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Modern Tooth Restorations

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

805589_blogAlthough your teeth are made of sturdy stuff, they can be susceptible to damage, injury and decay and this is when restorative treatment comes in handy. Restorations are used to strengthen and repair the teeth, enhancing the function of the tooth and often providing aesthetic benefits. If you have a chipped, broken or worn down tooth, your dentist will be able to find the perfect solution!

Modern tooth restorations

Like most areas of dentistry, restorative dentistry is advancing all the time and modern tooth restorations are a far cry from treatments of old. Today, it is almost always possible to repair a damaged tooth, rather than remove it and treatment can make a real difference to oral health, as well as the look of the smile. Examples of modern restorative treatments include:

Fillings: fillings are used to treat tooth decay and the aim of treatment is to fill a cavity to prevent infection from spreading and make the tooth stronger. Today, white fillings, which are made from dental composite and resins, are very popular, as they restore the tooth invisibly. White fillings usually last up to 5 years.

Crowns: crowns are designed to strengthen decayed and damaged teeth; they are commonly made from ceramics, including porcelain, to provide a seamless aesthetic and they last around 5-10 years. A crown is custom-made to fit over the tooth perfectly and it is sometimes known as a cap, as it sits on the tooth. Crown treatment usually involves 2 sessions 2 weeks apart; however, it is possible to get same-day crowns using Cerec technology. You may be advised to have a new crown if you have a severely decayed tooth, your tooth is infected and you have had root canal treatment or the tooth is fractured.

Dental bridges: dental bridges are a popular treatment for missing teeth; they are often used to replace a single tooth and are most commonly made from a false tooth and a crown on either side. Bridges can be made from metals and ceramics and porcelain is a popular choice because it matches the shade of the natural teeth around the gap. Bridgework usually involves 2 sessions and a bridge should last up to 15 years.

Inlays and onlays: inlays and onlays are often described as the middle ground between fillings and crowns; they may be recommended when damage is too extensive for a filling, but not severe enough for a crown. Inlays are placed inside the tooth, while onlays also cover the biting cusps on the outside of the tooth.

An Alternative To Metal Fillings

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

4207449_blogIf you’re looking for a natural looking alternative to metal or amalgam fillings, we have the perfect solution for you! If you have a new cavity or you’re looking to replace old fillings, we strongly recommend white filings.

Everything you need to know about white fillings

White fillings are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal fillings, which are used to fill holes in the outer tooth layer known as cavities. These tooth-coloured fillings are made from resins and a dental material called composite, which is available in several shades. When you have a cavity, it’s important to have treatment to reduce the risk of further infection, as decay can spread through the tooth, resulting in more serious consequences. White fillings help to reduce the risk of further infection and strengthen the enamel without detracting from the aesthetic of your smile.

When you have a filling, your dentist will first clean the tooth thoroughly to remove any harmful bacteria and decayed tooth tissue. The cavity will then be etched and bonding material will be placed to ensure that the filling adheres. Your dentist will select the closest shade of composite to match your natural tooth colour and then place the composite inside the cavity, shaping it to make sure that it fills the entire hole. Once your dentist is happy with the filling, they will ask you to pop on a pair of protective goggles and then shine a curing light onto the tooth as this sets the composite, making it firm and durable.

How long will a white filling last?

White fillings should last up to five years, but it is important to take good care of your teeth y practising good oral hygiene at home, watching your diet and sugar intake and seeing your dentist on a regular basis, ideally every 6 months.

Wave A Wand For Smile Makeover Magic in Heartland Leeds

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

2823674_blogHave you ever wished that a Fairy Godmother would wave their magic wand and give you a beautiful new smile? Well, we can’t promise a Fairy Godmother, but we can promise amazing cosmetic dental treatments and guarantee you a flawless set of pearly whites with our incredible smile makeovers!

If you’re conscious of your teeth, you hate smiling in public or you just wish you had a more attractive smile, we can help. Our bespoke smile makeovers transform dull, broken, missing and stained teeth into gorgeous, glamorous smiles.

What is a smile makeover and how does it work?

A smile makeover is made up of a series of different dental treatments and the aim is to create a perfect new smile. Often, the treatment list will include a mixture of cosmetic and restorative treatments and we also offer cosmetic braces to resolve issues including crooked, crowded and teeth and gaps in the smile.

Our most popular treatments include tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, white fillings, porcelain crowns, cosmetic braces, dental bridges and dental implants.

We consult with you during the planning stage to assess your needs and see which treatments would benefit you; we take a number of factors into consideration, including the flaws you identify and want to improve and the ideas you have about the perfect smile. We understand that patients have different opinions and every smile makeover we do is different. We will also consider the time frame of treatment and also the cost. Once we have chosen the treatments together, we will plan your treatment and start the process of making your smile perfect!

How long does treatment take?

As every smile makeover is different, it’s impossible to say how long treatment will take. This is because the treatment time for different procedures and techniques varies hugely. Some treatments, including fillings, crowns and cosmetic bonding, take less than an hour, while orthodontic treatments and dental implant treatment can take several months. Once we know which treatments you will be having, we can give you a much better idea of when to expect the finished article.

Repair Your City Centre Chips And Gaps With Our Cosmetic Bonding

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

2797271_blogVery few people have completely flawless smiles, but if you have chipped teeth or a gap between two of your teeth, we have a very simple and effective solution. Cosmetic bonding is a really impressive procedure, which patches up the teeth and makes cosmetic changes to the overall look of the smile, to boost your confidence and ensure you feel happy every time you show off your teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is suitable for a wide range of patients, including those with chipped and worn teeth and patients with small gaps between their teeth. Dentists use composite, which is also used for white fillings, to re-shape the teeth, repair chips and make gaps smaller. Often, even the most minor changes to the teeth have an incredible effect on the overall look of the smile.

Many people assume that they have to spend thousands of pounds, as well as hours of their time in the dental chair, to get a gorgeous smile, but this simply isn’t true. Cosmetic bonding takes less than an hour, there is no pain involved and fees are affordable. Cosmetic bonding takes less than an hour, there is no pain involved and fees are affordable., which is matched to the shade of the teeth, and then set it hard using a curing light, which takes just seconds. After some final adjustments, your new smile will be ready!

If you’re sick of focusing on the negatives every you look at your smile in the mirror, cosmetic bonding could be the answer; call us today or pop in to book your appointment.

A Smile Makeover is the Order Of The Day in the City of Leeds

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

1567900_blogDid you watch the Oscars and wonder how on earth every star has a perfect smile? Are you fed up of feeling self-conscious when you look in the mirror? Are you ready to treat yourself to the ultimate present in 2014? Our smile makeovers are designed to create the perfect smile, so you can enjoy showing off your pearly whites with confidence.

We offer a huge range of treatments to design the perfect smile and we have a solution for any problem. Whether you’re sick of your chipped or worn teeth, you want to add sparkle to your smile or you have missing teeth, we can transform your smile.

Popular treatments used as part of a smile makeover include porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, white fillings, cosmetic bonding, tooth contouring, crowns and dental implants. We also offer an array of orthodontic treatments to address problems including crowding, crooked teeth and gaps between the teeth. The cost of a smile makeover depends on the treatments you choose; this will also affect the duration of treatment, as some treatments take much longer than others.

What are you waiting for?

If you long for a gorgeous smile, now is the time to make your dreams come true and treat yourself to a smile makeover.

Choosing White Fillings in Leeds

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

There is a huge clamour among the general public right now to get the best looking teeth that they can in Leeds, and why not eh? People are constantly bombarded in the media with images of people with precious teeth in their mouths and seeing as the way modern cosmetic dentistry has evolved, getting this look is available to everyone now, so why not? One of the biggest ‘no-no’s’ right now is to have grey, amalgam fillings and slowly, these are being phased out and being replaced by white fillings that look more natural in the mouth. These fillings are not in anyway metal based like amalgam, but made from ceramics and resins. They are easy to fit and look beautiful, though most dentists will shy away from removing your amalgam fillings just to replace them with white fillings- though they can cover them over. However, there is a downside to these new styles of fillings. They are still to prove themselves when it comes to longevity and have a reputation of being weak and falling out, this is because they have a habit of shrinking when setting. However, the materials used in white fillings are evolving all of the time and they will get better- plus, they truly are the way forward if you really want that natural look in your mouth.


Choosing White Fillings in Central Leeds

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The in thing right now in cosmetic dentistry in central Leeds is to get your teeth looking as white and bright and as natural as possible and there are many wonderful ways you can get this done. But along with this comes the need to have your fillings white as well. Now if you are part of the modern generation, this really isn’t a problem because these days, you will get the choice between white fillings and amalgam ones. But if you want natural, it will always be white. Of course, that doesn’t help people who already have grey fillings: a dentist would be very loathe to remove a good filling for vanity purposes, but, they can be altered a little and covered with a bit of cosmetic bonding. However, white composite fillings for all their natural-ness; don’t have the strength that an amalgam has. They tend to shrink when fitted so the shelf life is a little limited; hence, they are more prone to falling out. However, like most things in the dental world, they are getting better the more they evolve and considering that amalgams are being phased out over health issues, white fillings are the future anyway…and who doesn’t want that natural look eh?


The truth about Amalgam Fillings in the City of Leeds

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Unless you are the luckiest person in the city of Leeds, most people will have a filling or two at some point in their lives and historically, this would be done with a grey, amalgam filling. This type of filling is very robust and can take more forces that the average tooth can and it has always been thought of as the perfect answer to the problem tooth decay: once done it can pretty much last you for life. The results have always seemed favourable for amalgam, but, grey is not today’s colour, white is and the lightening bolt of what’s fashionable means that most people try to avoid amalgam fillings if they can in order to get the most ‘natural’ smile they can. However, a more sinister reason behind avoiding amalgam has surfaced. The materials used in this filling have a hint of poison within and in some countries, this filling has been banned. Now, if you compare amalgam to the latest dandy white fillings around today, there is no competition when it comes to practicality- amalgam wins every time. And as for the inherent poisons that may possibly cause problems for you in the future, then just ask your 80 something grandparents about their fillings: they may well still have them in and let’s face it, swapping amalgam for the latest en-vogue fillings will make you look great, but it isn’t going to put years on your life and at the end of the day, you want something that is going to last, and amalgam fillings do this.

Dealing with Decaying Teeth in Central Leeds

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Tooth decay is something that takes its time to take hold and it will do it very covertly as well. It normally starts with poor oral hygiene and a lack of visits to see your dentist in central Leeds. But it starts immediately when the acids from bacteria are allowed to eat into the teeth’s enamel, over time it will go unnoticed, but then you may find yourself suffering from shooting pains in the teeth. Catch it now and you may be lucky enough to get away with a filling, but ignore it and then you will require root canal treatment just to keep the tooth in the mouth- even then you have seriously reduced the life of the tooth. After this you start to descend into tooth loss, but not only this, you can suffer from periodontal damage to the bone structure in the jaws and worse still, gum disease, which can work it’s evil into the bloodstream and poison the bodies vital organs. Essentially, if you suffer from pain, get your teeth fixed up, but more importantly, make sure you retain a high level of oral hygiene in the first place so that your teeth don’t get to this stage. If you have any doubts, you should confer with your dentist about avoiding tooth decay.

Identifying the Problems of Discoloured Teeth in Leeds

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Teeth are an important factor in the way we smile and project ourselves in Leeds and good looking teeth can bolster our confidence in the workplace and socially. At the opposite end of the scale, ugly looking teeth can destroy all of this and one of the most common causes of unsightly teeth is discolouration. There are many factors that can cause this condition, the more obvious ones being staining from foods, drinks and smoking, however, with age, the enamel on the surface of the teeth can fade too- these can generally be rectified with bleaching and by vastly improving our oral hygiene and diet. Tooth decay can also cause the teeth to discolour for as the nerve dies it will darken the tooth and if you have an amalgam filling to counter the decay, it will also cause a greying effect on the rest of the tooth’s surface. Certain drugs can also have a negative effect to the natural hue of your teeth, as can a lack of fluoride, as this re-mineralises the enamel. Dentists can rectify virtually any problem in your teeth these days, including this one so you should get along to the surgery and get advice of how to address it and more importantly, prevent it as well.