IQ Dental - Terry McKay DMD

Dr. Terry McKay Inc., North Vancouver, Dentist

Your North Vancouver Dentist

Our goal is to provide patients with a safe, friendly, caring, pain free environment and state of the art dentistry consistent with each patient’s individual needs and resources. Dr McKay has been providing patients with excellence in dentistry for over 35 years.  We would like to welcome our new associate Dr. Tyler Sheasby to our team. We are committed to excellence in dentistry by providing the highest quality, affordable, comprehensive dental care to patients and families of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and surrounding areas. You will benefit from advanced technology and techniques, to help you achieve optimum dental health and create the smile you always wanted.

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Dr. McKay provides dentistry to both adults and children for over 35 years. Serving North Vancouver and the surrounding area's. New patients are always welcome!

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General Dentistry

Digital X-rays

Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than with traditional X-ray technology.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, silver, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth socket," and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The most common type of impacted wisdom tooth is “mesial”, meaning that the tooth is angled forward toward the front of your mouth.

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Each patient's situation is unique. Your dentist will usually take a panoramic X-ray to determine whether your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. If your dentist recommends removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later.

Root Canals

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

Preventative Dentistry

Dental Patient Education

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.

Sealants

Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your tooth's surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening

More than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed each year, and over 35,000 of those cases are right here in the United States. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S., and without proper detection methods, a person may have oral cancer and not even know it. In almost all cases of oral cancer, early detection plays a major role in a patient's chances of survival. By diagnosing and treating oral cancer early, a patient's five year survival rate is 80-90% greater.

Mouthguards

Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.

Specialty Services

Implants

If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth and, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!

Crowns

Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.

Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Bridges

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

CEREC®

CEREC is a technology for restoring damaged teeth, and this restoration can be completed in a single visit to the doctor's office. It makes your teeth stronger and more beautiful -- all while keeping your teeth looking natural. The restoration is metal-free and the high-grade ceramic material is compatible with the natural tissue found in your mouth.

Invisalign®

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign.

Appliances & Braces

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children should have their first visit to their family dentist by their second birthday. This allows the child to become familiar and comfortable with the dental office environment. Dr. McKay can provide an initial orthodontic assessment to check how the teeth and jaws are developing and discuss any changes that may occur during these early developmental years. Depending on the situation, you may eventually need a referral to the orthodontist, but many cases can be treated by Dr. McKay.

R.V. Tucker Gold Castings

Gold fillings, inlays or onlays are the most ideal conservative dental restoration. The techniques used to provide this type of restoration allow the dentist to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. Once the restoration is cemented in place, it is then polished to a high level for a seamless fit. This is highly beneficial as there is a very low instance of recurrent decay with these restorations. Gold castings are biocompatible in the mouth and do not have any documented instances of allergic reactions. There is no corrosion or discoloration of the restorations over time.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is one of your most important features. Dentistry is continuously evolving and with a variety of advanced treatment options, achieving a beautiful, healthy, aesthetic smile is made easy for patients of all ages.

About Dr. McKay

Dr. McKay is dedicated to continuing his education which provides his patients with the best possible dental care at a fair cost. He is invloved in several ongoing continuing education study groups including implant, root canal therapy, Invisalign, R.V. Tucker Academy and Cerec  study clubs.

Dr. McKay is an original founding member of the R.V. Tucker Academy which has grown from 10 members in 1976 to over 450 members world wide today. These gold castings are works of art and are recognized world wide as the ultimate restoration for longevity, compatibiliy and tooth preservation.  He has been teaching gold inlay/onlay techniques, pain free dentistry and preventative care in Canada, US and europe since 1990. He has many other dentists as patients which is a testament to his high level of skill.

  • Graduated from U.B.C. in 1975
  • Active member of R.V. Tucker Academy since 1976
  • Holds an American dental licence
  • Member of Academy of Operative Dentistry
  • Member of  Academy of Gold Foil Operators
  • Member of B.C. and Canadian Dental Association
  • Instructor of Tucker Cast Gold technique at U.B.C. Dental School

Dr. Tyler Sheasby

Tyler graduated from UBC dental school in 2015 and has spent his time wisely gathering knowledge and experience in Vernon and Kelowna, BC with Dr. Debbie Zokol (coincidentally the daughter of one of my most influential mentors, Dr. Joe Zokol) as well as working at the Non Profit Access Clinic, providing dental care to community members in need. Tyler grew up in Terrace where he was first introduced to dentistry through working part time in the orthodontic office where is mother was a certified dental assistant.

Tyler also considers himself a lifelong student. He enjoys learning new aspects of dentistry and updating his knowledge to provide his patients with the best care and most up to date dental services. He also firmly believes in patient education and places a strong emphasis on explaining all treatment options and procedures to patients to help them arrive at the solution that is best for their circumstance.

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(604) 988-7010

132 East 14th Street Suite 202,
North Vancouver, BC, V7L 2N3

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