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At FDC we like to help our patients enjoy the healthy smile they deserve!

That is why we deal directly with your insurance provider so that you don’t have to pay up front for what your insurance covers. We will only collect the difference of what your insurance does not cover.

Your smile makeover procedure is an investment in yourself. Improved self confidence, a better social life, and overall satisfaction are just a few benefits our patients have achieved from having their smiles enhanced.

All FDC locations offer a third party financing through a company called Dental Card.

With dental card, you can apply for financing, online, on the phone or by mail submission.

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Oral cancer screening is performed by your dentist and is very important. Your dentist can see the early signs of mouth cancer or other signs of systemic diseases. Some diseases, even though they are present elsewhere in the body, can be noticed and detected early in the mouth.

After one loses some or all of their teeth, the bone in the area is no longer under “function”. When this happens, the bone begins to atrophy (become smaller). This process always occurring so the denture you had made will not fit you as well in the future.

One should always come in for regular cleanings as this is one way in which you can actively keep gum disease under control in your mouth. As well, at your regular cleaning appointment, your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer, any signs of tooth decay, the state of gum disease in your mouth and any other concerns you might have.

Under the supervision of a dentist, it is perfectly safe to whiten teeth. Individuals who definitely should not whiten their teeth are pregnant women or women who are breast feeding.

One should begin bringing their children in for a check-up when they begin to develop teeth or if there is a specific condition prior to that. The young child can become acquainted with their dentist and develop a trusting relationship.

One should generally avoid extracting their permanent teeth. If a tooth is extracted, the teeth in front, behind and above or below will encroach upon the space. The spacing of the mouth will change. As well, the tongue may grow into the space of the missing teeth and the jaw could be affected. This could lead to pain in the joints.

Not all teeth that have had root canals need crowns. If a crown is indicated, it is generally because the restoration (filling) on the tooth is too large and it will probably fracture under normal function. Also, after a tooth has had a root canal, it becomes more brittle because there is no longer a blood supply to the tooth. This brittle nature could predispose the tooth to fracture. A crown would help to alleviate this problem.

One should only have their silver fillings replaced as needed. The reasons for replacement are if there are signs of tooth decay underneath the filling or if the filling has broken. Very rarely does someone have an authentic allergy to silver fillings. Individuals who feel they do have an allergy should speak with their dentist.

The two main differences between white and silver fillings are their composition and their esthetics. There is a very small segment of the population that has an authentic allergy to mercury. For this reason, silver fillings would be contraindicated as mercury is found in them. White fillings are made of a composite resin. The second difference is esthetics. The white fillings are tooth coloured and as such, are more pleasing to the eye than the silver fillings.

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin laminates of porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth. The veneers allow the dentist to change the colour and/or the shape of the teeth. They are the best in cosmetic dentistry.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Dental implants are also more conservative and tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

In addition to regular cleanings (bi-annual or tri-annual) here are some ways to minimize teeth discolouration:

  • Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables. They are abrasive and in a sense scrub your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth immediately after eating potentially staining foods. If brushing is not possible, try to rinse your mouth thoroughly.
  • Use a straw when drinking high stain potential beverages. The straw will allow the liquid to bypass your front teeth completely.
  • Do NOT brush too strenuously. Over time you will expose the yellowish/bluish dentin which is underneath your enamel.

In addition to aging, many things especially what we eat and drink affect tooth colour. Culprits include berries, red wine, tea, coffee, cranberry juice, soy sauce and soda pop.

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