Oral Surgery

Tanglin Dental is a Medisave accredited clinic and patients are allowed to use their Medisave for surgical procedures like implants and wisdom tooth surgery.

You are allowed to use your Medisave Account to pay for your immediate family members, i.e. spouse, children, parents, grandparents. However, in the case of grandparents, they must be either Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

Wisdom Tooth Surgery

When there is insufficient space in your jaw, your wisdom tooth does not grow out properly and becomes impacted. This can lead to many problems like gum infections, decay, cyst formation and shifting of your teeth.

Some people may not experience any pain or discomfort from their impacted wisdom teeth. However, it is good to take an x-ray to check on them as many problems that arise from an impacted wisdom tooth can be prevent with early detection and treatment.

For more complex cases of impacted wisdom teeth, we may refer you to see one of our specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS).

If you think you may be  a ‘nervous’ patient, you may choose to have your wisdom teeth removed under intravenous sedation in our clinic. It will be administered by a trained specialist Anaesthetist.

Did you know?
Anthropologists believe that as Man evolved over the centuries, the ‘brain box” grew larger, resulting in less space for the dental arches and consequently, wisdom teeth to erupt properly.

Other anthropologists postulate that the Ancient Man’s diet was harder, more fibrous and needed a lot of chewing. (compared to our modern day diets of soft, processed food)

The net effect of these heavy chewing created small spaces in between the teeth which facilitated better eruption of their wisdom teeth!

In fact, this evolutionary ‘space creation’ between teeth is the philosophical principle behind  “Interproximal Reduction”. A technique used to create spaces between your teeth during your braces treatment.

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthodontics means straightening of your teeth by using braces. ‘Orthognathic surgery” is needed if your jaw bone(s) as well as teeth need to be corrected. Together with a team of specialist surgeons, Dr Kenneth Lew has treated many surgical cases over the years. Many of these patients continue to visit our clinics for their regular check-ups! We find this extremely rewarding!

Braces are first placed on your teeth put them in proper alignment before surgery. The jaw surgery is done under general anaesthesia (in a hospital of your choice). After you recover and the post-surgical swelling subsides, the results of your orthognathic surgery can be rather dramatic. It is important for the patient and loved ones to be psychologically prepared for this sudden, visible improvement. Please do consult with us to understand better your expectations, the functional and aesthetic possibilities and limitations pertaining to orthognathic surgery.

Did you know?
Knowledge about orthognathic, plastic and reconstructive surgery to the jaws grew by leaps and bounds during the first and second World War? Surgeons operated on soldiers with severe wounds to the face, compelled by compassion to “reconstruct” these soldiers’ faces for a meaningful civilian life after the war. Do visit the Hunterian Medical Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln Inns’ Field which has intriguing exhibits.

Dental Implants

Perhaps your teeth are loose or have fallen out and you do not wish to use a denture, which screams of “old age”!

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw. It is used to support an artificial tooth. Advances in dental material science have allowed for extremely natural looking implants.

What is the procedure like?
1st consultation 
– X-rays and moulds are taken to assess your suitability for dental implants.

Implant Surgery – Our specialist oral surgeon surgically places the implant into your jaw. This is generally a painless procedure done under local anaesthetic, taking between 30 to 45 minutes. The implant requires a period of 2-3 months to fuse with your jawbone.

Prosthetic Stage – your crown or bridge is fitted onto your dental implant, you will be given instructions how to take care of your implant. You are good to go!