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Frequently Asked Questions

Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Listed below for your reference are few questions that we are asked often.  If you would like to discuss any of these questions in more detail or if you have dental questions of your own, we invite you to call us at 519.576.9090.

  • 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.
  • When should a child have its first visit to the dentist? Recent studies have shown that by the age of three, a child is already at risk of having cavities which can be caused by something as innocent as putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk.  Along with taking our first look at your child’s oral condition, this first appointment is also largely focused on the parents and helping them to establish a good oral hygiene program and diet for the child.  We believe that a child should have his or her first dental visit when the first tooth erupts or before they reach their first birthday. It is a little known fact that a child’s primary teeth are vital to the long-term health of their permanent adult teeth.  The premature loss of primary teeth as a result of accidents or decay can cause serious problems, including poorly spaced and crooked adult teeth.  As a result, it is just as important to care for a child’s baby teeth as it is for the adult teeth that follow.
  • 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.
  • How should I deal with my fear of dentist?  

    Sedation dentistry is an effective solution for those people who are apprehensive or phobic about dental procedures. We believe that sedation dentistry does not necessarily put you to sleep; instead it stimulates a sense of deep relaxation that makes you feel relaxed while carrying out dental treatment.

    With this approach, the patients are sedated with an anti-anxiety medication that keeps their body in a deep state of relaxation.

    Unlike general anesthesia, patients are able to breathe on their own and respond to verbal instruction given by the dentist.

    For highly anxious patients, the combination of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation can be used to achieve moderate sedation. Both options will put you in a relaxed and calm state that will let the dentist to work upon you.

    We offer two ways that can help make you feel relaxed and make you visit without any fear.

    • Nitrous Oxide:- It is also known as laughing gas, which is safe to use for a mildly relaxing temporary effect during dental procedure.  It has no side-effects and is administered through an inhaler.
    • Oral sedation:- It is an anti-anxiety medication, which is taken prior to the dental appointment.

    Our dentists provide a relaxed, safe dental experience in a comfortable and friendly environment.  If dental issues left untreated, it can lead to serious problems with your oral health.

    We invite you to contact us and discuss on sedation dentistry to help you feel more comfortable.  So ensure you get the dental care today.  Call our team of experts to learn more about it.

  • Why would I choose dental implants for my missing teeth? Replacing your missing teeth does not only improve the look of your smile, it can also stop teeth from drifting out of place, improve your speech, and allow you to eat a wider variety of foods.  Implants are one of several options for replacing missing teeth.  Implants consist of a titanium post and a crown or replacement tooth.  The post fuses to the jaw bone, acting like the root of a tooth.  This permanent attachment means that implants more closely resemble your natural teeth.  It also means that you will not have to deal with loose-fitting dentures or the mess of denture glue.  For patients who prefer dentures, implants can be used to anchor them more securely in place.

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