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Dental Care Services to Help Keep Healthy Smiles in Maple Ridge

When it comes to maintaining your oral health, the answer is simple – the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. But by making regular appointments with Westgate Dental Centre, this will give our team the opportunity to look for signs of decay and disease before they become problematic. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, our general dental care services includes:

Routine Cleanings

Regular dental hygiene visits are the best way to maintain optimal oral health, and to prevent dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Our registered dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced, and will help you to maintain your smile.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene. However in the absence of treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis (irreversible gum disease).

Prevention:

  • Regular oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing
  • Diet change
  • Regular scaling/root planing by your dental hygienist

Treatment:

  • Plaque removal and reduction of oral bacteria is the focus
  • Adequate oral hygiene at home
  • Periodic dental cleanings (scaling/root planing)
  • Mouth rinses

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purple gums
  • Shiny appearance of the gums
  • Gums that are tender or painful to the touch
  • Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Sensitive teeth with no apparent cause

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that irreversibly destroys the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.

Signs & Symptoms:

In the early stages, periodontitis has very few symptoms, and in many individuals, the disease has progressed significantly before they seek treatment. Patients should realize gingival inflammation and bone destruction are largely painless. Symptoms may include:

  • Redness or bleeding of gums while brushing teeth, using dental floss or biting into hard food 
  • Recurrent gum swelling
  • Halitosis, or bad breath, and a persistent metallic/metal taste in the mouth
  • Gingival recession, resulting in apparent lengthening of teeth.
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and the gums (pockets are sites where the tooth’s attachment has been gradually destroyed)
  • Loose teeth (occurs in the later stages of the disease)

Causes/Modifying Factors:

  • Poor/ineffective oral hygiene (primary cause)
  • Gingivitis
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Prevention:

  • Meticulous daily oral hygiene including brushing and flossing
  • Antiseptic mouthwashes
  • Regular dental exams (including probing depths around each tooth)
  • Control of modifying conditions (ie: diabetes, smoking)

Management/Treatment:

  • Excellent oral hygiene (minimum twice daily brushing and daily flossing)
  • Initial scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) by your hygienist
  • Dental treatment to adjust your bite, fix old/failing fillings etc.
  • Antiseptic mouth rinses
  • Possible surgical treatment (if bone loss cannot be stopped by other methods)
  • Maintenance cleanings (scaling/root planing) every 3 months after initial successful therapy has been completed

If you suspect that you have gingivitis or periodontitis, you should request to see your dentist right away. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis (“gum disease”), which is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. But the good news is gum disease can almost always be prevented. If it starts, it can be treated and can even be reversed in its early stages.

Preventative Services

We at Westgate Dental Centre believe that early intervention and care is key in preventing future dental problems.

Dental disease is almost entirely preventable and oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems and is linked to certain systemic conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer
  • Infection in other parts of the body

Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups during your pregnancy.

Our preventative services include:

  • Scaling & root planing (dental cleanings)
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Diet counseling
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Dental sealants for children
  • Regular dental exams
  • Night guards
  • Trauma prevention (ie: mouthguards)

Restorations/Fillings

COMPOSITE/TOOTH-COLOURED FILLINGS

We can replace old metal fillings or provide new fillings that are made from composite materials that can be colour-matched to the shade of your teeth. This allows for cavities, chips and cracks to be filled in a discreet manner.

Amalgam Fillings

Commonly known as “silver” fillings, these are the most common type of fillings used in Canada.

Gold Fillings (Inlays/Onlays)

Gold fillings are the strongest type of filling, and with proper care, can last a very long time. A cast gold filling is made in a dental lab and sent back to your dentist, who cements it in place in your mouth. You will need at least two visits to the dentist to get the job done.

Crowns and Bridges

A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth both functionally and aesthetically, and protects it from further damage.

Crowns are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, your dentist will suggest a material, or combination of materials, that is right for you.

Bridges

A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is typically made up of an artificial tooth that is anchored by crowned teeth on either side. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.

Bridges are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs to be replaced, your dentist will suggest a material, or combination of materials, that is right for you.

Extractions

There are many different reasons for extracting a tooth. Our skilled dentists will help you to understand the pros and cons of a possible tooth extraction, and will provide you with options to make the process as comfortable as possible. One of these options is sedation, which makes for a much more relaxed appointment.

Root Canals (Endodontic Therapy)

When decay/bacteria enter the nerve chamber (pulp) of your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or failed fillings, your tooth can become infected. An abscessed tooth can cause severe pain and/or swelling. In this case, the infected nerve/pulp of the tooth needs to be removed, and the internal canals sealed and filled.

A successful root canal treatment lets you keep your tooth rather than having to pull it out. After root canal therapy, your tooth will usually be restored with a crown to protect it from breaking.

Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. These dentures are usually more retentive than complete dentures, and need to be removed for cleaning and at night.

Partial dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are “false teeth” that are used when all your natural teeth are missing. They also must be removed for cleaning and at night.

Full dentures

Night Guards (Splints)

Also known as a splint, an acrylic mouth guard can protect the teeth/joints from the strong vertical forces produced by grinding (bruxism). A night guard forces the relaxation of the muscles, and prevents damage to the oral cavity.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake but fully relaxed during their procedure. The oral sedation that is used also has an amnesia effect in that patients do not remember much of the appointment afterwards. This can be a wonderful tool for individuals that suffer from dental anxiety.

To book an appointment for you or your family, contact our office in Maple Ridge today.

Westgate Dental Centre

660-20395 Lougheed Hwy

Maple Ridge BC

Canada, V2X 2P9

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