Dentist near Calgary Alberta Cosmetic Sedation Family Dentistry in Okotoks Alberta near Calgary
Dr. David E. Williams, DDS
Dr. Brett S. Williams, DDS

403.938.2749

dental QUESTIONS

  1. What happens during my first visit to your dental office?
  2. How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
  3. How can dentistry help improve my smile?
  4. Do root canals hurt?
  5. Will my dental benefits cover the full cost of my dental appointment?
  6. Why do I have sensitive teeth?

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What happens during my first visit to your dental office?

Our priority is your comfort, so if you are experiencing pain, your first visit will be to determine the source of the pain and how it can be relieved. We will take a digital x-ray of the area as most pain originates from inside the tooth. Once we are able to make a diagnosis we will send you home with prescriptions if necessary and a scheduled appointment to fix the tooth.

If you aren't experiencing pain we will schedule a New Patient Exam. During this 60 minute appointment we will ask questions about your health and review the conditions of your mouth to determine your current level of dental health.

This is achieved through the following assessments:

  • Velscope...a non- invasive test to determine the presence of pre-cancerous tissues in the mouth.
  • Head and neck exam...manual palpation of the muscles of the head, neck and jaw joints to determine any areas of pain or discomfort.
  • Teeth and tissues exam...a thorough review of the gum tissues, the teeth and the existing dental work reveals whether or not further treatment is needed.
  • Digital X-rays...a comprehensive set of dental x-rays will uncover any areas inside the teeth that may require attention.

At the end of this appointment you will leave with the information you need to make an informed decision about your dental health.

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How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

The frequency of your dental hygiene visits is determined by your current level of health and dental habits. Your dental hygienist will use the information she gathers at your appointment, including your goals for your health, to determine a plan that will achieve those goals. The amount of time that you're willing to spend at home to care for your teeth helps to determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned. Healthy people who diligently brush and floss may require professional cleanings only twice a year. While others who show signs of gum disease, are smokers, suffer from a chronic disease that affects their immune system or are unable or unwilling to care for their teeth at home will likely require visits every 3-4 months. Talk with your hygienist about the appointment frequency that will best supports your dental health.

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How can dentistry help improve my smile?

Traditional dentistry focussed on dealing with people in pain. Thankfully modern dentistry and dental education has decreased the frequency of emergency visits. Now people are able to focus on how dentistry can help to improve the appearance and function of their teeth.

There are several treatment options for improving the appearance of our smile. The available options are determinedly by how the teeth look now and what the end result is.

  • Teeth whitening...adult teeth tend to look more yellow as we age. This is partially due to normal changes in the teeth, but can also be caused by habits such as smoking, coffee and red wine.  Teeth whitening is a safe and effective method of improving the colour of the teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers...when the smile is affected by spaces between the teeth, thin porcelain veneers are a wonderful option.  Minimal preparation of the teeth is needed and the result is a natural looking smile.
  • Orthodontics...crowded teeth can be repositioned through orthodontics to create a smile that people can't wait to show off. Patients of all ages can benefit from the improvement in function and appearance that can be achieved with orthodontics.
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Do root canals hurt?

Root canal therapy has long been the focus of scary dental stories. Thankfully this reputation is not the reality. In the past when tooth decay and abscesses were more common, dentists didn't have access to the antibiotics and anaesthetics that are available today. With modern dentistry if a patient comes in with an abscess, dentists won't attempt to fix the tooth until the infection causing the pain has been cleared up. The patient is sent home with prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication. Once the infection in the tooth has cleared up, we are able to numb the tooth completely so the root canal can be performed painlessly. Many people have said they find it easier to have a roots canal than a filling.

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Will my dental benefits cover the full cost of my dental appointment?

Dental benefits are different than other types of insurance because there is a maximum payout each year. In many cases the maximum benefit is $1000. Considering the maximum was $1000 twenty years ago, it doesn't go as far as it used to! It's important that as a plan member you know the details of your plan so that you can budget for the mount that isn't covered. Most plans will reimburse a percentage of the dentist's fee until the maximum has been reached. There may also be limitations in the dental procedures that the insurance company feels are eligible for coverage.

Our priority is your health and well being. Our treatment recommendations will always be based on your needs and not the limitations of the insurance company.

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Why do I have sensitive teeth?

There are many possible reasons for sensitive teeth. Sensitivity occurs when then porous part of the tooth, called the dentin, is no longer covered by the protective gum tissue. This is called gum recession. Receding gums can be caused by improper alignment of the teeth, the forces that occur during teeth grinding or clenching and gum disease. Talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about your sensitivity teeth and how we can help.

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