Raya smile for Ara: Dr Mawarni
As a young, vibrant and successful career woman, Ara felt her life was still incomplete. She was unhappy with her uneven and discoloured front teeth.
“I just want to know what can be done to improve my smile,” she said as she pointed to her upper front incisor teeth.
After a thorough check up, we came out with a treatment plan for her.
The discoloured front teeth were due to the death of the pulp tissue from inside of the tooth. It was initiated from tooth decay (caries).
The bacteria at the caries area travel from the crown of the tooth and make its way to the root canal.
The continuous battle between the bacteria and the pulp cells eventually led to the degradation of the red blood cells inside the pulp.
If it is left untreated, the discoloration will get worse. The tooth colour may change to yellowish, brownish, greyish and the worst is blackish. Fortunately, Ara’s discoloration was just yellowish.
There was also chipping of enamels due to wear and tear effects of chewing. The wear was also caused by the brittleness of the tooth secondary to caries.
After a few visits of treatment, Ara finally got her brand-new better smile. She had root canal treatment followed by internal bleaching on 2 teeth, 2 composite veneers and 2 composite fillings. Ara was really joyful to get the new smile right before Hari Raya.
Today, she came in to do some minor adjustments of her bite. I feel blessed for the opportunity to assist her in her time of needs.
Since it is just 2 days from Hari Raya Aidilfitri, I would like to wish every Muslim, “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin!!”.
This Raya, it will be a different scenario as most of us will not be going back to hometown to celebrate Raya with our big family. We can still video call to chat with them and exchange virtual ‘salam’, hugs. Not to forget the ‘e-duit raya’ too!
As for those who can celebrate with their loved ones, enjoy this precious moment with them and stay safe!
Do not forget to take loads of Raya OOTD (Outfit of the day) photos with lots of smiles too. It’s an event worth remembering for all of us to look back later.
I look forward to seeing my patients again after Hari Raya!