Prevention of dental disease underlies the philosophy of our practice. We hold true to the scientific evidence that dental disease affects the whole body. Research has shown that the bacteria and inflammation present in periodontitis (gum disease) is strongly linked to other chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Many diseases first manifest themselves with symptoms in the mouth. Dental disease is the most common disease affecting humans in the world, but it is preventable!
Professional Cleanings and Peridontal (Gum) Treatments
Our dental hygienists are very knowledgeable and experienced in delivering a thorough and professional cleaning. Assessment of the overall health of the supporting tissues is performed and an individual treatment plan for your specific needs is developed for you. Should you have periodontal disease, Dr. Caroline along with our hygiene team will determine the best course of treatment for you. A climate of trust and confidence is our goal, and your comfort and dental health is of utmost importance to us. Please schedule a hygiene appointment today by calling us at 403-346-0077.
Preventive resin Restorations
The goal of a preventive resin restoration is to seal and protect the grooves of the back teeth which are highly susceptible to decay. The ideal time to place this restoration is as soon as the tooth erupts through the gums, before bacteria has a chance to do permanent damage. Dr. Caroline uses technology called air abrasion which is like a miniature sandblaster to thoroughly clean the grooves of the tooth. A white flowable filling is then bonded into these grooves to seal them. On occasion, the cleaning of these grooves reveals decay which has already entered the tooth. This decay is then removed and a conventional white composite resin filling is placed. Early interceptive, minimally-invasive dental treatments such as a preventive resin restoration can help to preserve tooth structure with the intent of avoiding the destruction and potential discomfort of dental decay.
Velscope Oral Cancer Screening
Along with a thorough visual examination of the oral tissue, head and neck region, Dr. Caroline employs the use of the Velscope light to screen for early tissue changes that could indicate diseases including cancer. Oral cancer rates are increasing, particularly in women and in people with no obvious risk factors. It is recommended that all adults are examined yearly. Smokers, oral tobacco users, or those who consume alcohol heavily should be screened twice yearly. Please note that denture wearers who do not normally visit a dentist should also be screened regularly. Please contact us today at 403-346-0077 for more information and to make an appointment.
Night Guards for Bruxism (grinding) and Clenching
Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of teeth and may include clenching of the jaw. It is most commonly seen at night and is considered to be a habit and a sleep disorder. A night guard is a clear custom made appliance that fits over the edges of the upper or lower teeth. Wearing a night guard will protect the teeth from the forces which can cause excessive wear, cracks, gum recession and loose teeth. The night guard will also reduce tension on the chewing muscles and the jaw joint. Although a night guard will not stop the habit, its goal is to prevent further damage and hopefully avoid more extensive and expensive reparative dental treatment. We are able to construct a very accurate and comfortable night guard. If you or a loved one is bruxing their teeth, a night guard may be indicated.
Custom Professional Sports Mouth Guards
All athletes, regardless of age, participating in a sport which might involve contact should be wearing a custom made mouth guard. Unlike the one-size-fits-all "stock" or "boil and bite" mouth guards which provide minimal protection, we offer sport guards which are designed to cushion the mouth, teeth, and jaw with the goal of preventing significant damage in the event of injury or trauma to the facial area. An impression of the upper teeth is taken, and the custom mouth guard is made under pressure for incredible accuracy of fit and comfort. We can customize the mouth guard for "team colors" or a particular design. Please contact the office for more information about this invaluable service.