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Old 06-11-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default NUS Faculty of Dentistry, Undergraduate Dental Treatment Service

Disclaimer: Any apparent advice given in this thread should NOT be taken as absolutely correct, and you should always seek the advice of your dentist, or that of a licensed dentist. Posts here are meant to give you an idea of what COULD be happening, and in no way should you make your decisions based solely on discussions here. Please bear in mind that this thread will be tended to by students, and as such, please exercise caution and common sense when evaluating opinions and advices. Should you decide to take any action on your own based on advice given in this thread, please take note that Brightsparks will not be responsible for the outcome. Take note that information here may not be 100% accurate.

All procedures and treatment rendered are supervised by Drs, who will verify and approve the treatments, as well as check on all procedures carried out by students.


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Basically, I am an undergraduate from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Dentistry. As undergrad students, during our 4-year course, the 3rd and the 4th years are clinical years where we treat patients. We treat mainly adults in the 3rd year, and then children in the 4th year. As such, we have to look for patients to treat – either from the public, or from friends and family, and render them the best treatment that we can. We are open to everyone, as long as they are suitable and willing to commit to treatment.

This thread will be personally tended to by me. It is meant to serve as a platform for students to practice what they have learnt, and for the forum users and public to ask questions or seek treatment if they deem necessary.

I do not know how this will turn out, but I hope that people will use this thread well. Ask any questions pertaining to your oral health, ask questions about treatment options, ask questions to clear your doubts. For dental students, I hope we will be able to help out as much as possible and apply what we have learnt.

NOTE: Feel free to post your questions here, but if you do not feel comfortable, you can drop me a private message and I will reply to you personally. All information will be treated as confidential unless you authorize the release of such information.
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Helpful Basic Information and Technical Jargons

Incisor Teeth – The 4, front-most teeth in your upper and lower jaw, that is commonly used to cut (or incise) food. Eg, Taking a bite out of an apple

Canine Teeth – They are the 3rd teeth from the incisors

Molar Teeth – These are the teeth that are located right at the back of your jaws and are commonly used for chomping food

Premolar Teeth – They are located between the canine and the molars, and are commonly extracted prior to braces treatment

Caries – A progressive destruction of tooth structure leading to decay

Cavity – A hole in the tooth caused by caries

Fillings – Materials that are placed into cavities in the teeth, in order to fill up the cavity to prevent bacteria and food from being trapped in the cavities, as well as to rebuild the lost tooth structure in order to restore function. There are 2 common types – Amalgam (the black material) and Tooth Coloured Restorations.

Calculus – Hardened depositions of salts on the surface of teeth, due to the continued accumulation of mineral salts

Scaling – A procedure using ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments to remove plaque and calculus from the surface of the teeth

Prosthesis – An artificial device that replaces a missing part of the body (in this case, a missing tooth, or part of a tooth)

Dentures – A prosthesis that contains fake teeth, which replaces missing teeth in the patient. There are 2 kinds – Removable Dentures (Partial or Full), or Fixed Dentures (also known as a Bridge)

Crown –A fixed restoration that completely covers the tooth

Root Canal Treatment – A procedure where by the inside of your tooth is cleaned out and filled with a material, in order to prevent the tooth from further decay and thus allowing it to continue its function in the mouth
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Is my oral health condition suitable for undergraduate dental treatment?

Here are some questions that you can ask yourself.

1. Do you bleed sometimes when you brush your teeth?
2. Do you already have fillings in one or more of your teeth?
3. Do you have one or more teeth that have been extracted or lost due to decay?
4. Do you have a history of dry mouth?
5. Do you feel pain or sensitivity, often when you consume hot or cold food or drinks?
6. Do you have bad breath that seemingly doesn’t go away?
7. Did your dentist tell you that you have many fillings that need to be done?


8. Do you floss at least once a day?
9. Do you visit your dentist regularly (Once every 6 months) for routine cleaning?

If your answer is YES to the questions in ORANGE, and NO to the questions in GREEN, it is likely that you are suitable for receiving dental treatment.
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What Is In For Me?


Comprehensive Care

Students are expected to render a comprehensive and complete treatment for their patients. This means that we are expected to treat all the problems that you have to the best of our abilities, and if it is beyond our ability, you will be referred to a specialist or a postgraduate student, or someone else who is able to care for you.


Personal Care

You will be receiving treatment from the same student unless he/she graduates, and in such a case, your approval will be sought first. Every time an appointment is made for you by the student, you will receive full attention. There will be minimum (or no) waiting time because the student is supposed to see you exactly at the time of the appointment.

Cheap Dental Care

As we are only students, the fees charged for our services are very cheap compared to rates in both public and private dental clinics. I cannot reveal the exact prices here, but if you are really keen on dental treatment but you cannot afford the rates in public clinics, this is the only place that has it cheaper. Please take note that we are NOT profiting from you.

Range of Treatment Options

Dentures
Fillings
Crowns and Bridges
Diagnosis for Orthodontics (braces)
Extractions
Root Canal Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing
Wisdom Tooth Surgery (Done by either: Final Year student OR demonstration to a 3rd year student but performed by an Oral Surgeon OR done completely by Oral Surgeon - for complex cases)
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What Should I be Aware of?

Time Commitment

Please be aware that you will be required to commit quite a lot of time for a couple of reasons.

1. Since we are expected to treat all your issues, we have to do it systematically. This begins with a complete Examination and Diagnosis and X-rays to determine exactly what issues and how many of them you have. Depending on the number of issues and the type of issues, it can take anywhere from weeks to months to complete treatment. If you are able to come down to our clinic once every 2 weeks or 3 weeks, that will be ideal (This part differs for different patients, depending on treatment type). The faculty does not allow patients to walk-in and just request for one certain problem to be fixed

2. As we are students, of course we will not be able to perform the procedures as quickly as licensed dentists. We give our best, and we hope to seek your patience and understanding

3. All procedures and treatment rendered are supervised by Drs, who will verify and approve the treatments, as well as check on all procedures carried out by students. As there are a limited number of supervising Drs, there will always be time spent waiting for the Drs to come and check

4. Each session will last 2 – 3 hours long, and are usually from 10am to 1pm, or 2pm to 5pm. We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

5. Some patients will be selected by students for use as an examination case – meaning he/she will have to finish your treatment and present your case in his final exam. Please take note that IF you cannot commit the time, please do not seek treatment with us. While we are concerned with your oral health condition, we have certain quotas to meet (certain no. of patients to be treated etc), and if you were to back out of treatment halfway, this will leave the student stranded and he would have wasted a whole lot of time. He/She may very well not be able to graduate on time. As such, please make this be known early to us, so while we will not render treatment to you, we will try our best to make recommendations or refer you to another place where you can get the treatment that you need
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and some other illnesses. Am I suitable for treatment?

A: We will conduct a medical history taking prior to any treatment, and this will be assessed and approved by a supervising Dr. If you are keen on treatment with us, don’t worry, just let us know your conditions and medications that you are taking.


Q: Can I come in to do scaling/fillings only?

A: No, I am sorry. We do not offer one-off services. If you come to us, you have to let us treat all of your issues.


Q: I already have dentures, but they are loose/not fitting well, can I come to have a new one made?

A: Yes of course!


Q: My friends/parents/siblings/cousins would also like to receive treatment. Can I bring them along?

A: Each student can only handle a certain number of patients. If you would like to bring someone else for treatment, check with the student first. If he already has too many patients, although he may not accept it, he may be able to find a classmate who needs more patients.


Q: Is there an age requirement?

A:
Not really. We treat anyone (minus children, until the 4th year) as long as you have issues. It is just that older people seem to have more issues for us to treat, hence we see a lot more people in the range of 40+ years old.


Q: I am able to come for treatment regularly, but sometimes I may need to travel overseas or be away for some time. Am I still suitable?

A: This depends on a case-by-case basis. Make this known to the student and he will be able to decide if you are suitable or not. Usually, it is not a problem, as long as you come back after going away.


Q: This treatment is taking so long! Is there no way to make it faster?

A: We hope you will understand that learning is a long process and we truly seek your patience and understanding. We would like to learn as much as we can, and in an environment that is as conducive as possible. While we would like to finish your treatment as quickly as possible (we also want to graduate on time!), we do not want to be sloppy, so that you are rendered the best care that you deserve. We ask for your time, in return for cheap and good dental care. If you are determined to look for dental treatment that is both very fast and very cheap, I am sorry, but this is not the place.

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MOD Ashearo: Feel free to ask any questions or post anything here. Please take note that if you would like to seek undergraduate dental treatment, you must send me a private message, and only to me. At the moment, I have not yet authorized anyone else on this forum to manage patients. If anyone else asks for your information in a private message and offers you dental treatment, please make this be known to me. You should not be sending private messages with your details to anyone else besides me. In time, I will authorize people to manage patients and they will be made known here. If you prefer to talk over the phone, drop me a private message with your mobile phone number and I will call you when I am available.

I check this forum every day since I am a Moderator here. That means, if you ask a question, it will soon be replied.

This thread is in ‘beta-testing’ phase. I will make changes whenever necessary.
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My class is being scheduled for oral surgery postings this term.

IF any of you need any teeth extraction, either prior to braces, or because the tooth is decayed, or wisdom teeth extraction, now is the time to drop me a message.

The cost is ridiculously low.

Extraction is a 'one-off' thing so you do not need to keep coming.
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