Teeth Whitening: Care after procedure

Teeth whitening in Singapore is one of the most performed treatments at our Dental Clinics in Singapore.  It is generally noted that the patients who visit our clinics are anxious about their discolored teeth and their confidence is reduced due to this. Hence, major purpose of teeth whitening is to give you back the white smiles you deserve along with restoring the confidence.

Teeth Whitening can be performed by a dentist or at home with a kit. At our Dental Clinics, we also provide home kits with necessary advice for best results. However, it is also equally important to know what type of care should be taken by you after you have a teeth whitening procedure done.

Quick Facts: What should you know about teeth whitening?

  • After you go through a whitening procedure, your mouth will be more susceptible to stains within the first 24 hours.
  • Teeth whitening procedure makes your enamel softer, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be stained
  • Artificial food colors / strong colored foods can dye your mouth that color
  • Hence, you should avoid the following, mainly for the first 24 hours:
    • Strong colored foods like cola, Soda, Coffee, cakes etc.,
    • Any sort of hot and ice-cold products irrespective of their color
    • Fruits like blueberries, black berries, etc., that has strong color in them
    •  Mints / Mint foods that can be sensitive to teeth
    • Consuming these products can cause your teeth not only to hurt but can actually damage them.
  • Products that are safe to consume are: 
    • Milk & uncolored milk products like cheese
    • Fruits like Bananas that are less bitter
    • Plain Turkey breasts
    • If you observe, all the above foods do not have strong / added colors and are naturally white in color that are less likely to damage the whitened teeth

We advice our patients that this type of food habits can be made as your regular dietary habit especially when you have frequent discoloring of teeth despite performing teeth whitening. If you avoid strong colored foods and visit your dentist at least once in six months, you are very less likely to damage your teeth even in terms of discoloring.

This does not mean you have to stop eating all the things you love entirely, just remember that moderation is the key. Also, do not forget to rinse and brush after eating or drinking products that will discolor and you will help to keep your pearly white smile!

Dentists in Singapore at all our Dental Clinics are equipped with a high standard and modern technology, non-invasive and surgical solutions making it a one stop clinic with almost all treatments. Contact us for a friendly counseling that helps you manage healthy oral hygiene your rest of life. Make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.

Dental Root Canal in Singapore : Read this before seeing Dentist

Root Canal treatment in Singapore is one of the most done procedure by almost all the Dentists in Singapore. Root Canal is a naturally occurring space within a tooth, consisting of the pulp chamber,  the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. Root Canal treatment in general terms is a procedure to replace infected pulp in a root canal with an inert material.

If the pulp gets injured or infected for any reason, the pulp tissues and nerves die which could lead to severe infection which sometimes needs an extraction. If gone untreated, the surrounding tissues might also get infected which resulting in secondary issues like swelling, drainage problem into gums, or more severe conditions. Dentists in Singapore at the NF Dental Surgery Clinics often prevent our patients from dental extractions / root canals by regularly monitoring the oral health of our regular patients.

Root Canal treatment is replacement to the old method of dental extraction of the tooth when it gets infected.  Root canal therapy involves repairing and saving the badly infected tooth by removing the pulp and nerves and then protecting it by cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth. A crown is then placed over the treated tooth to make it stronger.

Why Root Canal?

  1. Having an infected tooth inside your mouth is not a good thing, it is likely to cause more severe symptoms and spread all over to other teeth if untreated.
  2. Saving a natural tooth has its own advantages such as not having to wear artificial tooth/teeth, efficient chewing, prevents jaw problems, and protects other teeth from too much wear and strain.
  3. The root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure and can last a lifetime and the treated tooth can function like any other tooth after restoration.

Who does Root Canal?

Root canal treatments are generally done by your regular dentists unless the patients are referred to Special Dentists called Endodontists, who specializes in solely with root canal treatments.

General Symptoms of root canal cavity?

There are different types of symptoms that you may experience in this dental issue. However, here are some commonly complained by our patients in Singapore at our Dental Clinics in Singapore:

  1. Acute, sharp, and spontaneous pain that is hard to locate and may be due to the infected pulp or formation of abscess at the tip of the root.
  2. Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  3. Pain extends to the ear, temples or jaw areas.
  4. Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks and foods
  5. Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums that may discharge pus causing bad odor or taste
  6. Severe toothache pain when biting, chewing, or touching the tooth
  7. Swelling and tenderness of the gums near the infected tooth.

    Please note, it is also possible that there are instances where a tooth pulp is damaged or infected without showing any of the above symptoms. Hence, we advise you to regularly visit your dentist in Singapore (atleast once in six months) as your dentist can detect by X-rays or special dental tests during checkups or other dental treatments if he suspect.

How is a Root Canal treated?

The first step in treating root canal is taking X-rays of the infected tooth to determine the shape of the root canals and to see if there are any signs of infection. Dentists will generally give a local anesthesia before gaining access to the pulp. The dentist will then use a dental gum (a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl) to isolate the infected tooth from the rest of the mouth and also to keep the tooth dry.

A small hole is drilled into the infected tooth flush the infected area using water or with sodium hyphochlorite. After the root canals are cleaned and disinfected with antibacterial solutions and antiseptic, followed by shaping of the canals for the root canal fillings and then washing and cleaning once more before sealing them.

After few days, at you next appointment for treatment, a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha together with an adhesive called sealer is used to fill the root canals and seal them. A crown is often placed over the tooth to avoid any infection or contamination in the future.

The final procedure might include restoration of the tooth to its full function with a crown to help prevent it from further breaking or damage. After the treatment an antibiotic will be prescribed for you to take to prevent infection.

Our Dental Clinics in Singapore are conveniently located at five branches across Singapore as of now. You may contact us during the operational hours for a consultation; one of our friendly staff will assist you.

All our dental clinics in Singapore comprise of team of dental experts, who offer all the services as per the needs of the present day people living in Singapore, or the individuals, who have come to this place for tourism or business purposes.