Routine examination and cleaning are essential for long-term oral health. As a general rule, you should see your dentist twice a year, every six months. The examination is in two parts: extra-oral (head and neck) and intra-oral (including teeth, gums, and lining of the mouth). It is designed to uncover any problem and prevent any existing condition, including cavities, cysts, and tumours, from getting worse. Routine examinations are also essential for people missing some or all of their teeth.
Please note that some patients may experience gum tenderness during cleaning. If your gums are sensitive, for example, to heat, cold, sugar or acidity, you may feel some discomfort during cleaning.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and must therefore grow in the available space that is left. When that space is too small, wisdom teeth may remain embedded or half-embedded in the gum. They may become infected or develop cysts. For these reasons, we recommend removing wisdom teeth in cases where there is too little room for them to grow and emerge properly.
Prior to the operation, we will provide you with an information leaflet that will tell you how to prepare for this procedure.
Operative dentistry is designed to repair teeth damaged by cavities or trauma. For minor repairs, a simple filling may be enough. For a more damaged tooth, a cap (also known as a crown) may be needed. Sometimes, however, a tooth has sustained so much damage that it cannot be restored and must be removed.
New fillings, especially white composite fillings, may cause some patients a temporarily heightened sensitivity to heat or cold. If you feel sensitivity when clenching your teeth or chewing, please come back to see us, and we’ll make the necessary adjustments.
When a dental nerve is affected by a deep cavity or serious trauma, the tooth must be devitalized using a root canal. In such cases, the tooth may cause pain or, conversely, exhibit no symptoms.
Following a root canal, you may feel increased sensitivity, especially when chewing, but it should not last more than a few days.
Generally, periodontal disease develops gradually and exhibits no symptoms. It leads to loss of supporting tissue that keeps your teeth in place. Without treatment, the tooth becomes looser and looser and eventually falls out.
There may be a genetic predisposition for gum disease. However, smoking and poor oral hygiene are certainly two important factors in the development of this condition.
Routine examinations help uncover gum disease in its early stages. The earlier the disease is caught, the better the chances for recovery.
Following curettage (the removal of tissue from the gums), patients with gum sensitivity may feel some added discomfort.
We recommend that parents make their first appointment for their child when he or she is 18 months old. Our goal at this point is not necessarily to provide treatment for your child, but rather to get him or her used to dental clinics early on in life. We’ll take this opportunity to provide parents with useful advice to prevent future oral health problems tied to poor practices or habits.