General Dentistry

There may have been a time when you may not have heeded this advice. In fact, some patients think that because they practice good dental hygiene, that visiting their dentist every six months is excessive and unnecessary.
This is a great mistake as regular dental visits and check-ups are essential in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Dental Check-up and clean will serve as your PREVENTIVE MEASURE to the following:
• toothache
• stained teeth
• cracked tooth
• oral cancer
• etc.
Upon your visit, we will be able to advise you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any recommendations if necessary.

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device that may be thought of as a “cap” that covers the damaged tooth or dental implant.
At Casa Dental, we offer Zirconia and porcelain crowns as they are aesthetically and functionally the best solution for severely decayed or damaged teeth. Zirconia crowns are the strongest dental crowns.

Crowns can be used:

  • To protect fractured, cracked, weak and worn teeth.
  • To cover dental implant in place
  • For aesthetic purpose

How is a crown done?

  1. The first appointment involves:

*Trimming the tooth,
*Taking tooth impression
*Placing a temporary crown.

2. Second visit, our dentist will cement the permanent crown into place.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/tooth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, zirconia or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. A bridge is compact and feels like natural teeth but it can only be done in specially selected cases.

How do I care for my crown?

To ensure your tooth and crown stay healthy, you need to brush and floss diligently. It is also a good idea to use a fluoride rinse and fluoride paste to strengthen the underlying enamel and prevent root decay. This is especially important for patients with a history of periodontal disease and dental decay.
While ceramic crowns are incredibly strong and can withstand natural bite pressure, they still have the risk of fracturing, like a natural tooth. You can help to preserve your crown by not chewing on ice or other materials that could damage your tooth.

One of the easiest ways to preserve your dental crown is by going to the dentist for regular check-ups. We will be able to assess your crown and the underlying tooth structure for any signs of damage, allowing us to stop any potential problems before they arise. Not to mention, we will be able to clean the area using advanced technology, for a clean that you cannot get at home.

At Casa Dental, we try our very best to attend to dental emergencies. We are equipped with the latest dental technology, allowing us to deal with any emergency treatment.

Common Dental Emergencies Include:

Tooth that has been knocked out (Please preserve your tooth in milk or saline as soon as it is knocked out until you see a dentist)

Gum Swelling

Pain or Sensitivity in one or more Teeth

Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth/ Teeth

Toothache / Pain around the Jaw Area

Infected or Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Emergency Root Canal Therapy

If you experience any dental emergencies, please call us immediately. Dental emergencies if left untreated, can lead to more complications, making the subsequent dental treatment more invasive.

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft tissues that hold your teeth in place. It’s typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden.

In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.
You may need surgery for severe gum disease (periodontitis) if it cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling. Types of surgery include:

Gingivectomy.

Gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums. A gum specialist (periodontist) or oral surgeon often will do the procedure.

Open flap procedure

An open flap procedure cleans the roots of a tooth. A periodontist or an oral surgeon often performs this procedure

Symptoms

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Helpful Tips

You can keep your gums and teeth healthy by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Or, you can use a device such as a special brush, wooden or plastic pick, or a “water flosser” recommended by a dental professional.
  • Visiting our dentist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning.
  • Quitting smoking.

Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment, involves removal of nerve tissues (pulp) within a tooth. This procedure is necessary if the pulp becomes unhealthy, infected or dead. Several conditions can lead to disease of the pulp – dental decay, recurrent decay under existing filling, tooth damage due to trauma, tooth grinding, crack teeth, or even gum disease. These give rise to symptoms such as: sensitivity to hot/cold, pain on biting or persistent toothache. Successful root canal treatment allows us to eliminate pain, and most importantly, retain our teeth.

You will need an assessment to determine whether root canal treatment is appropriate for you. An x-ray may be required at the initial consultation. This will give us valuable information for diagnostic purpose and also to plan for effective treatment.

What happens after root canal treatment?

In most cases a new restoration is required. We strongly recommend patients to have a crown placed to protect the remaining tooth structure, and also to seal off the tooth from bacteria.

Will root canal treatment be painful?

Local anaesthetic is used to eliminate discomfort. Normal daily activities can resume after root canal treatment.

How much does root canal treatment cost?

The cost of root canal treatment ranges from $350-$900, depending on:
1. Complexity of case
2. Which tooth it is – anterior, premolar, or molar
Your dentist will advise you of the total cost at the time of assessment.

Can I use MEDISAVE to pay for root canal treatment?

Non-surgical root canal treatment cannot be funded by Medisave according to MOH guidelines.

Can the treatment be subsidised under Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?

Yes, partial claim only.

There is subsidy from CHAS depending on which tier you belong to.

Blue Tier – Anterior 164, Premolar 210, Molar 256.50

Orange Tier – Anterior 109.50, Premolar 140.00, Molar 170.50

PG – Anterior 174, Premolar 220, Molar 266.5

Stages of Root Canal Treatments

  • Stage 1: Cleaning and Shaping of The Canals

    Your dentist will locate all the canals within the tooth; and remove any damaged, diseased or dead pulp inside the roots of your tooth. The tooth is then medicated and a temporary filling placed over.

  • Stage 2: Root Canal Filling

    The remaining canal space is then filled. This is to seal off the root canal system.

Restoring a tooth to good form and function requires two steps:

  • Preparing the tooth for placement of restorative material or materials
  • Placement of these materials. The process of preparation usually involves cutting the tooth with a rotary dental handpiece and dental burrs to make space for the planned restorative materials and to remove any dental decay or portions of the tooth that are structurally unsound. If permanent restoration cannot be carried out immediately after tooth preparation, temporary restoration may be performed

Dental Porcelain (Indirect Fillings)

Dental porcelain has the properties which looks similar to tooth enamel. It is a tooth coloured substance that is partly translucent, that absorbs and reflect light to mimic the properties of a pearly white shine.

A porcelain inlay or onlay, on occasion, has superior properties over that of a traditional filling.

Some Advantages of Dental Porcelain Include:

  • Aesthetics – the exact shade of porcelain is chosen to match your natural tooth colour
  • Stain resistant
  • Strong and durable
  • Strengthen the tooth when bonded to the tooth
  • Simple dental care

If you need a filling in your tooth please contact us for an appointment.

Casa Dental Wisdom tooth surgery is fully MEDISAVE CLAIMABLE.

Wisdom tooth surgery is a procedure whereby the dentist will perform a minor surgical procedure to safely remove a wisdom tooth that is not growing out straight. Wisdom tooth surgeries are usually done under local anaesthesia. Common discomforts such as mild pain, bleeding and swelling will last one to two days.
There is a nerve that runs in the lower jawbone and this nerve can be close to the roots of the wisdom tooth. If the nerve is compressed during the surgery, patients will experience some numbness to the lower lip.
Therefore, for all high-risk cases, our dentist will use our in-house 3-D dental x-ray machine to ensure we carry out the wisdom tooth surgery in the safest manner.

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