At Meadows Dental Group, we offer dental services in Pitt Meadows in a comfortable environment. It is important you see a general dentist regularly because maintaining good oral health is necessary regardless of age. Visit us for complete dental care services at our facility.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental problems such as tooth decay, broken tooth, and other issues are less extensive than before. We always thank our patients following the improved awareness of effective preventative treatments and proper home care. However, some problems require treatment. For example, if you’re experiencing bleeding or discomfort, you could be at risk of disease and it’s important to schedule a dental examination immediately.
Fortunately, we have technology and methods that are constantly improving, offering more effective and less invasive dental procedures to help you achieve a healthy and happy smile. Our patients need not put off dental procedures for fear of discomfort or inconvenience. In order to minimize the severity of problems and treatment required, we always suggest you determine the problems with our regular check-ups. We also believe that proper education regarding oral health issues and techniques to prevent them is very important.
With our modern cosmetic dentistry, patients of all ages can achieve beautiful, healthy-looking smiles at surprisingly affordable prices. Get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable staff to discuss your options for a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Some of our cosmetic procedures include:
Call us at Meadows Dental Group today if you are unhappy with the esthetic of your smile.
When decay rots away enamel, it will result in a cavity. If it is left untreated for a long time, it can eventually cause extensive damage and infection to your teeth and its root. However, our dentists at Meadows Dental Group can treat your cavity in one appointment with a simple dental filling, if the cavity is caught early.
During the appointment, we will first apply a local anesthetic and then use a drill to remove the decay. Once we remove the decay, we will apply fillings to prevent any further decay and also to prevent the sensitive inner layers of the tooth from cold, heat, or pressure. Our fillings include both silver amalgam fillings and tooth-coloured composite fillings. If you’re experiencing discomfort and to get relief from the discomfort with ease, get in touch with our dentists to discuss which fillings may be more suitable for you, or any preferences you may have for your situation.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental fixtures that help in replacing missing teeth and tissue. When a patient loses many or all of their teeth, dentures will help them chew properly and speak normally. They are also ideal to support a natural-looking smile and facial structure while preventing the loss of teeth and gum tissue.
At Meadows Dental Group, we will require several appointments to take precise moulds and measurement, and create your perfect set of dentures. We’ll fabricate dentures, adjustments and additional fittings to ensure the correct fit, appearance and function. Our dentists will also provide with proper guidance for optimal care and cleaning.
Call us to schedule an appointment with us and start on the path of achieving a happy, healthy-looking smile.
Crowns and Onlays
Instead of being built in layers directly like dental fillings, crowns and onlays are fabricated outside of the mouth. Known as indirect restorations, our dentists will create crowns and onlays by taking impressions of your teeth and shape the restoration to match the tooth that will replace.
They are more effective in reinforcing teeth to withstand biting forces and help in preventing further decay. If your tooth’s structure cannot support a filling, then we recommend indirect restorations to provide long-lasting results.
Crown vs Filling
Crown Prep with Core Buildup
Night guards are preventative appliances worn while you sleep to reduce the stress on your teeth. They can eliminate the heavy tooth-on-tooth forces during the night. We have many options for you to choose from, including upper and lower jaw appliances. In some cases, you might not be aware of the signs. But our dentists can diagnose signs of progressive wear and suggest a night guard. Some common signs and symptoms of clenching and grinding include:
Athletic mouthguards should be worn during certain activities to mitigate the risks and severity of concussion, jaw and tooth traumas. We at Meadows Dental Group will provide you with a mouthguard based on your activity and usage.
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration method that fills the gap of the missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from misalignment. It is considered as a less invasive treatment than a dental implant. It is an excellent solution to maintain alignment and create a beautiful smile if the surrounding teeth are strong enough to support the bridge. At our practice, our dentist can create a bridge that perfectly suits the colour of your natural teeth and enhances your smile.
If you have a missing tooth that is affecting your natural teeth, call us at Meadows Dental Group to learn more about your options for restoring the natural look of your smile.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a safe, simple, non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Having bright, whiter teeth is our number one aesthetic concern and there are several ways to achieve this. The most popular way is to use a home teeth-whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically for many of us. It helps change the colour of your natural teeth enamel and enhance the beauty of your smile. Please note that teeth whitening works on your natural tooth enamel alone and it is vital to evaluate replacement of old white fillings and crowns to match your newly bleached teeth.
While it is not permanent, a touch-up may be required every several years, and more often if you drink tea, coffee or wine, or if you smoke.
Some of the reasons for teeth whitening are:
If you’re unsure if tooth whitening is a good option, feel free to talk to our dentists today.
Need a smile makeover? Porcelain veneers are thin layers that are made of porcelain and fixed onto your teeth to enhance their appearance. Veneers help many patients to achieve an attractive smile without highly invasive treatments. The results are also durable, lasting for 10-30 years.
Typically, veneers are taken around 2-3 appointments to be done. At your first consultation, we will determine the desired look and shape of the veneers.
During your second visit, the tooth surfaces will be prepared and impressions will be taken, by removing the thin layer of enamel. Using these impressions, your dental veneers will be fabricated to fit onto the surfaces, either on-site or at a lab facility.
On the third visit, our dentist will apply a cleaning solution to prepare the tooth surfaces for bonding, and the permanent veneers will be cemented on.
Root Canal Therapy
Our dentists are experienced and have skills at basic root canal treatment (endodontics), a study of the tooth pulp and diagnosis of infected pulp. For more complex treatment, we will have you referred to an expert endodontist for their additional training and expertise.
If the nerve within your tooth becomes infected, our root canal treatment can help you prevent tooth loss. Though the endodontics procedure is more complex, a properly performed treatment helps in treating the infection before it causes health complications. It removes the dead or infected pulp from the inside of your tooth.
An infected (abscessed) tooth can lead to swelling and toothache which in turn causes discomfort. Due to infectious bacteria travelling to other parts of your body, it can result in severe health complications. While one way to treat this condition is to remove the tooth and disinfect the area, it will create a gap between that will need an implant or bridge. If possible, the preferable method to save the tooth is through endodontic treatment.
Our dentists begin the treatment by applying local anesthesia and isolating the infected area with a rubber dam. With the help of advanced tools, we will drill an opening in the tooth to access the infected pulp, remove it, and clean the area. We then fill the area with a filling material. Finally, our dentists will seal the surface of your tooth with a dental crown to restore its function and natural appearance and also to prevent further infection. Based on the complexity of the infection, your treatment will require one or more visits. We also perform crown restoration separately based on your requirement.
If your tooth has calcification or more complex issue than usual, it may require treatment from an experienced endodontist. Endodontic surgery is necessary to clean and seal the remainder of the canal. The most common endodontic surgical procedure is “Apicoectomy”, which is an effective procedure involving the surgical removal of a root end cavity and sealing of the root canal. This surgery is used to fight infection in the tissues surrounding the tip of the root while preventing tooth extraction.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth implanted into the jaw to replace your missing teeth. With more advanced techniques, today’s dental implants are durable and feel and function like natural teeth. They are crafted to fit your needs and enhance your smile like never before. These implants often serve as effective alternatives to traditional dentures. They require minimal maintenance such as a regular oral hygiene routine.
If you are thinking about replacing a tooth, a dental bridge, or a crown, dental implants can be the solution. At Meadows Dental Group, we are pleased to provide you with dental implants that will maintain the integrity of your jawbone and bite. With our implants, you can eat your favourite food and speak with confidence. Implants are ideal because they can:
Cleaning and Prevention
Dental cleaning procedures such as scaling, root planning and polishing are done by our registered dental hygienists. At Meadows Dental Group, your cleaning appointment will include dental exam and:
Dental Examinations and Cleaning
When you first visit us, a complete dental examination will be carried out by our dentist. We will conduct:
Digital Dental X-Rays
Sometimes, valuable information may not be visible during a regular dental examination; that is when dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential because they are preventative and diagnostic tools. At Meadows Dental Group, our dentists and dental hygienists use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities and suggest an accurate treatment plan. X-rays are recommended to avoid problem areas going undetected because these X-rays can reveal:
Treating dental issues at an early stage can save you money, time, from unnecessary discomfort and your teeth.
Please note that the need for dental X-rays depends on your individual needs.
Our team is committed to giving you a healthy and beautiful smile that lasts forever. Therefore, along with visiting your dentist regularly, we also recommend you to take care of your oral health at home as well. You can start by having healthy and balanced meals, reducing frequent snacking, and by properly using dental aids such as toothbrush and floss, to reduce the risk of plaque and dental issue causing bacteria.
Below are some of the tips which can help you take care of your oral health in a better way:
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and more importantly before going to bed. The brush used should have soft bristles and CDA (Canadian Dental Association) approved, along with toothpaste. We recommend you to follow the below steps for a proper brushing experience:
We recommend electric toothbrush as well. It’s easy to use and can remove plaque effectively. It can simply be placed on your teeth and gums and can clean several teeth at a time.
To clean in-between teeth and below the gum line, daily flossing is recommended. With the help of flossing, it becomes possible to clean difficult-to-reach spaces in the mouth and prevent plaque buildup.
You can follow the below steps for effective flossing:
We recommend floss holders if you have difficulty in using conventional floss.
Rinsing your mouth properly with water after brushing and after meals is important. If you are using any kind of rinsing liquid for rinsing your mouth it’s always recommended to consult your Meadows Dental Group dentist or dental hygienist, to learn if it’s right for you or not.
If required our dentists and dental hygienists can also recommend the following:
Oral Cancer Screening
Your dentist in Meadows Dental Group might also screen you for oral cancer even if you don’t have any symptoms. Such tests can be useful as it can be used to diagnose oral cancers in its initial phase, and treatment can be started as soon as possible. As for almost all kinds of cancer, the chance of fatality is decreased greatly if it’s detected at an early stage.
Sometimes, your dentist can also check for lesions on the lips, mouth, hard palate, tongue, gums and mucous membranes. If lesions are seen, we will carry out a variety of screening methods to further investigate it by the following methods:
Kindly keep in mind that if your dentist has recommended you for an oral cancer screening, it is mostly a precautionary measure. This doesn’t mean that you have cancer.
If the gum tissue around your tooth doesn’t surround the tooth properly, and the root is exposed, it’s called a gum recession. In the subsequent stages of gum recession, the gum becomes inflamed, and pockets are created around the tooth, which can also be followed by loss of supporting bone structure. If this is not treated in its initial phase, it can result in tooth mobility and ultimately tooth loss.
Generally, gum recession happens slowly and is unnoticed by the patient. It often starts with tooth sensitivity. After some time, the patient might also notice that the teeth are becoming longer looking than usual. If gum recession happens, the gum cannot regenerate on its own.
Gum Grafting Surgery
Appropriate precautions can be taken if the gum recession is diagnosed at an early stage. If the case is in the advanced stage, or it is caused by frenum (muscle attachment) pulling the gum in an unnatural way, gum grafting can be a solution to prevent further damage.
Connective Tissue Graft
There are various kinds of gum grafting surgery, and the most common one being the connective tissue graft and the free gingival graft. These kinds of gum grafting procedures are generally performed using local anesthetics.
Below are some of the points to consider before a gum surgery:
If you’re feeling anxious about the surgery, we can also prescribe a sedative. Have the prescribed sedation the night before the surgery to have a sound sleep, and also 1-hour before the appointment. You mustn’t drive after you have taken the medication, and make sure that you have someone drive you, before and after the surgery.
Activity and exercise: You should avoid exercising and strenuous workouts and activities on the day of surgery. You can resume your work the following day post-surgery.
You can talk to our dentists or can get a follow-up appointment if the issue persists.
Orthodontics is a branch in dentistry which can help you create a beautiful smile and improve your overall health by adjusting your teeth, lips, and jaws in proper alignment. By correcting the gaps between the teeth, realigning the jaws, and straightening crooked and overlapping teeth, orthodontic treatment can not only add to your smile but also reduce the risk of a range of health problems.
Mostly orthodontics is associated with teenagers wearing braces, but patients of all ages can take advantage of this treatment. It is recommended by the American Dental Association that children should have their first orthodontic examination by the age of seven. And, today nearly 30% of the orthodontic patients are adults.
With the advancements in the technology, modern orthodontics offers an array of effective treatment options with minimum discomfort and a discreet appearance. Be it traditional braces or removable appliances, various treatments are available for every patient.
Visit Meadows Dental Group today to learn more about orthodontics, and how it can improve your quality of life.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joints Dysfunction)
The joint that connects the jawbone to the skull is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The chronic inflammation of TMJ or acute TMJ involves many elements such as the ligament, muscles, bones, tendons, connective tissues and teeth. TMJ can affect all of these elements and can also have one or more of the following symptoms:
Causes of TMJ
When there is an unnecessary strain on the temporomandibular joint, TMJ issues might happen. Below are some of the reasons for TMJ, but are not limited to:
We start by first examining your jaw and also taking a look at your dental history to determine the cause of your TMJ. Treatments will vary according to the cause. Some of the treatments used are:
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that is designed to diagnose and diseased, injured, or defected hard and soft tissues of the jaw, mouth, face, and neck. Surgeons who specialize in this surgery complete four to six years of training in addition to dental school. Some of the surgeries include:
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars are the last teeth to surface - usually between ages 17-25. While most people have four wisdom teeth, some don’t have any. In rare scenarios, some people have more than four wisdom teeth. As a part of your regular examinations, your dentist observes your wisdom teeth with x-rays.
85% of wisdom teeth will eventually require removal as estimated by The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Wisdom teeth are often impacted because they may not properly emerge through the gums, they could grow crooked or even sideways. If left untreated, the affected teeth can cause problems such as misalignment of the other teeth and jaw, headaches, infections and crowding. Even if not impacted, it can be difficult to clean wisdom teeth and removal may be required to reduce risks of infection and decay.
According to the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, an ideal time to remove wisdom teeth is during late teens-early 20s. However, if the removal is performed during a later age, it can be effective, but healing may be slower and also the risk of complication could be higher.
Wisdom teeth extraction is carried out under local or general anesthetic. Depending on your preference and complexity of the situation, Meadows Dental Group can carry out the procedure. We can also refer to an oral surgeon.
At Meadows Dental Group, we understand the convenience of visiting one dental practitioner for your dental health. To help make your dental visits pleasant, we offer general, cosmetic, preventive and pediatric dentistry. Our services also include oral surgery and endodontics. From preventing or repairing damage to your teeth to enhance your smile, our dentists are here to fulfil your dental needs.
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that is dedicated to treating children and adolescences. Having your child’s first visit to the dentist within 6 months of having their first tooth emerge, is a good preventative measure. It can also help parents to ensure their children’s overall oral health including maintaining their primary teeth.
This is especially important because children’s primary teeth play a significant role in the development of speech and good eating habits. Thus, oral care, preventative maintenance and regular dental check-ups are an important investment for your child’s overall health. If you have any questions regarding your child’s oral health, speak to our dentist today.
Don’t Ignore That Toothache
All our dental services are designed to achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.