Friday, 17 March 2017

Dental Veneers – How Can They Benefit You?

Tariq Drabu, the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice, is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He has advised that dental veneers are effective options for those who are suffering with a number of cosmetic dental imperfections that want to improve their smile appearance and boost their confidence.

What Can Dental Veneers Be Used for?

The first question asked by patients is why should they choose dental veneers. Tariq Drabu advised that they use dental veneers for a number of different scenarios to help patients improve their smile and confidence in the long run. The dental veneers can be used for:
  • Misaligned teeth – teeth that are not one hundred percent uniform in the mouth.
  • Chipped teeth – rather than extracting the tooth, the veneer can cover the chip and provide a natural finish.
  • Gaps in the teeth – patients who have a gap in their front teeth may want to hide the gap, the veneer can provide this option.
  • Discoloured teeth – those with badly stained teeth may choose veneers to hide the unwelcome stains.
  • Lightening – veneers can also be used to lighten the tooth colour on a permanent basis.

What are Veneers?

Dr Tariq Drabu advised that anyone thinking of veneers need to know what these are, how they work along with the negative implications involved.

Tariq Drabu stated that a dental veneer is a porcelain shell which is wafer thin and used to cover the front of the tooth. The process is relatively simple, the veneers are made based on a mould of the patients mouth to ensure that they are correct and can be used on one or all of the teeth with ease and confidence.

He did advise that patients need to be aware that in order to fit the veneers, some of the hard enamel which coats the tooth needs to be removed. The enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the delicate dentine inside the tooth. Enamel does not regrow, which means once the process is started for veneers, you can never go back and have them removed. He wants patients to understand this, as this is the only negative implication and should the veneer break, it must be replaced.

Once some of the enamel has been removed the veneer is bonded into place on the front of the tooth to provide a beautiful smile.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Overcoming Dental Fear – What You Need to Know

Tariq Drabu has advised that he sees a high number of patients each year at the Langley Dental Practice that suffer from dental fear. He mentioned that dental fear is not a reason to avoid the dentist and his main concern is that patients that fear the dentist will only go to the dentist when they are in serious pain, by then the damage is done and it can work out more expensive to treat.

Worry = Fear

TariqDrabu advised that worry will result in fear. Worrying can be due to a bad experience with a dentist in the past, being claustrophobic or even being embarrassed about the state of their teeth. He also mentioned that some patients are scared of injections or they don't like the sounds of the drill that they need to use. There are no excuses to not visit the dentist and he advised that there are ways patients can reduce their stress, by simply letting the dental team know their fears in advance.

How to cope with dental fear

Tariq Drabu mentioned that the first thing patients who suffer from dental fear will want to do is find a compassionate practice. A dental practice that understands that there are people who fear the dentist and go out of their way to reduce this fear. Speaking to the receptionist and advising them of the fear is the first step, the receptionist should make them comfortable and help them make their appointment without any hassle, while ensuring the dental team are advised before the patient sits in the dental chair.

Another option is to tell the dentist as you walk into the surgery. Tariq Drabu advised that by knowing a patients fear, he is able to work with the patient, giving them the treatment they need at a pace that is comfortable for them. Ignoring the fear only makes matters worse. He also advises that patients that fear the dentist should bring a friend or loved one with them to sit with them while they wait. Ideally the friend or loved one should not suffer from dental fear, so they are able to keep the patient calm.

Tariq Drabu also advises that patients that suffer from dental fear should ask for breaks throughout their treatment. A minute or two can give them the time they need to breathe deeply and use their relaxation techniques. A final alternative that he can provide is sedation, so the patient is only aware of the treatment being completed by the time they come around.

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Help you Improve Your Tooth Appearance


Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, he is also the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton that offers cosmetic dentistry to patients on a daily basis. He advised that many patients aren't aware of how a cosmetic dentist can help them, help them improve their smile, boost their confidence and make them feel better about themselves in the long run.

Tooth Whitening

The first thing Tariq Drabu mentioned that is growing in popularity throughout the world is tooth whitening. He advised that he has more patients approaching him for this service as they want to showcase pearly whites like their favourite celebrities that they see on the television or in the movies. He mentioned that tooth whitening must be carried out by a professional dentist to reduce the risk of sensitivity, staining and problems in the long run.

Tariq Drabu mentioned that the Langley Dental Practice offers two options, the first is done in the dentist chair and the second is carried out at home using a specialised kit custom made for the patient.

Veneers

Dental veneers are a way to improve misalignments, cracks and chips on teeth. The veneers is a porcelain shell which is bonded to the front of the tooth. This can also be done in a lighter colour, so the patient is able to lighten their teeth at the same time. This process requires some of the enamel to be removed from the front of the tooth to make space for the veneer.


Implants

Tariq Drabu advised that dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth without having to remove them. The implant consists of a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone and topped with a false tooth, known as a cap. They are completely natural and comfortable and don't effect the patients speech or eating.

Braces

He also mentioned that as a cosmetic dentist he is able to advise and assist patients with clear plastic braces which are used to straighten teeth. Most people wear braces in their teens if they have skew teeth, but adults are also looking to improve their smiles. The clear braces are barely noticeable and don't affect confidence, while enabling the patient to have their teeth straightened effectively.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Bottled Water or Tap – What is Your Preference?

Tariq Drabu, the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice has recently been discussing water options with his patients, to identify if they are drinking tap or bottled water and which one they prefer and why.

Tariq Drabu mentioned that water is imperative to good oral health and all patients should be sipping on plain water throughout the day to reduce the risk of dehydration. He stated that everyone sees that they should be drinking plenty of water each day, but often believe it to be hype. The fact of the matter is, if you love your teeth and you want to preserve them for as long as possible, you will start drinking water.

Dehydration

Tariq Drabu advised that dehydration is a serious problem when it comes to oral health. We rely on our saliva, which is an alkaline solution, to wash the mouth. When you get thirsty, your saliva dries up,

leaving your teeth exposed to harmful sugars, acids and bacteria. Drinking water throughout the day reduces the risk of dehydration, ensuring excellent saliva production to protect your teeth moving forward.

Clean mouth

Clean mouth
Of course with each sip of water you take, you can swirl it around your mouth, which can help to keep your teeth clean. Rinsing with water helps to remove food particles which may have stuck to the teeth, thereby protecting the tooth and reducing the risk of tooth issues later on.

Replace sugar drinks

Tariq Drabu advised that there has been so much discussion regarding sugared drinks over the past few years. Sugar is one of the most dangerous things when it comes to oral health and is one of the leading causes for tooth decay in children nationwide. Replacing sugared drinks with water can only improve your overall oral health.

He also wanted to advise parents that water is completely safe for children. Children do not need fizzy drinks or fruit juices, in fact he advised what many parents don't realise is that fruit juices are also brimming with sugars which could have a negative impact on oral health in the long run.

So what is your preference?

Tariq Drabu advised that the majority of people prefer bottled water because it is filtered mineral water and doesn't have a taste but what he wants patients to understand is that most areas of the United Kingdom do not have fluoridated water, which is protective for the teeth. So when you next grab a glass for water, consider the tap water before bottled water, even if bottled is your preference.