Saskatoon Dental Group
306-382-5566
3-411 Confederation Drive
(in the parking lot near Superstore)
Saskatoon, SK
Canada
S7L 5C3

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


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Services

How do I find a new dentist?
Your best bet is through word of mouth. Referring to the yellow pages and online searches are often a good start, but ultimately you want someone that has established a reputation.

What are some of the criteria to look for in a dentist?
1) Willingness and ability to listen to you and what you want; 
2) Access and training on up-to-date information on the newest techniques, trends, equipment and material; 
3) Gentle and careful approach; 
4) Great staff; 
5) Interest in treating you and your mouth and your body as a whole and not just one tooth at a time. 

Do you take new patients?
Yes. Please call the clinic for an appointment.

Do you do naturopathic dentistry?
Technically, there is no such thing as naturopathic dentistry. Once there is decay on your teeth, any filling material will be a foreign presence in your mouth. So, don't be taken by anyone claiming to be a "naturopathic" dentist. The best a dentist can do, is to use material that is safe and approved.

I have recently had a check up. Can I ask for my x-rays to be sent to the new office?
Yes. If you x-rays are taken less than a year ago, you can request your present dentist to forward it to us. You can alternately ask us to request for them. Either way, you'll need to sign papers and authorize this transfer.

How often do I need to see a dentist?
Generally, you'll need to see your dentist every 6-12 months. Remember, prevention and early detection are your best options for a timely and cost-effective treatment.

Do you treat children?
Yes. We love seeing children and are ideally equipped to do so.

Do you treat medically or physically compromised patients?
Yes, these patients are usually treated in the hospital under general anesthesia, but need to be seen for a check-up before an appointment can be set.

Why do dental services cost so much?
All health care services cost quite a bit. This is true everywhere in the world. The costs generally reflect associated material and technical/technological costs, as well as the expertise and training of those providing the services. In Canada a significant portion of taxes are spent on healthcare costs. So, most people don't know how much their medical care actually costs. For a better perspective, next time you're at a medical office, ask the receptionist to give you a breakdown of the costs of the office, if you didn't have health care coverage and actually had to pay for it out of pocket!

Do you directly bill my insurance company?
It depends on whether your insurance plan allows for direct billing by the dentist. If so, then we can direct-bill the insurance company, provided we have all the necessary information. We will require your valid credit card number on file for this service.

My spouse has insurance. Can you bill their insurance company?
This depends on the actual insurance plan. In most cases, we can coordinate both your dental plan and your spouse's plan. Even with two plans there can be services that are not fully covered.

Do you do hospital dentistry?
We work with a number of specialists that provide hospital dentistry, however due to the high demands on our health care system, we encourage in office dental treatment if possible.  Hospital dentistry is generally reserved for young children or adults that are medically or developmentally compromised.

Do you have an emergency/after hours service?
We have a member of our office on call outside regular business hours to assist you with dental emergencies.  Your specific emergency will determine the course of action taken to assist you.  If you have extreme facial swelling or have had teeth broken due to trauma please go directly to your nearest emergency room.

Toothaches

I have a sharp shooting pain on my tooth every time that I bite on food. What is going on?
If you have recently had a filling or crown on that tooth, chances are that the bite is high and needs a bit of adjustment. Otherwise, this is the classic sign of a cracked tooth. This could be caused by a number of different reasons, but assuming that there are no other signs and symptoms, the only treatment is getting a crown on the tooth.

I have a dull throbbing ache. It's been going on for a while. What's wrong?
A dull throbbing ache generally is indicative of excess stress on a tooth, due to decay or infection. This type of ache can be the last "cry" for the tooth before it is dead. The treatment for this type of pain is a root canal, followed by buildup of the tooth and a crown.

My teeth are very sensitive to cold food and air. What's the matter with them?
Generalized sensitivity of teeth to cold air and food is evidence of exposure of nerve endings to the elements. If there has been resorption of gums and bones around the teeth, it is not unusual to feel such sensations. The treatment of choice is meticulous and gentle brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and rinses, and regular professional cleaning sessions.

I have a tooth that is extremely tender when I drink something hot. What is happening to it?
Extreme sensitivity to hot temperature, which lasts a few minutes, is a sign that the tooth is dying. Root canal therapy is the only treatment that will allow us to save the tooth.

I think my wisdom teeth are hurting. Should I get them out?
If the pain is in fact associated with the wisdom teeth, then they should be extracted.

I have a really bad taste and a lump on my gum beside the tooth. Is my tooth infected?
These are classic signs and symptoms of an infected tooth. Antibiotic treatment must precede any dental treatment for the freezing to be effective.

Bleaching

Is bleaching harmful for your teeth?
The only way to ensure that you are getting a safe bleaching is to undertake it with the supervision of a dentist. For the most part, bleaching is safe, but some over-the-counter commercial varieties may have adverse effects due to unsupervised administration.

Why do my teeth turn yellow?
Discoloration and yellowing of the teeth is a natural part of the aging process. Other contributing factors include smoking and diet.

What kinds of bleaching options do I have?
There are a number of bleaching options. At our clinic, we do the in-office ZOOM bleaching. The results are instant and more or less permanent. We used to do the take-home variety, but our patients preferred to come in, get it done, and be done with it.

Will my teeth be sensitive after bleaching?
Some patients show evidence of minor sensitivity. The majority don't. For those with the sensitivity, everything will feel normal after a few days.

What is "zoom"?
ZOOM is a system that will allow bleaching in the dental office. It involves dispensing of the bleaching gel on the teeth, and then treating them with 3 20-minute cycles of UV light. The results are phenomenal and can mean up to 10 shades of improvement in whitening of the teeth.

Does bleaching really work?
Yes.

I don't smoke and drink tea. Why are my teeth so yellow?
Yellowing of the teeth is a natural process and part of the aging cycle. The effects are a function of the biological effects and genetics, as well as lifestyle of the individual.

Grinding and Snoring

My spouse tells me I snore. What can I do?
Sleep apnea, a condition that involves excessive snoring can become serious due to psychological factors: this can affect your sleep and rest, as well as those around you. There are devices available, which you'd be wearing before going to bed. The idea is that if your jaws and muscles of the mouth were positioned correctly, you wouldn't snore. The device will take a couple of nights to get used to, but the results are dramatic.

I grind my teeth. Why is that?
Grinding of the teeth, or bruxism, is caused by a variety of factors: genetics, stress and lifestyle are the chief among them.

Can I do anything about my grinding?
Bruxism can become a serious condition: it can prematurely wear your teeth down, and cause cracks and sensitivity. Not to mention that over a long period of time, the process can affect your jaw-joints. A night-guard, a device similar to a mouth-guard is the best option to minimize the long-term effects of grinding.

Root Canals

What is a root canal?
A root canal is the procedure whereby a dentist takes out the dead or infected or damaged blood supply and nerve of the tooth from inside the root and fills the space with a plastic filling material. This is done by opening an access through the tooth. The end result is a dead tooth, but essentially your own tissues, which you can then continue to use.

Do you do root canals?
Yes.

How much does a root canal cost?
Root canals range in price based on a number of factors; what tooth it is; how many canals the tooth has and do you need to see a specialist.  Once the dentist has assessed your particular situation, we can provide you with an accurate cost of the root canal and permanent restoration.
 
What are my options if I don't get a root canal?
Root canals are generally treatments of last resort. This means that the only other option is extraction.

Once I do the root canal, is there more that needs to be done to the tooth?
The objective of doing a root canal treatment is to save the tooth. Once the nerve is pulled and the tooth cleaned up, it is imperative that the tooth be built up. This can involve placing a post, a new filling and a crown. Your dentist can best determine what build-up technique works best.

Why shouldn't I get all my teeth root canalled?
There is a reason why your teeth have nerves in them in the first place: it allows them to give your body information about what's happening in the mouth, if a tooth is cracked or if there is an infection, for whatever reason, your body would not be aware of it otherwise. Besides, getting all the teeth root canalled when they don't need to be is an unnecessary cost.

Why should I try to save my tooth?
Aside from your heart and brain, your teeth are easily the most used part of your body. You use them a lot more than you realize: for eating, breathing, speaking, among other functions. Just like you would save a broken finger or an infected toe, every effort should be made to save the teeth and take care of them.

Do root canals hurt?
Root canals have a bad rap, because most people associate dental pain with root canal treatments. In fact, you get a root canal to get rid of a toothache. So, the cause and effect is backwards!! For the most part, there is no reason why root canals should hurt. Occasionally, when the nerve in a tooth is severely inflamed, there is nothing that a dentist can do to freeze the tooth, and the procedure can be painful. Otherwise, with a bit of patience and the proper antibiotic regimen, root canals can be done quite pain free.

I've heard that root canals don't work. How can I be sure that mine will work?
Like all other things in life (except for death and taxes, of course!!), there are no guarantees. But with a proper root canal technique, a timely and strong buildup and a bit of cooperation from your own body, there is no reason that you couldn't at least get a few more years out of a tooth, and possibly a lifetime.

Crowns and Bridges

What is a crown?
A crown or a cap is a restoration that completely covers the whole tooth. It is often used on broken teeth, or teeth with very large fillings or when the shape of a tooth is to be altered. The idea is that the tooth is shaved down; a mold is taken of the remaining tooth structure, which is then sent to the lab. In about 10 days, the lab will send back a crown custom-made for that tooth: a shell that mimics the shape and function of the whole tooth.

What is bridge?
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth that have intact teeth on each side of the space. Crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth, and these are joined by another "fake" tooth that fills the gap.. therefore "bridging" the gap.

How much does a crown/bridge cost?
This again will vary based on your specific needs.  Major treatments such as this will have both a professional fee from the dentist and a lab fee.  Once the dentist has assessed your tooth or teeth we can provide you with a more accurate estimate, we would also send a pre-authorization to your insurance to determine what your costs for the procedures would be.

What happens if I don't get a crown?
Not getting a crown when you need one could mean that the tooth can break or be seriously damaged. If that happens, there is a significant chance that the tooth may need to be extracted or may need a root canal treatment. Both of these options are much more expensive than getting a crown in the first place.

When do I need a crown?
A crown is indicated for broken teeth, teeth with very large fillings or if we want to change the appearance or orientation of a tooth (black teeth, rotated teeth, etc).

What types of crowns are there?
There are 3 options for crowns: Gold (strongest, with longest and safest track record); Porcelain (best aesthetics and appearance); or a metal crown with porcelain on top (a compromise of the first two), The dentist fees for all three are the same, with minor variations in lab fees.

I hate the look of metal and gold in my mouth. Can I change my crown to a tooth-colored one?
All gold and metal fillings can easily be changed to porcelain crowns. However, depending on the conditions of the existing crowns and fillings, it may not be necessary to do so, and in fact can be more harmful to the teeth.

Does it hurt to have a crown done?
There can be some minor discomforts associated with getting a tooth prepared for a crown. There are generally no major toothaches or discomfort involved, however.

Implants

What is an implant?
Implants are metal (titanium) posts that are placed inside the jaw, which fuse to the bone. They act as the new "roots" for replacing missing teeth.

How much do implants cost?
Depending on a variety of factors, implants can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $6,000 per implant.  The cost for this treatment will vary based on your specific needs.

Do you do implants?
Currently we work with the leading specialists in Saskatoon and Edmonton for implant treatments: the specialists place the implants, and we place the crowns and restore the implants. In the near future, however, we will be in a position to offer implant treatments from beginning to end right here in our office.

What is the advantage of having an implant?
Depending on the specific situation, an implant may be the ideal treatment. These include missing teeth in an otherwise healthy mouth, very ill-fitting dentures with minimum jaw bone left to support them, or simply to get teeth all over again and do away with dentures altogether!!

How long do implants last?
With proper care, a properly placed implant can last a long time.

How many trips do I have to take for getting an implant?
Like all other body part implant treatments, the procedure is a little more involved with dental implants, but from the time that you decide to get the implants placed, you will need approximately 2-3 appointments until you are ready to receive your crowns/dentures.

I am wearing dentures. Is there a way for me to get implants?
Implants are IDEAL for denture wearers. And there are a number of options: you can get 2-3 implants to support a whole denture, or you may want to get a number of implants to replace your dentures altogether. Both options are excellent.

Who makes a good implant patient?
The IDEAL implant patients are non-smokers (or light smokers), generally healthy and very motivated to take care of and keep their teeth.

Dentures

How often should I get new dentures?
Every 5-7 years you should consider replacing your dentures. The denture resins can harbor bacteria, and over time, these can cause infections on your gums.

Do you make dentures?
We don't make dentures in our clinic, but we work very closely with the leading denturists in the region.

How much do dentures cost?
Depending on the type of denture you require will determine what the cost will be.  Any of the licensed denturists we work with can provide you an accurate cost for your denture at your initial consultation.

How long will it take for me to get dentures?
Again time lines will depend on he type of denture you and your denturist determine is best for you.  This can also be determined at your consultation.

What is good or bad about dentures?
There biggest advantage to dentures is cost: you can replace a number of teeth for the same price and in the same procedure. There are however, a number of drawbacks. The best way to think of dentures is as  a prostheses: much as a wooden arm or a metal leg, they mimic shape and function to some extent, but they are NOT your own body parts. At all times, if you can save your own teeth, you should try to do so.

I have really bad teeth and I can't afford dental treatment. I want to get my teeth pulled and get plates. What is your advice?
At all times, if a person can save their teeth, even if not all of them, they should try to do so.  However, there are other realities dictating our choices in life, among them economics.  in such cases, try to ask around for the best denture services; someone who listens to you, and strives to take care of you after you receive your dentures.  Ask others who have dentures and consult your dentist before picking a denturist to work with.

Are there different kinds of dentures?
If you are getting complete dentures for the first time, you can have immediate (you get your dentures immediately after extraction of your teeth) or post-immediate dentures (after 7-10 days of rest in between). Post-immediate dentures generally look, feel and fit much better than immediate dentures. But with immediate dentures you will not go without teeth! For partial dentures, you can have metal or acrylic framework. Metal frameworks are much more strong and comfortable.

Should I get my dentures at a denturist?
You have the option of getting your dentures at a dental office or a denturist.  Try to fin someone with lots of experience, who has a good track record of giving good service after you have received your dentures.

Fillings

Do you insert tooth colored fillings?
We primarily use "tooth colored" or composite fillings, however the dentist will discuss with you what type of filling material is best for your specific needs..

What are tooth colored fillings?
They are resin-based materials that are chemically bonded to the tooth using UV light.

Do I have to replace my old metal fillings?
You do not need to replace your metal (amalgam) fillings if they are in good condition and otherwise healthy.

Are the "mercury" fillings harmful?
Amalgam fillings have mercury as a "wetting" agent. Historically these fillings have been very strong and safe. The mercury released from these fillings as a result of daily use and function is very miniscule. Although there is no scientific data to support general harmfulness of these fillings, there seems to be a shift away from the use of such material, with many European countries (Scandinavia and Germany) banning them altogether.

How often should I change my fillings?
Fillings should only be replaced when/if they are broken, inadequate or dislodged.

How much do fillings cost?
The cost of fillings is dependent on the size, extent and location of the restoration.  We follow the fee guide provided to us by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Once your initial exam and x-rays have been taken we can provide you an estimate of the treatment required.

Hygiene and Periodontics

How often do I need to get a cleaning?
Most patients need a professional cleaning every 6 months. Some patients with gum disease need it more frequently than that.

What is involved in a cleaning?
The tartar and bacteria on the teeth will physically and manually need to be scraped and cleaned away, using ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments. Then the tooth is polished for stain removal and fluoride is administered for strengthening the tooth structure.

How much does cleaning cost?
The coat of a cleaning greatly depends on your personal needs.  Scaling or "scraping of tartar" is billed in 15 minute time intervals, with additional fees for polishing and fluoride.

Will I need freezing for cleaning?
Some patients don't need any freezing. Others have very sensitive teeth. This is a matter of preference for the patient.

How often do I need to brush my teeth?
Brushing twice a day, thoroughly going over all surfaces of all teeth, taking between 3-5 minutes is ideal.

Why do I need to floss?
Flossing will allow you to clean and scrape the surfaces between teeth where the toothbrush doesn't reach.

What happens if I don't regularly get my teeth cleaned at a dental office?
Tartar can build up on the teeth, which in turn traps gum-disease causing bacteria. This tartar cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush at home, but needs to be manually removed by a dental professional. Not keeping up with this, can lead to gum disease setting in, and eventual loss of teeth.

What is gum surgery and why do I need it?
Due to a number of reasons, gum tissues can recede, leading to exposure of sensitive tooth structure or loss of support. Using a number of different techniques, gum surgeries can allow for the normal level of gum to cover the teeth again. This in turn, will mean stronger and less sensitive teeth.

What is gum disease and how do I get it?
Gingivitis and Periodontitis are various stages of gum disease, caused by different factors. Aside from occasional systemic diseases or genetic predispositions, "gum disease" is generally caused by bacteria and germ activities, leading to loss of tissues, and bone around the teeth. The final end result is that the teeth are lost not because they are structurally weak, but because they don't have enough support. Regular professional cleaning, and meticulous home care go a long way in guaranteeing that gum disease doesn't set in. Gum disease can be stopped, but its effects cannot be reversed. So, the sooner we act on it, the better off we are.

Sedation and Freezing

Do you have laughing gas?
We do administer "laughing gas" (Nitrous Oxide) at our clinic.  This can be an excellent alternative to receiving treatment under general anesthesia, especially for children.

I am extremely nervous and can't handle dental treatment. Can you put me under general anesthesia?
We do work with dental specialists that provide dental treatment under general anesthesia, however first priority is given to young patients and those who are medically or mentally compromised.  We do have other in office options for sedation such as oral medicines or Nitrous Oxide gas.  These options can be discussed at your initial appointment.

Will you numb my gums before freezing?
Yes, in majority of cases, a numbing gel will prepare the area for receiving the freezing.

Is there a way that I can get my dental treatment done without freezing?
Some procedures (such as very small fillings) can be done without freezing. There are some patients that prefer to not receive any freezing. There is also evidence of successful application of relaxation techniques and hypnosis. Aside from hypnosis, we discuss all other options with the patients before proceeding.

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is when the dentist actively provides cosmetic solutions in treating a patient's needs and wants. This can range from replacing dysfunctional Amalgam (metal) fillings with composite (white) fillings, to providing veneers on all teeth to make them absolutely Hollywood "perfect".

Do you do cosmetic dentistry?
Yes, at our clinic, we offer a wide range of cosmetic options for our patients.

I want a total makeover. How do I go about it?
The process is a lot simpler than you might think. The first step is to discuss with your dentist what you would like and all the options available. Assuming that you take good care of your teeth and the gums and teeth are generally healthy, you should get a digitally altered photo of what you would look like after a complete makeover. With this, you will have a chance to give any feedback that you like to your dentist. Next, you can proceed with the treatment and if there are no complications, in less than one month, you should have a completely new smile.

I have always hated my teeth. Can I get a "Hollywood" smile?
So long as you take good care of your teeth and have healthy gums, you can absolutely have a "Hollywood" smile. But without healthy gums, there are no reasonable options with any longevity, no matter what resources you have.

How much will it cost to have all my teeth restored?
A complete smile makeover, for most patients, will be, somewhere in the $10-15,000 range. On occasional cases, the cost could be higher, but most often much lower.

How do I make sure that I will like the end result?
A combination of communicating with your dentist, digital imaging, and wax rendition of your new teeth should ensure that you get what you want. It's all visual and there should be little guess work and risk involved.

Do you have experience in total makeovers?
As a practice, our philosophy is to keep things as natural as possible.  we would start by preserving your natural dentition by providing the least invasive dental treatment that provides both aesthetics and function.  Once that is completed we can go over cosmetic options.

Is there warranty on dental work?
Warranty is based on a case by case situation, while some procedures will be warrantied, these decisions are directly made by the Doctor. 

Orthodontic Treatment

Do you provide orthodontic treatment?
We work with many orthodontists in the area to provide our patients with comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic treatment varies in price depending on the severity of the treatment required and duration of the treatment. Most orthodontic offices provide monthly payment plans to offset the expense of this treatment.

Can adults get orthodontic treatment?
Yes adults can get orthodontic treatment.

What is "invisalign"? Do you do it?
Invisalign is a retainer based orthodontic treatment that is an alternative to traditional braces for mild to moderate orthodontic treatment.

Why should I do orthodontics?
There are a number of reasons for orthodontic treatment from fixing severe functional alignment to aligning crowded or spaced teeth. Having aligned teeth not only is aesthetic but allows for easier cleaning, allowing for better oral hygiene. 

I hate braces. Are there any other options?
Yes there are other options besides traditional braces, a consultation with your dentist can provide you information regarding these options based on your specific needs and desired results.

I used to have perfect teeth and now they are spaced. What are my options?
There can be different options for closing spacing with your teeth from traditional braces, invisalign or even crowns or veneers. A consultation with your dentist can provide you information regarding these options based on your specific needs and desired results.

I used to have perfect teeth and now they are crowded. What are my options?
There can be different options for straightening crowded teeth from traditional braces, invisalign or even crowns or veneers. A consultation with your dentist can provide you information regarding these options based on your specific needs and desired results.

Veneers

Veneers are that thin usually porcelain shell that goes on the facial side of your teeth. They are generally used for cosmetic purposes to provide that “Hollywood” smile.  

How much do veneers cost?
Veneers much line crowns and bridges have both a professional fee and a laboratory fees. While we do use the current Saskatchewan fee guide for our professional fee the laboratory fee can vary depending on the type of veneer that you require. We are more than happy to provide you an estimate at your initial visit for these services.

Will I need freezing for veneers?
In most cases freezing is required during the “prep” process of the procedure.

I have seen ads for "Lumineers". Do you do them?
”Lumineers ” are a brand name of a no prep veneer made in California, we use a similar product but choose to use local laboratories.

Surgery and Extractions

Why do I need to take out my wisdom teeth?
There can be a number of reasons why wisdom teeth need to be removed; most commonly is there is not enough room in the patients jaw for them to fully erupt into place behind your 12 year old molars. Sometimes they are positioned in such a way that they will not erupt and end up damaging other teeth. By taking a panorex x-ray we can see the exact positioning of the teeth and make a recommendation based on your specific needs.

Are some wisdom teeth harder to remove than others?
Yes some wisdom teeth can be more difficult than others. We work closely with the oral surgeons office in these cases.

I have heard some horror stories about wisdom teeth. Are they true?
As with any type of surgery there can be complications, swelling, pain or even infections. We do everything in our power to prevent or minimize this from happening.

What do you do with cases that are too difficult?
When we have cases that are complicated we refer to the oral surgeon specialists, they have taken additional training dealing with complex extractions.

I had my teeth out and there's still some bleeding after a couple of days. Should I be concerned?
It is normal to have some light bleeding for 1 to 2 days after your extractions. If the bleeding is red and constant please call your dental provider.

How do I care for my mouth after extractions?
Keeping your mouth clean and healthy after extractions aides in the healing process and helps prevent both infections and dry socket. Following the post extraction instructions your dental provider gave you will greatly decrease the chance of any complications. If you do have any questions or concerns please contact your dental provider.

Post-Surgical Instructions

Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and increase the speed of healing. Below are some instructions that you will find helpful:

DO's
BITE on a thick gauze pad for half an hour or more. If oozing persists, sleep with head elevated (2 pillows) and bite on a used tea-bag.
USE MEDICATION as directed. Take some painkillers before freezing wears off and after the surgery is finished.
EAT soft nutritious food and minimal amounts of fluid for 12 hours post-surgery. You can resume with regular liquid ingestion and soft diet after that.
CLEAN the area around the surgical site carefully. A clean mouth heals faster.
APPLY ice pack to the surgical side of face for 15 minutes at a time for the first 12 hours.
CALL your dentist regarding any concerns or questions

DON'Ts
ABSOLUTELY no smoking for the first 24 hours.
NO spitting
NO sucking through a straw
NO drinking of hot liquids
NO RINSING with water or mouthwash for the first 24 hours. For the next few days, rinse with warm water and salt several times a day
NO ALCOHOL...for the first 24 hours.
AVOID all excessive activity

Children

At what age should my child's first dental visit be?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends children to have their first dental visit at the age of 12 months or 1 year. This first visit is to focus on early detection of decay, prevention and education on oral hygiene.

How often should I take my child to the dentist?
We recommend every six months for regular check-ups and cleaning. Baby teeth are smaller and have a softer tooth structure than adult teeth and decay can grow faster.

What can I do for my newborn to ensure the development of healthy teeth?
Regardless if you are nursing or bottle feeding your new born parents should be using a damp cloth or soft baby brush and rubbing the infants’ gums twice a day. This will help to keep the bacteria levels down and it is a good introduction to promoting oral health.

What can I feed my children to keep their teeth strong and healthy?
Dairy and potassium are very good for promoting health tooth development. Foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, bananas and sweet potatoes contain these minerals. 

Is it possible that my child has inherited my bad teeth?
Genetics do play a part in children having “bad teeth” but it can be prevented with proper oral care at home, a healthy nutritious diet and regular professional dental care.

How often should I brush my child's teeth?
It is recommended that we brush our teeth twice a day, morning and night. Children between the ages of newborn to 10 do not have the ability to properly brush their teeth and do require an adults help to ensure teeth are cleaned properly. Parents should brush for their children as least once per day.

Do children also need to floss?
Yes, if you do not floss between the teeth you are leaving plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The toothbrush cannot clean between the teeth and without flossing you are risking cavities in these areas.

When will my child lose his/her baby teeth?
Primary (baby) teeth on average start exfoliating (falling out) around the ages of 5 to 7, and usually are completely exfoliated around ages 10-13.

Will my child need braces?
Not every child will need braces. There are many factors that play a part in needing braces. With regular dental exams we can monitor your child’s development and make recommendations based on their personal needs.

My child fights having his teeth brushed. What can I do?
Most kids like to copy older siblings or us parents, so if you brush your teeth with them and show them what you are doing they will copy. Get down on their level and let them see what you are doing. Sometimes using a sticker reward system can go a long way. Every child is different and it may take a while to find what works with your child, the key is being consistent and keep at it and with time it will become easier.

I think my child has an abscess. What should I do?
If your child is in pain or there is facial swelling the tooth needs to be looked at as soon as possible, either in a dental office (during work hours) or a minor emergency (after hours). Any sort of tooth pain is a concern; some abscesses are painless and if gone undetected can result in further complications with their teeth and possible overall health. Regular dental visits can reduce the possibility of these types of tooth aches.

Why do baby teeth need fillings when they are just going to fall out?
Baby teeth need to stay in the mouth until certain ages (each tooth is different) to allow for room for the adult teeth they will get later in life. If these teeth are lost too soon the tooth behind them will “drift” into its’ space and this causes “space loss” for the adult teeth. As well if the cavities are left in the tooth and not treated they will cause your child pain and possible infections and could potentially damage the permanent tooth.

I think my child is too young and fearful for dental treatment. Do you offer "laughing gas" or treatment in the hospital?
There is always going to be a fear of the “unknown” with children. When your child comes in for a check-up and cleaning the child’s response to treatment will be assessed and at that time we can discuss options. It is always recommended to try in office treatment first, this begins with the first appointment when we take pictures and check for cavities.

Insurance and Payment

Do you directly bill my insurance company?
We are able to direct bill your insurance company, if you would like this service we require a credit card on file to secure your account. You are responsible to pay any portion not covered by your insurance the day of your appointment.

Do you have payment plans?
We do not do payment plans, you are welcome to make pre-payments prior to your treatment to build up a credit on your account to lessen the cost on the day of your treatment.

I'm a First Nations patient. What am I covered for?
Generally all basic treatment is covered under the Non-Insured Health Benefits program, however just like private insurance companies there are limitations on services. By staying with one dental provider will ensure that services your receive will fall within the guide lines of your coverage and as well this provides you the most comprehensive dental care.

What payment methods do you have available?
We accept Cash, Debit, Visa, Master Card and American Express
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