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ASK DR HO KOK SEN: JAW SURGERY

Dr Ho Kok Sen
Oral Surgeon
Singapore
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Oral Surgeon
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Corrective jaw surgery is a medical procedure performed when there's a major skeletal and dental irregularity i.e. misalignment of jaws or teeth. While the patient's appearance may be enhance drastically, the procedure is performed to correct functional problems. 

Join Dr Ho Kok Sen, an experienced oral surgeon, as he hosts a QnA Session where he answers all your questions jaw surgery. 

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How can I claim Medisave for dental treatment in Singapore?

I would advise you to find a dentist to get a thorough dental examination. He/She would be able to advise and plan a list of dental procedures that you will need to improve your oral health. If cost is a concern, you can always have the attending dentist present a treatment plan ...
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How safe and effective are cosmetic dental treatments like veneers at beauty salons in Singapore?

Dear Sim Yee, I agree with you that there has been an increasing number of Non-Dentists performing dental treatment for patients. Currently, the Ministry of Health of Singapore (MOH) only governs the practice of Dentistry amongst graduate Dental Surgeons, Division 2 dentists, ...
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Are composite veneers reversible, and what happens to the teeth underneath over time?

Dear Sim Yee, In order to adhere the composite material to your teeth, the enamel surface has to be cleaned and treated with an acid gel (35% hydrophosphoric acid). The acid treated surface (etched) is impregnated with a bonding resin that has to be set using a special curing lig...
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How does TMJ affect the balance system and cause dizziness?

Dear Mohamad, Thanks for asking me such an intriguing question! One of the lesser known symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) is dizziness as your TMJ or jaw joint sits very close to the structures of the middle and inner ear. Your TMJ is supplied by a rich ne...
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How will wisdom teeth extraction change my face shape and jawline?

Dear Z, Having teeth (wisdom teeth or others) extracted usually DOES NOT cause your face shape or jawline to change. The wisdom teeth are found in areas of dense bone deep in the back of the mouth. The soft tissue and skin covering these areas are rich in underlying subcutaneo...
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How can a loose tooth be fixed?

Dear Harn, You are quite young to be having a loose tooth! In someone of your age, I would suspect some background of injury (a blow or some kind of heavy impact) to that particular tooth. As for whether a loose tooth can be "fixed", it depends on why the tooth has become loosened in the first p...
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Can the flu cause ear pain and a toothache?

Dear JT, Yes, indeed, your ear pain and toothache may be related to your flu. As Dr Jaclyn, my dental colleague, has rightly described in her answer, this may be due to referred pain where the same group of nerves is supplying surrounding structures because the flu "bug" is cau...
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ASK DR JERRY LIM: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE

Dr Jerry Lim
Dentist
Singapore
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Singapore
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Interested in a smile makeover? Dr Jerry answered questions from readers on:

  • Smile makeovers
  • Veneers and bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gummy smiles 
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How do dentists detect tooth decay during routine examinations?

Dear Jovina, There are 4 methods to detect decay, and the best method depends on the exact location of the cavity and also the stage of decay. Essentially, large cavities are easier to detect but are more complicated to treat. 1) Visual This is done by scanning your teeth s...
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ASK DR ELAINE TAN: EARLY BRACES TREATMENT IN CHILDREN

National Dental Centre
Singapore
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Most people associate orthodontics with adolescence or older children. However, orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist as early as age 7. Typically, permanent teeth start to come through around the age of 6 or 7, with adult molars coming through around the age of 10.

If your child displays orthodontic problems that warrant treatment, your orthodontist will recommend the most efficient sound course of action to nip it in the bud.  

Join Dr Elaine Tan, an experienced orthodontist from National Dental Centre as she hosts a QnA session where she answers all your questions on early braces treatment in children. 

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How can I get rid of TMJ pain that persists despite a mouth guard?

Dear Lim, Mouthguards do not cure bruxism but are used to try and limit the irreversible damage done to your teeth from the grinding. TMJ pain usually occurs on moving the jaw (opening or closing) and not necessarily on chewing. If you have issues with your TMJs, clicking, popping or cracking so...
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How can I prevent trapped food in my gum after wisdom tooth removal? (photo)

Dear Dolphin, From the picture you have sent in, it does seem that there is a " hole " in the gum where food can fall in and get stuck inside. What you could do is to get from your dentist an irrigation syringe and blunt needle to flush out food that gets in there. Alternative...
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How does a dentist decide between dental crowns or veneers?

Dear Helen, the correct treatment for dull and uneven teeth may not involve crowns or veneers. Often, a less invasive approach such as orthodontics (to straighten teeth) and whitening can be very effective. Crowns can improve the alignment and shade of teeth and at the same time ...
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How do dentists determine which tooth to extract for orthodontic treatment?

Dear Agnes, When you have found a trusted dentist that you are comfortable with for your orthodontic treatment, he or she will go through a detailed process of diagnosis of your orthodontic issues. The diagnosis is usually derived at after a careful study of your teeth, g...
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ASK DR MARLENE TEO: HOW TO FIX GUMMY SMILES

Dr Marlene Teo
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Singapore
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Always bothered by your gummy smile? Join Dr Marlene Teo, an expert periodontist, as she hosts a QnA session where she gives advice on how you can fix it. 

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Can tooth abscesses be linked to difficulty breathing?

Dear JKoriginals, First and foremost, I would strongly advise you to seek immediate medical/ dental attention in view of your chest tightness and breathlessness. That, on it's own warrants some urgent attention in my opinion. There are many other possible causes of those sympt...
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What should I do if my 5 year old child’s tooth is growing in an abnormal position at the upper gums? (photos)

Dear Mara, Thank you for your enquiry. I would recommend taking an X-Ray to check on a few matters: 1) If your son has all his permanent teeth and to assess their stage of development. The upper front teeth usually erupt around 7 years of age. Early removal of the baby teet...
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How should I prepare myself before a wisdom tooth extraction?

Dear Karen, From your brief description it sounds as though you have a bout of pericoronitis ( an infection of the gum around the impacted and partially erupted wisdom tooth, resulting in pain , discomfort and swelling in the area) If it is indeed true that you have Pericoroni...
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What are treatment options for a swollen, painful gum at my wisdom tooth area?

Dear Cassandra, from the symptoms you described (painful & swollen gums), it seems like you have a case of acute pericoronal tissue infection (meaning inflammation of the tissue around the crown of the wisdom tooth). This is commonly observed when there is a food (bacteria) trap caused b...
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ASK DR HO KOK SEN: JAW SURGERY

Dr Ho Kok Sen
Oral Surgeon
Singapore
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Corrective jaw surgery is a medical procedure performed when there's a major skeletal and dental irregularity i.e. misalignment of jaws or teeth. While the patient's appearance may be enhance drastically, the procedure is performed to correct functional problems. 

Join Dr Ho Kok Sen, an experienced oral surgeon, as he hosts a QnA Session where he answers all your questions jaw surgery. 

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ASK DR JERRY LIM: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE

Dr Jerry Lim
Dentist
Singapore
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Singapore
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Interested in a smile makeover? Dr Jerry answered questions from readers on:

  • Smile makeovers
  • Veneers and bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gummy smiles 
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ASK DR ELAINE TAN: EARLY BRACES TREATMENT IN CHILDREN

National Dental Centre
Singapore
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Singapore

Most people associate orthodontics with adolescence or older children. However, orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist as early as age 7. Typically, permanent teeth start to come through around the age of 6 or 7, with adult molars coming through around the age of 10.

If your child displays orthodontic problems that warrant treatment, your orthodontist will recommend the most efficient sound course of action to nip it in the bud.  

Join Dr Elaine Tan, an experienced orthodontist from National Dental Centre as she hosts a QnA session where she answers all your questions on early braces treatment in children. 

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ASK DR MARLENE TEO: HOW TO FIX GUMMY SMILES

Dr Marlene Teo
Periodontist
Singapore
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Periodontist
Singapore
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Always bothered by your gummy smile? Join Dr Marlene Teo, an expert periodontist, as she hosts a QnA session where she gives advice on how you can fix it. 

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AN ORTHODONTIST'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO INVISALIGN IN SINGAPORE (2018)

Dr Geraldine Lee
Orthodontist
Singapore
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Singapore
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As an orthodontist over the past 10 years, I’ve seen many Singaporeans with misconceptions about Invisalign and clear aligners treatment.

This guide tell will you all you need to know about Invisalign in Singapore, including perennial favourites such as:

  • How much you can expect to pay for Invisalign treatment in Singapore
  • The different types of Invisalign treatments available 
  • My opinion on the key differences between Invisalign and traditional braces (as someone who still uses both on a regular basis)
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HOW TO BRACES IN SINGAPORE: A COMPLETE DUMMIES GUIDE

DxD
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You landed here searching for some variation of "braces Singapore + treatment + cost". We promise to tell you all there is to know.

Sounds good? Brace yourselves, and read on.

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11 THINGS YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE INVISALIGN

Dr Sylvia Tan
Orthodontist
Singapore
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Singapore
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The consent forms have been signed, your scans are done and the money’s been paid. Your super-organised smart-phone gently reminds you that this day next week, your orthodontist will finally be fitting your Invisalign aligners. A sudden panic drains you.

Yes, you've heard all the horror stories from friends – no snacking, no selfies, no social life! You ask yourself, what have I signed up for?!!

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$350 FOR BRACES? THE CAROUSELL DENTIST WILL SEE YOU NOW

Dr Gerald Tan
Dentist
Singapore
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Dentist
Singapore
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Having worked as a dental surgeon in the public and private sector for a good number of years now, I've seen a lot of strange practices in the dental industry.

In particular, social media platforms have seen an explosion of irresponsible dental marketing. Examples include:

  • Influencers promoting DIY teeth whitening kits of unknown origin
  • Smile therapists offering teeth whitening at beauty parlours
  • Aesthetic doctors who open spas and hire beauticians to offer dental treatment to patients
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16 ESSENTIAL DOCTOR/DENTIST HACKS IN SINGAPORE

DxD
Singapore
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Singapore

Always dreaded the long queues at clinics? Wondered how you could save on medical and dental costs? Dreamt of mastering the ins and outs of Singapore's healthcare system?

Below is our list of 16 useful hacks the next time you visit your doctor or dentist in Singapore.

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5 POWERFUL LIFE LESSONS FROM A FIRST YEAR NUS DENTISTRY STUDENT

DxD
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Singapore

Dentistry. Welcome to the hardest undergraduate degree in Singapore. I’m not kidding you right here. Don’t take it from me, take it from professors who have been running the curriculum, even ones from the Faculty of Medicine in NUS YLLSoM.

Your road to getting a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree is going to be filled with countless hours of sweat and tears.

You will break down, you will cry at some point in time. It's not a matter of “whether” but “when”.

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