Frequently Asked Questions at Sunterra Dental
At Sunterra Dental, we have received many different questions regarding our procedures and insurance details. Read through the frequently asked questions below, and contact us if you have further questions for us.
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What you need to know about Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have multiple uses in dentistry, they do everything from protecting a damaged tooth to enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Reasons for a Dental Crown
Although the two main reasons for dental crowns are to fortify a weakened tooth or to improve the appearance of the patient’s smile, there are several cases falling into these two categories, including:
Root canal treated teeth
Teeth with large fillings or cavities
Teeth that are badly worn down
Teeth that are crooked
Teeth that are stained or mis-shapen
Crowns help protect a tooth that has been damaged, such as one with a large filling in it. If, for example, a tooth is 30 percent filling, the remaining part of the tooth becomes weakened and is prone to breaking.
After a large filling has been removed, the remaining part of the tooth becomes the base to secure the new dental crown. A new tooth with a dental crown will be as strong and resilient as a natural tooth!
Crowned teeth still need to be brushed!
It’s important to note that crowned teeth can still have cavities along the gum-line where the natural tooth is still exposed. A crown serves its function well as a cover that fits over the entire tooth protecting it from breaking but not from cavities.
Dental Crowns and Dental Implants
Crowns are also placed on dental implants. So even for patients with missing teeth, a crown may still be an option.
How long do Dental Crowns last?
Dental Crowns last an average of 5 – 10 years, but can last up to 25 years if proper care is taken of them and conditions are right. When it comes to caring for dental crowns, the prescription is much the same as for natural teeth. It’s important to brush, floss and see a professional dental hygienist regularly.
What is the Process of Getting a Crown?
Your dentist must first prepare the tooth for a crown by shaping the tooth. Your dentist then makes an impression of the tooth, and creates a temporary crown for you to wear while your dental crown is being constructed. Lab technicians use advanced dental technology to ensure a perfect fit, and match the color of porcelain crowns to your other teeth.
When your dental crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and your new crown is attached. Your new tooth will look and feel much like a natural tooth!
Important facts about Dental Crowns
Although it’s unlikely, it’s possible for crowns to come loose. Don’t panic if this occurs we’re here to help! We will help you assess what’s wrong and ensure that the problem is solved.
In the meantime, you can do your part to avoid this by wearing a proper fitting mouthguard during sports activities, a dental nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, and avoiding biting down directly on hard foods.
Also, it bears repeating that a tooth with a crown can still get a cavity. The crown sits above the gums, and if you don’t brush and floss regularly, you can get decay between the crown and the tooth.
We encourage you to consult with us about dental crowns and bridges. Please book a consult appointment today for all of your family’s dental needs.
Ten Tips for Dental Hygiene
Most people know about the importance of brushing and flossing but good oral hygiene is about much more. Here are ten tips for good oral hygiene:
You should brush at least twice daily, and ideally after every meal. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gums, and brush using a gentle back and forth motion. Make sure to hit those tough-to-reach spots in the back!
Floss at least once a day before you brush your teeth. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and gently slide it between your teeth. When the floss reaches the gum, curve it against the side of the tooth to avoid cutting into the gums and move the floss up and down against the side of the tooth about 5 to 7 times per tooth side.
3. Tongue Care
One of the main causes of bad breath is the bacteria that builds up on your tongue. You can brush your tongue with your toothbrush, but the best cleaning method is to use a tongue scraper once a day.
4. The Right Toothbrush
Replace your toothbrush every two or three months or whenever the bristles become frayed or start to splay out to the sides. Choose soft bristle brushes, since hard bristles can be tough on tooth enamel, tooth roots, and can damage gum tissue. Our dentists recommend electric toothbrushes, especially for people with arthritis who may have a hard time reaching every part of their mouth.
Toothpaste can strengthen enamel and control plaque build-up. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to recommend the best toothpaste for you. There are special brands for those with sensitive teeth.
6. Mouth Wash
Mouthwash is a great way to clean out the bacteria that builds up in your mouth. Ask your dentist about which rinse is best for you. Young children should not use mouth wash as they may accidentally swallow it.
7. Avoid Dry Mouth
Saliva washes out the bacteria in our mouths and is essential in combating tooth decay. A dry mouth may be caused by certain medicines or diseases. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist about products that can replace or stimulate saliva.
8. White Teeth
We all want a white smile, and the best way to achieve this is to avoid foods that can stain our teeth like: red wine, cigarettes, cigars, colas and dark juices. If you can't avoid these entirely, make sure you brush your teeth immediately after consuming.
9. Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is one of the most important factors in protecting your oral health. Avoid foods with high sugar or acidic content and brush right after eating.
10. Use Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist
Your dentist is an oral hygiene expert and they know about your personal health and lifestyle. Consult with your Sunterra Dental dentist about the best way to take care of your mouth and about product choices or any changes you make in your dental care routine. We're here to help you!
Please book a dental hygiene appointment or come and visit for all of your family dental needs at Sunterra Dental today!
4 Questions answered about direct insurance billing at Sunterra Dental
At Sunterra Dental, we try to make your visit with us as pleasant and seamless as possible and that includes when it comes time to pay for your dental work. We are pleased to offer Direct Insurance Billing to our existing and new patients.
When you have reached the end of your appointment, we will send through the insurance claim to your primary insurance company. Our systems will then instantly tell us what your insurance company will cover. If, for example, you have 80% coverage on basic dental work – you would then pay the 20% difference. If you have coverage under a secondary insurance plan (spousal), we are happy to provide the proper paperwork to you to mail on your behalf for your 20% compensation as we cannot direct bill to secondary insurance plans, only primary.
Please be familiar with your dental insurance plan and be aware of how much coverage is available to you before scheduling an appointment. If you wish, we can also submit a Predetermination to your insurance provider to determine exactly how much will be covered for a specific procedure. While growing uncommon, some insurance providers do not accept direct billing, and in these cases we must request payment at the time of your appointment.
Who takes care of the paperwork?
We do! On our end, the insurance process isn’t complete until after your visit. Insurers require proof of your appointment before providing their coverage. We are pleased to handle that paperwork as a service, so you don’t need to worry about being reimbursed for the full amount of services performed.
What do I (the patient) need to do?
While we do provide direct insurance billing, our patients are ultimately responsible for settling our invoices for the services we have provided to you. This means we need all of your insurance provider’s information and your personal identification number with the insurer at the time of your initial visit to our practice. If you have secondary insurance under spousal, etc. please let us know so we are able to provide you with the proper paperwork for secondary claim submissions.
A dental insurance plan is an agreement between you and your provider and our office is uninformed of these details until you give our staff permission to process your claim. We are also unaware of any changes to your contract, so we recommend keeping up-to-date with your plan between appointments and advising us immediately of any changes to coverage.
How much is covered?
Each insurance plan is different. Check with your provider for detailed information. In many cases, the insurer won’t provide enough coverage to pay for the entire appointment. The patient is responsible for the remaining balance after insurance coverage has been deducted and this is due at the end of each appointment. For the sake of your convenience, wherever possible, we will do our best to provide an estimate to you prior to your visit so that you know approximately how much your insurance will cover and approximately what your portion will be.
When inquiring with your insurer, these are the questions you need to ask:
Basic & Maximum percentage coverage
The combined maximum $ amount you’re covered for
The coverage year your plan is based on
The deductible amount you are required to pay before the insurer provides coverage.
If you are uncertain how to obtain the necessary information, please feel free to contact us and we can assist you with that process.
How to prevent the most common dental emergencies
When a dental emergency happens, the dentists at Sunterra Dental® are here for our patients. In case of a dental emergency call us at 306-949-1099.
In the meantime please read below for how to deal with some common dental emergencies and discover how you can do your part to prevent the most common dental emergencies!
The most common dental emergencies
The most common dental emergencies can be broken into two groups. The first are dental emergencies that can be prevented or controlled by early detection.
Through regular visits to our dental hygienists and dentists at Sunterra Dental, in many cases you can actually prevent the following dental emergencies:
- Gum and pulpal abscesses
- Pain on biting related to infection or cracked tooth
- Inflammation around wisdom teeth
- Trauma to tooth from accident
- Broken teeth
Therefore, the number one way of preventing a dental emergency is to visit our office every 6 months, or as recommended by our dentists based on your oral health.
The second category of dental emergencies is due to accidents. Though accidents cannot always be prevented, there are some ways to avoid injury when accidents do happen. The most common dental emergencies in this category are:
We hope the following simple tips will help you and your family avoid the most common dental injuries that occur during accidents.
Dental safety tips for adults
Chewing hard objects can crack your teeth, especially if a tooth has been weakened due to large fillings or a root canal. To be safe, avoid chewing some of the main culprits, such as ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy.
It can be tempting to use your teeth as a knife to cut a piece of tape or thread. Using your teeth as a cutter can damage them. It’s best to take the time to find a pair of scissors!
A lot of dental injuries happen during organized sports. We suggest you wear a sports mouthguard.
Since contact and accidents in sports can’t be entirely avoided, a sports mouthguard is strongly recommended. Make sure the mouthguard fits well and it will significantly reduce your chances of a dental emergency while playing your favorite game!
Safety tips for children
As parents, you’re likely working very hard to encourage your children to maintain healthy and clean teeth through good eating habits and daily oral hygiene. Go the next step to help your child avoid common dental emergencies as well!
Use car seats to avoid injuries in the vehicle. Keep hard items out of your baby’s mouth hard items can crack their teeth. Periodically check your child’s teeth especially after a fall. Look for missing teeth, breaks, cracks or loose teeth. If your child’s dentist sees this right away, it won’t become a dental emergency later.
If your child plays sports, the same advice as for adults applies. Consider a mouth protector or mouthguard to help prevent dental injuries. There are a lot of inexpensive mouthguards available in sporting goods stores, but take the time to research the best options.
We hope you and your family can totally avoid all dental emergencies. Just in case, however, keep our emergency number in a visible place: 306-949-1099. Sunterra Dental is here to serve all of your family’s dental needs.
Why visit Sunterra Dental®?
Choosing a dental clinic is an important decision for you and your family to make. You may ask: Do they provide the treatments we require? Do they offer modern equipment and conveniences? Is their staff experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly?
At Sunterra Dental, we offer all that and more to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. Here are just seven of the many reasons why our patients choose us for their dentistry in Regina:
We take pride in being able to offer your family a wide range of procedures, from IV Sedation, wisdom tooth extraction and root canal treatment, and more.
Our dental clinic provides the modern equipment and conveniences for a comfortable experience, such as digital radiography and sedation dentistry. We offer direct billing and extended hours. We even have free WIFI and massage chairs.
Established office and experienced, welcoming team.
Our dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and administration team is exceptionally knowledgeable about the treatments we provide, and are always friendly and pleased to serve you. We are thrilled to welcome new patients!
Dentist for the whole family
Why visit multiple dental offices when Sunterra Dental can take care of your entire family’s needs? We can arrange routine visits for the whole family at the same time to eliminate unnecessary trips. We work in conjunction with various specialists to provide excellent care regardless of your circumstances. We understand that no physician is a "one-stop-shop", therefore we facilitate access to the best in each field if your care requires extra attention. We are also happy to provide your child with a fun, comfortable first visit to the dentist to reduce anxiety later in life.
Wide range of cosmetic services
Whether you are looking to brighten your smile with our take-home VenusWhite® Whitening kit or restore a damaged tooth with a porcelain veneer, we offer a variety of cosmetic treatments for the whole family. We also offer smile makeovers when multiple treatments are necessary to restore both the health and the appearance of your smile.
To find out more about why Sunterra Dental is a great choice for dentistry in Regina, contact us today. We look forward to meeting you soon!
4 Questions answered about Oral Surgery
The term “pulling teeth” is synonymous with unpleasant things in life, such as having your child eat vegetables or driving to work during rush hour. While nobody enjoys undergoing oral surgery, modern advances in dentistry have made tooth extraction much less daunting.
Even today, a variety of misconceptions cloud the truth about oral surgery. Is it as painful as it sounds? Will I be on medication for a week? Is extraction really necessary in my case? Here we answer the most common questions about oral surgery and how treatment at Sunterra Dental® is nothing like “pulling teeth.”
What procedures are included in “oral surgery”?
Our most common oral surgery procedure is extraction, and in many cases, wisdom tooth removal. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but those erupting tilted or sideways, without enough space to grow, or with an infection or signs of decay will usually require extraction.
We also remove teeth as a final resort in caring for damaged teeth, such as when a tooth fracture extends below the gum line or when a severe infection is present. Extraction may also be necessary to make room for orthodontics or a child’s emerging permanent teeth.
Isn’t oral surgery painful?
Our patients should not be concerned about oral surgery with the comfort and conveniences of modern dentistry available at Sunterra Dental®. Sedation dentistry will allow you to relax through the procedure, and pain medication can be prescribed for post-surgery discomfort.
Arrange for someone to drive you to and from our dental office on the day of your oral surgery as sedation takes some time to wear off after the procedure. Your friend or family member driver can also help you pick up your prescription as you return home.
Should you prefer to be sedated, give us a call to book your Sedation consult appointment. Should you choose not to be sedated, we can also use local anesthetics to keep you comfortable.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery time for oral surgery varies between patients, but is generally between 3-5 days. As complications can arise from any procedure, depending on your specific circumstance, we may recommend taking time away from work or school to allow for a complete recovery. Discomfort will last for a few days and can be managed through medication.
Soft, nutritious foods like soup, smoothies, and yogurt are suggested during recovery. Arrange for low-energy activities to keep occupied after the appointment, like a movie marathon with a friend or that new book you’ve wanted to read.
Do I really need oral surgery?
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your treatment so please ask. It is best to have wisdom tooth and other extractions completed when your dentist recommends, avoiding further complications and increased pain caused by waiting too long. With this in mind, consider having the procedure when you can take time away from work to allow for a comfortable recovery.
It’s normal to have questions about oral surgery, and our experienced team at Sunterra Dental is more than happy to provide you with answers about your procedure. Please contact us today to book an appointment or for more information.
6 Misconceptions about Root Canals
Many patients find visiting the dentist for a root canal to be a stressful time. However, much of this anxiety is due to a several misconceptions about the procedure that result in unnecessary stress.
The truth is, having a root canal performed at Sunterra Dental isn’t as painful, lengthy, or expensive as most would imagine. Here we debunk six common myths surrounding the root canal procedure so you can arrive at your appointment relaxed and ready.
Myth 1: It’s a painful experience
While root canals may have been an aching procedure in the past, today they are no more painful than having the average filling placed. Modern dentistry methods, advances in pain management, and highly skilled dentists allow for routine root canals to be relatively pain-free.
In fact, most root canals are performed to reduce pain, so patients often find relief after the procedure is complete. In some cases, when a severe infection is present, root canals may cause increased discomfort, but modern anaesthesia and the appropriate use of pre-treatment medications such as antibiotics and painkillers reduces most of this pain.
Myth 2: The procedure will break the bank
As with any dental procedure, there is no denying the necessary costs. However, a root canal is much more cost-effective than its only alternative: having the tooth extracted and later replaced with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Myth 3: It takes a long time to complete
Another common misconception about root canals is that the procedure is lengthy, or involves several visits in order to complete. This myth is likely brought about as root canals are lengthier than most dental treatments, but when there are no complications, they are often accomplished in one visit, in under two hours.
Myth 4: Root canals don’t work anyways!
If performed correctly, a root canal should be completely successful. The treated tooth can last a lifetime once a dental crown is in place, and ensuring proper care, oral hygiene, and routine checkups take place. The only thing to keep in mind is that the longer you wait, the lower the chance of success. If you need a root canal, get it done as soon as possible.
Myth 5: The process damages the tooth
The tooth is already damaged, this is why the root canal is needed. The purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth, not cause further damage. During the procedure, the infected canals are cleansed, filled, and sealed in order to block bacteria from entering the tooth.
Myth 6: All dentists have the same level of experience
While root canals have become a routine process, they are best performed by a dentist with experience in the procedure. At Sunterra Dental, you will be treated by a dentist with experience providing root canal treatments, so you receive the best available care.
To book an appointment, schedule a time at your convenience by calling us at 306-949-1099. Please contact us with any other questions you may have about the root canal procedure, as well!
Removing the stigma of Dentures
Dentures have always carried a stigma that often conjures an image of an uncomfortable, difficult to maintain, and unnatural-appearing dental appliance worn only by senior citizens; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, thousands of Canadians under-65 require dentures, as they are missing some or all of their natural teeth.
Think you might need dentures?
Dentures are a suitable treatment option for patients who are missing multiple teeth, as result of a disease, an accident, or poor oral health. Partial dentures are available for patients who still have some of their natural teeth, but are not a good candidate for a bridge or implant. To learn more about whether dentures are right for you, contact Sunterra Dental today for a complimentary consultation appointment. Our dental professionals look forward to providing you with an optimal replacement for your missing teeth.