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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.

Singapore does not have national guidelines that dentists must follow when making a decision to remove wisdom teeth. Dentists make clinical recommendations based on their judgment, which is affected by: Experience Recent (the last 6-10) cases that they have en...
19 Jun 2019

What's Bimaxillary Protrusion And How To Fix It?

What's Bimaxillary Protrusion And How To Fix It?

An individual's dental structure can often determine the appearance of his or her face. Many people are affected by visible protrusions derived either from the jaws, incisors or other components of the lower facial structure. Due to this, there may frequently be concerns among patients regarding how exactly they can manage such structural inconsistencies.

Dr Priscilla Lu is an experienced orthodontist, specialising in dental issues faced by numerous patients. In a DoctorxDentist post, she focused on concerns and treatments involved in managing bimaxillary protrusion, a condition that she helps patients deal with. Here's what she had to say.

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Thank you for your enquiry. In general you should avoid eating or drinking anything that would stain a white shirt for 24-48 hours after a professional teeth whitening procedure is performed for you by your dentist. Examples of things to avoid include but are not limited to: 1. Smoking 2. Dark C...
11 Jun 2019
Thank you for your enquiry. In general terms, when a person is in advanced age, bone density and strength decreases. That is why in very advanced age, a person can look frail and weak. With specific regard to the jaw bone, jaw bone typically shrinks rapidly due to the loss of teeth. However, if y...
11 Jun 2019
Thank you for your enquiry on baby teeth and dental implants. From the Dental Panoramic Xray that you have provided , it is seen that you have several over-retained baby teeth due to congenitally missing adult teeth. Generally speaking, it is advisable to replace your baby tooth with an implant if...
11 Jun 2019
Thank you for your question and for including a profile photo to help me understand your concerns better. From the photo you sent, it appears that your lower jaw and chin is relatively more pronounced and in a more forward position. The angle between your upper lip and your nose is ...
10 Jun 2019
It depends. There are many reasons why a patient may not be happy with their current composite veneers. These include: 1) Unsatisfactory shade A problem that is encountered with darkened or discoloured teeth. A very thin layer of composite may be insufficient to mask the discolouration. Addi...
7 Jun 2019
Thank you for your question. Invisalign treatment or any clear aligner treatment relies on an accurate dental impression in order to fabricate custom fitted plastic trays called aligners that will move teeth. PVS or polyvinyl siloxane is considered the most stable and accurate conventional impress...
6 Jun 2019
Thank you for your question and thanks for sending in photos as it really helps me understand your condition better. From the photos, it appears that you have a more prominent lower jaw compared to the upper jaw and there is a mild deviation of the lower jaw to the left of t...
4 Jun 2019
Thank you for your question. A posterior crossbite occurs when the back teeth are misaligned in the transverse dimension. A posterior crossbite can be localised to just the teeth or it may involve the jaw bone housing the teeth. Whether a posterior crossbite can be corrected with...
4 Jun 2019
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