What is the purpose of a New Patient Exam, and what should I expect during this examination? 

During a New Patient Exam, the dentist will assess your gums and teeth for gum diseases, tooth decay, and other health issues. X-rays may be taken to check the condition of your gums. Typically, the hygienist performs cleaning for new patients during their initial visit.

Do you offer cosmetic dentistry services?

Yes, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers, teeth whitening, smile design, facial rejuvenation, and Botox treatments.

Which areas of dentistry do you specialize in? 

Our office covers all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, we have in-house Periodontist Specialists who perform procedures such as grafts, implants, gum surgeries, bone grafts, sinus lifts, soft tissue grafts, Gum Recession Treatment, and Bone Loss Treatment.

What is the process for scheduling an appointment with Allard Dental Centre in Langley?

Scheduling an appointment with Allard Dental Centre in Langley is a straightforward process. Whether you are a new patient or a returning one, simply contact our dental office by phone, and we will provide you with step-by-step guidance for the rest of the booking procedure or can submit an appointment request by visiting our website.

What is the recommended frequency for dental checkups and professional cleanings?

We generally advise scheduling a dental checkup and professional cleaning appointment every 6 months. This will allow us to identify any changes in the condition of your teeth and gums and maintain their health. In cases where individuals exhibit signs or symptoms of gum disease, dental cleanings every 3 months are recommended. However, for those with a minimal risk of gum disease and cavities, an annual checkup and cleaning should suffice. If any concerns arise between checkup visits, please contact our dental hygienist in Langley to schedule an appointment for a focused examination.

Is it necessary to have dental checkups every six months if I have braces?

Absolutely! In fact, it becomes even more crucial for individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment to maintain regular visits to their dentist. With braces, there's a higher chance of food getting trapped in hard-to-reach areas that cannot be reached by your toothbrush alone. This can result in the accumulation of bacteria, potentially leading to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will cooperate with your orthodontist to ensure that your teeth stays clean and healthy throughout the duration of your braces treatment.

How are heart disease and periodontal disease related?

Studies conducted by medical researchers indicate that individuals with periodontal disease have an approximately doubled risk of developing coronary artery disease. Ongoing research endeavors are focused on further exploring the connections between these two conditions.

Can I take my child to the dentist at a young age?

Children's dental care, also known as pediatric dentistry, holds significant importance for several reasons. Due to factors such as the loss of baby teeth, consumption of sweets, thumb-sucking, dietary habits, poor oral hygiene, and accidents, children are more susceptible to oral health problems. To ensure proper dental care, it is advisable to take your child to a kids dentist in Langley within the first 6-12 months after birth. Regular check-ups during their formative years are crucial for maintaining the health of their teeth.

Is it safe to skip dental visits during pregnancy?

No, it is not recommended to stop your dental visits while pregnant. Pregnancy is a critical time to prioritize oral care due to the changes occurring in your body. It is important to inform your dentist about your pregnancy and any dental health issues or changes you have noticed. By doing so, you can receive a suitable dental treatment plan and receive special tips to ensure a smooth dental experience during this period.

What are some indications of dental issues in their initial stages?

Common early indications of dental problems may manifest as:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity or cavities
  • Discomfort while biting or chewing
  • Gum swelling or tenderness
  • Bleeding during brushing or flossing
  • Gum recession or tooth decay
  • Teeth appearing dark or discolored
  • Persistent bad breath or an undesirable taste in the mouth
  • Changes in the alignment of teeth or the fit of dentures

Should you encounter any of these symptoms, it is advisable to promptly arrange a dental examination.

Is it safe to undergo dental X-rays?

At our clinic, our general dentists and hygienists employ radiographs, commonly known as X-rays, to gather detailed information for optimal care during dental checkup. Our state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment utilizes low radiation doses, approximately 80% less than conventional film X-rays.

Even if I maintain good oral hygiene and have healthy teeth, are professional cleanings still important?

Professional cleanings are essential, regardless of your diligent brushing and flossing routine. Although you may have excellent dental hygiene and oral health, there are certain plaque and tartar deposits that cannot be effectively removed by regular brushing, flossing, or picking. Moreover, professional cleanings involve a potent fluoride treatment that helps prevent tooth decay. Additionally, during the cleaning, your dentist performs a comprehensive check-up to identify any potential issues and address them at an early stage. The objective is to treat gum disease or tooth decay before they escalate into more costly and painful problems.

Do you perform wisdom teeth extractions? Why are they necessary? 

Yes, we perform wisdom tooth extractions. Wisdom teeth are often extracted when they are impacted, causing toothache, or if they are severely decayed or damaged. Dental extractions are required to remove teeth that cannot be restored due to factors such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma.

Do you offer sedation services? 

Our owner dentist, Dr. Basij, is certified in sedation dentistry.

Is there free parking near your office? 

Yes, we are located in a professional plaza that offers ample free parking. We also have a few exclusive parking spots right in front of our office.

Are you open on statutory holidays? 

No, our office is closed on statutory holidays.

Do you have Saturday appointments available? 

Yes, we are open on Saturdays.

Do you offer therapeutic Botox treatments? 

Yes, we do provide therapeutic Botox treatments. Please contact us for further details or to book a free consultation session.

Can I refer friends or family members to become new patients at your office? 

We welcome referrals, and as a token of appreciation, we provide a valuable gift to anyone who refers a new patient to us.

Are you able to bill insurance companies directly?

Certainly, we have the capability to provide direct billing to insurance companies.

Do you accept all types of dental benefits/insurance? 

Yes, we accept all dental benefits/insurance types, including refugee cards and status cards.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a surgical part that fuses with the jaw or skull bone, providing a solid foundation for dental replacements like dentures, bridges, or crowns. Usually composed of titanium or similar materials, dental implants establish a durable connection with the bone. Initially, an implant fixture is positioned to facilitate the healing process, followed by the attachment of a dental prosthesis. Adequate healing time is essential before linking the dental prosthesis, such as a tooth, bridge, or denture, to the implant.

What is Dental Root Canal Therapy? 

Dental Root Canal Therapy is a treatment procedure used to address an infected tooth pulp. It involves removing the infection and protecting the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. In some cases, additional treatments like periradicular surgery or retreat root canal therapy may be necessary to eliminate bacterial infections in the future.

What are Veneers in Cosmetic Dentistry? 

Veneers serve as delicate coatings applied to teeth, elevating the charm of one's smile while safeguarding the tooth's surface against harm. These veneers can be crafted from either dental porcelain or composite materials. Cosmetic dentistry revolves around the enhancement of tooth and smile aesthetics, encompassing factors like color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall visual appeal.

What are Dental Crowns and Bridges? 

Dental crowns and bridges are used to strengthen teeth and improve their function and appearance when the natural tooth structure is weak or compromised. These restorations can be made from various materials such as gold, zirconia, porcelain, or a combination of porcelain and metal.

What is Emergency Dentistry? 

Emergency Dentistry involves the evaluation of patients who arrive with dental pain or other urgent issues. The dentist assesses the teeth and supporting tissues to identify the source of problems such as swelling, pain, infection, fractured teeth, or issues with dental restorations.

What is Facial Rejuvenation? 

Facial rejuvenation refers to treatments aimed at reducing lines and wrinkles on the face to enhance one's appearance. Alongside dental cleaning, Botox® is an effective method administered by a certified professional to keep lines at bay and maintain a fresh look. It is recommended to undergo these treatments every six months to prevent the formation of wrinkles.