Dental Exams and Digital X-Rays
Your long-term health is important to us at West Vancouver Dental. One way to maintain good preventative dental care is through regular dental checkups and x-rays. At West Vancouver Dental, we make a customized preventative dental care plan to meet each individual patient’s needs. Regular visits help our entire team get to know you and your family members while providing the specific preventative dental care for your needs.
When she spends time with each member of your family, dentist in Vancouver, Washington Dr. Melany may decide that fluoride should be part of a comprehensive preventative dental treatment plan. Fluoride treatments protect teeth by stopping the development of cavities and help teeth resist acid attacks caused by plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. This long-term solution helps prevent potential problems in the future.
Tooth sealants are an important and simple way to keep plaque from making itself at home on teeth, especially in children. Brushing and flossing help keep teeth healthy, but there are grooves on the surfaces of teeth that are difficult to clean through daily oral hygiene routines. Food particles and plaque collect in these grooves, and can be treated with a tooth sealant that seals the grooves and protects tooth enamel from plaque.
A tooth sealant can be provided in only one visit by Dr. Melany. Tooth sealants wear well under routine circumstances, can last for several years, and take only a few minutes to apply.
Dr. Melany provides mouth guards for children who play sports or for adults who grind their teeth. A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck aches. Teeth grinding can have serious, long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
Mouth guards protect teeth and can be customized to fit precisely to your bite. These guards are a comfortable and effective way to keep teeth healthy over time.
Periodontal Disease & Scaling and Root Planing
If you have periodontal disease that needs treatment, Dr. Melany and her team at West Vancouver Dental provide a gentle touch. We listen to your needs and concerns, and present you with treatment options that are easy to understand.
Regardless of what option you choose for treatment, Dr. Melany and her staff work very hard to make sure you’re comfortable before, during and after the procedure. If needed, Dr. Melany can provide nitrous oxide and will stop frequently to assess your well-being.
If you have gum tissue that is red, swollen, and bleeds easily, you may need treatment for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis, occurs when the bone and gums around teeth become infected as a result of the bacteria found in plaque. Periodontal disease progressively destroys the gums and jaw bone, which support your natural teeth.
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Dr. Melany and a registered dental hygienist to provide a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums, preventing progression of periodontal disease.
The best prevention against gum disease is thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth each day, along with regular routine visits to see the hygienists at West Vancouver Dental.