Routine & Preventative Services
Dentist Services in Vernon BC
Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are excellent for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile require routine general and preventative care to stay that way. Our practice offers general care that includes regular oral examinations and cleanings. Our preventative hygiene services include fluoride, professional breath control, and periodontal (gum disease) treatments designed to help you maintain your smile’s health and beauty. Keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free. Contact our office today to schedule a cleaning or consultation.
Courtview Dental practice provides comprehensive mercury-free and amalgam-free dentistry. Restorative dentistry seeks to repair or replace your natural teeth in order to return your mouth to full functional and aesthetic harmony. The restorative work can range from simple fillings and crowns to more complex root canal therapy and tooth replacement implants. No matter what stage of restorative care your teeth require, we can offer solutions.
Tooth-Colored Composite Restorations
Gone are the days when tooth trauma and cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings. Today, modern, tooth-colored fillings made of durable resin can be bonded to your teeth for a stronger, more natural-looking effect. Composite fillings are virtually undetectable and require only a single appointment to apply.
Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
It is possible that in spite of your best efforts you may require more assertive gum therapy. Like many other ailments gum disease can be quite painless due to its slow progression.
After a thorough periodontal screening and examination we may choose assertive therapies aimed at eliminating or reducing the amounts of bacterial poisons and plaque accumulating below the gum line (generally cleaning and polishing of teeth is above the gum-line). This involves curettage and root-planing and/or treatment with site-specific administration of medications to the affected gums.
Curettage is the debridement of the soft tissue lining around the tooth. In disease this tissue is chronically irritated by bacteria deep below the visible gum-line and needs to be removed so that proper healing can occur
Root-Planing is the removal and smoothing of micro-amounts of root surface so that a clean and un-infected surface is presented to the healing lining of soft tissue.
Laser Debridement is another non-surgical gum therapy option that we offer.
These two procedures are generally done simultaneously, may require local anesthesia and are skillfully done by our well-trained hygienists under Courtview Dental prescription.
Gum disease does not happen overnight and treatment generally is spread out over time as the effectiveness of a procedure needs to be assessed before the next takes place. Generally, your condition is re-assessed in time and joint decisions are made about your next step. The services of a specialist (Periodontist) may be required should surgical intervention be required. Often surgery allows for complete healing of the gum and bone, reduced mobility of teeth and a greatly improved prognosis.
Courtview Dental hygiene team will work with you to assure that you have access to the care that best suits your needs. They will also help you hone your home-care skills so that you can maintain the optimum level of health that you want.
We provide this for facial esthetics and reducing line formations, as well as for therapeutic uses (teeth clenching and grinding). We take before and after pictures, do an extensive history, and the treatments last for 3-4 months.
Mouthgear is ideal for athletes who want to protect their teeth and enhance performance in all sports. Scientifically proven to enhance concentration and increase strength and speed, mouthwear can help you improve in your favorite sport—from baseball to golf to hockey. Because these custom-created mouthpieces prevent you from clenching your teeth during training or competition, your body doesn’t trigger your brain to release performance-hindering hormones that can lead to decreased performance due to stress, tiredness, or simple distraction. Recommended by dentists, trainers and coaches, and used by hundreds of professional athletes, mouthgear’s performance-enhancing qualities have been studied and reported on in respected peer-review journals.
ProFlex has the Mouthwear for Your Needs and Your Sport
Athletes who participate in limited- or non-contact sports like golf, tennis, baseball, or weightlifting, should consider protection and design.
Getting a proper fit is a quick and painless process. Dr. Southam will simply make an impression of your top and bottom teeth as well as taking a bite impression—and that’s it! Once your dentist finishes with the impressions, your ProFlex will typically be back in our office in around 10 days.
Long-Lasting and Customizable
For most athletes, one mouthpiece or mouthguard will last at least the entire season—though if you chew on the product, or you have dramatic changes to your teeth or jaw, you’ll likely need to replace it sooner.
Is Mouthgear Right for Me?
Mouthgear should be considered for most athletes ages 8 and up, but may not be right for everyone. If you have suffered from joint pain, currently have braces, or are missing molars, you should contact Dr. Southam to discuss what is right for your needs.