Ottawa General Dentistry to Improve Your Oral Health

The practice of general dentistry covers a remarkable array of services and procedures. The goal is to help you to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout your lifetime. When your teeth and gums are functioning properly, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Oral health is a vital component of general health. In fact, research has revealed a significant relationship between common oral infections and serious general health conditions including cardiovascular disease. This connection makes it more important than ever to maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues.

Begin with Positive Dental Experiences for Children

Good oral health starts in childhood by promoting healthy habits. Even toddlers can benefit from a trip to the dentist's office to be examined for early signs of tooth decay and to become accustomed to the place where many important preventive services will be performed throughout childhood and beyond. Every stage has its oral health concerns, and your dentist at Billings Bridge Dental Centre is trained to address every one of them.

Preventive Dental Care for Lifelong Oral Health

Our prevention programs include the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders, and diseases of the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) region of the body. Our services focus on the general maintenance of oral hygiene and dental strength or integrity.

We recommend that you visit your oral health specialists regularly, at least once every six months, to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. These visits can help prevent the development of serious dental problems that require costly treatment. With a strong daily oral care routine and regular professional cleanings and exams, you can enjoy exceptional dental health well into your golden years.

We work with you to develop a customized dental hygiene plan that integrates dental examinations, cleanings, X-rays and the use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, expose or treat problems as early as possible.

Preventive dental treatments are one of our primary targets. After filling out some paperwork, you’ll meet with one of our skilled professionals so that we can get to know you and recommend the best preventive treatments for you.

During your visit, we will:

  • Chart current restorations and any new areas of concern
  • Take digital x-rays for diagnostic purposes
  • Gently clean your teeth and scan for microscopic areas of decay
  • Examine surrounding gum tissue and screen for oral cancer

After your exam, we will review the findings with you and discuss your options if treatment is needed. We will go over financial details and scheduling options, so you understand all your options and can make an informed decision about your oral health.

Sleep Dentistry to Relieve Dental Phobia

We offer many ways for you to feel relaxed during your visit by providing a high level of care and personalized attention. If you struggle with dental fear and anxiety, we can help. There are better options for dealing with the fear besides staying away from the dentists. Dental health is a key part of your overall health, so it is important to make and keep your regular dental appointments. Sleep dentistry may provide the solution you need to help you protect your dental health while also protecting your emotional health.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Researchers estimate that 1 in 20 people are afraid of going to the dentist. Many patients can now choose sleep dentistry as an effective way to minimize dental anxiety. Sleep dentistry involves using sedatives and pain relievers to help you relax during examinations and procedures. You remain awake and alert, just without the overwhelming anxiety.

Benefits of Choosing Sleep Dentistry

Conscious sedation is a useful anti-anxiety treatment used to relieve mild to severe dental phobia. If just sitting in the dental chair or trying to schedule an appointment leaves you with the jitters, conscious sedation can help. When combined with local anesthetics, sleep dentistry can help:

  • Relax and calm your nerves
  • Control a bad gag reflex
  • Minimize pain and discomfort during dental treatment
  • Provide a feeling of comfort during a dental procedure
  • Avoid restlessness as you go through a long procedure

Unlike deep sedation, which uses general anesthesia, conscious sedation dentistry calms you without making you unresponsive. You will still be able to ask questions, answer questions, respond to touch, and communicate any discomfort you may be feeling.

General Dentistry and Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontitis) is a common cause of tooth loss in, and unfortunately, many people never realize that there’s a problem until the condition is fairly advanced. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen or sensitive gums
  • Gums that bleed while flossing or brushing
  • Receding gum-lines (“long teeth”)
  • Unusual tooth movement
  • Food getting stuck under your gums after meals

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, call the professionals at Billings Bridge Dental Centre right away to schedule a consultation.

During your checkups, we will carefully screen for signs of periodontal disease. If caught early, gum disease is easier to manage. One of the ways we do this is by measuring the space between your gums and teeth. X-rays also provide important information about the bone height throughout your mouth.

If you have gum disease, we recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to remove bacterial deposits and create an environment that promotes healing. Deep cleanings are usually completed in one or two appointments, using local anesthesia, so there is minimal discomfort. Deep cleaning not only removes harmful bacteria, but it also encourages the gums to reattach to your teeth.

Gum Disease and Your Health

Treating gum disease can boost your health and help keep your teeth for life. Untreated gum disease has been associated with health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, premature labor, and even stroke. Persistent infection may inhibit immune system function and increase inflammation or infections related to other medical conditions.

We Promote Safe Patient Care

As dental professionals, we maintain high standards in every aspect of the field, including infection control. Infection prevention and control (IPAC) is a critically important part of safe patient care. In recent years, concerns about the possible spread of blood-borne diseases, and the impact of emerging, highly contagious respiratory and other illnesses have grown.

We believe we have a clear responsibility to establish, evaluate, continually update and monitor the IPAC strategies and protocols. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), and the Infectious Disease (ID) Department.

Providing for All Your General Dental Care Needs

From regular professional cleanings to emergency dental care we are happy to help fulfill your personal goals for oral health and happiness. We provide a comprehensive list services, including Invisalign clear braces and dental implant placement and restoration. Call us today for more information!

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