Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, he is also the owner of the Langley Dental Practice and caters to private and NHS patients helping them with the dental care that they need and deserve.
Tariq Drabu advised that patients need to remember that once they loose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth come through, usually at around the age of eight or nine, that these teeth are the ones that need to last them for the rest of their lives and they want to look
after them effectively and preserve them wherever possible. In the event the tooth is so bad and it has to be extracted is when the real problems start. The minute a tooth is removed the bone below it starts to degenerate.
He advised that root canal is the best way to preserve a natural tooth that is affected by unwelcome tooth decay. Without treatment a patient could lose that tooth and if it is a front tooth, they will need to consider a bridge or a dental implant to replace the gap and help them smile with confidence.
Preserve that tooth
Tariq Drabu advised that as a dentist he will try and preserve the tooth wherever possible, only in extreme circumstances will he extract the tooth. All it takes is a local anaesthetic to numb the area, the patient doesn’t feel anything.
Root canal means that he drills deep into the tooth, all the way to the root and then the sensitive dentine is removed. The dentine is found inside the tooth and is brimming with blood vessels and nerves, this is what causes the pain. The dentine is removed and the roots and tooth are filled, this helps stop the unwelcome pain while saving the tooth.
Tariq Drabu mentioned that tooth decay is preventable by carrying out a good oral health routine at home. Patients should be brushing their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Each brushing should be for a minimum of two minutes, concentrating on each individual tooth. This should then be followed by flossing between the teeth and along the gum line.
He also wanted to remind patients to reduce their sugar consumption as sugar is the leading cause of tooth decay. In the event the patient is out and about, drink plenty of water to rinse the mouth and carry sugar free chewing gum, which can help remove food particles, plaque and bacteria until you brush for the night.