Frequently Asked Questions
How much does my insurance plan cover?
Your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company. It is advised that you get a policy breakdown from your insurance company before your appointment so you are aware of your insurance limitations.
What are your fees?
We follow the Saskatchewan Dental Fee Guide provided by the College of Dental Surgeons.
Why do I need xrays and how often do they need to be taken?
Dental radiographs allow the dentist to see what is happening inside the teeth and under the gum tissues all the way to the roots of the tooth. The x-rays allow us to examine for cavities in between the teeth, periodontal disease, bone loss, infections, tooth formation and growth as well as normal tooth eruption patterns.
Dental check-up radiographs or bitewing x-rays are taken approximately once a year. Panoramic x-rays are indicated once every 5 years or so.
Every patient is unique so the dentist will establish the frequency of radiographs based on the specific needs of the individual patient.
X-rays expose me to radiation, so I do not want to have them taken.
Humans do not stay completely deprived of radiation. Nature emits a very small amount of radiation and many other things that leaves the human vulnerable to radiation.
In dental x-rays, humans are only exposed to an average of 0.005 to 0.01 mSv, where the average dose per person on the Earth is 2.4 mSv.
In fact, you would have received significantly more radiation on your flight on your last holiday than you would have at your last dental examination.
When should I bring my child for their first dental visit and what can I expect?
A good rule of them is 6 months or first tooth, whichever comes first.
The first dental visit will be fun! It will familiarize the child to the dental setting. They will go for a ride in the dental chair, get to take a peak at some common dental instruments, and an exam and polish will be completed if possible. Oral hygiene and diet instructions will also be discussed.
Also, it is a great time to ask any questions you may have about your child and their teeth!
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Typically, a patient should have their teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist once every 6 months, however some patients need more frequent visits to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
A schedule for teeth cleaning and dental health maintenance should be established after a complete dental examination, including radiographs.
Do you offer orthodontic treatment?
Courtside Dental offers Invisalign orthodontics. Invisalign uses a series of removal clear trays to straighten the teeth instead of conventional metal braces with brackets adhered to the tooth and connected with wires.
It is comparable in cost with traditional braces and is more discreet.
Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to see if you could benefit from Invisalign.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment needed to remove diseased or injured nerve tissue from a tooth. There are several reasons why a root canal may need to be done, including severe tooth decay, deep fillings, a cracked tooth, or trauma to a tooth. At Courtside Dental, the dentist will completely anesthetize the affected tooth and surrounding tissues to ensure comfort during the procedure.
What is a crown?
A crown is a complete, full coverage restoration of a tooth in order to protect the tooth after major treatment such as large fillings and root canals. A crown also serves to protect the tooth from further fracture if a tooth has cracked.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth and why is it important?
It is recommended to brush a minimum of two times per day and to floss at least once a day.
When you brush your teeth, you help remove food and plaque — a sticky white film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria. After you eat a meal or snack that contains sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.
Eventually, the acid can break down tooth enamel, causing cavities. Plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tartar or calculus, making it harder to keep teeth clean. This buildup on your gums leads to inflammation that causes gum disease and it can only be removed by a dental hygienist.
Flossing is recommended to remove plaque from between the teeth, a space that is not reached by tooth brushing alone. Plaque between teeth causes cavities and contributes to gingivitis and gum disease.
Does your office accept my insurance?
Courtside Dental accepts insurance from all private insurance companies, as well as clients with Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) coverage through a treaty number and Supplementary Health.