Dental Blog

026 – Lower Third Molar (Wisdom Tooth) Surgery

Wisdom tooth is referring to the third molar. It is a normal tooth if the eruption path correct, and suppose to serve the mastification (chewing) function. Unfortunately for Asian people, our lower jaw are relatively small compare to the teeth size, causing the third molar to  alter it eruption pathway and further lead to due to lack of space in the posterior region for it to erupt properly. The radiography image below (picture 1) show  normally erupted lower left third molar, and impacted lower right third molar.

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025 – Impacted Tooth

Impacted tooth is a tooth that is completely or partially unerupted and is blocked from other tooth, bone or soft tissue so that its eruption is unlikely.

The gradual evolutionary reduction of human jaws has resulted in jaws are too small to accommodate their teeth.  The third molar  (wisdom tooth) is the last tooth to erupt and so it may likely become either impacted or displaced if there is inadequate space for it within the dental arch.

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024 – Restoration of badly fractured front tooth

Fracture teeth can be caused by untreated dental caries, dental trauma, heavy restored tooth. There are various option to solve this problem such as extraction followed by denture/ implant/ fixed bridge or root canal treated followed by crown placement.

A 35 years old male patient visited our dental clinic to seek treatment for his badly broken tooth(tooth 11). Pt claimed previously had trauma on his front tooth causing the tooth fracture few years back but asymptomatic. Today he visited us and wish for an extraction for his badly broken front tooth.  Read more

023 – Why scaling is important?

Dental scaling, cleaning, and also known as oral prophylaxis is the removal of plaque and calculus from the teeth. So, what is plaque and what is calculus?

Dental plaque is a non-mineralized, thin, sticky film and mass of bacteria that grows on the teeth surfaces; it adheres to the tooth surfaces firmly and resists removal by our saliva in the mouth. These bacteria use ingredients found in our diet and saliva to grow. Plaque contains bacteria, which come in contact with a meal or snack containing sugars or starches can release acids that attack tooth. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel layer of teeth, ultimately leading to tooth decay.

Dental calculus is actually the hardened form of plaque resulting from the mineralization process in our mouth. It composed of millions of bacterial cells calcified together with calcium phosphae which comes from the saliva.

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