General Dentistry Treatments
In addition to the cosmetic and restorative services offered by our General Dentists, each Dental Choice office in Edmonton, Calgary, and Airdrie provides a comprehensive variety of general dentistry treatments to patients. We perform root canals, gum disease therapy, and other procedures to ensure we are working towards optimal oral health for every individual.
Periodontal Care and Gum Disease
Gum disease can be caused by a number of factors, including poor or infrequent brushing and flossing, tobacco use, heredity, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Signs of mild gum disease, or gingivitis, include swelling and puffiness. In addition, gums may be likely to bleed during flossing or brushing. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a more severe form of gum disease known as a periodontitis, in which the gums can become inflamed or enlarged and the supporting bone and tissue structures may begin to degrade.
Regular dental cleaning visits are important in order to detect gum disease in its earliest stages. Gingivitis can be treated with non-surgical methods such as thorough cleanings, topical application of disinfectant, or prescription mouthwash. Advanced gum disease may require surgery to repair gums and remove all traces of infection. All of our registered dental hygienists are committed to giving you a clean smile when you come to see them. Book a cleaning today.
Regular dental cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral health. Our hygienists perform comprehensive cleanings to remove plaque and to help keep teeth and gums in excellent condition. Book a cleaning at one of our offices today.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals may become necessary if the patient has a deep cavity near the nerve center of the tooth. These cavities can cause severe tooth pain and eventually lead to the loss of the tooth if left untreated.
Local anesthetic and sedation techniques are used during root canals to assist with any discomfort. To begin the treatment, the damaged tissue within the pulp chamber of the tooth is removed and the area is disinfected. Next, a temporary filling is placed within the tooth. A second visit (and sometimes a third) is required to replace the temporary filling with a permanent filling or dental crown and to check for any signs of infection.
In addition to eliminating pain, root canal therapy can prevent the need for tooth extractions. To learn more about root canals or to schedule a consultation, contact Dental Choice in Edmonton, Calgary, and Airdrie Alberta today.
TMJ treatment is performed to correct conditions that affect the function of the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints. These joints are located on both sides of the jaw near each ear and connect the jawbone to the skull. They are two of the most frequently used joints in the body and play a significant role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions.
If the TMJ is not functioning properly, severe headaches, toothaches, or pain in the ear, jaw joint, or cheeks can result. Severe cases can even cause pain in the neck and shoulders. Patients with TMJ disorders may also have difficulty opening their mouths and experience jaw popping or clicking.
TMJ disorders can be caused by many factors, including teeth grinding, a misaligned bite, dislocation of the TMJ joint, arthritis, and wear and tear of the cartilage disks that pad TMJ joints. TMJ treatment can take the form of mouth guards, jaw exercises, or TMJ bite therapy. We can help you alleviate painful TMJ symptoms and restore full functionality to these important joints.
Contact a Dental Choice office in Edmonton, Calgary, or Airdrie Alberta to learn more about TMJ treatment today.
Oral Exams and Oral Cancer Screenings
We perform comprehensive oral exams in order to check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease and to help determine the course of treatment that is most appropriate for each patient’s needs. We also perform oral cancer screenings so that treatment can be provided right away if any signs of this disease are detected.
Tooth Extraction and Wisdom Teeth Removal
In the event that tooth extraction is necessary, we offer sedation techniques so that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Our dentists will also discuss tooth replacement solutions with the patient such as dental implants and dental bridges.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that is often performed in teenagers and young adults to remove wisdom teeth before they have a chance to significantly impact the alignment of the teeth.
Bad Breath Treatment
Bad breath can be caused by eating certain foods and using tobacco products, but the most common cause of bad breath involves the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Dryness of the mouth can also play a role in developing bad breath. If you are bothered by bad breath, our dentists and hygienists can help diagnose its causes and provide treatment to eliminate its effects. In many cases, regular dental visits and proper brushing and flossing are all that are necessary to remove mouth odors.
If you have a dental emergency, our staff is ready to serve you. We are prepared to treat all different kinds of dental emergencies, including toothaches and loose, fractured, or knocked-out teeth.
At Dental Choice, we are committed to the oral health and well-being of patients of all ages. We offer dental care for children of all ages. We know the importance of establishing healthy dental habits early in life. Dental Choice is committed to providing children with dental care so that they are less inclined to neglect treatment later in life. Learn more about children’s dentistry.
Dental fluoride is applied to the teeth after dental cleanings to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are available in gel trays, foam trays, and rinses. In addition, we offer several different flavors from which patients can choose.
Dental sealants are protective coatings of plastic material that are affixed to the teeth to help guard against bacteria and plaque build-up. They are most often placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and can be especially beneficial in preventing tooth decay in children. Sealants can be very important in adults, especially adults that have a cavity free mouth.
Teeth Grinding and Mouth Guards
We offer custom-fitted mouth guards that can help prevent teeth grinding and offer relief from TMJ pain. Mouth guards are often the most effective treatment for teeth grinding and can help prevent fractures and other tooth damage from occurring.
Dental Health and Overall Health
Dental health can be an indicator of the health of the rest of the body. Gum disease can let bacteria into the bloodstream and can cause all kinds of health conditions throughout the body if left unnoticed. Also, signs of a disease in the body may first show up in the mouth. The connection between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other conditions is still being researched, but evidence suggests that gum disease is directly linked to the health of other body systems.