General dentistry services offered by your Vancouver dentist.
The majority of dental treatments are performed to treat or prevent the two most common oral diseases: tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Common treatments include the restoration of teeth with dental fillings, extraction or surgical removal of teeth which cannot be restored, scaling of teeth to treat periodontal problems. But general dentistry includes a lot more than that, and dental professionals unanimously encourage prevention of oral diseases by regularly scheduling checkups for professional cleaning and evaluation every six to nine months.
Keep reading below for descriptions of our general dentistry services.
A child’s mouth is not just a smaller version of an adult’s mouth. It’s important to assess the health and development of a child’s teeth to prevent problems and ensure a healthy smile.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends a child have their first visit within 6 months after the eruption of their first tooth.
Education and early detection is the key to having a positive experience for your child at the dentist.
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental problems, such as cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath.
Regular oral hygiene appointments at your dental clinic should be scheduled every six months. These appointments should include an oral exam and teeth cleaning.
Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
With all the modern advances in dental treatment, it is best to try and save your teeth. However, circumstances may arise that require the extraction of hopeless teeth. Orthodontic treatment of crowded teeth may also require extractions.
We will ensure that the extraction process is as comfortable as possible. Once profound anesthesia is achieved, the tooth will be removed. Instructions will be given to ensure proper post-operative care and a speedy recovery.
Removing a tooth could lead to the shifting of neighbouring teeth, resulting in problems with chewing and joint function. Of course, loss of a front tooth is also an aesthetic concern. We will also be happy to discuss different ways a missing tooth can be replaced.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Your last molars, called the third molars or wisdom teeth, typically begin to come in (erupt) during the late teen years or early twenties. When they don’t have room to grow in, or they’re trapped in your jaw because they are tilted or rotated, they are impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain, infection and tooth damage
- As your wisdom tooth tries to erupt at an angle, it can push on the neighbouring tooth, causing pain and possibly damaging the tooth.
- Food gets trapped next to the wisdom tooth, making the area a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
- An infection may develop around the impacted tooth, and this infection can spread into the face and jaw.
- Your jaw may become painful and the surrounding gums may swell and become tender.
- A fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop around the impacted tooth; this can destroy a great deal of jaw bone.
Early removal can prevent problems
You can avoid the pain and possible damaging effects of an impacted wisdom tooth by having it removed early, before its roots are fully developed. We can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth with x-rays, and remove them as soon as we determine they will likely cause difficulties.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that fills in the grooves of molars and premolars. These grooves collect plaque, a film of food and bacteria. Toothbrush bristles usually can’t reach the plaque that accumulates within the grooves, and this can cause decay.
When should your child get sealants?
We recommend applying dental sealants to teeth as soon as the permanent molars come out, usually between the ages of 5-7 for the first molars, and between ages 11-14 for the second set of molars and the premolars. As the wear out, they should be replaced.
How are sealants applied?
After we clean and dry the teeth, we apply a special solution that slightly roughens their surface. This increases the bonds strength. We paint the dental sealant on and harden it with a harmless high intensity light, forming a protective shield against decay.