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The craft of Oral Pathology in Leeds

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Behind the basic and complex treatments that you take for granted every time you plonk yourself into the dentist’s chair, behind the scenes is a whole world of dentistry going on and the immense work that goes on in labs, is fed into dental surgeries everywhere and the information gathered goes into making your visits in Leeds easy and comfortable. One such field of dentistry is oral pathology that deals with diseases in the mouth that can affect your health- and it’s a very broad field, because every millimetre of the mouth is taken into account in order that problems can be diagnosed and then treated accordingly. The subject matter in the list of areas studied numbers well over a hundred and then, there are the combinations of each of these as well. It also relates to diseases around the body as well and how this can impact on your oral health. This changes yet again when taking into account people who have severe medical problems already. Essentially, to make a correct diagnosis when disease is present in the mouth and how the problem is treated and medicated may work for one person, but may render another paralysed- it’s a very thin line. But by the good work that pathologist’s are doing in this field, it narrows down the chances of things going wrong during treatments……….hopefully!

Recovering from Maxillofacial Surgery in the City of Leeds

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Not everyone goes through life unscathed in the city of Leeds and we will all pick up things along the way, that’s if we haven’t already been born into a world with problems already. We will certainly have problems arise with our teeth but hopefully not serious ones. However, there is a specialised field in dentistry there to help when severe issues crops up and it goes under the name maxillofacial surgery. If you are born with defects to your mouth, and to the rest of your body from the neck up, this surgery will endeavour to put things right again. It is also used if these parts of the body suffer from severe injury, or the face has been left deformed by diseases such as oral cancer. The idea of maxillofacial surgery is to reconstruct and it does this in two ways. The main thing first is to get your parts working as they used to; for example, damage to the jaw requires it not only to function right, but also ensure that the occlusion remains true as well so that there is limited stress to the jaw joints in the future. Second, aside from ensuring the function side of the surgery, it’s also important, in the case of the mouth and face, that they look okay too.

Managing Oral Cancer in the City of Leeds

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

We all know our mouths quite well in the city of Leeds and should be able to identify problems when they arise. Getting down to the dentist fast will probably eradicate any problems. But it is when things like ulcers, cold-sores, sore throats and jaw aches keep offending regularly rather indicates sometime worse is afoot, and it could be oral cancer. If you are seriously concerned about anything going awry, your dentist will do a few tests on you in order to identify the problem. If your worse fears are realised and you do have oral cancer, then you will be sent for treatment immediately. The thing about oral cancer is that though it seems to be on the rise, if caught early on, it can be treated successfully, though it will be a battle the will change your life and the way you live your life after the treatment. Though the disease remains a bit of a mystery as to why it still continues to flourish, modern lifestyle is considered to be at the root of it. Poor diet will diminish the fight that your immune system puts up against disease and the stresses of modern living can also make you weak. But smoking, heavy drinking and cheap fast foods are also considered to lend a hand to the disease which is why you should learn all you can to avoid the disease from your dentist, and how to go about fighting it if diagnosed.

Dealing with a Dry Socket in Central Leeds

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Having a tooth removed is a very delicate time for you and your mouth in central Leeds: the body has gone through a form of trauma and needs to recover afterwards and this means giving the wound all the chance it can to heal naturally by stopping smoking and drinking and being careful when you eat food and brush your teeth. Left behind after a tooth has gone is a hole and in the hole, a blood clot will form. This helps to fuse the gums together and seal the wound up. However, this can dissolve prematurely and fall out and if it does, you will suffer from a dry socket. This is a condition that leaves your jaw bone exposed to the elements and apart from being very painful, your mouth is very vulnerable to bacterial infection. Painkillers can quell the pain, but to get on top of what could be a very nasty situation, you need to get along and see your dentist immediately and get the wound dressed, and then re-dressed each day until the problem starts to heal over. It could be the difference between your mouth healing and being healthy or, infection getting into your gums and then, this could lead to all manner of things going wrong later on.

Thumb Suckers of Leeds

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

A child picks up very cute habits in Leeds, even when it’s in the womb and thumb sucking is one of them. It appears to be a great source of comfort and is the first thing it will turn to if it doesn’t have a dummy in the mouth. But it’s a habit that they should grow out of by the time their secondary teeth come through, or being more precise, a habit they need to be out of when the secondary teeth come through. Over a prolonged period of time, thumb sucking can do quite a lot of damage so it must stop. To do this, you can offer incentives to get them to stop, buy specially designed gloves or thumb guards, or keep enlightening them about how bad it can be to carry on sucking and if need be tell them exactly how bad: as new teeth come through, they are fairly weak until they set in but constant thumb sucking throughout this growth can make them deformed and crooked, cause problems in the oral cavity and in the ‘bite’, lead to facial deformities and cause the child to talk with a lisp. However, you must be sure that the way you tell them doesn’t become a confrontation as this can have the opposite affect to what’s required.

Dealing with a Dry Socket in Central Leeds

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The mouth has a great natural sense of recovery when it comes to getting over a trauma, especially when a tooth comes out. The socket should naturally heal over, preventing infection, and so the rest of the mouth can adjust and move on. This normally depends on a blood clot forming in the hole that will help process. In some cases however, the clot can dissolve prematurely or fall out and this leaves the jawbone vulnerable to the air and the socket becomes dry and painful; it is also exposed to infection. If you find yourself in this position, you need to get along to your dentist in central Leeds for a diagnosis. Normally, your dentist will clean the wound and apply a healing paste to the hole before dressing it: you will be required to have this done daily until the wound starts to heal. You must also be wary of how you eat and to be sure that you use an anti-bacterial mouthwash each day- and avoid smoking. During this time, you may also need to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory tablets as a precaution against any problems arising. If you keep on this course, the wound should be fully healed after a couple of weeks.

Overcoming Ankylosis In The City Of Leeds

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The body is a wonderful machine in the city of Leeds, a body that has the ability to repair itself when thing go wrong and this is especially true of how it adjusts to change during growth. This can also be said of the way our teeth adapt, especially when the secondary ones come through. However, on occasions, things go wrong and our system fails us and even the tiniest default can lead to major problems further down the line. When secondary teeth come through, the baby teeth should by that time be long gone and the roots should have dissolved, but in some cases, the roots can fuse to the jawbone causing ankylosis, and this can upset the growth of the new teeth. The new teeth can become suffocated by these roots and this can stunt growth as well as making it crooked. It will normally only happen to the odd tooth, but this can also affect the growth of surrounding teeth and cause infection. The growth of secondary teeth is important so it’s essential that they are allowed freedom to grow unhindered and if a tooth is suffering from ankylosis, there may well be little option but to have if removed for the sake of the health of others.

City of Leeds Dentist can Eliminate Sensitive Teeth.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Sensitive teeth can make your life incredibly uncomfortable. Food and the weather can be enough to make your teeth sting with sensitivity. The sensitivity of your teeth should not be dismissed, if your teeth are sensitive it is likely that it is pointing towards a more serious problem. Most people experience it at some point and there are preventative measures and treatment options that can help when it occurs.

Sensitive teeth are caused by the exposure of the central dentin of your teeth. Dentin is found under the hard outer shell of the enamel. Sensitivity generally then means that the enamel has been worn away and exposed the dentin. This can happen for several reason: tooth decay, acid erosion, gum recession, gum disease, physical damage. Depending on the cause, your City of Leeds dentist will be able to offer you some solutions. While there are some short terms fixes, it is best if you deal with the root of the problem to solve it permanently. Cavities caused by tooth decay can be filled or crowned, gum disease can cleared and physical damage can be bonded. Addressing these underlying issues will likely, with time, reduce or remove your sensitivity.

The best defence against sensitive teeth it to be highly vigilant about dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth with fluoride tooth paste designed for sensitive teeth is the best preventative measure. Flossing will also protect you from many of the causes. Speak to you dentist if you need further advice about how to avoid it and how to treat it when sensitivity occurs.

Protect Yourself from Teeth Grinding with Help from Your Central Leeds Dentist

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.

Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.

When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.

Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.

Aching Jaw? Speak to Leeds Dentist about TMJ.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Connecting your jaw to the your skull, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is vitally important for all forms of jaw movement: speaking, chewing, swallowing, etc. The name of the joint is derived from the two bones that connect: temporal and mandible. Although the joint is in constant use, we rarely give it a second thought until there is a problem. Many people though, at some point in their lives, will suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), or TMJ syndrome. It is a common condition that is normally characterised by chronic pain and heightened sensitivity in the area of the TMJ.

Alongside the pain and sensitivity, may TMJD sufferers will have hyperactivity in the jaw, this will normally manifest as the clenching of the jaw (‘bruxism’), facial twitches and distortions, and grinding your teeth when asleep. While these symptoms do not pose a major risk in the short term it is very important to have the problem checked out by your Leeds dentist as over the medium/long term clenching and grinding can cause serious problems to your teeth. A range of other symptoms may also indicate TMJD, from discomfort chewing, jaw popping, facial aches and headaches.

Depending on the specifics of the case, your doctor will suggests some treatments or refer to you to a specialist doctor. Stretching and massaging the jaw muscles can provide some relief from the symptoms but it will still be necessary to seek medical advice to address the underlying issues.