Preventative Dentistry

Routine Cleanings

It is very important for your oral health and even your overall health to have regular hygiene appointments with our dental hygienist. Dental cleanings are the only way to remove tartar or hard deposits from your teeth, which helps to prevent gum disease.

When your hygienist polishes your teeth it not only makes them look and feel better, it smoothes and polishes tooth surfaces so they are less likely to accumulate plaque.

X-rays

X-rays (radiographs) are an essential part of diagnosis in dentistry. They show cavities between teeth and under old fillings that can be hard to detect with just a visual exam. They can also show bone loss, impacted wisdom teeth, infections, cysts, tumours, and even cancers. They help us to spot problems while they are still small so they can be treated before the problem gets too serious or starts causing pain.

On your initial visit to our office, we like to take a series of smaller x-rays (bitewings and periapical x-rays) to pinpoint specific problems in specific places. If you have had these x-rays taken in the last year at another dental office, our receptionist can attempt to acquire them from your previous office. However, the dentist may still need to take additional x-rays if they need to see something specific or if the quality of the old x-rays is poor.

Panoramic x-rays are taken for all new patients and may be updated every 5 years. These x-rays aid in determining the formation of wisdom teeth, health of the TMJ (temperomandibular joint), and evidence of cysts, tumours or cancers. They are very important in the diagnosis of diseases, even on patients without any teeth at all!

Desensitizing

Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity to cold / hoti. The first step to solving the discomfort is to try using the desensitizing action of toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. Sometimes you may need a bit more help than just brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste. We can apply a stronger desensitizing agent that helps seal microscopic space in your teeth that cause the sensitivity.

We have had great success with this method of treatment and it can often be a more affordable solution.
Desensitizing may have to be done every 6 months or so. If this is not helping the process, the tooth may have been too worn down and a filling may need to be placed.

We can help you determine which method will be best suited for your dental health needs.

Sealants

Sealants are a thin plastic layer applied to the grooves (pits and fissures) of molar teeth to prevent cavities from forming. If the teeth have deep grooves they are very hard to clean properly and this is where we often see the first cavities forming in children. We recommend sealants be done on most 6 year old molars as soon as they are fully erupted to prevent cavities from forming.

We usually don’t need to seal baby teeth since they don’t last as long, have a different shape and are less likely to have deep grooves. However, your dentist may recommend that your child have their baby molars sealed if they think the grooves are deep and there is a high chance of a cavity developing.
Applying sealant is a very easy procedure that does not require any local anesthetic (freezing) or drilling.

Fluoride

Fluoride can be a gel, foam or a liquid and comes in many flavours. It helps prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel. It is very important for kids to get fluoride treatments to enhance the strength of the forming baby and adult teeth. This is especially true in Dawson Creek, since we do not have fluoride in our water. In adults, when the teeth are fully formed and erupted, it is helpful to decrease the sensitivity of teeth.

If kids ingest too much fluoride - which is usually from swallowing fluoride enhanced toothpastes - white spots can occur on the teeth. This is called fluorosis. To prevent this, ensure that your child is properly spitting out the toothpaste after brushing.

Mouthguards / Nightguard

Custom fit sports mouthguards are ideal for all of your sporting activities. A proper fitting mouthguard can actually enhance your performance, since its exact fit makes it easier for you to breathe, which will increase the oxygen intake to your whole body. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are always more bulky and inhibit oxygen intake.

Another kind of mouthguard is called a nightguard. It is ideal for people who grind or clench their teeth at night and are showing signs of tooth wear and/or headaches, jaw aches or neckaches. It is also advised to wear a nightguard if you’ve had lots of crown and bridge work done especially if it is made of porcelain. Talk to us to see if a nightguard could help you.


PREVENTATIVE

Examinations

Routine Dental Cleaning

Preventative Sealants

X-Rays

Fluoride

Desensitizing

Sporting Guards/Grinding Guards

RESTORATION

White / Amalgam Fillings

Dental Crowns

Root Canal Therapy

Dental Bridges

Implants

Cosmetic Veneers

Inlay/Onlay

Minor Orthodontic Treatment

Dentist Supervised Teeth Whitening

Dentures

Wisdom Teeth / Extractions

** Oral and Nitrous Oxide Sedation

 

 

 

 


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Dawson Creek Dental Centre
1024-103 Ave
Dawson Creek, BC
Phone: 250-782-4440