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The most common F.A.Q's a Winnipeg Dentist gets

Updated: Aug 18

My name is Dr. Terry. My family has been in dentistry for three generations at St. Vital Dental Centre. My grandfather founded our practice on St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg in 19XX.


Often our clients ask plenty of questions about dentistry, oral health and our practice. So I thought to take some time to share with you some answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients. Of course, we are always here if you need to ask us any other questions specific to your individual situation.



Are there payment options for me if I am paying myself?

We do not believe your financial situation should prevent you from seeking the oral healthcare you require. During our examinations, we provide all options, risks, benefits, and costs. Dr. Terry James will be happy to discuss payment options based on your recommended treatment plan.






Do dentist install braces?

We monitor and assess the need for orthodontic treatment, but for the best interest of our patients, we refer out for consultation and treatment with an orthodontic specialist. We work closely with trusted orthodontists around Winnipeg that have extensive knowledge and expertise in this area.


What is plaque and how does a dentist remove it?

Plaque is a soft biofilm made up of bacteria that grows in the mouth on teeth and around the gums. Plaque bacteria release acids which irritate the gums, causing inflammation that can lead to bleeding, gum disease and bone loss. It also softens tooth structures making them more susceptible to decay. Plaque can be removed with proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits with a dental hygienist to remove plaque from hard to reach areas.


What is tartar and how does a dentist remove it?

Tartar (aka calculus) is hardened, mineralized plaque. Minerals in saliva cause soft plaque to calcify and harden onto the teeth like cement. Tartar cannot be brushed off with a toothbrush. Dental hygienists remove tartar by scaling the teeth with instruments specially designed for tartar removal.


How does your practice clean teeth?

Cleanings are done by our registered dental hygienists. They use various tools based on individual needs, such as hand instrumentation, ultrasonic instrumentation and polishing.


Is the X-ray technology you use safe?

We use exclusively digital x-ray technology which is the safest and most effective. The radiation from four digital dental x-rays is 0.005 mSv, equivalent to less than one day of natural background radiation, or a short airplane flight (1-2hrs). Lead aprons with a thyroid collar is used and all x-ray equipment is sanitized before and after each use.


How do I prevent cavities?

You can help prevent cavities with thorough home care (brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing, mouthwash, etc.) and routine cleanings by a dental hygienist.


How do I prevent losing teeth?

Preventative care is key. You can help prevent tooth loss with thorough home care (brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing, mouthwash, etc.) and routine cleanings by a dental hygienist to help prevent gum disease. Wearing a customized night guard can also help prevent the loss of tooth structure or breaks from clenching and grinding.


How do you whiten teeth?

Our office makes custom fitted whitening trays as part of an at home whitening kit. This is a more customizable and gentler way to whitening teeth when compared to in office whitening or over the counter whitening products.


When is it advisable for a dentist to remove wisdom teeth?

The removal of wisdom teeth is not always necessary or recommended. We recommend a consultation with x-rays to determine what is best for you. Our office is equipped with a panoramic machine which can take a full jaw picture to show us the position and development of all teeth and roots.


Do you have any suggestions to help nervous child?

Our staff will treat you with compassion and patience, and your child will never feel judged for any existing anxiety when it comes to dental treatment. There are several great options in modern dentistry that can help make your experience as pleasant as possible. We want to know your individual concerns and how we can address them to make you feel safe and comfortable with your treatment.

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