Dr Gerald Tan has been my dentist from the time he started his private practice - Elite Dental Group. He came highly recommended to me and I have since had multiple dental treatments, almost all under the skilful hands of Dr Gerald. Unbeknownst to me, I had been wearing dental bridge, comprising four incisors (done at another dental practice four years earlier) that was structurally unstable. In my first consultation with Dr Gerald, he cautioned that the bridge could collapse at any time as it lacked support of dental implants.
Dr Gerald patiently explained the entire mechanism of dental implant which essentially guarantees stability and durability. The procedure indeed sounded daunting. It involved cutting the gum, drilling holes into the bone, screwing the titanium posts into the holes, and suturing. I was left with a decision - to have it replaced, or to carry on wearing till it collapsed. I needed little convincing that the best option was to have a new stable one made, sooner rather than later. So began my journey on a quest for beautiful teeth. The first of several procedures was to get fitted with braces to correct my poor bite. 9 months later when the braces came off, bone grafting was performed to bump up the volume of bone. This took another several months. Following the success of the bone graft, dental implant surgery followed.
With two procedures out of the way, and while I was quietly excited in coming close to getting beautiful teeth, I must admit I was overwhelming nervous at the impending surgery. As it turned out, the only pain inflicted was from the injections of the anaesthesia. Though the process lasted more than 2 hours, under the skilful hands of Dr Gerald, at no time did I experience pain or discomfort. The downside of being on local anaesthesia was that I was fully conscious and could hear and feel the sound and vibration of the drill and the titanium posts being screwed it. That was just a little unnerving. When the anaesthesia wore off, there was just a mild discomfort which lasted just that night. However, swelling and bruising in the region around the mouth and face were quite severe, but these subsided over days. The final and much anticipated procedure, the crowning glory. The ceramic crowns were finally fitted.
The quality of the material, the shape and size and colour of the crowns were discussed with me prior, but I largely left the decision to Dr Gerald's expertise. Not only do the ceramic crowns look like real teeth, Dr Gerald's decision to give them added length to compensate for my low lip line made a huge difference when I smile and speak. The entire procedure turned out to be much less traumatising as I had anticipated. For anyone who wishes to have dental implant surgery, I hope you would go through the experience I had - painless, comfortable and uneventful. Then, this could only be possible with an experienced and skilful dental surgeon like Dr Gerald Tan who is a master of his craft. I admire Dr Gerald's professionalism and sincerity. He is easy to talk to and was genuinely interested in listening to my dental issues, and involved me in discussing the treatment plans he had for me. He allowed me a say in how I wanted the desired result to be and did not undermine nor override my input but patiently explained his professional view point. Dr Gerald takes pride in his work, and values his relationship with his patients. During the dental implant surgery, he would periodically enquired if I was doing ok. Post surgery, he would personally text to enquire the status of my recovery. I appreciated that he cared to follow up. Dr Gerald Tan is a dental surgeon whose skills and professionalism have been tried, tested and exceeded beyond expectation. I have come to trust and believe in him. I admire his well trained staff members who are warm and friendly. Dr Gerald checked all the boxes!