In with your morning mail drop off is a dental check-up reminder. Chances are, you will probably start thinking of reasons to put it off or to skip it all together.
Although they are a far cry from the glamour of other dental procedures like implants, whitening or veneers, attending check-ups regularly are extremely important for both oral and general health. Links between poorly maintained oral health and other major health concerns are reported daily in the media, yet many people still delay that biannual visit to their dentist.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we understand the importance of general dentistry in Leicester and aim to provide you with a thorough and high-quality check-up, to keep your teeth and gums in top shape!
So, why is it important to visit Aesthetic Smiles for general dentistry in Leicester? Here are our top 5 reasons!
Spotting potential issues
Even if your teeth are glowing white, perfectly straight and you have never had a cavity, it is still important to attend our dental surgery for general dentistry in Leicester.
While your teeth may appear fine to you, one of our dentists may be able to spot potential issues arising in your mouth, such as accumulation of plaque, a strange lump or the start of a cavity. These all require further exploration and preventative treatments.
Up to date records
Our dentists needs to record any changes in your oral health since your last check up. This is essential in order to predict your dental health over the next year and can help our team identify signs of tooth or gum deterioration.
While it is easy for anyone to spot decay on the front of teeth, only someone armed with a set of dental tools and a trained eye can detect decay that may be hiding between or behind teeth.
Spotting decay early can allow our team to take preventative measures, such as fluoride sealants, meaning you may not have to undertake a filling or extraction in the future.
If you have ever had a filling, a crown or any kind of cosmetic work, attending check-ups allows our team to check that there are no loose fillings and that your crowns are secure, and enables us to spot any potential problems with prior cosmetic work.
Loose or lost fillings and crowns can cause immense discomfort and can lead to more serious complications, like abscesses or tooth loss, so you have nothing to lose by having a trained professional check yours out at a check-up!
Oral cancer screening
An often overlooked part of dental check-ups from the position of patients is oral cancer screening.
Even if you are not a smoker, it is of vital importance that a dentist screens and examines your mouth for any abnormal lumps and, if necessary, can then refer you to a specialist. Oral cancer is easy to treat but only if it is identified early.
If you do smoke, regular dental check-ups are more important, to enable identification of issues associated with smoking, like gum recession.
Keeping Leicester smiling
Here at Aesthetic Smiles, our trained and highly professional staff are committed to providing Leicester with a bespoke dental service which is tailored to people’s specific needs and requirements. It is our philosophy that, as no two sets of teeth are identical, so no two sets of treatment should be exactly the same. Rather, we feel that each treatment we provide ought to be moulded to fit the individual requirements presented to us by each of our patients. Those seeking general dentistry in Leicester need look no further than our dedicated and approachable, fully qualified dental practitioners here at Aesthetic Smiles.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. By properly educating our clients on the correct way to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, we endeavour to ensure that the patient will have less need for more complicated procedures and thus save themselves any potential discomfort and extra fees. However, at Aesthetic Smiles, we understand that there are numerous factors as to why patients may be seeking general dentistry in Leicester and we tailor our services to fit whatever is presented to us. One method of general dentistry in Leicester we provide is a polish, scale and cleaning service. This utilises specialist dental equipment to eradicate plaque and tartar build-up in difficult-to-reach grooves in a patient’s mouth. This can instantly rid the teeth of years of stains which may have arisen from smoking, drinking red wine, tea or coffee, general neglect or certain medications. Those who seek this method of treatment can walk out of our practice with a brighter, cleaner smile and a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence.
The root of the issue
Gum disease is the leading preventable cause of tooth decay and loss within the UK, and here at Aesthetic Smiles, we feel that education is one of the most effective ways of preventing gum disease. Recognising the telltale signs of gum disease is a key method of stopping it in its tracks, before it can manifest into something more harmful. The initial stage of developing gum disease is called gingivitis, it results in gums becoming red and inflamed. Patients may also spit blood when brushing their teeth – which is a crucial indicator that gingivitis is developing. If it is not properly dealt with, then gingivitis can develop into what is known as periodontal disease. This is when the gum tissue surrounding the patient’s teeth becomes infected and it spreads to the periodontal ligament, which is what connects the teeth to the bone in the jaw. If this occurs, then there is a far greater risk of the patient’s teeth becoming looser. This, if left untreated will eventually result in one or more teeth separating themselves from the periodontal ligament, and the patient losing them. However, this is only the worst case scenario – which is the result of patients not seeking treatment. Here at Aesthetic Smiles, we offer a full range of comprehensive gum disease treatments to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
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?
At 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.
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!
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.
General 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:
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.
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.
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.
Watch a bit of TV, especially a reality show, and you will notice what lovely, gleaming, well-ordered smiles everyone has these days, especially those under the age of 40. Were they born this way? Nope. They have had the beauty of their smiles brought out with cosmetic dental treatments, such as the ones we are famous for here at Aesthetic Smiles.
Having a smile that you can feel great is about is important, but if you want to keep it that way, it’s not cosmetic dentistry you need, it’s general dentistry, and that’s why we deliver both to such high standards here in Leicester.
What is general dentistry in Leicester?
This is the umbrella term for all the treatments and checks that go into maintaining great smiles. And it all starts with the check-up.
You should be coming for one of these every 6 months. We examine your teeth and mouth for the beginnings of any problems, such as decay, gum disease and mouth cancer. If we spot issues that we think need treatment, we will discuss them with you and if agreed, send you a written treatment plan, including costings.
General dentistry treatments
The 2 main enemies of a great smile are gum disease and tooth decay, both are caused by bacterial plaque that builds up on the teeth and gives off erosive acids. Our general dentistry treatments are all to do with keeping these issues at bay, and dealing with them when they do appear, whether at an early or advanced stage.
In children, who are still developing their toothbrushing skills, we help protect teeth with fluoride treatments to make their enamel more resistant to acid attack, and fissure sealants to protect vulnerable back teeth.
In adults, our general treatments are more concerned with repairing problems. That means filling cavities, and when teeth start to fail, strengthening them with crowns.
Teeth do get knocked out and they also fail, so general dentistry also covers replacing teeth with bridges and dentures.
Teeth also get infected and we can save teeth with root canal therapy.
General dentistry is the foundation of your smile. Don’t forget to come and see us.
You hear a lot about the various treatments you can have to make your smile beautiful. Veneers, whitening, cosmetic braces, gum contouring, all can really enhance your smile. But such treatments are pretty pointless if your teeth are not clean, strong and healthy. General dentistry is foundation for a beautiful smile because unless your oral health is good, no amount of beautifying is going to last.
So, if you are looking for a new dentist, it’s important to asses them on their general dentistry skills, as well as all the extra beautifying treatments they may boast about.
Here’s at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we believe that a beautiful smile, is, above all, a healthy smile, and that’s why we make sure we all receive continuing professional training in our general dentistry skills as well as cosmetic dentistry skills.
What is general dentistry in Leicester?
Broadly speaking, general dentistry is the check-up appointment and any treatments that result from that that are carried out by a dentist who has not gone onto to do postgraduate training in a particular branch of dentistry.
A general dentist will carry out your twice-yearly check-up. If they find you have decay or early gum disease, they can treat you. Regular check-ups followed by a visit to the hygienist for professional removal of plaque and tartar from around the gum line and tooth grooves can help prevent decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to teeth failing and needing to be removed.
Decay can also lead to infection, and this can be incredibly painful. If you have an infection, we can prescribe antibiotics to clear it up. You may also need root canal treatment to clear infection from the pulp and tooth root. In really severe cases, we may need to remove the tooth.
Gum disease can also lead to the teeth coming out, but for different reasons. Gum disease is the result of acids from plaque attacking firstly the gums and secondly the bone underneath them. The acids eat both away. This inflames and irritates the gums, but actually destroys the bone around the tooth, loosening it in its socket.
Caring for your oral health is an important part of maintaining good overall health. Following an appropriate oral hygiene routine at home is essential, but visits to the dentist will provide a level of care that you can’t achieve on your own. General dentistry in Leicester is a way to make sure that you don’t develop dental health problems.
At Aesthetic Smiles, regular check-ups give patients the opportunity to have their teeth and gums monitored. Gum disease and tooth decay often begin with subtle signs that are difficult for the patient to detect at home. Early intervention is key, and professional cleaning and polishing will reduce the risk of harmful developments.
Oral cancer screening is another important feature of general dentistry. Patients can be checked for any early signs of this disease, and speedily referred to other medical professionals if necessary.
Education is another vital service provided by general dentistry. The team at the dental practice can provide you with contemporary information on how best to look after your teeth and gums. Taking the time to get to know your oral health history, and your approach to oral health in general, allows the team to deliver helpful information in a tactful manner. Toothbrushes and brushing technique, floss, mouthwash, and dietary advice can all be discussed.
Repairs and replacements
If your teeth are decayed, the dentist can repair them using contemporary materials that suit your dental appearance. Root canal problems can be treated using contemporary techniques that aim to preserve as much of the tooth as possible.
Broken teeth can be repaired or replaced by many different methods. Veneers can be used to neaten up chipped teeth, or bring them together if there are spaces where they ought to meet. Missing teeth could be replaced by dentures, which fill in the gaps and prevent deterioration. Dental implants, which integrate with the jawbone, are another long-term option to replace missing teeth.
Proper oral health care is about giving yourself a future free from dental problems and worries. From childhood through to adulthood, regular visits to the dentist are important, and general dentistry is a service that can prevent the need for major procedures.
In the past couple of decades there have been so many advances in dental techniques, materials, and equipment that there has been an explosion in cosmetic dentistry. Today it seems that everyone is focussed on having the best smile possible.
This is all well and good. We love a good smile. That’s why we’re called Aesthetic Smiles. But we are also firm believers in providing an excellent level of care in general dentistry in Leicester.
A complete service to protect your dental health
There is absolutely no point in allowing our patients to go ahead with spending lots of hard-earned money on treatments to provide beautifully white straight teeth if those teeth are housed in diseased gums, or are teetering on the brink of decay or infection.
That’s why we will only offer cosmetic treatments to patients whose mouths are in tip-top oral health. Fortunately, it easy to stay on top of your oral health. All it requires is discipline to clean your teeth twice a day, and come in for a check-up twice a year. If you do that, we will be able to spot any issues before they turn into a crisis. There are things we can spot, such as decay and gum disease, that you will probably not notice until it is already quite advanced. You won’t know you have decay in a back tooth, for example, until it starts to give you a toothache. By the time that happens, it means the decay is into the pulp of your tooth, where the nerves are.
What this means for you is that treatment is going to take longer and cost more. You may even end up having to have root canal therapy, or a tooth extraction. And if you lose a tooth, then you are into a whole new ball game, that of tooth replacement. You could be looking at a great deal of money to replace a tooth, that, if only you’d taken better care when brushing and come to us for regular check-ups, need not have been lost at all.
Ultimately, investing in your dental health today means long-term peace of mind.
While taking care of your teeth at home is important, it is highly recommended to visit your dentist at least twice a year to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Even if you are a diligent brusher and flosser, factors such as smoking can harm your overall gum health, while plaque build-up will add to the increase of gum problems. Furthermore, some oral diseases can indicate the presence of other diseases such as diabetes or cancer. In this case, early detection by your dentist allows them to refer you to a specialist for further evaluation, or treatment.
At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we can help you halt tooth decay and gum disease with our general dentistry services. Our experienced dentists are committed to diagnosing, treating and preventing oral diseases, as well as maintaining the function and appearance of your teeth and gums. For us, there is no dental concern too small or large and we are here to help you overcome your dental problems no matter how complicated they are.
Our check-ups include a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, including your soft tissues and neck, with the aid of digital x-rays. Evaluation includes oral cancer screening, jaw and bite movement and teeth condition.
We also offer professional teeth cleaning, scaling and polishing for the safe and permanent removal of plaque and tartar build-up from hard-to-reach areas in your teeth. Our treatments are designed to prevent bacteria from building up in your teeth and gums. Professional teeth cleaning, along with diligent oral care at home, makes it difficult for plaque to survive in your mouth and further reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
During our dental check-ups, we also offer gum disease prevention and treatment. This is really important because if gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, or even tooth loss. Gum disease can be accompanied with sensitivity and redness. Where infection is present, your dentist will prescribe medication. If, however, your gums have started to collapse, we can discuss alternative treatments.
Book your appointment today
As dentists, we believe that when our patients are better informed, they can make healthier choices that will reduce the prospect of developing cavities or gum disease. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.
Healthy teeth and gums are proven to be important to your overall health and well-being. Gum disease alone can increase your chances of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. This is why at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, general dentistry is at the heart of our practice. We are here to help you keep your gums and teeth in the best condition possible through regular check-ups and screening for disease.
Why is general dentistry in Leicester important for me?
Sometimes brushing your teeth twice a day just isn’t enough. Plaque has a tendency to build up over time, especially in tricky to reach places, eventually turning into hard to remove tartar. Add a poor diet, incorrect brushing or smoking to the mix and maintaining good dental health becomes even more of a challenge.
Regular visits to our dentists at Aesthetic Smiles can prevent a host of dental problems that brushing alone can’t combat, from tartar and tooth decay to gum disease and infection. We also screen for more serious conditions, such as oral cancer, where early detection can make a big difference.
Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester: general dentistry made for you
We offer a full range of general dentistry services, including; professional cleaning, scaling and polishing, root canal treatments to tackle tooth infection, veneers, crowns, bridges and dentures to repair and replace your teeth, as well as screening for gum disease and oral cancer. Catering to the whole family, we believe it is important to give children a healthy start in life and offer a range of services tailored to children’s dental health. Oral health education is part and parcel of this, which our oral health educator and hygienist provides for both children and adults alike.
From prevention and education to restoration and treatment, general dentistry in Leicester with Aesthetic Smiles provides a safe, friendly environment with highly trained staff to address all of your dental needs. We aim to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress free as possible. To help with this we offer flexible payment options to help you deal with the financial side of things.
Contact us to arrange an appointment and start your journey to better health today with Aesthetic Smiles.