BRIDGES

What are Bridges?
Bridges are fixed artificial teeth which cannot be removed. A bridge can only replace a few teeth and requires good, strong natural teeth on either side of the empty space to support the artificial teeth.

When are Bridges recommended?
Bridges can be a permanent solution for patient who does not want to undergo surgery and/or are concerned about denture
dis-comfort. It is a proven, conventional but stable form of tooth replacement.

How long is the procedure?
Usually 1-2 visits

Are there alternatives to Bridges?
Implants


DENTURES

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What is a Denture?
Dentures are the most basic form of tooth replacement. Dentures are removable artificial teeth. Ideally they should be removed after every meal and cleaned, as well as before sleep. Dentures are most commonly used when several tooth need to be replaced. It may also be a temporary solution for patients who have unexpected lost of teeth.

When are Dentures recommended?
Dentures are usually recommended due to financial reasons and/or for patients who do not want to go through surgery.

Are there alternatives to Denture?
Bridges and Implants

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

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What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic treatment. The procedure removes the infected or damage pulp from the diseased tooth. After which the hollow pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed. X-rays would be required to assess the canal anatomy.

When is a Root Canal Treatment recommended?
The treatment is recommended when the pulp of the tooth is infected or damaged. The causes are usually tooth decay and sometimes, trauma or gum disease. The procedure saves the infected tooth that would otherwise be extracted. Although the pulp has been removed, the tooth remains anchored in the bone and can still be used for biting and chewing.

How long is the procedure?
Root canal treatment can sometimes be completed in one visit but often several visits are required. This is especially so for back teeth which have more canals and are harder to reach.

Are there alternatives to Root Canal Treatment?
Extraction is the only alternative. The extracted tooth will have to be replaced by a dental prosthesis, such as an implant, denture or a bridge.

CROWN

What is a Crown?
Dental crowns are restorations otherwise known as “caps” and are fitted over teeth. Crowns may be necessary because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, mal-positioned or discolored.

When is a Crown recommended?
The dentist may recommend the fitting of crowns in various situations. Examples includes: extensive damage by decay, discolorations and compromised esthetics, factures, root canal*and bridges#.

*after a root canal treatment, teeth tend to become brittle and are more prone to fractures. A crown helps to protect the teeth

#when missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth may require crowns to support the replacement teeth


IMPLANTS

What are Implants?
Implant requires a surgical procedure whereby a device is inserted directly into the bone at the site of the missing teeth. When the bone around the implant has healed, prosthetic teeth can be constructed over the implants.

When are Implants recommended?
Implants are the ideal tooth replacement if there are adequate bone and good clearance from anatomy structures.

How long is the procedure?
The initial insertion for one implant can take up to 30- 45mins.

WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION

When is Wisdom Tooth Extraction recommended?
Problems may arise for those whose jaws are too small to accommodate wisdom teeth. When a lower wisdom tooth is being prevented from erupting properly due to blockage of the tooth in front, it will result in an impacted wisdom tooth. The impacted wisdom tooth may sometimes give an unpleasant sensation of pressure at the back of the jaw. The gum around the impacted wisdom tooth may also trap food debris, possibly causing gum disease and/or tooth decay.

How is the Wisdom Tooth removed?
In most cases, the wisdom tooth is extracted in an operation done under local anesthesia. During the operation, the gum around the tooth is moved to one side and some bone around the tooth may be removed. Often, the tooth may need to be divided into pieces before it can be removed. The gum is then stitched back into place.

After the operation, when the anesthesia has worn off, the patient may need to take painkillers. Antibiotics may also be given to prevent infection of the wound. There is usually some swelling of the cheek which may last about 5 days. The swelling may also cause some stiffness of the jaw.

The dentist will check on the patient’s condition and remove the stitches about 5 days later.

VENEER

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What is a Veneer?
Veneers are alike “laminates” or “wall-paper” for the teeth. They helped to mask discolored tooth by aligning with the color shade of adjacent teeth. Veneers are able to achieve a bigger change in color shade as compared to tooth whitening procedures. Most of the time, the tooth needs to be shaved before applying the veneer.

When is a Veneer recommended?
Veneers are recommended for badly discolored, but healthy teeth. For example, tetracycline stains (often resulted by taking certain types of antibiotic at a young age). Veneers are also recommended to patients who desire a big change to their existing color shade.


TOOTH SENSITIVITY

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There are many causes to tooth sensitivity. Some of the common causes are: decay, exposed roots, receding gums from gum diseases and/or aggressive tooth brushing, frequent consumption of acid, night grinding of teeth etc.

Delayed treatment of tooth sentivitiy will result in worsening of the condition. Hence, early management is the best form of treatment. Please consult a dentist if you have the above symptoms.

TOOTH WHITENING

Tooth Whitening is a safe and widely practiced dental procedure to improve color shade of the teeth. It is classified as a non-invasive treatment, i.e. no shaving of teeth is required. As with any other dental procedure, Tooth Whitening will only be carried out after the patient exhibits a good level of oral hygiene. This is to maximize the whitening results.

When is Tooth Whitening recommended?
Tooth Whitening is recommended when patients request for small changes to improve color shade of teeth. It is not recommended if patient wishes for a big change in their existing color shade. It is also not advisable for patients with pre-existing untreated teeth sensitivity to undergo tooth whitening procedure.

How is the Tooth Whitening procedure carried out?
Two types of tooth whitening procedures are available at Tooth Matters

  1. Chair-side Bleaching: This is a faster way to achieve the desired result in an hour. A bleaching agent will be applied to the patient’s teeth under a controlled environment.
  2. Home Bleaching: This will require about 2 weeks to achieve the desired results.

Before the bleaching is carried out, the patient will go through a thorough examination to assess suitability for the treatment. A mould is taken to construct the bleaching trays.

ROUTINE RESTORATIVE TREATMENT

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Routine restorative treatment is placement of simple dental fillings to restore dental health. They can be tooth coloured or metallic. Most of the common dental cases will fall under this category of treatment.


INTEGRATED DENTAL TREATMENT

Integrated Dental Treatment may involve a combination of the below procedures for one patient:

  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Wisdom Tooth Extraction
  • Crown
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Veneer
  • Tooth Sensitivity