Our teeth are highly important to us — not only do they impact our appearance, they’re essential for us to chew on food. Simply put, we can’t do without teeth and we need to take care of them by practicing good oral hygiene.
When a tooth is decayed, filling is usually placed to fill the decay. However, if the decay is large, fillings might not work due to the lack of healthy tooth structure. That’s where dental crowns come in — dental crowns improve the appearance of teeth by completely encasing the treated tooth. They help to restore the appearance and function of the damaged tooth and can last up to 15 years.
In Singapore, patients get to choose from a wide range of dental crowns, including metal crowns and all porcelain crowns that blend in with natural teeth. As they can be quite expensive, it’s all the more important that you find a good dentist that will ensure your dental crowns are fitted properly.
Below, we share Singapore’s three most sought after dental crown specialists.
Dr Justin Giam
Visits to the dentist may be unnerving, but Dr Justin Giam makes dental appointments a breeze due to his warm and likeable personality. He tries his best to put every patient’s nerves at ease, and as clinical director of Dental Designs Clinic, he’s always ready to impart his dentistry knowledge in straightforward and understandable terms.
Dr Giam’s patients are full of praise for his professionalism and some even give his clinic the honorary title of the best dental clinic in Singapore!
In this video, you can find out more about Dr Giam’s vision in dentistry as well as get a taste of his friendly personality.
Dr Giam personally prefers porcelain crowns due to their life-like appearance and translucency, which mimics real teeth. He imparts natural designs to avoid giving patients the stock standard stereotypical look and uses only high quality and genuine materials from Norway and Sweden. All dental crowns are made in-house to ensure full quality control and are hand stained and polished individually.
Dr Giam also prefers to contour and “unroof” crowns around their furcation area as this makes for easier cleaning. It’s clear to see how patients are the heart of his practice and his passion for dentistry is evident on his Facebook page, where he regularly shares interesting updates about his craft. Such enthusiasm only translates to excellent work in the dental room.
Apart from being an international dentist speaker, Dr Giam is also a CEREC trainer, where he teaches dentists how to create Same Day Crowns. Recently, he did a live demonstration on CEREC crowns at the IDEM Scientific Conference.
Dental Designs has a calm and welcoming environment due to its easy colour palette and large window panes that allow natural light to shine through — it’s no wonder why patients immediately feel at ease. The walls of the clinic are also plastered with street photography, which is also another interest of Dr Giam.
Location wise, the clinic has two outlets within the CBD (Chinatown and Telok Ayer), so it’s highly convenient for office workers especially during emergencies.
Clinic website: https://dentaldesigns.com.sg
Address:120 Telok Ayer Street, S068589
#03-01 Robinson Road, S048543
Opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat: 9am-1pm
Contact number: +65 6221 8284
Dr Marlene Teo
Dr Marlene Teo can tell a lot about you just by looking at your gums. The founder and director of An Dental is an American board certified periodontist who specialises in implant dentistry, aesthetic gum recontouring surgeries and dental tissue regeneration. She’s also skilled in treating patients with dental phobias with much success — just ask her patients who have gotten rid of their fears of the dentist chair.
Dr Teo’s lineup of accomplishments include Adjunct Lecturer for NUS’ Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology course, President of the Women’s Implantology Network and a key opinion leader for heavyweights like Oral-B and Straumann Global.
Further, she lectures proficiently in English and Mandarin on topics like dental tissue regeneration and soft tissue esthetics in implant dentistry. If you’re looking for a dentist who’s equal parts knowledgeable and friendly, Dr Teo might be the one to trust your teeth with.
You don’t have to meet Dr Teo in person to get a taste of her passion and knowledge in dentistry — her website, drmarleneteo.com, is filled with prolifically-written blog articles. Instead of boring her readers with technical terms, she comes up with interesting and relatable angles to ensure that the importance of good dental health is spread to all.
As a certified yoga teacher, Dr Teo firmly believes in the importance of holistic wellness and good health as these things will ultimately affect your dental health. Her keen interest in the arts and science influenced her to marry both eastern healing philosophies and the latest western technologies in her treatment plans.
An Dental looks every bit the opposite of how you would envision a dental clinic to look like. The clinic’s welcoming white and pink colour palette definitely puts patients’ fears at ease, as does the luminous lighting. Plastered on one of their feature walls is a phrase “As Within, So Without”, which represents An Dental’s philosophy of inner and outer beauty.
Clinic website: https://andental.sg
Address: International Building, 360 Orchard Road, #03-06/07, Singapore 238869
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm
Contact number: +65 6513 9549
Dr Kevin Ong
On top of general dentistry procedures, Dr Kevin Ong has gained a reputation for himself as the man behind Smiledesign, a procedure that allows patients to custom design their dream teeth. Other aesthetic procedures he specialises in include teeth whitening, dental crowns and veneers.
When it comes to getting dental crowns, Dr Ong advises patients to first understand the overall goals they would like to achieve. How much are you willing to spend? Would you be satisfied with metal crowns? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Dr Ong also recommends taking advice from friends who have dental crowns and then discussing with your dentist on the process, maintenance, reliability and longevity of the crowns.
Despite his hectic schedule, Dr Ong is more than happy to answer questions regarding dentistry. He conducts free webinars occasionally and his patients can vouch for his generosity and skills. Such magnamosity is hard to come by!
TheDentist@Orchard is a large, snazzy dental clinic located at orchardgateway. Patients can rest and relax at the clinic’s lounge, or simply peer and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Orchard Rd at their multiple window panes. Definitely, TheDentist@Orchard appears to be a lot more upclass compared to Dental Designs and An Dental.
Clinic website: https://dentistatorchard.com
Address: #03-01, orchard gateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am-6pm, Tues & Thurs: 10am-7pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
Contact: +65 6738 5833