FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Do you accept new patients
  2. What can I expect at my initial appointment
  3. How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?
  4. When should I bring my child for their first appointment?
  5. What are my options for replacing missing teeth?
  6. How long do implant procedures and healing take?
  7. What do I do if I have an emergency and the office is closed
  8. Is whitening safe for teeth?
  9. What is the difference between DDS and DMD?
  10. I have a fear of dental treatment.  Freezing did not work for me in the past. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
  11. My front teeth are crowded and tight, but I do not want to wear braces.  What do you recommend?
  12. I grind my teeth when I sleep. Can I do something about that?
  13. What payment options do you offer

1. Do you accept new patients

Yes, we are happy to see new patients. The best compliment you can give us is the referral of family and friends!

2. What can I expect at my initial appointment

Your first dental visit will consist of a complete dental examination with any necessary radiographs.  You will be able to discuss your concerns with the dentist, and formulate a treatment plan.

3. How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride fights cavity formation in three ways.  It inhibits the production of acid by oral bacteria by disrupting the bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars. The less acid there is the less demineralization of tooth structure and cavity formation. Secondly, fluoride adsorbs to tooth surface and attracts other minerals (such as calcium) to the area, thus promoting tooth remineralization (reformation of tooth mineral). Lastly, fluoride helps to make the tooth more decay resistant. The new tooth mineral that’s created during remineralization when fluoride is present is actually “harder” than the tooth was originally.

4. When should I bring my child for their first appointment?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends the child’s first dental visit to be within 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth, or by one year of age. This is to discuss whether the cleaning at home is working, to find any problems right away and prevent dental disease.

5. What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

Missing teeth can be replaced with removable prosthesis (partial or full dentures), fixed prosthesis (bridges) or implants. Please see us for a consultation, as we can provide any of the above options to help you replace your missing teeth.

6. How long do implant procedures and healing take?

Implant surgery can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and healing anywhere from 3 to 6 months.  Each individual is unique and your particular situation will be discussed prior to commencing with implant treatment.

7. What do I do if I have an emergency and the office is closed

We have emergency phone coverage for weekends, holidays and after hours. Please call us and follow the instructions on the voice message.  A dentist will call you from home as soon as they can.

8. Is whitening safe for teeth?

Currently available scientific studies have shown that whitening products are not harmful to tooth structure or enamel hardness.  However, it is important to follow instructions on home products. Please consult us if you are not able to achieve the results you would like in less than 14 days, experience sensitivity or other adverse reactions, or would like professional whitening treatments (in-chair or at home). Here at Meadowbrook Dental Centre we use tooth whitening systems containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

9. What is the difference between DDS and DMD?

Many people, including dentists, are confused over the use of DMD and DDS degrees.  In Canada roughly half of the dental schools grant the DMD degree, and the other half grant DDS degree. The training the dentists receive is identical, only the degree granted is different.  HISTORY: DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) was the original degree given by all schools in North America. When in 1867 Harvard University opened their dental school, they did not adopt DDS. Why? Harvard only grants degrees in Latin, and DDS translation (Chirurgae Dentium Doctoris, CDD) was too awkward. Instead, a suggestion was made to add Dentariae to the ancient Medicinae Doctorem.  This is how DMD or “Dentariae Medicinae Doctorem” degree was created.

10. I have a fear of dental treatment.  Freezing did not work for me in the past. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Yes, we offer all levels of sedation at Meadowbrook Dental Centre.  For children, we offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), oral sedation, or general anesthesia.  For adults we also offer intra-venous sedation.

11. My front teeth are crowded and tight, but I do not want to wear braces.  What do you recommend?

In many cases crooked front teeth can be aligned with clear custom-made trays that the patient simply wears over their teeth (Invisalign).  In other cases, veneers or crowns may be an option.

12. I grind my teeth when I sleep. Can I do something about that?

While dentists may not be able to stop your habit, also called bruxism, we can fabricate a custom-made night guard to protect your teeth from wear, fractures, and your gums from recession.

13. What payment options do you offer

For your convenience we accept payments by cash, certified cheque, debit or credit card. We are also happy to provide Insurance Predeterminations and Estimates so you can be aware of your eligibility and coverage

  Meadowbrook Dental Centre • 542 Armstrong Road • Kingston, ON • K7M 7N8 • (613) 546-6865

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