Back in April, the Government of British Columbia declared the dentist an essential service; however, for most of spring 2020 elective dental services were postponed. Patients in need of emergency dental care could access clinics with the proper PPE along with dentists who were willing and capable of providing safe treatment for dental emergencies.
Dr. Christopher Becir at Arbor Dental was one of those dentists. His clinic, the Arbor Dental Centre, was open during most of the pandemic seeing patients who had a true dental emergency. The clinic at Arbor Dental was ideal for this as the large clinical space and private exam rooms allow for physical distancing while also allowing extra protocols to keep patients healthy and safe.
3 common dental questions….answered!
- How often do you need to visit the dentist? Every patient is different, but in general Dr. Becir suggests hygiene appointments every six months as well as a check-up with the dentist. This is the best way to maintain your oral hygiene and catch any potential issues early on. Dr. Becir and his hygienists will then make their recommendations and the final choice of treatment is up to you. Dr. Becir is also great with kids and schedules ‘happy visits’ to get your child familiar with the dentist after their first teeth come in.
- What should you do if you child chips or knocks out a permanent tooth? If the tooth has come out completely, place it in milk immediately and head straight over! There is a chance Dr. Becir can clean the tooth and place it back in your child’s mouth. If the tooth is chipped, call the office to book an appointment. Chipped teeth without any other issue require either a ‘smooth’ or a small filling.
- How much should you expect to pay? At Arbor Dental, the staff take care of the direct billing with all major insurance companies. The Arbor Dental Center also follows the British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) ‘fee guide’ and does not charge above what is recommended. The clinic will also take care of transferring your records from other clinics, in and out of province — just let the staff know where you previously received dental care and they will handle the rest!