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I haven’t been to the dentist in years. What do you recommend as a first-time patient to your clinic?

Typically, we recommend having a comprehensive examination and diagnostic digital radiographs completed before seeing our registered dental hygienist. This gives the dentist the necessary information to determine your oral condition and any treatment that may be needed. From there, our staff will book any necessary appointments and ensure that you are booked for your next re-care appointment based on the hygienist’s recommendations.

Do you submit to insurance companies?

We do submit to most insurance companies. Our highly trained front desk team will be glad to answer any questions you may have about your insurance, but typically we recommend that you contact your plan administrator for details on your coverage since most plans can be quite different.

I have a missing tooth. What are my best options?

Typically the best option is a Dental Implant. Implants are made of titanium metal and are placed in the jawbone as an artificial root of a tooth. A crown or supported denture is then attached to the implant. This method, while being the best option, is also only available when you have enough bone structure to support the implant. Other possible options for missing teeth are Porcelain Bridges or Partial Dentures. Information on all these procedures can be seen in the Care section of the website.

Do I really have to go to the dentist every six months?

How often you go for dental exams depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. For many people, this means a dental exam every six months. We may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I floss every day?
  • Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist's instructions on how to brush properly?
  • Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
  • Do I smoke?
  • Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
  • Is my overall health good?

The answers to these questions are all factors that affect your oral health. They will help you and your dentist decide how often you need to visit for dental exams. It's worth noting that you should not determine your need for dental care based on what your dental plan covers.

Do I need x-rays at each visit?

How often you need to have x-rays depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won't need x-rays at every appointment. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays.

If you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken, ask your dentist. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don't develop into bigger ones.

About Ferryland Family Dentistry

Each team member plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of Ferryland Family Dentistry: from the warm greetings of our receptionist, to the comforting smiles of our dental assistants. Take time to familiarize yourself with each and every member of our wonderful team.



Ferryland Family Dentistry
596 Baltimore Drive
Ferryland, NL
A0A 2H0

Phone (New Patients):
(709) 432-3100

Office Hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm