Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, at Fifth Avenue Dental Care, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our dental patients in Orangeville.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.
Cleanings and Prevention
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures of the mouth and jaw. This is done by conducting regular check-ups to detect the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Prevention further includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect your teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. Take a look at the list of in-house and at-home prevention techniques offered to you by our dental team.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)
Gum disease evaluation
Oral cancer screening
Gum disease evaluation
Examination of existing restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.,)
During your appointment, you can also expect a professional cleaning performed by your hygienist. Your cleaning includes:
Dentists and dental hygienists use x-ray information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Dental x-rays may reveal:
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Please note, dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.
Your home care dental regime plays an important role in achieving a healthy smile. And it all starts with eating balanced meals and correctly using the various dental aids that control plaque and bacteria growth. Here are some tips on how to keep a healthy smile at home:
Tooth brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with a soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job.
Flossing: Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing also stops plaque colonies from building up – preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Rinsing: It’s important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, consult with your dentist or dental hygienist to see if it’s right for you.
Also, make sure you routinely use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist including: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc. They all play a role in good dental home care.
How to Properly Brush and Floss
Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day; ideally in the morning and before bed. Here is a basic guide to proper brushing:
Flossing is a great way to remove plaque from between the teeth. Here is a basic guide to proper flossing:
A bright, beautiful smile enhances your appearance and levels of confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and affordable treatments. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can:
Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
Fill in spaces between teeth
Improve or correct bites
Replace old dental treatments
Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
Replace missing teeth
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word. Here are the treatments we offer:
The word periodontal means “around the tooth." Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. When plaque and tarter are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
New spacing between teeth
Persistent bad breath
Pus around the teeth & gums
Red and puffy gums
Tenderness or Discomfort
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.
A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis.
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy..
Tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. We offer:
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Root canal therapy
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