Scaling & Polishing
Who doesn’t love the feel of squeaky, clean teeth? With Scaling & Polishing, plaque and calculus build-up are gently removed professionally to reveal a whiter and brighter smile and healthier gums. Even with regular brushing and flossing, build-up still occurs, resulting in gum inflammation and dental decay. Hence, it is recommended that everyone should have professional cleaning done every 6 months to ensure their teeth and gums are in the best of health.
Plagued by coffee, tea or tobacco stains? Time to book an appointment for a clean!
Drill and fill? Dentistry is actually a lot more than that! Even though the most common reason for getting fillings done are due to dental decay, Fillings are also used in a preventive manner to seal up deep notches and grooves on the surfaces of your teeth to reduce food trapping, and also to restore teeth that have been chipped or broken due to trauma or accidents.
Natural-looking tooth-coloured fillings can be used to close up noticeable gaps in the teeth, or to reshape your teeth, giving you a new, balanced smile.
Braces & Aligners
Also known as Orthodontics, the art and science of straightening teeth has been traditionally associated with metal brackets and wires. In recent years, self-ligating brackets have gained popularity due to their ability to move teeth faster and for using lighter forces, which translates to shorter treatment time and greater comfort for patients. However, if you prefer having your teeth straightened without any visible wires and brackets, then Invisalign®, TrioClear® and Zenyum® may be the solution for you. Using a series of clear aligners which have been carefully calibrated, you can achieve a great smile without anyone knowing that you’re having braces done!
Read more: What Do I Need to Know About Dental Braces?
Do you find your teeth yellowish even after scaling and polishing? You may want to have them whitened! Whitening uses medical-grade bleaching agents to remove deeper stains and can be done as a chair-side in-office procedure, followed by a take home kit which includes a pair of customised mouth trays and bleaching gels.
However, it is always best to have an examination and a round of cleaning done first before deciding if your teeth are suitable for whitening, as whitening does not work on existing restorations and in the presence of active decay and gum disease.
For any tooth with extensive decay or great mobility, or which is unrestorable, Extraction may be the only possible treatment in order to remove a potential source of pain and infection. Extractions are seldom painful, contrary to popular belief, since local anaesthesia is administered prior to an extraction. Even so, let this be the last resort by taking good care of your teeth!
Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to erupt, and 7 out of 10 adults1 will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which traps food and causes decay and gum infections. An impacted wisdom tooth is a potential source of pain and misery, and surgical removal or extraction may be your best solution.
Worried about the cost of the surgery? As long as you have a CPF account, we can deduct the cost of the surgery directly from your Medisave account.
Read more: Is it Wise to Remove My Wisdom Tooth?
Suffering from loose teeth, or swollen and bleeding gums? You may have gum disease where calculus formation deep inside your gums is causing bone loss and gum recession. As such, you will need a deep clean to remove these harmful build-ups in order to allow your gums to heal properly.
Gum treatment may require multiple sessions depending on the severity of the condition, and will be done under local anaesthesia to minimise discomfort.
At the end of the day, gum treatment goes hand-in-hand with good oral hygiene, so it is paramount to brush your teeth well!
Read more: Why Must I Brush My Teeth Well?
Root Canal Treatment
Afflicted with a toothache which is keeping you up at night and affecting your life? Instead of extracting the offending tooth, you can have the source of your pain treated without losing your tooth! Every tooth has a pulp containing nerves and blood vessels, and in the event of a large decay, cracked tooth or trauma, the pulp becomes inflamed and causes an intensive pain unlike any other.
Root Canal Treatment essentially de-nerves the tooth, eliminating the source of your pain and infection and allowing your tooth to be retained. Done under local anaesthesia, root canal treatment can be virtually painless.
Read more: What is a Root Canal Treatment?
A crown is a special restoration which covers the entire tooth structure above the gum and is necessary when the tooth is broken down, cracked or root canal-treated. A crown can be entirely metal for durability, or made of porcelain to mimic a natural tooth appearance.
Read more: Is a Cracked Tooth Treatable?
A bridge is one method to replace missing teeth, and is essentially made up of multiple crowns fused together. The most common type of bridge is a 3-unit bridge, where the middle missing tooth is supported by the two adjacent crowned teeth. Like crowns, your bridge can be made from metal or porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain, depending on which teeth are affected and their visibility when you smile.
A dental implant consists of a medical-grade titanium fixture which is surgically embedded into your jaw bone and carries a crown. In healthy patients, dental implants are expected to last beyond 10 years, and is a popular and reliable method to replace missing teeth as it feels and looks like a tooth. In situations where there is insufficient bone to support the implant, bone grafting may be necessary with additional visits and time.
Ultimately, implant placement must be done only after proper treatment planning, so it is always best to have a consultation done first together with the necessary X-rays or 3D scans, before deciding if an implant is the right choice for you. And since implants require surgery, the costs can be partially claimed from Medisave.
The most economical way to replace multiple missing teeth, dentures are made of tough acrylic (plastic), or from cobalt-chrome metal for added durability. Dentures are also good as temporary replacement for missing teeth while undergoing implant placement. First-time denture wearers will find the altered taste and speech a challenging phase to overcome, but once they have adapted to wearing dentures, they can become quite comfortable and remain a reliable method to restore your smile and bite!
X-Rays & 3D-Imaging
During a dental check-up, having Superman’s X-ray vision would be extremely handy to spot any “hidden” dental problems. Alas, since such superpowers do not exist in real life, dentists have to rely on the next best thing – radiographs, also known as X-ray images. With radiographs, decay and bone loss can be spotted, as well as any root-end infection located inside the jaw bone.
Now, X-rays also exist in a 3-dimensional format known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) which improves diagnosis and treatment planning, especially for dental implant surgery.
Dental pain has many possible causes, the two most common being pulp inflammation caused by decay, and gum infections. The most important thing is to see a dentist as soon as possible, and to establish the correct diagnosis in order to have the correct treatment done. Waiting for the pain to disappear on its own is rarely a solution, so don’t suffer any longer by delaying your appointment!