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Your first appointment usually last about 1.5 hours, but times may vary depending on your treatment.

First appointments are typically longer than others because of the need for thorough exam, x-rays, and pictures of your mouth, teeth and gums.

The costs associated with dental services are entirely dependent on each patient’s specific treatment. At the clinic, we accept all insurance plans and also offer interest-free financing with low monthly payments.

Yes, we accept all insurance plans and our team will assist you with the paperwork to ensure you’re reimbursed quickly.

Deductibles and co-payments are two methods of cost-sharing related to your dental insurance plan. All dental insurance plans are different and you should call yours before going to any dentist. It’s important to understand your coverage, however our team can assist and explain in further detail for you.

A deductible is the fixed amount you must pay out of pocket annually before your health insurance coverage kicks in. For example, if your plan has a deductible of $50, your coverage will kick in only after you’ve paid that amount on your own each year.

A co-payment is the fixed portion of each dental bill that you need to cover for each visit. For example, your insurance provider may require a co-payment of 20% every time you visit the dentist, while they cover the remainder of the bill.

A cavity is a hole in your tooth related to decay that can be painful and grow larger over time, if left untreated. They can be caused by plaque that results from a build of sugar or starch in your mouth or even poor dental hygiene. The acids in the plaque can eat away at your tooth’s enamel, enabling bacteria to penetrate into your tooth and nerves causing tooth sensitivity and pain.

You can prevent cavities by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Your nutrition is also important. Snacking on sugary and starchy foods can leave acids on your teeth that will lead to tooth decay if you don’t practice the above oral hygiene routine regularly. 

Visiting your dentist twice a year will also go a long way in preventing cavities as professional dental cleaning will keep your teeth in pristine condition by removing any extra plaque and built up tartar.

A procedure that repairs a tooth that is greatly infected or damaged is known as a root canal. During the appointment, your dentist will remove the infected or damaged portion of the tooth (known as the pulp). He or she will then clean, disinfect and seal it. The term “root canal” refers to cleaning the deep roots within the tooth. This procedure is often warranted when a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, which can expose the tooth to inner infections.

Everyone has different oral health needs, so the frequency of your dental visits may vary. For most people, a dental exam every six months will be sufficient in order to prevent dental issues and diagnose any problems in their early stages. Depending on your unique situation, we may advise you as our patient to visit more or less often.

We recommend that patients brush their teeth after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste. If you cannot brush that often, the minimum recommendation is twice per day and rinse your mouth with water after every meal.

Yes, flossing is an extremely important step in your oral hygiene routine. We recommend that our patients floss at least once a day to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water sources that can reduce cavities and repair the early stages of tooth decay. How? Every day, your teeth lose minerals, but too much loss without replenishment can lead to tooth decay. Fluoride absorbed from water and other sources can strengthen your teeth so that they’re less susceptible to damage. Oral fluoride exposure (from toothpaste and other dental treatments) can help to re-deposit much-needed minerals back into your teeth and disrupt the production of damaging acids caused by bacteria in your mouth.

Bleeding gums are a sign of an underlying dental hygiene issue. An injury in your mouth, pregnancy, inflammation, or even brushing your teeth too vigorously can all contribute to bleeding gums. If the bleeding is accompanied by redness, swelling and tenderness, these can signal a more significant issue such as periodontal disease, gingivitis or even periodontitis caused by too much plaque and/or improper brushing. If you are experiencing persistent bleeding in your gums, contact us at our Etobicoke dental office at 416-651-5151.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it has several warning signs. Most often, these include: gums that are red, swollen and sensitive to the touch; receding gums or teeth that appear longer; bad breath; and even bleeding gums. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact us at our Etobicoke dental office at 416-742-2300. When left untreated, gingivitis can worsen into periodontitis, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

A dental implant is a titanium post that mimics the root of your tooth. When required, your dentist will surgically position an implant in your jawbone so that a replacement tooth or bridge can be inserted in the area. Dental implants don’t come loose like dentures, and they don’t need to be anchored to another tooth. Healthy gums and bones are necessary to support an implant.

For more information check out our Dental Implants page, or call us at 416-651-5151.

No, dental implants are not painful. Most dental implant procedures take place in a dentist’s office using local anesthesia.

Dental implants can be placed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on where they’re located in your mouth and how many insertions are required. Typically, implants will last for more than 40 years.

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  • 2691 Islington Avenue Etobicoke, ON, M9V 2X7
  • (416) 651-5151
  • savita@dentalhealthclinic.ca

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