It’s never wise to ignore gum disease, not only for the short term affects it can have on the health of your teeth, but for the long term affects that it can have on many of the vital organs in your body. Most of us in the city of Leeds are likely to suffer from some form of the condition at sometime in our lives. But when it happens, it needs to be checked immediately. It arises out of poor dental hygiene, but if allowed to flourish, it can promote decay in the teeth and inevitably tooth loss. If it’s caught quickly, it can be stopped easily; regular brushing each day, with the right added extras such as flossing, mouthwashes and a few herbal remedies can not only stop it from developing further, but and also regenerate stimulation in the gums again. Extreme gum disease however, will need the help of your dentist to deep scale your gums and teeth, remove any bacteria from the roots of the teeth and possibly a course of antibiotics. But there are more serious implications behind gum disease- it poisons the bloodstream and over a period of time, this will start to affect your heart liver and kidneys. It can also promote the development of diabetes in the body. Ironically, diabetes and gum disease are partners in crime, for diabetics are prone to gum disease, a vicious circle you really need to avoid.
Archive for June, 2011
Sleep apnea is one of those conditions, like snoring and teeth grinding that you may be blissfully unaware of, until you happen to share a room with another person. It is a condition that refers to the irregularity of the way you breathe- more commonly recognised as the pauses between breathing or it can be abnormally slow breathing, whilst sleeping. When you ‘drop off’ at night, you’re body goes into automatic. Your brain signals the lungs to draw air, so that the heart can continue to pump blood around the body. Stop the flow of air and all three hit the panic button, as they all rely on each other to function. You really, needn’t be told how serious an irregular heartbeat can be, especially when you are unconscious, because you can’t do anything about. If you are showing signs of extreme tiredness and fatigue when you wake and that persists throughout the day, you may be a victim of sleep apnea. Firstly, you may be referred to a sleep clinic to assess the problem, after which it can be treated- though there are a lot of methods to address the problem. Lifestyle and diet change are the more common suggestions after you have put yourself through a life management program. Exercise is also recommended, to understand the way you breathe. A dentist can also recommend a breathing device along with certain medications to keep the airways free at night. More radically, the problem may require surgery.
Some people in the city of Leeds still fail to understand the destructive nature of tooth decay and its dangers to oral health. In as little as 24 hours, bacteria goes to work on destroying your teeth, leaving films of acid on the enamel, and it isn’t long before the enamel starts to break down. Now if you’ve been good and visited your dentist, an x-ray will have picked this up and you can get off with a filling. If you’ve been bad and not gone to the dentist, serious tooth decay can set in and if you don’t want to lose your tooth, then the nasty root canal treatment monster is coming to get you! But seriously, this is the only way to keeping the tooth healthy, and those around it- and forget what you’ve heard about the treatment, because it’s all rot! This treatment isn’t painful. The dead pulp has to be removed from the inside of the tooth in order to remove the roots; there are many new techniques to do this. New drills are much more refined, some dentist use lasers which cause no vibration or damage to the tooth at all and is done under a local anaesthetic. Once this has been done the tooth is restored with a crown- it wont save the tooth forever, but you will get a good 15 more years out of it.
If you have been finding of late that a tooth has started to be of some discomfort when you eat, the odds are quite high that you are suffering from tooth decay and an x-ray by any dentist in Leeds will confirm it. You may have been lucky and get away with a filling, but pain indicates the tooth decay has well and truly set in- requiring a root canal to save the tooth. Once the decay has gone, the tooth needs restoring for it to function naturally, and the people’s choice is the porcelain crown. If the decay has set into a tooth that doesn’t experience a lot of force to function, then an all porcelain crown will look as beautiful as the original, however, if the original tooth had to work hard with chewing and biting, the equally beautiful, but stronger porcelain-over-metal would be a better choice. These crowns will be made from impressions of the cleaned, damaged tooth and then bonded into the hole. Porcelain crowns can also be attached to implants in the case where the tooth has been lost altogether. Generally, in the case where the original tooth is still in the mouth, a crown should last as long as the tooth, with care; with implants, the crowns should last for life
When you lose a tooth it can be traumatic at first, but once you get over the initial shock, you should consult your dentist about getting it replaced- sooner rather than later, not only for health reasons, but for aesthetic ones too. When the tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can begin to loosen around it, making them weaker and more susceptible to infection. Food can also get stuck in the gap allowing bacteria to develop. Replacing the tooth not only allows comfort when eating, but it also retains the face’s shape and aesthetic beauty, whilst restoring your true smile. Dental bridges have been around in central Leeds for a long time now and that’s because they work. They are also one of the cheaper options available- which type of bridge you have is determined by where in the mouth the tooth has been lost. In the middle of a row of teeth, you can opt for a new tooth that is attached to two crowns that are cemented on to the teeth either side of the gap. At the back of the mouth, the replacement is moulded onto a single tooth with wire and resin. Today however, the bridge can be used in conjunction with a mini-implant for extra strength and rigidity. Notoriously awkward to clean, but once you get the hang of it, your bridge can last you over 10 years.
It’s very easy to dismiss something new as a ‘fad’, but then, if we had written off any new invention in history without giving it a chance to prove its worth, we wouldn’t have progressed at all in life- the aero plane, the motor car, Zoom teeth whitening. Some of the greatest inventions in the modern era have come from fashion trends and right now, in the heady world of cosmetic dentistry, Zoom is right up there amongst the best. It’s a laser treatment designed to remove the discoloration in teeth and even though it’s in its infancy, the results are out-of-this-world. Quick: once you have chosen to go down this route, the whole treatment involves three quick treatments that should take just over the hour in the dentist’s chair. Simple: the dentist will first protect your gums and lips, and then apply a gel to your teeth. A curing laser is then directed at the teeth to fire-up the whitening process. Cheap: It’s because of its celebrity status, made famous on TV, that it is in such high demand, so widespread and hence, comes in at a very reasonable price. Beautiful: that’s you! Compare your teeth to any Hollywood starlet’s and see whose is best! Then, to cap it off, boast wildly to your friends and then trawl the city of Leeds’ streets, smiling like a demented Cheshire cat- just because you can!!!
Cancer is a shocking disease- the fact that it is on the increase in Leeds is frankly, alarming. A lot of this has been put down to the stresses of modern living, the foods we eat, smoking and excessive drinking. But the gene that causes cancer can also be hereditary. Identifying it- In the early stages, you may suffer from jaw ache, sore throat swelling in the neck, difficulty in swallowing or suffer constantly from weeping sores in the mouth; this is the time to get a check-up. Blood tests and tissue biopsies will identify any signs of the disease. Treating it- Normally to remove the cancer, you will require chemo or radiotherapy. In some case, physical surgery will be called upon. Healing- Once you have been cleared, you have to sit down with someone and take a long hard look at your lifestyle, because it has to change. Some people choose counselling and then opt for a new regime- vegetarian foods, healthy diets, physical exercise, stopping smoking, cutting out drinking and a strong oral hygiene program- all these have been tried by people post-cancer, because the psychological affect the disease can have on your mind can be traumatic and by healing it with a new regime, it can help you to battle against the problem returning. Cancer means a fight and if you are ready, you’ll beat it and the proof is in statistics- more and more people are beating the disease than before.
It’s not really rocket science- the clue is in print, in the title- mouth-guard. It’s a device that does what it claims, protecting your mouth from any possible chance of injury…where it can and within reason. In the city of Leeds, mouth guards are used in all walks of life; from hospital surgery, through to dentists and sports, you’ll find them everywhere. If you play a lot of contact sports, the best way of protecting your mouth and its teeth, your jaw and your neck, they will help, at the very least, help limit the injuries that you sustain. The guard of your choice is essentially down to you, but with a little research, you can choose the right one that is tailored to the games that you play. Dentists incorporate them in many procedures. Modern styles of orthodontic procedures to correct teeth alignment veer away from traditional braces, preferring devices that are more akin to a boxer’s gum-shield. Bruxism or teeth grinding is very damaging to the mouth; gum-shields are often used to protect the teeth from unnecessary wear and tear during the treatment of the problem (they are also used in the treatment of snoring). One of the more fashionable ways a mouth-guard is used is in the field of cosmetic dentistry- teeth bleaching. The shield not only houses the bleaching agent to whiten your teeth, but it also protects the rest of the mouth being damaged by the chemicals in the bleach.
Like all the best inventions, it sounded like a crazy pipe dream before it was developed and became available to one and all: a brace that is all but invisible and completely removable. This is what Invisalign is and it is delighting patients all across the country who choose it as their preferred method of treatment for their crooked or misaligned smile.
The unique thing about Invisalign is that is quite distinct from traditional metal braces even in its basic composition. It is not even made from metal, instead Invisalign is sculpted from a clear plastic that is virtually un-noticeable even by your closest intimates.
The Invisalign process involves no painful tightening of wires, instead it is simply replaced by another one of a slightly different shape as your mouth requires it. Each new Invisalign gently shifts your teeth into the desired positions after your dentist has taken moulds of your teeth using dental putty.
Another great advantage of choosing the Invisalign approach is that the product is completely removable. A common complaint of traditional braces is that they are difficult to clean because they are so securely fixed to the teeth, thus allowing food to hide in all sorts of places amongst the metal. You can simply take your Invisalign out to give it a good clean and then put it back in. Even for social occasions you can just take the Invisalign out and feel confident in yourself.
Different teeth straightening products are more suited to different people, depending on the specifics of how much needs to be achieved. Leeds dentists can guide you through the choices. Invisalign is definitely worth considering because of the advantages that are inherent in the technique.
Humans have always had a tendency to lose teeth every now and then. There are many causes: an accident to the mouth, sever dental decay or aggravated gum disease. Tooth loss becomes more likely in older age too as teeth have been subjected to many years of wear and tear. One option to replace lost teeth (whether it is a whole set or just one tooth) is to consider mini implants.
Having implants installed in your mouth is basically a method of giving false teeth a permanent housing in your mouth. These implants are placed beneath the gum and against the jaw bone. This is done because of the discovery made by a Portuguese dental scientist in the nineteen fifties. He found that the metal known as titanium naturally fuses – or osseointegrates – with living bone.
The success rates of dental implants are very high indeed and patients are left with a secure and durable housing into which a false tooth can be screwed. It is not a cheap option and some are put off by the fact that local anaesthetic and surgery is required, but once it has been carried out, you won’t even have to think about the fact that you once lost some or more of your teeth.
Dental implants are strong enough to be able to support a bridge of false teeth if you have lost a number of your natural teeth and are seeking a reliable solution that replicates the functionality of your mouth.
Any concerns about the procedure and the aftermath can be answered by your Central Leeds dentist who should be expert in mini implants.