Dental Exams

Preventive Dental Care

At Yaletown Dentistry, we thrive on educating our patients and preventing future dental issues. Through regular dental hygiene maintenance and dental check-ups, we can locate any issues and dental diseases that may arise, and remedy them in a timely manner. This preventative approach ensures that treatment is least invasive and less costly in the long term for our patients. It also allows our patients to fully understand their dental health and plan for the next 5-10 years, with a more comprehensive approach.

 

What should I expect at my first appointment?

One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer and take X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly not only will help keep your teeth and mouth healthy but also will help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
  • Prevents bad breath — brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bad-breath causing bacteria in your mouth
  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
  • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth so you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for cavities or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

Dental Exam at Yaletown Dentistry

A comprehensive dental examination with our dentists is recommended as the first step in a long-term plan for your dental health. The examination provides an overview of your dental conditions and will involve the following:

 

 

 

  • Diagnostic digital x-rays (radiographs) to detect cavities (decay), tumours, cysts, and bone loss. Radiographs are done in intervals based on each individuals’ needs.
  • Gum disease evaluation to check and record the health of your gums and the bone around your teeth. We look for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease and record a thorough measurement of gum recession and any bone loss. This allows us to monitor your supportive tissues closely and helps to preserve and keep your teeth for the long term. Any changes will be discussed with you so that you can alter your home care to address any areas that may be deteriorating.
  • Evaluation of tooth surfaces to check for dental decay. We will strategize correcting areas that need immediate attention, but will also evaluate, record, and monitor areas where decay is in its initial stages so that we can keep a close eye on cavities that may reverse with exceptional home care.
  • Examination of existing restorations that you currently have, including fillings, crowns, implants, and other restorations, ensuring they are being maintained, and recording their current state, so that follow up visits can ensure close monitoring of these, and provide for a preventative maintenance program
  • Oral cancer screening for early detection and treatment. We do a thorough examination and also use state-of-the-art illumination technology (Velscope) that detects any changes in your oral tissues. This preventative screening can detect altered cells and abnormalities at very early stages, and allow for early treatment and resolution.

*Intraoral pictures of all your teeth to record their wear and tear, for future analysis and comparison. This allows us to advise you on future treatment in a very prioritized way, catered to your specific needs, and shows us the results of your preventative care regimen, so that we may adjust it for your needs.

*3D digital scan (Itero) of your entire dentition, to record all your teeth in 3D, as well as biting pressure points. This records and time stamps the current state of your teeth, but also allows us to predict future tooth and enamel wear and gum recession.

As part of the examination process, your dentist will show you the results of the analysis and educate you on the status of the conditions of your mouth. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions to ensure you fully understand the findings.

Velscope

Oral Health Screening and Prevention of Oral Cancer is our priority. To ensure our patients have the best care, we have introduced the award-winning, FDA- approved Velscope. This fluorescence technology is recognized by the World Health Organization, in its effectiveness to identify abnormalities in oral tissues, and precancerous lesions, that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We use a cordless handheld fluorescence wand to scan your tissues in your mouth in just 5 minutes. There is a small fee for this service, and many insurance companies may cover the cost. Early recognition and treatment are the keys for any malignancy, to allow for a full recovery. We offer this new service to all new and existing patients. Please ask us about our Velscope Cancer Screening.

Itero

We use the latest in 3D imaging technology to both record and analyze our patients’ bite pressure and wear patterns. This Itero 3D scanner is unique, in that it allows us to analyze and prevent future gum recession, tooth chipping, and even premature tooth loss. This preventative scan saves our patients from future costly dentistry.

An Itero scan is complimentary and takes just a few minutes, but promises to impress! It can even provide an immediate virtual simulation of what your new smile could look like.

This laser and optical imaging is both safe and fast. It has no radiation, so is safe for all individuals and can be used to identify future areas in your mouth that will need attention.

Itero scanning technology is also in our office to prevent those goopy uncomfortable impressions. We use this laser technology to record your teeth to fabricate crowns, night guards, and any other oral appliances needed. Imagine a 5-minute painless picture vs a 5-minute gooping mess of impression material in your mouth.

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