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Overcoming Oral Cancer in Leeds

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

There are many things in life that can scare you to the core in life, especially if it’s health related and there is no bigger shock to the system than being diagnosed with some form of cancer: this disease is a real baffler as there seems to be no justification or reason behind what causes it- it can affect the most healthy person in the world.

With oral cancer, it’s still not black and white; however, there are certain things in life that you should avoid putting in your mouth in order to reduce the risk. Smoking, drinking and bad foods on a regular basis will give your mouth a battering and increase the risk of problems arising. Your lifestyle will also affect your immune system and stress levels- also linked to the disease and so we arrive at the conclusion that if you at least try to do everything in moderation and keep yourself on an even keel, you will give yourself a fighting chance in Leeds.

Being able to recognise changes in your mouth is also essential in order to catch things early and get them treated early- the only way to beat the disease. For example, continuous sore throats, coughing, sores and neck aches etc., are not normal conditions the mouth goes through; anything out the ordinary should be analysed immediately. Even though it never seems to go away, the disease is not as powerful as it was because of better treatments- it can be beaten if you are ready for the fight.

Get Back your Bite with Dental Implants from Leeds Dentist

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

When you are missing several teeth if becomes impossible to install bridges. For many people dentures are a lot of work. This leaves dental implants as the best possibility for replacing a number of missing teeth. Dental implants are permanent and will last many, many years since they are often made of titanium. Implants have the advantage of have removable attachments which allow the exposed area of the artificial tooth to be replaced easily and conveniently whenever it is necessary.

The decision to get implants should not be taken lightly and should involve a consultation with your Leeds dentist to make sure the procedure is the best for you. It is hard to reverse a dental implant, and so once they are inserted they need to stay put. Implants are screwed directly into your jaw bone and become bonded with the surrounding living material, making extraction very difficult. But the great advantage is an extremely strong connection between tooth line and whatever type of false tooth that you want to attach to the top.

The procedure will likely be fairly long and the recovery may involve several weeks of discomfort. The rewards though may change your life. You will not have to worry about removing your dentures and you will not need to worry about the eventually degradation of other ‘permanent’ dental features. At your next check up ask your dentist whether implants may be right for you.


Tooth Decay Can Destroy Your Teeth. Seek Help from Your Leeds Dentist Before it is Too Late

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

The second most widespread disease in America, tooth decay is also referred to as dental caries or dental cavities. It is more often than not an infection that is caused by bacteria. Lactobacillus is one type of bacteria that is well known for causing tooth decay. Another such example is Lactobacillus. The infection causes demineralization of the enamel, then dentin, as well as cementum of the tooth, referred to as the hard tissues of the tooth.

The worst cases of tooth decay result in visible holes in the teeth and may result in the loss of the tooth. Severe cases of tooth decay will cause a lot of pain for the patient. Mild cases of tooth decay can be treated easily by your dentist in Leeds, and patients may not even be aware that they have tooth decay. This is why it is important to visit your dentist for regular check ups, as tooth decay is best treated early on.

A fluoride treatment may be all that is required for the mildest instances. However, depending on the severity of the case, you may need fillings, veneers, or a dental implant. Preventative measures against tooth decay include practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and check ups. Certain types of medications may make you more vulnerable to tooth decay. If you have any concerns regarding tooth decay, consult your medical professional.

Root Canal Treatment from Leeds Dentist can Save Your Teeth

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Root canal treatment is available in order to save your teeth when you have been suffering from an infection in the centre of a tooth. Both naturally occurring and foreign, there is always some bacteria in your mouth. If you do not maintain good oral hygiene the bacteria can spread. If you also suffer from tooth decay cavities can develop in your teeth. If bacteria manages to travel into these cavities there is a great risk that the root of you tooth will become infected.

The root canal goes from the dental pulp to the end of the root. The pulp fills the inside of the tooth and is normally protected by a layer or dentin and enamel. Pulp is soft tissue and as such can become infected if not properly cared for. If this does occur root canal treatment may be the only option.

The treatment involves your dentist drilling down into the pulp and removing all infected areas of the tooth. If the bacteria can be successful removed there is a chance that the tooth can be saved but it will be necessary to have the tooth filled or crowned in order to stop any more foreign material getting back into the tooth and reinfecting. If the infection has become very severe your  dentist may decide it is the best strategy to remove the tooth completely and not risk the infection spreading any further.

Your Leeds dentist will be able talk you through the entire procedure. To prevent the need for root canal treatment you should regularly brushing and floss your teeth. This will prevent the development of cavities so any infection that does occur cannot spread to the centre of the tooth.


Are Dental Crowns Right for You? Ask Your Local Leeds Dentist

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Dental crowns are essential tool in the dentist arsenal of treatments. Whether you have cavities due to tooth decay or have suffered a physical injury to a tooth, crowns may be able to help you regain full use of your tooth. Many people these days use crowns because they are so effective at protecting teeth and restoring function.

The procedure is very straight forward and your Leeds dentist will be able to do it quickly and painlessly, though it may take a couple of visits. The first visit your dentist will x-ray your teeth to fully discover the extent of any damage, from this they will be able to assess the necessity of a crown. If a crown is needed your dentist will create a custom fitted crown to your specifications and unique tooth shape. Depending on the tooth, crowns are normally made of porcelain and metal composites or gold.

While custom crowns are being produced, your dentist may decide to affix a temporary crown that can last several weeks or even months. With a temporary crown it is advised that you do not eat tough food that may pull the crown out of its position. Once you have your permanent crown in position you will be able to return to your normal diet and eat everything normally.

Crowns are a very strong and durable dental treatment and can last up to 15 years. With a crown it is as important as ever to keep maintaining good dental health. Brush twice and a day and regularly floss, including around your new crown, this will make sure that the tooth and crown stay healthy for many years.

How can CAD/CAM Technology in Dentistry Help You in Leeds?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Used for many decades in the manufacturing industry, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) have been developed into highly effected tools for dentists in the last 20 years. Continued developments in the technology now allow patients to receive fast, effective custom-fitted parts for dental care, be it crowns, veneers, bridges, implants and many other things.

Using a mixture of moulds, x-rays and photographs taken by your dentist, CAD/CAM technology in dentistry can now be used to build dental components to your exact specifications. Normally constructed out of composite resins, dentists can use the technology to treat a wide range of different dental problems. Once the dental component is produced your Leeds dentist will then be able to install it and give you back full function and appearance after you have suffered from any dental injuries or conditions.

Dentists with the technology within the offices are beginning to be able to offer incredibly fast services that would have previously taken many weeks of waiting. Although the CAD/CAM technology is now very powerful, it is important that it is operated by a professional dentist who know what to look for the and how to fix any problems. When available your dentist will suggest the use of CAD/CAM technologies to help you, they will not be appropriate for all situations and it is best to listen to the advice of your dentist. Although costs of using this technology used to be high, they are quickly reducing as the it becomes more prevalent and efficient.

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.

Looking for a Natural Approach? Leeds Dentist Talks about Herbal Teeth Remedies

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

While modern technology offers us many new and exciting ways to protect, fix and improve out teeth and gums, there are a wide range of natural herbal teeth remedies that can be highly effective, and gentler on the body, at helping with dental issues. Many people worry about the increased number of chemical that we ingest into our bodies every day, natural remedies will often be softer on the body on the long term, so when possible it is worth exploring what herbal remedies might be able to do for you.

Combating gum disease can be done with aloe vera and tea tree oil, gently applying small quantities may help to reduce swelling and fight infection. Some dentists also suggest calendula or Echinacea as another remedy for sore gums when your mouth is washed out with a dilution of the herb essence. Sores and ulcers may be helped by applying small quantities of lavender oil and rosemary. Around the world many people chew on parsley or liquorice after eating to offer quick relief from bad breath.

As with any form of medical treatment, when you have a problem it is important to still visit your Leeds dentist to ask their advice on how herbal remedies might help you. Herbal remedies is just one method of maintaining good dental health and when necessary you should look at all the options available.

City of Leeds Dentist Warns of Danger of Tooth Abscess

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Tooth abscess’ are an unpleasant experience, especially for the squeamish. An abscess is the build of pus that occurs with infections within the gums. Your dentist will need to drain the pus and clean out the infection in a minor operation that is normally done under local anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic may be used in highly serious cases.

If your gums are swollen, painful, and red, or it becomes painful to eat, talk or generally move your mouth, you should visit your City of Leeds dentist to have a check up in case you have developed a tooth abscess. Your dentist will quickly be able to diagnose a tooth abscess if that is the problem. Your dentist may suggest that root canal surgery is the best method for solving an abscessed tooth. This procedure will involve your dentist drilling down into the infected tooth in order to reach the infection, and drain the pus. They will then be able to remove the infection, including the root if it has been affected. If necessary, when the infection has spread deeply, your dentist may recommend the complete removal of the infected tooth. If this is the case, they will also suggest various forms of artificial tooth as a replacement. To stop the recurrence of the infection the dentist may proscribe antibiotics.

Obviously if you can prevent these occurrences you will not have to go through surgery. Regularly brushing your teeth at least twice a day; doing interdental cleaning with floss; frequent check ups with your dentist; each of these will help prevent the occurrence of abscessed teeth and help your dentist catch them early if they do occur.

Leeds Dentist has Solutions for Bad Breath

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Bad breath strikes everyone at some point in their lives. You can significantly reduce the chances of it occurring by following the dental health routine suggested by your Leeds dentist. Known medically as ‘halitosis’, bad breath is unpleasant for yourself and for those around you. If it is persistent it can be a sign of more serious underlying problems and you should speak to your dentist about this.

The major cause of bad breath is the breaking down of food particles, that remain in your mouth after eating, by naturally occurring bacteria. The best preventative measure for bad breath is to have a regular process of cleaning your teeth. Brushing should be done at least twice a day, a third time is can also be beneficial. Using a fluoride tooth paste this also combats the onset of tooth decay which can cause pain, discomfort and the loss of teeth. Many people find that brushing is not enough to combat bad breath, flossing alongside brushing will also have a significant impact. Flossing is particularly effective because over time food particles become stuck between your teeth where your brush simply cannot reach. Over time this food decomposes and creates the unpleasant odour associated with bad breath. Tongue cleaning can also help to remove any excess bacteria or food that builds up on the tongue.

Bad breath can ruin your social life and destroy your self-esteem. Make sure you continue this simple dental routine and you will most likely prevent bad breath. If it is persistent, try altering your diet to blander foods for a while and see if this makes a difference. If the bad breath is accompanied with any other symptoms, such as inflamed gums, toothache, or any others, makes an appointment with your dentist and they will be able to check for any other causes.