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October 23, 2008

“Climbing the invasiveness ladder”

Blogged under Dental Education,Personal by DrJean on Thursday 23 October 2008 at 12:38 am

I just came back from Salt Lake City,Utah in the United States of America after attending the Asia Pacific Key Educators Conference hosted by Ultradent Products Inc,a leading dental manufacturer in the US.

What a timely reminder for me personally,that we have only that much of tooth structure in our oral cavitites! How invasive do we want to be as dentists,in the name of practising modern,high-tech dentistry? Are we destroying more tooth structure than necessary or are we going all out to preserve as much of it as we can? 

This conference covered many topics,including latest updates and trends on whitening,root canal treatment,bonding technology in tooth restorations,aesthetic dentistry and tissue management in dentistry.However,my main take-home point was this -it confirms my conviction about wanting to keep as much natural tooth structure as possible in the mouth.Hence my occasional reluctance and refusal to do certain procedures for my patients is justified.

The man behind Ultradent is the incredibly smart yet amazingly warm and friendly Dr Dan Fischer.He started the company almost 30 years ago in the basement of his house and today it is an establishment with more than 700 employees and sits on a sprawling piece of land in Salt Lake City with a 220,000 square-foot building.

We had the privilege of hearing Dr Fischer share his passion about preserving tooth structure and how we should,as dentists be committed to respecting the tooth structure and educating our patients about it.



Ultradent was such a wonderful host to all of us delegates from Malaysia.India,Philippines,Hong Kong,China and Mongolia.We were made to feel so much at home right from the moment we arrived .The hospitality was genuine and warm,the food was great and plentiful, the programmes were authentic and fun.They even arranged a day of sight seeing for us down to the canyonlands of Southern Utah.



Great trip!! ..except for the lonnnggggg journey and the horrendous jet lag that followed…… 🙁


October 9, 2008

Cosmetic Dentistry-current trends and options

Blogged under Aesthetic Dentistry,Dental Education by DrJean on Thursday 9 October 2008 at 8:17 am

The “in” thing currently on teeth appearance in the US is long,squarish and white,BO shade(aka toilet-bowl white) teeth.

Who knows,in a couple of years,this may change to the small,oval and not-so-white look.

This is what trends are all about.They change.Whatever it is,most Hollywood celebrities are sporting this kind of teeth.


And,I can assure you that many who are non-celebrities aspire to do likewise.

So.what are the options for a lady to look like Halle Berry or Jessica Simpson?Oops sorry,I mean to have teeth like them.What would it take for the men to have Tom Cruise’s set of pearly whites? Or even Shrek’s Chiklets teeth?

Teeth whitening,be it the one-hour professional whitening or the take-home DIY whitening kit,is a good start.As I have mentioned previously,if you are not contra-indicated for teeth whitening,then you would be able to achieve a reasonably brighter smile.

Other options include porcelain or resin-bonded veneers to change the shape and colour of your teeth.However,these treatment options may not be appropriate for everyone.Sometimes,other treatments are required as an adjunct treatment.For example,one may need some sort of gum surgery to improve the shape of the teeth.Orthodontic treatment is often a treatment of choice for poorly aligned teeth.Other lesser known options include corrective jaw surgery and more extensive gum surgery to lengthen the teeth.

Whatever the treatment of choice,my stand as a dental care-giver is that one should not attempt to have healthy tooth material removed extensively just for the sake of aesthetic and beauty.We need to manage our expectations.We are after all only blessed with one set of permanent teeth which is to last us the rest of our lives.




Buka Puasa

Blogged under iSmile team by DrJean on Thursday 9 October 2008 at 8:13 am

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri has come and gone. In the busyness of it all,we still found time to organise a Buka Puasa (breaking of fast) party during the month of Ramadhan.



Good food and good company 🙂

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