5/23/2013

Here at Raffles Dental, your smile is important to us.

Studies have shown that a healthy and bright smile increases self-esteem and enhances your appeal to others. At Raffles Dental, we look after your smile.

We are an established team-based dental group comprising a specialist dental clinic in Raffles Hospital, and a network of general dental clinics in the city and regional centres.

We offer a comprehensive range of services; from general dentistry to specialist services to meet your dental needs. Our team of friendly staff will provide you the highest standard of professional care and service that will bring out the smile on your face.

Raffles Dental is Medisave accredited which means that you can use Medisave to pay the charges for minor oral surgeries performed in our clinics, subject to Medisave withdrawal limits.

General Dentistry



Scaling & Polishing

Scaling is a meticulous procedure that removes plaque on the tooth surface and embedded within the gum pocket. A little discomfort may be experienced if the cleaning is done slightly below the gum line. After scaling, we will polish off your pearlie whites with polishing paste for a clean feel.
Dental X – Rays

X-ray examinations are a necessary part of complete, comprehensive patient care.

Dental X-rays at Raffles Hospital are all digitized to offer best image quality at lowest radiation exposure to patients. We recommend radiographs for every new patient to determine the present status of your oral health and to help us in your dental treatment planning.

Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth, hence an X-ray is required.

An X-ray examination may reveal:
small areas of decay between the teeth;
presence of periodontal (gum) disease;
location of impacted teeth, e.g. wisdom teeth;
infections in the bone;
abscesses or cysts;
developmental abnormalities;
some types of tumors
Fillings

Composite (white) fillings are mercury-free, plastic material matching natural tooth color used to replace missing parts of a tooth. Since they bond to the tooth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength and natural appearance of the tooth.

Besides offering durability and strength, many patients opt for composite fillings, as they are also more aesthetically pleasant.
Tooth Whitening

The tooth whitening procedure will make your teeth significantly whiter in less than an hour. You can in fact simply sit back and relax during this process.

Almost anyone wishing to lighten his / her teeth can benefit from the treatment, including individuals with severe food, coffee, tobacco or even tetracycline stains. The procedure will not soften or damage enamel.

Our dentist will first conduct a thorough dental examination to ensure booth your teeth and gum tissues are healthy and acceptable for treatment.

The tooth whitening process is normally painless. A very small percentage of people may experience a minor, dull ache following the procedure and temporary sensitivity towards hot and cold drinks.

Taking an analgesic that you normally use for your headache will almost always resolve the feeling. It is best to avoid very hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours if there is any tooth sensitivity.

Advantages of tooth whitening:
A safe, short and simple procedure!
Immediate significant results with improvement by an average of 8 shades
With regular maintenance, results are long-lasting
Safe and comfortable
Low sensitivity

Painless Dental Treatment



Raffles Dental offers painless dental treatment, which is especially suitable for people who have fear or anxiety visiting a dentist. Such fear or anxiety could arise from:
unpleasant dental experiences in the past
pain and needles
sound of the drill
feeling of gagging or choking
taste of dental materials
difficulty in being “numbed up” for dental procedures
difficulty keeping still for dental procedures
nervousness and tension with regard to undergoing any procedure

Painless dental treatment is achieved through sedation, which helps a patient go to sleep during the dental session.

Sedation is different to a general anaesthetic. With sedation, the patient breathes on his / her own without the need for any gases or machines. Hence, it is safer and more cost effective than a general anesthetic. Most patients say that it makes a two-hour procedure feel like only five minutes. They are often unable to recollect any of the noises or sensations associated with dental treatment and mostly feel like they have had a long restful nap. This technique is very widely used in the UK, US and Canada.

Sedation for the dental treatment will be administered by a dental anaesthesiologist who will continue to monitor your physiological parameters. After the scheduled treatment plan is completed for the session, you will be allowed to rest under observation for about half an hour after which you will be able to go home.
Prosthodontics



Crowns

Crowns are designed to make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. They fit over a tooth like an armour. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings would not solve the problem.

If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage does not get worse. It is also used to support a large filling when there is not enough of the tooth remaining, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discoloured teeth.

A crown can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure left. In most cases, crowns are indicated after a root canal therapy, and are used to protect the devital tooth.

To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reshaped smaller so that the crown can fit over it. An impression of teeth and gums is made and sent to the laboratory for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.

With proper care, crowns normally can last between eight and twelve years. With good oral hygiene, however, crowns typically enjoy higher life expectancy. It is important to clean between your crowns and teeth. Flossing is important to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth as it can cause dental decay and gum disease.
Bridges

A missing tooth or several teeth impairs proper speech and lowers aesthetic appeal. Besides dental implants, a bridge is another option that can help restore your smile. It is actually made of several crowns connected together.

Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well reduce the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.

Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth. In most cases, bridges are very natural and unnoticeable. They literally bridge the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Unlike a denture that you can take out and clean, only a dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Bonding

Bonding is a process in which a resin material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile.

Bonding is often performed in order to fill in gaps or change the colour of your teeth. It typically only entails one office visit, and the results may last for several years.

Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as veneers. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-coloured filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces.

For larger restorations, bonding may not be suitable and veneers or crowns may be needed.
Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented over the front of your teeth to change their colour or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discoloured, unevenly spaced or crooked. They have a longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. They are almost always used in “Smile Makeover” cases.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discoloured fillings on front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or have teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and cementation.

During the tooth preparation visit, a local anesthetic may be given to ensure the treatment is painless. The teeth shape is modified and a mould is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. At the final "bonding" visit, the veneers are checked for fit and colour before being permanently bonded to the teeth using special light activated adhesives.
Dentures

If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You will be able to eat and speak better - things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.

Dentures require approximately three to five visits, depending on the type of denture to be made. During the first appointment, the Denture Specialist (Prosthodontist) first takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws. The second visit measures and customises the bite and height of the denture, after which the patient will return for a third visit for the dentist to note the final preferences to the denture. After all necessary amendments and adjustments, the denture is ready for collection on the fourth visit.

Do note that even if you wear dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. All dentures should also be removed and placed in a cup of water before retiring for the night.
Endodontics



At Raffles Dental, all our complicated root canal therapy are all performed by Root Canal Specialists (Endodontists).

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

During endodontic treatment, the Endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Orthodontics



Conventional Braces

Orthodontics does more than just making us look good. With braces, you can:
Chew your food better
Chewing is the first step in digestion. If your teeth are crooked, you will not be able to chew your food properly which can lead to indigestion.
Avoid potential dental problems
Crooked teeth are hard to clean so that people with crooked teeth tend to have more cavities and gum problems than people who have orthodontic treatment. Crooked teeth wear in ways that they should not. This puts extra stress on your teeth, gums and jaw, which can lead to problems later on.

Orthodontics at Raffles Dental are all performed by specialists (Orthodontists).
Invisalign

Invisalign is a new revolutionary treatment option to patients seeking to do orthodontic treatment. Through a series of nearly invisible, completely removable plastic aligners, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth to give you back the beautiful smile you have always wanted – without brackets or wires. You can still enjoy all your favourite foods, and brush and floss normally!

Invisalign is an appropriate treatment option for teens and adults whose teeth have grown in fully, including second molars. To see how Invisalign can work, please call our office to schedule a initial screening with our orthodontist. As always, we look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have regarding any aspect of your dental health.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery






Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be a valuable asset to the mouth. Unfortunately, this is not often the case, and problems develop that require their removal. For example, when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth, they can become impacted - unable to come in or move into their proper place. They may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Impaction occurs most often in the third molars of the lower jaw. After examining your mouth and X-rays, your dentist will discuss whether your wisdom teeth should be removed, and make a referral to our Oral Surgeon for the procedure.

Removal of wisdom tooth can protect the overall health of the mouth.

Raffles Dental is Medisave Accredited, and part of the charges for minor oral surgeries like these may be paid for using your CPF Medisave account.

Before surgery, your oral surgeon will explain what to expect, have you sign a consent form and give you personalized instructions to follow.

Keep in mind these general items to help your surgery go smoothly.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrange to have someone be with you after surgery. Extractions can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which is part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses can help decrease the swelling and medication prescribed by your dentist can help decrease the pain. You may be instructed to drink only clear liquids following surgery and later progress to soft foods.

Some patients experience numbness or tingling following surgery. Normal sensation usually returns in a period of time.

Talk to us about any questions that you have. It is especially important to let our dentist know, before surgery, of any illness that you have and medications that you are taking.
Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Besides having excellent esthetic function, a dental implant looks and feels just like your natural tooth. More importantly, you can be relieved from the embarrassment, periodontal pain, discomfort, and bad breath that are related to wearing dentures.

Depending on the care, implants can be used for as long as 10 – 30 years.

Dental Implants at Raffles Hospital are all performed by qualified Oral Surgeons.

Do call us for a first-time dental implant consult with our Oral Surgeon if you are interested. During the consult, we would require a full mouth X-ray and /or diagnostic casts for treatment planning for all first-time patients.
Periodontics





Depending on our oral health, sometimes we may require more complex gum treatment by a gum specialist (Periodontist).

Root planning involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth with thin curettes so gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. Unlike normal scaling, this procedure goes deeper down the gum line and your gums
Headache Treatment



What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) is a collective term embracing a group of dental and medical conditions that involve the jaw joints (ie Temporomandibular Joint), chewing muscles and associated structures. It is a major cause of non-dental facial pain and a growing healthcare challenge. Many people have the signs and symptoms of TMD but may not have been diagnosed.
What is the TMJ?

The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull and is situated on either side of your head in front of the ears.

It is one of the most frequently used joints in your body and probably the most complex. Being a flexible hinge joint, it can move side to side as well as up and down allowing you to chew, talk and yawn.

Its movement and position are controlled by muscles and ligaments attached to and surrounding it.

Sign and Symptons of TMD
Headaches
Ear pain, blocked feeling, ringing sounds, partial hearing loss, dizziness
Jaw pain - painful TMJ or chewing muscles located in temples, cheeks etc
Jaw joint sounds - clicking, popping, grating sounds
Jaw function difficulty - problems chewing, yawning, talking etc
Abnormal jaw opening - limitation, asymmetrical movement, catching, locking
Bite problems
Neck and shoulder pain

TMD related pain, dysfunction and disability can significantly affect your quality of life.
What causes TMD?

Although there are specific reasons (eg trauma, degenerative arthritis) for some TMD, as a group they have no common cause and are usually the result of multiple contributing factors.

These include:
Bruxism - unconscious grinding and clenching of the jaws during sleep or when awake
Trauma / injury - blows to face and/or jaws, biting on extremely hard food or an unexpected hard particle, extremely wide jaw opening etc
Habits - regular gum chewing, eating only on one side
Poor bite and jaw relationships - poorly aligned teeth, skeletal problems etc
Medical conditions - systemic arthritis, certain neurological conditions etc
Stress and anxiety
Psychological conditions - depression, somatisation etc
How is TMD treated?

Treatment largely depends on the kind of TMD that you are suffering from. Comprehensive history taking, physical examination and mental wellness screening (where applicable) is essential for complete diagnosis.

Routine or special TMJ x-ray techniques like MRI and CT scans are sometimes needed for diagnosing your TMJ condition.

Treatment goals are to decrease pain, decrease adverse loading to jaw joints and muscles, restore function, restore normal daily activities and improve your quality of life.


Treatment usually starts with conservative therapies which do not invade the tissues of the face, jaw or joints and includes:
Education and self-care
Behaviour modification of harmful habits
Psychotherapy including stress management and relaxation techniques
Medications
Physical therapy (eg TENS, ultrasound etc)
Dental splint therapy

If your disorder is very long standing and associated with major structural changes and/or prominent psychological distress and disability, jaw surgery, bite (occlusal) therapy, orthodontics and medical specialist referrals may be warranted.

Find a Raffles Dental Clinic
Raffles Hospital

Specialists & GP Dental Services

Location:

585 North Bridge Road

#13-00 Raffles Hospital

Singapore 188770

Contact:

Tel: 6311 2360 / 6311 2365

Fax: 6311 1198

Opening Hours:

Mon - Friday:

8.30am to 6.00pm


Wed Evening:

6.00pm to 8.00pm


Saturday:

8.30am to 1.00pm



Raffles Place - OUB Centre

Location:

1 Raffles Place

#05-03/04 OUB Centre

Singapore 048616


Contact:

Tel: 6533 3640 / 6533 0667

Fax: 6438 8306


Opening Hours:

Mon – Friday:

8.30am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 5.30pm


Saturday:

8.30am to 1.00pm



One Marina Boulevard

Location:

No 1 Marina Boulevard

#B1-03

One Marina Boulevard

Singapore 018989


Contact:

Tel: 6224 0942

Fax: 6224 0948


Opening Hours:

Mon, Thurs, Friday:

8.30am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 5.30pm


Closed on Tues, Wed, Sat, Sunday and Public Holidays



Marina Square
Location:

6 Raffles Boulevard

#01-212 Marina Square

Singapore 039594


Contact:

Tel: 6339 7800

Fax: 6334 7503


Opening Hours:

Mon - Friday:

8.30am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 5.30pm


Saturday:

8.30am to 1.00pm



Tampines One

Location:

10 Tampines Central 1

#03-28 Tampines 1

Singapore 529536


Contact:

Tel: 6787 0093

Fax: 6260 5485


Opening Hours:

Mon - Thursday:

8.30 am to 1.00 pm

2.00 pm to 5.30 pm 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm


Fri, Saturday:

8.30 am to 1.00 pm

2.00 pm to 5.30pm


Alternate Sunday:

9.00 am to 1.00 pm


Changi Airport Terminal 3

Location:

B2-MS-15 65 Airport Boulevard

Singapore 819663


Contact:

Tel: 6241 8866

Fax: 6241 3498


Opening Hours:

By Appointment Only

Mon, Thursday:

8.30am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 5.30pm





Causeway Point

Location:

1 Woodlands Square

#05-03 Causeway Point

Singapore 738099


Contact:

Tel: 6891 0255

Fax: 6891 2932


Opening Hours:

Tues, Wed, Friday:

9.00am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 6.00pm


Mon, Thursday:

9.00am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 5.00pm6.00pm to 9.00pm


Saturday:

9.00am to 1.30pm


Sunday:

9.00am to 1.00pm2.00pm to 6.00pm

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