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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.

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. 

68 views 18 Jan 2019

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.

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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
Hi there, jaw surgery is a safe oral surgical procedure when done by a well-trained, experienced oral surgeon. Nonetheless, with all surgeries, there are risks that your oral surgeon will share with you before the procedure. Facial numbness is a side effect of jaw surgery and typically t...
10 Jan 2019
Hi there, one other way to improve your TMD pain will be to get plenty of jaw rest. Jaw joints are similar to other joints in our body. Muscles, ligaments and articular disks form part of their anatomy. Jaw rest can be achieved by the following: Go on a soft diet and cut your food into small po...
9 Jan 2019
Adult teeth can develop in abnormal positions within the bone even if the baby teeth have exfoliated (dropped out) in time. There is NO WAY for this to be controlled. A panoramic xray that can visualize the developing adult teeth and their positions within the jawbone. All of th...
7 Jan 2019

This S'porean Orthodontist Shares The Most Important Things You Should Know About Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective way to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. If you’re considering Invisalign, you’ve probably heard lots of different things about this relatively new alignment process. It seems like there are plenty of misconceptions surrounding it. 

Dr Geraldine Lee, an experienced orthodontist wrote a useful guide on getting Invisalign for your teeth in Singapore. These are the most important things you need to know. 

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Underbites can be caused by misaligned teeth (dental crossbite) or disproportional development of the facial skeleton (skeletal underbite). Dental crossbites can lead to the development of a skeletal crossbite if not corrected early in a child's life. In a growing child, the m...
4 Jan 2019
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