Friday, July 9, 2010

Wisdom Teeth

Removal of wisdom tooth

Why do we remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth, as commonly known, is actually the third molar tooth. For most of us wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the mouth, usually erupted during the late teens or early 20's. For most of us wisdom teeth are either fully erupted, partially erupted or do not erupt at all.

It is common to have some discomfort during eruption of wisdom teeth, epecially the lowers. The most common complaint is pain and swelling. This is normally followed by fever, difficulties in mouth opening, and of course eating. These will normally subside after a few days, however some will require a visit to the dentist or Oral Surgeons for cleaning and a course of antibiotics and painkillers.

Subsequently the teeth might require removal. Since most of wisdom teeth, mainly the lower, are impacted, removal means a minor oral surgical procedure.

The reasons why wisdom teeth have to be removed:
1) recurrent gum infection (pericoronitis)
2) decay (caries)
3) decay of the adjacent teeth
4) cyst developing around the unerupted teeth
5) other reasons deemed removal necessary (during consultation with Oral Surgeon)


Close-up photo of infected gums around a partially-erupted third molar tooth

Untreated infection spreading to the cheek and neck

X-ray showing a carious wisdom tooth, and the second adjacent molar

Impacted third molar causing decay in the adjacent tooth

Cyst associated with the unerupted third molar

What is third molar surgery

Prior to the surgery, it is very important to have an OPG x-rays taken for a thorough assessment of the anatomy, i.e the shape of the tooth, and the nerve around it.
Third molar surgery is the most common oral surgical procedure performed. This is because most of third molar teeth are partially and unerupted, making it impossible to extract it normally.

As the complexity involved and potential risk, the procedure is better carried out by a qualified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Majority of surgery is carried out under a local anaesthesia, i.e with 'injections" to numb up the area. Only a small number of cases have to be done under a general anaesthesia due to the difficulties involved.

Prior to the surgery, you can eat / drink as normal.

This is how the surgery is carried out. After the tooth is removed, a few sutures will be applied to the surgical area. This will be removed in a few days. During the healing period, you will be given medications for pain relief.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Our Centre

Case 2

This gentleman was referred to us for permanent replacement of his denture with implant-retained bridges. The challenge was he had a chronic periodontal problem, and most of his teeth were mobile.

He was then referred to a periodontist, who had suggested multiple extractions of upper teeth due to the severity of his gum problems. However a few teeth has been retained, because they are still firm and the patient wish to keep them.
Multiple units of dental implants were placed and 3 separate screw-retained bridges were constructed.

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Case 1

This young lady was referred to us with a history of loss of 4 front teeth 15 years earlier due to motor vehicle accident. She has been wearing dentures ever since, and now looking for a more permanent replacement.

The problem faced was massive bone loss due to resorbtion. Decision was made to place 2 dental implants, with simultaneous bone grafting using a mixture of patient's own bone (taken from her chin) and synthetic bone graft.

After healing period of 6 months, a 4-unit bridge was constructed to replace her denture.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dental Implants - Part 1

What are dental implants? Dental implant is a titanium implant that is placed into the jaw/gum to replace missing teeth. Why titanium? Titanium is the most inert (accepted by human body) and there is no known case of titanium allergy, and it doesn't corrode compared to metal such as iron etc.

Dental implant is one of the latest innovation in dentistry. Previously, any missing teeth can only be replaced with a denture, which is although removable is troublesome and not accepted by everyone. Although dentures are still available as an easier and cheaper option of treatment, dental implant has become more popular because it is the best replacement for natural teeth.
Dental implant is placed to replace the root of the tooth. Once the healing process is completed (around 3 months) the preparation can be made for construction of tooth. The teeth are normally made of porcelain, the shape and colour is 'custom-made' to complement the rest of the teeth.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009


We have a very experience orthodontist (specialist in orthodontics) offering treatment to straighten crowded teeth (braces). The cost varies depending on the type of braces. We are now offering an 'easy payment' scheme, i.e initial deposit of 1/3rd, and the balance to be paid over the course of treatment, usually around 2 years. Please don't hesitate to call the clinic if you want to find out more. We are also offering ceramic orthodontic braces, which is hardly visible and aesthetically pleasing.

OrthodontImage via Wikipedia

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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Treatments offered:

We specializes in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. However, we are also offering other dental treatment as shown below:

1) Scaling and polishing of teeth
2) Teeth bleaching/whitening using the Zoom system
3) Dental x-rays - small dental films, OPG, Lateral ceph
4) Aesthetic fillings using tooth-coloured dental composites
5) All different types of dentures (false teeth)
6) Root canal treatment
7) Crowns ,bridges and veneers
8) Orthodontics (braces) for straightening crowded teeth, for children and adults
9) Surgical removal of impacted teeth (including wisdom teeth)
10) Dental implants for replacement of single and multiple teeth, and also for denture retention
11) Oral and Maxillofacial trauma
12) Consultation/treatment of oral medicine cases - facial pain etc

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Hi Everyone,

Bangsar Utama Dental Specialist Center was born under a dedicated Cosmetic Dentist; Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon whom are willing to offer better smile for the people. We are offering quality , safe and painless dental treatment. Its a one stop Dental Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Our Clinic Operating hours:-

Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday - By Appointment Only
Public Holidays - Closed

Dr. Shamsul Anuar Ahmad

Contact Number: 03-2282 4339
Fax Number: 03- 2282 9472
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* We accept payment in cash or credit cards *

* Please don't hesitate to call for appointments or any consultations *

Please feel free to post any questions on dental problems...give us some time and we will be glad to answer them for you.

Have a Nice Day!!!

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