As an undergraduate, Dr Samintharaj Kumar was the first South-East Asian recipient for the David B. Scott Research Fellowship Award from the International Association for Dental Research. In 2001, he obtained his bachelors in Dentistry. While at medical school he received awards from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and The Wellcome Trust. He was also awarded the Drummond and Frank Scott Prize. , the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and The Wellcome Trust.
Dr Kumar went on to train in Anaesthetics/Intensive Care, ENT, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Accident & Emergency, Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery in Singapore and UK. He has also had experience with Dental Implant systems such as Nobel Biocare, Dentium, Osstem, Straumann and BioHorizons.
His interests range from dental implants, denture stabilisation, zygomatic implants to Sculptra and Chemical peels for rejuvenation of the face and anti-snoring treatment.
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- Dental Braces Fixing
- Dental Fillings and Teeth Whitening
- Dental Braces and Invisalign
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- Dental Assessments and Treatment
- Dental Assessments
- Bone Grafting
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Implant Surgery
- Dental Bridges
The history and photo suggests a wisdom tooth which lacks sufficient space to erupt. This is a frequent cause of gum swelling at the back. When there is insufficient space for the wisdom tooth to erupt, there is typically gum that covers part of it. This condition is called pericoronitis and is known to be painful. The best way of management will require removal of the wisdom tooth. However you can have some antibiotics, painkillers and a mouthwash as an interim measure. Removal of the wisdom tooth procedure is relatively painless and can be a quick procedure.
I am glad you have asked this question as it sounds like you are probably on the verge of choosing a dentist to help with this long standing problem of chronic wisdom tooth infection. Having that bit of flesh over the back of the wisdom tooth typically allows food to get stuck underneath. This leads to inflammation and frequently infection. Whilst antibiotics are a great way to 'buy time', I would advise thinking of a more permanent solution ie: removal of the wisdom tooth.
The answer to the question truly depends on a number of factors. The most important thing is about what your dad wants. For example, if he does not want any form of surgery at all, then a denture or perhaps a dental bridge may be instead a better option for him. Whilst a denture would be suitable for him to regain confidence and smiling, there is a difference in terms of bite strength a dental implant has over a denture. It would be possible to bite into an apple with a denture, however it would be far much easier if he had dental implants to eat harder food.