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Dental Information for Patients in Fort McMurray

At River City Dental Clinic, our staff endeavors to help you understand your oral health and to answer every dental question you have. We’ve compiled a few of the most commonly asked questions below, so feel free to browse our list to learn more about oral health.

What is laser treatment for gum disease? How can I prevent cavities? What causes tooth sensitivity? Does your clinic offer cosmetic dentistry? What are alternatives to metal braces? Does the dentist place dental implants? What insurance and payment methods do you accept?

What is laser treatment for gum disease?

Laser treatment for gum disease is a popular alternative to gum surgery. Using a soft-tissue laser, a registered dental hygienist gently removes the diseased tissue. The laser’s precision allows the dentist to target the affected areas without causing damage to surrounding tissue. This method is much more precise than a traditional scalpel, and because the laser also cauterizes the tissue, bleeding is minimal and patients often report faster healing times. Ask the dentist if you’re a candidate for laser gum therapy at your next visit.

How can I prevent cavities?

Even if you follow a regular brushing schedule and avoid sugary treats like sodas and candy, you can still develop a cavity. The team from River City Dental Clinic recommends that you avoid snacking through the day and that you should always brush after meals to prevent food particles form clinging to your teeth for long periods. We also suggest our patients floss daily and use a fluoride solution for extra protection from cavities. Usually, cavities form between teeth in areas that can only be cleaned with dental floss. Fluoride solutions will strength the tooth enamel and remineralize areas that have become soft due to decay. You should also schedule an appointment at our Fort McMurray dental clinic every 6 months for maximum protection against cavities.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Most people will experience some level of tooth sensitivity in their lives. This sensitivity can have several causes that your dentist can help you narrow down and alleviate. One possible source of tooth sensitivity is the development of tiny fractures in your teeth or areas of decay. Gum disease or gum recession is another common source of tooth sensitivity in patients. If your teeth’s roots become exposed, you may also experience severe sensitivity. Grinding your teeth at night, also called bruxism, can also cause sensitivity in patients.

Does your clinic offer cosmetic dentistry?

Yes! River City Dental Clinic offers the latest cosmetic dental treatments, including Invisalign® clear braces, Zoom! whitening, CEREC® ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers. Our dentists are well-respected in the Fort McMurray area and beyond. For over 30 years, we’ve helped patients improve the appearance of their smiles. Cosmetic treatments, friendly service, and a conservative approach are cornerstones of our family and cosmetic dental practice. Call today for your consultation!

What are alternatives to metal braces?

Most adults who want straighter teeth shy away from metal braces. The good news is that we offer several alternatives to traditional orthodontics. Invisalign® is an extremely popular alternative that involves clear, virtually invisible aligners molded to the contours of your teeth. These aligners are removable and can correct everything from crowding to overbites. A typical Invisalign® treatment will take between 12 and 18 months. For immediate results (“instant orthodontics”), consider porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns. These restorations cover gaps, stains, misalignments and other imperfections. After an exam and consultation, we can help you determine which solutions are right for your smile.

Does the dentist place dental implants?

Yes, our dentists have received advanced training in dental implant placement. This means that instead of visiting an oral surgeon for part of your care, you can rely on our office for all phases of implant treatment. Our dentist are dedicated to bringing you the latest treatments, and implant dentistry is just one way we show our commitment to stay on the leading edge of dental care.

What insurance and payment methods do you accept?

River City Dental Clinic accepts most major insurance policies, as well as cash, MasterCard and Visa. Payment plans are available through CareCredit, which has several low- and no-interest plans available. We’ll help you apply in our office – you can receive and begin using your credit instantly!

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