Answers to Your Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Q: Do you accept new patients?

A: During our regular business hours.

Q: What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

A: Call as soon as possible to set up an appointment with our clinic.

Q: What can I expect from my first visit?

A: Thorough examinations, including oral cancer screening, panoramic radiographs, and digital radiographs are part of your initial visit. Contact Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic to schedule your first appointment.

Q: When should my child have their first dental visit?

A: Bring your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. It’s important to teach your child from an early age that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience and can actually be quite fun. We can diagnose problem areas in your child’s brushing technique as well as offer preventive dentistry in the form of sealants and cleanings

Q: Do you accept new patients?

A: Yes, we accept new and emergency patients

Q: What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

A: Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic uses a variety of sterilization methods along with meeting various guidelines and procedures in order to ensure patient safety. See below for more details.

Q: What are your sterilization methods?

A: The ADA+C (Alberta Dental Association & College) and the AHS (Alberta Health Services) have set new guidelines for sterilization procedures. The IPC (Infection Prevention & Control) are booking inspection dates with dental offices throughout Alberta. Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic has successfully installed up-to-date equipment and has implemented procedures which meet the latest guidelines. We have completed our inspection and have also incorporated systems to maintain the highest level of sterilization protocol available.

The Bravo sterilization device is one of the newer sterilization systems. Using this technique, every load is tested, monitored, and recorded in the patient’s chart. We have been operating to these standards and take pride in our Steri-Centre and IPC procedures.

Q: What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

A: Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic accommodates dental emergencies for a variety of issues. Call for immediate service and to set up an appointment with our clinic.

Q: How can I make my teeth whiter?

A: Zoom! whitening services and products are available at Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic.

Q: What are veneers?

A: Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the natural tooth’s enamel to change the tooth’s shape, size, or colour. Veneers provide strength and resilience.

Q: What are tooth-coloured fillings or composite resins?

A: Composite resin fillings are tooth-coloured fillings made of ceramic or plastic compounds and mimic the look of natural teeth. Although originally used for the front teeth only, composite resin technology has evolved and adapted to include tooth-coloured fillings that are strong enough for back teeth. For more details on composite restorations, call Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic.

Q: How many times a day should I floss and brush my teeth?

A: We recommend once a day for flossing and a minimum of twice a day for brushing.

Q: What is gum disease? And why do I need periodontal therapy?

A: Gum disease is caused by bacteria and creates an infection in the tissues and bones surrounding the teeth. This is also called periodontal disease. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that affects only the gums and is reversible while periodontal disease is more severe and has spread to other tissues and bone and the damage is irreversible.

Periodontal therapy can help prevent gum disease. Some techniques we use include:

  • Ultrasonic and Cavitron scaling
  • Laser periodontal therapy
  • Subgingival irrigation
  • Traditional hand scaling
  • Polish and fluoride treatments

Q: What are digital X-rays?

A: Digital X-rays capture digital images of the mouth and teeth by exposing a small sensor or plate that feeds the image to a computer. Learn more about our X-ray procedures on your initial visit to Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic.

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