Friday, June 3, 2016

Why should I choose Dr. Nikhil's Dental Clinic?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Dr. Nikhil's Dental Clinic?

Dr. Nikhil Girdhar  started his office with the mission of building long term relationships with patients and delivering high quality and long lasting dental care. He has spent an immense amount of time researching the best dental equipment and developing an uncompromising infection control protocol for his office.

At Dr. Nikhil's Dental Clinic, we work very hard to provide you with a great experience at the dentist at every visit. Our focus is on building loyalty and trust and helping you maintain a healthy smile for life. Dr. Nikhil Girdhar  takes a strong, personal interest in the welfare of his patients and their families. Treatment recommendations are driven by scientific findings and honesty, not money. You are always welcome to come by for a tour of the office, to meet our team and to get a consultation. We would be thrilled to meet you.

Do you have any empanelments?

For the convenience and ease of our patients, we are on panel of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. IOCL, Panipat Thermal Power Station PTPS, National Fertilizers Ltd NFL. We will help you understand your empanelment benefits and coverage. We collect cash, credit cards, cheques and give you receipts and, most of the time, your employers will reimburse your complete coverage.

I can not afford to spend much on dental treatment and so I am concerned about costs…

We understand that it is hard when you cannot afford. To make it easier for new patients , we are offering special member ship plans. Also you can opt in for dental treatment EMI's to make things easier and comfortable for you.

How much will I have to pay?

Dr. Nikhil's Dental Clinic fees are according to the Enlistments issued by Govt of India whether it be from IOCL, PTPS, NFL or for that matter general patients. We are happy to give you an estimate of the cost at every step of the way so that there are never any surprises!

I am afraid of the dentist. How can you help me?

Dr. Nikhil Girdhar has treated many “nervous” patients with a lot of success. Many of them are “converted” and do not consider themselves nervous at the dentist any more. They attribute this to his “gentleness” with patients, his “light touch” and his “great chairside manner.” He spends a great amount of time talking to patients and making them feel relaxed and at ease.

Do you see children?

Absolutely! Dr. Nikhil Girdhar and his staff love children! They have enjoyed making a special relationship with kids and ensuring the office environment is friendly to children and their parents. They have treated many cooperative as well as apprehensive children.

What do you offer for entertainment or distraction during dental work?
Plenty! Mostly, people like to watch TV or movies or listen to music during dental treatment. 

Any specials?

Yes we have two of them for a limited time:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Enjoy a Stress-Free Dental Visit

Enjoy a Stress-Free Dental Visit

Dental Anxiety can be termed a  very realistic terms for most of the patients who have been in dental chair ever. For many patients, dental anxiety is a very real issue. More than 99% dental treatments are delayed  because of the stress that come with a dental appointment.  But the good news is that dental anxiety can be overcome. In some cases, your dentist may offer soothing options to help ease your fears. But if not, here are some tips you can follow yourself to ease your own stress.
  • Be very clear about your innate fear. Tell your dentist about your anxiety. The more he or she knows about your anxiety, the more their dental team can do to help you feel welcome and at home.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, as these can increase your feelings of nervousness.
  • Start 10 minutes in advance to avoid traffic stress to reach dental office.
  • Find out if your dentist offers nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas.
  • Breathe deeply during appointment. By breathing deeply, you can help yourself stay calm and relaxed while your dentist helps your smile.
  • Find out all you can about your treatment. The more you know the less afraid you have to feel about your own oral care.
To find out more about how you can combat dental anxiety, call your dentist with your questions. Dental anxiety is a real condition, but it doesn’t have to keep you from having the kind of strong, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Can adults wear braces?

Can adults wear braces?

[Adults wear braces too] Braces aren't just for teenagers – it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear braces. Your general dentist can help you determine if orthodontic treatment is the right option for you. Your general dentists may even be able to treat your orthodontic problems. You can also request an evaluation and receive treatment from an orthodontist, a specialist in diagnosing, preventing and treating improper alignment of the teeth.

Why would adults need braces?

Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorders. Left untreated, these problems may result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.

Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?

Braces can provide adults the same benefits children receive. However, treatment may take longer than it does for children. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. As with children, adults may need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of treatment after braces are removed.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces depends on the type you select. On average, metal braces cost Rs.25,000 to 40,000. Keep in mind that your out-of-pocket costs will likely be higher if you choose non-metal braces.You should also ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate (also called a predetermination) to your dental plan so you can find out in advance what your out-of-pocket costs will be.

How can I find out if I need braces?

Consult with your dentist and ask for an evaluation. Depending on the complexity of your case and whether or not your dentist performs orthodontic work, he or she may choose to treat you or refer you to an orthodontist – a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

The initial consultation provides an opportunity to ask questions about orthodontic treatment:
  • What are the costs involved?
  • How will the braces correct my problem?
  • How long will I need to wear braces?
  • What is the dentist's experience with my particular problem?
  • Will I be able to schedule appointments at convenient times?

What types of braces are available?

Braces are custom-made appliances that use applied pressure to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. While some practitioners still favor metal braces as the most reliable, new materials and other technological advances have made smaller, less noticeable braces available. Instead of metal, you may be able to wear clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces or removable invisible aligners.
Types of braces
Metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel and attached to the front of teeth, are the most common.
Clear ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth just like traditional steel braces. Unlike metal braces, they blend with the color of the teeth for a much less noticeable appearance. They may look better, but they may break more easily than metal braces.
Lingual (or concealed) braces have brackets that attach to the back of teeth, so they are hidden from view.
"Invisible" braces are a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces less visible, but they also are removable so they won't trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only removed for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for individuals with mild spacing problems.

How do I adjust to life with braces?

You probably will experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating when you first receive your braces. While wearing braces, keep your teeth and brackets clean. If you wear cemented, non-removable braces, food and plaque can get trapped between the teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Good oral hygiene may also prevent decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay.

Which foods should I avoid?

It's a good idea to skip foods that can damage or dislodge braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Other foods to avoid include sticky foods such as caramel, pizza and gum. These foods can get stuck between teeth and gums or bend wires and knock bands or brackets loose. If this results in damage to braces, treatment may be extended.

How often do I need to go to dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Remember that usually orthodontic treatment takes one and a half year to complete and you require to visit the dentist once a month.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Art of brushing for kids in panipat

Dr. Nikhil, your Panipat dentist, has years of experience working with children and new parents. He is here to provide you some ideas how to teach your child mouth anatomy in a fun and engaging way.

Mouth anatomy is about more than just teeth, and the more your child learns about the role his or her entire mouth plays on body health, the easier it is to promote good oral hygiene. Here are a few activities you can do together when talking about whole mouth health.

Mouth Self Portrait

Help your child get to know each part of the mouth. A mouth self portrait is a great way to see just what makes a mouth work the way it does. Grab a mirror, some crayons, a sheet of paper and a well-lit area. Here, have your child open up his or her mouth and peek inside. Talk about some of the things he sees: Not only teeth, but also the gums, tongue, the roof and bottom of the mouth. You can then challenge your child to draw and label those parts, creating a mouth anatomy that all kids become familiar with growing up.

Proper Brushing

Of course, oral health starts with dental health. When a child’s teeth are properly cared for, the rest of the mouth is healthy as a result. But because kids don’t always know the proper way to brush, try this: Sketch the shape of a tooth on a dark-colored piece of construction paper. Then, offer your child an old toothbrush and some white paint, challenging him to cover the entire tooth with their hand-drawn “toothpaste.” You can then demonstrate different techniques, like brushing up, down, sideways and in a circular motion to ensure the entire tooth is as white as the paper you started with.

Once you’ve practiced on paper, bring them to the sink to practice real-life brushing. Use a mildly flavored toothpaste to encourage a great experience your child will want to improve on again and again.

Supermarket Collage

So much of a healthy mouth is what you put into it: Foods that are sugary, sticky or highly acidic can result in plaque buildup and even canker sores, so test your child’s knowledge on foods that are good for the mouth versus foods that could cause these problems. Start by gathering a few supermarket fliers and another piece of paper, labeling it, “Good Foods” on one side and “Foods That Can Hurt My Mouth” on the other. Then, help your child to cut out different foods from the flier and glue them to the appropriate side of the page. Talk about each food and why it’s either a good choice or something to save as a once-in-a-while treat.

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