General Dentistry in Montreal, Quebec
What is General Dentistry?
It is important to protect your teeth and keep them strong through daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist. General dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a variety of dental conditions. It is also about the maintenance of your overall oral health. This comprehensive care from Dr. Slepchik may be the only care you need for your dental needs.
At our Downtown Montreal office, we offer a variety of general dentistry treatments. These include:
- Complete Dental Exam
- Complete Hygiene Program
- Emergency Exams
- Teeth Cleaning
- Root Canal
- Gum Treatment
- Digital X-Rays
- White Fillings
- Sedation Dentistry
What’s the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?
General dentistry monitors and manages the overall health of your teeth, gums, and jaw. General dentistry addresses issues with decay, gum disease, and the like.
Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and overall smile. Cosmetic treatments may seek to whiten stained teeth or use composite resin bonding to mask a chipped tooth. Goals can overlap with general dentistry. For instance, a porcelain crown can save a tooth with heavy decay, but the crowned tooth is now perfect cosmetically.
Dr. Slepchik uses cosmetic dentistry to improve patients’ tooth shape, whiteness, alignment, and overall appearance. And you know what improves right along with those issues? Their confidence in their perfect, engaging smile.
Complete Dental Exam
When you come to our office, you will meet with one of our dental hygienists for your complete dental exam as part of your New Patient Exam. The goal of the dental exam is for us to understand the dynamics of the muscles in your jaw, how your teeth meet, and verify the health of your gums. During your exam, we will take digital x-rays, examine your mouth, take pictures of your teeth, and answer any questions you may have for us.
“Very welcoming staff. The hygienist deeply cared for my dental health and gave me tips on how it could be improved without having to ask for it. I’ve only been there once, but so far I’d recommend this clinic.” – Mario
Complete Hygiene Program
If you have an emergency dental issue that needs to be fixed, we will arrange to see you as soon as possible. No matter how you found us, our goal is to get you to our office and treat your problem. When you get to our office, you will explain the issue and source of pain. We will take digital x-rays and Dr. Slepchik will diagnose your problem. We will discuss treatment options and the cost with you.
“Fantastic dentist!!! I was visiting from Italy. I started experiencing intense pain in one tooth due to an abscess. I fortunately found Dr. Slepchik. He was absolutely incredible. He fit me into his tight schedule to accommodate an hour-long procedure by giving up on his lunch hour. He did a great job and because of him I was able to return home free from excruciating pain. The office staff was also extremely friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this dentist.” – Rosanna
How should I care for my teeth at home?
Home oral hygiene is simple, and it prevents most dental issues such as the development of decay, but it is often given only cursory focus. That’s a shame because most gum disease starts as a result of poor home hygiene.
Here’s what you need to do every day:
Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. When you brush, do so for two minutes. This can seem like an eternity, especially if you’ve been a distracted brusher, but that’s the time necessary to clean all of your teeth, your gum line, and your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Use a circular motion working in whatever pattern is best for you.
One good way to become a better brusher is to switch to an electric toothbrush. Health Canada and the ADA have both approved various Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes. Most of these have timers built into them to tell you when you’ve hit the two-minute mark. Also, studies have shown that brushing with one of these electric toothbrushes improves dental health quite dramatically.
Probably one of the more common fibs out there is when patients tell our hygienists and Dr. Slepchik they floss their teeth regularly. It only takes about 30 seconds to floss between your teeth, and it is important to remove food debris and bacteria from these areas your brush doesn’t reach.
Take about 14 to 18 inches of floss and wrap it around both index fingers, leaving about two inches between the fingers. Then simply run the floss up and down the side of every tooth, including the back of the deepest molar. You don’t have to saw back and forth. Just getting the floss under the gums against the teeth removes what needs to be removed. Plus, it breaks up any bacteria trying to take up residence.
Floss once every day.
Keep your appointments
The final key is to keep your twice-yearlyor every 3 month visits with Dr. Slepchik and your hygienist for your professional teeth cleanings and exams. By coming regularly, we can keep an eye on your oral health before issues like gingivitis turn into full-blown gum disease.
At our office, we use digital radiography to take x-rays of your teeth. This allows us to see the x-rays immediately. The x-rays will be displayed on a monitor in front of you to view. This makes it easy to see areas of decay. Our x-rays are stored in the computer and can easily be transferred to a specialist, if necessary.
“I’ve been going to Dr. Lenny Slepchik. The people are very nice and welcoming. They do an excellent job with cleaning, surgery, and x-rays while making sure you are okay.”
Are digital x-rays safe?
At Dr. Slepchik’s, our two x-ray systems are both digital. Digital x-rays deliver such a low dose of radiation compared with old film x-rays that the impact is negligible at best. Don’t believe it? A set of four bitewing x-rays delivers less radiation than a person receives from one day’s exposure to natural background radiation. This background radiation comes from the sun, cell phones, the Earth (terrestrial radiation), even the air (all air contains radon). It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure as what you receive from a short airplane flight. Oh, and that airport scanner you headed through prior to your flight? It delivers 80 times the radiation you’re getting from your dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays have been shown to deliver the lowest amount of radiation of any x-rays studied. In other words, their benefit for diagnostic use in your future oral health is of extreme value with almost no risk.
How often should I have dental x-rays?
The frequency of your dental x-rays varies depending upon your age, history with us, and your incidence of decay. For adults with no decay who have a history of good dental health, we plan on x-rays every 24 to 36 months. For adolescents in the same boat, every 18 to 36 months. Children with good dental health need x-rays every 12 to 24 months. This increasing frequency matches changes in the teeth and the proclivity of children to having more cavities.
If a patient is prone to having decay, we reduce the above timeframes: every 6 months for children, 6-12 months for teens, and 12-18 months for adults.
If you are afraid to go to the dentist or are fearful of dental procedures, Dr. Slepchik offers sedation dentistry. When you come to our office, let us know what you are worried about and we will come up with a solution. We offer noise-reducing headphones for those who don’t like the sound of drilling. We also offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help you feel relaxed and happy. Lastly, we have Dental Vibe and Wand for the kindest injection. Our nervous patients love it.
“Dr Slepchik and his assistant Carmen immediately understood my fear of dentists and approached me in a friendly but professional manner. I didn’t feel any pain whatsoever during the treatment. Highly recommended!” – Serban
Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Some patients mistakenly think that sedation means anesthesia, but that’s not the case. Our patients feel nothing during any procedure due to our anesthetics. Sedation isn’t to handle pain — that’s the role of anesthesia — but to help patients deal with strong feelings of fear and anxiety that arise when they visit the dentist. After receiving sedation and successfully completing their appointment, patients often change the entire way they view dental appointments going forward. Sedation could be a great option if you:
- Have difficulty overcoming anxiety about the dentist
- Have a low pain threshold
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a very strong gag reflex
- Need a large amount of work done
Once you are sedated and comfortable, we then properly numb, or anesthetize, the area we are working on, ensuring that your procedure is pain-free.
How often should I visit Dr. Slepchik?
Health Canada recommends once yearly visits as a minimum, but more if you have a history of gum problems or other problems. In the U.S., the American Dental Association typically recommends seeing a dentist every six months for professional cleanings and exams. Depending upon your oral health, Dr. Slepchik will have a recommendation for you. But considering it takes just about six months for tartar to build upon your teeth in the usual locations, seeing us every six months is a good idea to keep it under control.
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