Why Does a Smile Makeover Cost so Much?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry is a concern for lots of people, maybe you want to brighten your smile, straighten crooked teeth or replace missing teeth but don’t know where to get started? in this blog post, our Leicester based cosmetic dentist Dr Juttes Pallipatt looks at your smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry options as well as costs.

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it? Why or why not?

Your reasons for choosing cosmetic dentistry may include things such as,

  • wanting to look good for a wedding.
  • Wanting to feel more confident when you smile.
  • being embarrassed

Cosmetic dentistry, as well as helping with confidence and feeling better about yourself can also help to keep your teeth healthier. For example, it’s really important that you clean your teeth well each day, particularly in the difficult to reach areas in between your teeth as this is where the bulk of the bacteria lurk. Crooked teeth can be rather difficult to clean in between as it’s difficult to get floss or brushes in between teeth which aren’t straight. Straight teeth, on the other hand are far easier to clean in between with a piece of floss or brush meaning they tend to stay healthier.

What can a cosmetic dentist do?

A cosmetic dentist will primarily help you with:

  1. Straightening crooked teeth.
  2. Replacing missing teeth.
  3. Whitening dark teeth.
  4. Reshaping teeth which you don’t like the shape of.

At its core, this remains what a cosmetic dentist does, the techniques by which they achieve this change over time but include treatments like teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental bonding, dental bridges and implants.

The key feature of a cosmetic dentist is that they will be multidisciplinary, looking across a wide range of dental treatments, coordinating all of these treatments together into a smile makeover treatment plan which helps you achieve your goals.

What are the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry?

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Increased confidence.
  • Easier to clean teeth which are straight.
  • Reduction in embarrassment due to your smile. Particularly if you have front teeth which you would like changed.
  • A more youthful look.
  • Removing facial lines and wrinkles.

The disadvantages of cosmetic dentistry may include:

  • Increased risk of dental decay if the quality of cosmetic dentistry restorations (such as veneers or crowns) isn’t as high as it could be.
  • Removal of otherwise healthy tooth structure. Sometimes healthy tooth structure needs to be removed to make way for a new veneer or crown, arguably it’s better to keep as much natural tooth structure as possible.

What kind of treatment is provided by the cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist will typically bring together a range of treatments, coordinating them to resolve your dental problems. A typical smile design may include some or all of the following elements:

  1. Orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth.
  2. Dental bonding to give the illusion of straight teeth, cover up dark teeth and hide chips and cracks in teeth.
  3. Dental veneers to give the illusion of straight teeth, cover up dark teeth and hide chips and cracks in teeth, but to a more extensive degree in dental bonding.
  4. Dental crowns to restore broken down teeth.
  5. Dental bridges to replace missing teeth and restore broken down teeth.
  6. Dental implants to replace missing teeth.
  7. Facial rejuvenation and antiwrinkle techniques such as dermal fillers and Botox.

What is the process for a smile design?

The 1st stage in the smile design process is to have a discussion with your cosmetic dentist to find out exactly what it is you don’t like about your smile.

In conjunction with this your dentist can also help you discover other possibilities which you may not have thought about.

Once this is done your dentist will then provide a treatment plan, this will identify:

  • The length of treatment.
  • Exactly which treatments you will have and in what order.
  • The cost of treatment.

Typically the process will then be as follows:

  • Orthodontic treatment. This is used to move teeth into the correct position, sometimes this is just so that natural teeth are straighter but orthodontics can also be used prior to having different types of veneers fitted.
  • Dental implants. Replacing missing teeth can also be done at an early stage and is often one of the 1st treatments to begin.
  • Once any implants are fitted or orthodontic treatment has been completed you can then look at the more detailed individual tooth level of cosmetic dentistry. Typically dental veneers, crowns and whitening will be at this final stage.

How much it will cost to fix my smile?

This is incredibly difficult to answer in a blog post, you have the teeth whitening cost, the dental veneers cost and the cost of any other treatment you decide to go ahead with, so it’s really personalised.

However, to give you a broad idea of the total costs they are as follows:

  • initial consultation – free
  • new patient dental health exam, from this treatment plan can be provided – £55
  • orthodontics-from £1800 for either the top or bottom teeth
  • dental implants from £2000
  • dental bonding from £90
  • dental veneers from £500
  • teeth whitening from £299 for either the top or bottom teeth

How much should a teeth whitening procedure cost?

There are a variety of different whitening systems including whitening toothpaste, laser treatments, whitening strips and by using a whitening gel provided at your dentist.

The toothpaste and whitening strips are easy options to begin whitening at home although you may find that the results don’t go quite white enough. This type of teeth whitening costs from as little as a few pounds for a tube of toothpaste.

The most preferred method is to use a bleaching agent such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This can only be provided by a suitably qualified dental professional.

professional teeth whitening is far more predictable and your dentist will ensure your teeth are suitable for whitening prior to beginning the treatment. Typical whitening costs are from £299 for either the top or bottom teeth. The exact cost depends on the whitening method chosen.

There’s lots more information about cosmetic dentistry on the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s website.

The cost of dental implants

There are often many questions about the cost of full mouth dental implants and why the cost seems to be extremely high. This blog post takes a detailed look at the alternatives to implants, how to keep the cost down, why the cost is as it is plus lots more useful information to anyone wanting a permanent replacement for missing teeth.

We will work through the question about the cost of implants by answering a range of the most commonly asked questions, please feel free to scan through to find the answer which most clearly represents your question.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a full mouth of missing teeth. A variety of techniques used from single crowns to bridges to the dentures (commonly called false teeth). Each has a slightly different use and have a different cost associated.

What are the pros and cons of a full mouth implant?

Just because you have dental implants doesn’t mean to say that you don’t need to look after your new replacement teeth. Dental implants can be just as susceptible to gingivitis (gum disease) which, in natural teeth, can progress on to the more serious periodontitis butting dental implants can progress to peri-implantitis, a serious condition which can ultimately mean the dental implants need to be removed.

Are dental implants noticeable?

The thing to bear in mind with dental implants is that it’s not the implant which you see, it is the restoration on top of the implant which is seen. The dental implant typically is completely concealed within your jaw and underneath your gums. There is then a trans-mucosal element which links the dental implant to the final restoration, either Crown, bridge or denture.

In some instances, particularly with full mouth dental implants, there is a need to keep the implants self-cleansing underneath. This means there may be a gap underneath where the full dental bridge meets your gums. However, this will only ever be used on patients with a lower smile line meaning that even when you smile your broadest smile you will still not be able to see this gap. It’s all in the planning of the implant placement!

What is the best alternative for teeth implants?

This is a great question as there are a few alternatives for dental implants once you have had teeth removed.

  • Do nothing. The temptation can often be to always want to have treatment, however sometimes doing nothing is the right thing to do. You do need to know that if you do not have the missing tooth replaced then the adjacent teeth can start to drift, this can cause biting problems later on.
  • Dental bridges. If you have a few missing teeth, usually up to 3 in a row you may be able to have a dental bridge. This works on the assumption that you have teeth either side of the ones that are missing, these teeth either side will be reduced or prepared to receive the supporting element for the new teeth. Dental bridges can work well however do require reduction of possible otherwise healthy tooth structure.
  • Dentures. Dentures are often the lowest cost way to replace missing teeth however many people dislike the idea of them being removable and prefer fixed option such as implants or bridges. Modern cosmetic dentures do however look incredibly lifelike and can be made to blend in with the oral environment almost seamlessly. A full set of dentures can also look incredibly realistic.
Dental implants can help to reduce bone loss and stabilise surrounding teeth

How long does the dental implant treatment take?

Once you have decided that you want to go ahead with dental implants is important to know how long this treatment process may take.

Even the simplest dental implant treatment will usually take 6 months from initial planning through to having the final restoration fitted. This is because sufficient planning to ensure the implant is placed in exactly the right location can take time liaising between the dentist, dental implant surgeon, and dental laboratory.

Once the planning has been undertaken and you have the dental implant placement we then need to wait for osseointegration of the implant. this is the process by which the dental implant integrates with the bone of your jaw, this takes anywhere between 3 and 6 months. After the implant has fully integrated we can then proceed to the final stage which is having the restoration, either a dental crown, bridge or denture.

Why are dental implants so expensive?

This is a question we get asked often, the cost of dental implants, particularly the cost of full mouth dental implants can be very expensive… Here’s why.

A dental implant is made up of several components which makes the material cost expensive. However, the most expensive part of dental implants is in the training, education, and expertise of the surgeons performing the treatment.

let’s look at all the costs of a dental implant separately:

  1. the implants themselves. the dental implant components are manufactured to exceptionally fine tolerances of 1000th of a millimetre. This is to ensure that the implant lasts for the maximum amount of time and that all of the components of the implant fit together with Micron precision. Manufacturing to these tolerances can be extremely expensive and it’s sometimes this lack of quality control which is missing with the cheaper dental implant systems.
  2. treatment planning. Throughout the treatment planning process, there will be multiple visits to the dentist for detailed measurements and discussions about the final outcome. Treatment planning often involves complex stands and computer modeling using the latest digital technology to ensure that the implant is placed in exactly the right position, missing all-important nerves and blood vessels.
  3. specialist equipment. For large dental implant cases such as full mouth dental implants, CT scans are often used. These scans can then be imported into specialist software where the treatment can be rehearsed prior to placement of implants themselves. This is what separates a high-quality dental implant centre from somewhere which does not undertake this detailed level of planning.
  4. surgical fees. There are then a wide range of surgical fees involved in the placement of a dental implant if a specialist is employed to place the implant their cost will be higher than a regular dentist. There are also the dentist fees which will encapsulate the cost of the team at the dental practice including reception and nursing team members.
  5. dental laboratory fees. once the dental implant has been placed there will then be dental laboratory fees. I don’t laboratory is used to manufacture the restoration on top of the implant, apart which you see. Using a cheap laboratory can be tempting to keep costs down but is a false cost saving as this is the part of the dental implant that you will actually see and is therefore often viewed as one of the most important parts from the patient perspective.
  6. Cross infection control. Of course, we want to ensure that there are no infections or other problems which arise out of having a dental implant. Modern quality care commission standards require the highest level of cross infection control which can often involve computerised equipment to manage the sterilisation procedure.
  7. education and registration. Lastly, but definitely by no means least is the education and registration of your dental implant team. You will want to have your dental implant is placed by someone which has the highest level of training and skills, this training and skill level does not come cheaply and there is a large investment required both in terms of time and money by the dental implant team to ensure they stay up-to-date with the latest technology, techniques, and materials.

Clearly, as the number of implants and time taken increases then the cost will also increase proportionately, this is why the cost of former dental implants can often seem so high

Why are dental implants best for tooth replacement?

So, you’re thinking about dental implants but want to know why they are the best? As we’ve already said there are multiple ways to replace the missing tooth, dental implants, dental bridges or even dentures. However, dental implants, with some distinct advantages.

  • support for the teeth on either side of the gap. Teeth are living parts of your body, they stay in their position by supporting one another. If that supported lost then the teeth can begin to drift. If the tooth is lost then the teeth either side will have a tendency to tip into the gap. This can cause biting problems at a later date.
  • Support for the teeth opposite the gap. Unbelievably, your teeth will actually start to over erupt if there is nothing opposing them. The lower teeth will drift up and the top teeth will drift down. If you have a tooth missing on either jaw then the tooth/teeth opposite it may begin to drift into the gap. Again this can cause biting problems at a later date.
  • Support for the underlying bone. When you have a tooth removed or you lose a tooth then there is inevitably a hole. The surrounding bone collapses into this hole and as it does so bone quantity is lost. This can mean that having a dental implant at a later date may require bone grafting or other forms of implant surgery in order to rebuild the level of bone. Dental implants can help prevent this process if they are placed into the hole that the tooth left, this does, however, need to be done quite quickly after the tooth has been lost.

What is the cost of full mouth dental implants?

The easiest way to explain the cost of full mouth dental implants is to take each option and then give you some representative examples of how it might work in your case.

  1. Initial consultation. Some practices charge for an initial consultation however you may wish to look for a practice that does a free consultation to keep your risk as long as possible.
  2. Treatment planning. Treatment planning stages including CT scans will usually start from around £300.
  3. Implant placement. This usually starts at around £2000 per implant placed.
  4. Implant restoration. An implant denture usually starts at around £1000. Dental implant crowns typically start from around £500 per tooth.

To have a full mouth dental implants typical costs would therefore be:

To replace all missing teeth with full mouth dental implant removable denture.

  • treatment planning – £300
  • Implant placement X 2 – £4000
  • Removable denture – £1000

Total – approximately £5300

To replace all missing teeth with a fixed dental implant bridge.

  • treatment planning – £300
  • implant placement X 4 – £8000
  • dental bridge to include 12 teeth – £6000

total – approximately £14,300

Most dental practices also offer finance, sometimes this is interest-free finance. It is always worth talking to your dental practice and asking about making payment plans to ensure that dental implants are as affordable as possible

 

 

 

 

Dental implants: a game-changer for tooth replacement

They’ve been around for a good while now, but it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about dental implants. Maybe this is because they are so good at replacing teeth that they are easy for you to keep secret. This is unlike dentures, which can make themselves known by slipping around in the mouth, and sometimes even popping out completely.

Dental Implants in LeicesterDental implant-supported crowns can’t wobble around because the implants are fixed into the jawbone. The implants look like small posts or screws that are tapered to resemble tooth roots.

Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we fit dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. This is more than enough to numb the area, but if you find it hard to relax at the dentist, it might be a good idea to also have some kind of sedation.

One dental implant can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge. This means you don’t have to replace every lost tooth with an implant. Indeed, if you have lost all your teeth, there are techniques to replace an entire arch on just 4-6 implants. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, just ask us about All-on-4 and Same Day Teeth.

Who can have dental implants?

Having dental implants requires a strong, dense jawbone. It needs to be able to sustain the minor surgery to fit the implants, and then to sustain the years of multidirectional forces that are created by chewing.

When you come to us for a consultation, we will take a good look at your jawbone. We will want to examine it using x-rays and scans so that we can be sure that your jawbone is in good enough condition to have implants fitted. If your jawbone has lost size and density through tooth loss, we may have to do some preparatory work to augment the bone. Treatments for this are bone grafts or sinus lifts.

We may also have to think carefully if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes as both can interfere with healing, which is an important phase in dental implant treatment.

Great smiles require great teeth

Everyone wants a cracking smile and many people are very happy to invest in treatments to improve the aesthetics of their teeth to get it. But how many are also willing to pay to keep their teeth strong and healthy?

General Dentistry in LeicesterAt Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we place as much emphasis on general dentistry as we do on cosmetic dentistry. We can’t give cosmetic dental treatments to people unless their teeth are in good condition.

The teeth would only continue to decay or fall out from gum disease despite their apparent beauty.

So, if it’s been a while since you came in for a check-up and session with the hygienist, and you are thinking of getting a cosmetic dental treatment, let’s get you up to date with your dental health first.

Check-ups

We like patients to have 2 check-ups and cleaning sessions a year, unless your circumstances require you to have them more often. For example, if you have diabetes, are a smoker or are pregnant, you may need to have more frequent check-ups.

During your check-up, we will gently probe your teeth for decay and also take a good look at your gums for early or advanced gum disease.

If you are older, we may also do a check for oral cancer.

Decay, gum disease and oral cancers are all easy to treat in their early stages, but as time goes by and they are left unchecked, treatment gets more invasive and more expensive. The end game for your teeth is extraction, but for oral cancer, it can kill people.

Good reasons to come in and get checked and cleaned. The hygienist can also suggest ways to improve your cleaning skills, especially if you have restorations such as veneers, crowns, bridges or dental implants, or if you have braces.

Healthy teeth don’t always look so great, it’s true. So, if you have good dental hygiene, you can then think about taking advantage of our great cosmetic dental treatments.

We can chat about what you’d like to have done during your check-up, or you can come in for a consultation for a smile makeover.

Give us a call and make that appointment today!

No more metal monster face

What’s been putting you off getting your teeth straightened? Is it that you think straightening is only for kids? Or maybe you have an image that you need to keep up for work? Or maybe you just can’t face taking more than a year out of your life to go through a treatment? Or is it the comments that you just know will come flooding at you?

Six Month Smiles in LeicesterIf any or all of these are reasons you have continued to live unhappily with your wonky teeth, then you’ll be glad to hear that at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we have braces that solve all of these problems. They are called Six Month Smiles. Want to find out more? Great. We’re dying to tell you all about them.

Not just for kids

Let’s be clear. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still get your teeth straightened. All it takes is sustained pressure on your teeth and the jawbone will work to relieve that pressure by shifting the teeth out of its way. It’s a matter of dissolving and rebuilding the bone, and it can be done at any age, although it does take longer as you get older.

Keeping up a professional image

No one is going to call you brace face or Metal Micky with Six Month Smiles because these ultra-discreet braces are made from small clear ceramic brackets strung together with one wire that is coated in a tooth-coloured material. The whole effect means the braces blend in with your teeth rather than overwhelming them.

A matter of time

Six Month Smiles are so-called because that is the average amount of time they take to move your front 6-8 teeth into alignment. It could take as little as 4 months or as long as 9, but no longer. So, treatment is over almost before it’s begun.

Comments

If anyone does comment on your braces, they’ll have to be up close to see them and they are more likely to say, “Wow! What brilliant braces! Where can I get them?” than anything else.

Want to find out more? Give us a call and book a consultation. You’ll soon be on your way to a fabulous new smile.

Look fresher for the spring

Spring is arriving. Fresh snowdrops are flowering under trees, the first brave daffs are showing up in some gardens. It won’t be long before new grass greens over muddy verges, and everything starts to look new and fresh again. Will your face be looking new and fresh too, or will it still look like it needs another few months in hibernation?

Botulinum Toxin in LeicesterIf your face doesn’t bounce back like it used to then perhaps it’s time to do something about those lines. There are certain lines on the face that are there because your muscles are holding them in place. You may not realise it, but you are habitually contracting them, creating those crow’s feet, those worry or frown lines. If you could just relax for a few days, they would smooth out.

It sounds easy but it’s almost impossible to consciously relax those muscles, which is why people seek the help of botulinum toxin. This is the long name for Botox, a purified form of the botulinum type A toxin.

Botox started out as a way to suppress excessive sweating, but doctors quickly discovered that the people who received this treatment lost their wrinkles in the injected area too. Now, Botox has been around for a long time, smoothing out faces around the globe.

Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerve to the muscle so that it cannot contract. We inject just the right tiny amount to gradually relax the muscle, which takes about a week in all, but not totally paralyse it. We want you to look relaxed, not frozen.

Botulinum toxin works really well on those areas around the eyes, but people also use it to relax the areas around the lips.

It takes only a few minutes to administer your treatment, so you can get it done at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester when you are out shopping, or in your lunch hour. You won’t see any difference to start with but over the next week, your lines will smooth out.

Treatment lasts about 4 months, so come in for a top-up after 3 months if you like what you see and want some more.

Crowns let you keep your teeth for longer

If you have damaged a tooth in an accident, or it is beginning to fall apart for some other reason, at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we can help you hang onto it for longer by fitting you with a crown. The great news is that, if you do need a crown, we can fit it in one day, instead of you having to wait a couple of weeks.

Crowns in LeicesterCrowns work in the same way as veneers, in that they disguise damage and protect the tooth by covering it. The big difference is that veneers only cover the front of the tooth, whereas crowns cover over the whole tooth. Both require removal of tooth materials before fitting.

Teeth damaged in accidents

It’s not at all unusual to sustain damage to your front teeth. Plenty of people chip and crack them while playing sports, skateboarding, cycling or just mucking around, especially as youngsters at school.

Very often this can be fixed by covering the front of the tooth with a veneer, but if the damage is more severe, and affects the back of the tooth as well, it is probably better to have a crown fitted.

Teeth that are crumbling away

There comes a time when a tooth is more filling than tooth. When this happens, it is no longer a sensible option to keep adding more filling, especially if the tooth is starting to split. This scenario often happens with people who have fillings in their back teeth and are also prone to grinding their teeth at night. When the chewing part of the tooth is starting to fail, but there is still a healthy root underneath it, having a crown fitted can strengthen the tooth and give a longer life.

Introducing our Cerec machine

We can make you a new crown in around an hour, thanks to our Cerec machine. We scan your mouth and do a colour match, then programme the Cerec machine to make your new crown. No messing around with temporary crowns while you wait for the lab to make your permanent one.

Want to know more? Do give us a call or ask when you next come for a check-up.

Smile makeovers and the cosmetic dentist

Most of us have got one or 2 things about our teeth that we’d like to upgrade, but if you are very unhappy about how yours look, then maybe you need to think about getting a smile makeover.

A smile makeover is different from just getting a couple of cosmetic treatments done. If you want your whole smile transformed, you are best off taking it along to a properly trained cosmetic dentist, such as us at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester.

Smile Makeovers in LeicesterGeneral dentists are looking at your teeth from a health point of view. Cosmetic dentists are trained to look at teeth in a different way. We see teeth as things of beauty. Where a general dentist will automatically assess your teeth for decay and gum disease, we can’t help but notice if they are the right, size, shape and colour for your mouth. We see if your teeth are too big for your face, or your face is too big for your teeth. We see if your teeth not only line up well together, but whether they are in harmony with each other size-wise.

The smile makeover consultation

When you come for a consultation for a smile makeover, we want to know all about what you’re unhappy with, and also what your dreams are regarding your smile. We will then carry out an in-depth examination of your teeth, mouth and face and then draw up a treatment plan to give you what we think is the best makeover programme for you. It could be a simple pair of treatments, or a more complex series of treatments that take several months to complete.

What treatments you may have

Almost everyone’s smile makeover includes teeth whitening, which removes stains that build up after eating and drinking certain things, such as red wine. But when you have whitening will depend on what other treatments you are having. Dental porcelain can’t be bleached, so if you are having veneers, crowns, or dental implants, you will need to have your teeth whitened first and the porcelain matched to them.

Why not come in for a chat and see what we can do for you?

The fundamentals of your smile

You can spend all the money you like on teeth whitening, veneers and all the other wonderful cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer here at Aesthetic Smiles, but if the fundamentals of your smile are not in place, you might as well throw your money down the drain.

Behind every really good smile is good oral health, and that’s why here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we place great emphasis on our general dentistry treatments.

Genaral Dentistry in LeicesterGeneral dentistry covers all aspects of dentistry that form the basis of keeping your teeth and mouth in good condition. It starts with regular check-ups and plaque removal appointments, but it also covers remedial treatments. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer:

Your gums

One aspect of your mouth that it is very easy to forget to take care of is your gums. When we are young, it’s all about cavities and avoiding tooth decay, but as we move into and through adulthood, we are far more likely to get gum disease.

At Aesthetic Smiles, we have a range of treatments to take care of gum disease, from its milder forms to the advanced stages that can lead to tooth loss. Keep gum disease at bay with regular scale and polish sessions to remove any build-up of plaque.

Infections

Your teeth can get infected on the inside when there is decay or they get damaged. If you have an infection, we can treat it by removing the infected pulp (the soft inner core) and replacing it with filling material. We then put a crown over the tooth to protect it.

Crowns and bridges

If you have a damaged tooth that still has a healthy root, you are better off trying to hang on to it, as your jawbone needs tooth roots in it to keep it strong and healthy. We can cover your tooth with a crown to keep it strong and make it last longer. If you do lose a tooth or 2, we can give you a bridge to replace them.

Dentures

We also offer partial and full dentures to replace lost teeth. These are artificial teeth on a plate that you remove at night to clean and rest your gums.

Only saints need not apply for a mouth cancer screening

Worldwide, mouth cancers are the 6th most common types of cancer. They are directly linked to lifestyle causes and that means as you get older, you have more chance of developing them. So, unless you have been a teetotal, non-smoking, super-slim, vegan who has never had sex, you are at risk. If you are not one of the above (do you even know any?) and are over 35, then you need to make sure you have a mouth cancer screening in Leicester with us at Aesthetic Smiles once a year.

Mouth Cancer Screening in LeicesterWhat are mouth and throat cancers?

Mouth and throat cancers occur when cells get damaged and start to grow out of control, forming tumours. They tend to show up on the upper throat, the mouth lining, the tongue, lips, tonsils and gums.

Drinking and smoking damages cells and exposes them directly the carcinogens in alcohol and tobacco. Also, some scientists think that alcohol can act as a solvent and help other dietary or environmental cancer-causing chemicals to enter the cells.

Who gets mouth cancers?

If you smoke and drink, you are even more likely to develop mouth cancer.

You are more likely to get mouth cancers if you are male, and if you are infected with the HPV virus. Being overweight also increases your chances.

Mouth cancer screening

We can do your screening after one of your bi-annual check-ups. We will carefully check inside your mouth, using a small mirror to look at less easy-to-see places such as under your tongue. Once we have checked your mouth, we will also use our fingertips to carefully feel through your neck to the top of your throat to check there is nothing untoward going on their either.

We will also ask you if you have noticed anything odd, such as a suddenly hoarse voice, or a tingly lip, or areas going numb.

Easy to treat

Mouth cancers that are caught early are usually treated very easily. Small lumps can just be cut out.

If you do suspect you have symptoms, don’t wait until you are due your next screening, come in and see us right away.