How long will my appointment take?
If you come in for regular cleanings, your appointment should last approximately 60 minutes. However, time may vary depending on your oral hygiene.
Will it hurt to get my teeth cleaned?
New advances in the dental industry have allowed for a very comfortable experience during regular cleanings. However, some discomfort may be felt during cleaning near the gum line.
Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned often?
A professional cleaning can get to places in your mouth that you can’t with a toothbrush of floss. It is important to rid your mouth of the harmful bacteria hiding below your gums.
Will my cleaning be covered by my insurance?
Most of our treatments are covered by a majority of insurance companies. For a more detailed explanation of your coverage please call your service provider.
Dental Examination and Digital X-Rays
Dental examination is a procedure where we look inside your mouth. We will look for abnormalities and conditions that will affect your oral health as well as your overall health. During the examination, we will look for:
- missing teeth, decayed teeth (cavities), and damaged teeth.
- abnormalities of your soft tissue (lesions and other suspicious growths)
- conditions of your gums and signs of gum disease
- position of your teeth
- signs of grinding (bruxism) and clenching
- signs of sleep apnea
- health and function of your jaw bones (TMJ) – checking for signs of disorder
Digital X-ray radiographs:
Our office uses the latest digital x-ray technology to better detect, diagnose, treat and monitor oral conditions and diseases. This advance technology reduces a tremendous amount of radiation being exposed to a patient compared to conventional x-ray method. There are different types of dental radiographs to help us make the diagnoses more precisely. There are two main categories for dental xrays: (1) Intra-oral (inside the mouth) and (2) Extra-oral (outside the mouth).
Types of Dental Xrays:
- Bitewings – Taken inside the mouth. This show details of upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth. It is commonly used to detect cavities in between the teeth as well as changes of bone density caused by gum disease.
- Periapical – Taken inside the mouth. This provides a view of the entire tooth, and commonly used to determine unusual change in the root and surrounding structures.
- Panoramic (Panorex) – Taken outside the mouth. This provides a view of the entire mouth. It helps detecting the positioning of all teeth, can see impacted teeth, and help diagnosing tumors (oral cancer screening).
Additional Information on Dental Cleanings
Dental cleaning Markham Toronto. Teeth Cleaning (also known as Dental Cleaning) is mostly done by your Registered Dental Hygienist. Teeth Cleaning involves the removal of dental plaque/dental tartar from teeth. By having routine teeth cleaning done by your dental hygienist helps to prevent cavities and gum diseases.
Dental cleaning Markham Toronto can also be referred to as prophylaxis. This means preventive treatment of disease. Teeth cleaning helps to reduce bacteria counts and remove bacterial toxins from periodontal pockets. It is recommended for part of every patient’s oral health.
Dental cleaning Markham can be perceived as a horrifying experience for many people. But the truth is, teeth cleaning is a painless and simple process. Understanding the process can help reduce the fear of your teeth cleaning appointment. Before the actual teeth cleaning takes place, it always starts with a dental exam. During this process, your dental hygienist will check if there are any signs of oral infections and other potential concerns. Having a thorough exam will help your dental hygienist create a personalized treatment plan for you. This may include oral infection testing using a painless microbiology procedure (OraVital). If other major clinical findings were found during this time, x-ray radiographs may be needed and a dentist attention will be required.
Dental cleaning Markham Toronto will begin after the examination step has completed. Your dental hygienist will start with an ultrasonic instrument to remove plaque, stains, and hard tenacious tartar buildup, follow by hand scalar to ensure all fine deposits are removed from your teeth, in between your teeth, around and underneath the gum line.
After your teeth are completely tartar free, the hygienist will then polish your teeth with a rotary brush and gritty toothpaste. This step is to ensure all remaining soft deposit and stains are removed completely. After this, you will rinse out all the gritty debris and your dental hygienist will finalize the teeth cleaning procedure with a fluoride treatment.
Final step of the teeth cleaning is applying the fluoride foam on your teeth. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth against potential cavities and to reduce sensitivity for your teeth. The fluoride foam usually stays in your mouth for one minute to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.
Professional Dental cleaning Markham is normally recommended every 6 months. For people who are suffering from gum diseases they may need further treatment as well as a more frequent cleaning. As frequently as 3 months interval to control the growth of bacteria below the gum line (periodontal pockets).
Scaling and Root Canal
Scaling and Root Planing removes plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. It helps to reduce bacteria counts and remove bacterial toxins from periodontal pockets. It is a recommended part of every patient’s oral health.
Dental cleaning, which is scaling and root planing removes plaque and calculus (tartar) on tooth and root surfaces is a recommended part of every patient’s oral health. It also helps to reduce bacteria counts, and remove bacterial toxins from periodontal pockets.
Research studies have shown that periodontal (gum) disease can play a significant role in our overall health and cause damage to our systemic health. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease that can result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Periodontal (gum) disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and may be associated with other chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Scaling and root planing is one of the least invasive, and most cost-effective treatments used to maintain your optimal periodontal health. Call us today to book an appointment!
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We care about your health, which is why we pay extra attention during your first visit.
To help us create a baseline of your oral health and check for any abnormal conditions, we’ll conduct an assessment of your head, neck, lymph nodes, and the tissues in your mouth. We’ll also take a look at your teeth with our SPOROCARE digital camera, which can help identify gum infections. And because we’re an Oravital® System certified clinic, we can test the microbiology in your mouth to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
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Oral Cancer Screening a routine examination performed by our team of dental professionals. During this procedure, we look for any signs of cancer and precancerous conditions in your mouth. Our goal is to identify all conditions early for a greater chance of cure. It is important to realize that a visit to your dentist is not only for a filling, a crown, or a dental cleaning, but can be a matter of life and death.
Gum (Periodontal) surgery is recommended when all other non-invasive treatment had failed to control progression of gum disease. Our dentist will perform this open-flap treatment in order to access the infected gum tissues below the gumline. During the surgery, the infected tissue below and between the teeth is removed, and then follow with scaling and root planning to remove bacteria and plaque to promote healing of the infected site.
Dental Hygienist Markham – Professional Dental Hygiene Services
Dental Hygienist in Markham Toronto area are self-regulated dental professionals who primarily focus on oral diseases prevention. During your teeth cleaning appointment, the dental hygienist will provide a personalized care plan to help you achieve your optimal oral health. Dental hygienists with specialty certifications can also provide treatment such as orthodontics and restorations. Also, dental hygienist may also provide nutritional counseling to prevent oral conditions such as cavities and bad breath. Dental hygienists in Markham provide a personalized care for you to maintain your oral health as well as your general health. Besides dentists, dental hygienists are the only oral health providers to provide professional dental hygiene services such as teeth cleaning. In 2007, Dental hygienists are permitted to work independently without supervision under a dentist, thus having their own independent practice.
Claudia Chan, RDH
Claudia Chan graduated from Toronto’s Regency Dental Hygiene Academy in 2007. And is an active member of the College of Dental Hygiene of Ontario and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. She is also certified by the U.S. Joint Commission of National Dental Hygiene.
Jacqueline Wong B.Sc., RDH
Jacqueline Wong is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience. Her interest in the dental field influenced her to further her education at George Brown College, where she graduated with a Dental Hygiene Diploma, with Honours, in 2010.
Amy Chow, RDH
Amy Chow graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science specializing in Integrative Biology from the University of Toronto before pursuing her Dental Hygiene Diploma from George Brown College in 2010. Her fluency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin helps promote dental education to the general public.
Apart from teeth cleaning, Dental Hygienists can provide a wide rang of care such as oral cancer screening, comprehensive assessments of your gum and teeth, offering safe and effective dental hygiene therapies that restore gum health and prevent gum disease and cavities.
About Your Markham Dentist
Dentist Markham also know as dental surgeon is someone who specializes in dentistry. Dentists in Ontario are regulated by the Royal College Dental Surgeons of Ontario. The main role of a Dentist is to prevent, diagnose, and provide treatment for diseases and conditions of the mouth/oral cavity. Consistent researches have shown that there are links from oral health to general health. Dentists are considered an essential health providers to the public. As a general or cosmetic dentist Markham, he or she can perform most dental treatments. A dentist can perform treatments and clinic procedures such as teeth cleaning, restorations (fillings, crowns and bridges), root canal treatment, gum surgery or therapy, extraction of teeth, and dentures. Dentists can also prescribe medications within their scope of practice such as antibiotics, pain killers, sedatives, local anesthetics, and other medications related to oral conditions.
Dr. Hei Lo Lam, DDS
She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Toronto, graduating with Honours. She is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Dental Associations, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Patsy Kwok, DDS
Dr. Patsy Kwok graduated from dentistry with honours in 1998 at the University of Toronto. she provided dental treatment to medically compromised and geriatric patients; treated dental emergencies; and worked closely with the oral pathology, radiology and oral surgery specialists.
When a dentist holds more advanced qualifications or training, they can carry out more complicated/complex treatments such as dental implants, oral surgeries, oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and many more.