy to clean, and fine, discreet memory wires. The components work together to generate powerful but gentle forces to move the teeth.

What are the benefits?

Damon Braces offer a number of benefits for patients of all ages. They are:

  • Speed: treatment times are around 4-6 months shorter than conventional fixed braces
  • Comfort: Damon Braces use friction-free technology to move the teeth, making them more comfortable than traditional braces
  • Discretion: Damon Braces are sleeker and finer than conventional fixed braces, making them much less visible
  • Improved oral health: Damon Braces have sliding brackets, which make cleaning easier. This helps to decrease the risk of decay and creates a simpler treatment process

In most cases, patients do not need to have teeth extracted prior to treatment, which is welcome news for the many people who suffer from nerves when faced with a trip to the dentist.

If Damon Braces sound appealing to you, now is the perfect time to give us a call.

You’ll be Amazed by the Stunning Results from STb Social 6 Braces

September 12th, 2016

386703_blogFor those of you who need braces but don’t want a traditional, visible train track brace, then the STb Social 6 brace may be the best treatment for you. STb braces are able to straighten your teeth discreetly, as they are fitted to the back of your teeth making them practically invisible to those around you.

The STb Social 6 brace is made of small brackets and arch wires that are custom made for you, to fit the individual shape of your teeth. They work in almost the same way as the traditional brace, but the advantage with STb Social 6 braces is that no one will see that you are having treatment.

How are STb Social 6 braces fitted?

There are four stages to having your STb Social 6 brace fitted, which include the initial consultation to discuss whether the brace is right for you, after which a treatment plan will be made. Silicone impressions of your teeth will be taken during the second stage and the third stage will see your STb brace designed specifically for you, before being crafted using state of the art technology in stage four.

Once they are ready, the braces will be fitted by the dentist to the back of your teeth. The brace will then gently move your teeth into the desired position.

What are the advantages of STb Social 6 braces?

There are a number of advantages that come with STb Social 6 braces such as:

  • They are practically invisible to others around you.
  • The brace is much faster than traditional fixed brace systems.
  • Effective results are achieved a great deal faster than invisible aligners.
  • As they are a fixed brace a greater level of tooth movement can be achieved in comparison to removable aligners.

The Brilliant Benefits of All-on-4

September 8th, 2016

3177562_blogAll-on-4 is a breakthrough dental implant treatment that allows you to enjoy a fully functional, radiant smile in a single day!

What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a dental implant system that uses four dental implants to support a full arch of new teeth. The implants are fitted on the same day as the new teeth, so you can enjoy your new smile immediately.

The All-on-4 system differs to traditional implant treatment in two key areas. Usually, between 6 and 10 implants are used to support a full arch of teeth and treatment time for traditional implants is much longer, at around 3-8 months.

How does All-on-4 work?

All-on-4 works because the implants are placed in specific areas of the jaw and at different angles. Traditionally, implants are placed in sockets in the jaw at 90 degree angles, but with All-on-4, two implants are placed at the front of the mouth, with the other two located at the back. The front implants, which made use of the dense bone tissue at the front of the jaw, are placed at 90 degree angles, while the back implants are positioned at a 45 degree angle.

How does All-on-4 benefit patients?

All-on-4 dental implants provide patients with numerous benefits, from improved oral function and enhanced bite power, to amazing aesthetics and peace of mind. This treatment is beneficial for most patients with a large number of missing teeth, as well as those who have had problems with dentures in the past.

One major benefit of All-on-4 is the speed of treatment; rather than waiting for months to enjoy the results of treatment, All-on-4 patients are able to enjoy their new smile after just one appointment. The actual procedure to fit the implants is also less invasive, as fewer implants are required.

Restore Your Smile with Our Range of Cosmetic Treatments

September 6th, 2016

529808_blogCosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity every year and it’s no wonder! With amazing modern treatments, we can make every client’s dental dreams come true.

About cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry concerned purely with the aesthetic of the smile. The aim of cosmetic dental treatments is to improve and enhance the look of the teeth and gums to create a more attractive smile.

Although the benefits of cosmetic dentistry are mainly aesthetic, it can also have a major influence on self-esteem and confidence. Your smile is one of you most noticeable features, so it’s understandable that people who are concerned about the look of their smile feel self-conscious when their smile is in the spotlight. With cosmetic dental treatment, people who have previously been unhappy with the look of their teeth can enjoy much greater confidence.

Our cosmetic dental treatments

The range of cosmetic dental treatments available to dental patients is expanding all the time and this is a really exciting time for dentists and patients alike. Nowadays, thanks to technology and innovation, you can find a solution for almost any aesthetic problem imaginable.

We are proud of our treatment list, which includes the following popular cosmetic treatments:

  • teeth whitening: an effective, simple treatment that lightens the teeth to produce a gleaming white smile
  • veneers: popular with celebrities, veneers are wafer-thin sheets of porcelain, which are custom-shaped and applied onto the teeth to create a brand new look
  • white fillings: an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal fillings, white fillings restore decayed and damaged teeth without impacting on the beauty of the tooth. They are designed to match the shade of the tooth incredibly closely, so you won’t be able to spot them when you smile
  • porcelain crowns: porcelain crowns are used to restore damaged and decayed teeth seamlessly. They help to prevent damage caused by injury and to reduce the risk of further infection
  • cosmetic bonding: a simple, painless, single-session treatment that tooth-coloured dental composite to restore worn and chipped teeth
  • gum reshaping: an effective procedure used to treat a gummy smile, this treatment reduces the amount of gum tissue that is visible when you smile to create a more balanced and attractive aesthetic

Cosmetic Treatments to Suit all Your Dental Needs

September 2nd, 2016

Beautiful young lady smilingAt City Dental Leeds, we offer an array of cosmetic dental treatments and provide corrective treatment for issues such as chips, staining and gummy smiles, as well as makeovers to bring about a more dramatic transformation.

About cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry that focuses on the physical appearance of the smile. The aim of treatment is to improve the way the smile looks and this may involve correcting aesthetic issues or enhancing the natural look of the teeth.

Although cosmetic dentistry doesn’t offer oral health benefits, it can have a very positive impact on confidence, especially in cases where people have experienced a lack of confidence as a direct result of aesthetic dental issues in the past. If you’ve struggled with problems such as staining, or you’ve hidden your smile away because you don’t like your crooked or chipped teeth, cosmetic dentistry can really make a difference.

Cosmetic dentistry at City Dental

We have a team of experienced dentists who have expertise in designing and creating stunning smiles. Our amazing selection of treatments makes dental dreams a reality.

Our treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening: we offer professional whitening to give your smile a beautiful shine.
  • Cosmetic bonding: this simple and painless procedure achieves incredible results in just an hour and involves using dental composite to fill in chips and create evenly shaped, attractive teeth. This is a great option for those looking for a quick fix for chips, worn edges, misshapen teeth and gaps between the teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers: veneers create beautiful, natural looking smiles and they are strong and hard-wearing. They are also stain-resistant, so the results are long-lasting.
  • White fillings: if you have a cavity, we can use a white filing to restore and protect your tooth without any aesthetic impact. We can also replace old metal fillings with white fillings.
  • Porcelain crowns: dental crowns offer amazing restorative benefits, but porcelain crowns can also really enhance the look of the tooth to create a more attractive smile.