Westend Dental
(780) 484-0808

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions asked by patients during visits to the dentist

1.Will it hurt?

Dentistry has advanced to the point that most treatments can be performed with little or no pain. The best solution is to seek treatment ‘before’ it hurts.

2.Can’t you just pull it?

A quick fix now may lead to problems later.It’s always best to attempt to restore the teeth you have rather than try to replace them.There’s nothing that can compare with natural teeth for function.Teeth that are beyond repair should be extracted,keeping your natural teeth far outweighs the benefits of losing them. Dentures do not replace teeth,they replace no teeth;now that’s something you can chew on!

3.Do I have to have X-Rays?

It’s impractical to do a complete examination,especially on your first visit,without radiographs (X-Rays). We usually take a short series of radiographs to start. If we feel that more radiographs are required for a specific situation or for a more accurate diagnosis of a more serious dental condition,we’ll discuss this with you.

4.Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss?

Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. Mild gum disease is common and very easy to treat. The bleeding gums are a signal we need to remove the irritating buildup of debris and plaque from under the gums.Proper cleaning and regular home care can prevent further gum disease.

5.Who owns my X-Rays?

The dentist;however, it is clear the patient must be allowed access to their records for the purposes of continuing care.

6.Why is it important to replace that tooth…it’s been missing for years?

Replacing the missing tooth will restore the area to proper function. Over time the teeth on either side of the space may tip over into the space. This can cause difficulty with your bite.

7.Why are my teeth so sensitive to hot and cold?

Teeth may be sensitive for a variety of reasons. Abrasion or wear of the protective tooth surfaces can be a common cause of sensitivity.To prevent further sensitivity we can show you some important cleaning and brushing techniques to overcome this problem.

8.Why do I need to come in every 6 to 9 months or more frequently for a cleaning?

To maintain the health and strength of your teeth and gums. Most adults get buildup on their teeth that,if left untreated, leads to gum disease and eventual tooth loss. It’s important to maintain a regular schedule of oral health maintenance for your mouth.

9.Does the Dentist have to guarantee my dental work?

No, but most dentists will stand behind any restorative work for a reasonable length of time. Please ask how long a filling, crown, or bridge can be expected to last under normal conditions.

10.How can I improve my smile?

There have been several advances in cosmetic dentistry which allow us to provide long-lasting,affordable and good looking restorations. Bleaching, bonding, veneers and orthodontics are some of the options available today.


  • Our dental clinic has been servicing Edmonton community for the past 30 years.
  • Our mission is to provide patients with oral care in a warm, cheerful and relaxed environment.
  • Our goal is for you to keep your teeth functional and healthy, and maintain a long-term partnership with you based on trust and respect.
  • Our location is convenient and has elevator access. Free parking is available during the appointment.
  • Our staff is friendly and well trained.
  • Our clinic accommodates new patients. Dental emergencies are seen based on schedule availability and referred accordingly.

For the healthiest gums use these formulas for brushing, flossing, massaging gums, mouth-rinses, proxa-brushes, sulca-brushes, rubber-tip stimulators to overcome sensitive teeth, to ease the recovery of oral surgery, and for general overall cavity prevention.

A beautiful smile can give patients a lifetime of happiness!

(780) 484-0808