Kind and Knowledgeable
“Excellent experience, all staff are very professional, friendly and adhering to all safety precautions. Strict protocols in place during this difficult time to protect customers and themselves. Dr. Liang has always been very pleasant, kind and knowledgeable.”
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Do you replace mercury fillings with white fillings?
This is an area of debate amongst even dentists. Fillings that contain mercury have been banned in many countries in the world, and Health Canada has issued warnings in limiting the number of mercury fillings in children and pregnant women.
As a general rule, we don’t always just remove silver fillings because they are old and ugly. We only recommend replacement to white, if there are signs of leakage, fracture, recurrent decay, or marginal cracks.
We do not place any mercury fillings. We are amongst the first dentists in Steveston to place tooth-coloured fillings only.
I had braces when I was young, but now my teeth are crooked again. Do I need to have braces put back in again to have straight teeth?
Most likely not. Using metal braces to treat relapse is a thing of the past. Very few patients with relapse have actually been diagnosed in needing full metal braces again. Our office is very experienced in using the Invisalign® system to treat crowding, spacing and relapsed dentition. It is so easy and comfortable to wear. Most importantly, no one can tell you are having your teeth straightened. There are many ways we can improve your smile – so make sure you ask us! You will be surprised at how easy it is.
Why is it so expensive to have my teeth restored to a healthy condition?
The reason that some people find dentistry unaffordable is because their teeth haven't been getting the proper attention and treatment they deserve. If you put your foot down and take care of them once and for all, your teeth will stop costing you so much money. After the treatment phase, all you need is daily flossing and brushing, followed by the 6-month visit to the dentist to maintain a healthy smile.
The longer you wait on addressing tooth decay and gum disease, the bigger the problem will grow with more money and time being invested in it. So do it today. Our office has financial options set aside for those who need them. Any member of our team will be able to help you choose the one best suited for your needs.
I have dental insurance. So I never have to pay, right?
There is a wide range of dental insurances. Depending on your policy and coverage, the amount you actually pay out of your pocket varies. The best way to find out is to give your insurance provider a call and make sure your policy is active and the benefits are properly explained. As an added service to our patients, our office will help you with verifying insurance coverage if you are having difficulty understanding the language, as it pertains to dentistry. We are in no way responsible for your insurance details.
You and your dentist know what’s best for your teeth. Make an informed and healthy decision. Don’t let the insurance companies dictate what goes on in your mouth.
I had a tooth pulled. I don’t miss it and I don’t mind the look. So I don’t need to have it replaced, right?
Before a tooth is removed, a patient must be informed of the consequences of not having it replaced. If a “gap” is present because of a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth will shift (spaces will form elsewhere in the dentition) into that space, the opposing tooth will erupt to become longer, the sliding motion of the jaw will change, and it could potentially cause jaw joint changes and arthritis. As more teeth become non-functional with the opposing teeth missing and nothing to bite against, the remaining functional dentition will receive a heavier load during chewing, and be prone to stress and wear.
A tooth, if pulled, must be replaced to re-establish the equilibrium in the mouth. This can be done with a bridge or a dental implant. Implants are the best solution dentistry can offer in replacing a tooth. It not only gives a working tooth, but the root of the tooth becomes strong and stable as well and will last you a lifetime.
Can I get my teeth whitened? Can I get my front teeth capped?
There are many ways we can improve your smile and make it shine. To find out what’s best suited for you, come in for a comprehensive consultation and ask all the questions that you have. Our team will develop a customized treatment plan that will address your needs.
What is the whitening process doing to my teeth?
The whitening agent soaks into the tooth's dentin and enamel, and the laser energy activates the process. Stains that have soaked into the teeth are removed and the colour of the inside of the tooth is also changed by an oxidation process.
I have heard horror stories about root canal. Is there any validity in those stories?
Root canal (endodontic treatment) procedure only hurts when the dentist can’t freeze you properly due to abscess formation inside your bone. The area of inflammation and “pus” in our body are acidic (lower in pH), which will neutralize local anesthetic solutions. The tooth will be harder to “freeze” when it’s inflamed and abscessed. Wish to avoid that? Listen to your dentist and have your root canal done as soon as it is diagnosed. Do not wait until abscess forms.
How often should I floss?
You should floss at least once a day for two to three minutes.
Do I need a waterpick?
They are effective around orthodontic braces, but don't use waterpicks as a substitute for brushing and flossing, as they do not remove plaque. Waterpicks are usually recommended for persons with gum diseases, when recommended by your dentist.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
Without proper dental treatment, the infection will spread, and the bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate. Since the tooth will not heal itself, eventually the tooth may fall out.
What happens after root canal therapy?
For a few days, natural tissue inflammation may cause discomfort, but this can be controlled by an over-the-counter analgesic. The dentist will conduct a follow-up exam to monitor tissue healing. After that, a permanent crown will have to be placed to protect the fragility of the tooth. Brushing and flossing regularly while avoiding hard foods, will ensure the longevity of the restoration.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
When the hard enamel of the teeth is worn down or the gums have receded, the tiny tubes located in the dentin and nerve endings are exposed, leading to pain caused by consuming foods and beverages that are hot or cold. Temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract, and over time, your teeth may develop tiny cracks that allow these sensations to seep through the nerves. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by: gum recession due to bruxism, dentine exposure by incorrect brushing techniques, chemical enamel erosion, and tooth decay.