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How We Treat Sensitive Teeth at City Dental Leeds

Friday, March 21st, 2014

3534882_blogTooth sensitivity is a very common problem, which occurs when the enamel becomes worn. The enamel is the hard protective surface on the outside of the tooth. Although enamel is very strong, is can be damaged through injury or acid erosion, which is often the result of a sugary diet and frequent consumption of acidic drinks, such as fruit juice and wine. Once the enamel is worn, the dentin, which lies underneath, becomes exposed and this causes sensitivity. The dentin contains the nerves, which is why you feel pain when you drink or eat something hot or cold.

Good oral hygiene is an effective way of preventing sensitivity, but your diet is also really important. Eating sugary foods and drinking acidic, fizzy drinks and energy drinks leads to enamel wear and this contributes to tooth pain.

For patients with sensitivity, we recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene regime at home and attending regular dentist and dental hygienist appointments. Using sensitive toothpaste will also help. Sensitive toothpastes are designed to alleviate pain caused by sensitivity, as well as helping to protect the teeth.

If you have persistent sensitivity, it’s a good idea to arrange to come and see your City Dental dentist, as this could be a sign of tooth decay and you may need a filling.

If you have any questions about how your diet affects your oral health or you would like advice about healthy eating, our friendly dental team can help.

The worry of a Dental Emergency in the City of Leeds

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

1850411_blogThe city of Leeds is a very vibrant and busy place to live for 24 hours a day. Now sometimes, this can be hard to adjust to and become too much at times, but there are certain advantages too, especially if you have a crisis crop up- like a dental emergency. Whatever concerns you, there are dentists that offer out of hour’s services that can help you with your problems, plus, if you can’t get to a dentist and the problem is serious, like the loss of a tooth or an abscess, then, you always have A&E at the hospital to turn to. Though, all said and done, it would be wise to do a little homework with your dentist and go through the other possible scenarios that may present themselves: losing a crown, a veneer, a bridge or a filling; chipping a tooth or the eruption of a wisdom tooth can all offer their own problems but it would be wise to see what you can do at home to help ease your worries, even by just taking painkillers, as this will not only ease the immediate situation until you can get seen, but it will help you to avoid making knee jerk reactions to a minor crisis; that said, it is your health we are talking about and if you feel threatened in any way by any dental emergency, then get all the help you can.

Coping with a Hopeless Tooth in Leeds

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

When is a tooth not a tooth? When it’s hopeless! This is the name attached to any tooth in Leeds that is on the endangered list and it would have been put out of its misery years ago and pulled. This is probably why many people were wearing dentures by the time they reached the age of fifty. But thankfully that philosophy of removing a tooth at the merest sign of a problem has also been pulled. Nowadays, dentistry is all about saving teeth and there are many specialist fields in the business designed to do just that. The bottom line at looking at a hopeless tooth is to see if there is the support from the bone below and what can be done to restore it. It may take bone grafting, even gum grafting, but specialists will go out their way until the bitter end to save the tooth. Another perfect example of this passion for the life of a tooth can be found in the field of endodontics: this is the study of the inside of a tooth and you may be more familiar with root canal treatment. This is where anything inside the tooth that is rotten is removed and the tooth filled- again, to save a hopeless tooth (fillings do the same thing). Of course, you can’t push back the inevitable for ever, and especially in old people: if the level of periodontal decay is at critical, age will prevent any chance of growth in a graft and sadly to say, the situation will become, well, hopeless.