Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Dr Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He is also the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Manchester, catering to NHS and private dental patients.
Dr Tariq Drabu is one of the youngest dentists to ever graduate in the United Kingdom and was a qualified dentist by the young age of twenty one. He then went on to work in some of the busiest dental hospitals in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, building up a passion for oral surgery. This resulted in him completing his Fellowship in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. He even finds time in his busy schedule to tutor and mentor postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.
Dr Tariq Drabu purchased the Langley Dental Practice in 1998. This practice had been catering to patients in Manchester since the 1960’s and was exceptionally popular with more than one thousand five hundred patients and only two dentist chairs.
Dr Tariq Drabu spend more than three hundred and fifty thousand Pounds Sterling updating the practice to accommodate all the patients, this included adding state of the art equipment, adding more dentist chairs and putting procedures in place to ensure that all patients, both NHS and private receive the highest level of patient care at all times.
Today, Langley Dental Practice is a modern practice complete with four dental chairs, five qualified and experienced dentist and seven dental nurses, excluding the administrative team. The team work together to ensure their patients enjoy the best patient care, latest techniques and more on a daily basis.
The team are multi-lingual, enabling them to easily interact with all their patients. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that it is imperative that the dentists and nurses at Langley Dental Practice can understand and communicate with all their patients. This helps them identify problems, discuss treatment options and help the patients identify the best course of treatment that meets their dental needs and budget.
Langley Dental Practice also keeps open appointments each day to accommodate emergencies. The team advised that sensitivity can strike at any time and they want to ensure their patients don’t suffer and are seen as quickly as possible. They recommend patients call to make an appointment as early as possible, ensuring that they are seen the same day to help manage the problem and reduce the pain accordingly.
Dr Tariq Drabu offers a wide range of dental treatments from emergency appointments to NHS treatments, which include everything from fillings to dentures and root canal treatments to bridges and crowns. He also offers a wide number of private treatments including the very popular tooth whitening, veneers and dental implants.
At Langley Dental Practice they focus on helping their patients improve their smile and boost their confidence moving forward. This includes a variety of dental treatments, enabling patients to smile with complete confidence.
Dr Tariq Drabu also offers the added convenience of facial aesthetic procedures for patients who want to hide the signs of aging. He advised that with age comes fine lines and wrinkles, which can be hidden with a safe procedure offered in the practice.
Langley Dental Practice is at the heart of dentistry in Manchester. This practice has built up a solid reputation for their superior levels of patient care, their experienced and knowledgeable team and their range of dental services.
About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. This Manchester born and educated dentist was one of the youngest dentists to graduate in the United Kingdom. He has worked at some of the busiest hospitals in the UK and Saudi Arabia and completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the owner of the very successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Tariq Drabu also teaches and mentors postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Dental fillings helps patients retain their natural teeth. In the event of a cavity, where the tooth is being affected by bacteria, decay can be removed and replaced with a filling. The filling eliminates any sensitivity and helps protect the delicate internal dentine and pulp of the tooth, which if affected can lead to serious pain.
Fillings are often carried out quickly and effectively. The dentist uses a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and any decay is removed using a series of drills. Once all the affected area of the tooth is removed, the filling is put in place. Fillings are strong and durable, enabling the patient to get on with their life without unwelcome pain.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that the type of fillings available depend on whether you are visiting the dentist privately or on the NHS (National Health Service). On the NHS only amalgam fillings are available. These are the silver fillings that everyone knows. The benefit to these fillings is that they are self-sealing, they are long lasting and they are ideal for patients who have a high decay rate.
On private, patients can also choose white or bonded fillings. These are beneficial because they are white in color, which makes them hidden from sight, even in back teeth. Further these are ideal for anyone who suffers from metal allergies.
In most instances white fillings will be used on the back teeth. The filling size is taken into consideration to identify if this can be used. Remember that your teeth are put through tremendous force on a daily basis with eating. Anyone who also suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding) may not be a candidate for white fillings, as they are not as strong and durable as the amalgam fillings, which contain mercury.
The process is the same for whichever filling you have. Dr Tariq Drabu will discuss the procedure with you, examine your mouth and advise you of the options available. You can choose whether to go ahead with the amalgam filling, if you are using the NHS system, or you can opt for the white filling, if you want to pay in a little extra and go on private.
The benefits to the white or bonded fillings is that they can be used immediately, they are white in color and are often used on smaller holes. They are barely noticeable once in place, which is what makes them such a popular choice.
Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that he has found his patients that choose white fillings have an improved oral appearance, which can boost confidence levels. Patients with silver fillings are often aware that they are there, especially when they open their mouth or smile.
The process for a filling involves removing any decay from the tooth using drills and then filling the area with a hard and strong filling mixture. The mixture is made in the surgery, while you are in the dental chair, usually by the dental nurse. This is put in place and it dries within minutes. Usually you cannot eat or drink anything for an hour, giving the filling time to cure.
There are instances, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, where you will have a temporary filling and go back to the dentist in a few weeks to have the permanent filling placed. This is often used when there may be an underlying problem, such as an infection which has to clear up first.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
There are a number of reasons why your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. Whether you notice a small amount of blood in the foam of the toothpaste in the basin or you see some blood on your toothbrush, it should not be ignored. There are a number of reasons why your gums may be bleeding, all of which should be followed up with a visit to your dentist.
One of the first signs of gingivitis isbleeding gums when brushing. Gingivitis is a mild gum disease which causes inflammation of the gums, this can lead to sensitivity and discomfort. Ignoring this sign can also result in periodontal disease and eventually tooth loss.
Your gums may be bleeding if you smoke. Smoking of tobacco can increase your chances of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a severe gum disease which affects the structure of the tooth and can result in tooth loss if ignored. Periodontal disease doesn’t only cause bleeding gums, it can affect your overall health moving forward.
What you eat has a significant impact on your oral health. You want to enjoy a well-balanced and healthy diet, eliminating sugars and acidic foods from your diet at all times. If you follow a poor diet, your body may be lacking proteins and calcium, both of which can lead to bleeding gums.
Women are at higher risk of bleeding gums than men. Women go through numerous hormonal changes each and every month. If you have bleeding gums you may be experiencing menstruation or you may be pregnant. Pregnancy can result in bleeding gums. A visit to the dentist if you are pregnant is essential to ensure that you don’t have a gum disease which could affect your unborn child.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you don’t follow a strict oral health routine at home then chances are that you are experiencing bleeding gums for this very reason. You need to brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily. You also need to floss on a daily basis and twice daily if you have been diagnosed with a gum disease.
Some medications may increase the risk of bleeding gums. If you are on a new medication and you notice your gums bleeding when you brush then ensure you advise your dentist soonest. Anticonvulsants are known for causing bleeding gums in patients around the world.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Thousands of people that visit their dentist each year will be referred to the oral hygienist for a professional clean. You may wonder why you are being sent to the hygienist when you brush your teeth twice daily, you use dental floss and you are careful about your sugar intake.
There are a host of benefits associated with professional teeth cleaning and even those with the best oral hygiene habits will visit the hygienist to help keep their teeth clean and healthy moving forward.
The first benefit to professional cleaning is that it helps prevent cavities. Even with an excellent oral health routine at home you are going to find yourself with tartar building up. Tartar is a hard and sticky substance which results from plaque which isn’t effectively removed. This can happen to everyone even if you brush vigorously twice daily. Tartar enables unwelcome bacteria to stick to it and then eat away at the hard enamel, causing cavities which can result in sensitivity, pain and dental treatment.
The next benefit you will find when choosing to attend an oral cleaning is that your risk of tooth loss is dramatically reduced. Everyone wants to hold onto their natural teeth for as long as possible, this means that you need to make every possible effort to keep them clean, healthy and strong for as long as possible. Tooth loss can occur at any age, often as a result of periodontal disease.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading UK dentist and specialist oral surgeon advises that periodontal disease is a severe gum disease which eats away at the structure of the tooth. If ignored it can result in tooth loss. A professional tooth cleaning can reduce the risk of periodontal disease, thereby reducing the risk of tooth loss moving forward.
Oral hygienists providing you with a professional teeth clean can help you brighten your smile. With squeaky clean teeth, your smile is instantly brightened. You will find that your teeth feel cleaner and in turn, you feel more confident.
With tooth decay, plaque and tartar build up you can experience bad breath. Many people with gum disease struggle with bad breath, which is very unwelcome and can leave you very self-conscious when speaking to others. A professional teeth clean can help freshen your breath, make you feel better about yourself, while ensuring that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy.
What many people don’t realise, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, is there is a direct link between oral health and overall health. When you have a professional teeth cleaning you are also boosting your overall health now and moving forward. The teeth cleaning can help remove dangerous bacteria, help fight gum disease and reduce the risk of cavities, all in all it can play an instrumental role in your overall health in the future.
The biggest benefit to professional teeth cleaning is that it can help you save money now and in the future. If you ignore your oral health and you find yourself in significant pain, maybe your gums are bleeding or your teeth feel lose, you can find yourself paying out a fair amount of money to rectify the situation. Prevention is better than curewhen it comes to your oral health. Paying for a professional oral cleaning can be so beneficial, especially when looking at the savings you can enjoy moving forward.
Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned another preventative measure to take when it comes to your oral health is to attend routine dental appointments. This is an opportunity for your dentist to identify any potential problems and treat them quickly to reduce further damage in the future.
Monday, 29 June 2015
When you move to a new area or even a new country, some of the first things on your list will be to find a doctor, the nearest hospital and a dentist. Deciding on a dentist can be a daunting experience, as you want someone who will provide you with the highest level of patient care at all times.
One of the best ways to find a reputable dentist in your area is to ask family and friends. Most people find visiting the dentist a tedious task, there are also a high volume of people that have an unwelcome fear of the dentist, this means that they are only going to tell you about those that made them feel at ease, who resolved the problem and that provided them with the best care and attention.
If you have just moved and you don’t know anyone in the area yet, then ask your doctor. Most doctors will have a list of reputable dentists in the area that you can contact. Your general practitioner should be able to make a recommendation or even refer you to a dentist in the area, they feel is the best match based on your personal dental needs and requirements.
If you live in the United Kingdom, then finding a good dentist shouldn’t be a difficult task, according to Dr TariqDrabu, a leading dentist and specialist surgeon from Manchester. The NHS provides an extensive range of all the dentists in the country, including private dentists. You will also be able to take advantage of the NHS Choices website to read honest patient feedback on their experiences, helping you identify which dentist you feel is the best match to meet your dental requirements now and in the future.
When looking for a new dentist, always pay close attention to their location. Do they offer parking? Are they within easy driving distance of your home, office or the school? These are all very important factors to take into consideration. Ideally you want to find a dentist that in the event of an emergency, you can get to them with ease at the appointment time they have available.
Dr Tariq Drabu also recommends you pay attention to the payment options the dental practice provides. Most people these days don’t carry cash with them, which means that you want to find a dentist that will accept card payments or even accept a cheque if you don’t carry a card or cash with you. Check with the practice before your appointment to identify if they provide a payment solution that meets your needs.
If you are looking for a private dentist in the United Kingdom, see if they can offer a payment plan for the treatment you require. Many private dentists are able to offer finance on your required dental treatment, enabling you to get the care you need, paying it off in manageable monthly payments.
Further, a very important point that you need to check in the United Kingdom, is whether the dentist is accepting new patients. Dr Tariq Drabu did mention that many of the NHS dentists are full when it comes to new NHS patients, which is why you may have to look at a number of dentists in and around your local area to find those that are accepting new patients that you can register with as soon as you arrive in the area.
All dentists should accept emergency cases. You never know when you may experience tooth pain, have an accident or more. Ensure any dentist you are considering does have available appointments each day for emergency cases.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Conflicts and disputes in any work place situation can be detrimental. In a dental practice where you want your teams to be happy to improve productivity and increase patient care and satisfaction, the last thing you want is team members being unable to work together as a team.
Any dentist knows that the team working alongside them is valuable to every aspect of the practice. The majority of misunderstandings in a dental practice are a result of a simple misunderstanding for what one member may feel as unfair treatment. These situations need to be avoided in order to ensure a productive and effective team at all times, while ensuring your patients receive the highest quality support and care.
Reduce the risk of misunderstandings
The first step to avoiding conflict and managing disputes in any dental practice is to reduce the risk of misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can lead to frustration and anger, it can leave teams torn apart and can result in a group of people who find it almost impossible to work together as a cohesive team.
The first step is to ensure you understand the situation. When you are working in your surgery with patients, it’s hard to identify what has gone on behind the scenes that has caused this rift in the team. Listen to both sides of the story to identify the problem and then get the team together to discuss the problems and identify asolution that helps everyone overcome the problems as soon as possible.
Never ignore these types of problems in your practice, it is only going to cause the misunderstanding to fester. This in turn, will result in further problems, eventually effecting everyone working within the practice. In some severe instances, it can result in you losing one of your most valued team members, which is the last thing you want to happen.
Have systems in place that work
A volume of the disputes and misunderstandings can be avoided by having set systems in place. Hold weekly meetings with all your team members to discuss how the systems are working and discuss any potential problems that may be arising. This can help you identify how everyone is working together, pinpoint any small problems before they become serious and help you identify if your team is working together collectively to ensure the highest level of patient care and satisfaction at all times.
When it comes to introducing new members the team, it is important you choose with care to ensure the person you choose has the same goals and objectives as the existing team, enabling them to blend in seamlessly without too much disruption. I have always found when hiring a new team member that having a team meeting and discussing the short list is the best way to get everyone feeling involved in the decision and ensure the person I choose is one that the whole team feels they can work with now and in the future.
Treat everyone fairly
In any dental practice you will have certain members of the team that have more authority as others. As a dental practice owner or manager it is imperative that you treat everyone with the same care and respect. Be consistent in your approach whether you’re dealing with your administrative manage or dental nurse. Team members want to know that there aren’t any favourites and everyone is treated fairly at all times. This can reduce a lot of the conflict and anger that can easily fester in such a small and close knit working environment.
Monday, 22 June 2015
Thousands of people visit dentists throughout the world on a daily basis, some find themselves in pain and need urgent treatment, while others attend their routine appointments. There are common dental procedures which are carried out daily on a global scale, these are procedures which range from urgent to cosmetic, each on playing a vital role in the patient’s life and helping improve their oral health moving forward.
According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, the most common dental treatment carried out daily is fillings. Thousands of people experience sensitivity from their teeth and visit their dentist.
In most instances dental caries is responsible and the decay has to be removed and the area filled with a hard filling to protect the delicate dental pulp, which is found in the heart of the tooth. Fillings are a quick and simple process which does involve some drilling. Once the filling is in place, the sensitivity is eliminated and the patient can go on to enjoy their life.
Another common dental procedure which dentists carry out on a daily basis is root canal treatment. This treatment is performed when the delicate dental pulp has been compromised.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that the dental pulp holds all the blood vessels and nerves and when the decay reaches this point, it can cause significant pain. The dentist numbs the tooth and then carefully extracts all the pulp before filling the area. This usually also includes a crown, which is a false tooth which is placed in the mouth to replace the problematic tooth.
A high volume of people have crowns fitted on a daily basis.
There are a host of reasons why you may be having a crown placed in your mouth. You may have been in an accident where you had trauma to the mouth, damaging one of your teeth or you may have had decay which has damaged to the tooth to a point where it has to be ground down or removed. The crown is a false tooth, which is matched to the colour of your existing teeth and made to fit the open space. Once in place it feels and looks completely natural.
When it comes to common dental procedures, Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that bridges are a popular choice. In the event one or two teeth need to be removed, a bridge is made with false teeth to match the natural teeth remaining in the mouth. The bridge sits in the open space and looks and feels natural. This can help patients with their confidence, enabling them to smile and not be self-conscious about the fact they have teeth missing. Bridges are usually used when one or more front teeth have to be removed.
Dentures are another common treatment that dentists find themselves performing on a daily basis. Whether a patient has lost a couple of teeth, just their lower jaw or top jaw or have had to have all their teeth removed, dentures are used to provide them with teeth that enables them to eat and chew. Dentures are false teeth while fit to a plate which is inserted in the mouth. They are made in a laboratory to meet the mould taken by the dentist and to match the patients original tooth colour.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that in recent years cosmetic dentistry has also welcomed thousands of procedures on a daily basis with tooth whitening being the number one choice. Tooth whitening lightens the teeth by a few shades, helping to hide stains and marks and leaving the patient with a gleaming smile.