Dental procedure guidelines
Scaling and polishing
Also known as Teeth Cleaning, this procedure is used to remove all traces of plaque and tartar on your tooth. Scaling is used to remove hard tartar which cannot be removed by simply brushing your teeth.
30-45 minutes depending on the teeth appearance. Pre-assessment will be done by the nurse and consultation with the dentist.
Advise patient not to eat or drink dark-colored foods (chocolate, pomegranates, strawberries, etc) or drinks (coffee, tea, softdrinks) after 30 minutes to 1 hour. Avoid smoking also on these durations.
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile (Smile Design for tooth gaps) by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigure teeth.
1-1 ½ hours depending on the tooth surface that needs to be restored. Pre-assessment and consultation will also be done.
Front tooth that has been restored using composite should avoid biting hardly covered foods (like nuts) and bones to avoid chipping the tooth.
When there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, tooth is removed from its socket in the bone (jaw). This procedure needs local anesthesia administration to alleviate pain during the procedure. Kindly inform your attending nurse if you have a recurrent high blood pressure, blood coagulation disorder, and/or jaw problems to render your health safely during administration/procedure.
1 hour, pre-assessment and consultation with X-ray will be done.
Pain medication (Ibuprofen) will be prescribed by the dentist and antibiotics (amoxicillin). Avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 2-3 hours to avoid bleeding; if it is already happening, ice pack can be used to lessen it.
Area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses (veneers, crowns, dentures).
Veneers (Hollywood Smile) – a layer of material placed over the tooth, veneers improve the
aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth’s surface from damage
Lumineers – are composed of Cerinate® ceramic – an ultra-thin material that can typically be
placed without the use of drilling or injections.
Zirconia Porcelain Veneers – are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are more
severely damaged or decayed.
Types. Bridges and Crowns
Bridges and Crowns – are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or
implants. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover
an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more
Dentures – are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back
into your mouth:
Veneers: 1-1 ½ hours depending on how many will be placed. 2 visits are needed. First visit
is for tooth preparation (impression) and second visit for placement.
Bridges and Crowns: 1-1 ½ hours. Requires 2 clinic visits, 1st visit is for tooth
preparation (impression) and 2nd visit for placement.
Dentures: 1-1 ½ hours. Requires 2 visits, 1st visit is for tooth preparation (impression)
and 2nd visit for placement.
Further information regarding prostheses care will be provided by your dentist.
Dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth and also, heat, light, or a combination of the two may be used to speed and intensify the whitening process.
30 minutes for the first cycle (preparation and assessment), then 15 minutes per cycle onwards. Maximum of 4 cycles only.
Advise patient not to eat or drink dark-colored foods (chocolate, pomegranates, stra wberries, etc) or drinks (coffee, tea, softdrinks) after 30 minutes to 1 hour. Avoid smoking also on these durations. If severe sensitivity is being felt, relief gel is given to be placed for 30 minutes then wash with water.