Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?
We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly future problems. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention.
Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.
Q: How can I help myself to prevent bad breath?
According to recent studies, almost half the population of adults in North America suffers at least occasionally from bad breath (halitosis). The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth and on the back of the tongue. These bacteria produce a volatile sulfur compound, which in turn produces a smell similar to “rotten eggs”. (Other non-dental causes of halitosis include certain foods, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes or simply being hungry.)
If the halitosis is of oral origin, the treatment usually begins with ensuring meticulous hygiene of the mouth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will check for gum disease and, if necessary, prepare a detailed treatment plan. Tongue scraping should also become an important part of daily home care and part of your regular tooth brushing routine. (it’s easy and painless).
Q: How is a mouth guard from my dentist different from one I buy at a sporting goods store?
High-speed collisions that occur during the play of sports like hockey, football, soccer and basketball can cause serious tooth damage. A professionally fitted mouth-guard is the best defense for any athlete against this. The mouth guards provided in our office are custom-made to perfectly fit the wearer’s teeth which can result in a more comfortable and secure fit. In addition, we use a heavier mouth guard material selected based upon each patient’s individual needs. The boil and bite mouth-guards that you purchase in retail stores simply can’t provide the same level of protection.
Q: So what is “Cosmetic Dentistry”, and what types of treatments does it involve?
Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you had a more attractive looking smile? Providing people with a means of achieving their best smile is what Cosmetic Dentistry is all about.
More and more people today are booking appointments with our dental office, not because they are having dental problems, but because they want to smile more confidently. In many cases, these smiles begin with teeth that are crooked, stained, chipped or missing all together. From simple teeth whitening to full smile reconstruction, the end result in most cases is a healthy, attractive looking smile that provides a greater sense of self-confidence and enjoyment of life.
If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, ask us about what specific treatments in cosmetic dentistry would benefit you.
Q: Am I a candidate for implants?
Generally, candidates for dental implants should be in good health, have healthy gums, good oral habits for aftercare and a healthy jawbone to support the implants. Dental implants can adversely be affected by some chronic diseases, existing dental problems, diabetes, bone disorders, smoking and alcohol. Your dentist can evaluate your situation to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.
Q: Can I replace an old crown that looks unnatural?
Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old crowns that have deteriorated or crowns that do not blend well with their natural teeth.
One of our skilled dentists will ensure that the colour and shade is matched and the crown is shaped precisely for a very natural, indistinguishable appearance.
Q: What are BPA-Free filings?
Silver and gold filling used to be our only way for restoring damaged teeth. With advances in dental technology we now offer tooth-coloured restorative materials. The great advantage is that you no longer have the risks associated with older mercury-containing amalgam fillings while offering the cosmetic benefits too. Fillings can be matched to your natural teeth colour. They are stronger, longer lasting and metal-free.
Q: What are the benefits of digital x-rays?
- Less discomfort for the patient. Instead of bulky film, a small sensor is inserted in the mouth.
- Less radiation than conventional x-rays
- Images are instantly displayed on a computer screen, where they can be enlarged and manipulated. This allows patients to be more involved in their treatment and gain a better understanding of their oral health.
- Improved diagnostic capabilities for dentists. Using the magnification capabilities of digital images, dentists get a better view and are more likely to spot small problems.
- Easier transfer of x-rays to insurance companies and other dental professionals.
- No need for harsh photo developing chemicals.
Q: Is sedation dentistry a good choice for me?
Sedation dentistry is a very effective solution for people who experience anxiety prior to and during their dental visits. You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have:
- intense fear of dental visits
- a bad dental experience in the past
- sensitive teeth
- fear of needles
- extreme dislike of the smells and tastes associated with dental procedures
- strong gag reflex or inability to keep mouth open during treatment
- difficulty with traditional “numbing” i.e. the numbing does not take
- extensive treatment or multiple procedures to be done at the same time
There are many options for sedation and one is sure to help you.
Q: Can sealants helps my kids prevent cavities?
A great way to protect young teeth from cavities is the application of tooth sealants. This procedure involves applying a plastic resin material to the grooves and pits of cavity prone teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier against oral bacteria to prevent the start of tooth decay. Applied soon after the eruption of new molars and premolars, tooth sealants could help your child to avoid the unpleasantness of cavities and fillings.