Cleanings, Exams, XRays
Maintaining a healthy smile
Maintaining a healthy smile
The Delta Dentist knows that good dental care is vital to your overall health. Having regular cleanings and undergoing preventive checkups are both critical when it comes to achieving optimal dental well-being. We make sure your check-up is as thorough and accurate as possible.
Sometimes your smile can be significantly compromised by gum missing teeth, disease, or tooth decay. It’s possible that your teeth were damaged in an accident. Perhaps problems have developed with the passage of time, or maybe you suffer from problems that started in childhood.
Whatever the problem and whatever the cause, 21st-century dentistry makes it possible to restore your comprehensive dental health. Dr. Oliver is dedicated to overall dental health. He is confident that with today’s dentistry, he can provide you with exactly what you need.
Over the last few years, x-rays have seen some vast improvements. Digital x-rays now offer exquisite diagnostic clarity with reduced radiation. Radiation exposure can be decreased up to 70%. With this technology, we are able to see enhanced images five times larger and with better detail than ever before. These high-tech changes are truly a great asset.
Meet our new i-CAT scanner, a cutting-edge diagnostic imaging system. The scan reveals a patient’s bones and provide a detailed, three-dimensional images. We can scan a patient’s head in less time than it takes to do traditional X-rays, and do so in a comfortable, seated position versus the more common reclining position used with a conventional scanner.
Our precise diagnostic capabilities allow us to provide dental implants, analyze TMJ anatomy, and prepare for sinus grafting with comfort and confidence. With 360-degree pictures of the head, we can create a life-like image of the jaw anatomy–all in less than twenty seconds. Using this information, we create a three-dimensional facial model of the patient that shows the teeth, jaws, and skin. We can then appropriately develop a treatment plan for any and all oral surgical, orthodontic, cosmetic, orthopedic, or trauma cases. With a complete picture of the patient’s face and skull, we can avoid any surprises when it comes time to perform surgery.
We know you will appreciate the benefits of this incredible, efficient diagnostic tool.
The Diagnodent is a strong new laser used in the early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The Diagnodent also locates decay that may not be visible in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Early detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road. Please contact us today to learn more about the Diagnodent.
About 75% of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of gum disease. The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Bacteria turn into tartar and build up around the gum at the base of your teeth, which can aggravate the gums and establish pockets of bacteria between your gums and teeth. This in turn can cause red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If the bacteria are not controlled, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease where the plaque and tartar go beneath your gum line. Periodontitis causes the gums to recede from around your teeth and pockets of infection can form, destroying the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. Signs and symptoms include: loose teeth; swollen, recessed, and/or bleeding gums; pus around your teeth; unpleasant taste and smell; and pain when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods.
Periodontal disease is more than a problem in your mouth. It has been shown to be a contributing factor in cases of heart disease, stroke, low birth-weights, and other serious illnesses.
If you’d like your teeth to stay healthy throughout your life, you need to have healthy gums. Your gum tissue often reveals the condition of your bone underneath. If your gums are infected and bleeding, it’s likely that the supporting bone may be suffering too. This can result in your teeth loosening and eventual falling out. 70% of people have gum disease and usually don’t know it. Unfortunately, it cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with regular dental visits.
If just the gum tissue is involved, the gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. When the supporting bone is also infected, it is known as periodontitis. Both are a result of bacteria in and around the tooth roots. If you find that you are more susceptible to gum disease than other people you know, you might need to come in for a professional cleaning every three to four months. This, along with proper care at home, will help to keep the bacteria under control.