Awards and Achievements
- Medal of Commendation by the President of the Republic of Singapore, 2003
Dr Ho Kok Sen has over 23 years of experience in his field and currently holds the position as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Specialist Dental Group®. He completed his BDS and MDS at the National University of Singapore in 1997 and 2002 respectively. He was a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal in 1997, indicating that he was the best overall graduating student, on top of receiving it in 1996 where he was the Best Graduate for the BDS course. Dr Ho obtained his fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in 2001 and another fellowship in the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) in 2004.
Dr Ho completed his training in dental implantology, orthognathic surgery, maxillofacial trauma and dentoalveolar surgery. He has taught at conferences and created articles in professional journals. He stays up-to-date by running hands-on and observational courses for dentists in countries in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia. He is especially interested in using bio-resorbable scaffolds for ridge preservation prior to implant placement.
Returning to his alma mater, Dr Ho is an adjunct senior lecturer involved in the teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates. In the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology course at the National University of Singapore, he is known as a mentor, lecturer and examiner to the students. In addition, Dr Ho Kok Sen is also a Visiting Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at TSD Dental Group.
one other way to improve your TMD pain will be to get plenty of jaw rest. Jaw joints are similar to other joints in our body. Muscles, ligaments and articular disks form part of their anatomy. Jaw rest can be achieved by the following:Go on a soft diet and cut your food into small portions to allow the muscles of mastication to rest and not overwork. Sleep early at night in order to get more restful sleep. This is also to ensure you are not predispose to jaw grinding or clenching. Alternatively, you may consider Botox injection to the masseter muscles.
there are various reasons for teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), including a bad bite. If your bite is the main cause for your teeth grinding and clenching, then yes, fixing your bite will help to reduce it significantly. Other contributing factors to bruxism include stress, side effects of medication and sleep disorders. You may want to see an orthodontist or an oral surgeon for a diagnosis of your dental condition so that he/she can advise on a treatment plan that works for you.
Jaw surgery is a safe oral surgical procedure when done by a well-trained, experienced oral surgeon. Nonetheless, with all surgeries, there are risks that your oral surgeon will share with you before the procedure. Facial numbness is a side effect of jaw surgery and typically temporary. For an upper jaw surgery, the areas that will feel numb include the cheeks, upper lip and teeth. As for a lower jaw surgery, your lower lip, chin, teeth and possibly the tongue, will feel numb. Depending on whether it is a lower or an upper jaw surgery, it generally takes 2 - 12 months for the numbness to fade.
Dr. Ho Kok Sen is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Specialist Dental Group®.He has a special interest in dental implants, jaw surgery, bone grafting and complex extractions. He obtained his dental and specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from the National University of Singapore. He was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for being the best overall graduating student in his dental class.