Meadow Ridge Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Meadow Ridge Dental Centre, we welcome your questions! It's important to us that you feel informed and confident about your oral health needs and are always happy to provide the answers and information you need.

Several questions we commonly hear are listed below. If you have a question or concern you don't see here, please don't hesitate to call us at (604) 467-5944 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Other

For patients in Maple Ridge and Hammond, who may lack insurance or wish to finance their care over time, we can offer help through PayBright. With PayBright, you can pay for your dental services with a series of affordable monthly or bi-weekly installments. 

Some advantages of using PayBright are:

  • Flexible – you can pay an amount you choose when you receive treatment and finance the rest
  • Affordable – financing charges and interest rates at PayBright are usually lower than credit cards
  • High approval rates
  • Application won’t impact your credit score

PayBright is a payment solution you can use for more than dental care. If you would like to learn more about financing your dental care, please call our office at (604) 876-5032, or you may apply online directly at PayBright.com.

Other Payment Options in Maple Ridge and Hammond

We are pleased to accept cash, debit, and credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We also work with all dental insurance. We encourage you to call our dental clinic to learn how your particular insurance works, its coverages and its limitations.

The amount of your treatment covered by dental insurance depends on determinations by your employer or plan administrator. Our goal at Maple Ridge Dental Centre is to offer treatment plans based on the unique health needs of each patient while fitting within their financial requirements. For essential treatments, you may be able to combine insurance with PayBright financing to achieve your oral health care and smile goals.

Our dental clinic, serving Maple Ridge and Hammond, is conveniently located between Lougheed Highway (BC Highway 7) and Dewdney Trunk Road on 207th Street. You can find us in the Meadow Ridge Shopping Centre with easy access and ample parking. We share the centre with Dollar Tree, Value Village, and many other shops and restaurants.

If you’re coming from the west and the communities of Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam, the best route is to follow the Lougheed Highway east to 207th Street. Turn left on 207th, passing 119th Avenue and turning right into the shopping centre.

From the south and Walnut Grove and Forest Knolls, find your way to Golden Ears Way and follow it north. You will cross the Golden Ears Bridge, with its protected bike and pedestrian lanes, and follow it to Lougheed Highway, where you’ll turn right.

We Offer Appointments That Work with Your Schedule

At Meadow Ridge Dental Centre, our schedule is flexible and open enough to support busy families in Maple Ridge. We are open Monday through Saturday, with hours until 8 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For parents seeking a children’s dentist near me, we are near several local schools, including Fairview Elementary School, Westview Secondary, Maple Ridge Secondary, and Pitt Meadows Secondary. We make special efforts to provide high-quality dental care for patients of all ages.

Many dental plans offered by employers are meant to help you pay for the cost of your dental treatment. The insurance companies that provide these dental plans are called benefit carriers.

The amount that your benefit carrier reimburses you for treatment depends on the level of coverage determined by your employer or plan administrator. When you are a patient at Maple Ridge Dental Centre, we develop treatment plans based on the unique health needs of each patient.

However, in some cases, a patient requires treatment different from what is covered by their dental plan. If this occurs, you have the right to choose whether or not you would like to proceed with your treatment. 

Our helpful dental team will be happy to contact your benefits carrier to determine if they cover the recommended treatment. You will be responsible for paying the portion that your plan does not cover. 

If your treatment is not covered or you are uninsured and need help with financing, we accept PayBright at Meadow Ridge Dental Centre. PayBright helps you cover the cost of your treatment then allows you to make monthly or biweekly payments in manageable amounts. 

We don’t want anyone to go without dental treatment due to financial reasons. If you have questions or concerns, please call our Maple Ridge, BC dental clinic at (604) 467-5944, and a helpful member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Children's Dentistry

Fluoride can help prevent tooth decay when combined with brushing and flossing. It can also aid in the slowing down and reversal of early stages of tooth decay. We can all benefit from fluoride to some extent, so fluoride toothpaste is generally recommended for everyone.

For young children and infants, fluoridated toothpaste should be used very sparingly—just a rice grain-sized amount for a child up to three years of age and a pea-sized amount after that. In addition, you should carefully monitor your child to ensure they spit the toothpaste out rather than swallow it. 

If we determine that your child is at high risk for cavities, our Maple Ridge children's dentist may recommend a supplemental form of fluoride. This type of fluoride is available in several applications, including drops, a varnish that is painted on the teeth, and a mouth rinse for older children. 

The best way to see if your child can benefit from fluoride is to schedule an appointment at Meadow Ridge Dental Centre. We love welcoming children to our dental clinic and helping them get a positive, healthy start for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.

We are open Monday through Saturday, so you can schedule appointments for your child at your convenience. 

Baby teeth normally start to erupt at about six months of age. Cavities can begin to develop as soon as this first tooth appears, so it is important to begin cleaning the baby teeth right away. You can even get a head start on this routine in infancy by gently wiping down your child's gums with a soft washcloth. 

It's best to do this twice a day, especially before bedtime. Not only is this the best time, but it helps to develop a life-long routine. Use a soft, infant-sized toothbrush and if the dentist recommends a fluoridated toothpaste, use just a rice-grain-sized dab.

You should bring your child for their first visit to our Maple Ridge dental clinic by their first birthday or within six months of the first tooth's appearance. It is important to go to the dentist before there is a problem to create a positive atmosphere at the dental office. 

We can assess any risk factors for cavities at this appointment and give parents or caregivers preventive tips. It is important not to over-prepare your child when it is time for this visit. Treat it as routine and avoid the use of phrases such as "it won't hurt," "don't worry," or "everything will be okay" that create fearful expectations.

If your toddler is ready for their first dental visit or you have an older child who's due for a dental exam and teeth cleaning, please call our Maple Ridge, BC dental office to schedule an appointment.

When a child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, our pediatric dentists in Maple Ridge will recommend restoring it with a tooth-coloured filling or dental crown as soon as possible. 

The reason is that tooth decay is a progressive disease, meaning that the cavity will only get larger with time. If we don’t remove the decay and restore the tooth promptly, the child will experience pain and discomfort and eventually an infection or abscess. 

Even though baby teeth eventually come out, it’s crucial to protect them until they’re ready to do so independently. Some baby teeth stay in the mouth until about 12 years of age and have several jobs to do: 

  • Aid in speech development
  • Hold space for developing adult teeth and the development of the jaw
  • Enable the child’s healthy growth and development by allowing them to eat a proper diet
  • Maintain the child’s self-esteem because decayed front teeth are unattractive

If your child has a toothache, we recommend you bring them in for a checkup as soon as possible. Filling a small cavity is much better for the child’s oral health and general well-being than waiting and risking the loss of the tooth. 

Please call our children’s dentist in Maple Ridge, BC and we will be happy to help you schedule an appointment at your convenience.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners offer another approach to straightening smiles compared to traditional orthodontics. The old method utilizes metal brackets and wires that move teeth through the pressure your orthodontist creates when adjusting the wires. Clear aligners like Invisalign also physically manipulate teeth, but the method is through clear aligners you wear in sequence. Your aligners are designed and produced especially for you, each one gently moving your teeth into the positions we plan when starting the treatment.

Invisalign Treatment Plans Provide a Predictable Timetable

Because we create your Invisalign treatment plan digitally, we can accurately project how long you need to be aware of your aligners. In most cases, the typical treatment time ranges from 12 to 18 months. We can help confirm this through a complete exam and consultation, where we discuss your hopes for your smile. Then, we take hyper-accurate scans of your teeth so that we can simulate how your teeth will move and thereby better predict the outcome.

Treatment begins after an Invisalign lab fabricates a series of aligners just for you. Each aligner should last approximately two weeks before you move on to the next one. The number of aligners in your treatment plan establishes your total time for treatment.

After completing your primary series of aligner wear, you still should follow our recommendations around wearing a retainer. Most patients require this appliance during the first year or two, but we can help you determine the ideal approach. A retainer protects your investment by preventing your teeth from slipping back to their previous positions. Our goal is to maintain your new smile for the life of your teeth.

Preventive Dentistry

Dental x-rays are essential because dentists can't treat what they can't see. It's common for cavities to develop inside or between teeth, areas that a dentist can't see when performing a visual exam. If you visit our Maple Ridge dental clinic because you have a toothache, our dentists would recommend an x-ray to pinpoint its location so they can treat it—this is called a diagnostic x-ray. 
 
However, since everyone is unique, the need, frequency, and even type of dental x-rays can be different for each person. For example, if your mouth is healthy and you are at low risk for cavities and gum disease, you may only need therapeutic x-rays taken every two to three years. Children generally require more frequent x-rays due to their growth and increased susceptibility to cavities.

Dental x-rays are considered safe because the risk of undetected dental problems is more significant than any risks associated with taking them. At Meadow Ridge Dental Centre, we care about our patients' safety and take precautions to minimize radiation exposure for patients of all ages. 

One way to reduce the need for dental x-rays is to maintain excellent oral health; this includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, and visiting our Maple Ridge dental clinic every six months for teeth cleanings and exams. 

If you and your family are due for your next dental exams, please call Meadow Ridge Dental Centre to schedule a convenient appointment. Our dentists will be happy to answer all your questions about the frequency of dental x-rays and the steps we take to ensure your comfort and safety.

Root Canal Treatment

If you’re suffering from a toothache, the cause may come from many sources, including tooth fractures, enamel wear, periodontal or gum disease. However, a deep tooth infection is a common reason for especially severe toothaches. This condition will require prompt care if you wish to relieve pain and save your tooth. Neglecting treatment for this infection could endanger your overall health as bacteria can move from your tooth into your neck, causing inflammation that may impede your airways.

Symptoms of Tooth Root Infections in Maple Ridge

In the early stages, dental infections are known to progress without many indicators. But by the time they are a root infection, the symptoms become more and more prominent.

You may have a root infection when you experience one or more of the following:

  • Tooth pain that increases when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Inflammation in your gums
  • A small bump on your gums where it hurts
  • Black areas on the painful tooth
  • General fever
  • Swollen glands in your neck, such as tonsil or adenoids

Root canal treatment eliminates dental infections at their source, removing all bacteria and damaged tissue from within your tooth. Your dentist then seals your inner tooth to prevent future infections and may protect your remaining tooth with a dental crown.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

At Maple Ridge Dental Centre, we like to keep our patients informed about their dental needs so they can make decisions at home that support excellent oral health. Knowing how and why a tooth cavity develops makes it easier to understand how to prevent one from occurring.

Plaque is the sticky film that coats your teeth and contains bacteria that feed on sugars and starches that linger on your teeth after eating. As bacteria consume sugar and starch, acid forms that remove minerals and open tiny holes in tooth enamel.

These “acid attacks” that repeatedly occur gradually wear away the hard outer layer of enamel and reach the softer layer beneath called dentin. Without treatment, the decay continues until it reaches the nerves deep inside your tooth and causes a toothache.

When treating a cavity, our dentists in Maple Ridge, BC remove the decay and then fill the tooth with a composite resin that’s coloured to match the shade of surrounding teeth. 

How to Prevent Cavities

To help keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy, you should brush at least twice a day and floss once. In addition, professional teeth cleanings with a dental hygienist and exams with one of our dentists allow us to look for signs of tooth decay and provide prompt treatment.

If you are due for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning, please call Meadow Ridge Dental Centre, and we’ll be happy to help you schedule an appointment.

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