Digital Dental X-Ray Diagnostics
Here at Dawson, whether you are a new or existing patient, your dental health is our main priority! All new patients will typically receive a comprehensive dental exam. Current patients are encouraged to get a full exam every 24-36 months. A full exam provides a complete assessment of your oral health, which includes:
1. Medical history review.
2. Thorough examination of teeth, gums, mouth and jaw joints.
3. Discussion of treatment recommendations and personalized options.
We do these exams to allow us a better understanding of what your overall oral health requires. Our dedicated team will work with you to ensure your dental goals are met. Remember, you are a big part of the planning process. We want to ensure you are receiving the quality care you deserve.
X-rays are generally suggested to provide a more accurate diagnosis. Our x-rays are all digital, which exude significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays. These images allow us to see what is going on under the surface of the tooth. A lot of dental related issues are not visible with the naked eye. We need these images for our doctors to ensure the correct diagnosis.
Learn more about pricing for adults and children in your area. These procedures are considered ‘basic’ care and are typically covered by all insurance plans, annually.
The dreaded word – Cavity!
We all go to the dentist wondering if we have them. Sometimes we don’t even know they’re there! Cavities occur after decay has worn away the tooth enamel. Your dentist will commonly treat a cavity with a filling. If not treated, the infection could escalate to a root canal or even a tooth extraction. X-rays allow us to see these cavities and treat them accordingly.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria found in plaque. As the bacteria spread below the gumline, the gums and bone around the teeth begin to break down and can lead to loose teeth. Quite often, symptoms do not appear until the late stages, which is one reason why regular hygiene visits are encouraged. Possible early signs include: receding gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, bad breath, sores in mouth or loose or separating teeth.
Ensure you ask your hygienist what frequency of visits they recommend for your mouth. Some people are more susceptible to plaque build up than others. The general 6 month visit with your hygienist can often be more beneficial at a 3 to 4-month frequency depending on your need. Let us look into coverage details for you.
By examining your X-rays and probing, your dentist can tell how much bone loss your periodontitis has caused. Once your stage of periodontal disease has been determined, a personalized treatment plan will be presented to you, which may include homecare, Soft Tissue Management or a referral to a Dawson periodontist.
Do you ever wake up with sore achy jaws? Do you experience headaches in the morning? Are your teeth and gums becoming worn and more sensitive with no explanation?
According to a recent study, 5-20% of North Americans suffer with teeth grinding, yet only 80% are aware of the condition. During your exam, your dentist will notice if you grind your teeth. They may suggest a night guard for protection, which is often covered by dental insurance.
These nightguards tale some time to get used to, but they are well worth it!
Sport Mouth Guards
Whether you play sports, cycle, run or lift weights, a custom sports guard is an amazing way to protect your teeth.
Medical research indicates that one in four people will suffer a mouth injury during their lifetime. These injuries are generally preventable. The number one way to prevent these injuries from occurring is to be wearing a mouth guard. We recommend them to all our athletes, both professional and amateur. Ask your Dawson dentist how you can get a custom-made mouth guard.
Crooked or Crowded Teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth affect your bite. This can make it hard to chew some foods and it may cause some teeth to wear down. It may also cause muscle pain.
Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to clean. Cavities and gum disease may develop as a result. Teeth that stick out are more easily chipped or broken. Your dentist may suggest Invisalign or refer you to a Dawson Orthodontist for traditional braces.
Whatever your needs, there is a Dawson dentist that is waiting to help you!
Perhaps you have had missing teeth since you can remember and haven’t given much thought to replacing them. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to replace missing teeth the more difficult it becomes.
Bone loss will occur when a missing tooth is not replaced. As soon as the natural teeth are removed or fall out, the face begins to age rapidly due toYour dentist will work with you to ensure the you have all of your treatment options. Your dentist may suggest, partial dentures, bridge work or a dental implant.
Ask our dentists about implants. You don’t need to remove them to clean them and they actually help to stop bone loss! Come for a consultation today, why wait?
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 1 out of every 8 individuals. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, completely blocking the airway. Learn more about how your dentist can help with and oral appliance.
Don’t wait weeks to be monitored at a sleep clinic! Conduct the test in the comfort of your own home!
Ask us how!
TMJ (Tempormandibular Joint)
TMJ is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the ear. Essentially, your jaw joint. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joints is referred to as TMJ disorder. Symptoms may include: tenderness or pain in the face, jaw or ear, difficulty chewing, headaches or locking jaw or teeth when biting or chewing. Learn more about treatment options