burnabygentledental

faqs

Yes, we continue to accept new patients. We also welcome walk-ins and dental emergencies. Referrals from our patients, families and friends are also welcome as it’s an important part of our practice. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we always strive to accommodate you on the day you contact us. We will be certain to provide relief of your pain or infection at this appointment. However, your definitive treatment may need to be rescheduled for a later date if we do not have the time to complete it that day.

Absolutely.  We work directly with most insurance companies and bill them directly for the services provided.  So you only have to the patient portion of the treatment that the insurance does not cover.  We will also estimate beforehand to ensure that there are no billing surprises.

We charge according to the British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) fee guide.  BCDA produces an annual suggested fee guide for dentists in BC. This document outlines over 1,400 dental codes and code descriptors related to specific elements of dental treatment. Many dental plan carriers will base plan coverage on fees and codes within this guide.

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year.  Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for any problems.  A more frequent cleaning may be needed if there is gum disease.

We only take xrays when it’s necessary to monitor your dental health and to help with diagnosis,  How often you need to have x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who is not prone for cavities may not need x rays for 1.5 year.

 

In general, most people receive a dental X-ray once a year to check for cavities.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride occurs naturally in all water sources. Studies show that fluoride reduces cavities and is effective and safe. The use of fluoride can dramatically reduce tooth decay and help to prevent tooth sensitivities.

While whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter by getting rid of surface staining (as they contain mild abrasives), they do not actually bleach your teeth.

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Minor side effects may include increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold. This is usually temporary and most times will subside within a few days.

We offer take-home bleaching kit. We make an impression of both your upper and lower teeth. We use these impressions to create clear plastic trays that fit to your teeth – every nook and cranny. The bleaching solution goes in the trays and you put the trays in your mouth for a certain length of time. You will achieve results within one week to 10 days if you wear the trays twice a day for half an hour. This system works very well and you get great results. The bonus of this system is that you will always have the trays and you can use them to touch up your teeth anytime you see staining.

Invisalign braces are clear, plastic aligners. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, which will gradually shift your teeth into a desired final position. Today, more and more teenagers and adults are being introduced to the innovative Invisalign technology. Due to the fact that Invisalign is removable, you are able to eat or drink whatever you like during treatment. In addition, patients are able to brush and floss teeth without trouble, allowing for better oral health.
We recommend that your child have his/her first dental visit no later than by age 3. Earlier visits, however, can provide us good opportunities to monitor your child’s dental development and/or give helpful advice on early dental treatment and oral hygiene for infants and toddlers.
No, wisdom teeth that are healthy and fit comfortably in your mouth do not need to be removed. However, if your wisdom teeth are growing improperly and are causing you problem, you do need them removed.
Yes! Some baby teeth don’t fall out until age 12 or 13. Early treatment will prevent the cavity from getting worse or creating an infection which may require extraction.
A dental crown, also known as a ‘cap’, is designed to fit over a tooth so that it appears to be a natural tooth. If a tooth has undergone a root canal, it may need a crown to prevent it from fracturing. A crown may also be needed if the tooth has been heavily restored because again it’s at more risk of breaking . A crown can also be used to improve the cosmetic look of your tooth.