A glitch in oral health has the power to affect other parts of the body. That’s what makes preventive dental in Rothesay and around the world care so important. To make sure that your teeth, gums, and jaws are in perfect condition, our qualified dentists at Oakville Lane Dental perform thorough checkups using tools and technologies that probe into even the most complicated issues. We try to detect problems early, and if a serious condition such as cancer or major periodontal disease is found to be afoot, we nip it in the bud. Of course, if all is well, we help maintain it that way.
Having a solid oral healthcare plan is the best way to prevent most dental problems. For most patients, this involves daily at-home care combined with biannual dental visits for professional cleanings, x-rays, and routine screenings.
GUM DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
It is estimated that 75% of the adult population experiences some stage of gum disease. This condition is highly preventable and treatable with routine visits to the dentist. Our dental professionals are very concerned about the health of the patient’s gums, and a periodontal screening is part of each visit. We offer a full range of periodontal therapies including laser dentistry which allows for a more comfortable experience and much faster healing time compared to traditional techniques.
WHY IS GUM HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?
Healthy gums support a healthy smile and support tooth and jaw structure. The gums also serve as a barrier to prevent harmful bacteria in the mouth from entering the bloodstream and impacting your overall health and wellness. Poor oral health can increase your risk for a range of health problems and make existing conditions or diseases difficult to manage.
We emphasize the importance of gum health and work with you on an individual basis to identify and address any unique risk factors you may have for gum disease from genetics to lifestyle habits.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR DENTAL VISIT
Dental visits with our dentists are complete and comprehensive. Instead of simply taking a look at the teeth, our dental staff performs an analysis of the inner workings of the masticatory system to see how the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures all work together. We spend considerable time with each patient to discuss their concerns and goals, guiding them to the best treatment plan for their long-term health and happiness.
As required, our examination includes:
· Diagnostic x-rays
· Oral cancer screening
· Periodontal screening for gum disease
· Dental caries (cavities) screening
· Bite analysis and review of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
· Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
· 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning
Preventative care visits are vital to the health of your teeth. Our staff works with patients to educate them on oral health best practices. We do our best to treat any dental issue that may arise with a comprehensive treatment plan. If we can’t directly fix your issue, we will recommend local specialists and work closely with you throughout the entire process.
Repairing tooth damage, addressing decay and restorative dentistry focus on the removal and replacement of natural tooth structure with the goal of stabilizing your dental health. Minimally invasive dentistry aims to identify and address these common dental problems as early as possible to avoid extensive damage and the need to remove a large part of a tooth or extract it entirely. Our dentists use this approach to help patients maintain their natural tooth structure for as long as possible, the key to a lasting and stable smile.
The goal of minimally invasive dentistry is to preserve and protect instead of remove and replace.
Minimally invasive dentistry focuses on preserving as much of the natural teeth, gums, and bone as possible. This preservation is achieved by two things: disease prevention and early intervention. Our doctors spend considerable time with each patient explaining all of the treatment options to help them reach the best decision for their long-term dental health and happiness. They will also provide education on the prevention of disease because that is crucial to preserving your oral health and its natural state. By using modern minimally invasive dentistry techniques, they can offer patients more options for treatment.
The art and science of repairing tooth damage and addressing imperfections in a smile have greatly improved due to the many advances in materials and techniques used to adhere compounds and ceramics to the tooth surfaces. The minimally invasive dentistry approach makes strategic use of advanced materials to support tooth natural tooth structure and minimize the use of more invasive restorative treatments including dental crowns.
EARLY DETECTION AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
Advanced digital technology is used to enhance the visual exam, looking for the early warning signs of developing decay or damage. Intra-oral photography using a convenient handheld camera makes it possible for our team to spot the signs of decay far earlier than is possible with more traditional methods. The minimally invasive approach recommends supporting the tooth structure through remineralization techniques in patients with eroding enamel, worn teeth and other risk factors that could lead to decay or damage.
During routine dental exams, we fully evaluate all aspects of your oral health and discuss your medical history and lifestyle habits that impact your dental health. As a result of this comprehensive approach to your care, we can provide oral hygiene advice that is tailored to your unique needs and risk factors with the goal of minimizing the risk of decay.
If signs of disease, damage or decay are spotted, we may recommend additional oral care products to improve tooth enamel or the use of a bonding material to seal the tooth and stop the progression at the earliest stage.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects more than 3 out of every 4 patients and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Beyond dental health, periodontal disease has been linked to many other major health concerns including heart disease, diabetes and low birth weight. Our dentists stress the importance of gum health to their patients and provide a comprehensive periodontal screening with each visit to look for signs of periodontal disease. Like most problems, periodontal disease is easiest to treat and manage in the early stages. A full range of treatments are available for patients who have advanced periodontal disease and experience problems like bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose or missing teeth.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
There is no single cause or factor for periodontal disease. While poor oral hygiene may be a contributing factor for some, most people who have signs or symptoms of gum disease take measures to care for their teeth daily by brushing and flossing. In many cases, smoking or tobacco use is a significant factor. Other causes may be a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, prescription medication, teeth grinding, poor nutrition and stress.
Known as a “silent disease”, many patients with gum disease don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition. Patients with gum disease most commonly experience:
· Red, swollen or sore gums
· Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
· Receding gums
· Loose teeth
· Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
· Bad breath (halitosis)
· Changes in the fit of dentures
TREATMENT FOR GUM DISEASE
Our dentists offer many options for gum disease treatment depending on your specific condition. We may choose from traditional techniques as well as new technologies like laser dentistry to perform treatment that is faster and more comfortable.
THE BEST WAY TO STOP BLEEDING GUMS IS BY PREVENTING GUM DISEASE
The best way to treat bleeding gums is to prevent gum disease. Once gum disease begins to develop, our staff offers periodontal treatment options to control and eliminate harmful oral bacteria. We offer a variety of periodontal treatments for varying stages of periodontal disease. Caught early, scaling or root planing, a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth, can often control the spread of disease. In the later stages of gum disease, laser dentistry treatments or oral surgery may be necessary to restore a patient’s oral health.
Patients typically see a decrease in bleeding gum experiences once the harmful bacteria are controlled or eliminated. We will make personalized oral hygiene recommendations for each patient to help maintain results after treatment.
Gum disease is commonly developed due to a lack of oral hygiene. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help prevent gum disease, and at the least can catch the signs early to prevent further spreading and damage. Routine biannual professional dental cleanings reach areas of the teeth and gums that regular brushing and flossing can not, helping to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar that feed disease-causing bacteria.
And, of course, thorough, twice daily brushing and flossing are an essential piece of a productive oral hygiene routine. Be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and gently brush your gums and tongue to help control oral bacteria.
TMJ is the term commonly used when actually referring to TMD, Temporomandibular Disorders, a complex group of disorders that are characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. An estimated 35 million adults suffer from TMD and there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating TMDs.
Facial pain, tenderness and frequent headaches can often be a sign of a TMJ disorder. These bite disorders are a result of an imbalance in the masticatory system and can be difficult to diagnose without the proper expertise and diagnostic tools.
Our doctors have treated a number of patients with a TMD and have advanced training from the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Studies. Using the latest technology, our dentists are able to identify, diagnose and treat the root cause of your TMJ related disorder, offering patients relief from persistent and often painful symptoms.
SYMPTOMS OF TMJ DISORDER
TMJ is actually a broad term for a group of symptoms. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
· Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
· Trauma, accidents may create disharmony in the TMJ
· Locked jaw
· Frequent headaches – There is a strong link between TMJ disorders and migraines
· Difficulty eating or chewing
· Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
TMJ THERAPY FAQS
Is TMJ treatment painful?
No, most treatments for TMJ are not invasive and painful. When treating patients with TMJ, it is our belief that “less is best.” Finding the source of the problem and making the necessary corrections, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. Therapies for TMJ may include: Lifestyle changes, splints, occlusal devices, and changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or misalignment.
Do I need surgery to get rid of TMJ?
No, most TMJ issues can be addressed with non-invasive and common dental procedures. Surgery will only be necessary if you have severe TMJ issues or jaw deformities.
Will a TMJ Disorder go away on its own?
It may, but there is no guarantee, or way of knowing if it will go away on its own. It’s likely to go away on its own if it’s a very minor and temporary issue. Although, if you have been living with TMJ pain for a while, it will not go away without medical intervention from a qualified TMJ specialist.
If you think you need a tooth extraction, contact our dental office for a consultation and they will evaluate your condition and make recommendations for a full treatment plan.
The ideal situation is to restore natural teeth to optimal health and function, however, there are situations where a tooth extraction may be the best choice. When you have a tooth extracted, it is important that you also consider the replacement options for the missing tooth. Once a tooth is lost, the supporting bone will deteriorate. Remaining teeth can shift and move and the gums will be more exposed to bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease. Replacing the missing tooth or teeth can prevent these problems and help you maintain optimal dental health.
Our dentists offer a full range of replacement options for missing teeth after an extraction including dental implants, bridges and dentures.
Teeth may need to be extracted for a number of different reasons. Some patients may need to have teeth extracted due to:
· Decaying teeth
· Trauma to the teeth or enamel of the tooth
· Teeth overcrowding
· Wisdom teeth need to be pulled
THE TOOTH EXTRACTION PROCESS
Most people believe tooth extractions are extremely painful. However, we take the necessary steps to ensure patients are relaxed and comfortable during their procedure. We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to help minimize any pain or discomfort the patient might feel. Once the tooth is removed, gauze will be placed in the mouth to stop any bleeding. If necessary, dissolvable stitches will be applied to stop the bleeding.
The term root canal is widely used to describe the root canal procedure, but in fact, every tooth has a root canal. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is damaged or has decay. When bacteria or infection is introduced in the root canal, it can cause pain, which is often the first sign that root canal therapy is needed.
WHICH IS BETTER: A ROOT CANAL OR A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
If you have tooth pain, the first step is to see a dentist for an evaluation. Our doctors will examine the tooth to determine the source of the pain. In most cases, the decision will be to preserve the natural tooth either through a root canal procedure or other treatment method. It is best to keep your original teeth whenever possible. A missing tooth almost always be replaced to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and to reduce the risk of bone loss, tooth decay and gum disease.
HOW MUCH DOES A ROOT CANAL COST?
The cost of root canal therapy will depend on your specific circumstances. Factors that go into determining the price of the root canal include the extent of damage to the tooth and type of restoration needed (ex. dental filling vs. dental crown). Some dental insurance providers will pay for all or part of the cost of root canal therapy.
FACTS ABOUT ROOT CANAL THERAPY
1. The Procedure can Prevent Tooth Loss: When a tooth develops an infection, the patient experiences a number of uncomfortable symptoms, ranging from toothaches to pain when biting down or chewing. Eventually, the infection will continue to grow worse until the tooth requires removal to prevent the spread of infection. However, a root canal performed in a timely manner can help prevent tooth loss.
2. Root Canal Treatment is Comfortable: The procedure involves opening the tooth to remove the infected tissue. The doctor then cleans the interior of the tooth and adds a restorative filling material before capping the tooth with a crown. We can administer a local anesthetic prior to ensure the treatment process is comfortable.
3. Your Tooth Will Look Natural Afterward: We place a crown to complete the procedure because these restorations are strong and lifelike.
Accidents happen, and when it involves your mouth, it can be painful. Our dentists offer patients emergency dental care for all the bumps and knockouts life throws your way.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency and it is during regular office hours, contact us at 506-849-3322.
We will get back to you ASAP. Our goal is to get you into our dentist office and out of pain, as soon as we can. We will provide a thorough oral exam and determine the best route for treatment.
We understand that dental emergency situations do arise and we strive to respond as quickly as possible. Please call our office as early in the day as possible so that we can work you into our schedule if necessary. It is important that you do not ignore a dental emergency to avoid permanent damage. Common dental emergencies are toothache, pain in the teeth, jaw or gums, broken teeth, knocked out tooth, broken fillings and swelling in the gums or mouth.
WHAT TO DO IN A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
Knocked Out Tooth – If you have a knocked out tooth, contact our office immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). Gently rinse the root in water if it is dirty, but do not scrub or remove the attached tissue fragments. Store the tooth in a small container with your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they return to the socket within one hour of being knocked out.
Lost or Broken Filling or Crown – If you have a lost or broken filling or crown, contact us as soon as possible. Do not use temporary measures such as glue to replace the filling or crown. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
Toothache – If you have a toothache, contact us as soon as possible. You may try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek may alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may damage the gum tissue.
Abscess – If you suspect you have an abscess, contact our office immediately. An abscess is a potentially serious condition that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. To ease discomfort, try rinsing with a mild saltwater solution. Do not attempt to open or drain the abscess.
Identifying dental problems is easier with 3D scans, which produces outstanding images in high quality to allow a closer look into specific areas of the mouth than traditional x-rays. Since they provide clearer details of bones and nerves, treatment becomes that much more efficient.