Our preventive dentistry program in Mississauga is a cooperative effort by the patient, Dr. Glenn McKay, and our dental staff to preserve your 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.
A Wide Range of Preventive Treatments
There is a range of preventive treatments that can help you maintain the health and hygiene of your teeth. From X-rays to thorough cleaning jobs, here’s how you can ensure that your teeth are always in an immaculate condition with these preventive treatments:
Call us for more information on our range of preventive oral treatments.
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 are not compromised by time and wear.
5. Complete a professional dental cleaning
At Rockwood Dental Associates, Dr. Glenn McKay and your Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) will ensure you cleaning appointment will include:
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
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.
Custom-fitted Sports Guards and Nightguards
Wearable day or night, a custom-fitted nightguard acts as a bumper guard, absorbing the force of the clenching or grinding. While horseshoe-shaped, over-the-counter night guards are also available, they tend to be uncomfortable and are so soft that they may get chewed away. In addition, over-the-counter night guards do not account for occlusal discrepancies that may be the source of your bruxism problems, thus making your grinding and clenching problem worse. Custom-fitted nightguards, made of hard acrylic, can help bruxers avoid such problems.
A single blow to the mouth or jaw can cause serious dental damage that is very painful and expensive to treat. You can minimize the risk of this type of injury by using a mouthguard when you take part in sports and other recreational activities. Mouthguards are resilient appliances that fit over your teeth. When worn during sports activities, mouthguards help protect against injuries to the teeth and other areas in and around your mouth.
The risk of this kind of injury is commonly associated with contact sports, such as football, rugby, hockey, and boxing and even basketball, soccer, squash, gymnastics, skateboarding, and taekwondo. Depending on the type and extent of dental injury, a single blow to the mouth may result in months or even years of treatment, with costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. We offer both full and partial dentures to meet our patients’ varying needs. While full dentures work best for old people or patients with no teeth, partial dentures can be used by people who still have some teeth remaining and require replacement for the missing teeth only. At Rockwood Dental, we can provide you with conventional dentures that are applied once the gum tissue has healed or immediate dentures that are created in advance so that they can be fitted right after the procedure and you don’t have to go without teeth. We will provide you with adequate care and cleaning instructions as well for proper hygiene.
Why Is Preventive Dentistry Important?
Preventive dental services are important to maintain the overall health and hygiene of your teeth and gums. Neglecting your teeth can cause far-reaching problems like tooth decay, cavities, oral infections and abscess. Timely care and treatment can help in ensuring that your teeth are protected against any dental problems. Through periodic dental services and routine oral exams, the dental expert can determine if you need any treatment or cleaning procedure. Simple treatments and cautionary procedures such as a complete cleanup or application of sealants can help in ensuring your overall dental health and well-being. Call us for an appointment for preventive dentistry services in Mississauga today. New patients and referrals are always welcome.