Your overall oral health is a big predictor of a successful dental procedure. A dental exam determines if you have any issues which may need to be addressed before considering any procedure.
If you have short or unhealthy roots, you may not be a good candidate for procedures that move your teeth, like orthodontics. Root length and health can only be determined by dental X-rays.
Conditions like osteoporosis or arthritis and some medications can negatively affect the outcome of a dental procedure. A dental exam will inform your decision.
Teeth and bones can fuse together after a sports injury or accident, but not cause a problem until you try and move your teeth! Only your dentist can confirm this with dental X-rays.
There’s usually more than one option for dental procedures. Make sure you know what’s available and why a particular option is being recommended to you. Understand the benefits and risks of each before choosing what’s best for you.
Materials used by licensed dentists in BC are approved by Health Canada for patient safety. Check for Health Canada approval before placing them in your mouth.
Know your options: Who’s responsible for the treatment? Is there follow-up, and for how long? If your procedure is done by a dentist licensed in BC, you can contact your treatment provider to resolve any issues.
Patient information sheet: Direct-To-Consumer Dentistry: Is it Right for You? (PDF)