What are the different dental services needed at each stage of life?
When it comes to lifelong dental health, ongoing routine dental care will be essential. We provide a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Revelstoke Dental Centre.
Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) and all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We provide regular cleanings and exams and review proper preventive hygiene techniques at each appointment to ensure their teeth receive appropriate care at home.
For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.
Teen Dental Care
If you have a teen then you know that the same dental care that worked for them as a child may not be doing its job now that they are growing. Your teen will need routine preventive care in order to continue on the path to lifelong oral health.
As many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile, we will educate them about the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If orthodontic care is needed, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and perhaps require treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer or other appliances.
Adult Preventive Care
Many people develop early-stage gum disease in adulthood, potentially resulting in painfully swollen gums and other oral health issues. For all adults, routine care and preventive dental services will help address oral concerns before they become a large issue.
Many people will need their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances or other treatments will be recommended for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If restorative services such as crowns, bridges or fillings are required, we are happy to offer these and address any questions and concerns you may have.
Restorative Senior Dental Care
As you reach your senior years your teeth will have been through a lot and changed drastically. This combined with medications and potential health concerns can lead to dental issues including:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
You may notice your teeth are getting less sensitive to things like pain from cavities or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you get older. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could cause your teeth to become more sensitive as root tissue is left exposed.
A buildup of plaque and wear on your tooth enamel can also leave you susceptible to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and help address these by recommending appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy or oral surgery.