With regular dental hygiene visits, your mouth will be thoroughly checked by our dentist including identifying signs of tooth decay and bleeding gums. At Scholes Dental Care we recommend cleaning, scaling and polishing your teeth at least twice a year. Gum disease is the main reason people lose their teeth so during your visit our dentist will remove bacteria hidden between your teeth and any plaque along the gum lines.
As part of the check-up, we will demonstrate how to practice good oral hygiene at home and provide you with good dietary advice if necessary. More and more people these days are being affected with Oral Cancer so regular visits to the dentist will help us detect any early signs. There is more chance of a cure with an early diagnosis.
If a tooth has suffered from mild decay then a fissure sealant can be used to protect the tooth from further decay. Food often settles within the grooves on the top surface of the tooth. This area of the tooth is known as the fissure and sometimes a toothbrush is unable to effectively remove the food that is stuck.
Fissure sealants are a painless treatment and the affected tooth does not require any drilling. Our dentist will apply a special resin to bond to the surface of the tooth after it has been thoroughly cleaned. Once the resin has hardened it seals the surface of the tooth forming a protective coating that can last for a good length of time.
White fillings or tooth coloured fillings can simply enhance the appearance of your teeth when you laugh or smile. Old metal or silver amalgam fillings are unsightly and can easily be replaced by new white fillings. They are available in different shades and our dentist will be able to match the natural colour of your teeth.
The white filling composite material is now just as strong as the old mercury based fillings and can be used to help build up a chipped tooth. White fillings are an affordable treatment so if you have old worn out silver fillings and want to enhance your smile, simply call or visit our private practice in Leeds.
Gum disease affects most people at some stage in their life and can be prevented. Clinically known as Gingivitis and the more serious form periodontitis, are the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Swollen, sensitive or bleeding gums when flossing or brushing are usually the first signs of gum disease. Bad breath (halitosis) is also another sign. If untreated, the bacteria that forms within the pockets between the tooth and gums can cause an abscess leading to the eventual loss of the tooth.
Gingivitis is both treatable and preventable. By practising good oral hygiene at least twice a day, patients can remove food deposits by flossing in between teeth and brushing along the gum line. It is still important to visit the dentist or hygienist to scale and polish your teeth regularly. Small amounts of bacteria will eventually settle and harden along the base of the tooth. This is called calculas and will need to be removed to prevent gum disease developing.
When a tooth has undergone many treatments and fractures, or suffered severe decay, the soft tissue pulp inside the tooth that contain the nerves can easily develop an infection through bacteria. This can cause extreme pain for the patient and if the affected tooth is not treated, the patient can develop an abscess and also lose the tooth.
Root canal treatment is a delicate procedure which can be performed here, however complex cases may require a referral to a specialist Endodontist. It involves cleaning out the root canals inside the tooth removing all the bacteria and then resealing to prevent any further bacteria entering. Root canal treatment is usually performed over two visits to our private dental practice but does have a high success rate. After treatment, the tooth is usually weaker and our dentist may need to carry out further restoration such as creating a new dental crown for added protection.
Losing a tooth can be an unsettling experience and many of us will lose more than one tooth as we get older. Full and partial dentures have been available for many years, but nowadays they can look far more natural and be made to fit more comfortably than ever before. At Scholes Dental Care we understand a patient wants the confidence to smile, eat and talk with dentures that are stable for wearing everyday.
When first visiting the practice, our dentist will assess your needs and advise you of your choice of dentures available. An impression will then be taken before making the perfect fitting denture for you. Once your new full or partial dentures are fitted, our dentist will recommend you look after them by regularly removing and cleaning them every night.
Some people suffer with chronic jaw pain which can be caused by stress, injury or by grinding teeth. The movement in the jaw ends up becoming restricted and this condition is known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJD. As well as jaw pain, other symptoms of TMJD are cheek pain, earache and headaches. If the condition is left too long without treatment, TMJD becomes harder to manage or cure.
If you have any signs of jaw pain, please contact Scholes Dental Care as soon as possible. Our dentist can carry out an assessment and recommend the right course of treatment for you whether surgical or non-surgical. If we find you may be grinding your teeth (bruxism) at night, then we can provide you with a special bespoke made mouth guard. This will help you breathe easy at night and prevent you wearing down your teeth.
At Scholes Dental Care we welcome all children to our private dental practice. It is important for children to visit the dentist at an early age so that they become accustomed to the surroundings and get used to having their teeth checked. Our dentist will teach children how to look after their teeth at home and discuss any particular dietary issues with parents and guardians. We will check to see if there are any possible future problems before they may become serious.
If parents and guardians are already a patient at the practice, then check-ups for children are free up to the age of 16. Treatments for young children with Milk Teeth are free and half the adult fee for children’s second set of teeth.
You can view our dental treatment fees. If you are considering restorative or cosmetic treatment, please feel free to discuss this with us. We also offer Denplan payment plans at our private dental practice.