Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Check Ups in Windermere, Edmonton

At Viva Dental Wellness, our priority is to partner with you for your dental and systemic health. Whether your circumstances are complex and require regular guidance and support, or your needs are easily met with your current oral hygiene habits, regular checkups, and teeth cleanings in Edmonton are an important part of ensuring your best health outcomes.

Checkups are a regular requirement of a standard oral hygiene protocol. Even if you don’t feel any discomfort or have any questions about your dental health, it is recommended that patients be seen a minimum of once annually or more frequently as recommended by your dentist. While checkups do assess the teeth for signs of decay, there are many other critical assessments performed during a routine dental exam in Edmonton.

Your checkup will begin by outlining your medical history and any health changes or medication introductions since your last visit. A detailed account of your medical history informs your dentist’s ability to make the best recommendations for your oral health, avoid any potential pharmaceutical reactions, and assess contraindications. Once your health documents are updated, you will be escorted to your private dental suite. Your dental suite offers total privacy while discussing your medical concerns with your dentist and allows you to customize your experience with your choice of aromatherapy essential oils during your visit.

The bacteria contained in the oral cavity can wreak havoc on the teeth if not properly managed with a healthy diet and a regular brushing and flossing habit. We recommend brushing a minimum of twice daily and flossing daily between dental visits. Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth as well as the health of all of the soft issues associated with your dental structure. This includes a visual overview of the tongue and the area beneath it, the health of the cheek and gum tissues, as well as any indications of oral conditions or cancers evident on the soft tissues themselves. Light technology allows your dentist to see beneath the surface of your oral tissues to assess any underlying concerns.

Your lymph nodes around the neck and jaw will be assessed, as well as the quality of your bite and signs of malfunction in the temporomandibular joint, which may indicate clenching, grinding, and/or signs of temporomandibular disorder, will be investigated. You will undergo a low-radiation digital X-ray to allow your dentist to determine the health of the underlying structures in your mouth, such as the jawbone and the roots of the teeth, and to check for potential hidden concerns such as dentigerous cysts. Based on these assessments, your dentist will recommend changes to your hygiene regimen, discuss required procedures, or explore dental appliances as required.

Professional Cleaning

Following your checkup and debrief with your dentist, professional dental cleaning in Edmonton is conducted by one of our skilled dental hygienists. Your teeth are treated to scaling treatment to remove any tartar buildup around the collar of your teeth without harming the protective enamel. Tartar tends to take on coloration from stainers such as coffee and red wine, and its removal not only improves the appearance of the teeth but improves the health of the teeth and gums. Following your scaling treatment, the teeth are polished and flossed before receiving a fluoride treatment in your flavor of choice. Before leaving, your dentist will make a recommendation as to the frequency of cleaning and checkups that will best suit your oral health needs. This schedule is recommended with considerations in mind, such as the amount of tartar buildup on the teeth since your last visit, whether there are any concerns that warrant regular monitoring, as well as any medical conditions that would benefit from more frequent visits.

Preventative Maintenance

Your checkups and teeth cleanings near you are an important part of a preventative approach to your dental and overall health. Whenever possible, our goal is to take a preventative approach to dental care since concerns that may have been treated early in their development risk becoming urgent or long-term concerns when they progress to the point of discomfort. For example, a small cavity may require a modest filling to stop its progression. If we wait too long, however, what could have been a small filling may require root canal therapy in order to allow the infected tooth to be retained. We are passionate about education! If you have questions regarding how to care for your oral health between visits, we encourage you to take the opportunity to discuss them with your dentist or dental hygienist during your visit. We are happy to make recommendations at our dental office in Edmonton, provide education, or troubleshoot unique challenges such as making tooth brushing as comfortable as possible for children with sensory disorders.

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