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Dental Exams and Treatment in Canmore

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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Dental Cleaning

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 Treatment

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.

FAQ

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.

Dental Exams in Canmore

Our comprehensive dental exams consist of oral cancer screening, gum disease screening and more.

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