Frequently Asked Questions.

Cosmetic Dentistry

How can I improve the appearance of my smile?

There are multiple options to improve the appearance of your smile. Having good oral hygiene is the best way to maintain the look and health of your teeth and gums. Changing the look of your teeth can be as conservative as simply reshaping your teeth with gentle polishing, tooth whitening, composite bonding to add more structure, veneers/crowns, or orthodontics such as Invisalign (clear trays that align your teeth similar to braces).

Dental Treatments

What is a root canal and why do I need one?

When tooth decay extends from the outside surface towards the centre of the tooth where the nerve is located, bacteria will cause an infection of the nerve resulting in a toothache. A root canal procedure is when the infected nerve is removed from the tooth so that toxins are no longer extruded into the jaw bone.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

Who can get dental implants?

If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. After an assessment we will tell you if bone grafting can be done.

Family Dentistry

Is it safe to go to the dentist during pregnancy?

Regular dental visits during pregnancy is not only safe but recommended. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause an increased risk of gingivitis. Be sure to let us if know at the beginning of your appointment if you are expecting!

How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

The best way to get your kids to brush their teeth is by making it fun and to lead by example! If you show excitement about brushing your teeth and having a healthy dental routine, your children will also. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow.

It’s also important to take your children to the dentist regularly, this will reinforce good dental habits. The Canadian Dental Association recommends to take your child to the dentist for an evaluation 6 months after the eruption of their first baby tooth or at one year of age; afterwards, a dental exam every 6 months is suggested.

When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

Children should be seen by a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. It is important to get your children used to visiting the dental office and be comfortable with the environment. We recommend bringing siblings together so that younger siblings can observe their older siblings in the dental chair and minimize any anxiety.

First Appointments

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

There will be patient forms that need to be filled at your initial appointment. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your appointment.

What Should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring the following items to your initial appointment:

  • Identification
  • List of medication
  • Insurance Information if applicable
Are you accepting new patients?

We are always welcoming new patients to our office.

General Inquiry

How can I find out what my dental plan covers?

The details of your plan are protected by the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). While we can help you understand your plan, we do not know the details of your plan and/or any changes that may occur. Ensure that you have the correct information and be aware of any changes to your plan.

Preventative Care

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Regular visits with a dental hygienist will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. For most individuals a cleaning is recommended every 6 months, but your frequency can be different depending on your situation and risk factors. Prevention is the best way to avoid oral health concerns such as tooth decay and gum disease.

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a very common concern that is experienced by many patients.
The solution to sensitive teeth is figuring out what is causing the sensitivity so that we can treat that cause and decrease your pain. There are a variety of products available that will decrease the sensitivity of your teeth both at home or in office. Desensitizing toothpastes are a great option to help with tooth sensitivity, there are many different brands available. Be sure to share your concerns at your next visit so we can determine the cause and recommend an appropriate treatment.

Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?

A good oral hygiene routine is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Also taking care of your teeth, can help prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice a day is an important step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, brushing alone isn’t enough. Flossing your teeth will ensure that you are removing any food that is stuck in between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not floss, plaque will remain between your teeth which will harden into tartar. Not only is it important to floss but, it is just important to ensure you are using a proper technique. At your next appointment, ask us to show you the proper way to floss. You will notice a difference!

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to know?

It’s never too late to get back into a healthy dental routine. We will arrange for you to have a thorough dental examination and then a professional cleaning with one of our hygienists. We are here to help. Having a routine cleaning and dental exam is the best way to maintain your oral health and your smile.

How common is gum disease?

Very. Seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. It is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have a real problem. That’s why it is so important to prevent gum disease before it becomes serious.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Prevention is the most important factor in the fight against gum disease. It is essential to keep your teeth and gums clean. Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Using proper brushing and flossing techniques is equally important. Regular cleanings and dental exams can help detect any early signs of gum disease, and provide appropriate treatment.

Is there anything I can do to limit the cost of dental care?

Regular dental hygiene cleaning and dental exams are the best way to maintain good long term dental health. It is important to diagnose problems before they become more complex. Patients should practice good dental health habits at home by brushing and flossing daily. Also limit sugary drinks and snacks and don’t smoke.