1. Are you accepting New Patients?
- Yes, our office is accepting New Patients. Emergencies are welcome too. Please call our office at (403) 646-2465 to book your appointment.
2. Does your office direct bill to my insurance company?
- As a courtesy to our patients, we at Nanton Dental Care are willing to submit your dental claim on your behalf (direct billing), and may accept direct payment from most insurance companies. Insurance deductibles and the portion not covered by your plan are due at the time of treatment.
3. Will there be additional costs above what insurance allows?
- You may find our fees (Alberta Dental Fee Guide) may be different than the insurance company’s schedule of “allowable fees,” which are set by the individual insurance companies and may result in a difference in the amount covered by your insurance plan.
- All services rendered on the day of your appointment are ultimately the patient’s responsibility, regardless of insurance coverage. Insurance may change or have ended, and it is the patient’s responsibility to pay.
4. What Exactly Are Crowns and Bridges, And Are They Right for Me?
- A dental crown is a custom-designed, tooth-shaped restoration that is fitted over the prepared surface of a damaged tooth to recapture the appearance and function of the tooth. A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and is usually attached securely to the existing teeth on either side of the gap. Recent developments in dental techniques and materials have allowed dentists to provide crown and bridge restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from a person’s natural teeth in both form and function.
- If you suffer from lost teeth or teeth or have teeth that are badly damaged by decay or accident, crowns or bridges may be able to repair their appearance and preserve their function. Contact our office at (403) 646-2465 if you want more information on crowns and bridges.
5. What Are Dental Implants, and What Does The Procedure Involve?
- Dental Implants are part of a tooth replacement treatment. They are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Implants consist of metal posts or frames that are surgically placed under your gums, usually made of titanium. They then fuse to the bone of your jaw and act as roots. Replacement teeth, called crowns (which are made of porcelain), are then attached to the implant. They will fit securely to your gums because they are held in place by bone, allowing them to look and function like natural teeth. Once the implants are in place, your dentist will typically wait a few months to proceed with crowns.
- Temporary appliances are available for you to wear while you wait. Please call us today at (403) 646-2465 to set up a consultation appointment to determine if dental implants are right for you.
6. Are x-rays necessary?
- We recommend that small bitewing x-rays are taken once a year to see changes between the teeth. Many cavities, especially in kids, can not be seen by just looking in the mouth but can be seen clearly on the x-ray while they are still small and can be treated easily. The large panoramic x-ray should be taken once every 3-5 years to look at the whole jaw and sinuses – it is used as a screening tool for pathology/oral cancer and to check children’s teeth development and the presence of wisdom teeth.
7. My teeth feel fine, do I still need to see a dentist?
- Yes, Prevention is very important to us at Nanton Dental Care. Cavities will only hurt once they get very large, and waiting can often make the treatment much more extensive and expensive than if it had been caught earlier at an exam. Gum disease can also progress if not caught early, which could lead to tooth loss. Regular hygiene will keep teeth looking and feeling great and maintain oral health.
8. What should I do for my teeth and gums between check-ups?
- We recommend brushing 2-3 times daily with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is also very important to clean between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach, and this should be done at least once per day. Brushing your tongue is also great as it can collect food particles and plaque and lead to halitosis (bad breath). Diet is also a massive contributor to oral health! Avoid having a lot of sugar in your diet (there are many hidden sources), as this is what bacteria used to make acid that causes cavities.
9. When should I bring my child to the dentist?
- It is a good idea to get your child accustomed to seeing the dentist when they are young. “The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age”. Decay can progress rapidly in children, so it is best to start seeing the dentist early – ideally before an issue – and have regular 6-month checkups.
10. Why bother filling a baby tooth if it will fall out?
- Cavities in baby teeth should not be left as they can cause pain and infection, which can impact the child’s health and potentially damage the growing permanent tooth. If a cavity is left untreated to the point that the tooth has to be extracted, then often a space maintainer needs to be fabricated to prevent the teeth from shifting and affecting the eruption of adult teeth.
11. What is Cosmetic Dentistry, and what can it do for me?
- You may have heard a lot about cosmetic dentistry, and for a good reason. Cosmetic dentistry holds the promise of a brighter, more attractive smile. Restoring the beauty of your smile through cosmetic treatments can do wonders for your sense of confidence. We offer a wide range of treatments that can improve the colour of your teeth, repair chips and cracks, and cover dark stains. We can also help with crowded and crooked teeth. If you have any questions about the appearance of your smile and the possibilities offered by cosmetic dentistry, speak to us today.
12. What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
- Having a tooth knocked out is one of the most serious dental emergencies. It can be caused by accidental falls, sports-related trauma, fighting, car accidents and even by biting on hard food. However, the damage can be fixed. If you act quickly, there is a good chance the tooth can be saved. Immediately contact and get to a dentist right away when a tooth is broken or knocked out. If your dentist can put the tooth back in place within an hour, there is a good chance that the supporting tissues will reattach and hold the tooth in place. If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you when you seek medical help. Pick the tooth up by the crown – this is the part of the tooth that you see in the mouth – and avoid touching the root end. Do not wrap the tooth in tissue or gauze or scrub the tooth. This will damage the delicate cells on the root needed to attach the tooth back to the gum. Place the tooth in a cup of milk (or water, if milk is not available) to keep it moist. Remember: get to a dentist as quickly as possible. The chances of saving the knocked-out tooth are much greater if the dentist is seen within an hour.