Core Holistic Dental – Cleanings and Prevention

 

Cleanings and Preventive Dentistry

The smart way to enjoy a healthy smile is to prevent common complications from occurring in the first place. We are committed to delivering you with the information you need and screenings that you deserve, to help you avoid problems later on. 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. It is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have developed a serious condition. This is why we believe that it is so important to prevent gum disease by having regular dental hygiene appointments before the disease can progress and become more serious. Each patient has variable susceptibility to the periodontal bacteria, which your dental hygienist can advise how regular your dental cleanings should be. When you have this type of bacteria, it forms beneath the gums and needs to be removed by your professional dental hygiene team, as it cannot be removed at home. Proper brushing and flossing techniques at home are extremely important, but we are unable to reach subgingival calculus on our own. Screening for gum disease is an important part of preventing bone loss, which will inevitably cause tooth loss later in life. Your hygienist will not only provide you with a thorough cleaning, both above and below the gum line, they will also instruct you on proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve your home care routine between appointments.

Comprehensive Exams

Our dentists will assess your dental health as well as the health of any existing restorations that you may have. Our team examines your body as a whole, taking into consideration any underlying problems you may be experiencing. In holistic dentistry everything is connected. The examination with the dental team will include your x-rays, intra-oral photos, and time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. In this time, we will review your medical history and discuss any potential connections to your dental health. These routine evaluations are important for monitoring changes in your smile over time. Dr. Seehra takes time with each patient to discuss all of the available options for treatment. We take pride in educating every patient on any conditions they may have, and provide additional care such as an at-home sleep test, discussing your nutritional habits, and the ability to refer you to a dentist within our company who can assist with specialty needs.

TMJ Analysis

Many patients do not realize that muscles play an important role in dentistry. Does popping, locking, or pain within the jaw joints (TMJ) bother you? Our dentists will evaluate and treat your overall oral health by considering how your muscles, teeth, and joints all work together, and screen for any disorders related to the joint. In our office, we believe in neuromuscular dentistry. If you have symptoms such as chronic headaches, tingling fingers, sore neck or shoulders, you could be a candidate for an orthotic appliance. This appliance is a diagnostic tool which can help us determine where your jaw would be best positioned. From there, we can develop a long-term treatment plan that aims to alleviate these symptoms.

Orthodontic Evaluations

Orthodontics serves more purpose than just cosmetic. Correctional orthodontic treatment can assist and correct serious functional issues as well as periodontal issues. The main reason that many patients are interested in orthodontic treatment is to increase self-confidence and self-esteem. With orthodontic treatment, we can correct the jaw relationship, which can prevent the wear on your teeth, while at the same time achieving the beautiful smile every patient desires. When teeth are crowded or crooked, the overall function of the mouth is compromised. Teeth become difficult to clean, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and potential tooth loss later on. Inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria build up (also known as gingivitis,) has links to inflammation in other areas of the body as well, including blood vessels in the heart. Improper alignment can cause chipping of the teeth, chronic headaches, inability to chew, and difficulties breathing. Straightening teeth is not only about creating an aesthetically pleasing smile – it is also about improving a patient’s dental health and contributing to better overall health. Early intervention with orthodontic treatment can help diagnose and treat the underlying jaw misalignment while children are growing. This means that as a teenager or adult, the finishing stage of orthodontic treatment can be faster, and therefore more cost effective. Through orthodontic treatment, you will achieve the great smile and functionality that makes this investment worthwhile.

Bite Splints and Mouthguards

When teeth grind against one another, they become worn, weak, and can become painful. This condition is known as Bruxism. Patients may unconsciously grind or clench their teeth throughout the day, or while they sleep at night. We recommend a nightguard after major restorative work to protect the investment you’ve made and to increase the longevity of those teeth. We provide custom made splints and mouthguards, which help prevent injuries and trauma to your teeth caused by chronic grinding or athletic activities. Splints can also a reduce migraines.

Sleep Apnea

Patients who grind at night are more likely to suffer from other disorders such as sleep apnea. Snoring, pauses in breath, chronic fatigue, and loss of memory or concentration are all common symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the tongue and the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapse, blocking the airway during sleep. This can result in a disturbed sleep structure, and many more metabolic and health consequences, such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and even a shortened life expectancy. Studies show that about 20% of North Americans have sleep apnea. Did you know that of that 20%, 80-90% of these patients go undiagnosed and are left untreated? We can help.