Dental treatment options in Leicester & Leicestershire

Leicester offers a wide choice of dental treatment within the city and throughout Leicestershire

What dental options are available in Leicester?

If you live within the city of Leicester or the county of Leicestershire, there are many dental treatments available for you, both at NHS and private dental practices. The list below covers just some of them. For further dental options, please contact one of the dental practices listed on our Leicester Dentists page.

Teeth Extraction
Most of us will, at some time in our lives, have a tooth, or perhaps several teeth, extracted. This may be for a variety of reasons such as gum disease, tooth decay or simply to create space for new teeth to come through. During the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic before widening the tooth socket and moving the tooth back and forth until it is removed. You should feel no pain during this procedure though a pressure sensation is normal.

Teeth Whitening
As we get older, our teeth will naturally darken and become stained. This may especially be the case if you are a smoker. Brushing your teeth and having your teeth scaled and polished may remove some of this, but for a much whiter colour, a cosmetic dentist can now 'bleach' your teeth using a bleaching gel which is put onto the teeth and then activated by a laser type treatment.

When teeth are removed or fall out, often through age, the traditional option to replace the original teeth has been the use of dentures. These are removable and require cleaning in the same way as regular teeth. They can be either a complete set or may replace a few teeth on the same arch. Despite these having been a mainstay for many years, people are starting to move towards dental implants as a more practical option.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are becoming a popular method of replacing lost teeth. A titanium root is inserted into the jawbone (titanium bonds with bone extremely well) which in effect, forms a root. A crown is then fitted to the implant leaving a strong replacement tooth. These are fitted in one or two stages depending on the method used and have a 96% success rate.

Treatment for Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)
Tooth grinding affects around 10% of the UK population at some point in their lives and if not treated can lead to serious problems such as tooth fractures and pain around the jaw joint. Whilst it is recommended to seek treatment to break the habit, dentists can supply you with a purpose built mouth guard or mouth splint to prevent night time grinding which many sufferers are especially prone to. This prevents a barrier to stop your teeth grinding together and causing damage.

Gum Contouring
Sometimes, often for genetic reasons, a persons' gums may cover up a high percentage of their front teeth. Whilst this doesn't cause any medical problems as such, it may undermine a person's confidence as it may appear unattractive. Dentists now can trim away the excess gum and reshape the remaining part, using either a scalpel or increasingly, a laser. In some cases it may be recommended to have veneers or crowns fitted depending on each case.