Patient Education: Get Answers to Your Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Knowledge is power - an informed patient will not only better understand suggested treatments, but will also be better prepared to make the right decisions regarding their dental and overall health. At Sundance Dental, we believe that patient education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dentist relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns. Listed below is a list of commonly asked questions:

Are you currently accepting new patients?

Yes, Sundance Dental continues to grow and accept new patients. Walk-ins and emergencies are also welcome. Call us to schedule your appointment.

Are bleeding gums a sign of a problem?

Bleeding after brushing or flossing can be unsettling. It can also be a sign of an otherwise silent disease – periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss. It results from a build-up of bacteria from plaque and tartar and can become inflamed, infecting the gum and bone.

Periodontal disease causes deep pockets to form in the tissue between the gums and teeth. This sometimes gives the appearance of puffy, swollen or receding gums. There are a number of treatments for bleeding gums and periodontal disease, including removing plaque and tartar below the gum line. These treatments, performed in a dental office, are called scaling and root planing. They allow the gum to heal and become healthy again. We recommend daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease.

Fillings: silver or white, what is the difference?

Many of us who grew up before the advent of fluoridated water have a mouth full of silver fillings. These fillings are known as amalgams and have proven to be extremely durable restorations. They are not very pleasing to the eye, however.

Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth-coloured filling materials. These materials can be virtually indistinguishable from normal teeth and are used to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use natural looking tooth-coloured materials for almost all of the fillings that we place. Additionally, we use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have begun to deteriorate or detract from the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

Can I replace an old crown that looks unnatural?

Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old crowns that have deteriorated or crowns that do not blend well with their natural teeth. We will ensure that the shade is matched and the crown is shaped precisely for a very natural, indistinguishable appearance that is also functional.

What can dental bonding do for my teeth?

Dental bonding is a simple, painless, and affordable procedure that has a multitude of purposes such as:

  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Closing spaces between teeth
  • Reshaping teeth
  • Covering badly stained teeth

Bonding involves the application of a tooth-coloured resin. The dentist prepares the tooth by placing a mild chemical on it to roughen the surface. Using a shade guide, the dentist selects a shade that closely matches your tooth and then mixes and tints the resin. The resin is applied in thin layers and then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser. The dentist then shapes and polishes the resin to smooth it and give it a natural look. The procedure usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. You can even get several teeth bonded in one visit. No special techniques are needed to care for bonded teeth – just good oral hygiene.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

You may have heard a lot about cosmetic dentistry, and for good reason. Cosmetic dentistry holds the promise of a brighter, more attractive smile.

Restoring the beauty of your smile through cosmetic treatments can do wonders for your sense of confidence. We offer a wide range of treatments that can improve the colour of your teeth, repair chips and cracks and cover dark stains. We can also help with crowded and crooked teeth.

If you have any questions about the appearance of your smile and the possibilities offered by cosmetic dentistry, speak to us today.

What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

Having a tooth knocked out is one of the most serious dental emergencies. It can be caused by accidents, falls, sports-related trauma, fighting, car accidents and even biting on hard food. However, the damage can be fixed and if you act quickly there is a good chance the tooth can be saved.

You must get to a dentist immediately when a tooth is broken or knocked out. If your dentist can put the tooth back in place within 30 minutes, there is a good chance that the supporting tissues will reattach and hold the tooth firmly in place.

If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you when you seek medical help. Pick the tooth up by the crown – this is the part of the tooth that you see in the mouth – and avoid touching the root end. Do not wrap the tooth in tissue or gauze or scrub the tooth. This will damage the delicate cells on the root needed to attach the tooth back to the gum. Place the tooth in a cup of milk (or water, if milk is not available) to keep it moist. Remember: get to a dentist as quickly as possible. The chances of saving the knocked out tooth are much greater if the dentist is seen within 30 minutes.

Is it important to have an oral infection treated?

Sometimes the body’s immune system can fight and heal infections on its own, but often it needs assistance. Oral infections of the teeth and gums are urgent and require prompt intervention by a dental professional.

Symptoms include tooth, gum, and jaw pain, lumps or pus-filled abscesses, and weeping or bleeding gums. Left untreated, they can affect your overall health.

Your dentist can diagnose an infection during an oral examination. They will feel your gums, gently tap your teeth, and take x-rays to determine the extent of the infection and whether it has spread.

If your dentist feels the infection is harmful, or your body is not fighting it effectively, they may prescribe antibiotics. Your dentist will also want to treat the underlying cause of an oral infection to prevent it from reoccurring in the future. Causes may include tooth decay, gum disease, tooth cracks and weakened fillings.

Do not ignore the signs of oral infection. Practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis and have your mouth and teeth examined by a dentist.

Sundance Dental Clinic


Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z3


Monday: 10:30am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7am – 6pm
Wednesday: 7am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 7am – 1pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 4pm
Sunday – Closed
Closed for long weekends

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