We are honoured you have selected St. Lawrence Dentistry for your dental treatment and thank you for your consideration. Our office was founded in 1974 by Dr.Hawryluk Sr. Our current state of the art 3500 sq ft. facility was opened in 2005 by Drs. Hawryluk Sr. and Jr. and is constantly being updated to remain at the forefront of modern dental care. Dr. Taheri joined our office in 2015 and is a Board Certified Prosthodontic Specialist. We are well positioned to provide you with the best dental care possible and will ensure your visit to our office is pleasant and informative. Our office looks forward to welcoming you and serving your dental needs.
Your initial dental visit usually first involves a phone call to our office which will be answered by one of our courteous reception staff. They will ask you what the goal of your initial visit to our office is. If you a have a specific issue the first step may be to have a specific exam with one of our dentists to investigate and solve your dental need. Each of our dentists has their own unique knowledge base so we will pair you with the dentist most appropriate with your issue and your schedule. If you wish to have an overall dental check up then this will also be scheduled accordingly. Some patients elect just to have an initial exam and then come back for a dental cleaning. Other patients wish to have a dental cleaning with one of our registered dental hygienists immediately before or after the dental exam. Please discuss your preferences with our reception staff during your phone call with them.
If you have had x-rays recently taken at another dental office please notify our staff. They will arrange for your x-rays to be transferred from your previous dentist. There is usually a release form to sign to authorize this process and we will present this to you when you are at St. Lawrence Dentistry. If you have certain preferences such as having a neck pillow or blanket during your visit please inform our staff. Also, if you would like to refrain from diagnostic tools (such as x-rays) or preventative treatments (such as fluoride) please let the office staff know and they will alert the dentists. If you require any further detail about why a component of an exam may be indicated please let us know and the dentist will discuss your inquiry in detail.
St. Lawrence Dentistry recognizes the foundation of any dental treatment should be a complete dental exam. At this visit, the dentist will meet with you and listen to what your needs and goals of dental treatment are. The dentist will take all the notes and measurements needed to make any diagnosis needed.
Your dental exam may include:
- A review of the your medical history, especially drug and latex allergies.
- A complete series of digital x-rays.
- Oral cancer screening.
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) evaluation.
- Orthodontic screening to check the positioning of teeth and jaw bite.
- Complete gum examination and pocket measurements(periodontal examination).
- Complete examination of all teeth, crowns and fillings.
- Evaluation of wisdom teeth.
- Smile photographs and molds or impressions of your teeth, if necessary.
- Dental decay screening.
- Exam of existing dental restorations.
- Screening for any pathology.
If any indication is found for dental treatment the dentists will make a full treatment plan and go over what is needed and why. If there are different ways to treat an issue several alternate treatment plans may be made and the advantages and disadvantages of each option will be discussed in detail. Options of completing dental treatment awake or asleep may exist and these will be reviewed. Our office has been providing dental care asleep since 2006 and we work with Board Certified Medical Anesthesiologists for dental work which may need to be done asleep.
Before any dental treatment is initiated we will make sure you have received total informed consent. If you require further time to discuss a treatment plan with the dentist a follow-up appointment may be made to consult further. Alternately, an evening telephone call can be scheduled with the dentist to review your treatment plan and questions.
We look forward to serving your needs on your initial visit to St. Lawrence Dentistry. We welcome you to St. Lawrence Dentistry!