Kingsway Dental Centre
Despite being preventable, dental decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents. Patients of all ages are at risk, however. In fact, many senior patients see a rise in dental decay due to decreased dexterity making brushing and flossing more challenging.
Caries happens when bacteria feed off the food particles in and around your teeth, creating an acidic environment and ultimately destroying your tooth enamel.
You can avoid caries by eating a healthy diet, brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once daily, having a professional teeth cleaning and exam with your dentist twice yearly.
Dental sealants are a clear plastic coating we place over your teeth in order to protect the deep grooves on the chewing surface of your tooth where bacteria are likely to collect but are difficult to reach with your toothbrush.
Dental sealants can last up to five years, are cost effective, and maintain the integrity of your teeth through prevention.
Most people, at one time or another, have the need for a dental restoration. Dental restorations do just what the name suggests and restore the health of your tooth. When you come to us every six months for your preventative appointment, we completely examine your teeth, gums, and bite, making sure that everything is healthy and free of cracks and decay.
If we notice something at your dental exam that you should know about, we will discuss it with you right away.
When our dentists review your digital dental x-rays, they will look for any signs of decay. If we detect decay, treating it sooner than later will be beneficial since caries does not heal on its own. One decay is in your tooth, it attracts more bacteria, leading to a bigger cavity.
Seeking treatment right away gives your tooth the best possible chance for success. First, Dr. Haymour, Dr. Everett Postill, or Dr. George Laschuk will gently remove any decay and sterilize the area. Next, we will prepare the tooth for the composite material that we use to fill in the area where we removed the decay.
Once your tooth is ready, we apply the composite material in layers and cure it with a special light that hardens it, giving you a stable, protected surface for chewing. Then, once we fill your tooth completely, we will polish and shape it, restoring its structure and appearance.
Other Restorative Options
If you have deep decay or the structure of your tooth is in jeopardy, you may need treatment that helps to stabilize your tooth structure, such as a dental crown. Your dentist can recommend the appropriate treatment for your condition.