Basic Dental Health
Digital X-Rays are obtained by focusing a beam of X-Ray particles through bones which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which the light has passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-Rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and shall not be skipped as it might lead to undiagnosed dental disease. Without an X-Ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no sure way to detect infection or pathology. In our office, we use digital radiography that allows us to take X-Rays using 50-70% less radiation when compared to conventional X-Rays.
Fillings are performed to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills up the hole that decay left behind. Most patients are treated with bonded tooth colored composite or resin fillings. If the decay is caught early, treating cavities is easily and painless. If they decay is left untreated, it can result in toothache or infection, that might require complicated procedures like root canal and possibly an extraction.
BONDING & Veneers
Dental bonding is performed by adhering a composite resin material to the front of a tooth. This procedure is performed to repair damage from decay, to alter the alignment of the teeth, close gaps, or simply for cosmetic purposes. First, the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding. After which, a special gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer agent is used to adhere new material to the existing surface. The material itself is placed on the tooth and is hardened with intense light. Latter that composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish!
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in teeth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves and pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush well, but because they are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them! These will develop cavities over time. Our dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque, and keep your teeth healthy and beautiful!
This year over 42,000 North Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer - killing roughly 8,000 people. That is one person every hour! While smoking, family history, alcohol and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, and nonsmoking individuals. The research implies connection to the HPV virus.
The Two-Minute Exam That Could Save Your Life
The VELscope's blue light excites the molecules, called "fluorophores" deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. Those fluorophores emit their own fluorescence light, in shades of green, yellow, and red. The VELscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.
We use the VELscope Light to assist our patients during their oral cancer screening exam. The VELscope light is able to detect oral cancer up to two stages earlier than any doctor’s hands or eyes. This exam usually lasts about two minutes, it’s noninvasive, provides very little discomfort, and it saves lives!
SRP's AND NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
Gums, ligaments, and the bones around the teeth are referred to as the periodontium, and it forms the foundation for ones teeth. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium and gum disease include: gums that are red and easily bleed, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the teeth, loose teeth, and changes in teeth position or bite. With proper care, it may be possible to return the gums to a healthy state. These treatments usually involve a deep cleaning or root planning procedure that will be performed under a local anesthetic, along with antibiotic agents. If the gum disease is too severe, you might need to be referred to a periodontal surgery center.