When should my child have his/her first visit to the dentist?

Most children have all their baby teeth at age two and a half. Unless you suspect a problem prior, this is a good time for a first visit to the dentist. We urge parents to introduce their child in gradual ways such as inviting your child to watch you have your dental exam. When your child is ready, it is important that he/she develop a relationship with the dental staff right away. We feel the more exposure the child has to the dental setting, the less fearful he/she will become. We also feel that it is important that the child be empowered to make choices in his/her visit with us.

I have heard that mercury amalgam fillings are not safe. Should I have mine replaced?

The Canadian Dental Association has stated repeatedly that amalgams are not a health risk for the vast majority of people. The form of mercury that is present in dental fillings is not the same as the form that is a health and environmental concern. The CDA also recommends that mercury fillings should not be used in immuno-suppressed individuals and in children. There are a lot options for materials in dental fillings and the best choice for your particular case starts with a discussion with your dentist regarding your priorities . By sharing your concerns about your amalgam fillings, your dentist will be in a good position to give you the information needed to decide whether to have your fillings replaced or not.

What are impacted teeth?

A tooth is considered impacted when it is blocked by another tooth, dense bone or thick tissue and therefore cannot grow into its proper position in the mouth. Quite often you will hear of "impacted wisdom teeth" and that is a situation whereby the impaction occurs on the third molars.

Do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

When it comes to dentistry there are few, if any, "have-to's". Sometimes wisdom teeth are hard to clean and can become decayed or infected. There may be insufficient room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. In either case, removal of wisdom teeth is recommended. There is some advantage to removing wisdom teeth in early adulthood as healing is more optimal. Individual circumstances can affect what is best and the choice to leave and observe, or remove wisdom teeth is always made on an individual basis .

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that evolved over 2000 years ago. It involves stimulating points along the body’s meridian system in order to balance the flow of energy and influence the physiological functioning of the body. As the basis of Acupuncture. The body has an energy force running throughout it, known as “Qi”. The Qi consists of all essential life activities, which include spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of life. A person’s health is influenced by the flow of Qi through the body. Qi travels through the body along meridians throughout the body and acupuncture points are specific locations, where the meridians come to the surface of the skin, and are easily accessible by “needling”.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

There is usually minimal discomfort when placing the needles. The needles are manipulated until sensation of numbness tingling, fullness or electrical sensation is achieved. At the arrival of this sensation (de Qi), treatment is optimal. The needles are left in place for a specified time depending on the condition.

Are the needles clean?

Our office, along with most practitioners of acupuncture in North America today, use pre-sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles to ensure that there is no transmission of communicable diseases from patient to patient.

How many treatments will I require?

The number of treatments sessions will depend upon several factors, for example: duration of onset, age of patient, severity of condition, response to treatment, etc. Each person receives individually tailored therapy and the number of treatment sessions varies with these factors.

What could I expect from Acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture therapy in our dental office utilizes points that are related to dental health concerns, such as smoking cessation, head and neck pain, headaches, TMJ disorders, and anxiety control with respect to dental procedures. The first visit will involve an examination and diagnosis following the TCM techniques of observation and inquiry. Usually this will also include the first session of acupuncture therapy. Often patients see improvements after a series of appointments, but it is not uncommon to see immediate effects after just one session.



Suite 401, 10138-104 St, Edmonton, AB,
T5J 1A7

Office Hours

  • Monday 8:00 - 3:00
  • Tuesday 8:00 - 3:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 6:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 2:00
  • Friday 8:00 - 3:00

Hours may vary