Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Ottawa, ON

Giving You the Answers You Need

When it comes to providing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions dealing with dental care, our team at Smyth Dental Centre is here to deliver. Whether you want to know how often you should see your dentist, whether receiving dental implants will hurt, what to do when faced with a dental emergency, or if veneers will look natural when put in place, our professionals are here to thoroughly explain the answers and ensure you walk away feeling more knowledgeable about your smile.

Do you offer children’s dentistry?

Yes, we welcome children of all ages to our Ottawa dental office. With kid-friendly services that are focused on prevention and restoration, we can work with parents to encourage optimal oral hygiene at home while also monitoring tooth, gum, and bite development throughout the year. Should we discover any issues along the way, we can work quickly to provide appropriate treatment to avoid costlier solutions in the future.

What are the benefits of seeing a family dentist?

Choosing to see a family dentist as opposed to multiple professionals throughout the area is beneficial because:

  • Everyone you love will receive the same trustworthy and personalized dental care
  • It alleviates the time and gas money spent driving all over town to make it to different appointments
  • Your and your family’s dental records are housed in one location
  • Children often feel less intimidated once they become familiar with the dentist who also treats their parents’ smiles

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

Accidentally knocking out a tooth can cause many patients to panic, but the good news is that there are steps you can take that will reduce the chances of further harm while also giving your tooth a better chance of survival. After calling our office to notify our team, you should try to retrieve the tooth and gently rinse off any debris. Holding it by the crown, you can attempt to put it back into the socket before gently biting down to hold it in place. If this is unsuccessful, place the tooth in a container of milk or saliva before getting to our office right away for treatment.

Are bleeding gums a real problem?

Yes, bleeding gums is a problem you should not disregard. Usually, when this happens, seeking professional help right away is your best chance of improving the situation and reversing the symptoms of gingivitis. Without timely care, you run the risk of advanced periodontitis occurring, which puts your teeth and jawbone at risk for further deterioration and loss.

If I’m missing a tooth, how can I go about replacing it?

There are three ways we can replace missing teeth – dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Depending on your preference and the status of your oral health, we will likely decide which option is right for you. Don’t worry, though, as we will go over all the details with you during your consultation so that you feel confident in your decision to choose one option over another.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

We are pleased to welcome your dental insurance and will help you to receive reimbursement in less time. Once your paperwork is filled out and submitted, you can expect it to take 5-7 days before learning of your reimbursement.