FAQ’s

What should I expect from my first dental visit?

At your first dental visit a complete dental exam will be done by your dentist. At that time and at following regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include:

• Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): to find decay, tumours, cysts, bone loss and tooth positions.

• Oral cancer screening: to check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

• Gum disease evaluation: to check your gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.

• Examination of tooth surfaces: to check for decay with special dental instruments.

• Examination of existing restorations: to check your fillings, crowns, veneers etc.

What does at home teeth whitening involve?

1. Impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to make custom soft plastic trays after we decide that this is appropriate for you.

2. You will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The
trays are worn with special whitening gel solution inside either twice a day for 30 minutes
or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist
regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

What if I want to have my teeth whitened by the dentist?

Our office offers custom made whitening trays with a take home whitening system.

How do you treat gum disease?

The dentist or dental hygienist removes the plaque with a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar build-up from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to gum disease. In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods as they are fairly invasive.

Why is flossing so important?

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing cleans spaces, and prevents plaque colonies from building up.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produces toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease and can effect your general health!

Is there a proper way to brush your teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an CDA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small,
circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.

2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.

3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of your front teeth.

4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

Why is it necessary to straighten teeth?

The benefits of proper jaw and teeth alignment go far beyond appearance. In general, straight teeth are easier to clean, lessening the risk of decay and other dental problems.

What causes improper bites?

Most bite problems are genetic in origin. Some cases are caused or worsened by thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier use, poor oral hygiene and poor nutrition, or injury.

Why would I need a dental implant?

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also to provide a fixed solution as an alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants can also provide excellent support and stability for these removable dentures in some cases.

What is the purpose of crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a dental surgery to expose more of the tooth surface by reshaping the gum tissue. There are several reasons your dentist may recommend crown lengthening. It may be performed to prepare for restoration of teeth that are broken or damaged below the gumline.

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. At our office we take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. We use lead apron and thyroid shields to protect your body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect any new dental problems.

Are there other options alternative to amalgam fillings?

Composite (plastic resin) is the filling material of choice in most cases.

Since the composite material closely matches the color of the tooth, fillings are more aesthetic.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect any new dental problems.

What do dental x-rays reveal?

• Abscesses or cysts

• Bone loss

• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors

• Decay between the teeth

• Developmental abnormalities

• Poor tooth and root positions

• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!