At Peak Dental, a dental exam is critical part of your ongoing oral health and allows us to evaluate your risk of developing serious oral health problems. During the exam, we clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. When problems are detected early, they are much easier and less expensive to treat. Let us put your mind at ease about your oral health. Call us to set up a dental exam that fits your schedule.
Dental x-rays, (or radiographs) are valuable diagnostic tools for your dentist. Taking x-rays provides us with a method of detecting tooth decay that is not visible to the naked eye. When decay is identified early, it is less expensive and easier to treat. We also use x-rays to spot changes in the supporting structures of your jaw, including hard and soft tissues. At Peak Dental Arts, we always speak with you about your dental treatment, including the need for x-rays, to ensure you can make informed decisions.
Dental Photography allows us to track your teeth over time and monitor conditions that often occur at a slow rate. Issues like tooth wear, gum recession, tooth position, and tooth colour are all easier to track with a great set of photos. Dental photography also lets us to show you existing conditions so you can be involved in the plan to fix any issues.
Regular Check-ups and Cleanings
At Peak Dental, regular check-ups and cleanings help us ensure that any oral health issues are detected early. We examine your teeth and gums for cavities and look for plaque and tartar. Our goal is to find and treat oral health issues before they become more serious (and expensive) problems. Talk to us about setting up a regular check-up and cleaning schedule.
Fresh Breath Treatments
Peak Dental Arts offers fresh breath treatments that can remove bad breath. We give your teeth a thorough, professional cleaning. This helps ensure excess odor-causing plaque and bacteria are removed from your teeth. We perform regular dental exams to determine if any underlying oral health problems are the root cause of the bad breath. We ensure your teeth are free of infection, cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. Once good oral health has been established, we’ll recommend the best teeth cleaning technique, and the most effective toothpaste, mouthwash and tongue scraper. Talk to us about fresh breath treatments.
Scaling and root planning, (also known as deep cleaning) is very different from a regular cleaning. A regular cleaning focuses mainly on the surfaces of the teeth and the spaces between the teeth above the gum line. A dental deep cleaning, or scaling and root planning, is used to remove bacteria, tartar, and debris that has collected under the gum line. Unfortunately, regular brushing, flossing and cleaning cannot remove bacteria and tartar. If left untreated, the infection and inflammation will continue and progress further under the gum line, resulting in loose teeth and bone loss, and ultimately, loss of teeth.
If you experience chronic headaches or migraines from involuntary nighttime teeth clenching, you may benefit from a night guard. A night guard is a thin transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth as you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth. Night guards can help prevent migraines, headaches, teeth grinding and the development of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
Custom mouth guards can be an excellent way to protect your teeth while playing sports. Customized mouth guards offer a comfortable fit and excellent protection. Mouth guards can help protect teeth from being knocked out or fractured and can also help prevent jaw fractures. For more information on Night Guards or Mouth Guards call Peak Arts Dental at 604-770-2222.
A dental filling is a dental restorative material used artificially to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure. Dental filings may be fabricated out of a variety of material such as dental amalgam or dental composites. Whether the most ideal option is Porcelain or Composite, a tooth filling is designed to remove tooth decay, and save a tooth from infection, or more involved and expensive procedures like Root Canals.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Porcelain is the material of choice for inlays and outlays because of its strength and colour, which can often match the natural colour of your teeth.
A dental sealant is a protective barrier placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth in order to seal out food and bacteria, which cause cavities. These sealants are often made of a plastic-like material and applied in a thin layer to fill hard-to-clean recesses in teeth known as fissures in the premolars and molars, and cingulum pits found in canines and incisors. And best of all, the application of sealants is a quick and comfortable process, and usually only takes one visit!
A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. Dental Implants are currently the best alternative to damaging lasting than any other restorative dental treatment available today.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Dental extractions are the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are most often performed because a tooth has sustained damage or decay, cannot be saved by root canal treatment, or to prepare for the placement of a dental implant. Advanced gum disease may also require tooth extractions. In some cases with children or pediatric patients, extractions are completed to allow room for adult teeth to grow.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth (third molars) tend to grow in between ages 17 and 25, causing pain and disruption of dental alignment. Problems can arise when these final molars attempt to enter the mouth with limited space for them to surface. To avoid impacted teeth, which can cause pain and lead to infection or cyst formation, it’s recommended that wisdom teeth be removed in early adulthood, before the roots are fully developed and the bone is less dense.
A root canal is the anatomic space within the root of a tooth. Part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth, it consists of the pulp chamber pulp (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
Usually, root canal therapy is effective at permanently relieving tooth pain and halting infection of the soft tissues deep inside the teeth and gums. But occasionally, as in any medical procedure, the body may not heal as we expect it to. After a period of time, you may experience pain in the affected tooth again, or, even if you have no symptoms, x-rays may reveal that infection is still present near the tooth’s roots. In that case, you may need root canal retreatment.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, Peak Dental Arts offers custom-fitted full or partial dentures to replace your missing teeth, improve your health, and restore your smile. Denture technology has improved over the years. New materials and better design have made today’s dentures more natural looking and comfortable. They enable you to speak and eat normally and also help prevent the sagging of facial muscles.