A routine dental plan is vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This includes regular brushing and flossing, and periodic dentist visits including a thorough examination, x-rays, and professional cleanings.
- State of the art laser technology – DIAGNODENT – for early decay detection
- Assessment of your gum health (periodontal tissue)
- Evaluation of existing dental restorations for proper fit, function and aesthetics
- Observation of your bite, chewing patterns, and jaw relationships. We also investigate any tension in your masticatory muscles for possible co-existence with headaches.
- Dietary analysis (if appropriate) namely of sugar and acid consumption
- Treatment of halitosis (bad breath)
- Screening for oral cancer
- Clean and scale teeth to remove all plaque, tartar and surface stains
- Apply pit and fissure sealants to help prevent decay
- Fluoride application
- Instruction in brushing and flossing
- Polish teeth, and porcelain, gold, & resin restorations
Gum disease (periodontal disease), is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory disease attacks the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria forms on the teeth. Plaque mixes with sugars and starches in the diet to form acids and other by-products in the mouth, irritating gums and causing them to become red, tender and swollen. It also causes the gums to bleed easily. If not removed daily, plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar) around the necks of the teeth. The irritants in plaque can destroy the tissue that attaches the gums to the teeth. The gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets form between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque. As pockets deepen, it becomes impossible for you to clean the plaque out. Eventually the bone structure supporting the teeth can be destroyed.
- More frequent cleanings – it may take the bacteria at the base of the pocket up to three months to colonize into numbers able to destroy bone.
- Scaling and root planning – scaling removes calculus deposits from your teeth while root planning smooths the root surfaces so that the gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.
- Curettage – removes the soft tissue lining the periodontal pocket. This helps the gum tissue to heal.