Dental Exams & Check-ups in West & North Vancouver

Good oral health is crucial to maintaining overall health and wellness. Regular dental exams and check-ups play a vital role in ensuring your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong. Our dental team in West & North Vancouver offers comprehensive dental exams and check-ups to help you maintain good oral health.

At your first dental visit, a complete dental exam will be done by your dentist in West Vancouver or at our North Vancouver clinic. A comprehensive dental exam will be done by your dentist to diagnose and set up a strategic plan specific to your needs. At that time and at following regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): to find decay, tumours, cysts, bone loss and tooth positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: to check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: to check your gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Examination of tooth surfaces: to check for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: to check your fillings, crowns, veneers etc.


What to Expect During Your Dental Exam?

During your dental exam, our dental team will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums. We will check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health problems. Our dentists will also evaluate the condition of any existing restorations, such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, to ensure they are functioning properly.

In addition to the oral examination, our team will also perform a digital X-ray of your mouth (if necessary) to get a better look at the roots of your teeth and any hidden areas. This helps us identify any potential problems, such as cavities, abscesses, or impacted teeth.

We will also assess your bite and check for any signs of jaw joint problems or bite issues that could be affecting your oral health. And, of course, we will clean and polish your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up and leave you with a healthy, bright smile.

Professional Dental Cleaning in West Vancouver & North Vancouver

A dental cleaning usually consists of the following procedures:

  1. Scaling – is the removal of debris that has hardened onto the tooth. This hardened debris is called Calculus. Calculus is very rough and can irritate the gums and cause potential gum and bone loss and subsequent infection. Scaling can be done with hand instruments and/or an ultrasonic scaler, which helps to remove more stubborn build-up.
  2. Prophy or Polishing of the teeth – polishing removes the stains and smoothes the surface of the teeth so debris cannot stick to the teeth as easily.
  3. Fluoride – typically we give our patients a topical fluoride varnish at the end of their cleaning appointment. This fluoride treatment helps to make the teeth more resistant to cavities.

Why Regular Dental Exams are Important?

Regular dental exams are critical to maintaining good oral health. By visiting the dentist every 6 months, you can detect oral health problems early on, when they are more easily treated.

Most commonly by visiting the dentist on a regular basis, you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Decay and gum disease are the two most common oral health problems, and they can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being if left untreated. By detecting these issues early and providing prompt treatment, we can help you maintain good oral health and avoid serious health problems.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam & Check-up?

It is recommended that you visit the dentist every 6 months for a routine exam and cleaning. However, if you have a specific dental concern or problem, we may recommend more frequent visits.

Book Your Dental Exam & Check-up Today

Don’t neglect your oral health! Regular dental exams and check-ups are key to maintaining good oral health. Contact our dental team in West & North Vancouver today to schedule your appointment and keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Visit one of our dentists in West Vancouver or North Vancouver. Our dentist can tell you what is best for your situation. Our goal is to provide personalized dental services that meet your specific needs. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like more information.