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What is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry, also known as biological or integrative dentistry, is a unique approach to dental care that prioritises the overall health and well-being of the patient.Holistic dentistry is a patient-centered approach that considers the entirety of an individual's health, rather than focusing solely on their teeth and gums. It considers how your oral health is connected to your overall well-being.

This approach means that your dentist will not only focus on fixing dental problems but also consider how these issues may be related to other health issues in your body. They may use treatments and techniques that are different from traditional dentistry to promote not just a healthy smile, but a healthy body too.

By recognising these connections, holistic dentists aim to address the root causes of oral health issues, rather than just treating the symptoms. They may collaborate with other healthcare providers to provide comprehensive care that considers the patient's overall health and lifestyle factors.

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In this holistic approach, the mouth is seen as a window to the rest of the body, reflecting its internal state.
Signs and symptoms in the mouth, such as inflammation, gum disease or infections can indicate underlying health issues in other parts of the body.
For example, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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How is Dental Health Linked to Overall Well-being?

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Healthy teeth are essential for proper chewing, which is the first step in the digestion process. Maintaining good dental health allows you to eat a nutritious diet, which is important for overall health.

Some systemic conditions, such as diabetes, can increase the risk of gum disease. Conversely, gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, highlighting the importance of maintaining good oral health.

Oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, and infections can have significant impacts on general health, contributing to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and even complications in pregnancy.

 

Teeth play a significant role in speech, helping to form sounds and words correctly. Dental problems such as missing teeth or misaligned teeth can affect speech, leading to difficulties in communication and potentially impacting self-confidence.
Dental issues can have a significant impact on self-esteem and mental health. For example, missing teeth or visible dental problems can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, leading to social withdrawal and decreased confidence.
Dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can cause pain and discomfort, affecting daily activities and overall quality of life.

How Do We Integrate Holistic Dentistry At Dental Designs?

Holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that focuses on the interconnection between oral health and overall well-being by combining modern technology, like digital X-rays, we aim to provide care that aligns with the body's natural processes. At Dental Designs, we provide:

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Minimally invasive techniques are all about preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible while still effectively treating dental issues.

For example, in the case of a cavity, we remove only the decayed part of the tooth and fill it with a mercury-free filling material. This preserves more of the healthy tooth structure compared to traditional methods, which might require a larger portion of the tooth to be removed.

Biologically Compatible Materials

Biologically compatible materials are those that are specifically chosen for their ability to interact effectively with the body's tissues without causing any harmful reactions.

One example is dental implants made from titanium. Titanium is known to integrate well with the surrounding bone tissue without triggering an immune response, hence allowing for the successful fusion of the implant with the jaw bone.

Focus on Preventive Care

Holistic dentistry focuses heavily on preventive measures to avoid dental issues.

Besides regular cleanings and dental examinations, we educate patients on lifestyle changes that promote oral health such as dietary adjustments, stress management and proper oral hygiene. This emphasis aims to reduce the need for invasive treatments in the future.

Patient Education

We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their oral health.

Education about the importance of diet and proper oral hygiene practices is crucial for maintaining good oral health. This knowledge enables patients to take an active role in their oral health care and make informed decisions about treatment options.

Holistic dentistry goes beyond fixing dental issues, it focuses on nurturing the entire body.

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Our Holistic Dental Services

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Mercury-Free Cavity Fillings

We avoid using amalgam fillings containing mercury and opt for safer materials like composite resins or ceramics, in order to restore tooth without toxins.

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Safe Removal of Mercury Fillings

We safely remove old metal fillings containing mercury to prevent contamination and replace them with safer alternatives.

 

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Titanium Dental Implants

Our clinic offers titanium dental implants, known for their durability and lower risk of gum disease compared to traditional options.

 

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TMJ Disorder Treatment

We provide holistic treatments for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, addressing the root cause for long-lasting relief.

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Metal-free Crowns

We offer crowns made from biocompatible materials that do not contain metal. Check out our same-day high strength ceramic and zirconia crowns!

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Laser Dentistry

Laser technology is used for gum disease treatment and oral surgery for minimally invasive surgery, avoiding stitches with faster healing times.

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Sleep Apnea Devices
Our sleep apnea devices are made from durable nylon to resist plastic degradation. Untreated, sleep apnea  poses significant long-term risks to overall health.
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ICON treatment

This treatment is used to treat unsightly white spots and internal discolorations in teeth for a more even appearance, while avoiding invasive drilling procedures.

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Mercury-Free Cavity Fillings

We avoid using amalgam fillings containing mercury and opt for safer materials like composite resins or ceramics, in order to restore tooth without toxins.

Find out more!
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Safe Removal of Mercury Fillings

We safely remove old metal fillings containing mercury to prevent contamination and replace them with safer alternatives.

 

Find out more!
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Titanium Dental Implants

Our clinic offers titanium dental implants, known for their durability and lower risk of gum disease compared to traditional options.

 

Find out more!
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TMJ Disorder Treatment

We provide holistic treatments for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, addressing the root cause for long-lasting relief.

Find out more!
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Metal-free Crowns

We offer crowns made from biocompatible materials that do not contain metal. Check out our same-day high strength ceramic and zirconia crowns!

Find out more!
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Laser Dentistry

Laser technology is used for gum disease treatment and oral surgery for minimally invasive surgery, avoiding stitches with faster healing times.

Find out more!
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Sleep Apnea Devices
Our sleep apnea devices are made from durable nylon to resist plastic degradation. Untreated, sleep apnea  poses significant long-term risks to overall health.
Find out more!
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ICON treatment

This treatment is used to treat unsightly white spots and internal discolorations in teeth for a more even appearance, while avoiding invasive drilling procedures.

Find out more!

Say Goodbye To Drills!

Are you putting off a filling because of the dreaded dental drill? We get it! the sound and sensation can be quite the fright!

 

Experience our drill-free dental services using laser technology with gentle water spray. Laser treatments are incredibly comfortable. What's more, they often eliminate the need for needles entirely, providing a stress-free experience.

 

Available only upon request. Special charges apply.

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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

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

Cost of Holistic Dentistry in Singapore

The cost of holistic dentistry can vary significantly, depending on the treatment plan developed by the dentist for each individual patient.

Generally, holistic dentistry may be comparable to traditional dentistry in terms of costs for common procedures such as cleanings, fillings and extractions. However, treatments that involve the use of biocompatible materials or specialised techniques may be more expensive. The cost of mercury-free filling starts from $174.40 per tooth.

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your specific needs and provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved, enabling you to make an informed decision about your treatment and budget accordingly.

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$174.40*

Mercury-free Filling (Resin) $174.40-$359.70 per tooth
Metal-free Ceramic Filling $659.45-$1744 per tooth
Metal-free Crowns  From $1,744 per tooth
Laser Dentistry From $327 per tooth
ICON Treatment From $300 per tooth
Nylon Sleep Apnea Devices From $4,142
TMJ Disorder Treatment From $299.75

*Price are inclusive of 9% GST

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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 Holistic Dentistry In Singapore

A holistic approach in dentistry considers overall health alongside dental health. It emphasizes preventive care, uses biocompatible materials and favours minimally invasive treatments.

Holistic dentists may offer nutritional guidance, address underlying causes of dental issues and collaborate with other health professionals. This approach aims to promote overall well-being by recognising the interconnectedness of the body's systems.

Holistic dentistry is also known by several other names, including:

  1. Biological dentistry
  2. Biocompatible dentistry
  3. Integrative dentistry
  4. Natural dentistry
  5. Alternative dentistry
  6. Whole body dentistry
  7. Environmental dentistry
  8. Wellness dentistry

Yes, holistic dentists do fill cavities. However, they may approach the process differently from traditional dentists.

Holistic dentists often prefer to use biocompatible materials for fillings such as composite resins or ceramics instead of traditional amalgam fillings, which contain mercury. They may also take a more conservative approach to removing decayed tooth structure, aiming to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible.

Overall, while the basic process of filling cavities is similar, holistic dentists may use different materials and techniques to align with their overall approach to dental care.

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