Frequently Asked Questions.

Are you accepting new patients?

We are always welcoming new patients to our office.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.