Dr. Chad Aitken DMD and the team at Vista Dental Care are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Red Deer AB and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits Regular brushing and flossing done with the proper tools and an attention to detail will usually remove most of the plaque from your teeth. However, plaque is soft and sticky and clings in the hard-to-reach places. Eventually, any plaque you miss will harden and become tartar, which exceeds what your typical toothbrush and floss can remove. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth. These deposits of plaque and tartar can lead to more serious problems with your teeth and gums, including gum disease. Research shows a solid link between untreated gum disease and other serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which is why one of the most important reasons to visit your dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Having the plaque and tartar removed from your teeth regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If youíve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Thatís because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teethóthings that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Types of dentures: Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day t…
Nitrous Oxide SedationNitrous oxide sedation, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is utilized to permit treatment to be more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask. The medication you breathe in creates a sense of relaxation. Local anaesthetic is then used in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases.
Overdentures – A “Locked-In” SolutionImagine dentures secured in a way that you don’t have to worry about the foods you eat. Your meals can be savoured without the constant worry of an embarrassing or even annoying shifting or slipping of your teeth. By using dental implants to support your dentures, your teeth can be “locked” into position so they won’t move. Yet they snap off for simpler cleaning. Ask us if you are a candidate for overdentures!
If you're looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a "DDS", some may be listed as "DMD". They both mean the same thing-your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. It's up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded, but both degrees use the same curriculum requirements.
Did you know that the level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree is on par with those of medical schools? Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. Upon completion of their training, dentists must pass both a rigorous national written exam and a state or regional clinical licensin…
Stay on a routine Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime -or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda,” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snackin…