Please note that payment is due at the time of treatment for all services rendered at our office.
For your convenience we accept: Visa, Mastercard, Direct Debit (Interac) and cash.
Our dedicated staff will be more than happy to provide you with thorough treatment plans and estimates prior to any treatment being rendered.
If you have any questions about the cost of treatment, please ask prior to your appointment. We will be happy to clarify any and all financial details for you.
We gladly process and accept all insurance plans and programs. Our staff at Lakeside Dental Centre will help submit your insurance forms, send estimates and predetermine your dental insurance coverage. We are happy to submit any claim electronically, if possible, which will result in quick and efficient reimbursement to you the patient.
Please note that your insurance coverage is negotiated between your Insurance Company and the patient. The Dentist has no control over the type, quality or extent of your coverage. Any concerns related to such matters should be reviewed with your insurance company. We are always happy to help you predetermine your insurance coverage or help you understand what your policy covers.
We require a minimum of 24 hours before an appointment to change or cancel an appointment. Late cancellations or missed appointments may result in a charge. Multiple missed appointments or late cancellations may prevent further appointment bookings.
Appointment Reminder Policy
We are happy to give you a courtesy call to remind you of your appointment the day before. We are also able to send reminders via text or email. Please let us know how you wish to be contacted. Please also inquire about our online portal where you can check on the date of appointments, contact the office and update personal and insurance information
Examination and Cleanings
Cleanings are essential for preserving your oral health. This is the front line defense in ensuring good oral tissue health. Cleaning appointments will also involve a regular check up done by your dentist. Checking for decay and wear on your teeth is an important part of your check up. X-rays are also taken if determined to be needed. They help the dentist by being able to see in between your teeth and the amount of bone you have supporting your teeth. New digital technology has made it easier than ever, You simply position the sensor in the mouth, and the x-ray instantly appears on your computer monitor.
During your cleaning, the dentist and hygienist will ask questions related to gum health to identify any symptoms of gum disease you are having. The dentist and hygienist take the time to look at your gums so we can detect disease in the earliest stages possible.
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “Plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “Tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning or what we call a scaling by a dental hygienist can remove tartar. The longer plaque and tartar are left on the teeth the more harmful they become. Eventually they will cause inflamation and bleeding of the gums or “Gingivitis”.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “Periodontitis”. With periodontal disease gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that harbor bacteria. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. Eventually the teeth will become loose and will need to be removed. Periodontal disease has been shown to effect your general health. We are happy to discuss how a healthy mouth can help maintain your overall health.
During your cleaning and check up, if any signs of decay and/or gum disease are detected your dentist can explain to you what is happening and how the dentist can go about fixing the problem. Our dentists and hygienists are more than happy to explain anything you may not understand and develop a treatment plan for you.
Any cavities or cracks in your teeth found by your dentist during your regular check up can usually be restored with fillings. Your dentist will help you chose the restoration material you will need and want for each tooth. There are several different types of fillings you can choose from; Silver Amalgam fillings, Tooth coloured Composite restortations and Glass Ionomer restorations. All materials are good in their own way and your dentist will be happy to explain which would benefit you the most.
We love treating children at Lakeside Dental! We aim to make your child’s visit a positive experience and set them on the road to a lifetime of good oral health. We are compassionate and sensitive to your young ones will help and educate them and you on the proper care of their teeth. For extensive decay or young patients that are just to young to understand or cooperate in the chair we are able to offer general sedation at Lake of the Woods General Hospital with Dr. Dean.
Sometimes, due to a number of different circumstances, a tooth cannot be saved and will need to come out. In other cases, a tooth may be over crowded and effect the alignment of your teeth or the way you chew. It may also be a baby tooth that just won’t come loose but the adult teeth are already coming in. Whatever the case may be the dentist will discuss with you the best solution for the situation.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp in the tooth is damaged. The tooth can become damaged when there is trauma to the tooth or when the decay has become deep enough to allow bacteria into the interior of the tooth. The interior of the tooth contains the pulp, which is the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. When bacteria are able to reach the pulp, the tooth need to be treated and this is done with a root canal.
Root canals are typically done in one appointment but with difficult cases may need another to complete. The pulp and nerve will be removed from the tooth and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned out from all bacteria inside. Once the tooth is cleaned, it will be filled, sealed, and a filling will be placed a top of the tooth to protect it. Usually, depending on tooth position in the mouth, a crown will be recommended.
Crown and Bridge
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Crowns are often used when the filling becomes too big because of decay or fractures. It is often used to provide protection for teeth that have root canals. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its esthetics. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold or full metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss which material is more suitable for the situation and you will be able to make an informed decision.
A bridge allows us to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It requires crowns on either side of the gap.
A crown or bridge requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking an accurate impression that will be used to create your custom crown. An impression will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.