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Why You Should Visit a Hygienist

May 26th, 2016

585811_blogAt City Dental we provide appointments for a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments and dental care including hygiene visits. Dental hygiene check-ups form part of the regular dental check-ups that we offer, such as for tooth decay and gum disease screening.

Meet our dental hygienist

Our dental hygienist is there to listen to your oral health concerns and provide you with information, screening and treatments. The role of the dental hygienist is to provide care in prevention of oral diseases and dental care maintenance for better health.

There are certain treatments that may be provided at dental hygienist visits, such as professional teeth cleaning, and others that may involve both the dentist and dental hygienist, such as for management of gum disease.

Visit our dental hygienist for power teeth cleaning

Appointments may be made to scale, clean and polish teeth as part of helping you maintain good oral health through home oral hygiene practice. Plaque and tartar are removed from tooth grooves that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Power teeth-cleaning prevents development of tooth decay and gum disease.

The dental hygienist for screening of oral disease

As part of their role in preventing oral disease, dental hygienists screen for caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, and mouth cancer. The screening helps identify early signs of an oral disease so that the right treatment may be provided to restore oral health. Regular check-ups with the dental hygienist maintains a healthy mouth, body and mind. Contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds for more information.

Wave Goodbye to Wisdom Tooth Woes

May 24th, 2016

3534882_blogAfter your milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, wisdom teeth usually start to develop. Wisdom teeth may once have been particularly useful to us. Now the need for wisdom teeth is almost obsolete due to the evolution of our diets.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, generally grow at the back ends of our jaws or dental arch. Depending on how wisdom teeth develop, they may grow normally or cause orthodontic problems. Wisdom teeth issues include dental overcrowding or impaction, partial eruption, cysts and pain.

Dental treatment may be required to prevent malocclusion, bite or jaw disorders and infection.

Problems with wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth impaction occurs when the wisdom teeth grow sideways, pushing neighbouring teeth out of position. A dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction if the impaction, whether complete or partial, is causing malocclusion or cysts and infection.

The danger in leaving wisdom teeth bony impaction untreated is tooth decay, jawbone damage or pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is infection of the gum tissue pocket over the partially erupted wisdom tooth. Wisdom tooth extraction is generally required in such cases.

Removing a wisdom tooth

The procedure for wisdom tooth removal includes administration of a local or general anaesthetic for pain-free extraction. The sedation not only numbs the treatment site, but reduces anxiety about the procedure. Once extracted, gauze may be placed over the pocket to stem bleeding and to promote blood clotting.

Aftercare advice is provided for recovery after wisdom tooth extraction, particularly to prevent dry socket where the blood the clots within the pocket bursts and causes pain. Antibiotics may be provided to prevent infection, and painkillers to relieve any post-operative discomfort.

Meet the Different Types of Crown

May 20th, 2016

386703_blogDental crowns are used when a cavity threatens the health of a tooth or to protect otherwise broken or cracked teeth. As technology evolves, computers are playing a greater role in the design and manufacture of crowns. The material used is also constantly evolving, all of which improves the quality of treatment received by the patient.

What are crowns made from?

Most crowns are made from ‘porcelain bonded to a precious metal’. A base of precious metal is initially made in this case and then the porcelain is applied over it in layers. On occasions, the crown is made solely from porcelain. This is often viewed as the most aesthetically pleasing option, but is not always the most suitable. The advent of CAD (computer-aided design) dentistry in recent years, in Leeds and the rest of the UK, has meant that far more of the original tooth can be left intact using porcelain caps.

On the other hand, crowns made from an alloy of metal and porcelain can show dark gum lines over time, which are less aesthetically attractive. Your dentist will examine each case to work out the most appropriate treatment for your situation.

It is also possible to get a crown made from full gold. This is not to everyone’s taste, but has the advantage of strength. Due to their popularity among some celebrities, gold crowns have achieved a certain ‘bling’ aesthetic credibility, which is unlikely to attract more conservatively minded patients.

When is a crown used?

Crowns should be used when the strength of the tooth is compromised, as the latter restorations only work when the tooth is strong enough to support the additions. The important thing to bear in mind when having a tooth crowned is getting the right mix of aesthetic and practical application. Clearly, the former aspect can depend on an individual’s taste but with the latter point it may be best to take your dentist’s advice on what’s best.

Get a Straighter Smile in Just Six Months!

May 18th, 2016

2823674_blogIf you thought wearing braces meant waiting years for results, we’ve got a surprise for you. Now you could have beautiful, straight teeth in just six months!

About Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a treatment system developed to provide people with a quick alternative to old-fashioned fixed braces. Six Month Smiles uses fixed braces made from tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to move the teeth at the front of the mouth. The treatment is able to work so much quicker than other fixed brace systems because it focuses only on the front teeth visible when you smile.

What are the advantages?

The system has many advantages. Firstly, treatment time is much shorter than other treatment systems, so you don’t have to endure months on end of wearing a brace or wait for ages reveal your new straight smile. Six Month Smiles braces are very subtle, made up of tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets and they use the latest technology to move the teeth painlessly. The brackets are small and light and they are easy to keep clean.

Am I a suitable candidate?

The treatment is suitable for many patients. It can benefit people who have gaps between their front teeth, certain problems relating to their bite, minor crowding and crooked front teeth, but it concentrates on the front teeth and if you have complex problems or issues affecting the teeth at the back of the mouth, this treatment may not be the best option. If you are not a suitable candidate, we will happily discuss other treatments with you and recommend others that would suit you better at City Dental in Leeds.

Six Month Smiles is an ideal option for people who have minor or moderate orthodontic problems and those who want to see results quickly. If you are preparing to look your best for a special occasion, such as a graduation ceremony or a wedding, this could be the perfect solution.

Looking for a Long-Term Solution to Missing Teeth?

May 16th, 2016

2433646_sAt City Dental we offer a range of tooth replacement treatments, including natural-looking dental implants.

Dental implants represent a long-term solution for lost teeth and they enable you to enjoy all the same benefits of a strong and healthy natural tooth.

All about dental implants

Dental implants are made from titanium and their purpose is to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant sits in a socket in the jaw bone and is able to become part of the bone tissue thanks to a process called osseointegration.

Once the process is complete, a new restoration can be attached and this replaces the crown section of the tooth. One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they are compatible with a range of different restorations and this means they are suitable for most patients.

Implant treatment takes between three and nine months and the result is a natural looking, strong and functional new tooth or set of teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are the best long-term option for replacing missing teeth and they also offer many additional benefits, including excellent aesthetics, enhanced bite power and durability. Implants are easy to maintain and act like natural teeth, so you have complete peace of mind and can enjoy eating and socialising with confidence. Implants also help to reduce bone loss and they can be fitted to crowns, dentures or a dental bridge, making them hugely versatile.

Benefits of the Iman Aligner

May 12th, 2016

18625010The Inman Aligner is a modern dental braces innovation for straightening front teeth and for treating orthodontic relapse. Within 16 weeks, individuals with such orthodontic conditions can experience smile transforming results.

Designed with a precious metal bar positioned forward of the front teeth and a coiled spring placed at the rear of the front teeth, these components apply orthodontic pressure to gentle realign teeth through a push-pull action, without traditional brackets or wires.

Latest technologies

Using the latest technologies and techniques, patients receive personalised Inman Aligner brace systems to meet their orthodontic needs. These custom-made teeth straightening devices are an advanced alternative to traditional fixed braces.

Benefits of the Inman Aligner

To receive Inman Aligner care for skew, crooked or protruding teeth, patients undergo an initial examination and imaging to check for suitability of treatment. The Inman Aligner may not suit all individuals. During your consultation, the Inman Aligner practitioner explains all aspects of the treatment. Where agreed, impressions are made and sent to a laboratory for custom-making of the aligners.

Advantages to the Inman Aligner

The benefits far outweigh any drawbacks that may include a temporary adjustment period to wearing the braces system. Patients soon learn how to use the system properly and adapt speech. The dentist provides patients with information on how to property clean and maintain their Inman Aligner braces system.

Patients wearing Inman Aligner braces systems receive diverse advantages. The device is easily removed for cleaning to maintain good oral hygiene practice and for enjoying meals. Being custom-made and removable, the Inman Aligner is convenient and suitable for use by people with varied lifestyles.

Patients have a beautiful smile with natural teeth alignment within a few weeks, giving greater confidence. The treatment is pain-free, designed to reduce oral discomfort. In comparison to other modern treatments, the Inman Aligner is more cost-effective, giving patients added flexibility. For more information on the Inman Aligner please contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds.

Top Smile Makeover Treatments

May 10th, 2016

529808_blogOne of the most popular treatments at the moment in cosmetic dentistry is a smile makeover. This can involve a wide variety of procedures designed to improve your smile and can mean different things to different people.

The most common assumption is that the treatment is always aimed at getting that perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile, but many patients simply want to make improvements on their current look. This could be a teeth whitening procedure or the replacement of amalgam fillings with composite or porcelain.


For patients from Leeds wanting a celebrity smile, the treatment can involve porcelain veneers. This is similar to a false fingernail placed on top of the teeth, usually for aesthetic purposes. They are held in place by a strong, glue-like bonding agent and help make the teeth look healthy and natural. They can also improve the position and shape of your smile.

The dentist initially removes a very thin sliver of the enamel on the outside of the tooth and then makes a mould of the mouth. The patient is then given a temporary veneer to wear until the permanent one is made. This procedure is usually completed within two hours.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening can be done at different levels and for different costs. One of the lowest cost options is a home whitening kit. This involves placing a gel into a tray, which you can wear in your sleep or for a few hours during the day. This is cheaper but takes up more time and is not always as effective as procedures undertaken by your dental practitioner.

Whitening treatment can also be done using a chemical bleaching technique that can take several visits to complete. Another treatment becoming more popular in recent years is a one-hour ‘power whitening’ procedure. Gums and lips are covered and then a gel is applied to your teeth. A light is then shone on the teeth to activate the gel, penetrating the teeth and breaking up stains and discolouration.

One thing is for sure: whatever level you choose and whatever your reasons for having it done, studies show that recipients of such treatment are much more confident with their smile.

Why We Screen for Oral Cancer

May 6th, 2016

1950426_sOral cancer symptoms may not present as painful or be visible to the naked eye. Delaying dental check-ups for long periods and not having oral cancer screening increases the number of people with oral cancer detected in advanced stages.

Why is screening so important?

It is very important to screen for oral cancer so that it may be identified and treated early before the disease impacts overall health or becomes life-threatening..

Symptoms of oral cancer

Patients may request oral cancer screening of they have concerns over any symptoms. Oral cancer may manifest on any part of the mouth, including the tongue and lips as:

  • sores
  • ulcers
  • a lump
  • discoloured skin
  • swollen neck lymph nodes

Signs include difficulties with swallowing, chewing and speaking.

Screening and diagnosis of oral cancer

During regular dental check-ups, dentists may ask patients if they experience such symptoms as part of the oral cancer screening process. Dentists conduct a physical examination of the mouth and where necessary may do a gum or tongue biopsy to see if any cancerous cells are present. Other diagnostic tests may include X-ray or CT scan.

Treating oral cancer

Once oral cancer is diagnosed, patients are provided with information specific to the type and stage of the cancer, and what treatments may be appropriate. The cancer may need to be surgically removed with or without radiation therapy. If you would like more information on oral cancer please contact City Dental in Leeds for more information.

How is Invisalign Different from Other Braces?

May 4th, 2016

header_image4Invisalign is a modern and discrete braces innovation designed to treat mild orthodontic conditions such as crooked, protruding, irregular spaced or overcrowded teeth. Producing scientifically proven, teeth-enhancing results for thousands of people all over the world since 1997, Align Technology Inc. have produced this modern braces system with the holistic care of diverse individuals in mind.

The Invisalign system differs from other braces in:

  • Custom-made orthodontic technology
  • Choices in Invisalign systems
  • Unique teeth-straightening function
  • Near-invisible aesthetics
  • Removable design
  • Convenience and comfort
  • Effective treatment time
  • Smile-enhancing results

Bespoke Invisalign technology creates individual 3D images and care plans. The Invisalign system comprises sets of custom-made clear removable aligners that gently straighten teeth in orthodontic stages. Every two weeks the invisible aligners are replaced to further position teeth into their correct alignment.

The benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic resin, looking like a transparent mouth shield that elegantly fits over a full arch of teeth.

Invisalign is easily removed for eating, sports, music and cleaning activities. Speaking and eating function is not impeded by Invisalign braces and oral hygiene can easily be maintained during treatment. Invisalign custom-moulds to an individual’s oral contours for the utmost comfort and convenience during daily activities.

The Invisalign system is the number one choice as an alternative to uncomfortable traditional braces systems. Individuals wear Invisalign braces for approximately 22 hours per day. Within 12 to 18 months, individuals enjoy their newly aligned teeth after treatment. A retainer may be provided for temporary enforcement of new teeth position. Invisalign transforms the smile for greater confidence and attraction.

Contact City Dental in central Leeds for more information.

A White Smile for a White Wedding

May 2nd, 2016

wedding smileEvery bride wants to look their best on their wedding day. Months are spent planning to make sure that the dress fits, the hair and make-up looks perfect and that a professional photographer will be on hand to capture the memories the couple and their family will treasure for the rest of their lives.

But those photographs will not look quite so impressive if the bride or groom’s smile is less than dazzling. This is why couples are now choosing to undergo cosmetic dentistry ahead of their big day, in order to get the perfect white smile for their wedding.

Treatment from London dentists can range from procedures that have to be planned a few weeks or months in advance, such as orthodontic braces to fix crooked or gappy smiles, to those that can be booked just a few days before the ceremony. The latest teeth whitening treatments use lasers to have an immediate impact on the colour of your teeth and are the perfect quick fix, especially if you thought of cosmetic dentistry at the last minute.

Many patients expect orthodontic work to take years to fix their teeth, but there are modern brands, such as the Invisalign Lite plastic aligners and Social 6 lingual braces, which are designed especially to work quickly on just the front teeth, the ones that are most likely to be seen in the wedding photographs.

If you are too late even for these rapid options and are worried that your crooked or missing teeth are going to stick out in the wedding snaps, there is still hope. Porcelain veneers can be fitted over your natural teeth in just a couple of appointments – one to take measurements and one to attach the thin veneers, masking any problems with your smile and creating a perfect one for the perfect wedding day.