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What is Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleaning involves two key procedures: scaling and polishing. They are essential for removing plaque, tartar and stains from the teeth, which helps prevent oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities and bad breath. At our clinic, we perform standard scaling and polishing using gentle ultrasonic scalers for an effective and comfortable experience.
 
We also offer Airflow cleaning, where a pressurised jet is used to efficiently remove stubborn stains. Additionally, our Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive teeth. This treatment involves using a special dye to identify problem areas, allowing for a thorough cleaning.
 
Typically, dental cleaning is recommended every six months or as advised by your dentist. All our dental cleaning services are available with both our dentists and dental hygienists.

What is Airflow Cleaning?

Airflow cleaning is like a spa day for your teeth! This is a dental cleaning procedure that is especially effective in cleaning hard-to-reach areas that standard scaling and polishing may struggle with, such as the gaps between teeth and around braces or dental implants.

 

It's not only a great way to maintain dental hygiene for both kids and adults alike, but also ideal for quick teeth cleaning before special occasions like weddings, holidays or job interviews!

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What is Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)?

GBT combines airflow cleaning with a disclosing dye to effectively remove soft deposits and biofilm. But wait, what exactly is a biofilm?

Dental biofilm is a soft, sticky film primarily composed of bacteria that stick to teeth and other surfaces in the mouth. If not removed properly, this biofilm can mature and become more difficult to remove, eventually causing dental problems like cavities and gum disease.

Biofilm is barely visible to the naked eye. The disclosing dye used during a GBT session will reveal areas with biofilm buildup, helping the dentist to target these problematic areas precisely during cleaning. Using the airflow cleaning device, the dentist will then remove the biofilm and stains, guided by the dye markings.

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The Dental Designs Difference: Here's What We Use To Clean Your Teeth

THE AIRFLOW PROPHYLAXIS MASTER.

This innovative dental device for professional teeth cleaning is made in Switzerland by EMS. Designed for patient comfort, it ensures thorough biofilm and stain removal, reducing treatment time and enhancing overall teeth cleaning experience.

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Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

How does Standard Scaling and Polishing Differ from GBT?

 

Feature
Standard Scaling and Polishing
Guided Bioflim Therapy (GBT)

Application

Water

Air, water and fine particles

Use of Dye

No dye

Disclosing dye is used

What it removes

Removes soft and hard deposits (tartar buildup)

Removes tough stains, biofilm and soft deposits

Tooth Sensitivity

More

Less

Cleaning Time

40 - 50 mins

50 - 60 mins

Patient comfort

Some patients may dislike the sound as it emits a humming or high-pitched whistling sound

Some patients may find it messy due to spraying of powder

Cost

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What Can I Do to Care for My Oral Hygiene?

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Bacteria naturally accumulate on teeth and cannot be entirely removed by brushing and flossing alone. This buildup can potentially lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Remember to schedule your regular 6-month checkups and professional cleanings at the dentist to maintain your oral health.

Following your dentist's instructions is crucial for maintaining good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing correctly, using mouthwash, and following any specific advice given after dental procedures. Your dentist may also recommend dietary changes, such as reducing sugar intake, and lifestyle adjustments like quitting smoking.

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and follow any special instructions your dentist or hygienist has given you to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

In addition to regular oral hygiene practices, it's important to promptly address any dental issues. If you experience toothache, bleeding gums, or other problems, schedule a dental check-up immediately. Early detection and treatment can prevent complications and maintain your oral health.

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

Feature

Number of implants needed

Implant placement

Implant angulation

Need for bone grafting and other surgical procedures like sinus lift and nerve repositioning

Treatment timeline

Traditional Implants

Requires one implant for each missing tooth

Implants have to be placed where the individual tooth is missing

Align with adjacent teeth and supporting bone

High probability, especially if sufficient bone is not present to support the implant, or vital structures like nerves and sinus membrane are in close proximity

Have to wait for a healing period of 3-6 months before artificial teeth can be placed

All-on-4 Implants

Requires 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth

Implants are strategically placed in areas of jawbone with the highest bone density

Two implants at the back are placed at 30-45 degrees

Less probability of requiring adjunct surgical procedures

You receive your temporary artificial teeth immediately after placement of the implants

What It Means If You Choose All-on-4

Overall cost of treatment is reduced

Stable implants and artificial teeth

Stress from daily activities such as chewing and swallowing is distributed efficiently

Overall cost of treatment is reduced, less recovery time and less stress for patient

Patient receive their new teeth on the same day as surgery

What Are The Pros and Cons of Airflow Cleaning/GBT?

Pros

  • Effective in eliminating stubborn stains like those from coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine
  • Reaches areas where traditional cleaning may struggle to get, such as the nooks and crannies of brackets and bands
  • Gentle and minimally abrasive to tooth surfaces
  • Is a quick and efficient procedure, often taking less time than traditional scaling and polishing
  • Comfortable for sensitive teeth

Cons

  • The airflow device sprays a mixture of water, air and powder onto the teeth, which may cause some spraying. We use a dental protector over the lips to shield from any spraying
  • The specialised equipment and cleaning powder used in airflow cleaning can increase the overall cost of the procedure
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Process of Getting An Airflow Cleaning At
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1. Assessment

Our dental professional will assess your oral health, which includes examining the teeth and gums for signs of biofilm, tartar and staining. This assessment helps determine the extent of cleaning needed and identifies areas of concern.

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2. Disclosing Procedure

For GBT procedures, a disclosing agent will be used to highlight areas of concern.

Disclosure with GBT: A non-toxic disclosing dye will be applied to your teeth to highlight areas of biofilm on the teeth. This dye helps you to visualise the areas that need attention during the cleaning process and to guide the biofilm removal.

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3. Airflow procedure

Airflow cleaning: Airflow gently removes surface stains and biofilm using a gentle stream of air, water, and fine powder. A special high vacuum suction tip will be used at the same time to remove all the debris.

Removal of Hardened Tartar: Any remaining tartar will be removed using ultrasonic scalers.

Fluoride Application: A fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen the teeth and protect against tooth decay.

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4. Review Check

Our dental professional will do a final check to ensure that biofilm and tartar are fully removed. Routine teeth cleaning with GBT is recommended every 3-6 months for optimum gum health.

Follow-up appointments are an essential part.  These appointments allow your dentist to monitor your progress, and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

Cost of Airflow Cleaning/GBT in Singapore

The cost for teeth cleaning can vary significantly and is determined by the individualised treatment plan created by the dentist for each patient. Factors that influence the cost include the type of cleaning preferred by the patient and the extent of cleaning needed.

For instance, some patients may opt for basic scaling and polishing, which effectively removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and along the gumline. This is a standard cleaning method that many find sufficient for their needs.

On the other hand, some may prefer other cleaning options like airflow cleaning with Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT). This method is particularly effective at reaching and cleaning difficult areas that basic scaling and polishing might miss. The cost of standard scaling and polishing starts at $109, inclusive of 9% GST.

STARTS FROM

$109*

Scaling and Polishing $109.00
Prophy Jet Stains Removal  $65.40
Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) $196.20

*Price are inclusive of 9% GST
**As treatment is customised, your dentist will be able to advise the treatment costs during the consultation.

Creating Smiles, Changing Lives

Over 28 reviews

The service and doctor is the best in town! The customer service and receptionists are very friendly! Dr Phillip Miller and Dr Noah Teo is very nice and very professional on their skill! They also very patient to explain to me about the treatment!

Will come back again!

Thank you very much!

李岳侨
Beautiful and friendly dental clinic, was recommended by my colleague. Been coming here for dental cleaning and fillings. Always a good visit!
J. Kho

This dental clinic has very good staff who are well trained and friendly. The dentists are also very good and will explain the treatment in detail before starting treatment. The equipment is very high tech and I believe they are able to do high quality work as I did my crown here and it looks much better than my colleague who also recently did his at another place. The waiting room is also very comfortable. good job!

C. Zheng De

This clinic is one of the best I have ever seen. I saw dr Justin for my implant which I did many years ago, the tooth was loose, and other drs told me to remove it as they could not find out what brand it was but dr Justin was able to take 3d xrays and locate the brand and specially ordered the part in. he saved me from having to do a surgery to remove and put a new implant which would have cost me a bomb. the tooth looks even better than the original thanks to the experieced dental technician Katsuya from Japan. 

Very happy and will keep coming back for my regular dental. 

G. Hock An

my workplace is close by and I had a problem with my tooth for a few days, so I made an appointment to come down. The receptionist who booked my appointment was very helpful and friendly to explain the way to the clinic from my office. I saw Dr Nicholas who was able to do a root canal treatment on the same visit so that I didn't need to come back. I felt safe and comfortable to do my dental treatment here as the dental picks are all wrapped up and sterilized and only opened before each treatment when im inside. 

P. Wendy

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Frequently Asked Questions about Airflow Cleaning in Singapore

Dental Airflow Cleaning is generally safe and suitable for most patients, including those with sensitive teeth or gums. However, individuals with certain dental conditions or respiratory issues should consult with their dentist before undergoing this procedure.

Dental Airflow Cleaning is typically painless and comfortable for most patients. However, individuals with sensitive teeth or gums may experience mild discomfort during the procedure. Your dental hygienist can adjust the airflow settings to ensure your comfort.

The duration of Dental Airflow Cleaning depends on the individual's oral health and the extent of cleaning required. On average, the procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

While Dental Airflow Cleaning is an effective adjunct to regular oral hygiene practices, it is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily, are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Gum disease typically begins with mild symptoms like gum redness, swelling, and bleeding which, if untreated, can worsen to issues such as gum recession, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, and bone loss. In its advanced stages, gum disease can result in loose teeth and tooth loss.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection of gum disease, as it can progress without showing noticeable symptoms. During a dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will look for signs of gum disease and tartar buildup. They may also measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums, as deeper pockets can indicate more severe gum disease.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to see your dentist for a proper evaluation and treatment:

  • Gums that bleed easily during regular brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen gums that suggest inflammation
  • Teeth with exposed roots due to receding gums
  • Teeth that are sensitive, particularly to hot, cold or sweet food and drinks
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Shifting teeth or noticeable gaps between teeth
  • Loose teeth resulting from progressive gum and bone deterioration

These instructions will help you care for your teeth after airflow scaling and maintain a healthy and bright smile.

  1. Local Anaesthetic: If you have been given an anesthetic, it will take a few hours to wear off so be mindful not to bite your lip or tongue. Wait after the numbness wears off before eating or drinking anything hot.
  2. Discomfort: Some initial discomfort is normal. If you experience persistent pain or discomfort, contact your dentist for evaluation.
  3. Avoid Cold, Hot and Dark Coloured Foods: Refrain from having too hot or cold foods immediately after getting your teeth cleaned.
  4. Oral Hygiene: Maintain regular oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and flossing around the bridge area. Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash if recommended.
  5. Follow-Up Appointments: Attend scheduled follow-up appointments as advised by your dentist for ongoing care and maintenance.
  6. Prompt Reporting: Notify your dentist promptly of any concerns or issues to ensure the longevity and optimal function of your dental bridge.

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