Answers from Sherwood Park’s Trusted and Reliable Dentists
Q: Do you accept new patients?
A: Yes, absolutely; we accept new and emergency patients year-round.
Q: What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
A: Don’t panic and call as soon as possible to set up an appointment with our clinic.
Q: What can I expect from my first visit?
A: During your first visit, our caring team will thoroughly examine your mouth. We will carry out oral cancer screening as well as panoramic and digital radiographs. Contact Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic today to schedule your first visit.
Q: When should my child have their first dental visit?
A: Bring your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or 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: 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 and College) and the AHS (Alberta Health Services) have set new guidelines for sterilization procedures. The IPC (Infection Prevention and Control) inspects dental offices throughout Alberta. Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic has successfully installed up-to-date equipment and has implemented procedures that meet the latest guidelines. We have completed our inspection and have also incorporated systems to maintain the highest level of sterilization protocol available. We have been operating to these standards and take pride in our Steri-Center and IPC procedures. Our 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.
Q: How can I make my teeth whiter?
A: We will help make your teeth whiter with Zoom WhiteSpeed whitening services and products, which 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 color. Veneers provide strength and resilience.
Q: What are tooth-colored fillings or composite resins?
A: Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings made of ceramic or plastic compounds that mimic the look of natural teeth. Although originally used for the front teeth only, composite resin technology has evolved and adapted to include tooth-colored fillings that are strong enough for back teeth. For more details on composite restorations, call Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic.
Q: How many times per 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, spreading to other tissues and bone and causing irreversible damage. Periodontal therapy can help prevent gum disease. Some techniques we use include ultrasonic and cavitron scaling, laser periodontal therapy, subgingival irrigation, traditional hand scaling, and polish with 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.