Answers to all your cosmetic dentristy and general dental questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me? Do I need dental implants? I am nervous at the dentist. Ask Dr. Vaida your questions!

Your Health and Safety is Our #1 Priority

We want you to know that we are open and carefully observing COVID-19 safety protocols. To ensure your safety, and the safety of our dentist and clinic staff, we have put in place the following important practices: You will be screened either through a phone...

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Your First Visit To Altitude Dental

Welcome to Altitude Dental! Choosing a family dentist in Coquitlam can be a challenge because many dentists offer similar services. What makes our family dental clinic special or different from other Greater Vancouver dentist offices? It’s our team: our friendly,...

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Altitude Dental: Invisalign™ Dentists

Altitude Dental Specializes in Clear Aligners Invisalign dentists use custom made clear aligners for teeth straightening.  This type of aligner is designed to be less visible, less intrusive and more comfortable.  Altitude Dental in Coquitlam specializes in...

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Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth and Dental Extraction

Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Wisdom teeth problems usually arise after they erupt from your gums during the late teens or early twenties. As the third, and final, set of molars, they are often crowded or impacted, and need to be extracted to provide relief....

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Dental Implant Specialists

At Altitude Dental, we are dental implant specialists. The dental implant procedure places an artificial tooth root into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, provide a permanent tooth structure and to cosmetically look like a natural tooth. Dental Implant Procedure A...

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What is Conscious Oral Sedation?

Dr. Vaida, of Altitude Dental in Coquitlam, is an oral sedation dentist as part of his practice. If you struggle with anxiety or phobias to avoid the dentist, or if you experience pain or discomfort when the dentist works on your teeth, then oral sedation dentistry...

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What is Mercury-Free Dentistry?

Mercury-free dentistry is when a dental office has chosen to take precautionary steps to eliminate the use of mercury in its practice. Health and environmental issues, and advances in technology, have given us the  information and the ability to remove the use of...

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What is an Onlay or Inlay?

Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental specializes in Tooth Restoration A dental onlay or inlay looks like a filling but it is created in a laboratory. At Altitude Dental in Coquitlam, we work on tooth restoration that best fits your specific needs. An only or inlay is used for...

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Are you looking for a dentist for your children?

Oral health for kids is important and it is also important to start from an early age. Dr. Vaida of Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental specializes in working with children and families. Whether you are looking for a baby dentist or a dentist for children, starting your...

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What does Root Canal Surgery or Therapy involve?

Root canal surgery is required when we need to repair the damaged nerve of a tooth by removing nerves from the inner core of the tooth (the pulp chamber) and refilling the tooth to prevent bacteria from re-infecting the tooth. Altitude Dental has experience with root...

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Everything you need to know about dental bridges

Types of dental bridges include temporary or permanent, and porcelain, gold alloy or a combination of these materials. Dr. Vaida of Altitude Dental specializes in dental bridge work and dental services in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and beyond....

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Everything you need to know about dental crowns

What is a dental crown? A dental crown procedure is used to protect a damaged tooth, add strength and durability. Dental crown cost varies depending on the types of dental crowns used and the size and formation of the crown. A crown or a "cap" is a covering for a...

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Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?

Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum disease. It occurs most often when you aren't removing the plaque on your teeth often enough, by not brushing and flossing regularly. If you are brushing and flossing daily and you still notice that your gums are...

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What should I do if my crown or bridge comes off?

Occasionally a crown or a bridge will come off. There a few common causes why this happens. Decay that has gone under the gum line and then has worked its way up inside the crown or the bridge, removing the solid tooth structure that held the restoration on. The...

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How long do fillings last?

The life of a filling depends upon your at home oral health routine and your oral habits. If you are a clencher or a grinder, you can easily damage a filling from the amount of force being placed repeatedly on the tooth. (By the way, many people don't recognize that...

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My gums are bleeding when I brush or floss my teeth.

Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum disease. It occurs most often when you aren't removing the plaque on your teeth often enough, by not brushing and flossing regularly. If you are brushing and flossing daily and you still notice that your gums are...

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How safe are dental X-rays?

The advancement in technology and the introduction of digital x-rays have decreased the amount of x-ray exposure in dentistry. Our modern digital x-ray systems allow us to minimize the amount of radiation as well as increase the ability for our patients to see their...

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What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

Getting a tooth knocked out can happen in an accident or sports injury - or in some other way.  If a permanent tooth is knocked out then there is a small window of opportunity to save the tooth. Placing a tooth back in the socket within the first 30 minutes gives it...

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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is commonly known as gum disease. 75% of adults will have a form of periodontal disease during their lifetime. Periodontal disease has different stages from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). Periodontal disease has been linked to serious...

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What is Plaque and Calculus?

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth. It develops when food debris and saliva mix with the bacteria in your mouth. Plaque is always present in the mouth. Regular brushing and flossing keeps plaque at a minimum. When left too long on the teeth, plaque...

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What is a Digital Radiograph or Dental X-Ray?

A digital radiograph or dental x-ray system uses a sensor to digitally transfer your teeth image to a computer. The advantage is the immediate transfer and accessibility of images by Altitude Dental.  This allows us to use those images immediately in planning your...

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What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?

Scaling and Root Planing The first step is scaling and root planing. Your dental hygiene appointment is most often spent on scaling and root planing.  Your dental hygienist will manually remove any soft (plaque) or hard (calculus) buildup that has accumulated above...

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Why is Oral Health Important for Overall Health?

Your teeth need to last your lifetime: they work hard each and every day - they need to be strong and healthy and look good.  Ensuring that your mouth, gums and teeth are healthy and well maintained, helps you to ensure the overall health of your body.  In fact, your...

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