Prevention & Diagnosis

Preventive dentistry focuses on tooth care to maintain healthy teeth. It encompasses a variety of treatments designed to prevent oral health problems and maintain overall tooth health.

Diagnostic procedures allow dentists to determine the cause of pain, disease, etc.

Benefits of preventive dentistry:

  • Helps you maintain tooth health
  • Prevents the occurrence of higher-cost treatments such as extractions, fillings, root canals, etc.

FAQs:

What is preventive dental care?

Preventive care includes brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist on a regular basis to take of your teeth and gums.

Why is preventative care important?

Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits helps remove plaque from your teeth, which keeps them looking fresh and clean. Additionally, regular dental examinations and cleanings also help prevent the incidence of higher-cost treatments (eg: root canals, extractions, fillings, etc.)  that may occur if you develop oral health problems.

Treatments:

Cleanings: regular dental cleanings ensure the removal of any significant plaque buildup, addresses hard to reach areas and maintains the general health of your teeth.

Fluoride Treatment: fluoride contains compounds that prevent tooth decay and can also be used to treat sensitive teeth. Fluoride can be applied using gels, varnishes, toothpaste or mouth rinse.

Tooth Desensitization: can strengthen enamel, which reduces pain sensations in patients that have sensitive teeth.

Examination: exams are critical to maintaining your oral health and establishing that you do not have any dental problems.

X-Rays: allow dentists to take pictures of the teeth, bones and soft tissues to help determine problems with the teeth, mouth and jaw. X-Rays can also reveal cavities, hidden tooth structures (eg: wisdom teeth) and bone loss.

Fillings

Fillings are typically used to treat cavities, but can also repair cracked or broken teeth. There are various types of dental filling materials. Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or tooth-coloured/white.

Extractions

Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, injury, and for orthodontic treatment.  Extractions are a relatively common procedure.  The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.

Types of Extractions

There are two forms of extraction: simple and surgical extractions.

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth.  They are removed due to decay or injury and are usually performed under a local anesthetic.  During this procedure, the doctor will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth.  The loosened tooth will then easily come out.

Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line or that have not yet come in (ie: wisdom teeth).  To remove the tooth, the doctor will have to cut and pull back the gums, which allows access to the area.  This is necessary so that they can see the tooth that needs to be removed.  Surgical extractions are usually done with local anesthesia but a general anesthesia is sometimes preferred.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The most common reason for removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth.  However, teeth may also be removed because of:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in
  • Severe gum disease
  • To make room for orthodontic treatment
  • The tooth can not be restored endodontically
  • Fractured teeth
  • To make room for a dental prosthesis (i.e.: bridge or denture)
  • Cosmetic reasons
Regardless of the reasons a tooth must be pulled, extraction is usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.

Located in Tsawwassen, BC, our clinic provides dental care to local patients. We offer procedures including pediatric dental care, gum disease surgery, wisdom teeth removal, and aesthetic dentist care. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!