Dental FAQs

1. How long does it take to get dental implants?
2. Do dental implants require special care?
3. Why are dental sealants beneficial for children?
4. What happens during a dental exam?
5. What should I do if my child is having a dental emergency?
6. How can i get rid of my bad breath?
7. What should I do if I am afraid of the dentist?
8. What is sedation dentistry?
9. What is tooth whitening?
10. Is teeth whitening safe?
11. How long does teeth whitening last for?
12. Do you offer family dental insurance?
13. What is Invisalign?
14. How does Invisalign work?
15. What is Botox® and is it safe?
16. Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

 

1. How long does it take to get dental implants?

Getting a dental implant is a two step process. Once the “post” is inserted into the jawbone, the patient will have between three and six months with a temporary restoration. During this period, the bone and gum area around the post will heal to create a strong and healthy bond.

Once this bond is complete, an additional set of smaller posts is attached to the original post and then the artificial tooth is secured to the posts. The entire procedure could take anywhere from three to ten months.
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2. Do dental implants require special care?

Yes and No. Dental implants need to be brushed, flossed and checked regularly by a dentist, just as you would do with your regular teeth. But dental implants don’t need special brushes or pastes.
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3. Why are dental sealants beneficial for children?

Dental sealants are applied by your dentist as protective coatings for the chewing surface of permanent molars. They protect the teeth from decay. Read on for more information.
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4. What happens during a dental exam?

During a dentistry examination, the dentist examines the mouth mucosa (soft tissues) for any abnormalities or pathology (including oral cancer), the teeth for tooth decay (dental caries) or defects, the gum tissues for periodontal (gum) disease, the neck for swollen lymph nodes, the amount of plaque, tartar (dental calculus), and debris on teeth, as well as the need to replace any missing teeth or dental prostheses.
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5. What should I do if my child is having a dental emergency?

If a dental emergency should happen to your child, please remember to act quickly. If your child has lost a tooth, bring the child to us with the tooth replanted or kept moist in transit. We’ll take care of the situation immediately. If possible, just rinse the tooth with tap water and gently replace the tooth in its socket and come to the office. Otherwise, wrap the tooth in a clean, moistened cloth-or put it in a cup of water or milk-and get to the dental clinic. Never scrape the tooth or allow it to dry out.

If the tooth cannot be replaced, the good news is that we have bonding and implant techniques today for tooth replacement-and new materials to fill in for a lost tooth.
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6. How can i get rid of my bad breath?

If you neglect your daily hygiene over time, bad breath can become a symptom of more serious dental health problems. Teeth that are not cleaned properly become a place for bacteria to reside as food particles stay in your mouth and decay. Bacteria attack your teeth and gums and cause cavities and gum disease. If this is happening, gum disease will cause an unpleasant odor.

Regular dental check-ups with a dentistry professional will help keep your mouth healthy and working well. Your dentist can stop problems before they cause trouble, including problems that cause bad breath.
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7. What should I do if I am afraid of the dentist?

With the combination of modern anesthetics and new conscious sedation dentistry technology and techniques, many procedures only have minimal discomfort or are now entirely painless. Dental care providers want their patients to have maximum comfort and approach their treatments with a relaxed attitude and less dental anxiety.
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8. What is sedation dentistry?

There are varying degrees of sedation available and after consultation, you and Dr. Shafiq Kara will choose the one most appropriate for you. Sedation is as simple as taking a pill and you’ll be conscious and responsive throughout the procedure. However, you’ll remain in a deeply relaxed state, so you won’t be nervous or fidgety. You’ll experience no discomfort or anxiety. You won’t be aware of sounds or smells around you, and you won’t remember any part of the treatment. When the procedure is complete, you’ll feel totally relaxed and you won’t remember a thing. In fact, it’ll seem like only a few minutes have passed.
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9. What is tooth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening from Willow Dental Care Langley works to eliminate stains that have built up on your teeth over time. With laser tooth whitening, you can brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter!
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10. Is teeth whitening safe?

Clinical research has shown that using a properly formulated professional tooth whitening gel under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.
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11. How long does teeth whitening last for?

With professional teeth whitening, the teeth will ALWAYS be lighter than they were. However, some patients may choose to touch-up periodically, one or two nights every six months. If you think that you might benefit from this tooth bleaching process, be sure to let your dentist know. He or she would be happy to assist in providing you with whiter teeth and a brighter smile!
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12. Do you offer family dental insurance?

Our goal is to maximize your insurance benefits and make any remaining balance easily affordable. If you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (888)429-8157 to review your concerns. We also offer financing through Medicard.
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13. What is Invisalign?

A popular orthodontic alternative, Invisalign braces work to gradually shift your teeth into a desired final position. Today, more and more teenagers and adults are being introduced to the innovative Invisalign technology. Due to the fact that Invisalign is removable, you are able to eat or drink whatever you like during treatment. In addition, patients are able to brush and floss teeth without trouble, allowing for better oral health.
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14. How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligners to correct your bite. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, which will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. After the specified time, you can start the next series of aligners until treatment is complete and your smile is straight!
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15. What is Botox® and is it safe?

Botox Cosmetics is a prescription medication that is injected into a patients’ face in order to reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. One of the most popular prescription cosmetic procedures in North America, Botox has been used by over 11.8 billion men and women.
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16. Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth generate problems because the shape of the modern human mouth is too small to accommodate these teeth, and they become impacted or unable to come in or move into their proper place. Wisdom teeth can become breeding grounds for bacteria and germs that may cause infection.
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