Frequently Asked Questions
Your Healthy, Beautiful Smile Is Our Priority
An educated patient will not only understand suggested treatments but will most often make the right decisions concerning the course of their current and future dental care.
At Stone Road Dental, we believe that education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dental office relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns. Listed below, for your reference, are documents to help our patients in their everyday dental care, as well as a list of commonly asked questions:
Q: Are you accepting new patients?
“A: Yes, Stone Road Dental continues to grow and accept new patients. We, also, always find time for emergencies same day, please call ahead to schedule and avoid wait times. Call us to schedule your appointment. ”
Q: Can I replace my old filling with a white filling?
“A: Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have a mouth full of silver fillings. These fillings known as amalgams, have proven to be extremely durable restorations, but they are not very pleasing to the eye.
Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials. These materials can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and are used to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use tooth coloured materials for all of the fillings that we place. Additionally, we use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have started to deteriorate or that detract from the appearance of our patients’ smiles. ”
Q: What can dental bonding do for my teeth?
“A: Dental bonding is a simple, painless and affordable procedure that has many uses, including:
Bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin. The dentist prepares the tooth for bonding by placing a mild chemical on it to roughen the surface. Using a shade guide, the dentist selects a shade that closely matches your tooth and then mixes and tints the resin. The resin is applied in thin layers and then hardened with a LED or Halogen light. The dentist then shapes and polishes the resin to smooth it and give it a natural look.
- repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- closing spaces between teeth
- reshaping teeth
- covering badly stained teeth
The procedure usually takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. You can even get several teeth bonded in one visit. No special techniques are needed to care for bonded teeth – just good oral hygiene. ”
Q: At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
“A: The following link will offer information about your child’s first visit: Canadian Dental Association – Your Child’s First Visit ”
Q: What can I do to avoid any unforeseen dental costs?
“A: Understand your dental plan. Know what coverage you have so that you can make informed decisions on what dental treatment services are covered and what treatment costs you are responsible for. Speak to Dr. Kimberley Hill-Johnston and her team about the treatment options and the importance to your health so you can make an informed choice for your health needs.
Our office can work with you to provide an estimate and obtain a pre-determination prior to proceeding with treatment; however, we are not experts on your plan. Ensure you are aware of any changes and/or limits to your coverage and have let us know.
Prevention is the best way to maintain good dental health and reduce the need for more costly and complex treatment in the future. Practice good oral hygiene at home and visit our office regularly to identify issues early. ”
Q: Why do I need an exam if I wear a denture?
“A: Oral health is concerned with the entire mouth. During your dental examination, your Dr. Kimberley Hill-Johnston and your hygienist will inspect a number of important areas and functions of your mouth to identify and diagnose any problems. Your dentist will also check the condition and fit of any dental prosthesis (i.e. denture).
The health of the mouth is linked to the body. Our staff is trained to identify early signs of disease in the mouth that could relate to other health issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The dental exam also plays a significant role in the early detection of oral cancer. ”
Q: How often do I need a dental exam?
“A: The frequency of your dental exam will depend on your unique dental health care needs. Many patients visit the dentist every six months. At a minimum you should visit the Dr. Kimberely Hill-Johnston at least once per year. How well you care for your teeth, whether you have any issues that need monitoring and the status of your general health can all influence the required frequency of your exams. The goal is to catch any trouble signs early. ”
Talk to Dr. Kimberley Hill-Johnston about your oral health care needs and the frequency of your dental exam.