We provide general dentistry services as well as prosthodontics and implant dentistry. Quality specialty dental treatments cannot stand alone. Providing quality general dentistry is its foundation. All sound restorative dental treatments must be done only after the disease control phase of dental treatment is complete. General dentistry establishes healthy and infection-free mouth first. Then, restorative/implant dentistry can achieve its goal: an excellent prognosis.
Dr. Koh is not only a specialist but also a dentist. An experienced dentist in all general dentistry. If you are looking for a place for quality general dentistry, this is the right dental office. We emphasize our specialty area like implants, crowns, dentures and cosmetic dentistry but, a lot of our patients have been served with general dentistry by us.
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Cleaning & Gum treatment
Brushing and flossing go a long way in keeping your mouth free of bacteria and disease; however, it is highly recommended that you come for regular cleanings and checkups to ensure that your oral health is in good shape.
We are able to clean those tough-to-reach spots that normal tooth brushes do not do a good job of cleaning, and they can check for any cavity or anomalies before they become too severe and therefore more expensive.
We believe that your mouth should be free of infection before we start any restorative phase of dental treatment. If you are in need of treatment for gum disease, we will take care of it first to prepare a sound foundation for a successful restoration.
Cavities are infections on your teeth caused by bacteria. When the food, saliva, bacteria, plaque is not cleaned off from your teeth, the acid that is produced by the bacteria starts to eat away at your tooth and causes what we know as cavities. Your mouth has to be free of these infections to ensure a proper restoration.
We will clean and take care of your cavities with effective, natural-looking filling material, which does not contain mercury.
After the removal of decayed tooth structure composite resin is packed in the hole with a bonding agent. It is set in the mouth under a blue curing light. It is a widely used form of fillings and works great for small to medium size cavities.
Indirect fillings – inlays & onlays
When the size of cavity is extensively large or deep, an impression is made after the hole is prepared. And the restoration called inlay or onlay is made in the lab with gold or ceramic. The hole is temporized with a temporary filling and patient is dismissed. After several days the restoration is cemented into the hole using a dental cement.
Inlays & onlays provide excellent support where the damage of the tooth is quite severe. While composite resin shrinks during setting, inlays & onlays are fabricated in exactly desired dimension outside the mouth without distortion. Composite resin filling sometimes cause post-treatment sensitivity but inlays & onlays rarely do so. Inlay & onlays are a conservative treatment for significant tooth decay because it doesn’t require filing down of the tooth in comparison with crown preparation. They last longer the the usual fillings. However, they require multiple visit and are more expensive than fillings.