FAQ

We hear a lot of the same questions from our patients about preventive care, treatment options, and our practice. For your convenience, we’ve listed some of the more common queries below. If you don’t see your question here, please feel free to call us.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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  • What is a dental implant?

    The dental implant refers to a post that acts as the root of a natural tooth. It is inserted into the jaw and provides as an anchor for a crown, bridge or denture to be affixed to it. Implants can address a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or all missing teeth.

  • Does a dental implant look like a natural tooth?

    One of the greatest advantages that dental implants offer is that they look and feel entirely natural. Your implants are customised to you so that they complement your face and any remaining teeth while providing the support your facial muscles need. Those who have tried to wear dentures and found them to be ill-fitting are pleasantly surprised at how much easier dental implants make their life.

  • My gums bleed when I brush. Is this something to worry about?

    Bleeding during brushing and flossing is often the first sign of periodontal (gum) disease. This means that your gums have become inflamed or infected as a result of plaque and tartar buildup along and below the gum lines. This condition can become very serious if left untreated and can eventually lead to receding gums and tooth loss.

    The best treatment for this condition is a visit to your dentist for a thorough check-up and cleaning, followed by a complete regimen of brushing and flossing. With prompt and thorough treatment, the condition if caught early can normally be corrected. Please feel free to call our office if you have noticed bleeding during tooth brushing, or if you would like direction on proper homecare techniques. ”

  • What are dental emergencies?

    Dental emergencies usually consist of broken or knocked out teeth, inner mouth injuries such as lacerations and large gashes, or infections.

  • What's gum disease all about?

    70% of Canadians will develop gum disease at some point. It's the most common dental problem and can often develop quietly and painlessly until it's a significant problem.

    Gum disease starts when plaque attaches to your teeth and is not removed by diligent brushing and flossing. It can then slowly harden into tartar. This them promotes gum disease which can vary from inflammation and bleeding of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious bone loss and gum recession (periodontitis)

    The best way to prevent gum disease is preventative care at home and at the dental office. In addition to brushing and flossing, every few months, a dental professional needs to clean the harder tartar that builds faster in some people than others. This forms the basis of going in for a dental cleaning every few months - how often, depends on each person and how quickly the build up tartar and what their oral hygiene is like.

  • How much will my dental treatment cost?

    Healthcare is expensive and paying for dental treatment can be a challenge in may instance, we understand that. We will always explain different treatment options to you and will give you a written treatment plan before doing any procedures.

    Having dental insurance can be very helpful, however, it is not designed to pay for all your treatment costs. Instead, it serves as a "coupon" to help you pay for part of the treatment. And although, dental insurance plans are a private agreement between you and your policy provider, we will help you understand your coverage so you are more informed about your coverage.

    Our job is to tell you what we see going on in your mouth and then make treatment recommendations based on the information we have. Your job is to tell us how fast or slow you want to go. We have some patients who want us to get as much done as possible in the same appointment. We have other patients who wish to take it slower, treating one tooth at a time.

    Ultimately, you are in charge of your oral health. We want to make sure you are completely comfortable with all recommended treatment before we proceed with anything.

  • What is a TMJ or TMD?

    TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, your jaw joints. The pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the jaw joints is called a TMJ disorder.
    Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder (or TMD) are:
    • Facial pain or tenderness
    • Jaw pain
    • Pain in or around the ears
    • Neck pain
    • Jaw stiffness
    • Discomfort while chewing
    • Headaches
    • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
    • Jaw “locking up”
    • Jaw makes a clicking sound
    • Teeth that don't come together properly when eating or chewing

    There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to ask your dentist about these.

  • Is parking available on the premises?

    Yes, we have plenty of free parking at rear.

  • Not finding what you need?

    Give us a call: 416-222-4488 or Email:dentist@avenuedentalcentre.com

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