Children Dentistry & Fissure Sealants

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Aesthete Smilestudio is one of the few dental clinics in Singapore that has a child-friendly dental experience specially catered for kids’ dental needs in mind. The child experience, unlike your usual clinic, is more of a therapeutic spa journey where our team of dentists and staff delivers individual care and attention to our clients in a comfortable environment. From the moment you step in, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and are able to enjoy the smell of aromatherapy. You will be able to take a pick from a wide selection of soothing music and customized flavored water. All of these are designed to heighten your sense of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste in which we call the Total Senses Concept.

We recognise that a child’s visit to the dentist can be often frightening especially when it involves treatments that may seem daunting such as tooth decay removal. Our highly trained doctors and nurses are well-experienced in helping children ensure their experience is nothing but fun and enjoyable, making the visit to the dentist not only pleasant for the child but also the parents.

Your child can look forward to a relaxing visit that does not require them to be forced out of their comfort zone as the use of personal devices are allowed as a form of entertainment. Furthermore, a child’s good behavior never goes unnoticed as we reward well-behaved children with gifts!

Wisdom Tooth Extraction & Surgery

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are your last set of adult teeth to grow in. Also called “third molars,” your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth grow in properly and never cause any trouble. But often, wisdom teeth become partially or fully trapped (impacted) in your gums or jawbone.


There is not enough space in the jaw

At one point in time, the wisdom teeth (also called third molars) were important for eating and digestive reasons. As we evolved and began cooking and softening food, the third molars were not nearly as necessary. As they lost their purpose, the human jaw began to get smaller on average.

This has caused overcrowding of teeth in the mouth, and the third molars do not serve much of a purpose, especially if they do not grow in properly. By removing wisdom teeth, patients create extra space and can subsequently protect teeth from damage. Wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary during orthodontic care when treating issues of overcrowded or crooked teeth


The wisdom teeth are impacted

Impacted wisdom teeth may not seem like a problem since they have not emerged through the gums entirely, but they can become very problematic. Partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth can begin to grow sideways, pushing against the second set of molars and causing damage and pain to the teeth. Partially impacted wisdom teeth can also increase the risk of gum disease and oral infection as they open the gums without ever fully emerging in a natural way. Subsequently, dentists typically recommend wisdom tooth extraction to deal with symptoms of the impacted teeth or to prevent issues from developing.


They can increase the risk of oral health concerns

Even if there are no signs of overcrowding and the teeth are not impacted, dentists may still recommend the removal of wisdom teeth to simply reduce the overall risk of oral health concerns. It is also common for dentists to perform wisdom tooth extraction if the wisdom teeth have cavities. Having wisdom teeth removed early before discomforting or problematic symptoms develop can save the patient a lot of stress and help them maintain ideal oral health long-term.

What is the extraction process like?

During the initial visit at the dental clinic, your dentist will do a comprehensive dental examination and take some x-rays of your mouth to check the wisdom teeth’s alignment and condition. Surgery may be recommended by the dentist, depending on the wisdom teeth’s condition.

While wisdom tooth surgery is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia; if you feel nervous about it, you can opt to go through the procedure sedated or under general anesthesia.

During the wisdom tooth surgery, the surgeon will lift the overlying gums to uncover the wisdom teeth and surrounding bone. The tooth is then sectioned and removed. After which, the gums are stitched back into their original position.

How is the pain managed after surgery?

Your wisdom tooth will be extracted either by a simple extraction or surgery. This depends on the state of your wisdom teeth.

Over the next 24 – 72 hours, some pain or minor swelling may be expected, which can be reduced by painkillers. Placing an ice pack on the outside of your face in five minute intervals also helps decrease pain during the first 18 hours.

Your dentist or dental surgeon may prescribe pain medications to help relieve pain. As some cause nausea, it is advisable to take these medications with plenty of clear liquid to prevent or decrease nausea.

During the recovery period, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to avoid infection. The day after your surgery, you may use a soft toothbrush to gently clean all areas of your mouth except the wound and/or rinse your mouth frequently with warm salt water or antibacterial mouthwash.

Typically, it takes about 3 – 5 days to recover from a wisdom tooth surgery. Your dentist may schedule a review at the dental clinic 5 – 7 days after the wisdom tooth surgery. During the visit, your dentist will remove your stitches and assess your wound.

Mouthguards and Dental Splints

Sports Mouthguards

Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents.

The American National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Oftentimes these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.

Dental injuries are easily prevented. Some experts recommend that mouthguards be worn by athletes in competitive and recreational sports in which impact, contact and collision are likely to occur.

We offer custom-made mouthguards based on the layers of protection you require for your sport.

Dental Splints

A dental splint is an appliance used to protect teeth and their supporting structures from damage caused by grinding or clenching. Clenching or grinding of the teeth, also termed bruxism, can happen when a patient is awake or asleep, which is often associated with stress or poor habits. As such dentists can recommend splints may be in the form of either a tooth night guard or a flexible/semi-rigid or rigid splint.

Our doctors will tailor your splints based on your individual requirements. Contact us to find out more.