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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Choosing a Calgary dentist to look after your family is a big decision. When you choose Avenida Dental Centre for your dentistry, we want you to feel confident in your choice, which is why we always welcome your questions. If you do not see your specific question listed here, give us a call and one of our friendly and professional team members will be happy to help.

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tooth on top of stack of money | Calgary AB DentistTo make visits convenient and easier for our patients, we offer direct billing to your insurance on the day of the procedure. If any outstanding balances occur, we will often contact you directly. 

Alberta Fee Guide

We follow the fee guide for all services. You can read more on our dedicated fee guide page.

woman getting her teeth whitened | Calgary AB DentistTeeth collect stains over time due as they are exposed to colourful foods, tea, coffee, wine, or from tobacco use. We offer teeth whitening, also called teeth bleaching, to remove stains caused by everyday life.

Teeth whitening is safe for most healthy patients. A checkup with one of our Avenida Dental Centre dentists will ensure that your particular type of discolouration will respond to teeth whitening and that it will be safe for you.

We create custom take-home whitening trays for patients to whiten their teeth gradually over the course of several weeks. It is always more effective to begin a teeth whitening program following a professional dental cleaning, which removes tartar and surface stains.

Teeth Whitening in South Calgary

  • Impressions of teeth
  • Instructions on home whitening procedure
  • Delivery of custom teeth bleaching trays

To avoid sensitive teeth and gums, follow the instructions precisely. Using more than the recommended amount of whitening gel could cause it to leak out of the tray edges. 

Over time, stains can begin to collect again. We offer additional whitening gel for touch-ups should you wish to maintain the whiter, brighter appearance of your teeth.

We invite you to contact our dental office to arrange a consultation to discover if teeth whitening is right for you.

Help with Teeth Grinding in South Calgary

Dr. Jayde Wiedemann discusses clenching and grinding of teeth and how it can affect your oral health. Contact our South Calgary dental clinic if you have more questions on bruxism.

 

 

dental x-ray of teeth | Dentist Calgary ABDental x-rays are recommended to find teeth that are diseased or damaged that are not visible during a regular visual check-up.  Often, cavities will occur between the teeth, underneath seemingly healthy enamel or below the gum-line. With x-rays we can catch these cavities in their early stages, significantly reducing the chance of more costly procedures such as root canal treatment or a crown. In addition to cavity detection, x-rays are a valuable tool for catching early-stage bone loss, infections or diseases.

How often should I get x-rays?

How often we recommend x-rays is dependent on a number of factors but generally, it's based on a patient's oral health, age, and signs of oral diseases. Overall we recommend x-rays to be taken on an annual basis with your biannual check-up. This ensures we can catch any tooth damage or diseases before they become larger and more costly concerns.  

Dental Anxiety Help in South Calgary 

Has your dental anxiety kept you from visiting the dentist? Contact our South Calgary dental clinic to learn more about how we can help make you feel more comfortable at Avenida Dental Centre.

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Want to learn more about dental x-rays and how we use them at Avenida Dental Center? Please contact our South Calgary dental clinic for more information on dental x-rays. 

Children's Dentistry

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Do you have more questions on cavities? Please contact Avenida Dental Centre to schedule your next dental appointment.

children brushing their teeth | Dentist Calgary ABThe Canadian Dental Association recommends that children have their first dental visit by age one, or when they get their first teeth. It's important to see the condition of these first few teeth and to give parents strategies to provide the best care possible for their children.

Importance of Baby Teeth

Baby (primary) teeth are important because they provide the blueprint for adult (permanent) teeth and preserve space as those teeth come in. Decay and premature tooth loss may cause overcrowding or misalignment of teeth. Our Avenida Dental Centre dentists are committed to working closely with parents to build a stable foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

Children's Dentistry

Regular dental appointments beginning at a young age also affords our dentists the opportunity to monitor growth and development. If jaws do not develop properly, we can recommend treatment with an orthodontist for interceptive orthodontics to improve jaw development with palatal expanders or other types of phase I orthodontics.

We work with each child, moving at a pace they feel comfortable with and explain their procedures in non-threatening terms to ensure their comfort throughout.

We also use these early childhood dental appointments to discuss habits such as thumb sucking, bottle use and pacifiers to avoid any complications.

If you are searching for children’s dentistry in South Calgary, we welcome you to Avenida Dental Centre where we welcome every member of the family.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

dental crowns | cosmetic dentistry calgary abA crown or "cap" is a protective cover for a tooth that is at risk of fracturing and would be too difficult to fix with a filling or veneer. Crowns can restore the beauty and strength of natural teeth.

Common Reasons for a Dental Crown

  • Tooth had root canal treatment in the past 
  • A very large or challenging filling
  • Cosmetic concerns such as excessive wear or teeth that continually keep chipping and breaking
  • Dark or discoloured teeth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place

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These are just a few of the reasons our Calgary dentists at Avenida Dental Centre would recommend a crown. If you are interested in discussing whether your tooth requires a crown please contact us to book an appointment!

Emergency Dentistry

Tooth and first aid kit | Dental Emergency Calgary ABUnfortunately a dental emergency will likely happen to everyone at some point in their life. Our south Calgary dentists will always find time in our schedule to help you get out of pain, most times the same day.

Like any injury or emergency situation, do your best to remain calm and let us worry about finding a solution. Below are a few common emergencies we encounter and how to best handle them at home:

Broken tooth:

Fractures or fillings coming out are quite common. Often these teeth will be quite sensitive to cold temperatures or biting hard foods. Until you're able to visit us avoid hard foods or anything too cold that could cause you sensitivity. If needed, take some over the counter ibuprofen or Advil.

Knocked out tooth:

Sports, especially hockey are quite notorious for this. If you're unfortunate enough to have this happen, do NOT touch the root of the tooth. Either try to place the tooth back in the socket or temporarily store the tooth in milk. Time is of the essence as the chances of success in re-implanting this tooth drop significantly with time. We always have a dentist on call after hours if you ever experience a severe emergency. 

Swelling:

This often happens with infected teeth or gums. If the swelling is very rapid and is noticeable in the mirror, please call us ASAP or visit your nearest walk-in clinic. 

Cuts or lacerations:

If you experienced some type of accident and require stitches, please visit the nearest ER immediately. The physician will recommend afterwards to come visit us to assess your teeth for any damage.  

Preventive Dentistry

woman getting her teeth whitened | Calgary AB DentistTeeth collect stains over time due as they are exposed to colourful foods, tea, coffee, wine, or from tobacco use. We offer teeth whitening, also called teeth bleaching, to remove stains caused by everyday life.

Teeth whitening is safe for most healthy patients. A checkup with one of our Avenida Dental Centre dentists will ensure that your particular type of discolouration will respond to teeth whitening and that it will be safe for you.

We create custom take-home whitening trays for patients to whiten their teeth gradually over the course of several weeks. It is always more effective to begin a teeth whitening program following a professional dental cleaning, which removes tartar and surface stains.

Teeth Whitening in South Calgary

  • Impressions of teeth
  • Instructions on home whitening procedure
  • Delivery of custom teeth bleaching trays

To avoid sensitive teeth and gums, follow the instructions precisely. Using more than the recommended amount of whitening gel could cause it to leak out of the tray edges. 

Over time, stains can begin to collect again. We offer additional whitening gel for touch-ups should you wish to maintain the whiter, brighter appearance of your teeth.

We invite you to contact our dental office to arrange a consultation to discover if teeth whitening is right for you.

gum disease treatment | Calgary AB DentistHealthy gums should not be inflamed or bleed while brushing, flossing, or eating. 

As part of our preventive dental care, we provide a periodontal evaluation to identify any areas of bleeding or pocketing.

How Periodontal Disease Develops

Periodontal disease develops when bacteria infect the gum tissue. Early gum disease, called gingivitis, is often reversible with improved home and professional care and a dental cleaning designed to remove tartar, which irritates gum tissue.

As infection advances into periodontitis, pockets develop between the gums and tooth structure. When left untreated, tooth loss and bone loss can occur.

Gum Disease Treatment in T2J 7A4

We offer customized gum disease treatments in our South Calgary dental office to assist in healing and the management of gum disease. A targeted dental cleaning will remove tartar and bacteria from between the teeth and below the gumline. Our hygienists and dentists focus on patient comfort and providing educational resources to empower patients to regain their health.

Regular follow-up dental cleanings at 3-4 month intervals, combined with diligent home care will assist in maintaining healthy gums.

In some cases, medicated oral rinses may be part of a gum disease treatment regimen.

If you notice painful gum tissue, recession, or if your gums bleed when you clean them, contact Avenida Dental Centre. We look forward to welcoming you.

tooth | Dentist Calgary ABEach patient is different, and your oral health can change throughout your lifetime. Certain health conditions, such as pregnancy or diabetes, may mean that more frequent dental visits could be beneficial.

For most patients, visits every three to six months will support good oral health. We will discuss our recommendations with you and answer any questions you have.

Six-Month Dental Exams and Cleanings in T2J 7A4

Many people believe that twice-yearly dental exams are enough. For generally healthy patients with minimal dental needs, these maintenance appointments that include a dental checkup, x-rays, scale and polish and an updated medical history will be sufficient. 

Of course, if a change occurs, your personalized dental treatment plan may need an adjustment.

Three or four Month Dental Exams and Cleanings

For patients with periodontal (gum) disease, maintenance appointments will reduce the likelihood of re-infection. Once you have gum disease, you will always be more prone to a reoccurrence. Three or four dental cleanings per year are often recommended.

Our dentists and hygienists are passionate about making each dental appointment as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for our South Calgary community. Even if you have missed a few dental cleanings, we will help you get back on track without guilt or judgment.

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Do you have more questions on cavities? Please contact Avenida Dental Centre to schedule your next dental appointment.

types of dentures | Calgary AB DentistIll-fitting dentures can make it difficult to eat a variety of foods and may even cause embarrassment when eating with others. Dentures that slip or fall can also cause denture sores to form as they shift about in the mouth.

Because of changes in bone over time, dentures require periodic relines or replacement. Other changes in health can also cause denture fit to change, including weight gain or loss. 

Schedule Periodic Dental Exams

Even if you do not have any remaining natural teeth, we still recommend periodic dental exams to support good oral health. 

  • Exam of soft tissue and gums
  • Denture exam and inspection
  • Adjustments to both full and partial dentures
  • X-rays to monitor bone health

Regular Dental Exams in T2J 7A4

Many patients with dentures do not realize the importance of regular dental exams. Your dentist is often the first person to notice changes in tissue that could indicate oral cancer or the presence of pre-cancerous lesions. As with all types of cancer, early detection improves prognosis.

If we ever see suspicious tissue lesions, our dentists will recommend a biopsy and follow up with your results.

For new dentures or to have the fit of your denture adjusted, please contact our South Calgary dental office to book a dental appointment.

woman getting dental exam | Dentist Calgary ABWe usually will spend a couple of hours with each new patient over the age of 18 for a cleaning and a visit with our dentist. A comprehensive exam and consultation will help you and your dentist develop rapport and give you an opportunity to share anything about your oral health that has been bothering you or that you have questions about.

Each person is unique and we want to create an oral health strategy personally tailored to your specific needs. 

Your First Dental Visit

  • Evaluation of each tooth
  • Examination of dental restorations
  • Soft tissue health check
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Dental x-rays (if necessary)
  • Explanation of any oral conditions
  • Presentation of treatment options and alternatives
  • Scheduling next appointments when applicable

Dental Cleanings in T2J 7A4

Dental cleanings are tailored to support healthy teeth and gums. A scale and polish might be sufficient for one patient, while others might require a more extensive dental cleaning to remove tartar and promote healing.

Intraoral photos, taken in the dental chair, will assist our dentists in explaining anything they see that requires your attention.

For a dental appointment in South Calgary, contact Avenida Dental Centre. We welcome new patients and proudly serve the Calgary community.

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Want to learn more about dental x-rays and how we use them at Avenida Dental Center? Please contact our South Calgary dental clinic for more information on dental x-rays. 

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