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Specialty dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on specific areas of oral health. There are many different specialties within dentistry, each with its own unique focus. Some common examples of specialty dentistry include orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaws. This specialty can help to correct bite problems and improve the overall appearance of the teeth.
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of the gums and bones that support the teeth. This specialty can help to treat gum disease and prevent tooth loss.
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of the pulp and nerves inside the teeth. This specialty can help to treat tooth pain and tooth infections.
Dental Specialist Services
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake but fully relaxed during their procedure. The oral sedation that is used also has an amnesia effect in that patients do not remember much of the appointment afterward. This can be a wonderful tool for individuals that suffer from dental anxiety.
Invisalign® serves as a way to discreetly straighten and reposition your teeth. This system uses clear aligners instead of traditional metal brackets and wires.
Oral Surgery/Wisdom Tooth Extraction
If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to:
- Resorption (eating away) of adjacent molar
- Localized periodontal disease/gum disease
- Pericoronitis (infection of overlying tissue)
Our skilled dentists will discuss the pros and cons of extracting your wisdom teeth and can help you to understand the procedure in its entirety.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jaw bone underneath the gum tissue to support artificial teeth where natural teeth are missing. The titanium on the surface of the implant forms an intimate bond to the bone. This integration of implant and bone can support physical loads for decades without failure.
VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening
Due to late recognition of the disease, survival rates of patients diagnosed with oral cancer have not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than many other common forms of cancer.
The VELscope® Vx Device is an oral cancer screening system that was developed to help oral healthcare professionals identify, evaluate, monitor and mark abnormal oral cell lesions suspicious for pathology including precancerous and cancerous cells that may be difficult to see during a regular visual exam.
The VELscope® Vx handheld device emits a harmless, bright, blue light, which is used to inspect the mouth and the tongue. The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissues changes.
As healthcare providers, we play a vital role in patients’ oral and overall health. The use of the VELscope® Vx device can help detect hidden lesions before they have the chance to progress, thus improving the chances of early recognition, prevention and treatment.
Benefits of Specialty Dental
Some benefits of specialty dentistry include improved oral health, increased self–confidence, and improved chewing function. Additionally, it can help to correct bite problems, improve the appearance of your smile, and protect your teeth from further damage. It can also provide relief from pain, embarrassment, and anxiety associated with dental problems.
Call us if in need of dental specialist services in Maple Ridge area. Our professionals at Westgate Dental Centre are the leading providers in Maple Ridge area. Give us a call at (604)-460-0206 and we will discuss the services you need and work with you to improve your health.