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PATIENT INFORMATION

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Your dental health is our top priority. Your first visit to our office will include a medical and dental history, a comprehensive dental examination, and a consultation with the Doctor. During this visit, we will also take the x-rays needed for your examination. Dr. Carmody will review your information and form a treatment plan for your dental needs. We would appreciate it if you would complete the medical history and privacy forms before your arrival and bring them along with you.

(If you cannot don't worry, just come a little early to complete them).

  • You will also need your dental insurance card if you have one.

  • These are the forms for all patients over the age of 18.

  • These are the special forms for pediatric patients.

Dentist Office

Got a question?

Check out our most frequently asked questions below :

How often do I need to go to the dentist?


We recommend visiting the dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. Changes to your dental health can occur quickly and this ensures any issues that might arise are diagnosed in a timely manner.




What does a hygienist do?


A dental hygienist specializes in the prevention, as well as treatment of dental diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. A hygienist’s role is to try to prevent the progress of all types of dental disease.




I have some staining on my teeth, how can I fix it?


It may be possible for us to remove these stains with basic polishing techniques. Also, we have a great whitening system Kör to brighten your teeth in a matter of weeks, just ask!




I chipped my tooth, what can I do?


There is no way to treat a cracked tooth at home. You need to see us. Sometimes the tooth looks fine but hurts only when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes. If your tooth hurts all the time, it may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels. This is a serious warning sign.




I'm terrified of the dentist, do you treat nervous/anxious patients?


Anxiety is common amongst dental patients, but it can be treated. We provide a calm, safe environment for all treatment performed as well as several modes of sedation for the anxious patient.




What's the difference between crowns and veneers?


The simplest answer is that Crowns cover more of the tooth surface whereas veneers cover just the front part. Crowns are most frequently used to repair teeth that are moderate to severely cracked or broken or where instances of decay cannot be repaired by a filling. Veneers are made out of porcelain and are employed to make teeth look natural and healthy.




What is an implant?


A dental implant has a titanium component buried invisibly below the gum and on top of it the porcelain crown which is matched to the color of your own teeth.




How do I know if I have periodontal disease?


Periodontal disease will be diagnosed by your Hygienist and Dental team. Periodontal disease is an infectious process classified according to how much damage has been sustained by the structures surrounding the teeth, namely the gingiva (gums) and bone. It is normally completely painless. It can happen around any teeth, affecting some or many of your teeth to varying degrees. The better you clean your teeth to remove all the plaque bacteria, the less likely it is to develop.





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Children's Dentistry FAQ :

At what stage should my child first visit the dentist?


Typically children should have their teeth checked by a dentist at least twice a year from 2 years old to promote a healthy smile, but you can bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts.




What should we expect on the first visit to L'Anse Family Dental?


Our initial contact will be a chance to get to know your child, examine their teeth, carry out x-rays if necessary and develop an individual treatment plan based on your child’s need and developmental stage. It is best for the parent to explain beforehand that all we will do is count the child’s teeth, and most importantly to avoid using emotive phrases such as “it won’t hurt”.




How do I brush my child's teeth properly?


Teeth should be brushed for two minutes twice a day: after breakfast and last thing before bed for 2-3 minutes. Floride toothpaste should be left on teeth – spit don’t rinse. Supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first. Brush gently back and forth. Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gum line. Gently brush back and forth. Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth. Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom. Don’t forget the tongue-it’s always fun to brush!




What are sealants?


Sealants are clear or colored plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back permanent teeth, where decay occurs most often. Sealants fill in the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth which are hard to clean and prevent food particles from getting caught, possibly causing cavities. They are quick and comfortable to apply, and can effectively protect teeth for 5-10 years




How do I know if my child will require braces in the future?


The majority of children who may need braces don’t need to visit the orthodontist until all of their permanent teeth have erupted – at 11-13 years. Some children benefit from an earlier intervention – your dentist will let you know at your child’s regular check-up.
There are some specific signs that your child may need braces, including crooked or overlapping teeth, overly crowded teeth, losing baby teeth too soon, or malocclusion (misalignment of bite).




What should I do if my child chips/breaks or knocks out a tooth?


With any injury to your child’s mouth, you should contact us immediately. Dr Carmody will want to examine the affected area and determine the appropriate treatment. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and take this with you. If a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth by an injury, take the tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. Handle the tooth as little as possible-do not wipe or otherwise clean the tooth. Store the tooth in a cup of fresh milk. It may be possible for the tooth to be placed back into your child’s mouth, in a procedure called re-implantation!