Month: April 2016

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Hoo Swee Tiang – Instructions Following Tooth Removal

Congratulations on having undergone a successful surgery with Dr Hoo Swee Tiang! As you rest and recover, our main concern now is for the bleeding to stop as soon as possible. To facilitate this, we would appreciate that you abide by the following:

Please note that it is not the gauze that stops the bleeding but the pressure applied by the gauze on the surgery site. Simply holding the gauze in place is less effective than maintaining a firm biting pressure. You may remove the gauze after 1 hour. The surgical site should look very clean and dry at this time.

For 2 hours following the surgery, avoid doing 3 things:


Post surgery, we would like the blood to clot as quickly as possible. Some patients who do not like the taste of their saliva may do the above in an attempt to lessen the taste in their mouths. These activities all carry the risk of disturbing the blood clotting process and may result in prolonged, ‘difficult to control’ bleeding situations.

The medications prescribed include antibiotics, painkillers, an anti-swelling medication and an antiseptic mouthrinse.

Good rest is the best way to help your body recover faster.

Best regards,

Dr Hoo Swee Tiang

Dr. Hoo Swee Tiang-Best Dentist in Singapore

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Cosmetic Dental Procedures

There are many dental procedures that will result in better looking teeth, all of which can be carried out by your general dental practitioner. Crowns, porcelain veneers, bonding with tooth-coloured fillings, straightening teeth with orthodontics, replacing lost teeth will all lead to better cosmetic results. The most sought-after cosmetic dental treatment is teeth whitening.

– Teeth Whitening

Have you ever longed for a smile that is dazzling and bright? There are a few procedures available to help you improve your smile.

Some of us will feel self-conscious about the colour of our teeth as we have been told when we were young that teeth that are yellow are dirty. What we fail to realize is that there are many problems and situations that can lead to us having teeth that are yellow.

– What are the types of whitening procedures available?

In-office whitening
This procedure uses high concentrations of the whitening agent. Your dentist needs to take precautions like protecting your gums and lips.  Visible effects can usually be seen after about an hour of treatment.

Take home whitening
Products used in home whitening have lower concentrations than the in-office kit. Your dentist will make an individualized, snugly fitting tray to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. The usage regimens vary for different products and visible results can usually be seen after a few sessions using these products.

– Is everyone suitable to undergo whitening procedures?

No. There are instances in which you might have tooth colored fillings done for your front teeth. Teeth whitening is ineffective here as the fillings will not be affected by the whitener and these fillings will be obvious in teeth that has been whitened. In cases like this, options like doing veneers or crown would be more effective. Or the fillings may just need to be redone after the whitening.

Internal stains in teeth caused by sickness or certain medications when you are young would also be difficult to treat.

For suitability of whitening treatment, it is best to visit your general dental practitioner for a full evaluation.

– Are there any side effects to whitening?

Some people do complain that their teeth becomes sensitive during the use of these products but such sensitivity is usually temporary and decrease once treatment has completed. Others complain of discomfort and irritation to the gums due to mouth trays that are ill-fitting, causing the gel to overflow onto the gums. Do see your general dental practitioner for more information on these side effects.

– Should I do teeth whitening at a beauty salon rather than at the dentist since it is much cheaper there?

Not all teeth can be whitened successfully. There might also be other more pressing oral health problems in your mouth that can only be diagnosed by your general dental practitioner. As such, you need to see your general dental practitioner for a thorough evaluation of your condition before under-taking any treatments.

– How long can the whitening effect that is due to bleaching of teeth last?

Typically, the whitening effect can last anywhere from a few months to a year due to differences the structure of all our teeth, your hygiene and lifestyle habits like the consumption of coffee, tea, coke, curry and of course, smoking.

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Tooth replacement

If you are missing one of more teeth and have realized that this affects your smile, speech and chewing, fret not, because there are a few ways to replace your missing tooth or teeth:

– Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal (titanium) structure that is surgically placed beneath the gums over a series of appointments. The implant must be given time to fuse (integrate) to the jawbone which then serves as a stable base for the replacement of teeth that may be a crown, bridge or denture.

Well-integrated” implants are very stable providing patients with a natural “feel” that is almost identical to that of normal teeth especially when eating or speaking. Most patients report that the teeth also look more natural and more comfortable in long term use.

– What is the procedure of placing implants?

Surgery is first done to place the metal implant under the gums into the bone. Thereafter, depending on the type of implant system as well treatment needs, the connector that connects the metal implant to the artificial teeth may be placed immediately or up to 6 months later via a second surgery.

After the gums have healed sufficiently, the artificial teeth are then made and fitted to the implant. This process can take up to 2 months to complete.

– Can anyone have an implant?

No. Placing of dental implants requires surgery, hence there is a pre-requisite that patients must be in good health with healthy gums as well as be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene. Your general dental practitioner would be able to advise you on your suitability to receive dental implants after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

– Can an implant last forever?

The average lifespan of an implant is about 10-15 years based on current evidence. There can be many reasons for the failures of implants with some failures due to the poor oral health of the patient. However, recent developments in the research and development of implants have enabled implants to last longer. A daily, meticulous oral hygiene practice is still recommended not just for implants to last longer, but to get good oral health and lower incidences of gum disease and tooth decay.

– Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial denture; and as the name goes, are “fixed” onto remaining teeth in order to replace the missing teeth between them. The artificial teeth literally acts as a “bridge” between the remaining natural teeth and the gap caused by the missing teeth.

The restoration can be made from a variety of materials like gold, ceramics, metal alloys and a combination of these materials. The finished bridge and is cemented (or glued) to the surrounding teeth for support. In other words, the bridge can only be removed by a dentist once it has been cemented.

Dental bridges can also be used together with implants to replace a few missing teeth with the difference that instead of relying on natural teeth for support of the bridge, these implanted-supported bridge will rely on the implant (which is a metal structure that has been fused to the bone) for support.

– Procedure involved in the making of a bridge:

Your general dental practitioner will first assess and do a thorough evaluation of your oral health and needs. Once that has been done and both you and the dentist have decided on using a dental bridge as the treatment option, the dentist will begin to prepare the natural teeth that is used for the support.

Thereafter, the dentist will make a model of your prepared teeth as well as the gap and fabricate the bridge. The whole process usually takes a few weeks. In some cases, where the bridge is extensive and the bite or facial appearance needs to be changed, the process can take several months. For more information, please check with your general dental practitioner.