- Teeth cleaning
- Teeth polishing
- Fluoride application
- Head and neck examination
- Dental Hygiene examination & oral health assessment
- Oral health instruction
- Referral to outside specialists (as needed)
Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The exam includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities.
A composite resin, the color of tooth enamel, can be used to repair fissures or chips and get rid of or diminish gaps. It is also used to fill cavities while maintaining a more natural look than traditional fillings.
Pulling a Tooth (Extraction)
Having a tooth pulled in adulthood is sometimes necessary. Reasons for Pulling Teeth Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay.
Dental hygiene involves removing plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Regular teeth cleaning helps prevent gum disease, cavities, bad breath and keeps the teeth healthy and clean. Ultrasonic instruments and fine hand tools and prophy jets are used to clean and polish the teeth and fluoride is used for protecting them.
Full and Partial Dentures
To ensure the most natural and comfortable results, partials and full dentures must be custom fit to an individual’s mouth and gums. Partials and Dentures that are correctly developed and fitted will restore a natural looking and secure bite and smile.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening (OCS) may be the best way to detect oral cancer early, and dental hygienists have an important role. They screen for oral cancer as part of every dental hygiene appointment, regardless of age, and educate clients about risk factors and how to detect potential problems. Detecting the disease in the early stages is key to the survival rate. Thousands of new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year; the five-year survival rate of all oral cancer cases is about 50 percent. Some estimates suggest that screening could detect as many as 80 percent of new cases.
The affected tooth is reshaped so that it can be augmented by a natural-looking synthetic material, usually porcelain. This procedure is also beneficial for teeth that show wear and tear or are crooked.
Dental sealants are applied to the surface of children’s teeth to protect children’s teeth from tooth decay. Children should receive sealants on permanent molars as soon as they emerge.
With the use of modern technology such as digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras, Dr. Cohen is able to provide an accurate diagnosis and individual treatment plan resulting in a well educated and satisfied patient.
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from nighttime teeth grinding and during sports. If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance – called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint — can be created to prevent tooth damage. Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss.
For people who want to look healthy and younger, a natural white smile is a must. As a person ages, the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs, coffee, tea and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications can also lead to teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel. Tooth whitening can lighten and whiten teeth by several shades.
Bridges are vital in protecting not only the balance of your bite and chewing motion, but the integrity of your facial features as well. A person who leaves missing teeth unattended may permanently alter the shape and contour of his or her face. Bridges easily restore not only the balance of the mouth, but typically look and feel as natural as your own teeth.