Put your dentures on their best behaviour

Dentures can be like little children. You never know how they are going to behave when you go out with them for important social occasions. Will they muck around at that lovely lunch with your friends? Will they start wobbling about when you are trying to have an important conversation with your financial advisor? And will they get carried away with all the fun and jump out of your mouth when you start laughing at that birthday party? If these are some of your daily concerns with your dentures, then maybe it’s time to start thinking about putting them on permanent good behaviour with denture stabilisation.

Denture Stabilisation in LeedsDenture stabilisation may sound like a terrible punishment regime for naughty false teeth, but it is in fact a great way to get your false teeth securely anchored to your jaw. Stabilising your dentures means you will no longer have to worry about them sliding around in your mouth and it will also allow you to widen your food choices. When your dentures rely on adhering to your gums for stability, you tend to have to stick to a soft food diet. But when they are locked into your jaws, you can add all sorts of more interesting foods to your diet.

How do we stabilise dentures?

At Enhancedental in Leeds, we use dental implants to stabilise your dentures. This is a great half-way house treatment, giving you the stability of dental implants without the expense.

All we do is put 4 mini-dental implants into your lower jaw and 6 into your upper jaw. We can insert them straight through your gums, which saves some time on the implant surgery, and reduces costs. We put special attachments onto the implants and also onto your dentures, customising them. You then snap your dentures onto the implants and you are good to go.

You need to take care for the first few months so that your new implants have time to integrate with your jawbone, but after that you will experience a wonderful new freedom. Plus, you can continue to clean your dentures and rest your gums at night as before.

Had enough of your wobbly dentures?

You’ve been very patient with your dentures over the years, but now you’ve had enough. It’s not that your dentist did not fit them properly in the first place. For a while they were fine, even if they didn’t give you the freedom of food choices you were used to with your natural teeth. You were happy to have something to fill the gaps and make you look like you had real teeth.

Denture Stabilisation in LeedsBut the simulation started to go awry as your dentures became loose and started to slide back and forth in your mouth. Sure, you had them relined, time and again, every year in fact. You’ve got through more tubes of dental adhesive than you used to of toothpaste, but your dentures won’t obey you and you are tired of having to second guess them, holding yourself back in going for it with the laughing and the yawning in case your dentures make a fool of you.

Well enough is enough, we say, and here at Enhancedental in Leeds, we are pleased to be able to offer you a way to get your dentures to do what you want instead of what they fancy. It’s called denture stabilisation and it’s a great half-way house compromise between dentures and dental implants.

Denture stabilisation uses mini dental implants that are much quicker to put in because they go through the gum instead of us having to open up a flap and insert them under the gum into the bone. The mini implants fix into the denser part of your jawbone, which shrinks and loses density when it doesn’t have tooth roots in it.

We put 4 dental implants in the lower jaw and 6 in the upper jaw. We can put in attachments that fix onto your dentures. We can customise them while you are having the implants fitted. Or you can choose to have new dentures made for your implants.

The attachments allow you to continue to remove your dentures at night for cleaning and to rest your gums.

With denture stabilisation, you will have much more freedom over what you eat. Imagine biting into an apple again!

Stable dental future

Having dental implants in Garforth will give you a set of user-friendly replacement teeth with natural stability and strength. At Enhance Dental, we can give you precisely crafted new teeth that integrate with your jawbone to provide impressive dental function. You can enjoy all your favourite foods again when you choose to have dental implants in Garforth.

Dental Implants in GarforthA better dental life

Missing teeth can be a cause of worry and irritation. You might have to be cautious about which foods you choose, and your appearance might be spoiled by gaps in your teeth. Temporary replacements such as dentures are a great way to restore some of the appearance and function of your lost teeth, but they also require fiddly extras like adhesives and clips. In Garforth, dental implants securely anchor your teeth in your jawbone, so you can use them as you used your natural ones.

If you already have dentures in Garforth, dental implants can be used to stabilise them. Once the procedure is complete, there’ll be no need to remove your teeth from your mouth. They’re firmly affixed to the titanium posts that we place into your jawbone. You clean them in the same way you clean natural teeth, and they’ll last for many decades.

Stable and convenient

We customise your dental implants based on meticulous measurements of your mouth. After a detailed consultation at our friendly dental practice, we use 3D images to build up a detailed picture of your dental situation. Based on these images, we can produce the teeth that meet your particular needs.

It’s important that you have good oral health and a dense enough jawbone before you can receive your implants. If necessary, we’ll give you some preliminary treatments to prepare you for the main event.

The dental implants are placed into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. After a rest period, you then return to our practice to have the new teeth attached to the implanted post.

Dental implants in Garforth are an integrated solution to the problems of missing teeth. Their customised appearance and optimised functionality offer you a brighter dental future. We even offer payment plans to help you access this life-changing dental work.

Straight teeth for everyone with braces in Garforth

Teeth are made for eating, talking and smiling. The best way to keep them doing a good job for as long as possible is to clean them twice a day for 2 minutes with a soft bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss to remove plaque and trapped food from between your teeth, and have check-ups and hygienist cleanings twice a year. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? And it is, as long as you have lovely straight teeth. It gets a lot harder when your teeth are not lined up as they should be.

Braces in GarforthTry flossing around teeth that overlap, or getting all the trapped food out from teeth that protrude. Wonky teeth can be very hard to keep free from plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease, both of which eventually lead to tooth loss.

If you want to avoid having to have replacement teeth, then the best thing you can do is get your teeth straightened with braces in Garforth.

Our dentist for braces in Garforth

At Enhancedental, we have our own braces dentist, Dr Sophy Barber, who works with us and also at the Leeds Dental Institute. Dr Barber will be able to help you and your children to straight teeth, no matter how complex, moderate or mild your alignment issues are.

Children and braces in Garforth

There have been many advances in dentistry in the last 20 or so years, and many have been related to teeth straightening. The thinking around braces for children has changed and it is now thought to be a better idea to guide wonky teeth into their correct positions as they come through, rather than waiting for them to arrive and then moving them. This means that children can have braces evaluations from as young as 5-7 years old. The dentist can accurately predict how the adult teeth are going to come through and take action to correct any problems as they happen. This means that it is becoming commonplace for children to have braces treatment from ages 9-12 rather than 12-15. Great news for kids, who can now get treatment over before the awful self-conscious years of adolescence set in.

Want to know about dental implants in Garforth?

There are so many choices to be made these days. No wonder people end up never taking action. However, that’s not a choice you want to make if you have lost or about to lose some or all of your teeth. These days, there are 3 options for replacing teeth. You need to choose between fixed bridgework, full or partial dentures or dental implants in Garforth. Here, we are going to look at dental implants, as offered by us here at Enhancedental.

Dental Implants in GarforthWhat are dental implants in Garforth?

Dental implants are small posts or screws made of titanium. They are tapered to resemble tooth roots and they go into your jawbone in specially created channels. This is the implant. To put a tooth onto it, we put in a joining piece called an abutment and then we put the crowns (the white section) on top of that. What abutment you have depends on what crowns you are having.

We can put a single crown, or a bridge of 3 crowns, or even your dentures onto one implant.

What’s the process for dental implants in Garforth?

The implant process starts with a detailed consultation. We need to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to take the implants, and then to withstand the multidirectional forces of chewing and biting. This means we will be taking x-rays and maybe even CT scans so we can see inside your jawbone. This inside view also allows us to plan where to put your implants, so that the channels we create in your jawbone don’t interfere with blood vessels or any of the few nerves therein.

If it’s all good to go, you come back for minor surgery. We put in the implants under local anaesthetic, which is plenty to numb the area, as there are few nerves there to convey pain to the brain. Implant surgery takes a bit of time, so if you think you are not going to be able to relax during the procedure, we can help you with either oral or intravenous sedation.

It takes 2-6 months for the implants to integrate with the jawbone, after which we can put on the crowns and you can get to chewing.

Persistent lumps: get them checked

If you have found a lump, or a red or white patch, or have an odd tingly feeling or have become hoarse for no reason, and it’s being going on for more than 3 weeks, you need to get yourself to us at Enhancedental for mouth cancer screening in Leeds.

Mouth Cancer Screening in LeedsEven if you don’t have anything like the above, if you are over 35, then you should be having an annual mouth cancer screening with us. You may never have even thought about mouth cancer, but it is becoming more and more common. Each year, in the UK, approximately 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer. This is around 2% of all cancers that get diagnosed. The incidence of mouth cancer has leapt up by 68 % here over the past 2 decades.

Why the sudden rise in this cancer that was once rare in the UK? Well, it’s a lifestyle-related disease, which means you are more likely to get it as you age. Mouth cancers are directly linked to smoking and drinking. So, if you have done either and most people in the 40+ age bracket have, you are at risk. Smoking and drinking alcohol are not the only direct links to mouth and throat cancers. Not eating enough fruit and veg also plays a part, as does obesity and also having the HPV virus.

The easiest way to get a mouth cancer screening is to have it added onto one of your twice-yearly dental check-ups.

What to expect

We will inspect around your lips and inside your mouth. Using an angled mirror, we will look at inside your lips and cheeks, around your gums, the top and underside of your tongue, the roof of your mouth and under your tongue, as well as the back of your throat. Then we will feel with our fingers around your neck and throat. We are looking for anything untoward.

If we find something, don’t panic. Mouth cancers caught early are very treatable and we will send you to have any lumps or bumps removed and analysed.

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, so you will find lots of information at the clinic, but you can ask about it at any time during the year.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

We know how busy you get in November. You just about survived half-term, Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night. Now it’s Diwali and next it’s Christmas. How are you going to fit anything else in between clearing up after one celebration and getting ready for the next? But then, isn’t life always like that? People put off important health checks because it’s the holidays, the kids have just gone back, the in-laws are coming to stay, and so another year slips by and you haven’t had a dental check-up, let alone a mouth cancer screening in Leeds.

Mouth Cancer Screening in LeedsIt’s totally understandable: whoever got worked up about mouth cancer? Not many of us, and maybe that’s the problem because this cancer is on the rise, particularly among the over-40s.

In fact, you are more likely to get mouth cancer if you are in the age range of 50-74. Only 12.5% (1 in 8) of cases occur in people less than 50 years old. Every there are about 6,800 people who are diagnosed in the UK.

The good news is that, if it caught early, mouth cancer is very treatable. The trouble is not many people have heard of mouth and throat cancer, or take it seriously enough, which is why we have to have an action month, to raise awareness.

Get screened

If you are over 35, you need to be having an annual mouth cancer screening. It doesn’t take long and we can do it at the end of one of your bi-annual check-ups. We will have a good look round inside your mouth (including under your tongue and around your gums and inside your cheeks) for any odd lumps or bumps, and we will also feel into your neck to look for cancers inside your throat. If we do find something and it is in its early stage, the best treatment is to send you along for minor surgery to get it removed. The removed lump will be analysed to check if it was malignant.

Stay well

Want to avoid mouth cancer? Give up smoking, cut down on the booze, lose weight and eat lots of fruit and veg. Simples!

Keep your teeth with braces in Garforth

If you are having trouble finding reasons beyond looking good for having your teeth straightened, then you will be glad to find out that straighter teeth last longer than wonky ones.

Braces in GarforthHaving braces in Garforth with us at Enhancedental makes it much easier to hang onto your teeth because straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Having clean teeth is the key to their longevity. Clean means free from plaque, which is a film of bacteria that build up on the surfaces of the teeth, gums and tongue during the day. The bacteria feed on the sugars in the mouth, so the more sugar you consume, the more plaque there will be in your mouth.

It’s easy to brush and floss away the plaque on the flat surfaces, but it builds up in the nooks and crannies between the teeth and around the gumline too. If you can’t get to these places with your toothbrush and dental floss, then you are more likely to suffer dental decay and gum disease from the acids that plaque gives off. Decay will eat away at your teeth from the inside. Gum disease attacks the gums and then the roots and the jawbone surrounding your teeth, until they loosen and fall out.

Braces in Garforth can help you avoid these scenarios.  Here at Enhancedental we have some great devices that are comfortable to wear and also blend in with your teeth, rather than taking over your mouth and turning it into a mass of jumbled metal.

Bracket and wires

Braces cemented onto the teeth consist of brackets set at particular angles and strung together with wires. The angles at which the brackets are pulled by the wires is what makes the teeth move into their new positions. These braces usually work better on more complex alignment issues.

Aligners

Aligners are more like very thin mouth guards with built-in pressure points that go on over the teeth. They are more suited to moderate alignment issues. They are removable for eating and cleaning and as they are very thin, are as good as invisible once they are in place.

Advantages of dental implants over other tooth replacement methods

When you first investigate replacing your missing teeth, you will find a number of options open to you. There are circumstances in which choices like a bridge or dentures might be the most appropriate method. However, if you have the chance to work with dental implants in Garforth, they have several advantages over these more traditional methods.

Dental Implants in GarforthAt Enhancedental, we like to be completely open with our patients about the issues and benefits that accompany all treatments. We can use our expertise to make a comparison for you that considers your needs and oral circumstances. Below we talk about a few common issues with bridges or dentures and how they compare with dental implants.

Insecurity and other common issues

Dental implants in Garforth function in a similar way to natural teeth. You can bite down on them, speak, laugh and smile with complete confidence. Other tooth replacement methods do not offer you the same level of support as they do not have the same anchorage and are not fully integrated with the jawbone in the same was as dental implants.

Pressure on the surrounding teeth

Many types of tooth replacement are supported on the surrounding teeth. This means that you often need to have additional work done to strengthen these areas, so they can do this job. Even with this reinforcement, in the long-term, you can end up with damage to remaining teeth.

By contrast, dental implants in Garforth can contribute to the health of remaining teeth. They stimulate the tissues around the implant site and encourage healthy blood supply. The prosthetic teeth also prevent shifting of the remaining teeth.

Ongoing costs

Dental implants in Garforth might seem like a significant investment at first. Although this is true, the relative rewards are the things that justify the outlay. With a bridge or partial denture, you are often entering a long-term treatment plan that will never fully restore the functionality you are looking for. You will have to return repeatedly to have adjustments and to monitor the efficiency of your tooth replacement method. With dental implants, little maintenance is required after they are fitted over and above your normal dental appointments.

What are your thoughts about braces in Garforth?

Just one of the communication skills that we use at Enhancedental is open questions. These are ones that help to explore your expectations and any concerns that you have when you have braces in Garforth with us. We have plenty of experience working with different patients and their questions, needs and issues so we feel confident about being able to deal with whatever you bring to the table. We will ask questions to help you give us the information we need to craft the perfect treatment for you.

Braces in GarforthHow do you feel about getting braces in Garforth?

Whatever answer you give to this question is ok with us. Some people feel matter-of-fact and pragmatic. Others might be anxious. We even get patients who are excited and eager to get on with the work. Most commonly it’s a mixture of different feelings. We can help you to feel more relaxed when we explain the process of getting braces in Garforth to you.

What kind of braces do you want?

Some patients are surprised to have options when it comes to their braces in Garforth. It may be that your choice of braces needs to be guided by the conditions in your mouth. We’ll let you know if this is the case. You may need more traditional orthodontic work if there is a clinical need or a complex situation. However, many adults are now getting their teeth straightened for cosmetic purposes only. If that’s you, there are a range of excellent options that you may be able to choose between. If you can work with Invisalign, you may not need fixed braces at all.

How much time do you have?

The speed of modern orthodontic devices means that sometimes, we can work within a set timeframe especially if you are planning ahead to a big event that will happen six to twelve months in the future. Whether it’s a big work do, something personal or a much-anticipated holiday, we can help you reach your goal of having a lovely smile to flash when the time is right. This is the part of our service where we can get your treatment to support your life.