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  1. Crook Log Dental Practice answer your questions on Veneers - 21st July 2015 by 4drdc-logins

    What are veneers?

    A veneer is a thin layer made from porcelain or composite, it sits over the tooth and masks the tooth’s appearance – almost like a false nail lose weight quickly.

    Veneers are used to improve the shape and colour of teeth. In some cases when braces are not an option having veneers can also give teeth a straighter appearance.

    Veneers can be made at a larger size, different shape and shade to your natural teeth, so if you wanted that ‘Hollywood smile’ white bright and perfectly straight – Veneers may be the option.

    As veneers are only a thin layer, the preparation work is very minimal and in enamel sometimes no preparation of the tooth is needed.

    A consultation / dental examination is needed before any cosmetic work is done, your dentist will be able to talk you through the options of veneers as well as other possible options e.g. braces and teeth whitening.

    If you decide to go for veneers we always recommend a ‘diagnostic wax-up’ for our patients. This involves us taking a mould of your teeth and sending them to a laboratory. We explain what look you would like to achieve and they will make a model out of wax that will be able to show the final result.

    There are 2 types of Veneers;

    Porcelain veneers

    Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory. This involves coming in for 2 appointments, the first one would be for Veneer prepare where the dentist will prep your tooth (if needed) and take a mould of your teeth to send to the laboratory. It normally takes 2 weeks for your veneers to be made and sent back to us to fit. During these 2 weeks you will be left with temporary veneers which the dentist will make look like the veneers you will be fitted with. We call this the ‘Trial-Smile’, this helps our patients to get used to the ‘new’ shape and style of their teeth.

    Composite veneers

    Composite veneers are made in surgery free hand by your dentist. The dentist will follow the wax up guide and build up a thin layer of composite material directly on to your tooth and mask over it. You will see the final result at the end of this appointment.

    Composite veneers are the less expensive option; however they don’t last as long as porcelain veneers and will need regular polishing as they can pick up slight staining.

    How long will it take?

    1st appointment: A dental check up / consultation.

    2nd appointment: impressions to make the moulds for the diagnostic wax up.

    3rd appointment (10 days after): to view and discuss your wax up.

    4th appointment: veneer preparations

    5th appointment: review ‘trial smile’

    6th appointment (approx 2 weeks after): veneer fit

    7th appointment (7-10 days after): review

    So on average it takes just under 2 months to get your new smile.

    It is as important to us as to our patients to get treatment right so occasionally there might be some extra appointments and it may take longer but your dentist will tell you this and always keep you updated.

    How long do veneers last?

    Porcelain veneers last on average about 10-15 years and composite veneers 5-7 years with good maintenance.

    Can porcelain veneers de-bond?

    Although unlikely, anything added on to your natural teeth always has a risk of coming off. If this happens, make sure you hold on to the veneer and we can easily re-cement it on for you.

    Can I whiten veneers?

    Unfortunately veneers cannot be whitened. We will always recommend whitening prior to having any cosmetic work done, as we will match the veneers to the current shade of your teeth.

    Do you have any pictures to show an example?

    Yes, on our website we have pictures of both types of veneers and different cases that we have treated; the link to this can be found below.

  2. Brow Lift Using Botox - 11th June 2015 by 4drdc-logins

    I had always felt that I always look tired, friends and family would always make comments like ‘did you have a late night last night?’ which wasn’t the case. viagra kaufen generika how to get viagra without a doctor

    I even asked the lady who does my eyebrows if she could raise them higher each time but she told me by doing that it would make my eyebrows really thin.

    I then heard about ‘The Brow Lift’ using Botox…

    At first I was slightly worried that by having the ‘brow – lift’ it would change my shape of eyebrow but after booking a consultation with Dr Khan he assured me that all it does is raise the eyebrow giving a more ‘fresh’ look.

    He explained what Botox is, how it works and took some ‘before’ photos best viagra tablets available in india is generic viagra legal in the usa

    I booked in to have the treatment done a few days after my consultation; I’ve never had a problem with needles or injections however the thought of one near my eye made me slightly nervous.

    It seems I was nervous for no reason, Dr Khan fully explained what would happen.

    He drew his injection points around my eyebrows and tried to show me how it would look once the Botox had kicked in. I didn’t even feel the injection if I’m honest, I would say having my eyebrows threaded is more painful!

    He explained the after care, said I may get redness, bruising and raised skin from where it has been pierced.

    It was slightly raised but that went down after a few hours.

    Dr Khan had told me I won’t see full effects until about 2 weeks but should see improvements after 3 days. He also told me I would need a review appointment in 2 weeks to see if I was happy or if it needed more.

    Within the first week it felt really strange, but I could see that it was working.

    My eyebrow lady noticed it; even my sister asked what I had done with my eyebrows as they look really nice.

    It was subtle enough that if you didn’t know me you would never know. But those who are close just thought I had done something new with my eyebrows.

    At my review appointment Dr Khan took ‘after’ pictures and I told him how pleased I was with the treatment!! purchase cialis where can i buy cialis online

    Thank you Dr Khan!

  3. Dermal Fillers - 7th May 2015 by 4drdc-logins



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    Ever thought about enhancing your lips with dermal fillers?

    Dermal fillers contour and shape our lips. Recently I have had RESTYLANE Dermal fillers injected into my lips to make them fuller. I liked the shape of my lips however they were very flat and kind of tucked under. Dr Khan advised me on how to enhance them to a reasonable size to. Pre op pictures were taken before so he knew exactly where to inject and what areas were more necessary for the filler. I opted for just the upper lip as my lower lip was big enough and didn’t want to create a ‘trout pout’.

    Topical anaesthetic cream was applied to my lip and dental block injection. I couldn’t feel a thing which from my perspective was great as well as Dr Khan as he could work calmly without me flinching or moving. We used half a syringe of Restylane in my top lip, for now this was enough. The outcome was great, a small amount of swelling was noticeable however nothing drastic! After 2 days I started to get used to the size of my lips as it can affect your speech or eating as it’s a different feeling to what you are used to. Dr Khan took pictures 2 weeks later and this is when we decided a top up would be necessary, there was definitely a difference however I did want more. We used the rest of the Syringe of Restylane and again were pain free! I am very happy with my lips now as they are symmetrical at a perfect size to suit my face. I would definitely go ahead with Dermal Fillers again once the treatment has worn off depending on each person the Filler can last between 9-12 months.

  4. Do Your Gums Bleed When Brushing? - 6th February 2015 by 4drdc-logins




    Do your gums bleed when brushing?

    Gum disease can vary from any person; it’s a silent disease which most people choose to ignore. Gum disease is very common in adults who have poor oral hygiene.

    Signs of gum disease; bleeding gums, bad breathe, inflammation and redness, painful gum abscesses, loose teeth. Gum disease is caused by lots of things such as; lack of oral hygiene and bad habits, smoking, hormonal changes i.e. pregnancy, medications, illnesses, stress, family history fat loss supplements.

    Our gums are the foundation of our teeth, if the gums are not taken care of the teeth then dethatch them self from the gum which causes pocketing. Pocketing is where the gum shrinks away from the teeth and food can get trapped in, this is where the gum gets infected and the teeth will then become very loose. Some cases are more severe than others depending how long the disease has been active for, gum disease is treatable and manageable once you know how to prevent it and maintain healthy gums.

    Preventing gum disease is simple using only up to 5 minutes a day!

    • Brush twice daily for 2 minutes reaching all gum areas in a circular motion with your toothbrush
    • Floss once a day or use Tepe brushes in-between the teeth to remove any hidden plaque
    • Use a mouthwash at separate times to brushing, corsodyl daily or Listerine
    • Visit the Dentist and Hygienist here at Crook Log Dental Practice regularly for professional cleaning of the gums.
  5. Oral Cancer Action Month 2014 - 10th November 2014 by 4drdc-logins

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    Do you know that cancer can occur in the mouth?

     Any one can be affected by the Oral Cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not.

     Over 1,900 people in the UK die from Oral Cancer every year, many of these deaths could be prevented if caught early enough.

     So let’s have a look at Oral Cancer.

     What is Oral Cancer?

     It is a cancer that can develop in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, the gums, the palate (roof of the mouth), under the tongue, the skin lining the mouth or the lips and the throat.

     What can cause Oral Cancer?

     Most cases of Oral Cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Use of the Cigarette, Cigar, and pipe smoking are the main use of the tobacco in the UK. The habit of the chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha, paan are very dangerous.

     Excess alcohol increases the risk of Oral Cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are consumed together, the risk will be even higher.

     Many recent researches have linked Oral Cancer to HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV is the major cause of the cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body. Research now suggests that it could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main cause of the Oral Cancer.

     What are the signs of the Oral Cancer?

     It can appear as different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips.

     It often appears a painless mouth ulcer that doesn’t heal within 3 weeks.

     A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into Oral Cancer.

     If you have concerns about these, it will be best to book an appointment with your dentist, who will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and throat.

     At Crook Log Dental Practice, your dentist carries out a cancer screening on every exam appointment.

     How do I make sure my mouth stay healthy?

     Regular visit to your dentist, a good oral hygiene routine, that is twice daily good brushing, interdentally cleaning & tongue cleaning.

     And a well balanced diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E, plenty of fruits and vegetables.

     And last but not least, quit smoking and cut down on drinking!

  6. Get the brightest, whitest smile in the safest possible way. - 30th October 2014 by 4drdc-logins



    With Philips Zoom White Speed you can achieve your whitest smile in just 60 minutes. Our In house whitening is a popular procedure to give you that smile you admire. Zoom whitening technique is done in surgery by our professional dentists. Philips Zoom White Speed uses a proprietary LED light to accelerate whitening for maximum results in minimal time leaving the teeth up to 6 shades lighter!

    Maintenance after the Zoom procedure will consist of home whitening to make results last longer!


    Or why not try out home whitening kit?

    A visibly whiter smile after 3 days – at Crook Log Dental we offer the DayWhite and NiteWhite packages to suit your lifestyle and whitening expectations.


    NiteWhite – whitening whilst you sleep, bleaching trays worn for 4-6 hours at night with an optimal result within 1-2 weeks. NiteWhite delivers superior whitening and enamel protection for a healthy noticeable whiter smile just after 3 days.

    DayWhite- if you prefer to whiten for shorter period of times during the day, 30 minutes twice daily with an optimal result within 2 weeks.


    Why not book an appointment by calling us on 0208 303 38383 and get your brighter smile ready for Christmas!

  7. Stoptober 2014 - 10th October 2014 by 4drdc-logins

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    Challenge yourself by staying smoke free for 28 days! After 28 days you’re 5 times more likely to stop for good. As a dental clinic in Bexleyheath we are here to provide help and support to anyone who has the will power to quit smoking!

    Encouragement and support is all you need; think how much money you could save? How healthy you could be?

    Stopping smoking can make drastic improvements to your lifestyle and health ways you may not expect;

    –           Reduce the risk of Gum disease and Oral Cancer

    –           Reduce the risk of heart attacks and lung cancer

    –           Breathing becomes easier, blood circulation improvement

    –           Protecting your family from second hand smoke

    –           Appearance of skin and teeth

    –           General fitness becomes easier

    –           Saving a lot of money, smoking is only getting more expensive every day


    All you need to do is keep yourself busy for 28 days, positive thoughts and a lot of support! Crook Log Dental Practice are here to help, if you would like any advise come along and we are happy to help!


  8. Colgate Oral Health Month September 2014 - 18th September 2014 by 4drdc-logins


    Colgate Oral Health Month!
    Colgate Oral Health Month promotes oral hygiene. Every day, Colgate is making a difference by helping to create healthy smiles for children around the world.
    Perfect tips to keep your children’s mouths healthy!
    -Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste, most importantly before bed time!
    -Get a guardian to supervise children up to the age of 7
    -Don’t rinse after brushing teeth, spit but no rinse! Keep as much fluoride in the mouth to protect the teeth
    -Reduce the amount of sugar frequency; try keep to 4 sugar exposures a day including meal times. Drink plenty of water
    -If recommended any mouth wash by your dentist use this at separate times to brushing, lunch time or mid afternoon to increase protection throughout the day.
    -Always be careful when playing sports as teeth can be knocked quite easily and cause pain, mouth guards are recommended, ask your dentist if you would benefit from this.
    -Attend the dentist regularly for advice on how to keep teeth and gums healthy. Start as you mean to go, a good routine sets a good example to children regularly visiting the dentist.

  9. Dermal Fillers – Enhance the volume of your lips with Restylane Lip Volume. - 13th August 2014 by 4drdc-logins



    One of the most effective ways to feel more confident about your appearance is to enhance the shape and possibly the fullness of your lips. Also, by softening the creases around your mouth corners you can look instantly rejuvenated.Restylane is a product to trust; safe, nonsurgical, natural and long lasting!

    Create fuller, sculpted lips and boost the skins hydration system by adding uplift to the lips using Restylane. Lip enhancement last up to 6 months – 12 months (needing a top up at this point), it is long lasting but not permanent so you are always in control of your looks! The Restylane gel is injected in tiny quantities using a fine needle. It can be used to soften lines, add fullness and boost condition and tone. Treatment benefits can be seen instantly! The product itself is Hyaluronic acid (HA) as well as a small amount of local anaesthetic to ease discomfort throughout the procedure.

     The procedure takes 20-30 minutes to get you feeling fresh and looking as young as you feel!

     Dr Khan will advise you on the best appropriate treatment for the aesthetic outcome you are looking for by booking a consultation with himself!

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  10. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE - 23rd July 2014 by 4drdc-logins

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    1) Keep sugar frequency low

    Keep sugar frequency low, Try to keep sugar intake as minimal as possible; if you want to eat sugary products, it is advised to eat them at meal times! Snacking through out the day causes decay.

    2) Ideally drink water day to day,

    If you are going to drink juice or fizzy drinks try to buy sugar free products (always check the label for hidden sugars).

    3) Make changes in your diet

    Swap chocolate for cheese, biscuits to breadsticks, dried fruit to fresh fruit, and crisps to crackers. Not only does eating the right foods help your teeth, it encourages a healthy lifestyle and a more advanced immune system.

    4) Tooth decay is caused by sugar and bacteria.

    Good oral hygiene and a good diet work together to keep you teeth and oral cavity healthy!

    5) Visit your dentist regularly.

    We practice preventative dentistry here in Bexleyheath and recommend regular visits to the dentist