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At what age should my new born visit the dentist?
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How do you know if a dentist is 'good' ?

As a regular person, I can tell if my financial advisor is good because my investments beat the market.
I can tell if my barber is good since my haircut looks good.

But with dentists, how do you know? If the dentist fails to identify some chronic or longterm issue in a child, you might not find out until 20 years later.
There are lots of things a dentist could do wrong, but as far as I can tell, you have no way of knowing.

So how can a regular person tell if they have a 'good' dentist?
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Jucius Maximus wrote: How do you know if a dentist is 'good' ?

As a regular person, I can tell if my financial advisor is good because my investments beat the market.
I can tell if my barber is good since my haircut looks good.

But with dentists, how do you know? If the dentist fails to identify some chronic or longterm issue in a child, you might not find out until 20 years later.
There are lots of things a dentist could do wrong, but as far as I can tell, you have no way of knowing.

So how can a regular person tell if they have a 'good' dentist?
I would guess if your bite is good and you have no pain the dentist must be good.
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AlexiRos wrote:
2. Do dentists charge you a fee if you pick up your file yourself if you are leaving their business?
AskADentist wrote: 2) No, it is not reasonable to charge a fee for the transfer of records. In fact, I think that it may be illegal to charge someone for their own records. You can fill out a form giving authorization for the new office to request the x-rays from your old office and they should be able to do it for you. Most offices will not send your whole file, but rather just the most recent x-rays.
Don't know where @AlexiRos is from, but I see @AskADentist is in Ontario. This RCDSO practice advisory answers the question :
http://www.rcdso.org/Assets/DOCUMENTS/P ... ntists.pdf
Can I charge the patient for the release of dental records?

While many dentists will provide copies of dental records at no charge
as a courtesy to their patients, a dentist can charge a patient a fee that
is consistent with the direct costs incurred in duplicating and releasing
them. This may include out-of-pocket expenses such as mailing costs,
charges from a dental laboratory or radiograph duplicating facility,
and materials costs. It is not considered appropriate to charge an
administrative fee for the dental staff’s time.
The original patient file or records stays with the original practitioner as it is their records which has to be kept for a certain amount of time after last seeing the patient. A copy of all or some of the record can be transferred.
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hulk007 wrote: At what age should my new born visit the dentist?
You can start as early as 2yrs old. After that usually 6 months intervals for cleaning and check up.
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The ADA would recommend at 1 year of age. Children are getting their teeth by then and some parents are unaware of how to care for children's teeth. Seeing a dentist early allows for intervention if needed. BTW, most dentists won't charge to see a child that young anyway - at least, not have you pay out of pocket.

How to know your dentist is good? First thing I would do is ask where they graduated from. Canadian schools are VERY DIFFICULT to get into - it really is the best of the best. But, even if they did graduate from a Canadian school, check if they are an international dentist who did the 2 year qualification at a Canadian school. Personally, I wouldn't see an overseas trained dentist unless they trained in the West (Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand). I could tell you stories of dental grads from certain countries that never saw a patient while in dental school (yes, NEVER) and then moved to Canada, practiced on plastic teeth in their garage for a year straight, in order to pass the qualifying exams in Canada and now work on us. No thanks.

The main thing I would suggest you look for in a dentist is someone who you can converse with and is willing to answer your questions. If they rush you in and out, and never explain what they are doing, I would look elsewhere. It's becoming a very competitive field so they need you, more than you need them.
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AskADentist wrote: Hi linsook,

Thank you for your question.

I am not sure if I am understanding your question correctly. You are asking if it would be a good idea to replace all your teeth with implants, even if the patient has intact teeth with healthy gums and bone and is functioning fine?

Even if 65% of the teeth are filled, there is nothing wrong with this. While implants are a great option for replacement of missing teeth, my philosophy is that your natural teeth will always be better than any type of replacement.

As well, once you go into full arch implant solutions, the difficulty and cost is significantly higher.

Hope that answers your question. Let me know if I misunderstood at all.
Hello Dentist,

Thanks for your replies! I have a similar question about getting implants while the gettings are good.

My larger teeth are almost entirely consist of fillings, and some has got crowns. Otherwise I have healthy gums and good hygiene, with quickly progressing cavities though. My dental insurance at work covers implants. I have one implant for a missing tooth that could not be saved.

Wouldn't it make sense for me to get rid of some teeth now, and install implants while they are covered by insurance? I am approaching an age where I may lose my job, and not sure if I could find a new one that would be paid as well as my current job. Afraid I may not be able to afford any implants at the later stage of life.

Thank you!
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Hello Doctor,

1. Can you tell me approximate cost for root canal include crown for one tooth (top left, 3rd from wisdom teeth).

2. How can I find orthodontist re: braces straighten teeth? How much would be approximate cost? I am 32 year, will there be any issues doing now?

Regards,
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not sure if already asked but why is dentistry not part of OHIP in Ontario?
eye check ups are part of OHIP for under 20 or over 65
physical part of OHIP
even some physiotherapy is part of OHIP
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I have autoimmune thyroid disease so am trying to avoid fluoride. Even though dentist knows my concern, she pushes fluoride on every visit, and the last time I got a filling she asked permission to use a filling material that contains and slowly releases fluoride. I said absolutely not. But how do I know she didn't? I feel like I can't trust her now, and I'm due for another filling. Can you provide the names for some commonly-used amalgam materials that do/ don't contain fluoride so I can check more objectively what she's using? (She doesn't use mercury, which I'm grateful for!) Thank you so much! :)
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Please..i need advice. I was getting a cast of my front tooth made for a new crown...., while the dr tried to remove my OLD crown he broke the post holding it in place. he said b/c the new crown will be covering so much of the gum area I may need to see a dental surgeon. Im freaking out.... b/c I don't know what to expect...

in the meantime he made another temp tooth & I go back in 10 days to see if I have any Inflamation?
this is a new (younger) dr, so another reason to cause anxiety.

what should I expect?
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Not a dentist but likely you will need to have the tooth removed and either an implant plus crown or a bridge to replace the missing tooth.
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ammaretto wrote: Please..i need advice. I was getting a cast of my front tooth made for a new crown...., while the dr tried to remove my OLD crown he broke the post holding it in place. he said b/c the new crown will be covering so much of the gum area I may need to see a dental surgeon. Im freaking out.... b/c I don't know what to expect...

in the meantime he made another temp tooth & I go back in 10 days to see if I have any Inflamation?
this is a new (younger) dr, so another reason to cause anxiety.

what should I expect?
Seems like you're nervous about seeing a " Dental surgeon" . Did the dentist explain why or what procedure the surgeon will do? From the information that's given I suspect you should need a procedure called "Crown lengthening". This procedure is needed when there is not enough tooth structure to support a crown. That's one of the reason why the dentist say "it covers so much gum" ... but its purely speculation without seeing actual x-rays and seeing the state of the remaining tooth.

Why was a new crown recommended in the first place? What was the problem with the old crown? What type of inflammation is your dentist worried about? Is it gum inflammation? or Issue with the tooth itself? Did the old post actually break or did it simply dislodged and fell out?

If the temp crown is still in your mouth and you're pain free, I'd say it's a good sign.

No need to be anxious about seeing a new dentist, I'd say new dentist have more tendency to do things by the book and take less risk. Crowns and bridges are bread and butter stuff for any general dentist and they should be well trained for these types of procedure.

Fun fact.. all dentist are " Dental surgeons"... since DDS stands for Doctor of dental surgery.
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hi,,,no he did not explain the procedure. my current crown is about 18 yrs old & it became "wobbley" so he removed it & cleaned under it said there was some decay. ;-( a few wks went by & I went back for a mold for my new crown...that's when the post broke. I have no idea if part of it is still in my gum/tooth...

I was just reading about Crown lengthening"...it takes 1-2 weeks to heal.....does that mean I wont have a tooth for that time?......lol...oh lordy

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