Patient Resources

Patient Resources

WE’RE HERE TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR DENTAL QUESTIONS
WE’RE HERE TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR DENTAL QUESTIONS

You Have Options

If you haven’t been to Vancouver Dental Spa before we have a few options for your first visit; a New Patient Exam, or a Consultation. Here we’ll explain the differences between the two. We have options for everyone. All visits take place in an atmosphere that is completely comfortable, relaxing, and stress-free. We are here to give you the complete Dental Experience!

Consultation Visit

Do you have questions or concerns about your mouth, teeth, or smile? Would you prefer to discuss your cosmetic or general dentistry needs with a doctor before having an exam and x-rays? If so, schedule a consultation visit at Vancouver Dental Spa. At this visit you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions and concerns with one of our expert doctors and a treatment consultant. We will take digital photographs of your smile and your teeth. Together, you and the doctor will view the photos and create a customized treatment plan to achieve your goals. After your treatment plan is created, your treatment coordinator will discuss fees and financial options with you. They will work with you to schedule treatment as you move forward to achieve your goals for your mouth, teeth and smile.

New Patient Visit

Once you are ready to join our family of patients, schedule a new patient exam. At this visit, we will take digital photographs of your teeth and smile, along with any necessary x-rays. One of our expert doctors will take the time to perform a very thorough exam of your mouth and teeth. Together, you and the doctor will discuss your questions and concerns as well as findings from the exam. From the information gathered, we will create a customized treatment plan to achieve your goals. Your personal treatment consultant will then discuss fees and financial options with you. And together you will schedule your treatment as planned. It may be convenient for you to have a routine cleaning on the same day. Just ask and we will be happy to schedule these appointments together for your convenience. By the time you complete your new patient visit, you will already be a part of our family of patients. You will also have an assistant you know by name who will walk you through treatment and be available to answer any questions or concerns. Vancouver Dental Spa patients like that they see the same faces each time they return for appointments.

Flexible Financing Options

Flexible Financing Options

To help you accomplish the smile you deserve we are pleased to offer a range of financing options that can meet nearly any budget. Many of our treatments are covered by insurance and for the ones that are not we offer payment plans through our special financing system. For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard , American Express and interac debit Cards.

FAQ

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell bonded on top of the natural tooth.It is approximately a half millimeter thick, roughly the same as a baby’s fingernail. The natural tooth requires minimal preparation—sometimes none at all. With a veneer there’s no dark line above the tooth, which is often the case with a crown. A crown—or cap—covers the entire tooth and reduces it to a peg. Preparation for veneers is more conservative than for crowns and requires a less invasive procedure. For all of these reasons, veneers are the treatment of choice at Vancouver Dental Spa.

How long do porcelain veneers last—and will they stain like natural teeth?

Veneers should last from 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. They’re significantly more resistant to stain and discoloration and, unlike your natural teeth, maintain their brightness and luster for many years.

What is a Smile Makeover?

A Smile Makeover is a change in the lower third of a patient’s face. By widening the smile and building out the teeth (perhaps by lengthening them, adding more anatomy and translucency) using veneers,we can create a more dynamic smile that in some cases slightly fills out the lips and provides the patient with a fuller, more youthful appearance. It is similar to a facelift from the nose down—without the scalpel.

Does the Smile Makeover look natural?

Yes, a Smile Makeover will look totally natural and be undetectable—friends will simply think you returned from a vacation looking refreshed. Often, lips begin to sag over time and lose their elasticity. Because their primary support comes from the teeth, by widening and lengthening those teeth, lips appear more youthful. Based on the patient’s age, skin tone, and gender, teeth color and shape are selected to enhance the appearance from the nose down. The procedure is non-invasive and the result looks natural.

Why do I need a root canal?

Inside each tooth lies a slender strand of ‘pulp’, which contains nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients to the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die, and without endodontic treatment the tooth dies as well. Endodontic treatment (a root canal) is needed to prevent the infection from spreading into the tissues of the face. If this happens there will sometimes be facial or gum swelling and pain.  During root canals, we remove infection within the tooth and fill the space with a plastic filling material. The only other option would be to have the tooth extracted. Extractions are generally considered a last resort, and are only done of the tooth cannot be saved.