Preventative Dentistry

What is preventative dentistry?

Our preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, Dr. Glenn McKay, and our dental staff to preserve you natural dentition and supporting bone structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases. Gum disease and tooth decay and trauma are the primary reasons why adult patients lose their teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and emergencies.

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your family dentist, and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

  • Check-Ups and Cleanings

    A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Glenn McKay at your initial dental visit to evaluate the state of your oral health and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. We will:

    1. Take any necessary x-rays
    Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic aids that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.

    2. Complete a gum disease evaluation
    Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

    3. Examine for tooth decay
    All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments. Early cavity detection is key to keeping your pearly whites in good health.

    4. Examine for existing restorations
    Check current fillings, crowns to make sure their stability function and aesthetics is not compromised by time and wear.

    5. Complete a professional dental cleaning
    At Rockwood Dental, Dr. Glenn McKay and your Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) will ensure you cleaning appointment will include:

    • Removal of Plaque
      Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gum tissues signalling the start of periodontal disease!
    • Removal of calculus (tartar)
      Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
    • Teeth Polishing
      Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
    • Fresh Breath
      A dental cleaning is a great way to keep your breath fresh. The feeling of clean teeth and fresh breath is a confidence builder for teens and adults.

  • Digital X-Rays

    At regular check-ups or dental cleaning visits, we will take any necessary diagnostic x-rays. X-rays also help us determine tooth and root positions prior to any cosmetic or restorative dental treatment. Dr. Glenn McKay uses this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and compromise the longevity of your healthy smile.

    Dental x-rays may reveal:
    • Abscesses or cysts
    • Bone loss
    • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumours
    • Decay between the teeth
    • Developmental abnormalities
    • Poor tooth and root positions
    • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
  • Gum Treatments

    Gum disease is preventable and reversible in most cases! Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Glenn McKay and your dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment for you.

    How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

    In the early to moderate stages of periodontal disease, deep cleanings can be used to remove the hardened plaque and infected tissue. Combined with root planing to smooth the damaged root surfaces of the teeth, this is an effective treatment to restore the health of your gums.

    Reasons why you may need gum treatment might be sore, bleeding or receding gums and loose teeth. Accumulation of plaque causes inflammation of the gums and an ensuing breakdown of the periodontal attachment (the fibrous connection of the teeth to the supporting structures). Pockets between the teeth and soft tissue become deeper, and the underlying bone recedes. Increased pocket depth encourages the formation of more calculus, plaque and further tissue breakdown.

    In many cases Laser Periodontal Therapy may be used to enhance the results of traditional scaling and root planing treatments. Surgical gum treatment may be recommended if the tissue surrounding your teeth can’t be repaired with non-surgical scaling and root planing.

  • Root Canals

    Most people have pre-conceived notions that root canal treatments are filled with pain and discomfort. In fact, root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain. It actually relieves it! Advances in dental technology have made root canal therapy virtually a pain-free experience.

    When the inside, or pulp of a tooth becomes infected, you feel pain. Removing the pulp (blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue) inside your tooth will only affect your perception of hot and cold; the tooth can survive without the pulp.

    Common symptoms of a root canal infection:
    • Sharp, acute and intense pain
    • Sharp pain when biting down
    • Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods
    • Dull ache and pressure
    • Tenderness and swelling in the nearby gums

    The treated tooth is usually restored with a crown to prevent fractures, especially if it’s a molar or a premolar tooth.
  • Tooth Extractions

    Dr. Glenn McKay at Rockwood Dental performs simple tooth extractions on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthesia and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth.

    Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or they have not erupted fully (such as impacted wisdom teeth). Our office would refer you to an oral surgeon in these cases for specialty dental care and would follow-up with you at a future appointment.

    Learn about Wisdom Teeth

Rockwood Dental Group

For over 25 years, we have served Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton residents with general, cosmetic, restorative, implant and sedation dentistry. This year we are growing yet again to enhance your dental experience and provide additional dental services by our in-house periodontist and dental surgeon.

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4141 Dixie Road, Unit #22B    

Mississauga, ON Canada

L4W 1V5



Monday 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Tuesday 07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Thursday 07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Friday 07:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


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