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Our Steveston Dental Office in RIchmond

Bayview Dental Centre in Steveston, Richmond
Where are you located?

We are at the heart of the Steveston Community. Our address is: #110-12420 No. 1 Road, Richmond, BC V7E 6N2 (view map for directions). You can see our signage on the east side of the street once you reach the 4-way stop at the intersection of Steveston Town Centre.

What are your office hours?

We are open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. On Saturdays, we're open from 9am to 4pm. Our dental team will always stay behind or come in early to accommodate patients with special needs.

Do you accept new patients?

New patients are always welcome at our office. The highest compliment any of our patients can pay us is by the referral of their friends, family and loved ones. We will treat them with the same attention and care as we treat you.

Do you accept emergency patients, or out-of-town, out-of-area patients?

Accidents happen, often at the most inconvenient and unexpected time. Though we have a schedule to follow on pre-booked appointments, we will stay behind and make sure you are taken care of when you are in need. So call us. We will always fit you in.

Do you treat patients who are scared of the dentist?

Yes, we cater to patients who have anxiety towards receiving dental care. Through communication, we identify issues early on and will fully address them before any treatment is proposed. We strive to provide the best dental care possible, and to also encourage you to become proactively interested in your teeth. We will not only move you pass the fear stage, but will get you to actively want to improve your oral health. We want every patient to be proud of their teeth that they can’t stop smiling.

Together we can overcome problems that had prevented you from receiving proper dental care.

I just want to be knocked out for dental work because I am just very scared. Do you offer sedation?

Yes, we will administer oral or IV sedatives and titrate them to your body type. You will be drowsy, anxiety-free, and eventually fall asleep. Most of our sedation patients snore and only remembered they had a good sleep. That is our patient’s ultimate compliment to us.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Do you replace mercury fillings with white fillings?

This is an area of debate amongst even dentists. Fillings that contain mercury have been banned in many countries in the world, and Health Canada has issued warnings in limiting the number of mercury fillings in children and pregnant women.

As a general rule we don’t always just remove silver fillings because they are old and ugly. We only recommend replacement to white if there are signs of leakage, fracture, recurrent decay, or marginal cracks.

Silver filling changed to white.

Silver filling changed to white.

Our office does not place any mercury fillings. We are amongst the first dentists in Steveston to place tooth-coloured fillings only.

I had braces when I was young, but now my teeth are crooked again. Do I need to have braces put back in again to have straight teeth?

Most likely not. Using metal braces to treat relapse is a thing of the past. Very few patients with relapse has actually been diagnosed in needing full metal braces again. Our office is very experienced in using the Invisalign® system to treat crowding, spacing, and relapsed dentition. It is so easy and comfortable to wear. Most importantly no one can tell you are having your teeth straightened. There are many ways we can improve your smile – so make sure you ask us! You will be surprised how easy it is.

Invisalign® to correct 'buck' teeth.

Invisalign® to correct 'buck' teeth.

Why is it so expensive to have my teeth restored to a healthy condition?

The reason that some people find dentistry unaffordable is because their teeth haven't been getting the proper attention and treatment they deserve! If you put your foot down and take care of them once and for all, your teeth will stop costing you so much money. After the treatment phase, all you need is daily flossing and brushing followed by the 6-month visit to the dentist to maintain a healthy smile.

The longer you wait on addressing your tooth decay and gum disease, the bigger the problem will grow, more time will be invested in recovering to health, and more money will be spent to get to that stage. So do it today. Our office has financial options set aside for those who need them. Any member of our team will be able to help you choose the one best suited for your needs.

I have dental insurance. So I never have to pay, right?

There is a wide range of dental insurances. Depending on your policy and coverage, the amount you actually pay out of your pocket varies. The best way to find out is to give your insurance provider a call and make sure your policy is active and benefits properly explained. As an added service to our patients, our office will help you with verifying insurance coverage if you are having difficulty understanding the language as it pertains to dentistry. We are in no way responsible for your insurance details.

You and your dentist know what’s best for your teeth. Make an informed, HEALTHY decision. Don’t let insurance companies dictate what goes on in your mouth.

I had a tooth pulled. I don’t miss it and I don’t mind the look. So I don’t need to have it replaced, right?

Before a tooth is removed, a patient must be informed of the consequences of not having it replaced. If a “gap” is present because of a missing tooth, adjacent teeth will shift(spaces will form elsewhere in the dentition) into that space, opposing tooth will erupt to become longer, sliding motion of the jaw will change, and it could potentially cause jaw joint changes and arthritis. As more teeth become non-functional as the opposing teeth are missing and nothing to bite against, the remainder functional dentition will receive a heavier load during chewing and be prone to stress and wear.

A tooth, if pulled, must be replaced to re-establish the equilibrium in the mouth. This can be done with a bridge or a dental implant. Implant is the best solution dentistry can offer in replacing a tooth. It not only gives a tooth, but a root of the tooth as well so it’s strong and stable and will last you a lifetime.

Can I get my teeth whitened? Can I get my front teeth capped?

There are many ways we can improve your smile and make it shine. To find out what’s best suited for you is to come in for a comprehensive consultation and ask all the questions that you have. Our team will develop a customized treatment plan that will address your needs.

What is the whitening process doing to my teeth?

The whitening agent soaks into the tooth's dentin and enamel, and the laser energy activates the process. Stains that have soaked into the tooth are removed, and the color of the inside of the tooth is also changed by an oxidation process.

I have heard horror stories about root canals. Is there any validity to those stories?

Root canal (endodontic treatment) procedure only hurts when the dentist can’t freeze you properly due to abscess formation inside your bone. Area of inflammation and “pus” in our body are acidic (lower in pH), which will neutralize local anaesthetic solution. The tooth will be harder to “freeze” when it’s inflamed and abscessed. To avoid that? Listen to your dentist and have your root canal done as soon as it is diagnosed. Do not wait until abscess forms.

Dental Services for Children

Dental Services for Children
Do you treat children?

Children and families are a big part of our practice here at Bayview Dental Centre. We incorporate fun and playful techniques to get children interested in oral health care. Most of our "young" patients leave our Steveston dental office feeling like they want to come back for more fun!

What happens when my child visits the dentist for the first time?

Depending on the child’s age, our team’s approach is catered to each child’s personality and stage of development. For example, we may examine a child sitting on his/her parent’s lap; while those able to sit on their own can even get their teeth counted and “brushed”! Our team will go over oral hygiene, diet, and habits with the parent. Remember, prevention is the key to a happy patient.

My child is having a filling done. Can I tell him or her what to expect?

You know your child best and it is always helpful when parents engage in their children’s health care. However, if you feel that you might give your child undue stress, we can help. We are confident that your child will not associate dentistry with pain or needles after his or her first filling appointment, so avoid words like that. Leave it to us. Just say, “Let’s catch those sugar bugs tomorrow.” Tell them it’s so wonderful that they are doing something to help their teeth get healthy and happy.

Dental Services During Pregnancy

Dental Services during Pregnancy
If I am pregnant, do I need to see a dentist?

Pregnancy can pre-dispose women to gum disease. It is very important to keep up with your flossing and brushing but also to still visit your dentist while expecting. Our dental professionals at Bayview Dental Centre sees many young and growing families in Steveston, we know your needs and will make your visit as convenient and pleasant as possible.

Is it true I will lose a tooth for every child that I have?

This myth perpetuates that the unborn child will suck the calcium out of the mother's teeth, and she will lose a tooth. As a matter of fact, calcium is absorbed from the mother's bones and not her teeth. Because of this, the mother requires a sufficient supply of calcium. With a proper diet, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental examinations, the mother does not have to worry about this myth.

Dental Care

How often should I floss?

You should floss at least once a day for two to three minutes.

Do I need a waterpick?

They are effective around orthodontic braces, but don't use waterpicks as a substitute for brushing and flossing, as they do not remove plaque. Waterpicks are usually recommended for persons with gum disease, when recommended by your dentist.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Without proper dental treatment, the infection will spread, and the bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate. Since the tooth will not heal itself, eventually the tooth may fall out.

What happens after root canal therapy?

For a few days, natural tissue inflammation may cause discomfort, but this can be controlled by an over-the-counter analgesic. The dentist will conduct a follow-up exam to monitor tissue healing. After that, a permanent crown will have to be placed to protect the fragility of the tooth. Brushing and flossing regularly, and avoid chewing hard foods on the treated tooth will ensure the longevity of the restoration.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

When the hard enamel of the teeth is worn down or the gums have receded, the tiny tubes located in the dentin and nerve endings are exposed, leading to pain caused by consuming foods and beverages that are hot or cold. Temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract, and over time, your teeth may develop tiny cracks that allow these sensations to seep through the nerves. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by: gum recession due to bruxism, dentine exposure by incorrect brushing techniques, chemical enamel erosion, and tooth decay.