At Canmore Smiles, our dentists, Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy, provide professional dental exams, cleaning, and treatment options. We perform a comprehensive dental exam at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
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Your Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ's) or jaw joints are the skeletal foundation of your mouth. The traditional way to test the health of these joints is subjective and unreliable. Our office uses Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), which records the vibrations created by joint fluid, cartilage, and bone as you open and close your mouth. Healthy joints will have little or no vibration, while debilitated joints will have varying degrees of pain, clicking, and locking, restricted mobility with a resulting increase in vibration. This test allows us to objectively measure, document and diagnose the health of your Jaw Joint in just seconds. It can also help us make sure we are aware of any underlying issues before performing any treatment that could damage or strain your jaw joints further.
Fast and accurate: JVA is a quick and repeatable measurement of TMJ function and health.
Recorded by staff, read by the doctor: A JVA is a non-invasive test that is easy to perform and only takes a few minutes to interpret the results and make a diagnosis.
Dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by our registered dental hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and it can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It works in two ways:
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
Inadequate exposure to fluorides
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications
Recent history of dental decay
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a specially trained dentist in an office surgery suite. The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
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