Children’s Dentistry.

Q: When should you take your child to a dentist?

A: Ideally, children should be seen within 6 months after eruption of their first teeth. We can provide advice on care and diet. If not, then definitely when all their primary teeth have erupted at around the age of 2-3 years. At their first visit, we will familiarize them with our office environment, show them all our “cool toys” so they get to see what mum and dad goes through when they visit the dentist, so it becomes habit forminhg.

Q: How does your own dental health affect your child?

A: There are evidences to support that the primary care giver can transfer their own bacteria causing decay to their infants. So it is really important for you to have excellent oral hygiene during pregnancy and infancy.

Q: Are primary (baby) teeth important?

A: Baby teeth are important for function, esthetic, speech and development of jaw growth and adult dentition.

Q: Should I use toothpaste on my child?

A: Your child can use a child’s strength toothpaste from one year of age. Just use a smear as they will swallow most of it and this has an effect on their adult teeth.

Q: Can pacifiers (dummies) ruin my baby’s teeth?

A: frequent and long term sucking can cause top front teeth to slant out, bottom front teeth to tilt in, the upper and lower jaws to be misaligned and the roof of the mouth to be narrower.

Q: Can baby bottles ruin my baby’s teeth?

A: Many children satisfy their desire to suck by using a bottle as a pacifier. Frequent sucking and sipping anything other than plain water from a bottle may increase a child’s risk of developing early and extensive tooth decay. The problem arises when a sweet drink (cordial), juice or even milk is given to the child when they go to sleep at night, and so their teeth are continuously bathed in acid which causes tooth decay as a result.

Q: My child grinds heavily at night, is this a problem?

A: The reason why children grind is still unclear. It is considered to be within normal range of normal behavior and most children grow out of this. Nothing needs to be done as long as it’s not causing any major damage.

Q: My child falls and injured his / her teeth?

A: Call us for an assessment. In most instances, nothing needs to be done. It all depends on whether the injury has an effect on the underlying permanent tooth.

Q: I cannot afford the type of dental treatment that is required. Are there payment plan available?

A: Quality dentistry provides better value in the long run than poorly planned emergency style management for relief of pain, as you will continue to have teeth and / or fillings break, cause infection and pain requiring extraction. Give yourself the benefit of quality care, routine prevention, and benefit from the long-term stability and quality lifestyle only good oral health can offer. We can always work out a treatment and payment plan that meets your need.

Teeth whitening

Q: What is teeth whitening?

A: Teeth whitening is the process where teeth is bleached to lighten the shade. The many benefits of teeth whitening include increased personal attractiveness, makes you look young and feel younger.

Q: How does whitening work?

A: Bleaching produces an effervescent effect, which gets into the “pores” of teeth to remove stains. It does not cause any deleterious effect to the tooth structure.

Q: What are the side effects?

A: Sometimes sensitivity may be experienced during teeth whitening procedure but this always dissipate. The use of sensitive toothpaste during the bleaching phase also help in cases with the take home method.

Q: How long will it last?

A: This depends on your daily diet and habits of brushing and flossing. Because it’s a simple process, touch ups and re-application of bleaching gel every few months will maintain their sparkling whiteness.

Q: How is it done?

A: There are two methods to whiten teeth. In office whitening occurs in the dental surgery and allows your dentist to use a more powerful whitening gel and a high intensity light to activate the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.

With take home bleaching, your dentist will take moulds of your mouth and make a custom stent to fit. A whitening gel is then applied and worn twice per day for up to 1 hour each time for a period of up to ten days.

Sedation dentistry

Q: Will I be relaxed with sedation dentistry?

A: The anesthetist will give you enough sedation so that you are unaware of the procedure as if you were asleep.

Q: Will I remember anything?

A: Best thing is you won’t remember anything neither.

Q: Will I feel any pain?

A: Most patients relay a pleasurable experience with sedation.

Q: What treatments can be performed under sedation?

A: Most procedures including wisdom teeth surgery, implants, crowns and bridges, gum surgery or very anxious patient.

Q: Is sedation safe?

A: Sedation is performed by a qualified specialist, and it has been in used for over 30 years. You will be assessed for suitability and closely monitored during the procedure.

Implants in 3 days

Q: What is implants in 3 days?

A: Implants in 3 days utilized the latest technology in dental implantology to provide patients with a complete upper and / or lower set of teeth using only four implants – known as the All–on-4.

Some patients have been wearing dentures for a long time resulting in severe loss of bone in their jaw. In the past, rehabilitation of these patients requires major bone grafting procedures with bone taken from elsewhere in the body and grafted to the jawbone. This follows by a lengthy period of healing before implants can be placed. Before a new set of teeth can be fabricated on these implants, another set of healing time is required for the implants to be integrated in the jaw bone resulting in an extended treatment time and complex surgery.

Notwithstanding the time and discomfort of repeated surgical procedures, the traditional method utilizes 6-8 implants to support the necessary bridge. So the All on 4 procedures saves you time, money and discomfort as compared to the traditional method of treatment for patients with debilitating dentition, or those who are debilitated or handicapped in some form by their dentures.

The All-on-4 concept works by placing two posterior (back) implants at an angle such that the bridge (new teeth) is supported by implants at the front of the mouth, where the bone is denser and stronger and often has more volume.

Q: How long has the All-on-4 concept been done?

A: The concept began in the middle to late 1990’s and further developed and refined by leader in implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare and noted European implant dentist Dr Paulo Malo. The procedure has now been proven to be reliably successful with a success rate equal to or better than the traditional method of treatment utilizing 6-8 implants with bone grafting.

Q: How does All-on-4 differ from a denture?

A: All-on-4 procedure provide patient with a new set of teeth firmly fixed in place and look and function as close to natural teeth as possible.

A denture is a removable appliance and needs to be removed nightly. It also moves around and drops out with eating, speaking or laughing.

The fixed bridge also allows the patient to bite with much more force than dentures and this prevents the resorbtion (shrinking) of jawbone which can affect appearance and function, resulting in increased loss of confidence and premature aging that you see in denture wearers.

Q: What is the success rate of the procedure?

A: Published studies showed a 98% implant success rate for the lower jaw and 97% success rate for the upper jaw.

Q: Will I need to wear a denture after the procedure?

A: The diagsnotic denture that you wear can be converted or a new set of teeth called long term provisional are directly fixed onto the implant. This new set of teeth is fully functional. You can eat, talk, laugh and be active without worrying that your denture will ever fall out again.

This new set of teeth is made out of resin ( a softer type of material) to reduce the amount of stress placed on the implant until they become more stable and integrated with underlying jawbone.

After about 6 months of healing, we fabricate a permanent bridge with acrylic or porcelain teeth on a titanium framework for added strength of the bridge.

Q: What kind of diet can I eat after the procedure?

A: You will be able to eat solid food immediately after the procedure, albeit food that can be cut with a fork. Once integration of the implants has taken place after a few months, and a new set of teeth re-enforced by titanium so you can eat anything you like.