General Dentistry in West Vancouver
At Seawall Dental, we provide comprehensive care for all of your dental needs. We emphasize preventative dentistry to maintain the health of your teeth and gums and recommend that you visit your dentist at least once a year for a dental exam. This is important to stay on top of your oral health and to identify problems as they arise.
Gum grafting is a common dental procedure that is used to combat the problem of a receding gumline. If you have a receding gum line, you may experience tooth sensitivity and suffer from bone loss around the teeth. You may also be at risk of developing gum disease, so it is important to discuss a possible solution with your dentist.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is an important aspect of your dental exam and should be routinely conducted every year. Your dentist will do a visual check of your oral cavity and look for any discolouration in the gums. They will also feel the tissues in the mouth and use VELscope technology to check for any abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth. These sealants are commonly recommended for children over the age of six to prevent tooth decay as a result of food particles getting stuck in the small nooks and crannies of the teeth. Dental sealants can also provide protection for adults too.
Dental X-rays are an essential part of your routine dental exam as they allow your dentist to assess for cavities within the teeth, bone loss in the jaw and other dental issues that may not be visible during an external visual inspection. Digital X-rays are quick and easy to perform by placing a small sensor in the mouth. They are also comfortable to use and provide superior images compared to traditional dental X-rays.
The area inside the tooth is made of nerves and blood vessels that form the dental pulp. When cavities form on the surface of the teeth, they can expose the pulp to bacteria which causes an infection in the tooth. A root canal is a dental procedure that is commonly used to treat a tooth that has become infected.
Tooth extractions are considered when your tooth has suffered from significant decay and cannot be saved. Wisdom tooth removal is also routinely performed on teenagers when the new teeth are badly formed or cause crowding in the mouth. In either case, tooth extraction is a relatively quick and simple procedure that is performed under a local anesthetic to minimize any pain.