Thank you for looking into the services we provide at Sun Dental Group. Before you visit our dentists in Lethbridge, our FAQ section can you help find answers to the questions that most interest our patients about dental treatments.
Of course, consulting your hygienist or dentist is the best way to address your specific concerns. Call Sun Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.
I broke or lost a filling. Do I need to worry?
If there is no pain, then just phone in at 403-327-3410, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or 8:00 AM ‘til 3:00 PM on Fridays to arrange an exam and X-ray to assess the damage. If you are experiencing painful discomfort and our office is current closed, you may dial our emergency line at 403-360-5587.
I just got white fillings. They are very sensitive to cold food and pressure from biting. Should I come in to have them checked?
Yes. White fillings can be sensitive to cold but should not be sensitive to the bite. Your bite may need to be adjusted. It is important to call our office for a follow-up appointment as the problem will most likely become worse over time.
My gums bleed when I brush. Should I be worried?
Heightened tenderness and bleeding gums may likely be a symptom of gum disease. It is important that you promptly schedule an appointment to assess your situation. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose, eventually leading to tooth loss.
My gums are receding. Is this a problem?
Yes. Please come in for an exam to determine the extent of the problem. Gentle probing and an X-ray analysis will be required.
I am missing a tooth. Will a root implant work for me?
Possibly, but it depends on how much bone material is present. An X-ray and CT scan may be needed to determine if your upper and lower jaws are strong enough to support a dental implant.
My dentures are loose. Will implants help?
Yes, but only if they can be placed. If the bone is too narrow for regular implants, such as those by NobelSmile™, it may be possible to use a narrower implant to stabilize your dentures.
Is it possible for cavities to develop under a cap or crown?
Yes, it is possible, but “secondary decay” is also possible under a filling.
Do I need two appointments for a crown to be placed?
Not at all. Modern technology allows our office to prepare and construct your crown in just one appointment, on the same day. A CEREC® crown can be constructed in as little as 10 minutes!
If I need a crown, do I need a root canal?
In many instances, a root canal is not necessary prior to a crown placement.
My crown has been lost or fallen off. What should I do?
A lost or detached crown can cause sensitivities, pain, and/or discomfort. It is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you are experiencing acute pain, please call our emergency number at 403-360-5587.
I just received my dentures and they are very loose. What can I do?
Your options may include tissue conditioning (soft reline) and/or implant-supported dentures in the future.
My elderly mom's dentures look awful. Can she get new ones?
Yes, she can. Although, our experience has been that if an elderly senior is happy with their dentures, then a reline may be the best solution. For elderly seniors, it can be very difficult to create a new, altered set of dentures that provide the same level of comfort.
I hate needles, is there another option?
Our office uses The Wand™ from Milestone Scientific to deliver a near painless injection. This new technology is receiving rave reviews from needle-phobes and children who claim to feel nothing.
I am very apprehensive, but need dental work. What can you do for me?
We are fully-trained in delivering intravenous (IV) and oral sedation. Most people who receive sedatives do not remember much of their appointment. If you have anxiety during dental treatments, speak with your dentist regarding your sedation options.
I just had an extraction and there is a loose stitch. What should I do?
The loose stitch is OK and if you want to remove it then it is fine. Phone us to verify the status but it is probably not critical. You can slide it out with tweezers if it bothers you.
I just had my wisdom teeth out and it won't stop bleeding. What should I do?
Bite firmly on a moist tea bag for about 30 minutes straight and don't remove it. It is not unusual to have some light oozing of blood, swelling and discomfort after extractions. Call the office at 403-327-3410 or on our after-hours emergency number at 403-360-5587 if swelling or pain becomes unbearable.
I cannot afford to pay for my dentistry services up front. What can I do?
We have payment options available, including an interest-free payment schedule that can be tailored to your specific needs.
I have 100% insurance. Why do I still have to pay over and above my insurance?
Insurance companies have a fee schedule, of which they pay a percentage of, usually 100%, 80% or 50%. We have our fee schedule, which does not usually match the insurance companies’ fees, since every insurance company has its own fee schedule.
I have general questions about dental procedures. Where should I look for more information?
An excellent website to visit to describe dental procedures is the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry website.