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New Year, New Smile! Restorative Dentistry for Patients in Leeds

Monday, January 4th, 2016

18625010The phrase “restorative dentistry” covers a whole range of treatments for various conditions, including missing or damaged teeth and even the treatment of damaged bone tissue. Often, these repairs are carried out for cosmetic reasons, so that the patient no longer feels embarrassed or ashamed of the gaps in their smile, but often these dental problems can have more serious implications for a person’s oral or even general health.

There are three types of restorative dentistry: prosthodontics, endodontics and periodontics. Each offers the patient help for whatever oral health problems they are suffering.


Prosthodontics are probably the most common type of restorative dental treatment, as this group includes fillings to repair the damage done by tooth decay and to prevent the tooth from having to be removed. Other types of this treatment include veneers, crowns and bridges, which are considered more of a cosmetic treatment.


Endodontics refers to problems inside the tooth, so serious problems with the tissue that make up the inner parts of the teeth rather than the surface enamel. Probably the most well known treatment that is part of the endodontics group is root canal treatment, in which damaged or diseased tissue from inside the tooth is removed and then filled again with a suitable synthetic material. Untreated root canal problems can be very painful, so patients are usually very keen to get their condition treated!


Periodontic specialists treat problems with your gums, including the common condition gingivitis or gum disease. This is an uncomfortable condition that can also have serious complications for the health of your teeth, so it’s important that you ask for help if you are suffering any of the symptoms of gingivitis, like bleeding gums. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which shows you just how important it is not to put off treatment, as by the time you seek help it could be too late to save your teeth.

Why you should have a regular check-up

It is important for patients to attend their check-ups regularly and seek help if they are even the slightest bit worried about any symptoms. Restorative dentistry is much more effective if the condition can be treated as early as possible, plus there is always the risk that you might lose teeth or have to have them extracted if you don’t get treated quickly enough!

Give Gum Disease the Elbow in Leeds

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It is very easy to underestimate the damage gum disease can cause until it has wreaked havoc not only in your mouth, but also within the rest of your body as well.

Gum disease is a serious condition in Leeds that needs to be recognised and stopped as soon as possible, as a high percentage of people suffer from it at some point in their lives. The problem is, there can be a number of reasons that cause gum disease. This can range from poor diet and lifestyle, which breaks down the immune system, to the more obvious- poor oral hygiene.

Once plaque is allowed to form into tartar around the base of the teeth, the gums will become infected and start poisoning the blood stream and then the most vital organs in the body.

The first signs of this will be blood on the toothbrush after brushing and a bad taste in the mouth during the day, as gum disease can also lead to halitosis. The gums will also start to recede and you teeth may become sensitive around the root of the tooth.

Fighting gum disease can be a problem depending on how bad it has become. In the early stages, it can be deterred by a good level of oral hygiene, which involves everything from natural, herbal products to some regular cleaning from the dentist. However, in advanced stages, it may take physical surgery to remove the damaged tissue and involve some form of grafting. Of course, whilst this is going on, the infection will not only damage the teeth and the bone that holds them, but will also caused coronary problems and potentially the failure of other organs in the body.



Avoid Sugar to Avoid Gum Disease and Bad Breath in Leeds

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Fighting the cause of gum disease and bad breath can be difficult when there are so many known factors that contribute to the conditions. It has always been known that sugar can increase the risk of gum disease, but it is knowledge that seems to be being ignored in today’s society.

Gum disease and bad breath are both essentially caused by the build up of  bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria is known to feed on sugar, so when the sugar intake of an individual is elevated, their buccal content of plaque and tartar will also increase, possibly leading to periodontal disease and bad breath.

In order to lower this risk, it is important that we find alternatives to sweets that are heavily laden with sugar. It is not just children who are at risk from eating too many sweets, adults also consume far too much processed food, all of which contains extremely high levels of sugar.

In order to combat gum disease and bad breath, the people of Leeds should limit the amount of sweets and chocolate they eat, substituting them with fruits such as raisins and cranberries. The healthy properties of fresh fruits such as these include anti-oxidants and a high water content. This means that although they contain natural sugars, they are diluted by their own concentration of water and so are harmless to the teeth and gums. Water also helps wash away the build up of bacteria and food in the mouth and around the teeth, so foods with a high water content will contribute to lowering the risk of developing gum disease and bad breath.


Fight the Cause of Gum Disease in Leeds Today

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Gum disease or periodontal disease is a nasty condition of the oral cavity in which an infection attacks the gums and the surrounding area causing them to swell, bleed and even begin to recede.

The infection is caused by bacteria which accumulate in the gums due to a build up of tartar on the surface of the teeth that provides a perfect breeding ground for infectious bacteria.

The disease is characterized by the discolouration of the gums from a coral pink to a red, raw colouring and the swelling of normally smooth tissue. If your gums are bleeding when you are brushing your teeth, you will certainly have some form of the disease, whether it be a mild or severe form. In addition, if you notice that your gums are painful, inflamed or have even begun to recede then you know you have to visit your Leeds dentist for a diagnosis.

Diagnosis of gum disease will result in some form of treatment, whether it be the superficial scraping of the diseased tissue and bacteria, or a surgical procedure to remove diseased pockets from the gums. The latter process can be painful and can result in a loss of gum tissue, leaving your teeth more exposed.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene and ensure you do everything possible to prevent the build up of plaque and the formation of tartar in your mouth. Good oral hygiene is achieved by the proper brushing of the teeth, regular visits to your dentist, flossing at least once a day and avoiding tobacco (cigarettes).