Vitacare Dental Centre – Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan for Patients:

This plan is current as of May 20th, 2020. Note that because SARS-CoV2 is still considered a novel virus and the trajectory of the pandemic is still changing, safety measures may also be altered accordingly. The protocols presented here are in accordance by recommendations presented by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). Note that the CDSBC flows the rules and regulations of that provided by the provincial health officer, BC Centre of Disease and Control, and Worksafe BC.

Staff, dentists and patients are not to enter the clinic if they:

1. Have any COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, loss of smell, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, malaise and/or headache

2. Have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individual in the last 14 days; or

3. Have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Booking your dental appointments:

1. During this time, your dental needs will be triaged and we will be prioritizing emergent and urgent care.

2. Appointments can be made by phone or email. You must have an appointment to enter the clinic. Please arrive on time. If you arrive early, please wait in your vehicle until your designated time to minimize contact with other departing patients.

3. You are to come alone to your appointment. One parent, guardian, or caretaker can accompany a child or person that requires additional assistance to an appointment.

4. When you arrive at the clinic, we will provide you with hand sanitizer, take your temperature and ask you screening questions.

Waiting room:

1. Physical distancing will be in effect. Maintain 2-metre distance between one another.

2. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the waiting room at a given time.

3. Plexiglass barriers will be placed at the front desk.

4. Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected routinely.

Treatment rooms:

1. Dentists and dental assistants will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment, which may include face shields, gowns, and respirator masks.

2. You will be asked to rinse with a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash for 30 seconds prior to your treatment.

3. There will be infection protocols requiring more time for disinfection of the rooms in between patients.

4. As always, instruments and equipment are properly sterilized to kill all microorganisms.

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TMJ

TMJ disorder causes a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including jaw clicking, jaw pain, headaches, and more.

Dentists can treat problems affecting the TMJs (temporomandibular joints) with a range of effective treatments.

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, BC, Canada, we can diagnose and treat your TMJ disorder.

We proudly serve patients throughout the Vancouver area from the comfort of our state-of-the-art Coquitlam practice.

What Are the TMJs?

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The temporomandibular joints, often referred to as the TMJs, are the hinged joints located at the sides of the mouth. They are unique in that they move in a side-to-side and up-and-down motion, making it easy for patients to bite into and chew food. Unfortunately, one or both temporomandibular joints can be damaged due to bruxism, inflammation, displacement, injury, arthritis, and other reasons, causing pain and other troublesome symptoms.

When patients experience problems with the temporomandibular joints, it is referred to as temporomandibular disorder, TMJ disorder, or TMD; all of these terms are interchangeable. When patients suspect that they have issues with the TMJs, they should undergo a pain-free evaluation with a dentist who is trained to diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. TMD is easy to treat, and there are several options available.

How Do I Know I Should Seek Treatment? TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of temporomandibular disorders include:

  • Clicking and popping of the jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and clenching)
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth pain, especially on the molars
  • Facial pain that extends out to the jaw, neck, and shoulders
  • Ear problems, including pain and ringing of the ears
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2019

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I had a lot of anxiety around going to the dentist, and after carefully researching for a new local office to attend, I stumbled upon Vitacare and now I can't stop recommending them to friends and family! Never in my life did I think a time would come when I would feel neutral - never mind, happy - about going to the dentist, but I do! Dr. Lee has been lovely in every way and all of the support staff have been so great! 10/10, would recommend.

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2019

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Never felt so good about my teeth and gum after cleaning. Had an amazing experience with Dr. Lee! She is very patient and takes the time to gently work on your teeth and inform you at the same time. Friendly staff and comfortable setting. They did their best to give me two appointments in such a short notice.

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Contact Our Practice Get Relief for Your TMD

The best way to get relief from the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder is to visit a clinic and seek treatment from a dentist. The team at Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, serving the greater Vancouver area, can diagnose and treat your TMD. We can perform a visual examination and take a series of x-rays to identify the extent of the issues with your TMJs. Once we better understand the issues affecting your temporomandibular joints, we can develop a treatment plan that will best meet your needs.

Contact our office online to ask a question about TMJ problems or request a consultation for a TMD diagnosis and treatment plan. You can also reach our Coquitlam clinic by phone at:

(778) 355-3535

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TMJ Disorder Treatments

There are many treatment options for TMJ problems. We always start with the most conservative options to address facial pain, headaches, jaw clenching, and other issues.
BOTOX TMJ Injection

BOTOX for TMD

BOTOX is well-known for its ability to address facial wrinkling. Many patients don't know that it offers medical and therapeutic uses as well, including treatment for temporomandibular disorders. The active ingredient in BOTOX products relaxes the area into which it is injected. That means that when BOTOX is injected into the TMJ, it can alleviate pressure on the surrounding structures and reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of TMD.

Oral Appliances for TMD

Oral appliances for TMD are also known as splint therapy. During your consultation at our Coquitlam practice, we will take digital x-rays and impressions to ensure that we create a custom splint that will hold the TMJs in place, prevent chronic clenching and grinding, and reduce the symptoms of TMD.

Oral appliances are a common treatment for TMD because they only have to be worn at night to alleviate pain and other symptoms. In the morning, patients can remove the appliance, clean it, and experience more comfortable jaw alignment and better function throughout the day.

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Stress Relief

While some TMD has a purely physical cause, some patients can greatly benefit from stress-reduction techniques. Stress can contribute to bruxism, the chronic grinding and clenching of the jaw that puts stress on the TMJ, causes tooth pain, and eventually wears down the teeth.

Stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and more, can reduce bruxism and TMJ disorder. For some patients, we encourage them to see if certain changes to their lifestyle can reduce stress and TMD. Stress-relief tactics can also be used in combination with other therapies.

Our entire team is committed to helping you finally experience relief from TMJ pain, clicking, popping, and other problems associated with this condition. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will address the cause of your temporomandibular disorder and provide long-term relief.

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Phenomenal dental office...Vitacare Dental in Como lake has been outstanding in taking care of me. I love that this dental office lives by their goal of making each dental visit as professional, friendly and supportive as possible. Everyone there is super friendly and welcoming, they know what they are doing and I can relax and completely trust them. Thank you so much for making my visits so stress free! I am so thankful to have found you!

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2021

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Amazing experience, the staff here are very friendly and understanding. Painless anaesthetic, quick and clean work. I have severe claustrophobia and they took their time to accommodate my needs to make me feel comfortable. Beautiful decor, sanitary environment and the most up to date brand new equipment. Will never go anywhere else. Thank you.

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Vitacare Dental Centre

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, we are proud to offer personalized dental treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Drs. Alex Wong and Vanessa Lee use modern techniques and the latest technology to improve the health and appearance of your smile. We are proudly affiliated with several prestigious organizations including:

  • Canadian Dental Association
  • British Columbia Dental Association
  • College of Dental Surgeons of BC
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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