Low Radiation Dental X-Ray

Why are dental x-rays a crucial step in any treatment process?

Besides getting a physical examination, dental X-rays facilitate dentists to get an in-depth understanding of your teeth’s condition at a structural level. By providing a visual projection of underlying teeth and gum problems, dentists can provide suitable solutions before problems worsen or require more extensive treatment.

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What type of issues do dental X-rays often uncover?

Dental x-rays often detect issues that aren’t always visible to the naked eye such as signs of bone loss around the teeth and gums, early detection of tooth decay or cavities, gum disease, and the possibility of impacted teeth, among others.

What does the dental X-ray process involve?

Step 1: Prior to a dental X-ray, patients will have to remove any metal objects on them such as chains, jewellery, keys, and so on.

Step 2: Next, patients will be requested to put on a dental vest before the x-ray, which is a heavily padded garment that covers the upper chest, arms, and back to protect them from radiation exposure.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Our digital X-ray machines emit very low amounts of radiation. Regular maintenance and routine checks are done to ensure the machines operate in a safe environment.

What happens after a dental X-ray?

After a dental X-ray, our dentists will devise the best treatment plan for your condition before it becomes more serious so that you can have healthy teeth and gums again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental X-rays safe?

Our digital X-ray machines emit very low amounts of radiation. Regular maintenance and routine checks are done to ensure the machines operate in a safe environment.

What is a panoramic dental X-ray?

A panoramic X-ray in dentistry is a 2D dental X-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image. This type of X-ray helps you diagnose dental issues that are not visible to the naked eye such as impacted teeth, jaw disorders. It also helps plan for further treatments like implants.

Where can I get a dental X-ray?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio will do a dental X-ray in order to diagnose issues or to plan for further treatments. Book an appointment here.

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Tooth Extraction

What you need to know about teeth extraction

Tooth extraction is usually the last resort after all other alternatives have been considered to save the tooth. Our dentists will first assess the affected tooth to determine whether any part of its structure can be salvaged or preserved through alternative treatments such as root canals, crown applications, or dental implants.

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In case other treatments prove to be ineffective, the tooth needs to be extracted to prevent any prevailing decay from spreading to other teeth. If you have chronic gum disease, deep cracks in your tooth structure, or tooth decay that has descended to the root, there is no other alternative except extraction. 

Besides irreparable tooth decay, extraction is also a necessary step in the process of attaching dental braces to create some room to realign the teeth uniformly. 

Cost To Pull A Tooth

Depending on how complicated your procedure is, the cost to pull frontal teeth all the way to the back molars starts at $250-$350 for simple extractions. However, teeth that need surgical removal will cost $950-$1,250. We’ll explain the difference below.

Simple Extraction


A dental procedure where your tooth is removed non-surgically.

Typically used for teeth that have fully erupted into the mouth and are accessible.

The process involves loosening and pulling out the tooth with dental instruments, often under local anesthesia.

Surgical Removal


This involves surgically extracting a tooth that hasn’t fully emerged or is impacted within the jawbone.

The procedure may require incisions in the gums and removal of bone.

It’s more complex than a simple extraction, often requiring general anesthesia or sedation.

Should you be entitled to Medisave claims, you can claim up to S$1,250 for surgical procedures via Medisave.

In order to keep your smile from missing a few gaps, the natural step post-extraction would be the consideration of placing implants or dentures to fill the empty space of the extracted tooth or teeth. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extraction is generally the last resort if a tooth cannot be salvaged by root canals, crown applications, or dental implants. A tooth can become unsalvagable if it has suffered damage, decay, or gum disease. You might also need an extraction because of a wisdom tooth causing problems.

After tooth extraction, what can I eat?

You must take care of the area where the tooth was extracted so avoid foods that are hard and foods that are sticky, such as nuts, nougat, jerky or sweets. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Avoid hot or cold drinks because you might experience sensitivity.

How does a tooth extraction heal?

Healing typically occurs in stages: initial healing, where the gum tissue closes over the extraction site, takes about one to two weeks. Deeper bone healing can take several weeks to months.

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Accident & Emergency Dental Services

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Common Dental Emergencies

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered emergency dental?

A dental emergency includes severe toothache, tooth loss, swelling, abscess, bleeding, and injury to mouth or jaw requiring immediate attention.

What to do if I have a dental emergency?

We will need to assess your situation as soon as possible to reduce pain, swelling and infection. Contact us at +65-9321-3232 or WhatsApp us.

Can an emergency dentist remove teeth?

Yes, we can do extractions if necessary on all teeth including wisdom teeth

Can an emergency dentist prescribe antibiotics?

Yes, an emergency dentist can prescribe antibiotics if you have a dental infection, abscess or if the situation warrants it

Is losing a filling considered a dental emergency?

Losing a filling is often considered a dental emergency, as it can lead to pain, sensitivity, and further tooth damage if not promptly addressed.

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Wisdom Tooth Removal

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the rearmost molars that emerge during the late teen years to the early 20s. Although not everyone gets them, those who do can have up to four wisdom teeth, each seated in the furthest corners of the upper and lower jaws.

What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Create?

Wisdom teeth are the final adult teeth to grow, often after each of your permanent teeth has found its place and formed a collective structure.

The late emergence of wisdom teeth poses problems because of the lack of space in the mouth such as compacted or crowded teeth, swelling caused by the wisdom teeth getting trapped beneath the gum layer, impact with the jawbone and neighbouring teeth, and crooked or angular growth of the wisdom teeth themselves.

These can cause toothaches, a sense of jawline pressure or sensitivity, pinched nerves, and inflamed gums. The first signs of wisdom teeth issues are often experienced through a sharp pain at the hinges of the jaw, difficulty chewing as the adjacent row of teeth bear down on the wisdom teeth, and tooth pain indicative of decay caused by trapped food particles among other dental issues.

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What Can Be Done Before Considering Wisdom Tooth Removal?

To ease the discomfort and contain the impact of the affected wisdom tooth, our dentists will cleanse and apply a local anaesthetic gel, prescribe painkillers and antibiotics (if needed to reduce any swelling prior to the surgery), and then trim any gum tissue that’s obstructing your wisdom tooth from growing out.

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What Happens During The Procedure For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Before the operation, a local anaesthetic will be administered to protect the patient from any pain during the procedure. Most usually the overlapping gums and bone around the tooth can be pushed aside followed by dividing the wisdom tooth and removing them in parts. The whole procedure usually takes about an hour depending on the complexity of the case.

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Wisdom Teeth Care After Surgery

You will be prescribed painkillers after the anaesthesia wears off and will need to complete a timely course of antibiotics for around 5 days to a week.

There may also be a little bit of bleeding from the operated wound, which can be absorbed by biting down on some clean gauze and throwing it away.

Gently brush the other teeth and rinse the mouth to keep any food from settling on the wound or causing it to bleed. Do try to minimise the amount of physical activity until the wound heals.

The patient may have a swollen cheek which can be eased with a cold pack while experiencing any stiffness or difficulty in opening and closing the jaw is normal. Stick to a diet of soft and soluble foods that requires less chewing, and avoid spicy food, smoking, and alcohol so it doesn’t sting or infect the raw wound.

After around a week, we will invite you for a follow-up appointment with our dentist to assess the state of the teeth and remove any stitching.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost



A dental procedure where a wisdom tooth is removed non-surgically. Typically used for teeth that have fully erupted into the mouth and are accessible. The process involves loosening and pulling out the tooth with dental instruments, often under local anesthesia.

Surgical Removal


This involves surgically extracting a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully emerged or is impacted within the jawbone.

The procedure may require incisions in the gums and removal of bone.

It’s more complex than a simple extraction, often requiring general anesthesia or sedation.

Should you be entitled to Medisave claims, you can claim up to S$1,250 for surgical procedures via Medisave.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are the rearmost molars that emerge during the late teen years to the early 20s. Although not everyone gets them, those who do can have up to four wisdom teeth, each seated in the furthest corners of the upper and lower jaws.

Are wisdom tooth extractions painful?

Wisdom tooth extractions sound painful but once we administer anaesthesia, it will significantly minimise discomfort.

When should my wisdom tooth be removed?

If the decay or impact threatens the dental health, alignment, and comfort of the your daily lifestyle, you should get them removed.

Is it necessary to remove my wisdom tooth?

Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but for people who do, removal is necessary if it’s impacting your dental health, alignment and comfort.

What is the cost of wisdom tooth extraction?

It ranges from $250 to $350 for extractions and $950 to $1,250 for surgical removal. See the section on costs to find out what’s the difference.

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Root Canal Treatment

What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

Also called endodontic treatment, a root canal procedure involves taking out the infected or affected pulp of the concerned tooth followed by a gentle yet detailed cleaning of the cavity, putting in a filling, and if needed, placing a dental crown to protect the tooth.  

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How Does Root Canal Treatment Improve Overall Dental Health?

Root canal treatment removes the infection from the tooth and allows the tooth to remain in the mouth for function and aesthetics.

If left untreated, it could further complicate the tooth’s condition, spread the decay, and leave the jaw bone vulnerable to disease. This procedure also allows patients to bypass the last resort option of extracting the entire tooth.

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What Does A Root Canal Process Involve?

A root canal is usually a same-day procedure depending on where the tooth is located (back teeth may require additional sessions because of the difficulty in accessing them and complex nerve pathways and roots) or the degree of damage borne by the tooth.

Step 1: X-Rays

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Our dentists will start by taking several X-rays of your teeth and the infected tooth to evaluate the depth, structure, and intricacy of the root canals.  

Step 2: Anaesthesia

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Anaesthetic reduces pain and discomfort to a minimum and is an essential step.

After applying topical and local anaesthesia, the dentist will gently access the root canal of the affected tooth.

Step 3: Cleaning

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Cleaning the root canals thoroughly to get rid of bacteria inside the root canal.

Step 4: Filling and Crowning

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The inside of the tooth will then be filled with a safe, durable, and compatible material followed by applying a suitable filling and setting a crown.

*Note: A tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure may be fragile compared to the other teeth but maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, teeth-friendly diet and regular dental checks) can prolong its durability.

Cost of Root Canal And Crown

Root canals range between $850 to $1450 depending on which tooth you need worked on and how complex your situation is.

Generally, molars (teeth at the back) are more difficult to treat, and have the most number of roots, so they generally take more time to work on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are root canal treatments painful?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we focus on doing every surgery gently. Before we start the root canal, we will numb the tooth where we’re going to work on. Once numb, you should experience minimal discomfort and pain throughout the procedure.

How is root canal done?

There are four main steps: 1) X-Ray; 2) Anaesthesia; 3) Clean and 4) Fill. These four steps can be completed on the same day.

Is there a situation when root canals cannot be done?

Some scenarios include severe infection that prevents a root canal from being effective. Another scenario involves having too little tooth to build a crown upon. In these cases, you might have to go for an extraction and/or implant.

Will root canal stop tooth sensitivity?

If you have sensitivity when biting or reacting to hot or cold foods, then you might have infected pulp that’s causing these issues. Book an appointment with us.

What is the cost of a root canal?

A root canal costs between $850 to $1,450 depending on complexity.

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Dental Fillings

When tooth decay happens, a dental filling may be needed to repair the tooth from the damage of the tooth decay.

Our dentists will start by conducting a preliminary examination of the affected teeth to assess whether they can be salvaged and the best course of action based on the patient’s needs and expectations.

What are dental fillings for?

Dental fillings are applied to preserve a tooth’s health by halting the decay caused by a cavity and patching up the hole caused by the tooth decay.

What type of dental fillings are often used?

Tooth filling materials include metal amalgams (consisting of mercury) and composite resin.

Today, most dentists would choose dental fillings without mercury in them.

Amalgam fillings

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Gentle Smile Dental Studio is a mercury-free practice.

Dental amalgam has been used to restore decayed teeth since 1830.

Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of about 50% mercury. Mercury vapour is released upon removal of amalgam filling.

Assuming you have mercury fillings, we can take this opportunity to remove these fillings using an internationally-recognised safety protocol.

Composite Resin restorations

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The most common used direct filling material at Gentle Smile Dental Studio. The technology used in composite resin allows it to be bonded/adhered to the tooth. With proper oral maintenance, composite resin restorations can last more than a decade.

Composite resin is tooth coloured, offering an aesthetic pleasing option for tooth restoration.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we follow a strict application protocol when we are placing composite resin restoration to improve the lifespan of the restoration.

Indirect Ceramic Fillings

Indirect ceramic filling is a dental procedure used for moderate-sized cavities. It’s more extensive than a regular filling but less extensive than a full crown, serving as a middle-ground restoration option.

Indirect fillings are custom-made in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. There are two methods.


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In contrast, onlays are dental restorations that cover one or more raised points on your tooth called cusps.

It’s like adding a protective cap to the tooth to make it strong again.

They’re used when the damage to your tooth is quite extensive, and it needs to be restored over a large portion of the chewing surface.

Tooth filling cost

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, filling a cavity or tooth fillings starts from around $200 and can vary depending on several factors. These factors include the type of material used and the complexity of the filling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental fillings painful?

Depending on the depth of the filling, dental fillings can cause discomfort, but pain can be minimized with local anesthesia.

Are dental fillings safe?

Yes, dental fillings are generally safe. They are widely used to repair cavities and restore tooth function. If you have a mercury filling that needs work, we follow the internationally-recognised Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.

What are dental fillings made of?

We only use dental composites when filling cavities. However, dentists have long used metal amalgam (consisting of 50% mercury), which is the other alternative dental filling material.

When do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Dental fillings typically need replacement when they show signs of wear, cracking, or leakage, or if new decay develops around them. Regular dental check-ups can help determine if a filling needs replacement. The lifespan of a filling varies, often lasting many years.

What do dental fillings cost in Singapore?

Dental fillings at our clinic start at $200 depending on various factors such as complexity and how much filling is needed.

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Dental Cleaning

A beautiful smile begins with having a good set of teeth.

During your dental check up, the dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Any areas that need special attention will be noted and addressed during the treatment.

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Teeth Cleaning Process

Here’s what you can expect from a routine dental cleaning service, which involves the two-part process of scaling and polishing plus application of flouride.

Teeth Scaling and Polishing

Scaling and polishing ranges from simple to complex, and the treatment process is usually gentle and painless.

Scaling and Polishing is important to minimise the risk of developing further tooth decay that will pose a problem for your general oral health. If required, you will need to visit the dentist for regular cleaning sessions and additional treatments to get your teeth and gums healthy again.

In the process, we will use an airflow prophy jet which will help with removing any stubborn stains that may have built up over time.

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Simple Scaling

For the simple version, your teeth will be professionally cleaned using special equipment and pastes that gently glide over your enamel, removing all the plaque and tartar built-up in the areas that are hard to reach using a toothbrush.

Complex Scaling

For complex scaling and polishing, besides more time being spent to remove the plaque and/or tartar build up on all your teeth – any additional risk factors will be highlighted and addressed during the treatment plan.

Flouride Application

Finally, we will apply a layer of fluoride onto your teeth.

Fluoride protects against cavities, remineralises your tooth enamel and prevents early tooth decay.

The application of fluoride will only take a few minutes and you are done!

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Final Step

Finally, your dentist will use a teeth model to demonstrate how to care for and maintain good oral hygiene at home. This includes the right technique to brush and floss, making both a regular habit, so that your teeth remain free from plaque in the future.

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Dental Cleaning Cost

The cost of a dental cleaning includes a dental check-up and then the deep cleaning of your teeth. Here are the prices.

Most people find dental cleaning to be a very relaxing experience. You recline in a comfortable chair with protective eye wear as the scaling and polishing begins.

For any specific hygiene needs, it is recommended that you come in for regular oral hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental cleanings necessary?

Dental cleanings are essential every six months for teeth cleaning, plaque removal, and tartar removal, preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

What is the normal cost for teeth cleaning?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, our dental deep cleaning procedure includes a check-up ($50), scaling and polishing ($130) and fluoride application ($40).

Will dental cleanings whiten teeth?

Dental cleanings can remove superficial stains, however, if your stains are deeply embedded, then you can consider our teeth whitening procedure.

Does a dental exam include cleaning?

Dental check-ups are part of the process of a dental cleaning. When our dentists examine your teeth, we’d give you recommendations on what you should do.

How long after dental cleaning can I eat or drink coffee?

Immediately, unless otherwise advised by our dentists.

Does dental cleaning hurt?

There might be some minor discomfort as we remove tartar and plaque during scaling, but otherwise, most patients without any special circumstances should experience little to no pain.

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General Check-Up

Some Singaporeans may only make a dental appointment upon facing certain issues such as toothaches, gum bleeding, and stained teeth.

But the truth is, Singaporeans who want to maintain great teeth throughout their lifetime must visit a dentist regularly.

Our teeth and gums are vulnerable to decay and damage because of the daily exposure to bacteria and wear and tear while eating and drinking.

A regular dental check-up can help you avoid future problems and keep your teeth in good shape.

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What to expect during a routine dental check up?


During a routine dental checkup, we will begin with a thorough assessment of your dental health.

During the consultation, we look out for,

  • Any dental-linked systemic issues;
  • Your dental hygiene;
  • Any tooth decay;
  • Erosion of enamel due to teeth grinding or clenching;
  • Risk areas such as the likelihood of cracked or chipped teeth and broken crowns, which may impair the ability to function.

Scale and Polish

During the dental check-up, you may get a scaling and polishing procedure done to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque).

It’s especially helpful if your brushing hasn’t perfectly cleaned out hard-to-reach areas of your teeth.

During scaling, we will scrape off tartar from the teeth, including below the gum line if necessary.

Polishing follows, which smooths the surfaces of the teeth, making it harder for plaque to adhere.

This procedure helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and can improve breath odour.

Flouride Application

We’ll also apply a layer of fluoride directly to the teeth.

This helps to strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay.

It can also help to reverse early signs of tooth decay.

The treatment is quick, and easy, and can be done after cleaning and scaling to provide additional protection against cavities.

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We aim to create a gentle and friendly environment when you come for your appointment.

Each appointment lasts about one hour, and by the time you leave, you will have freshly cleaned teeth!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a dental check-up in Singapore?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, a typical treatment would require a check-up ($50), scaling and polishing ($130) and fluoride application ($40).

Why are dental check-ups important?

Regular dental checkups prevent tooth decay, gum disease, ensure early detection of problems, and maintain overall oral health.

What do dentists check for at a checkup?

We check the general condition of your teeth and look for risks areas that might lead to further costs and pain down the road.

Why must I do a 6-month dental check-up?

Six months is an interval that works for most Singaporeans. However, our dentists might advise more frequent visits if your state of dental health warrants it.

Does a dental check-up hurt?

A dental checkup is usually painless, but some minor discomfort might occur during procedures such as scaling or if you have pre-existing dental sensitivity.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants: Your Solution to Missing Teeth

With the help of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, Singaporeans can bite normally and smile naturally.

Dental implants are not only durable but also designed to make patients look and feel good just like your natural teeth.

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What to expect?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio uses titanium or ceramic to make your dental implants, which is the preferred material among Singaporean dentists.

These are surgically embedded into your jawbone.

With the latest technology, our dentists can translate information from a 3D x-ray (CBCT) and an intra-oral scan of the mouth to create a stent/surgical guide to place the dental implant in the mouth in a more controlled and predictable manner.

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What Is The Structure Of A Dental Implant?

A dental implant consists of three sections.


The prosthesis is the top-most part and looks like a natural tooth.

In this case, it’s a single crown, but they can be a series of teeth (known as a bridge), or they can be dentures.

The prosthesis goes into the abutment.


The abutment is the middle part that connects the top to the bottom.

It can be made of metal, ceramics or polymers.


This is the implant that goes into your jawbone.

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Dental Implant Or Alternatives?

Dental implants can replace your missing teeth with one that feels and looks natural.

Their alternatives are dental bridges or dentures.

Each method has its benefits in time, cost and lifespan.

Consult our dentists to find out what’s best for your circumstances.

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Timelines For Dental Implants

3 months

2 regular appointments

2 quick appointments

The whole process normally requires 2 longer appointments (an hour) and 2 short visits which span over 3 months, depending on the complexity of the case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can dental implants be done in one day?

Dental implantations almost always require follow-ups. That said, specific methods can reduce the number of major appointments. However, not every patient is a candidate for same-day implants; it depends on individual factors such as bone density, oral health, and the specific conditions of the mouth and jaw.

Most people will leave with a temporary crown over the implant and the final, permanent crown is usually fitted after several months of healing. The permanent crown allows for more biting/loading.

What do dental implants look like?

They look like a tooth but usually with a titanium root. It is made of an implant (the titanium part integrated with the jawbone), an abutment (the connector between the implant and the crown), and the crown which looks like a natural tooth.

When are dental implants medically necessary?

Dental implants are medically necessary to restore function and prevent complications from tooth loss, like bone loss and bite misalignment.

When doing dental implants, can you be put to sleep?

Most likely, localised anesthesia will be enough.

Are dental implants permissible in Islam?

Please refer to Muslim.Sg’s FAQ.

Can dental implants fix crooked teeth or straighten teeth?

Dental implants are not a direct method for correcting crooked teeth but can help your aesthetics by replacing missing, broken, or chipped teeth.

What is the cost of dental implants in Singapore?

Here are estimates at our clinic, before GST.
CBCT (3D X-Ray) – $350
Straumann Implant with crown: around $4,500
You can claim about $1,250 from Medisave for the surgical part.

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Square Jaw

Singaporeans can have square jaws that detract from their ideal look. The good news is that Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help you create pleasant contours on your face.

What makes an ideal jawline?

A square jaw generally refers to the lower jaw bone jutting out on the side.

Those who are born with a strong jawline, naturally have a shorter face length, and square chin and could require masseter reduction surgery.

While some individuals are confident of their strong facial structure, some individuals, especially women, with square jaw may dislike it, and can’t wait to get rid of the excess bone jutting out (the angle between the chin and the neck that causes noticeable facial discordance of the female face, which is associated with masculine facial appearance).

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Three Causes Of Square Jawline?


Asian men and women tend to have more square-shaped jaws

Diet and habits

Eating hard or chewy foods will cause jaw muscle growth

Overnight tendencies

You might be clenching or grinding at night, causing your jaw muscles to grow.

​Square Jaw to V-Shape Treatment

Square jaw reduction reduces the width of the lower part of the face, especially if it is caused by the lower jaw bone and the surrounding masseter muscle.

The masseter muscle is a strong and thick rectangular-shaped muscle (performing the primary function of chewing) that wraps around the side of the lower jaw and causes a powerful elevation or contraction of the lower jaw.

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Square Jaw Reduction Process

You can’t totally fight genetics, but you can improve the appearance of your jawline through surgical or non-surgical procedures.

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Surgical treatment will involve removing the excess bone and/or muscles.

They include:

  • Jaw surgery
  • Masseter reduction
  • Chin shaving surgery


Non-surgical treatments to reduce a square jaw include:

  • Braces or clear aligners
  • BTX/ BTX
  • Nightguard

Cost and Timelines

BTX for square jaw reduction will be from $300-$500 (before GST) depending on the dosage required.

Repeated treatments may be required for non-surgical treatment as the results typically last 3-6 months. Our dentist will make a clinical assessment and customise the most appropriate procedure for you depending on your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are square jaws attractive?

Square jaws are seen as a masculine trait and is seen as attractive on men. However, female beauty prefers a V-shaped jawline.

What causes a square jaw?

Genetics, what you eat and overnight teeth grinding and clenching can cause your jaw muscles to grow, causing a square jaw.

How to make square jaw less prominent?

Our dentists can advise the best surgical or non-surgical method based on your situation. Surgical methods include jaw surgery, while non-surgical methods include BTX, Invisalign and nightguards.

Can I reduce my square jaw without surgery?

Yes. It’s possible to use non-surgical methods such as BTX, Invisalign and nightguards.

How long does square jaw reduction take?

It varies depending on the course of action required. For example, BTX is a process that needs topping-up at specific intervals, while jaw surgery requires consultation and surgery.

How much does jaw surgery in Singapore cost?

Jaw surgery has to be quoted on a case-by-case basis.

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Teeth Whitening 

For many Singaporeans, having a great smile is a crucial part of their overall appearance and teeth whitening plays a major role in bringing out a perfect smile.

The whiter your teeth, the brighter your smile, boosting your confidence by making you look pleasant and attractive.

With the help of our dentists, you can achieve results that will be faster, easier and more effective than any consumer-grade teeth whitening tool available in Singapore.

In one visit to Gentle Smile Dental Studio, you can whiten your teeth and bring out a more confident, pleasant and gentle smile. Book an appointment with us now.

Why Are My Teeth Yellow?

Your teeth could have intrinsic stains or extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic stains 

Intrinsic stains can look white, chalky, brown or grey-black. They are stains that are embedded into the teeth while they are developing or while those teeth have erupted.

Aging also causes intrinsic staining as layers of enamel are lost over time, and the darker portions of teeth get exposed.

Extrinsic stains

Your choice of food, diet and habits plays a big part in extrinsic staining of teeth and they are the most common reason for teeth yellowing in adulthood. Major contributors of lifestyle habits include drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking.

Extrinsic staining refers to stains that embed themselves on your teeth’s exterior or penetrate your tooth’s enamel. 

Most of this staining is caused by the interaction of pigments from food and beverages with the plaque covering the enamel surface. 

When stains penetrate the microscopic cracks and fissures of the teeth, they cannot be easily removed by consumer-grade whitening agents or brushing.

Why Do Teeth Whitening with Gentle Smile Dental Studio?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we can help you whiten your teeth with specialised tools that are exclusive to dental professionals.

We offer a comprehensive and tailored approach that is safer, more effective, and longer-lasting results compared to over-the-counter methods.

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Customised Treatment

Our dentists can provide home-based whitening treatments that utilise custom-fabricated dental trays to deliver the whitening agent.

This ensures a better fit and more effective coverage of the teeth, hence it’s more efficient in helping you whiten your teeth.

Our dentists can discuss your personalised treatment, set realistic goals, and make you aware of the process including what to watch out for. We will also answer any questions that you have.

Prescription-grade Whitening Agents

In-office procedures often use higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (25%-45%).

This can produce faster and more dramatic results compared to over-the-counter products. 

In contrast, over-the-counter whitening agents used in unregulated kits have a maximum concentration of 0.1%. 

The low concentration avoids any severe problems that come from user error, but this is far too low for any meaningful effect.

Since dentists like us have specialised tools, therefore, you can get whiter teeth in less time.

Professional Cleaning Before Whitening

To maximise effectiveness of our cleaning treatments, we can help you clean your teeth and remove any plaque to ensure that the teeth whitening treatments are working directly on your teeth

Our Teeth Whitening Methods

Sometimes, brushing is not enough!

We recommend two types of teeth whitening methods.

In-Office Chairside Whitening

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Whitening your teeth can make you look and feel more confident. It’s an easy process that just takes one visit to our dental clinic, where we will apply trays of gel firmly onto the teeth surface over the next hour until they look several shades lighter and brighter.

Take-home Kits 

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For patients who are looking for take-home kits, we offer an alternative effective maintenance program that will keep the colour of your teeth white. 

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In-clinic treatments provide faster and potentially more dramatic results.

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Fast results

You will see immediate results on the same day as your treatment. In about an hour, you’ll notice your teeth whiten significantly. 

Professional protection

Our dentists will take utmost care to protect your gums from whitening agents by using dental dams or protective gels.

Tackles deeper staining and yellowing

Chairside whitening remains the only option if your teeth are significantly stained beyond what a take-home, prescription-grade kit can help.

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You might prefer a take-home kit because

  • you don’t need immediate results;
  • prefer the flexibility;
  • your take-home kit can be used multiple times in the future.
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Patients can continue to whiten their teeth until they reach their desired shade.

Moreover, after the initial treatment, you will still have the trays and access to the whitening material, allowing them to touch up their smile as often as they like. 

Lower Costs

The cost of a take-home kit is lower than an in-clinic teeth whitening experience.

Custom Trays

These trays are custom-fabricated to fit your teeth perfectly so that the teeth whitening agents make contact with your teeth and ensure effective teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Timelines

Come to Gentle Smile Dental Studio for a consultation prior to your treatment for a safe, effective teeth whitening experience.

No matter which teeth whitening option you choose, we’ll meet two weeks after the treatment for a review.

In-Office Chairside Whitening

Firstly, we’ll have a 30 mins consultation.

Then, you choose between the Express and Premium package.

Express package: 45 mins consisting of two whitening cycles

Premium package: 1 hour consisting of three whitening cycles

Each cycle will consist of these steps:

  1. We’ll polish your teeth
  2. We’ll use a retractor and barrier to keep lips and gums away.
  3. We’ll apply the whitening gel 
  4. We’ll shine teeth whitening light 

After each cycle, we will replace the whitening gel and shine the light again for the next cycle.

Take-Home Kits

If you prefer a take-home teeth whitening kit, we will then use the digital scan from the consultation to fabricate whitening trays which means no need for mould/dental impression.

Trays will take 10 days to 2 weeks to be ready. 

Our Gentle Smile team will test the trays to ensure fit and to teach you how to apply the gel and give instructions for usage.

Take-home teeth whitening kits are used for 1-2 hours each day for two weeks.

How Do I Choose Between Premium And Express?

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

If you are an existing patient of Gentle Smile Dental Studio, your consultation with our dentists is waived. New patients require a short consultation ($50).

Take-home Teeth Whitening Kit


  • Three tubes for two weeks
  • Shade management

$350 for gel only
$650 for gel and customised trays

Express In-Office Chairside Whitening


  • Two cycles totalling 45 minutes of treatment in one visit
  • Up to four shades of whitening
  • Gum barrier included
  • Suitable for mild discolouration

Premium In-Office Chairside Whitening


  • Three cycles totalling 60 minutes of treatment in one visit
  • Up to eight shades of whitening
  • Gum barrier included
  • Suitable for moderate discolouration
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of treatment?

The cost of treatment ranges from $350 to $950.

How quickly can this treatment be done?

For take-home teeth whitening, it will take about two weeks. For chairside teeth whitening, your results will be seen on the same day. There is also a two-week follow up for all teeth whitening treatments.

What is the difference between in-clinic chairside teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits?

Both methods are effective in helping you whiten your teeth as they both use prescription-grade teeth whitening agents under the supervision of our dentists. The main difference between chairside teeth whitening and take-home kits is the time needed to see results, prices and your involvement in the process.

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Ceramic Crowns & Bridges

Our teeth are exposed to constant biting and chewing and occasional damage from dental decay. When there is too much damage to our natural teeth, there is the risk that they may fracture and removal of the tooth may be needed.

What Are Dental Crowns And Bridges?

To salvage a decayed, broken or loose tooth, a crown is a custom-made cap made of porcelain embedded onto the top of the tooth, based on the contours of a person’s teeth and bite. 

In the event of one or more missing teeth, a dentist may recommend getting a dental bridge, which is made of a couple of interlinked crowns that are gently placed on top of the missing tooth and the healthy teeth next to it.

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Why You Might Need A Dental Crown

The most common reason Singaporeans need dental crowns is due to dental cavities or fractures that compromise the tooth so much that simpler repairs won’t do.

Aesthetics can also be part of your consideration. Crowns can replace worn and discoloured teeth, helping you create an ideal smile with better shape, alignment and colour.

Typical Scenarios Requiring Crowns

Crowns are typically used on compromised teeth to avoid even larger repairs such as extraction, implantation.

In other cases, it can be used to enhance your smile.

  • Teeth with a root canal;
  • Teeth with compromised integrity from fillings, cavities, cracks and chips
  • Replacing teeth that are not uniform with other teeth in colour, shape and alignment.

What To Expect When Fitting A Dental Crown?

When it comes to restoring a broken or infected tooth, the dentist will proceed to polish the damaged portion before scanning the mould of the tooth with an intra oral scanner.

With technology, it is possible to have the crown done on the day itself, eliminating the need for a second visit and risk of temporary crown dislodging.

Same Day Crown?

Yes, it’s possible to get a crown on the same day here at Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

We have the technology to make ceramic/porcelain crowns with high durability and natural colour in one sitting.

Are you suited for a same-day crown?

What Dental Crown Materials Do We Use?

Crowns and bridges are made of oral safe, strong, and long-lasting materials such as ceramic/porcelain or metal to naturally blend in and give you a seamless smile. 

They also help retain the integrity of your original teeth and support your facial structure so you can eat and speak normally again.

What Happens When Attaching Dental Bridges?

While a crown procedure involves capping a single tooth, a dental bridge is created in support of the adjacent teeth. 

During the first visit for a dental bridge, the dentist will examine the health of the affected tooth and the strength of the adjoining teeth. In case the health of the gums or supporting teeth is compromised, the dentist may suggest a root canal or other appropriate dental procedures so a bridge can be fixed effectively. 

As done in the crown procedure, during the dental bridge application, a local anesthetic will be administered followed by shaving down the size and shape of the affected tooth and its neighbouring teeth. A plaster-based dental impression will then be taken to create a bridge to fit the shape and texture of the atrophied teeth.

A stopgap dental bridge will be attached to the area to protect the adjoining teeth until your custom-made bridge is ready.

On your next visit, the temporary bridge will be taken out while the dental bridge prepared for your teeth will be fastened on permanently.

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Crowns and Bridges After-care

Besides mild discomfort and sensitivity, patients can usually begin using their teeth within a couple of hours after the procedure. However, it is best to avoid food and drinks that are too hot or cold for about a week after. 

With proper dental care from brushing and flossing to regular dental health checkups, your crowns and bridges should last about a decade or more. It may take you around a couple of days to a week to adapt to your crown or bridge but you can feel free to flaunt your new smile confidently.

Timelines For Dental Crowns and Bridges

Same-Day Crown

Done within a few hours.

Costs about $2,500.

Traditional Crown

Two appointments, taking a few days to a few weeks

Costs about $2,000.

Dental Bridge

About two weeks.

Cost of a dental bridge starts at $5,500.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does getting a dental crown hurt?

Dental crown placement causes minimal pain but some discomfort is common, especially from dental drilling. Post-procedure, patients might experience tenderness or soreness. Our dentists will advise the best way to manage these symptoms.

What is the difference between crown, veneer and partial crown?

Crowns cover entire tooth, restoring severely damaged teeth. Veneers adhere to front surface, primarily for cosmetic purposes. Partial crowns (inlays/onlays) cover part of chewing surface or one cusp, treating moderate decay.

How long does a dental crown last?

About 5-20 years

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

Same-day crowns: within a few hours
Traditional crown: two appointments, a few days to weeks

How long does it take to get a dental bridge?

It takes about two weeks to get a dental bridge.

How much does it cost to get a dental crown?

Getting a traditional dental crown starts at $2,000 and same-day crowns start at $2,500.

How much does it cost to get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a more complex operation that depends on the number of teeth involved and the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums. The procedure starts at $5,500.

What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

A dental bridge fills space caused by missing teeth, anchored by teeth or implants on either side, while a crown covers an existing tooth to restore its shape or structural integrity.

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Mercury Free Restoration

Dentists in Singapore used to fill teeth with mercury fillings. Unfortunately, this means that millennials, Gen-X and senior Singaporeans can still have mercury fillings.

You will notice it. Unlike modern fillings, it has a dark, grey and silvery colour that degrades over time.

What Are The Benefits Of Mercury-Free Restoration?

✓ Aesthetics

✓ Health

✓ Restoration

Mercury-based amalgam fillings are also known to wear away, break or darken over time.

Besides mercury exposure, amalgam can also make your teeth and smile look quite unsightly, which makes mercury-free restoration all the more imperative to preserve the health and pristine look of your teeth. 

Do I Have A Mercury Filling?

Look for grey-silvery fillings.

They are not as white as teeth and not as black as tooth decay.

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What Are The Health Hazards Of Mercury?

The dangers of mercury poisoning are often heard of through the consumption of fish, although we are subject to harmless traces of mercury in the air around us, vegetables that are grown in untreated soil, and even drinking water.

Singapore and the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Singapore has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to reduce the use of mercury in order to reduce the environmental damage.

One of the Minamata Convention’s provisions is phasing down the use of mercury amalgams.

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, sustainability is important to us. We always recommend the use of ceramic or composite materials instead.


If you are concerned about your health, you can opt for mercury-free dental restoration.

Upon consultation with our dentist, we will provide our advice as to whether you should undergo mercury replacement dental work.

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What Happens During Mercury-Free Restoration?


The dentist will first examine the amalgam filling or crown to assess how deeply it is affixed and the best course of action to safely remove it.


On the day of the restoration, the dentist will use modern technology and the SMART method to take out the amalgam filling or crown without the risk of exposing you to further mercury emissions.


Gentle Smile Dental Studio uses the SMART technique.
This minimises contact with mercury residue.

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART)

Dr. Kelvin Chua is SMART certified since 2016. We take these extra precautions based on SMART’s protocol,

  • Air filtration to ensure no inhalation of mercury vapour
  • Dental dams to ensure that mercury fillings do not get swallowed or inhaled
  • Saliva extractor to reduce mercury exposure

Timelines and Costs For Dental Mercury Replacement

Mercury replacement dentistry takes one sitting and costs between $200-$500

The restoration process usually takes just one sitting, but also depends on the depth, age, and size of your amalgam filling or crown. 

If you need a crown made, a digital model of your teeth will be created which will act as a blueprint for the dental team to construct a customised ceramic crown for your teeth, which can take a few weeks. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to get mercury fillings removed?

Gentle Smile Dental Studio can help. We follow protocols from The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to do it safely.

How are mercury fillings safely removed?

Utilizing rubber dams, high-speed suction, and filters to minimize mercury vapor inhalation during the procedure.

What does Gentle Smile Dental Studio use to replace my mercury fillings?

Composite resins or ceramic fillings, which are safer and aesthetically pleasing.

How long does replacing mercury fillings take?

Replacing simple mercury fillings can be done in one sitting with more time needed for complex cases and replacement of crowns.

What is the cost for mercury replacement in Singapore?

Most patients will see their bill within the $200-$500 range.

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