- Oral Assessments
- Scaling and Debridement
- Fluoride Treatment
- Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Temporary Fillings
- Sports Mouthguards
The initial visit will involve a comprehensive dental hygiene assessment. The dental hygienist will review your medical history, check your head and neck for any abnormalities, screen for oral cancer and perform a thorough dental hygiene examination of the hard and soft tissues of your mouth, as well as, an assessment of your oral hygiene.
The clinic is also equipped with a laser cavity detector to aid with determining if a referral to a dentist is indicated.
The combination of all gathered information will be used in formulating a dental hygiene diagnosis, which will then aid in developing goals and preparing a treatment plan specific to your needs.
If required, a referral will be made to a dentist or other health care providers for further assessment.
This involves the removal of tartar (calculus) deposits from the teeth, above and below the gumline. This is charged by units of time, one unit equals 15 mins of time. The amount of time needed for a complete cleaning varies with each individual. The removal of plaque and calculus, as well as, bacteria is the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums.
More advanced gum disease can also be treated in the clinic by using a gum therapy approach aimed at reducing inflammation, bleeding and the pockets around your teeth. This approach involves more frequent appointments of deep cleaning and medicated irrigation.
After thorough scaling, a selective polishing can further aid in the removal of bacteria and stain. Stains are normally caused by outside sources, such as Coffee/tea, red wine, and tobacco. A polisher is used with the polish paste by the hygienist to help achieve a brighter smile.
An in-office fluoride treatment will be offered next to help prevent decay and general sensitivity if required. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel of the teeth by aiding in the remineralization of the teeth.
In many cities, fluoride is added into the water supply, however, Thunder Bay does not have fluoridated water.
Sealants are the best way of preventing decay within the chewing surfaces of your teeth. A plastic-like coating is placed on the grooves of the teeth, preventing bacteria from entering and causing decay.
Sealants are especially important as a preventative measure for decay in children with newly erupted teeth. Although, anytime is a good time to prevent decay.
It is recommended when the root of the tooth or dentin (the layer underneath the enamel) is exposed and causing sensitivity. This usually occurs by brushing too hard, however, many other factors can contribute. A protective varnish is placed over the exposed area to help seal the microscopic tubules of the tooth. Which in turn then desensitizes the tooth.
This is a temporary, therapeutic material that is placed on a tooth when a permanent filling is required but not achievable at this exact moment. Once placed, the client is then informed that this is a temporary measure and that a follow-up appointment is required with a dentist to have a permanent filling placed.
Custom mouthguards are available for all ages. Mouthguards are always recommended to be worn during all sports activities.