FAQ

Dental Implants

Dental implants do not suffer from tooth decay. Hence, based on historical dental records, it can last for a very long time. However, for long-term success, it is important that patient practises appropriate dental care habits.

The implant material (titanium) is bio-compatible. Hence, it is not known to be rejected by the body.

Usually 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the location and the number of implants, as well as the overall complexity of the surgery.

Implants can be inserted in two ways:

  •  Immediate Implant Placement: The dental implant is placed at the same time that the tooth or teeth are removed.
  • Delayed Implant Placement: The dental implant is inserted into a region of the mouth where the tooth or teeth have already been removed for some time or have been missing for some time due to accidents, decays etc.

Your dentist will advise the method most suitable for you.

Invisalign

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your Invisalign Provider, based on your specific needs.

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.

And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete

Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who wants straighter teeth. The unique  ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.

Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.

In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce gradual tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement.  So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.

The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

With experience, an Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat malocclusion  for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. For  teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider to see if Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.

Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentist’s or orthodontist’s chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.

Aligners are made from USP Class VI High Molecular Weight, Polyurethane Resins that are free from Bisphenol-A and Phthalate Plasticisers.

Braces

The advent of specialized wires and smaller-sized brackets has led to greater patient comfort and shorter treatment times. However, although many design improvements have been made to minimize a patient’s discomfort, most will still experience soreness during the first few days after braces are placed, or for a few days after adjustment appointments. Wax can be placed over edges that feel sharp, or mild pain medication can also provide some relief. There is some “comfort” in knowing that everyone who has had braces has gone through it too.

Depending on the case, it may be anywhere from 6 months to 3 years.

After the initial consultation and placement of the braces, and the treatment is under way, appointments are usually every 4 to 6 weeks.

As the name implies, a retainer works great at “retaining” teeth, i.e., holding them in their place. Although some minor tooth movements can be accomplished with a retainer-type appliance, movement of teeth with braces is more efficient and predictable.

Teeth are set in bone (a living tissue) and not in stone. Retainers are an essential part of the overall treatment. After your braces come off, expect a period of full-time retainer wear followed by nighttime wear. Retainers maintain the teeth in their newly established positions and allow the muscles and tissues to adapt and hold the teeth in this new relationship. As during active treatment, cooperation is essential for maintaining the result. However, even with retainer wear, some changes may occur as the teeth adapt to be able to function in their best position. Often, retainers may need to be worn indefinitely, at least at night. Your orthodontist can advise you best as to how long you need to keep wearing your retainers.

The recommendation is to brush and floss after every meal and before going to bed.

Brushing and flossing are especially important when you have braces because food can get caught in the braces and cause cavities. It is also recommended to brush with a fluoride gel in an attempt to avoid cavities, or use a fluoride rinse after brushing. Fluoride gel products are now available from your pharmacist without a prescription.

The general recommendation is to avoid hard, sticky, sugary or crunchy foods. Caramel and taffy can stick to braces and promote cavities. Crunchy foods like carrots and apples can knock brackets off teeth or bend wires, which can start to move teeth in an unfavorable direction.

Wisdom Teeth

We advise to go on a soft diet for 1-2 days.

Wisdom tooth removal surgery, like all other forms of surgery, should not be a painful procedure. Under anaesthesia (local or general), there is no pain during the surgery.

Yes, we do provide General Anesthesia (also known as IV Sedation). It will be administered by a specialist. Additional charges will be applied.

Refrain from participating in any vigorous activities for a day as this may elevate your heart rate.

Do not continuously replace the gauze. Frequent changing of gauze will encourage bleeding as dry gauze tends to be more absorbant. It is normal to have a taste of blood in mouth.

Do not spit or drink from a straw. Such actions may dislodge the blood clot which could result in a dry socket.
If the extraction site is not sealed with stitches, a pressure pack made of sterile gauze may be placed over the socket. It is vital that this pack remain in place to promote clot formation.Leave the gauze for at least 2 hours. Unless bleeding still persist after the gauze is removed, refrain from replacing a new gauze.
It is normal to have some swelling after surgery. It gradually subsides but may be present for several weeks in rare cases. Elevation and icing will help to reduce the swelling more rapidly. It is not unusual to have some redness around the wound and some clear, yellow or blood-tinged drainage. Further control of situation can be made through placement of cold packs during the first 24 hours at an interval cycle of 20 minutes on & 20 minutes off. Rinsing the mouth with warm saltwater every 2 hours after the first 24 hours is known to promote healing.
Your Dentist will prescribed anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen to control minor discomfort following the surgery. Analgesics of stronger dosage may be prescribed if patient is in extreme pain.

It is important for you to alert our Dentist should there be any profuse bleeding or unusual amount of swelling or pain occurs.The first 6-8 hours after extraction are typically the worst,but are manageable with ice packs. Do not go to sleep leaving the gauze in your mouth.Remember to attend your removal of stitches appointment as arranged by the Dentist.