Alta Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We encourage your questions because we want you to be a fully informed participant in your dental care. Your questions also help us understand what matters to you most and how we can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may have others that aren't listed here. Please don't hesitate to call us at (604) 876-5032 or email us using our convenient online contact form. 

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Yes, we are always pleased to welcome new patients to our practice. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, please call us at (604) 876-5032 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

We follow the Dental Fee guide by the British Columbia Dental Association and insurance coverage is different for each plan. Our team is very knowledgeable on each provider and can assist you to determine your insurance coverage. 

Dental plans that many employers offer are meant to assist you in paying for your dental treatment. Insurance companies who provide the dental plans are called benefit carriers.

Benefit carriers reimburse your treatment depending on the level of coverage that your employer determines. When you visit our Vancouver dental clinic, it is our role to develop a treatment plan based on your unique oral health needs. However, you may require different treatment than what’s covered by your dental plan, and it is your right to choose whether or not you want to proceed.

Our helpful team will be happy to get in touch with your benefits carrier to find out if they cover the treatment we recommend. You are responsible for paying the portion that's not covered, and at Alta Dental Studio, we offer payment plans and financing options to help. If you are uninsured and cannot afford to pay your entire bill at once, we will help you find a financing arrangement that allows you to get the essential care you need for a healthy smile.

We don’t want anyone to forgo dental care for financial reasons. Please call our office at (604) 876-5032, and a helpful member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Crowns & Bridges

At Alta Dental Studio, our dentists usually provide several replacement options for patients with missing tooth. Bridges and implants are both reliable solutions, but have their own pros and cons for our patients to consider. The biggest difference between the two procedures is how new teeth are held in place. 

Dental implants are individually placed into gum and serves as an artificial root, anchoring the replacement tooth in place. This also helps prevent bone loss and preserves jaw structure in the long run just like how your natural teeth do. An implant can be cared for just like any natural tooth. It also does not require removal of potentially healthy structure form the neighboring teeth to support it. A considerable time span is needed to complete the procedure. In such cases your doctor can place a temporary tooth in the empty space while you heal.

In comparison, a bridge provides a replacement tooth by using teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. They can generally be completed in a week. Teeth adjacent to the missing teeth will need to be reduced, which may compromise the healthy tooth structure. Since a bridge does not replace the missing root structure, you are at an increased risk of bone loss over time. Also, keeping a bridge clean requires frequent cleaning to prevent bacteria buildup.

Every patient is different. Schedule a consultation appointment at Alta Dental Studio. Our experienced dentists will work with you to identify the best option for your tooth, your long-term oral health, and your budget.

Dental Implants

Dental implant treatment requires a number of visits over several months. The whole process may take from three to nine months, depending on the complexity of your treatment and how well you heal. First, record of CT scan, impressions, and photos are taken of the jaw and interested area to evaluate bone, gum tissue, and space available for a dental implant. Once the implant is placed, there is a healing period from three to six months. Once the implant is integrated with your body, the artificial teeth or implant crowns are then securely attached to the implant, functioning just like any natural teeth.

At Alta Dental Studio, our dentists usually provide several replacement options for patients with missing tooth. Bridges and implants are both reliable solutions, but have their own pros and cons for our patients to consider. The biggest difference between the two procedures is how new teeth are held in place. 

Dental implants are individually placed into gum and serves as an artificial root, anchoring the replacement tooth in place. This also helps prevent bone loss and preserves jaw structure in the long run just like how your natural teeth do. An implant can be cared for just like any natural tooth. It also does not require removal of potentially healthy structure form the neighboring teeth to support it. A considerable time span is needed to complete the procedure. In such cases your doctor can place a temporary tooth in the empty space while you heal.

In comparison, a bridge provides a replacement tooth by using teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. They can generally be completed in a week. Teeth adjacent to the missing teeth will need to be reduced, which may compromise the healthy tooth structure. Since a bridge does not replace the missing root structure, you are at an increased risk of bone loss over time. Also, keeping a bridge clean requires frequent cleaning to prevent bacteria buildup.

Every patient is different. Schedule a consultation appointment at Alta Dental Studio. Our experienced dentists will work with you to identify the best option for your tooth, your long-term oral health, and your budget.

Dental implant serves as an artificial root, anchoring the replace tooth in place to prevent bone shrinkage and preserve surrounding tissue. An artificial tooth attached to your implant will function and look naturally. Dental implants are very strong and last many years.

180 million North Americans are missing at least one of their teeth. Missing tooth can feel uncomfortable and even embarrassing sometime. But did you know that missing tooth can have big impact on your oral health? It leads to bone loss around the area, and changes jaw structure and muscles over time. The adjacent teeth can also shift and drift out of place, leading to change in your bite, potential gum disease and possible tooth decay. Fortunately, our dentists have received special training on the latest techniques and technology to replace missing teeth. After a specialized exam, our dentists will work to help you find a solution that matches your needs.

When the tooth has been missing for a long time, dental implants may not be a suitable option as the bone has been receded so has the gum tissues. If this is the case, bone grafting may help with supporting and securing the implant in place. The role of thumb is to act quickly to replace the missing teeth.

Emergency Dental Care

If you see visible damage to your teeth or experience pain which may indicate an underlying dental problem, call our office to schedule an appointment. You may need immediate dental care if you are suffering the following - loss of a tooth, a crack or fracture to a tooth, loose teeth, serious mouth infection or dental abscess, severe pain, swelling or bleeding that develops soon after a dental procedure, and loss of a filling or crown. Contact our office at (604)-876-5032. Our gentle and caring doctors and staffs will be here to provide you the best dental care solution and get the relief you need.

At Alta Dental Studio, patients are our top priority. We understand that some oral health emergencies cannot wait until the next day, and requires immediate care. Our dental team will do everything we can to bring you in as soon as possible to make you feel at ease and be less pinic with the emergency situation. Alta Dental Studio offers same-day emergency appointments. Call the office right away to schedule your appointments, and make a note of which tooth is hurting, how long has it been hurting, and how the tooth reacts to cold or hot foods or drinks or to pressures. The more details you provide, the better we can assist you. 

Invisalign

Wearing traditional braces isn’t the only way to achieve a beautiful smile and straight teeth. Transforming your smile has never been so easy with the help of Invisalign. Invisalign are a series of clear, thin, and nearly invisible alignment trays that are custom fitted to effectively re-align your teeth over time. Invisalign is typically used for patients with mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues. Length of the treatment depends on your specific orthodontic condition.

Come in for a free consultation! Our team will take measurement of your teeth and gum, and will provide you treatment options that best suit your oral condition.  

Researches show that crooked teeth have big impacts on one’s social life and how they are perceived by others. Most often, people with crooked teeth feel insecure and lack of confidence, so they stop smiling. It is also very difficult to achieve best oral hygiene or to maintain optimal oral health as the surfaces of crooked teeth are hard to clean. If left untreated, one with crooked teeth are likely to experience gum bleeding and receding, cavities and even more.

At Alta Dental Studio, you can pinpoint what you would like to change about the appearance of your teeth. Our dentists will provide several solutions to help you achieve your goals, and to fully grasp the benefits of the treatment that will have not only on your mouth, but your overall health and confidence.

 

Preventive Dentistry

We determine the frequency of dental visits based on your individual oral health needs. By seeing you on a routine basis, we can catch problems when they are still small and easy to treat.

Six months is an appropriate interval for many people to maintain a healthy smile, but we may suggest more frequent cleanings and exams based on your needs. The way you care for your teeth and gums, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and the type of problems you experience all help determine how often you should have dental exams and cleanings.  

Seeing us at regular intervals allows us to find and treat problems before they cause discomfort and result in an emergency trip to the dentist. During these appointments, we use technology like digital x-rays to give us a highly detailed view of what’s happening inside your teeth. Not only do they help us diagnose small problems, but the x-rays also become part of your permanent patient record so we can refer to them as needed in the future.

Our hygienist will look for signs of gum disease and provide a thorough cleaning. If you show signs of gum disease, they will recommend a treatment plan to restore your oral health.

If you think it’s time for your next exam and cleaning, please call Alta Dental Studio to arrange an appointment.

The frequency of dental x-rays is determined by your oral health. If your teeth are healthy and you haven’t experienced any dental problems recently, you probably won’t need an x-ray at every appointment. However, patients whose dental situation is not as stable or who are being monitored by our doctors may require x-rays more frequently.

At Alta Dental Studio, we understand the concerns many of our patients have about radiation exposure. You should know that a set of four bitewing x-rays exposes you to no more radiation than you naturally receive every day from the environment. However, we assure you that your safety and comfort are our priorities, so we offer state-of-the-art digital x-rays that reduce your exposure by as much as 80 percent compared to film x-rays.

Dental x-rays are a vital diagnostic tool that we use to prevent minor problems from becoming major problems. If we recommend x-rays, our doctors will explain why they’re necessary and how they will benefit your treatment. We never recommend x-rays without a good reason, and if you ever have concerns, please let us know so we can address them.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, parents are encouraged to bring their child for an assessment within six months of first tooth eruption but no later than one year of age. If you wonder why your little one needs to see us so early, the reason is that baby teeth play a significant role in keeping maintaining their oral health.

Baby teeth are placeholders that leave room in your child’s jaw for permanent teeth to erupt properly. They also help them learn how to speak clearly and navigate solid foods. If a baby tooth is lost too soon because of decay or infection, neighbouring teeth start to drift into the open space. When the permanent tooth is ready to emerge, it may come in at an odd angle because there’s not enough space for it to erupt properly. This can lead to orthodontic issues as your child grows.

It’s a good idea to start early at home by cleaning your infant’s gums with a damp cloth. This routine helps to keep your child’s gums clean, but it also helps them get accustomed to the idea that taking care of their teeth is important. Once they have their first tooth, continue brushing with a soft toothbrush. Limit the number of sweets they consume and help them learn how to make on healthy food choices from the very beginning.

If it’s time for your child’s first visit, please call Alta Dental Studio to arrange an appointment. We love working with children and can’t wait to meet your little one!

Root Canals

At Alta Dental Studio, you will receive detailed post-operation instructions and home-care guidelines after treatments. It’s also important to carefully follow the instructions for medications if prescribed. Some tenderness and soreness in the area of treatment after procedures are normal. In situations where the crown of the tooth is heavily damaged or decayed, a root canal treatment may include rebuilding the tooth interior with composite and a crown to restore it to optimal appearance and function. After your procedure, you should wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before eating. Don’t chew or bite down on the treated tooth until it is fully restored by your dentist. Take care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings to maintain your teeth for lifetime. 

You may need root canal when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth. The most common symptoms are mild to severe toothache, with teeth sensitivity to pressure, hot or cold foods or drinks. The purpose of the treatment is to completely remove the infected nerve and pulp and, seal up the tooth, and restore it to natural function.

Call our Alta Dental team to schedule your appointment, and make a note of which tooth is hurting, how long it’s been hurting, and how the tooth reacts to cold or hot foods or drinks or to pressures. After a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth, our dentists will provide treatment options best suit your needs

 

Teeth Whitening

According to Canadian Dental Association, there are two main categories for teeth whitening products – surface whiteners and bleaches. Surface whiteners, such as teeth whitening toothpastes or chewing gums, are less likely to cause tooth wear, but the effectiveness of these products is limited to surface stains. In contrast, bleaches are capable of altering the colours of the tooth itself, but bleaching should be done professionally under a dentist’s care for safe and effective results as the responsiveness to a bleaching treatment will depend on nature of the stains and the dental treatments you have received before such as fillings, root canals, crowns and so on.

At Alta Dental Studio, we use Pola whitening products because we have found them to produce the brightest, most consistent results. Pola whitening products contains the fastest bleach available to safely whiten teeth at a neutral pH to protect your tooth and gums.

The natural colour of teeth is within a range of light greyish-yellow shades. The degrees of brightness depend on many factors such as age, genetics, trauma or disease, dental hygiene, medication uses, and foods and drinks consumed. Some of these factors can possibly be prevented, but some cannot. Avoiding the following foods and drinks may help prevent further discolouration of your teeth: coffee, tea, dark sodas, colas, wines, tobacco, and some dark and vibrant vegetables and fruits.

Not finding what you need?
We are happy to announce we are resuming most dental services and back to regular office hours as of Thursday, May 21, 2020 at our brand-new office located at 2212 Kingsway, Vancouver. Our initial work will focus on prioritizing emergencies and incomplete treatment. Full dental services will be introduced gradually.
 
We are taking all precautions right now with COVID-19 in addition to our highest-standard sterilization and infection controls that we have always had in place. A list of enhanced health and safety-related practices have been firmly implemented: https://www.altadental.ca/p/New-Protocols-During-the-Pandemic/459