Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s Leaside Dentistry
- Do you welcome dental emergencies?
- What type of tooth whitening do you offer?
- How can I make my teeth whiter?
- What are Porcelain veneers?
- What are tooth-colored white fillings?
- What are dental crowns?
- Why are dental implants my best choice to replace missing teeth?
- What are dental implants?
- What is your appointment policy?
- Are Cell Phones allowed at your dental office?
- What is your payment policy?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- Do you accept most dental insurance plans?
- When should my child first see a dentist?
- My dentist told me I need a root canal. What is a root canal procedure?
- How often should x-rays be taken?
Do you have a toothache that requires urgent treatment? Leaside Dentistry offers emergency dental services for the most common dental problems:
Toothache Pain Relief
Toothaches can be caused by cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth, exposed roots, etc. A thorough examination that includes x-rays can help determine the problem.
Emergency Tooth Extractions
If tooth decay has destroyed so much tooth structure as to prevent restoring the tooth then extraction may be required.
An abscess is a collection of pus that has accumulated in response to bacteria from food or other foreign materials. Abscess treatment typically involves draining the pus and prescribing antibiotics to alleviate pain.
Iveri in-office light-activated tooth whitening which naturally whitens your teeth in 25 minutes with less sensitivity!
Faster & Less Expensive
A fraction of the time and cost of other in-office whitening dental systems
or take-home trays.
Whitening Treatments With Your Dental Cleaning
Maximize your dental cleaning – 1–8 shades whiter in as little as 25 minutes.
Virtually No Sensitivity
Potassium Nitrate – virtually eliminates sensitivity during the whitening treatment.
Safe For Crowns and Veneers
Removes stains and restores original colour.
There are many products and procedures available to brighten your smile. It is important to understand what is causing your teeth to stain, as well as the risks and benefits of whitening your teeth. Your first step should be to schedule an examination and cleaning of your teeth. At this time, your dentist or hygienist can review your oral health, as well as make recommendations for any dietary changes or tooth bleaching products or procedures that will work for you.
Everyone can use a great smile. It’s something that can set you apart from the crowd and define the way people perceive you. With porcelain veneers, crooked teeth can be straightened, chipped or broken teeth can be repaired, gaps between teeth can be closed, stained or discolored teeth can be whitened and so much more. The result? A smile that is straight, white and beautiful.
White fillings look natural when you talk and smile. They are made from a tooth colored material that blends perfectly with your tooth enamel. A white dental filling typically requires only one dental visit, and less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in position.
The indication for a crown is when a tooth is damaged extensively and reconstruction with a filling, an inlay, or a veneer is no longer possible. All-porcelain/ metal-free crowns are distinguished by their excellent aesthetics. They look like your natural teeth. Porcelain ceramic is an extremely biocompatible material with no allergenic potential. This can be a real advantage to predisposed allergic patients.
Dental implants can support crowns, bridges and dentures that look and feel just like your own natural teeth. Implants also prevent teeth from drifting and they preserve bone tissue by stimulating your jaws just like your natural teeth do.
Implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone to replace the lost tooth root. A fixed, permanent crown or bridge is attached to the implant. Implants can also be used to secure loose-fitting dentures. If you are in good general & oral health, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants.
As a courtesy to our patients, we will call, text or email you to remind you of your appointment 48 hours in advance. There will be no charge for appointments that are rescheduled with 48 hours business day’s notice. When you do not notify us of your inability to keep an appointment, another patient is prevented from receiving treatment.
The use of cell phones and other hand held devices are not permitted during your dental visit. Please abstain from using these devices while in the dental chair and please turn them off or set them to vibrate. They can be used in the reception area.
We ask that you provide payment at the time of service. If this is not possible, please speak to us so that financial arrangements can be made with our treatment coordinator prior to dental treatment.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash and debit cards for your convenience. Personal cheques cannot be accepted. For detailed treatment plans, please speak to the office manager about payment arrangements if you need them.
While the filing of insurance claims is a courtesy that we extend to all our Leaside Dentistry patients, all charges are your responsibility from the date the services are rendered. You are responsible for all fees not covered under your dental plan. We can often send your claim electronically for you to your insurance carrier so that you get paid as soon as possible from your carrier.
This is a common question asked by many first time parents. We recommend that parents bring in their children around the age of 3 years. At this time, all of the child’s primary teeth are usually present. Establishing a fun and friendly dental experience at an early age is important in developing an anxiety-free attitude towards dental care.
A root canal procedure is when the nerve, (pulp tissue), is removed from the inside of the tooth. There are many causes of why the nerve in a tooth becomes sore. Decay and trauma are the two most common causes. This irritation of the nerve is called pulpitis. The tooth is held into the jawbone by 1-3 roots, depending on the tooth. Inside each root, is an area called the pulp chamber. The nerve branches off from the center of the tooth into each root. Whenever the nerve becomes sore and irritated, the nerve begins to die. This dead nerve tissue and miscellaneous debris needs to be removed from the inside of the tooth to treat any infection and to help prevent future infections.The root canal procedure is a relatively painless procedure and many patients are relieved when the tooth no longer hurts them anymore. This procedure is also a necessary procedure in order to save the tooth. If an abscessed tooth is left untreated, other dental problems can occur such as bone loss, swelling, and severe toothaches.
If you are a new patient, if you have had a full set of x-rays taken within the past year, ask to have your x-rays transferred to your new dentist. If you have not had x-rays taken within a year, a full set of x-rays may be taken on your first visit. Depending on your health and oral health, you may only need x-rays once every year. Other people will require more frequent x-rays due to continued treatment, diet, oral hygiene, and/or health related issues. Consult with your dentist or hygienist and together come up with an x-ray schedule that is right for you.