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Specialist Dental Group

Mt. Elizabeth Medical Centre #08-03/04/10 3 Mount Elizabeth, S228510

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Dr. Ho Kok Sen is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Specialist Dental Group®. He obtained his dental and specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from the National University of Singapore. He was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for being the best overall graduating student in his dental class.

Dr. Ho is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is a Clinical Tutor at the National University of Singapore where he is involved in the teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates. In addition, Dr. Ho is mentor, lecturer and examiner to students in the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology course at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Ho received extensive training in dental implantology, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, maxillofacial trauma and dentoalveolar surgery during his basic and advanced specialty training. He has lectured at conferences, published articles in professional journals and has conducted hands-on and observational courses for dentists in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia. His current research interest involves the use of bio-resorbable scaffolds for ridge preservation prior to implant placement. For his efforts during the SARS crisis, Dr. Ho was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the President of the Republic of Singapore at the 2003 National Day Awards.

Dr. Ho has a special interest in dental implants, jaw surgery, bone grafting and complex extractions.

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ASK DR HO KOK SEN: JAW SURGERY

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. 

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Hi Shiro, Thanks for the D2D. An underbite (mandibular prognathism) is a type of dental misalignment (malocclusion) in which one’s lower jaw protrudes or extends further than the upper jaw. Depending on the severity of the protrusion, an underbite affects...
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Hi Ella, Thanks for the D2D. I always ask my patients how they are feeling after the jaw surgery during our review sessions. The general feedback is that some discomfort is felt but overall, it is bearable. This is possible because there are pain management measures in place ...
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Hi Zhong Hua, Thanks for the D2D. As an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, jaw surgery is very technical dental procedure that is under our dental specialty. Each successful case requires close teamwork and communication between an oral surgeon and orthodontist. Your oral su...
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Hi Rachela, Thanks for the D2D. Jaw surgery is considered a safe and effective treatment for misaligned jaws. Nonetheless, as it is a surgery after all, there are risks in the short and long run. The risks that may occur right after surgery includes: Bleeding – ...
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Hi Lisa, Thanks for the D2D. The cost of a jaw surgery in Singapore costs upward of $10,000. This excludes fees for pre and post orthodontics, anaesthetist, operating theatre, hospital admissions. Jaw surgery is a highly technical procedure practiced by oral & maxillof...
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Hi George, Thanks for the D2D. As jaw surgery is a surgical procedure, Medisave can be used to cover part of the fees. The amount that can be claimed is from $5,000 onwards , depending on the complexity of the procedure and subject to the Medisave withdrawal limits. During yo...
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Hi Petrina, Thanks for the D2D. It is important to first find out the underlying cause of the lisp before suggesting any treatment option. The most common type of lisp is frontal lisp , where the tip of the tongue protrudes between the front teeth and obstructing the airflow...
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Hi Feng Jiao, Thanks for the D2D. Not proceeding with a jaw surgery does not bring about any risks per se, however it means that you may continue to face certain functional difficulties associated to a protruding jaw (underbite) such as: Inefficient biting and chewing W...
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Hi Philip, Thanks for the D2D. Yes, you will need to be hospitalised for at least a night after your jaw surgery. The exact duration of your stay depends on the extent of surgery and your personal speed of recovery. In most cases, patients tend to be discharged after two to t...
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Hi Mei Hwa, Thanks for the D2D. Initial recovery from the surgery (e.g. healing of incision, reduction in swelling/bruises) takes about four to five weeks , while complete bone and nerve healing takes about nine to 12 months. During recovery, here are a few important things ...
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Dear Xiphias, what you're experiencing is one of the complication that arises from dental implants. It is called peri-implantitis, a type of gum disease/gum infection that causes bone loss and eventually, implant failure. Depending on the dental condition, treatment options incl...
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Dear WSMJ, in order to recommend appropriate treatment options for you, your dentist/dental specialist will need to first examine the underlying cause of your condition. This is done through a clinical and radiographic examination. Possible treatment options include crowns/ve...
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Dear Nicole, based on your x-rays and your complaint of pain, it seems like you have pericoronal tissue infections associated with your impacted wisdom tooth. The upper left wisdom tooth is situated too far posterior (back in position) and the location makes it difficult for effe...
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