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What Happens During An Oral Cancer Screening?

July 18, 2019

Oral cancer screenings are performed by dentists in order to ensure that no serious problems exist in the mouth. If you have an examination scheduled in the near future, you may receive an oral cancer screening. Let us take a look at some of the steps that a dentist will take during the process. 

Visual and Physical Examinations

The dentist will first visually inspect your mouth. This includes the teeth, the tongue, the gums, and the back of the mouth. This is followed by a physical analysis. Areas of the head, cheeks and jaws will be checked for lumps or similar signs of swelling. You will also be asked you feel any type of discomfort. 

Other Methods

Your dentist may also use a small device to scrape cells from the mouth for further analysis. In certain instances, a fibre-optic camera may be used. Of course, this will depend upon the analysis itself as well as whether any suspicious areas are discovered. 

Please note that oral cancer screenings are a precautionary measure. If problems are detected in the early stages, they are most easily treated during that time. If nothing is found, you will likely be advised to schedule an annual examination. 

This screening will be part of your regular dental visits, which help ensure that your teeth, gums and mouth are healthy. It’s an important step in your overall health care, and should be a priority to avoid complications.

Church Road Dental & Cosmetic in Cheadle is a multi-award-winning dental practice offering General, Advanced, and Cosmetic Dentistry as well as Facial Cosmetic Procedures. We’ve been treating patients in and around the area for many years and offer the highest standards of quality and care. Serving Cheadle, Hulme, and Manchester.

A Gorgeous Smile With Veneers

July 17, 2019

Do you have a chipped, cracked or deeply discoloured tooth? Is a tooth uneven, crooked, misshaped? Then dental veneers may be the answer for you.

What are dental veneers? What types of benefits can veneers provide your teeth and smile? How will a dentist install these veneers within your mouth? 

These are all important questions which deserve professional answers if you are considering such a procedure, as you will be quite pleased with the final results. 

Dental Veneers 101: The Basics

Dental veneers are essentially thin, tiny shells of a hard porcelain material. They will be permanently affixed to the front of your teeth in order to achieve a uniform and attractive appearance. 

This is a non-invasive procedure that causes very little, if any, discomfort. If given proper care, veneers can last for decades. 

The Application Process

The surfaces of your teeth will first be shaved down slightly in order to accommodate the new veneer. After this step, the dentist will take a three-dimensional impression of your teeth. These are sent off to a laboratory where the veneer itself is moulded. It will thereafter be bonded to the front of your tooth (or teeth) with the use of an extremely strong dental cement. 

What Issues Can Veneers Help to Address?

You might be surprised to learn the number of issues which can be proactively solved through the presence of veneers. Some of the most common include:

–  Chipped tooth

–  Deeply stained tooth

–  Worn teeth 

–  Small gaps between teeth

–  Crooked or unevenly shaped teeth

Anyone who has been looking to achieve a flawless smile will be quite pleased with what veneers can offer. Veneers are a relatively permanent solutions with amazing results in appearance as well as the overall ease of application. 



How Fad Diets are bad for your oral health!  

July 15, 2019

Juice cleanses, the 5:2, meal replacement shakes – Fad diets have become increasingly popular over the years, with people going to extreme lengths to lose weight fast. But, are people taking into consideration the detrimental affect on their health when following the latest health crazes?

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Losing teeth to lose weight

A recent piece of research carried out by Pronamel shows that four in five adults aren’t aware that fad diets can cause irreversible enamel erosion. Worryingly, 33% of Brits don’t think that fad diets have any affect on our oral health at all.

Many diets nowadays are marketed as a quick way to get healthy, when the truth is far from that with many being extremely unhealthy for our bodies and mouths. We here at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics in Cheshire wanted to take look at some of the worst offenders and share some top tips with you:

Meal replacement shakes

Usually seen as a popular ‘quick fix’ even just a short period of time living off meal replacement shakes can cause a long-term affect on our oral health.

Encouraged to swap meals with calorie controlled shakes and bars, people think they’re cutting out the bad stuff. The reality is most shakes contain up to 18 grams of sugar per serving, which can lead to tooth decay and tartar buildup.

If people still want to take their chances with this kind of diet, we recommend rinsing your mouth after the shakes to reduce the potential damage to your teeth.


Juice Cleanses  

Another popular ‘quick-fix’, juicing has become a global phenomenon over the past few years. When fruits and vegetables are blended, they release more sugar and have an alarmingly high acid content, which can damage your teeth in a similar way to fizzy drinks.

If we can’t tempt you from stopping a juice cleanse, be sure to drink through a straw and wait at least 30 minutes after drinking before brushing your teeth,


The 5:2 Diet

Based on intermittent fasting, people doing the 5:2 diet stick to a balanced diet five days a week and then limit themselves to 500 calories on the other two – particularly cutting our carbs. It’s been heavily endorsed by celebrities, but was hasn’t been endorsed is the rather unattractive side affects of this diet – bad breath!

When you don’t eat as many carbohydrates, your body breaks down fat instead which is also known as ketosis, which has a very common side effect of bad breath!

 To avoid the bad breath and give your body the nourishment it needs, we suggest keeping in the carbs, but just switching to healthier versions such as whole-wheat.


‘Diet’ drinks

It’s hard to know what’s healthy nowadays with many products on the shelves be listed at ‘diet’ but are in fact being extremely unhealthy, this is because they contain alarmingly high levels of phosphoric, citric and tartaric acid.

Diet sodas, hot water with fruit slices and 100% fruit juices are prime candidates for this as they contain an alarmingly high acid rate. This kind of acid weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities and erosion.

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Did you know there is little difference in the eroding effects of diet fizzy drinks compared to regular fizzy drinks?!

If you are going to drink sodas or fruit juices, the best time to do so is with a meal and through a straw.


Stick to tooth-friendly drinks

It may seem boring, but sticking to drinks that are low in acid will keep your teeth from wearing and protect them from becoming sensitive; with water and milk being the friendliest.

Do Dental Implants in Manchester Affect Orthodontic Braces?

July 15, 2019

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Orthodontic braces offer the chance for people of all ages to totally transform their smiles. This could be anything from mild overcrowding right through to complex bite problems. One question that does tend to come up is whether braces can work with dental implants in Manchester and if so, should they be worn before or after treatment?

Our private dentist in Manchester explains…

Orthodontic treatments such as braces are in high demand. According to one NHS survey carried out back in 2015, around 202,300 adults, teens and children underwent some form of braces treatment in England and Wales alone. That’s over 200,000 people per year seeking orthodontic treatment! However, those figures don’t include the many thousands more who seek treatment privately.

So with the increase in orthodontic awareness in the UK and the acceptance that braces are now regarded as ‘cool’, what’s the deal when it comes to dental implants? Can they be worn together? If so, in what order?

Dental implants vs natural teeth – The differences explained

When it comes to missing teeth replacement, dental implants are rightly considered the gold standard. In other words, until scientists have figured out a way that we can actually regenerate our own adult teeth, implant-based restorations are the closest thing we have to teeth replacement as it stands.

That said, despite the fact that quality dental implants in Manchester are so incredibly lifelike, there are some basic differences….

One of the main differences is that because implants are anchored firmly into the jawbone, they don’t normally move once in position. Not so with our natural teeth!

Because our natural teeth are attached to an elastic ligament (known as the PGL) rather than a rigid solid structure like a titanium post, they are able to move around. For most, this is a perfectly natural and harmless process. However, as we age, it can mean that sometimes, teeth have a tendency to crowd towards the front of the mouth. For many patients, the obvious solution to this age-old problem is orthodontic treatment.

Braces offers people the chance to straighten their smile without undergoing surgery; but what happens if you already have one or more dental implants in place? Are braces really still an option?

The short answer is yes – Braces can be worn comfortably with dental implants!

However, depending upon individual circumstances, there are several approaches we can take.

Braces before implants

As a private dentist in Manchester, we will always try to advise you on the best course of action to suit your needs and requirements because every case and every patient is different.

But in an ideal world, orthodontic treatment is best carried out before undergoing any type of implant-based restoration and indeed, this is the route that most patients take.

The reason for this is that when an implant is finally fitted, (remember, the implant can’t be shifted once in position) the teeth will already be perfectly aligned and ready to receive the new addition.

Even if you have a missing tooth, we can always fit a temporary crown to ensure that you won’t be left with a gap. Then it’s simply a case of removing the temporary crown, and then fitting the permanent dental implant to complete the look.

There are times however when rather than being a choice, braces treatment before implants is absolutely necessary. This is usually in circumstances where sufficient space needs to be created in order to make room for the forthcoming implant and the substitute tooth root.

So now you know about undergoing braces before implant treatment and the logic behind it, what about twisting it around? Let’s take a look…

Braces after dental implants

In Manchester, it could be the case that a patient already has dental implants or decides that they want to undergo dental implants first. The good news is that this process is by no means impossible. The bad news is that it can prove a little more tricky.

Provided that the dental implant/implants are in the right position initially, a skilled orthodontist or experienced general dentist should be able to move the teeth around the implanted area. This can be achieved using either traditional fixed braces or by utilising the latest removable clear aligners. So far so good…

The problem comes when the implant in question isn’t in the ideal position!

If your dental implant has been in place for a while and for whatever reason is no longer in an ideal position, it won’t look right once your natural teeth have been shifted. Of course, it may be possible to replace the existing implant with a newer, straighter version at the end of your orthodontic treatment, but you will need to bear in mind that this is likely to incur further costs and time.

A cheaper and easier alternative might be to simply replace the crown and leave the implant part (the titanium post that is anchored into the jaw) in position. However, this isn’t always an ideal solution and it is something that an experienced private dentist in Manchester should be able to advise you on.

Alternatively, you could even leave the implant and crown exactly where it is and instead settle for a slightly compromised result – although this is probably something that we would advise against because it may affect optimal bite alignment.

So there you have it…

Just to recap…

You can undergo orthodontic treatment alongside dental implants. However, in a best-case scenario, braces offer patients near perfect results when used before undergoing any form of implant-based restoration.

In some circumstances, orthodontic treatment is carried out after dental implants in Manchester have been fitted. However, patients should bear in mind that because implants don’t move, teeth are usually straightened around the implant. Therefore the implant should always be in the right position to start with.

If you would like to know more about orthodontic braces, dental implants or both, then why not talk to our private dentist in Manchester.

At Church Road Dental and Cosmetics we have been restoring patients’ smiles for many years using the latest orthodontic and restorative dental techniques. Why not book yourself a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Shi Karim and the team and let us show you exactly how we can help you.

We’ll develop a personalised treatment plan, detailing exactly what needs to be done including timeframes involved, and of course – the exact costs.

Call today for an appointment on 0161 486 0743 or visit our website and book online. On behalf of the Church Road Dental team, we look forward to welcoming you.

What’s It Like to Get Invisalign?

July 12, 2019

Invisalign involves a series of custom-made clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t use any metal wires or brackets. 

The aligners resemble clear retainers are removable & gradually shift your teeth in position.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign aligners shift the teeth little by little, using a carefully force controlled system. You will wear the aligners for about two weeks before they are replaced to set your teeth into the right positions. 

The treatment period will depend on how much correction needs to be done. For effective treatment, wear your aligners daily and only remove them when eating, brushing or flossing your teeth.

Before starting your Invisalign treatment, let your orthodontist guide you on the cost, installation, oral care and recovery. 

Invisalign treatment usually takes 12 to 18 months. The entire process is comfortable and produces splendid results. After treatment, visit the dentist regularly for checkups.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is one of the most popular orthodontic options. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign comes with a lot of benefits. 

Self-confidence- Invisalign is barely noticeable, thus rarely affects your appearance. With Invisalign, you have the confidence to smile daily, without worrying about people seeing your braces. You no longer have to worry about conspicuous brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Normal oral routine- Invisalign aligners are removable; therefore, you can maintain proper oral hygiene while still receiving treatment. You can easily remove the aligners when brushing and flossing, even if you do it twice daily. Remember to clean your aligners every day, to keep off oral bacteria.

Regular diet- One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that there are no food restrictions. You can still enjoy your favourite foods while receiving treatment. Just ensure to take out your aligners before eating.

Shorter treatment- Unlike traditional braces which take years to achieve results, Invisalign takes a year. Invisalign also requires fewer visits to the dentist.

Better prevention against gum disease- Since Invisalign aligners are removable, it is easier to maintain hygiene. This protects you against gum disease and cavities.

If you’re considering getting orthodontic treatment, Invisalign aligners are a very effective option. Consult your orthodontist and begin your journey towards a beautiful healthy smile.


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