Meadow Ridge Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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.

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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.

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.

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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