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  1. Patient guest blog

    March 14, 2017 by aesthetique

    I am to run the Leeds half marathon on Sunday 14th May to raise money for a life- changing operation for a mum of two devastated by breast cancer.

    I want to raise funds for a private operation to help pal Ann-Marie after she was told the procedure would not be funded by the NHS.

    Ann-Marie from kippax, Leeds has undergone years of reconstruction treatment after having one of her breasts removed four years ago, she had a mastectomy and six courses of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiation, when she was diagnosed with cancer.She was offered reconstruction but was adamant that she did not want implants as she wanted to look as ‘natural’ as possible. Instead she opted to have reconstruction surgery, using fat from elsewhere in her body.

    Unfortunately, the op using fat from her back did not work and she suffered an infection. Doctors tried the operation several more times, but we’re not able to rebuild the breast as her body rejected the new tissue.

    Ann-Marie said: I’d had several operations one every few months and it wasn’t working. After three years She couldn’t do it anymore so she went for the implant.
    But according to Ann-Marie, her breast have been left uneven and ‘terrible’ and she is reminded of her cancer ordeal every time she catches sight of herself in the mirror.While the new right breast looked better, the surgery left Ann-Marie’s chest ‘unsymmetrical’and awful looking.Following the initial operation, she says doctors told her that they could use surgery on the healthy breast to make Ann-Marie’s chest more even.

    However after she recovered and she requested the operation, she says she was told that it was not medically necessary and the NHS would not fund it.She has appealed against the decision.
    This is really affecting her confidence and ability to move on with her life.She feels like she’s been made to feel ungrateful, but really she is very grateful.She feels like she is asking too much when all she wants is to look and feel normal.

    “They say no one should go through cancer alone but it is a very lonely place and Ann-Marie just feels that it’s still not over.”

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    January 9, 2017 by Nigel

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  3. Going Abroad for Dental Implants?

    November 22, 2014 by aesthetique

    A growing trend these days involves British people, some from Leeds,  travelling to developing countries in search of dental implants. This is because in countries like Mexico, Hungary, Turkey, Holland, South Africa and India among other nations, the cost of dental treatment is fairly low. But in most cases, clients do not receive the level of treatment they would get in Britain. The dental practice in these countries is not as regulated as it is in the UK, and many Britons have come back in far worse shape than they were in prior to going. And then they have to pay more to a UK dentist to fix the botched work. We might be biased, but check out our guaranteed dental implants for peace of mind before you read on.

    Another thing with dental tourism is that it involves the hassle of travelling. So you will only go if you have time. There is also the challenge of communication problems, long flight times and culture shock.

    Given that dental implants patients take a considerably longer period to recuperate, the treatment is quite risky to have abroad. It is important to have routine re-care appointments with your surgeons. These appointments are usually separated by weeks or sometimes months. It becomes quite tricky to travel back and forth for such re-care appointments. You need to be sure that you can afford both the time and money involved in travelling several times before you board a plane to Budapest. In short, given the cost of travel and the inconveniences and risks that come with dental tourism, there is really no big advantage of having teeth implants in a cheaper foreign country. Let’s look at some of the risks of dental tourism.

    Cheap foreign dental treatments are fraught with risks
    Complex dental treatment is, in most cases, expensive. This has made many  Britons consider  treatments overseas, as it seems a lot cheaper compared to local rates. Additionally, there is the prospect of a free holiday, which patients hope to save from. But is it safe?

    Given that the dental standards in developing countries are nowhere near the standards you will find here in Britain, we would warn you early that it is not worth it. There are many people who have had their smiles wrecked by cheap dentists abroad. It then costs much more to correct the damage, and you can have months, if not years, of pain and distress.

    Why seeking cheap dental treatment abroad is a bad idea

    Cheap foreign dental services offered by countries like Mexico may appear cheap, but the truth is that the level of dental excellence in those countries cannot be compared to service levels in Britain. Also, these countries are not at a par with Britain in terms of safety procedures and regulation. In short, you are risking a lot by going for cheap teeth implants abroad. Consider the following before you decide to go overseas for dental treatments :


    There is no denying that it is indeed cheaper to obtain dental services in developing countries. But here is why.In most developing countries, a dentist requires no malpractice insurance. This fact alone reduces the doctor’s overheads compared to their British counterparts. In countries such as Mexico, there is no sterilization or monitoring standards and systems. But in Britain, a local dentist will have to contend with all these measures, which is why they may appear expensive.

    Lack of legal recourse

    In terms of recourse, you won’t have much with a foreign dentist. Countries like Mexico do not have malpractice insurance at all. There are therefore good chances that doctors there do not carry this insurance. Also, international laws have made it nearly impossible to sue across borders. In other words, if something should go wrong during your teeth implants treatment, you will be on your own. You are extremely unlikely to be able to obtain legal recourse.

    Follow-up dental care is non-existent

    You will not have any follow up care unless you plan to go back to the country of original treatment. A good dental implants treatment may involve ten or twelve visits with the implantologist and dentist. Are you going to travel back and forward to a foreign country for continuity of care ? Might be expensive !

    Quality of Work

    The quality of dental treatment you will receive  abroad, in most cases, is poor. In fact, you risk destroying your teeth permanently by seeking cheap treatments abroad. Many people have come back with crowns that are badly treated as well as mismatched veneers that usually cost several thousands pounds to fix.

    The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is so alarmed by the rise in numbers of people going abroad for dental treatments  such as dental implants,  it issued an official warning to members of the public.

    According to James Goolnik, who is an Academy board member, cases of seriously botched treatments in patients who come back to Britain have surged. He says “given that foreign dental works tends to be cheaper and faster compared to how it is in Britain, many Britons find it very tempting”. But according to him, if you know the real risks of procedures like teeth implants, you would not choose to go abroad.

    Materials used

    The alloys used by British dentists, for instance to reinforce the crown under the porcelain, are strictly regulated. In most developing countries and more specifically Mexico, these materials are not regulated. Many patients report complaints of bad taste and sickness, among other things, that come from alloys leeching into the saliva. So, while these materials are cheap, it is because they are inferior and could potentially be extremely dangerous . Sometimes in life, you get what you pay for, and where your  health is concerned, why take the risk ?

    It is better to be treated at home

    Going abroad appears to make sense, but in reality, you will be far better advised to have your treatment at home in Leeds rather  than somewhere like Mexico or Poland. The level of standards set here in the UK are extremely high and guarantees you the best treatment. Even if something goes wrong, which is much less likely in the UK,  you can sue and be compensated, an option you will not have with  foreign dentists.

    It is undeniable that British dentists charge a lot compared to  foreign dentists from developing countries. However,  your local dentist is not pocketing all the cash. The costS of operating a dental business in Britain are much higher than those in developing countries. For instance, Mexican dentists don’t require malpractice insurance, which considerably lowers their overheads. Also, the quality of materials used here is very high. These factors drive the cost of dentistry in the UK which is why you would seem to be paying over-the-top to have teeth implants locally. But to put it simply, you are paying for adherence to regulatary standards of excellence which means  your safety is paramount, the outcome is virtually guranteed to be successful, and where there are problems with treatment you have an assured road to recourse.

  4. What is the Best Way to Deal with Stained Teeth?

    August 11, 2014 by aesthetique

    Teeth can become stained for a variety of different reasons, as a liking for a glass of red wine, or a coffee, tea or nicotine habit can all take its toll on the appearance of your teeth. Some people will have stained looking teeth due to taking certain antibiotics, while genetics can also influence tooth colour. If you are less than happy with the colour of your teeth, but are otherwise quite happy with their overall shape and arrangement, then there are quite a few things that we can do to help you and they are not even very expensive.

    The first thing you need to do is to book an appointment with Dr Ferakh Hamid. This will help determine the exact cause of your tooth discolouration, and Dr Hamid can discuss all the various treatments available with you.

    Scale and Polish

    Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your tooth staining, as it could be all that’s required is a normal scale and polish. This helps to remove the build-up of tartar or calculus on your teeth which consists of hardened plaque bacteria. Tartar can develop if you miss certain areas of your teeth while brushing and flossing, and can only be removed by being scaled or scraped away. This can make quite a difference to the look of your teeth as tartar can appear quite yellow.

    Air Polishing

    However if your staining is more severe than you might want to consider a process called air polishing. This is much gentler than a normal scaling and polishing but is very effective at removing stains and tartar. You’ll find the process extremely comfortable as the stains are removed by a fine jet consisting of pressurised air and particles of bicarbonate of soda to gently polish your teeth. It is a very gentle yet effective way of cleaning your teeth, and we have a before and after photo on our website at which shows the dramatic difference that can be made.

    Tooth Whitening

    An alternative would be to have your teeth whitened. We offer two different types of whitening which includes in surgery whitening and at home whitening kits using customised trays. For the best and brightest results you might want to consider using a combination of both treatments. For this we recommend using the custom made whitening trays at home for a few days, which kick starts the process of whitening your teeth. The next step is to coming into our surgery to have a more in-depth whitening procedure. You should see a considerable difference You should see a considerable difference by this stage. Treatment is followed up at home with continued use of the whitening trays.

    Covering up Stained Teeth

    Sometimes these treatments might not be enough to brighten up badly stained teeth as the stains can sometimes be internal. In this case your cosmetic dentist may suggest using dental veneers or perhaps crowns to cover-up the teeth. Another alternative would be to bond the tooth with composite resin which is a very cost effective way of improving a smile.

    If you’d like to know more about stain removal then you can always call in and make an appointment to see our dentist. You’ll find us at 58 Merion Centre, Upstairs Balcony, Leeds, West Yorkshire. Otherwise you can call us on 0113 245 8066.

  5. Thinking of Replacing Your Denture with Dental Implants?

    August 4, 2014 by aesthetique

    This is becoming an increasingly popular option amongst people who currently struggle with full or partial dentures, especially as these appliances can gradually become less well-fitting. While one option is to reline dentures or to even have them remade to fit a little bit better, this isn’t a permanent solution. Instead, choosing dental implants could stabilise a loose denture or even replace it completely with a permanent fixed bridge.

    Why Do Dentures Become Loose?

    The reason why dentures become loose after just a short while is due to the way the jawbone reacts once your natural teeth are removed. You jawbone is made from a type of bone called alveolar bone and this is really quite fragile. Alveolar bone develops as your teeth erupt through the gums, and is with you for as long as your natural teeth are in position. It is constantly stimulated to continue renewing old bone cells through the pressure created during chewing and biting. These pressures or forces are transmitted through your natural tooth, down through your tooth roots and out into the alveolar bone.

    If your natural teeth are extracted then these tooth roots are also removed, and there’s no longer any way for the alveolar bone to receive any sort of stimulation to ensure it continues to replace old bone cells. As a result it is gradually reabsorbed by the body, and that ridge of gum in your mouth that used to support teeth will become flatter. This is a real problem for denture wearers as dentures are constructed to make maximum use of this bony ridge for retention, especially for lower dentures. It tends not to be so much of a problem for upper denture wearers as the entire roof of the mouth is covered up with the base of the denture, providing additional suction to keep the denture in position.

    Dental Implants Act like Natural Tooth Roots

    If you decide to opt for teeth implants then you’ll find they act like natural tooth roots, not only supporting a replacement bridge or implant supported denture, but preventing any further bone loss in that particular section of your jaw. They are designed to fuse with the jawbone so the result is a very strong structure that can easily support replacement teeth. Implant supported dentures click onto the dental implants and can easily be removed for daily cleaning. Quite a few people will find this option very appealing, but others may prefer to get rid of their denture completely. In this case it’s possible to have a permanent bridge that will be cemented or screwed into position.

    If you currently struggle with wearing dentures, then dental implants might make an amazing difference to your quality and enjoyment of life. They are not suitable for everyone, and it’s best to book an appointment with Dr Ferakh Hamid to find out more about this up-to-date treatment. You’ll find more information about dental implants on our website at or you can call us on 0113 245 8066 to have a chat about treatment.

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