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Tender Gums And Throbbing Teeth Need Dental Intervention

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

863081_blogIf you experience dental discomfort whenever you bite hot or cold, it could mean you are suffering from a dental abscess. An abscess requires urgent dental treatment and it’s advised that you come and see us straight way.

What Causes An Oral Abscess?

Oral abscesses are often the result of harmful bacteria trapped below the gum line and left to spread. This then becomes infected and turns in to an abscess when left unchecked. If you touch the abscess by accident when you talk or eat you are likely to cause yourself further pain. If you cannot get to a dentist in time we advise you to take over the counter pain-killers as a temporary solution to the discomfort.

Visit a dentist

You need to visit your dentist to treat a dental abscess as other abscesses can be treated by a GP, these however, cannot. Your dentist will need to drain the area of infection as this will ensure that the majority of harmful bacteria is removed from the infected area. We advise you to avoid eating hard, acidic or chewy food during this period as to avoid further pain. Get in touch with a City Leeds dentist if you start to experience these symptoms. We are here to help!

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

Tuesday, 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.

What Should You Do When Your Usual Leeds Dentist Is Too Busy?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

18625029If you’re looking for a dentist at short notice or your regular dental practice is fully booked, contact Leeds City Dental or pop in and see us next time you are in town. We welcome new patients and we also offer an emergency dental service. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible and we are conveniently located right in the heart of Leeds so you can combine your appointment with a meal out, a trip to the cinema, a shopping spree or you can simply pop in on your lunch break if you work in the city centre.

Why choose City Dental?

City Dental Leeds is an award-winning practice located in the hub of thriving Leeds. Our team is highly trained, professional and caring and we cater for patients of all ages. We offer a broad spectrum of treatments, from general and preventative dentistry, to the latest examples of cosmetic dentistry and Orthodontics and our clinic is modern, stylish and tranquil. We use the latest technology and we have designed our surgery to provide patients with a relaxing and calming space.

We offer flexible appointment times and emergency dental care and we always go the extra mile to help our patients to enjoy good oral health and confidence, whether they need emergency treatment for an abscess, or a smile makeover to transform their teeth into glowing pearly whites.

Dental emergencies

The problem with accidents is that you never know when they are going to happen and therefore it’s impossible to plan ahead. If you have an accident or you suffer a dental injury and you need urgent help, we will be here to free you from pain and restore your smile as quickly as we can. Simply call the practice and our receptionists will do everything they can to get you an appointment quickly. Examples of dental injuries and emergencies include broken teeth, dental abscesses and severe dental pain, and dislodged teeth.

How Does A Root Canal Work To Fix Dental Decay?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

3520145_blogIf you say the words root and canal in the same sentence, many people will shudder, but root canal treatment is actually a painless procedure, which could make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. We understand that many patients are nervous about having root canal therapy and we use anaesthetic to numb the tooth and ensure that you feel completely comfortable during the treatment session.

What is root canal treatment?

For dentists, root canal treatment is a commonly performed procedure, which involves cleaning and sealing the root canals. This treatment is usually recommended when a tooth is infected and the infection has reached the pulp, which is the living tissue of the tooth. Once the pulp is infected, the blood supply to the tooth is reduced and eventually, the tooth will start to die. At this stage there is an increased risk of abscesses and without treatment, there is often little option but to remove the tooth.

When you have root canal treatment, your dentist will numb the tooth completely before starting treatment to make sure you don’t feel any pain. They will then drill into your tooth and remove all the decayed tissue from the root canals. Once the root canals have been cleared and cleaned, they will be sealed using dental material; this stage of the process is designed to prevent the infection from spreading further through the tooth.

Once treatment is complete, it is often advisable to place a new crown over the tooth to make it stronger and protect it in the future. A temporary crown will be placed immediately afterwards and then this will be replaced with the permanent crown when it has been made by dental technicians and returned to us; this usually takes around 2 weeks.

Dental Decay? We Have The Right Treatments For You in LS1

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

1787127_blogDecay is one of the most common preventable illnesses among children and adults in the UK. If you have a cavity, we have the solution. We can restore your tooth and reduce your risk of further infection in no time!


We use fillings to fill cavities and strengthen the teeth when they have been affected by decay. Cavities form when acids released by bacteria in plaque nibble away at the protective enamel, eroding it and making it thinner and weaker. Eventually, a hole can form in the enamel and this is known as a cavity. Once there is a cavity, there is a risk that bacteria can spread to other parts of the tooth and this increases the chances of further decay and dental abscesses.

Fillings help to stop the spread of infection and we use white fillings to restore the teeth without impacting on the look of your smile. White fillings are made from dental composite, which can be matched to your natural tooth shade and shaped to fit the cavity perfectly; once the composite is in place, it is then hardened using a powerful light source. This process takes a minute and you won’t feel any pain.

We carry out treatment under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during treatment.

We are happy to replace existing metal amalgam fillings with white fillings or to fit new white fillings.

Preventing decay

We are also on hand to offer advice about preventing decay. We recommend following these simple steps: eat well and avoid sugary foods and drinks, brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly and keep up with your regular dental check-ups.

Make Sure Your Abscess Symptoms Are Treated In City Centre Leeds

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

2839654_blogIf you have a dental abscess, you will need urgent dental care and we are on hand to help to free you from pain as quickly as possible.

Symptoms of dental abscesses

Dental abscesses are usually very painful and they tend to cause throbbing pain, which intensifies and then fades, usually becoming worse when you use the tooth or you accidentally catch the surrounding gum tissue when you clean your teeth or chew food. It is also common to experience tenderness and swelling around the abscess and the tooth will often feel weak.

What to do if you have a dental abscess

If you have a dental abscess in the centre of Leeds, it’s important to see a dentist as quickly as you can, so that you can get treatment and pain relief. Dental abscesses should be treated by dentists, rather than your GP, as there is only a limited amount your doctor can do. This is because dental abscesses are not treated like other types of abscess and they need to be removed and drained, rather than treated with antibiotics.

If you think you have an abscess, call the practice and we will arrange an urgent appointment. In the meantime, it may help to take over the counter pain relief and to avoid drinking hot drinks and eating hard or chewy foods.

When you come in for treatment, one of our friendly and experienced dentists will do all they can to alleviate your pain as quickly as possible. The abscess will be removed and the fluid drained and we will give you information about taking painkillers.

Preventing dental abscesses

The best defence against dental abscesses is good oral hygiene, so remember to brush every morning and night for 2 minutes each time and floss on a regular basis. It’s also really important to keep up to date with your dental check-ups.

Scared of an Abscess in the City of Leeds? You should be

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

2487210_blogThe origins of any problems in your mouth can be traced directly to one nasty little protagonist- plaque. This forms from bacteria left behind and if it is not removed, it can harden into tartar, strangle the life out of your gums and infect them. Whilst this is going on, acids will be tearing away at the surfaces of your teeth and if they get inside, the pulp and roots will become diseased. Soon the tissue below the roots will become infected and with nowhere to go, an abscess will form. You will soon know about it too: not only will it become viciously painful- your face will swell like a balloon- but it will become viciously dangerous as well. As soon as an abscess erupts, it starts poisoning your blood and is carried into the brain; the upshot is that these toxins can induce a coma that in some cases has proved to be fatal. Find a dentist or go to the hospital in the city of Leeds fast because you need to be pumped with antibiotics in order to stop the poisoning and to reduce the swelling; only then can a dentist get to work on repairing the damage. All of this is down to poor oral hygiene so you should address this immediately, but be warned: if you have had an abscess once, there is a good chance of it coming back and if it does, the only way you can nip this in the bud is to have the tooth removed.

The Importance of a Daily Dental Routine in the City of Leeds

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Ever since childhood, we have all been conditioned to brush our teeth twice daily. For many of us though, the importance of this morning and bedtime ritual is lost as we grow up and develop our own, busy lives. Dental hygiene however, should always remain a priority in the overall health of an individual. The mouth is the way in which most substances, good and bad, enter the body; neglecting to take care of this delicate gate way can lead to detrimental consequences.

In order to avoid painful conditions such as gum disease, abscesses and tooth decay, daily dental hygiene must be followed. This includes brushing your teeth morning and night, and after any meals you may consume during the day. Bacteria builds up over time, and coupled with food debris can lead to bad breath and gum disease. Thorough brushing of the tongue and teeth with a  fluoride toothpaste will remove any plaque and food from the mouth and will reduce the risk of any diseases or dental problems.

Flossing is overlooked or forgotten by too many people in this day and age. In the City of Leeds, dentists insist on their patients using dental floss at least once a day, in order to remove any build up of plaque between the teeth.

As nutrition is also important for maintaining good dental health, an individual should ensure that their daily diet is low in the sugary foods that turn to acid in the mouth and cause cavities in the teeth. The governments recommendation for eating five portions of fruit and vegetables everyday should also be followed as this can improve dental health. The sugar in fresh fruit is diluted by the water content, thus the acids these foods produces are much less harmful to the teeth.



Prevent Abscesses, Gum Disease and Tooth Ache in Leeds

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Dental hygiene is an important feature of  well-being for every individual and should be considered a priority on everybody’s list. Not only does good dental care lead to a happy smile, it can prevent nasty complications such as gum disease, abscesses and painful toothache. It really is very simply to take good and sufficient care of your teeth, just follow the simple steps listed below and you will, quite literally, be smiling.

Most dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay are caused primarily by a build up in bacteria in the oral cavity. This bacteria can come from the food we eat or the air we breath, either way unless it is removed from the teeth and tongue, it can result in some painful conditions. The accumulation of bacteria can be avoided by the proper brushing of both teeth and tongue. Most people do no realise that the tongue harbours the most bacteria; just taking the time to brush your tongue each morning and night will significantly lower your risk of developing gum disease. In addition, although flossing is overlooked by most people nowadays, it is a perfect technique for removing plaque from between the teeth, an area hard to reach with a toothbrush.

In order to prevent toothache caused by decay, not only brushing your teeth properly will have a beneficial effect. It is also extremely important to follow a healthy diet, ideally one low in sugary foods. Sugar is a major contributor to cavities and tooth decay, replacing sweets and chocolate with natural sugars from fruits will go a long way in improving your overall oral health.

Thirdly, lifestyle habits such as smoking can also have a detrimental effect on the your teeth and gums. Smoking actually increases the risk of developing gum disease, a nasty and painful condition.

Stopping the use of tobacco-based substances will significantly lower the risk of such complications.

Finally, ensure you keep attending regular check-ups with your Leeds dentist in order to address any issues you may be experiencing, they are professionally qualified to give you all the advice and treatment you need.



Taking the fight to Abscess, Tooth Pain and Gum Disease in Leeds

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Many complications that arise in the mouth can often start off a chain reaction, as it is with the connection between gum disease, tooth pain and abscesses. It is all kicked off in Leeds with poor oral hygiene which allows bacteria to build up in the mouth and from plaque. Tartar will form at the bottom of the teeth and start to affect the gums and the teeth and if left unchecked, the gums will become infected and the teeth develop decay- leading to toothache. In the meantime, this infection can lead to an abscess forming and then you are in trouble as these have a habit of re-offending and are very dangerous to your health as they leak poison into your blood and brain. Once your mouth has ventured into this level of danger, you have a life-long battle to beat it, and then stop it from happening again. Your dentist may have to carry out various procedures, depending how bad things have got, to at least give your teeth and gums some hope. With tooth decay, you may get away with a filling, but if the tooth is really sore, it means you will require a root canal. Gum disease needs tender handling. First you have to address your lifestyle and how you look after your teeth and really change the way you clean your teeth and gums, and you really have to try everything from standard products to natural herbal ones, whilst allowing your dentist to deep clean way below the gum-line regularly. An abscess means that the tooth could be a lost cause and the inevitable outcome may need the tooth to be removed. But you need to get information from your dentist and learn to understand just how destructive these conditions are in order to fight them correctly.