111-511 Clarke Rd • Coquitlam, BC • V3J 0J1
• 604-939-0284 Phone
• 604-939-1284 Phone
• 778-980-1284 Cell/Text
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. During the visual examination, Dr.Grace Chun will use a small pick and mirror to examine each tooth for cavities, plaque and damage. The gum examination involves your gums being gently probed to detect pockets which may be a sign of gum disease. We will also take x-rays, which may include bite-wings for proper diagnosis of decay in between your teeth, periapicals to assess the root condition of your teeth and a panoramic to assess the development of your teeth and to detect any jaw lesions. Dr.Grace Chun will discuss the results of the exam and xrays and give you your treatment plan and options. The office manager will go over with you your the costs for treament and book your future appointments.
Regular dental cleanings are an important factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. Dental plaque can be removed through daily brushing and flossing, but there are places in your mouth that your cannot reached with a toothbrush and dental floss. Once this accumulates and is not removed daily, plaque hardens to become calculus(tarter). A detailed professional cleaning by one of our two registered dental hygienists will ensure the very best removal of calculus in those hard-to-reach places. Regular check-up and cleanings allow Dr.Grace Chun to check your teeth and examine for issues like cavities, gum disease, infection, bone loss and gives you a chance to talk to her about any questions or concerns you have about your oral health. Regularly scheduled cleanings catches oral health problems before they worsen so contact us today to schedule your next check-up and cleaning.
Periodontal disease and gum disease is the result of infection and irritation caused by bacteria found in plaque. Plaque and tartar on the teeth provide an environment in which bacteria thrive and multiply. Symptoms include red and swollen gums that bleeds easily, causing gum tissue to separate from the teeth and form pockets. As gum disease (gingivitis) progresses, gum tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place deteriorate leading to tooth loss if left untreated. Once there has been bone loss, it will not regenerate, this is called periodontal disease. Dr.Grace Chun and her registered dental hygienists provide scaling and root planing services to help fight gum disease by thoroughly cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums. At this early stage, gingivitis can be easily treated by a hygienist with scaling and polishing. If left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need planing. Scaling is the removal of dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of removing dental tarter from the root surfaces and smoothing them. As non-surgical procedures, scaling and planing are performed without any anesthesia. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of periodontal disease may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Periodontal disease is best prevented by thorough daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to see your hygienist. Please call our dental office and learn how you can achieve healthy gums for optimal oral health.
At-home dental hygiene
Our philosophy of practice is to equip our patients with the best tools and techniques for maintaining a healthy mouth through dental care at home. Lougheed Station Dental Centre team will guide you in all the features of at-home dental hygiene including proper brushing and flossing techniques for optimal dental health.
Fluoride treatment re-mineralizes teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
While brushing and flossing regularly is a great way to keep teeth clean and free from plaque, there are grooves and pits on the surface of some teeth that cannot be reached through conventional methods. Food particles and plaque collect in these grooves and pits, increasing the chance of decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities. Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your teeth. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and less likely to harbor plaque.Tooth sealants can be applied quickly and easily protecting tooth enamel from decay in just one visit. Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism”. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.