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dental exam

A dental exam consists of questions the dentist will ask regarding your oral and overall health. This will help determine any care specific to your needs and how to proceed with any operation you may undergo. With dental exams, you may be required to have an x-ray. This is a standard part of an oral exam to help the dentist spot any issues with your teeth that may otherwise go unnoticed.
It is essential that you have regular dental examinations to protect your oral health and your general well-being. It also helps you spot any symptoms of any oral problem you could potentially have. Early detection of symptoms means that they can be treated easily at a low cost.
Here at Galaxy Dental, we complete a full dental exam to help our specialist get a good look at your gums, teeth and different areas of your mouth to check for any symptoms of dental problems and how you can improve on your dental care at home. Oral exams can help spot plaque development, gum ailments, cavities and other dental issues. It is recommended that exams should be done at least twice a year.

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a method that helps save a severely decayed tooth. The treatment includes eliminating the damaged area of the tooth, disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes of damage to the root canal that affect the pulp are a deep cavity cracked tooth and repeated dental treatment to the tooth.

Steps of a Root Canal

To learn more about root canal therapy, consult with a dentist . Some steps happen over several clinic appointments.

X-ray

If the initial examination doesn’t help determine whether or not you need root canal therapy, a review of your X-rays will show where the damage is situated.

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia may be applied to the area of operation. Trained staff will administer the anesthetic needed to ensure no pain will be felt during the procedure.

Pulpectomy

The dentist or endodontist that is treating your root canal, will place a rubber dam around the tooth to be operated on and an access hole is drilled into the tooth. Using a series of tools, the pulp and bacteria are scraped away from the root canal down to the deepest part of the tooth. Water or sodium hyporchlorite is used to flush away the debris.

Filling

Once the tooth has been successfully cleaned out, it will filled with gutta-percha material and closed with proper sealant. This step will happen at the next appointment.
If you experience any symptoms of damage to the root canal, we encourage you to schedule an appointment immediately. Through an examination, the dentists of Galaxy Dental will help identify if root canal therapy is necessary.
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Dental Hygiene

Taking care of your body also includes your oral health. Dental hygiene is the key to prevent any deterioration, infection and/or disease in your mouth and teeth. Your teeth are one of the first things that people take notice about you, which is why you should take care of it. Here are some tips for healthy teeth, gums and a beautiful smile:

Common Mistakes We Make When Brushing Our Teeth

As easy as it seems, there are probably ways that you could improve your brushing skills. We are all human and make mistakes and luckily there are ways to fix them. Here are some common mistakes and professional advice on how to brush our teeth more effectively:
1) Picked the wrong brush – Whether it’s manual or electric, the bristles should be soft. The bristles need to be able to bend so that they could reach under the gums. Soft bristles clean very effectively vs hard bristles; hard bristles can actually wear down your tooth structure.
2) Brushing too hard – Brushing harder isn’t better. The plaque is soft and loose so you don’t have to scrub intensely. Think of brushing as a massage as opposed to a scrub.
3) Rushed – Slow down. Brushing your teeth should take at least 2 minutes each time. Rushing will lead to missed spots which can build up plaque over time.
4) Keeping your toothbrush for too long – When the bristles on a toothbrush become discolored, dented or frayed, it is time for a new toothbrush. The toothbrush is less effective once worn down, so try to change it out every 3-4 months. Also, keep it open to air when drying to prevent mold/bacteria growth.
5) Back & Forth – Brushing left and right is a common mistake and by doing it this way, you miss a lot of surface area that still needs to be cleaned. Start at the bun, go up and down in small circular motions.
6) Brush your gums – Bacteria likes to hang out in your gums so don’t forget that gumline. Brush at a 45-degree angle to get slightly under that gum (approx. 1mm), also brush on the insides of your mouth to prevent plaque and calculus build-up.
7) Wait a bit – You want to give your teeth a bit of a break after eating. You still have acid in your mouth after eating so going straight in with an abrasive (brushing teeth) can actually do more damage. Wait 15-20 minutes after eating, this leaves enough time for your saliva to do its work on the acid in your mouth. If you can’t wait, rinse your mouth with some water first to help get rid of the acid prior to brushing.

Choosing Toothpaste

Not all toothpaste are the same. There are different types designed for different needs depending on the person. Try to look for a toothpaste that has fluoride because it helps maintain good oral health because it protects your teeth from decay and can also help reduce tooth sensitivity. Ask your dental hygienist for their suggestions based on your specific needs. You should choose a toothpaste with the CDA Seal of Approval, as these have had their health benefits verified by the Canadian Dental Association.

Proper Flossing

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, you are missing 1/3rd of your tooth surfaces. Flossing helps prevent calculus (tartar) buildup, which can only be removed by professional cleaning. Floss at least once a day and plaque will never get the chance to harden (takes 12-24 hrs. for plaque to harden into calculus). Floss before you brush.
1) Take 18 inches of dental floss
2) Wind the floss around your thumb or index finger in one hand, and a small amount on the opposite hand
3) Keep 1 – 2 inches of floss in between figures and use your index finger to guide the floss between your teeth
4) Gently guide floss between your teeth using a zig-zag motion than when you reach the base of your teeth (where gum & teeth meet, curve the floss in a “C” shape
5) Slide floss up and down against the surface and under the gum line, don’t forget the backside. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth.

Monitor Your Mouth

You want to keep your teeth healthy for as long as possible so keep an eye out for early warning signs. Catching problems in a timely manner prevent them from getting worse. If you experience any of the following symptoms, book an appointment with your dentist in Calgary as soon as possible to maintain good dental hygiene.

Nightguards

When you wake up in the morning, do you experience pain in your jaw joint? Do you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth? Do you have sensitivity in your teeth or do they look shorter? Do you get routine headaches? These could be clear signs of grinding or bruxing. If un-controlled, you can damage your jaw joint, your teeth or any dental work you have received from your dentist.

Reasons For Grinding

The exact reason for grinding is still unknown but there are some factors that are associated with this problem such as:
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Drug abuse
  • Excess use of Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Excess use of alcohol
  • Some prescription medication
  • Mal-Occlusion or miss-bite
  • And finally some disorders such as: Parkinson’s disease
There is currently no cure for bruxism, but it can be controlled. If you grind your teeth during the day or at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth from these grinding forces. A night guard is a plastic cover that fits over your teeth to deflect the hard forces of chewing. Nightguards will also increase the longevity of your dental work.

preventive dentistry

Preventive dentistry is a way of helping you maintain a healthy mouth at home. It helps keep your teeth healthy to lessen the likelihood of you developing dental problems, which can lead to you having to get a tooth extraction, or restorative procedures. There are two leading causes of tooth loss: gum disease, and decay, and both of which can be easily prevented with proper dental care measures which you can start at home.
Preventive care plays a significant role in general physical and oral health. Children and adults alike can develop oral issues that could lead to more severe problems in dental and overall well-being
We at Galaxy Dental will help you maintain the health of your gums and teeth and give you recommendations on improving your dental health regimen. Our team of hygienist will be ready to assist you care for that healthy smile on a daily basis!
open 7 days a week
Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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