Your Vancouver General Dentist
We offer a full range of dental services. Click on the tabs below to learn more. Some services will have a full page of information, so click on the read more button to learn more about that service.
- New Patient Exam
Your teeth deserve the best care there is, and we can give it to them.
Your teeth and gums are an integral part of your overall health and wellbeing, and it’s our job to protect them. We pride ourselves on both educating and understanding our patients, and partnering with them to make the best choices possible to achieve their dental goals. Whether your teeth are in perfect condition or in need of some serious work, we’re here to help.
We see a new patient as an opportunity to build a life-long relationship. No matter your dental background, you can expect a few things at your first visit:
- Information Gathering & Introductions
- Regular Check-Ups
Clean and healthy teeth: the foundation of our relationship.
Oral health is critical to your wellbeing, not to mention your appearance. Our friendly, skilled staff keep your health and comfort as their top priority, to make your visits to our office brief, enjoyable, and pain-free.
There are two major parts to a regular dental exam:
- Dentistry for Kids
Grown-up care for even the tiniest teeth.
Strong, healthy adult teeth depend on proper home care and regular checkups while teeth are developing. We strive to provide a fun, educational environment for young patients and their parents, protecting their new teeth from tooth decay and other dental pitfalls for a lifetime of healthy smiles.Learn More
Treating teeth with dental sealant is a simple, effective way to prevent cavities from forming. Candidates include children—who are especially susceptible to tooth decay—and adults with deep pits or ridges in their teeth.
Dental sealant takes only a few minutes to apply. The teeth to be treated are first cleaned and rinsed with a special solution to help the sealant adhere to the enamel. A very thin coating of plastic sealant is applied, which fills any hard-to-clean ridges or fissures in the teeth. The sealant is then hardened under a special light. Because sealed teeth are much smoother than unsealed teeth, they are easier to clean and less likely to collect cavity-causing bacteria and debris.
As sealants slowly wear away over time, it’s best to have your teeth re-sealed every couple of years to ensure continued protection.Book an Appointment
- Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a mineral which supports the maintenance of healthy tooth enamel. It is a powerful tool for preventing—and even reversing—tooth decay, replacing depleted minerals in the enamel and leaving teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities. Its use is encouraged by a large number of public health organizations; many municipalities even add it to public drinking water to boost the general dental health of the community.
As fluoride is a key component of dental health, both children and adults should treat their teeth with it regularly. At home, fluoride can be delivered using toothpaste and mouthwash. Your dental hygienist will also complete a fluoride treatment at every regular appointment using either an oral rinse, foam, or gel. Patients who are particularly cavity-prone, including those suffering from dry mouth and periodontal disease, may benefit from additional fluoride therapy, including the use of at-home fluoride rinses and oral tablets.Book an Appointment
- Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays represent a major advancement in diagnostic technology. Instead of photographic film, they use a digital sensor to transfer images directly to a computer, and require no processing time. Compared to traditional x-rays, they are faster, more versatile, and expose the patient to less radiation.
Dentists use x-rays to examine parts of the mouth not visible to the naked eye, including the area under the gumline, and between or inside of the teeth. X-rays can reveal cavities, cysts, tumours, impacted teeth, and a variety of other issues that might otherwise go undetected. Digital x-rays have the additional benefit of being easily enlarged and manipulated, making diagnoses easier and more accurate. Because the images are digital, they are easily transferred to specialists for referrals or to insurance companies to expedite claims.
Unless new images are required for a procedure or to examine an area of particular concern, x-rays should be renewed once every two to three years.Book an Appointment
- Oral Cancer Screening
Successful cancer treatment often depends on early detection. Part of your dentist’s job is to screen for early signs of cancer in the lips, mouth, and throat during regular exams. This is an important part of a total oral health routine and can prevent cancer from advancing or spreading to other parts of the body.
Most regular screening is done visually, so you may not even notice that a screen is being completed. Your dentist will examine your mouth for common signs of cancer, including sores, lumps, and leukoplakia (raised areas of white or grey tissue). They will also check on any new x-rays for growths or abnormalities that may be invisible to the naked eye. If an area of concern is spotted, your dentist may order further tests.
The screening conducted annually at regular exams should be enough for most patients. High-risk patients, including those who smoke, use tobacco products, or drink heavily, may benefit from semi-annual screening.Book an Appointment
- Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a disease of the gum and bone tissue commonly caused by poor dental hygiene. It is sometimes triggered or made worse by smoking, hormonal changes, and illnesses such as diabetes. If a person fails to brush and floss regularly, tartar may build up under the gumline, causing red, itchy, swollen gums that may bleed when brushed. This is known as gingivitis and is usually the first stage in periodontal disease. If gingivitis is not treated early, it may progress into periodontitis, causing infection, discomfort, and even tooth loss. In this case, the bacteria in tartar irritate the gum and bone tissue severely, and the tissue begins to pull away from the tooth. Pockets of bacteria and food particles form under the gums, causing receding gums, bad breath and loose teeth. Left unchecked, the connective tissue around the tooth may dissolve, causing tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is best prevented with a proper dental hygiene regime and regular professional cleanings, which remove tartar deposits and prevent gum inflammation and infection. If gingivitis is detected during a regular checkup, the dentist may recommend deep cleaning the tartar from under the gumline and “scaling” the teeth or smoothing them out to prevent future tartar buildup. If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, more serious treatment may be required to restore the connective tissues around the tooth.Book an Appointment
- Home Care
Home care is arguably the most critical part of oral health. Good brushing and flossing habits prevent tartar from forming, which causes cavities and can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Diet and other personal habits are also important.
During your regularly scheduled exams, your dentist and dental hygienist will take note of problem areas and provide you with home care instructions tailored directly to your needs.Book an Appointment