Our Services

Complete Oral Exam and Cancer Screening


A thorough examination of all surfaces of the teeth and gums that creates a ‘blueprint’ of the mouth, which is an important baseline used to monitor oral health. This screening Identifies:

  • Cavities
  • Broken teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Dental abscesses
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Sore spots in the mouth
  • Oral cancer and suspicious lesions
Because clients may not always be able to communicate their discomfort, these conditions often go unnoticed. Common Dental Risks for Seniors:
  • Oral pain leads to compromised nutrition and poor sleep quality.
  • Broken teeth affect not only nutrition but overall self-esteem. Gum disease progresses painlessly and can cause the teeth to become loose and even fall out. Loose teeth are a serious aspiration and choking risk for the elderly.
  • Ill-fitting dentures and improper denture care can cause sore spots and yeast infections in the mouth.
These conditions are very preventable with regular dental care! Detailed oral exam provided by iSmile Ottawa uses electronic, paper-free charting to document all existing oral conditions both hard tissue (teeth) and surrounding soft tissue. This detailed chart complete with intra-oral photos is then always available to you.
Prices for this service vary depending on each patient. Pricing is determined after consultation and assessment of the patient.




Teeth Cleaning and Polishing


Poor oral health has been shown to worsen many systemic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. The bacteria found in the mouth is also a common cause of an often fatal type of pneumonia called aspiration pneumonia. This occurs when some of the bacteria from the mouth travels down into the lungs. Many elderly people suffer from dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) putting them at risk. Reducing the bacterial load in the oral cavity has been shown to protect against this disease. Top quality hand instruments and state-of-the-art ultrasonics are used to gently and thoroughly remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth. Dental polishing removes stains and surface roughness, resulting in a smooth surface that is more difficult for plaque and bacteria to adhere to. Prices for this service vary depending on each patient. Pricing is determined after consultation and assessment of the patient.




Temporary Filling Placement


This treatment is also referred to as interim stabilization therapy or IST. Temporary fillings are made from a special type of filling material called glass ionomer cement. This special cement continuously releases fluoride into the area of the cavity, resulting in the decay being stopped from progressing and actually re-hardening the area. This treatment works best when used with silver diamine fluoride. (link to 4th service) They are quick and comfortable to place, do not require any drilling or freezing. They can be placed in as little as 10 mins during the client’s regular dental hygiene appointment. Although they are labelled as temporary, they can last up to 5 years and in many cases, no further treatment is required. Temporary fillings preserve tooth structure and prevent further breakdown. They are also very cost-effective, approx. 60% less than conventional fillings. Prices for this service vary depending on each patient. Pricing is determined after consultation and assessment of the patient.




Therapeutic Fluoride Application


Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a special type of fluoride that acts in a different way than traditional preventative fluoride treatments. This fluoride is combined with silver to give it antimicrobial properties. It works by re-hardening the area and killing the bacteria that caused the cavity. The damaged portion of the tooth will turn black in colour, indicating the treatment has been successful in arresting the decay. It is used on its own for smaller cavities or in conjunction with temporary fillings for larger areas. Prices for this service vary depending on each patient. Pricing is determined after consultation and assessment of the patient.