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Dental

The majority of dental treatments are carried out to prevent or treat the two most common oral diseases which are dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). Common treatments involve the restoration of teeth, extraction or surgical removal of teeth, scaling and root planing and endodontic root canal treatment.

Common dental treatments

By nature of their general training, GP dentists in Singapore can can carry out the majority of dental treatments.

Examples include:

  • Restorative dental treatment
  • Dentures
  • Root canal treatment
  • Gum therapy
  • Extraction of teeth

Dentists can also prescribe medications such as antiobiotics, and any other drugs used in patient management.

How long do dental procedures take?

  • Standard dental check-ups and cleanings can take from 30 minutes to an hour. The time taken depends on the dentist's skill and speed.
  • Teeth whitening can take an hour but it is necessary to bleach your teeth at home for about 2-4 weeks after the treatment. 

  • Treatment for root canals take about 90 minutes. Multiple root canals may require repeated visits and more time.
  • Dental crowns are slighly more complicated. The treatment requires 2 visits to the dentist, spaced 2 weeks apart. Each appointment takes about 20 minutes, the former to create the impression for the dental crowns and the latter to insert the finished crown.

  • Dental bridge treatments follow a similar pattern to that of dental crowns.  

Best Toothbrush + Toothpaste to use

The main thing about toothbrushes is that it is not about what you use but rather how you use it. If the brush can reach the furthest back tooth and the gums, it is a good toothbrush. Do change your toothbrush regularly (every 2 months) to ensure the brush is of high quality. 

Read this post for more information on seeing a dentist in Singapore.

Can dentures replace a single missing tooth?

Dentures are probably considered one of the most common prosthetic solutions for missing teeth.

People who have had teeth removed due to decay or after an accident have probably considered filling the missing areas to restore dental functionality. 

If you’re familiar with older people using dentures as replacements for teeth that have already fallen out, you may also be wondering whether dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth.

Dr Ooi Jing Liang responded to this question by a DxD reader. Here's what he had to say.

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Common Issues With Permanent Tooth Eruption In Children: A Dentist Explains

Children undergo practically constant growth. This process can be most evident in their teeth, where parents are able to observe visible transformation at a rapid pace. As their bodies are always adapting to ever-changing demands, complications can sometimes occur.

For example, as children shed their baby teeth before their adult teeth come in, there is the potential for dental abnormalities to crop up.

A DxD reader wanted to know what measures she needed to take for her 6-year-old, who had baby teeth that didn't drop, causing her emerging two adult front teeth to grow out crooked. Dentist Dr Jaclyn Toh was kind enough to lay out a detailed response for the mother. Here's what she had to say.

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Crowns, bridges, and veneers are different types of prosthetic solutions . Crowns cover the whole tooth to strengthen and improve the appearance (colour and shape), bridges replace missing teeth and often consist of several crowns linked together attached to the teeth either s...
11 Sep 2018

This Dental Specialist Shares A Few Ways To Replace Missing Or Damaged Teeth

It is common for people in Singapore to experience issues related to their chompers.

Whether you have a gap in between your teeth, a chipped tooth, or imminent decay, there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you leave such problems to fester.

Fortunately, the world we live in today offers many solutions that you can choose from.

Dr Steven Soo is a specialist in prosthodontics (tooth replacement and cosmetic dentistry). He was featured on DxD Sessions where he answered questions from curious readers on crowns, bridges, veneers, and the best ways to maintain them.

Here are some things that you might want to pay attention to if you are looking to replace missing teeth, and keep them looking well even into old age.

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Facial Numbness After Jaw Surgery, Explained By This Dental Specialist

Jaw surgery can seem pretty daunting. However, if you’re looking for a solution to correct an overbite or underbite related to jaw alignment, you may be considering it. 

It can be a scary, albeit effective treatment that aims to improve jaw and dental function and appearance. A DxD reader, who has been considering surgery, has parents that are against his decision due to the possible risk of permanent facial numbness.

Is there a solid basis for such claims? Can jaw surgery really carry this risk and if so, how can this risk be minimised? Dental specialist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Ho Kok Sen, responded. Here is what he had to say.

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Thank you for your question. I do get asked this question sometimes and I would be happy to share with you my views. From the X-Ray that you have provided, it does seem that there is a very high chance that you would require root canal treatment followed by a crown , in order ...
3 May 2018
It is not technically compulsory for the Dentist to inform the patient of X-ray prices. However to avoid misunderstandings or a shock when the bill comes, it would be a good idea as a patient to ask what the prices are before commencing any treatment. Pricelists are also availa...
16 Apr 2018
A lot of my patients ask me the very same question and I would be more than glad to share with you my opinion on the matter for the benefit of other readers too. I don't think I am wrong to say that no one likes to undergo wisdom tooth surgery! Or any surgery for the matter. U...
26 May 2018
When it comes to wisdom teeth where there are episodes of discomfort and pain, I am in favour of extracting them and here's why: 1. Recurrent gum infection Based on your Xray, the lower wisdom teeth are quite upright. However due to the lack of space, they are still cove...
24 Jul 2018
X-rays are an essential part of the hard tissue (teeth, jaw bones, sinuses, jaw joints) examination. Without x-rays, your dentist cannot assess: 1) Underneath old fillings, crowns, bridges, implants: Ill fitting crowns, decay undermining existing dental work may not be easil...
17 Feb 2019
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