Monday, September 10, 2012

Sensitive Issues

Hehe the title sounds intriguing, eh? No, no i'll not be blogging about politics or any kinds of youtube posting, instead the ever-unsolved problem about sensitive, or hypersensitive teeth. This topic is really the hot issue right now with several dental care companies fighting among themselves on who's product is better in resolving sensitivity problem than others. Watch the TV if you don't believe me ;)

If the real tooth truth be told, all of us, in a way or another, has experienced or will experience the pain caused by tooth hypersensitivity. This is because, the causative factor of hypersensitivity ranges from the normal things we do (i.e the way we brush, our diet, toothbrush selection etc) to the more hard-to-tell reasons (such as changes in altitude or weather, some type of medication, certain habits). and , in reality, solving these matters are not like walking in the park either. 

First and foremost, this will be the best piece of advice you will get from me, free of consultation charge :D

if you have sensitive teeth, get a dental check up first for a correct diagnosis

This is because, for example, if your sensitivity is caused by a cavity, the treatment you need is NOT a toothpaste but rather a filling! But if because of the sensitivity, you get yourself those over-the-counter toothpaste, yes, it will reduce the pain, but it will also masks the real problem: the cavity! Ends up, next thing you know, you'll have excruciating pain and may need root canal treatment because that cavity has become bigger!

Certain medications also caused sensitivity to your teeth. The solution is simple: change your medication! no need no toothpaste-changing! so please have your teeth check, ok?

If the problem is really hypersensitivity, then we can provide you with sample toothpaste.  Not all people are well suited with all brands, and we can provide you with samples of assorted brands. When you find the brands that suits you, then you will be able to choose better. 

We are here to help! Really! Janji Ditepati! and no, I am not at all affiliated to any specific political party brands. Cheers! :D 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A little bit of everything


Yes, guilty as charged, and I am so very sorry :(. I have been neglecting this blog for one complete year (or more) and after 500+ comments awaiting moderation I'm hopelessly helpless in replying! But to make it up, after going thru all the comments and queries, here I'm going to generally answer all the burning questions that were frequently asked:

 1. Cost of braces

 Yes, the cost for braces has gone up. Sadly. Not because we want to, but because the supply cost has gone up too. For convensional braces (the normal ones) the full charges are now RM4700, this is excluding retainers and any other treatment you might need, example tooth extraction or scaling. But the down payment remains at RM1500 and monthly charges is still at RM150-200 so nothing really has changed there except for perhaps the pay duration is a little longer. We have visiting specialist for braces, in which RM70 will be charged for consultation with her. Consultation with me remains at RM10.

 2. Damon Braces

 New in town! :D
 Damon braces charges are a little bit more than the convensional ones simply because Dr Damon himself has patented the system. So, when you pay for Damon braces you are not paying only for the braces but also for the patented technology. The downpayment will be RM2500 and per visit charges are RM300-500, depending on the treatment need. There are no maximum charge, because the treatment duration is much shorter as compared to the convensional braces. So you will only need to pay on what your teeth requires. Ain't that good? ;).
The follow up visits are also not on monthly basis but as what are required. Usually the appointments are 10 to 12 weeks apart. Here we are using the Damon Q system.

 3. Relativity between braces and 3rd molar eruption 

 There are actually two school of thoughts here. I was told during my uni days that it was almost impossible for a single tooth (that is your wisdom tooth) to single-toothedly malalign all your other teeth. But, in recent years, there are some research that claims that wisdom tooth can actually move your other teeth. Plus, i did notice a number of my patients who complained that their teeth moved when the wisdom tooth erupts. I would generally advice any of my patients who is planning to wear braces to get their wisdom teeth removed first, or have it removed during braces treatment. This is especially for those with no space for the wisdom teeth or the tooth NOT erupting vertically. Better safe than sorry, eyh?

4. More on braces, braces, braces!

- Yes, braces can be worn even if you have filling on your front teeth. but perhaps the movement will be a little slower.
- Usually we will advice to wear braces on both upper and lower teeth. This is so that your occlusion (pertemuan antara gigi atas dan bawah) is secured. In other words, you can still chew after your teeth are aligned. There are cases where patient only wears upper or lower, but usually for very very minor adjustment or retreatment cases (patients yg dah pernah pakai pastu pakai balik).
- For ceramic braces, added cost is around RM1000-1500 on top of the usual downpayment. Follow up treatment is the same.
- Generally for adult patients (18 yrs above) duration for wearing braces is >2.5 years. Damon braces will take shorter treatment duration, around 1.5-2.5 years. No age limit for braces, the oldest known braces patient is 73 years old! but of course, general health must count.
- I would suggest wearing retainers for as long as you can, if possible for lifetime, especially if you start wearing braces in your adulthood. You will get all sorts of advice on this, but our teeth, they moves whether we want them or not. it's a physiological thing. You and I both don't want any regrets later, kan?

 I hope that fulfill some of the queries. More questions are welcome, of course. Although, it would be more helpful for you and me if you can come to my clinic for a more personalized answer, especially regarding tooth discolouration and gap between teeth. This is simply because I can only give the more accurate answer or treatment options if I see the condition of the teeth myself. Don't worry, I don't bite hehe. Please call 03 89203758 during office hours for appointments.

 I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your patience.

Monday, May 9, 2011

fresh start

i'm so sorry for the very very long silence and waiting for my replies... i've started back the comment replying process, do forgive me if i missed any and please feel free to post back your comment/s. hmmm i think i really should get some help in managing this blog, eh? :) thank you for your patience :)