You and your family deserve quality family dental care. We are a caring, friendly team of dental professionals committed to providing a comfortable dental experience. We provide you the best dental care possible for you and your family in a compassionate, caring environment. We want to help you maintain your oral hygiene in a way that will keep your teeth and mouths healthy for a lifetime.
Through family dentistry services, doctor Arkady Davidson provides general maintenance of tooth health and oral hygiene for a wide variety of patients, ranging from young children to older adults. The range of family dentistry services includes, but it is not limited to eliminating tooth decay, filling cavities, keeping to a minimum the plaque buildup around the teeth and ensuring the gums remain healthy.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
What Is It?
Periodontal Disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an infection of the gums, ligaments and jawbone. The disease is almost completely painless and difficult to detect in its early stages. The bacteria in plaque cause periodontal Disease. Plaque collects in pockets that form as spaces develop between gums and teeth. If plaque stays on your teeth longer than two or three days, it can harden into tartar (calculus), a white substance that makes plaque more difficult to remove and acts as a reservoir for bacteria. What’s more, you usually can’t get rid of tartar by brushing and flossing — you’ll need a professional cleaning to remove it. Your hygienist will remove tartar and surface stains, examine teeth for decay and evaluate periodontal tissue for disease.
Stages of Gum Disease:
- Inflammation of the gums
- May appear bright red
- Bleed when brushed and probed
- Minor accumulation of plaque and calculus – no loss of bone support
- More inflammation of the gums
- Gums begin to separate from tooth
- Inflammation reaches bone – mild bone loss
- Unpleasant breath or taste
- More evident accumulation plaque and calculus
- Gums recede, teeth appear longer
- Root surface exposed – sensitivity – root decay
- Possible furcation involvement
- Bad breath – difficult to clean, moderate plaque and calculus
- Bone loss 20-50%
- Loose or drifting teeth
- More than 50% bone loss
- Significant plaque and calculus
- Leads to tooth loss or possibility of tooth removal
Preventing Periodontal Disease
During each routine check-up, your dentist will examine you for periodontal disease. A periodontal probe is used to determine if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue attachment or if pockets have developed between your gums and teeth. Regular bi-annual, tri-annual or quarterly hygiene visits as suggested by your hygienist will help to keep this disease under control.
Accidents may happen at anytime and it is important to know what can be done to avoid losing a tooth. Here are some ways you can take care of the most common dental injuries that we come across in our family dentistry practice.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth is completely knocked out, it should be quickly rinsed off with water, but never scrubbed. The tooth should be held by the crown (top), not the root, so you do not damage the ligaments. In a cooperative adult, the tooth should be put back in the socket. Many people may be uncomfortable re-implanting the tooth on their own. If this is the case, be sure to transport the tooth to the doctor or dentist in saline, milk, or saliva.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If a tooth is chipped or broken, the first thing to worry about is the bleeding. Apply direct, gentle pressure to the affected gum area, not the tooth itself to stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and then apply a cold compress to the area. If you find a piece of the tooth, bring it with you when you go to the dentist. Use a painkiller in small doses to relieve any pain.
Over-the counter pain medications may be used while you arrange a dental appointment. Avoid cold or hot foods because this may worsen the pain. Relief may be obtained by biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
We use nitrous oxide, a colourless, sweet smelling, and non-irritating gas also known as “laughing gas” to relax you. It makes you feel more comfortable during your dental treatment. The more deeply you breathe, the more you’ll feel the effects of nitrous.
Each patient must keep in mind that the dentist can detect oral health problems long before the onset symptoms only through preventive dental checkups. On rare occasions radiographs will be taken in order to detect various tooth and jaw problems. If a cavity is detected during a family dentistry checkup, the doctor will provide treatment with a dental filling before degenerating in more serious problems which might require dental implants, root canal, crowns, or other restorative procedures.
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