We warmly welcome Dr. Andrew Park to Mission Creek Dental. Dr. Park graduated from the University of Minnesota, Faculty of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Prior to dental school, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Park, and his wife Leah, recently relocated to Kelowna in order for Dr. Park to begin his Associate position.
He practices all aspects of general dentistry and enjoys caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Park, with a kind and calm demeanour, receives much gratification from interacting with his patients. Dr. Park strives to provide all of his patients a comfortable and pleasant experience, while focusing on providing a high standard of patient-centred care. He genuinely enjoys building trusting relationships with his patients along the way.
Dr. Park believes that education is a lifelong commitment. Dr. Park participates regularly in continuing education courses, in all areas of dentistry, in order to maintain progressive skills in general dentistry. Currently, Dr. Park and his wife are parents of a young son, Ruah. Dr. Park is passionate about music and outdoor activities; he loves playing saxophone and piano, and whenever he gets a chance, he enjoys hiking and fishing. He also enjoys baking and cooking with his wife and son.
Dr. Park is here at Mission Creek Dental to help you by listening, understanding your needs, and serving his patients with excellent dentistry.
Dr.Park는 Mission Creek Dental에 모든 환자분들을 환영하고 진료하게 되어 매우 기쁩니다. Mission Creek Dental 팀은 Dr. Park의 한국어 유창함이 Mission Creek Dental의 신규 및 기존 한국 환자에게 큰 도움이 될 것이라고 확신합니다. 박경수 치과의사님은 한국어와 영어 둘다 능통하시고 저희 미션크릭치과의 아주 긍정적인 자산이 될것입니다.
By the time a person reaches around 18 years of age, he or she will usually have 32 teeth; 16 on the top and 16 on the bottom. Each tooth has a particular name and function- the front teeth (incisors, canines and bicuspids) are used for gripping and biting food into smaller pieces and the back teeth (molars) are used to grind food up into manageable pieces suitable for swallowing. The final 4 teeth, called the Third Molars or wisdom teeth, are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. Wisdom teeth played an important function when humans ate a more primitive diet and needed more teeth.
Today, however, wisdom teeth can be problematic for many people. Wisdom teeth can become impacted or unable to erupt through the gums. A tooth is considered impacted when it does not reach a normal position due to obstruction from another tooth or tissue. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, a flap of tissue can grow over them creating a breeding ground for bacteria and potential gum disease. When foods and germs get trapped under the flap, gums may become red or swollen, which are signs of infection and/or inflammation. Other than the pain and discomfort, these issues, if not dealt with, can start to affect teeth in front of the wisdom tooth. To make matters worse, wisdom teeth are often tucked in a position that makes them difficult to keep clean and access with one’s toothbrush. Impacted wisdom teeth can also have an unwanted effect on alignment and orthodontic work.
If you find your wisdom teeth are causing any of the aforementioned problems, wisdom tooth extraction may be a solution for ending your symptoms and preventing the possibility of future problems. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure and can be performed by your dentist in Kelowna and with local anesthesia or oral sedation. There may be some residual bleeding, swelling or bruising but more often than not, people recover quickly and with minimal discomfort.
We all know him (or her), he will do anything in his power to avoid seeing the dentist. His dentistry avoidance techniques range from procrastinating or ‘forgetting’ his appointment to extreme excuse fabrication, or even faking a cold or flu if it excuses him from his routine check-up and cleaning. This person likely suffers moderate to
severe dental anxiety or phobia and this fear can be very real and debilitating for those who suffer its psychological grip. For sufferers, just the thought of calling a dental office can be intimidating. This fear can be the result of belonephobia (fear of needles) or a previously traumatic dental experience. Whatever the cause of the fear, the reality is, almost everyone will have to see a dentist in his or her lifetime.
The good news is, there are practical solutions that can help anxious patients make their dental experiences more manageable, even enjoyable. The non invasive approaches come from caring and patient-focused dental teams. While mental illnesses are invisible to the eye, a well trained dental team should be able to spot the patients who suffer from dental phobias and offer guidance in helping patients through their treatment. Dentists can help anxious patients by communicating in easily understandable language, educating patients of their options so that they are making informed decisions, and making sure that patients consent to and fully understand their treatment plans. Patients and dentists should create a “stop” signal that indicates the patient is uncomfortable or needs a break. There are also pharmacologic options such as conscious/oral sedation whereby patients are administered sedative medications via a pill or through an IV, to alleviate the anxiety. In the extreme case, an approach of general anesthesia where patients are ‘put to sleep” for treatment may be indicated.
Remember, dentists are not mind readers, usually, and it is important if you have dental fears to identify what those fears are and communicate them to your dentist. Open communication will help your dentist know what your concerns are so that a plan can be put in place to help manage anxiety. A good dentist will listen, take your fears
seriously and offer choices that help you have the most pleasant dental experience possible.