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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.

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

The good news is most dental procedures can be done safely while breastfeeding. Most dental materials do not absorb into the bloodstream in significant amounts. You may wish to avoid getting new amalgam fillings placed or having old amalgam fillings removed during this time sinc...
11 Dec 2018
There are very specific criteria for making a Medisave claim. Medisave can only be claimed for surgical procedures like removal of impacted wisdom teeth or broken roots, insertion of implants, jaw surgery etc. Medisave cannot be used for routine dental work like fillings, simple extractions...
15 Aug 2018
Both root canal treatment and extraction are viable options for a severely decayed tooth. Factors to consider include: 1) Patient age Both root canal treatment and tooth replacement (implants, bridges or dentures) have potential complications. Some complications may be easier to manage than o...
21 Jan 2019
Hi there, Of course you can! That is one of the advantages of having braces treatment, we are able to close spaces that would otherwise require a dental implant/bridge/denture. This is one of the common reasons why my adult patients decide to have braces. There are o...
20 Jan 2019
Hi there, Yes of course, braces (brackets) can be placed on teeth which have had crowns placed over them. There are special methods to ensure the bracket bonds to the crown, and braces treatment can proceed as with all other teeth. Unfortunately, there are some cons...
20 Jan 2019

Is Your Dental Clinic Practising Proper Sterilisation? This S'porean Dentist Shares Her Personal Insights

Recently, dental equipment sterilisation has become a hot topic in Singapore. The first case happened at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), where 8 packs of dental instruments that had not been fully sterilised may have been used on up to 8 patients at the hospital's dental clinic. 

There was another separate incident that took place last year when the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) used dental instruments which were not fully sterilized. These may have been used on up to 72 patients!

A DxD reader was concerned about the lack of sterilisation in clinics. Dr Joanne Lam, a dentist shared her personal insights. Here's what she has to say. 

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Mouthwash Might Be Bad For You! This S'porean Dentist Reveals Why

We've all seen the compelling commercials – with a vigorous swish of mouthwash, your entire mouth-cleaning routine is completed. Whiter teeth, healthier gums, and no trace of bad breath. 

However, that's far from the truth. In fact, over-reliance on mouthwash is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to oral hygiene. 

So, is mouthwash absolutely essential for dental health? Dr Jaclyn Toh, an experienced dentist gives you the low down. Here’s what she had to share.

283 views 15 Jan 2019
These striated (reticulated or lace-like) white lines look like a lichenoid reaction or oral lichen planus . Both conditions are auto-immune meaning that your immune system attacks the cells that form the lining of the mouth (the mucosa) causing inflammation and these whit...
11 Jan 2019
Intentional replantation of a permanent tooth can be successful, if the dry time (how long the root of the tooth spent OUTSIDE the bony socket) is less than 20 minutes . The longer the dry time , the more likely it will be for the cells lining the external root surface that form the attac...
7 Jan 2019
Hi there, there are various reasons for teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), including a bad bite. If your bite is the main cause for your teeth grinding and clenching, then yes, fixing your bite will help to reduce it significantly. Other contributing factors to bruxism include stress, si...
10 Jan 2019
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