Getting tested for some forms of cancer is now part of a normal health regime for most men and woman. Our National Health Service regularly call us for appointments and although they are not the most pleasant of experiences, everyone can agree they are necessary and, if cancer is caught in the very early stages, it can be completely treatable.
There’s no difference when it comes to mouth cancer and it might surprise you to know the best person for the job is your dentist. In Leamington Spa, mouth cancer screening is simple to access and taken seriously by us at Leamington Spa Dental Practice.
Oh no, I’ve been called for a screening
We like to keep on top of our patients’ oral health. As part of your yearly check-up, we will ask you to come for a screening appointment; it is routine and does not mean there’s a problem. It’s very simple and completely painless. We will talk you through your mouth cancer screening process and look through your oral health history, determining any risk factors you may have. Unfortunately, if you do smoke or if you drink heavily, like your GP, we would encourage you to reduce or quit altogether. This would have the added benefit of improving your overall gum health and reduce teeth staining – added benefits for taking care of yourself.
Once we’ve screened your past history and supported you with any diet or smoking cessation advice. We will then make a thorough examination of your mouth, head and neck. We’ll then look inside your mouth and under your tongue.
We’re looking for any lumps, sores or long-term ulcers, anything a bit out of the ordinary. If we do find anything, it doesn’t mean it’s cancer, but it will be treated incredibly professionally and with care, ensuring you are given the correct treatment or referred to a specialist.
I feel concerned, what should I do
As your local dentist in Leamington Spa, we can provide you with information and support. Don’t forget, catching things early is the best choice for you and your family. Book your routine screen today and we can set you on the path to great oral care.
What is it about teeth that makes every little imperfection on them so darn noticeable? Every chip, every worn edge, every slight twist or stain, you just know everyone can see them. No, you’re not being paranoid. People really do notice every little crack or chip, gap and twist because evolution has hardwired us to.
Evolutionary spotlight on the smile
Mouths are gateways to the body and when we look into someone’s mouth, when they smile and talk, we subconsciously form opinions about how healthy they are. And if their teeth don’t look so great, it makes us recoil just a tiny bit.
And that’s not good because evolution also designed our smiles to be our most important non-verbal method of communication. Give a big smile and people are hardwired to treat you like a friend. Cover your mouth with your hand, or smile with closed lips and people can start to think you are cold and unfriendly.
So, what to do about those imperfections? Fortunately, here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we have the solution: veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are tiny sheaths made out of dental porcelain. They are cemented onto the fronts of your teeth to cover over imperfections. They can be used to cover over chips, cracks, stains, gaps and worn edges. They are also a great way to sort out the odd mildly misaligned tooth that it would be a bit over the top to get braces for.
How to get veneers
It takes a couple of appointments. During the first, we take impressions of your teeth and these go off to the lab where the veneers are made. We tell the lab what colour to make them, and they make sure the veneers will match your other teeth in shape and colour. We then remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth and later cement the veneers on.
Veneers are very strong and can last for at least 10 years, with good care and avoiding doing silly things like using them to open bottles.
You can get one or two done, or have all your teeth covered. Come and find out what veneers can do for you.
What happens to your children’s teeth can influence their oral health throughout their lives, which is why at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we see children’s dentistry as vitally important.
In Leamington Spa, children’s dentistry is all about education, developing good habits and preventing decay. If these are taken care of well, your children can go off to their adult lives with a set of beautiful looking, healthy teeth and dental habits that are ingrained enough to enable them to keep them up even when they move towns time and again. Working with us as a team will enable you to give your children their best shot at keeping their own teeth for life.
It can take quite a while for kids to get skilled at brushing their teeth, and to develop the discipline to stand at the sink for 2 minutes twice a day. We can help teach them with lessons from the hygienist and also by you bringing them along to your own or older siblings check-ups so that they get used to the dentist and see the clinic as a positive environment. All of our dentists have lots of experience in working with children and putting them at ease.
Decay is quite a problem for kids. They are still acquiring toothbrushing skills and they are far more likely to be consuming sugary snacks and drinks. Keeping plaque at bay can be a problem. Some parents mistakenly believe that decay in baby teeth doesn’t matter because they are going to come out anyway, but decay can move from these teeth to the adult teeth waiting to come through behind them.
We offer 2 ways to protect your children’s teeth from the acids that cause decay. Fluoride treatment hardens tooth enamel to make it harder to erode. Fissure sealants, which are painted onto the chewing surfaces and crevices of the back teeth, act as a barrier against plaque in places that are hard for young brushers to clean.
If you and the team here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice work together as a team, we can make sure your children have a bright dental future ahead of them.
Isn’t it great that we live in a time when being able to keep the years at bay with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers has become completely acceptable and increasingly available. The other big worry for many people was that having treatments would have to be with someone who did not really understand the complex anatomy of the face, but you don’t even have to worry about that now that treatments are available from Leamington Spa Dental Practice.
Dentists are perfectly placed to deliver facial aesthetics because we are already highly trained in the anatomy of the face, and already highly skilled and experienced in the accurate and careful delivery of local anaesthetics by needle. It’s only short step from that to delivering anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers in Leamington Spa in just the right places and just the right amounts such that you look younger and fresher, but still have full use of your facial expressions.
For the upper face
Here is where we use the anti-wrinkle injections, targeting frown lines, crow’s feet and worry lines, all around the eyes. We stop the signalling between the nerves and the muscles so that these habitually contracted muscles have to fully relax. It takes a few days for this to happen and you can watch the lines gently smooth out. Treatments last up to four months, so come for a top-up after three.
For around the mouth
Folds from the nose to the mouth, from the mouth to the chin, lines along the top lip, and flattening of the top lip can all be treated with dermal fillers. We carefully inject just the right amount of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body, into these areas to plump them out. The treatments generally last for 6–8 months, and the hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body. You may well need to get your top lip done again sooner, as this area works particularly hard with speaking, smiling and eating.
Treatments are really quick, you can have them done in your lunch hour. If you would like to find how these treatments could boost your confidence, why not come in for a consultation?
People seem to think that spending money on getting straighter teeth when yours are only mildly out of alignment is just a vanity exercise, but here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we see it differently.
Yes, it’s great to have a beautiful-looking smile to gaze at in the mirror, but a great smile is also easier to keep clean because when the teeth line up properly next to each other along the arch of the jawbone, they offer fewer hiding places for dental plaque to build up in. Dental plaque is the source of most dental problems. It gives off acids that eat away at enamel to cause decay and inflame and irritate the gums to cause gum disease. Both of these problems can eventually lead to tooth loss, with a fair amount of pain and embarrassment along the way. We think most people would like to avoid that, and one way to do so is to get your teeth straightened.
Discreet straightening with Invisalign in Leamington Spa
One of our favourite ways to straighten our patients’ teeth is with Invisalign, and our patients love it too. Here’s why:
The Invisalign system uses a series of see-through, thermoplastic aligners instead of brackets and wires. They are only 0.3mm thick. They hug teeth so closely that once they are put in the mouth, they cannot be seen except by looking really closely, which for most levels of social interaction would be a bit odd. This is a great plus both for self-conscious teens who want to avoid being teased, and for image-aware adults who need to present a professional image at work.
One thing that puts a lot of people off teeth straightening is the extra time that needs to be spent keeping the straightening devices clear of food debris.
Invisalign aligners are taken out for eating and drinking (you keep them in only for plain water). All you need to do after a snack, a coffee or a meal is clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in.
If you are thinking of getting your teeth straightened, Invisalign could be the way to go. Why not come in for a consultation?
Losing your natural teeth can be hard. The happy things in life that were once easy and fun, such as smiling and laughing, become difficult and embarrassing. Pleasures such as eating turn into chores, and with missing teeth, chewing your favourite dish can be painful and not worth the hassle. If you have experienced tooth loss, whether that is a single tooth or several teeth, it is possible to get back the confident, unafraid grin you once possessed.
It might be that your missing teeth have stolen away some of your confidence. Having this issue not only affects the appearance of your smile, but also your oral health. Gaps in your teeth can lead to further complications such as the disappearance of the surrounding tissues and your jawbone over time. If you are missing one or a few teeth, the remaining ones can try to shift into their spaces, causing problems like misalignment and crookedness.
The solution to the problem
Are you tired of having to deal with these problems or sick of seeing the mess that your missing teeth have left behind? It’s not all doom and gloom, because at Leamington Spa Dental Practice we might recommend that you consider dental implants. These are effective alternatives to treatments like dentures, which may not be the permanent solution you were looking for.
Instead, if you’re considering dental implants in Leamington Spa, then you’re on the right track to gaining new teeth that appear and feel natural. The implants are small titanium screws that are fitted into the jawbone, which heal and integrate over time. Once established, these screws can anchor new teeth like crowns, fixed dentures or bridges. That means that dental implants can redeem the loss of a single tooth or many more if required.
Filling gaps and forming smiles
Dental implants sound a lot scarier than they actually feel. But at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we empathise with the fears that some patients may have. In most cases, local anaesthetic is used so that pain wouldn’t be a concern.
While there may be some temporary discomfort following your treatment, it’s worth it for a fulfilled future of confident and gleaming grins!
Cosmetic dentistry is everywhere. There’s barely a celebrity on TV with wonky teeth anymore, and you don’t see so many people under 30 who don’t have beautifully, aligned straight teeth. That’s quite a pressure and it can be easy to think that your dentist here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice will be eager to cover you in veneers, cosmetic bonding and braces.
But the truth is, we aren’t going to do any of that if your teeth are not in tip-top condition. It would be a waste of your money and time and would lead to all sorts of problems further down the line.
That’s why we pay as much attention to our routine dentistry in Leamington Spa as we do to our cosmetic dentistry treatments, and to making sure that you are diligent in your oral health care routine at home.
Routine dentistry starts with the check-up. At least twice a year, we carefully examine your teeth, gums, soft tissues and neck. We are checking for early signs of decay, gum disease and mouth cancer, none of which you will be aware of until they are pretty advanced, because it’s only then that they start to hurt. You may need more frequent check-ups if you are a smoker, have diabetes or are pregnant, all of which tend to increase your chances of gum disease.
If you have decay, we will remove it and fill the resulting cavity. We use white fillings for everything but kids’ NHS fillings. This is because we don’t need to remove as much healthy tooth material for a white filling, so your tooth is stronger, plus we can recreate the chewing surfaces of your original teeth. If the cavity is very large, we make porcelain pieces called inlays and onlays to place on top.
These entirely cover a damaged tooth, or one with a lot of discolouration. We prefer this to removing the teeth if the root is still good.
Root canal treatment
Removing infections from the root of the tooth, and then sealing it over, lets you hang onto your tooth for longer.
White fillings are widely used in cosmetic dentistry to restore the form and function of decayed, chipped or cracked teeth. They are made of composite materials which offer strength and function at the same time.
At Leamington Spa Dental Practice, white fillings are our method of choice when it comes to tooth decay restoration. Unlike metal fillings that simply fill in the decay, white fillings frame the affected tooth and enable it to withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
What should I expect?
Shortly before the treatment begins, your dentist will numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area in your mouth with a local anaesthetic. This way, you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the anaesthesia has settled in, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove all of the damaged and decayed parts of the tooth. They will then clean the tooth thoroughly.
After removing the decayed tooth portions, the white filling will be placed in layers to fill out the holes. Each layer will be hardened will a special light, to make sure that the material sets properly.
Who can have white fillings?
If you want to restore a decayed or damaged tooth and you do not want to use metal fillings, white fillings can provide you with an effective dental restoration, which looks and feels very natural. You will not have to worry about dark-coloured spots in your mouth, as the composite blends in with the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance.
Benefits of white fillings
Overall, white fillings are more natural-looking compared to metal fillings and can be colour-adjusted to fit the shade of your natural teeth. Moreover, white fillings require less preparation than metal fillings and less of the healthy tooth enamel will be removed during this process. Last but not least, white fillings are not as sensitive to extreme temperatures and do not shrink or expand because of temperature changes.
If you want to learn more about white fillings and their benefits, please contact us today and we will book a consultation appointment for you.
Facial rejuvenation is becoming an increasingly popular way to soften wrinkles and folds without permanent cosmetic surgery. At Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we have two treatments that can work together or separately to smooth and fill out spots where age is getting the better of your face.
Facial Rejuvenation in Leamington Spa, You may think it odd that we offer this service, but actually, dentists are becoming first-choice for facial rejuvenation, because of the years we have spent studying and working with facial anatomy. Not many beauticians can boast a medical grade understanding of how the muscles, nerves, tendons, organs and skin of the head, face, mouth and neck work together.
When you choose us for facial rejuvenation in Leamington Spa, you are choosing professionals to create a naturally younger-looking face.
From about the age of 30, our bodies get increasingly bad at producing a vital chemical called hyaluronic acid. This natural acid is what forms bonds between skin cells. It also helps the cells retain moisture. These two things are what makes our skin look plump and glowing. As production of hyaluronic acid reduces, our skin starts to look faded and to hang on our bones, creating hollows. Using hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers means that we are simply replacing something that is now missing. Dermal fillers plump out areas such as the nasolabial folds that run between our noses and mouths, or the marionette lines that run down from our mouths. It is also very effective in plumping out the top lip, crow’s feet and hollows in the cheeks.
These treatments are can be administered in a few minutes. They last a few months, so you can try them out and then if you like the effect, continue with top-up treatments.
Nowadays, there are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. However, with so many options readily available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening treatment is to visit a dentist and seek professional help.
At Leamington Spa Dental Practice, teeth whitening in Leamington is quick, effective and inexpensive. We use reputable brands that have been tested over the years with great results. Before you start, our experienced dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and help you determine which method suits your individual needs.
What causes yellow teeth?
Tooth discolouration is a common phenomenon that occurs naturally when the outer surface of tooth enamel begins to deteriorate and becomes transparent, revealing the darker, yellower dentin underneath. However, yellow teeth may occur due to other reasons as well. Tea and coffee both contain tannins that can easily cause tooth discolouration, whereas highly pigmented foods and beverages such as soy sauce and tomato sauce can also stain your teeth over time. Finally, discoloured teeth are also caused by genetics or certain medications.
Enlighten teeth whitening
Here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we are delighted to offer our patients the Enlighten system. Treatment can be carried out at home or in the dental chair. For home whitening, you will need to put a small amount of gel in your customised trays and wear them overnight for two weeks. If you decide to have your teeth whitened at our dental practice, our dentist will paint the gel on your teeth and activate it with a special light. This procedure is very quick and offers immediate results. Both treatments are entirely safe and can whiten your teeth by several shades.
Pola teeth whitening
At our dental practice, we also use the Pola teeth whitening system. Just like Enlighten, Pola can be used either at home or in the dentist’s chair. Ongoing development has seen the Pola range grow, from its original launch, to accommodate for all patient and dentist needs.
Get in touch
To learn more about teeth whitening in Leamington Spa, contact us today.