Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have heard some of my friends talk about ‘sleep dentistry’- can you do that?
A: Absolutely. Some people are very anxious about coming to the dentist and some are nervous about certain procedures, requiring something more than ‘freezing’. Although we strive to provide very gentle dentistry, should you require more than local anesthetic (freezing), Dr. Vranjes is qualified to offer Nitrous oxide and Oral sedation. Should this interest you, please mention it to Michele when you call.
Q: At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist?
A: We encourage children over the age of 1 to come for a dental visit. Creating a positive experience the first time a child visits the office goes a long way to making them less nervous at subsequent appointments.
Q: What kinds of insurance do you accept?
A: We accept both private and employer sponsored dental insurance and can electronically process claims on your behalf using our computer system. Dental coverage, with many employers, is part of your overall compensation. If you have the coverage, make the time in your schedule and take care of your dental health.
Q: Do you accept referrals?
A: As a new office, we are accepting all patients. We hope to grow our practice through satisfied patients, so we strongly encourage referrals!
Q: What if I have an emergency and your office is closed?
A: Please call the main office number (403.453.5588) and listen to the instructions on how to reach Dr. Vranjes, or other emergency care.
Q: What kind of toothbrush should I use?
A: With a market loaded with toothbrushes with flashy colours, different shaped heads and all kinds of gizmos, it’s difficult to determine which one is best for oneself. Although some may have a particular advantage for you than others (and we’d be happy to discuss this with you), our advice is to pick a toothbrush with soft bristles and a comfortable handle. We also recommend certain electric toothbrushes.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of bleaching?
A: Bleaching is relatively inexpensive and usually brightens the teeth quickly and easily. However, it does not work equally well for everyone, and results are less predictable than with other procedures. Newly bleached teeth tend to fade in colour anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years after bleaching. Very dark teeth, especially those stained from the use of the antibiotic tetracycline, tend to bleach the poorest. People who had white teeth that have been darkened or been stained from coffee, tea, tobacco or red wine usually get the best results. We offer KoR Whitening at Dynamic Dental, and it has proven to be one of the best products on the market. Come talk to us about in-office and take-home whitening options.
Q: My breath has a terrible odour, but I brush my teeth everyday. Is there something you can do to help?
A: Many people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. The first step regarding halitosis, is to be sure to brush twice a day, floss and brush your tongue (preferably with a tongue scraper, which we can provide), have regular cleanings with a hygienist, and carefully clean dentures or other removable appliances. Should you still suffer from halitosis despite meticulous hygiene, come talk to us about a rinse treatment that can inhibit bacterial growth. Be sure to provide us with an updated list of medications as this can occasionally be the source of the problem.
Q: How do I know when it’s time to come in for a checkup?
A: If it’s been more than six months, it’s time to come in for an appointment. An average, healthy adult will benefit from a professional cleaning and exam twice a year. While twice daily brushing and daily flossing will help prevent bacterial overgrowth, it is recommended that you be checked twice a year for plaque that has hardened into calculus (tartar), which would require a professional cleaning to avoid potential gum infection.
Q: I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces, what can you do to help?
A: There are many options available, depending on an individuals specific situation or concerns. Some teeth can benefit from a simple reshaping, while others may require porcelain veneers or crowns to achieve the desired esthetics. Other people may want to wear ‘invisible’ braces to straighten teeth before considering restoring teeth. Dr. Vranjes would be happy to discuss options and determine what option would work best to achieve your desired level of aesthetics.
Q: My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?
A: Please contact the office immediately and we will be happy to determine the safest and most appropriate course of action. Regarding the tooth, rinse it gently under warm water (no scrubbing!) and place it in a glass of milk or wrap it in a damp paper towel.