It is perfectly normal for you to want a bright and white smile like a celebrity to boost your self-confidence.  Our teeth naturally become darker and yellowish as we age especially together with  lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee, tea, coke, red wine and smoking, which will result in more dull and yellowish discoloured teeth.

Porcelain  veneers, composite veneers, dental implants and whitening are some of the current options available to improve the colour and cosmetics of a smile. Teeth whitening is the most simple and least invasive procedure, and it is proven to be safe and an effective way to brighten up stained and discoloured teeth.

Can all teeth be whitened?

Teeth whitening CAN cover up the stains and discolouration from the followings Teeth whitening CANNOT whiten the discolouration from the followings
  • Food and drinks (Coffee, tea, red wines)
  • Tobacco
  • Natural ageing
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dental restorations; fillings, crowns and bridges
  • As a result of Injury or trauma
  • As a side effect of health condition or medication (genetic disorder of enamel)

It is important to have healthy gums and teeth prior to whitening treatment. Therefore, it is crucial to have a full dental examination beforehand to check for any tooth decay, any leaking/faulty fillings or gum disease. If we detect any underlying problems causing your teeth to be darkened, this has to be treated beforehand.

Who is eligible?

Teeth whitening is not recommended for people under 16 years of age or women who are pregnant or lactating. Nonetheless, It is considered to be a safe treatment when it is carried out by a professional dentist.

The side effects of teeth whitening are minimal. These include temporary sensitivity to the teeth and possible irritation to the gums or lips. All these side effects disappear after a few days and topical creams are available to reduce these side effects if needed. It is known that these risks can be reduced considerably when you choose professional whitening (as opposed to commercially available kits) and follow your dentist’s instructions.

How long does teeth whitening last for?

Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment but to keep your teeth white for longer it is recommended that;

  1. To avoid or reduce sources of stains such as coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco
  2. To keep good oral hygiene by every 6 month regular check up
  3. To use of take home whitening tray & gel

To find out if you are eligible for tooth whitening, please make an appointment with us. You can call us at +65 64404605 or email us at info@coastdental.com.sg  to make a no obligation consultation where your dentist will explain the different whitening options we offer and can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening cost and risks.

– Written by Dr Eunji Park

Do you have any missing teeth? If you have one or more missing teeth, it will not only affect your appearance but could also affect other healthy teeth as a result of the biting forces being spread over a lesser number of teeth. This can lead to cracking or fracture of other teeth resulting in further tooth loss.

When gaps are present from tooth loss, shifting of the surrounding teeth can also occur. This makes it harder to maintain good oral hygiene leading to a greater risk of having tooth decay and gum disease.

There are three main teeth replacement options. 1) Dental Implants, Bridges or Dentures. This article will focus on the Implant option.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a fixed, permanent, long-term solution to replace missing teeth. They are the most functional tooth replacement option and will look, feel and perform just like a natural tooth.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is securely placed into the jawbone and replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. A dental crown (artificial tooth) is then attached to the top of the implant to fill the gap of the missing tooth.

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Who is eligible for dental implants?

People who have lost one or more teeth as a result of an accident, gum disease or tooth decay can consider implant options. Dental implants are usually done for people above 18 years of age.

The jaw bone starts shrinking soon after the tooth is lost. When too much is bone is lost the implant procedure becomes more challenging as additional procedures such as bone grafting need to be carried out to artificially increase the amount of available bone.

It is therefore advisable to not wait too long before replacing the missing tooth with an implant. Good oral health condition has to be established before placing an implant, so it is best to get a full check-up done by the dentist beforehand.

 

How long is the procedure?

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The entire process of getting dental implants can take anywhere between 3-6 months. Usually the treatment follows 3 steps:

  1. The implant is placed and eventually fuses with the jawbone. This usually takes between 3 to 6 months. Depending on your remaining amount of bone, bone graft may or may not be necessary.
  2. After the implant has fused with the bone, an extension called a dental abutment is attached to it. Once the gum has healed around the abutment it will act as the foundation for your tooth.
  3. Finally, your customised implant crown is made and will be attached to the abutment. Time to enjoy your brand new smile!

Make an appointment with us to find out if you are eligible for a dental implant. You can call us at +65 64404605 or email us at info@coastdental.com.sg for a no-obligation consultation to go through each option in detail to make a fully informed decision.

–  Written by Dr Park Eunji