Vitacare Dental Centre – Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan for Patients:

This plan is current as of May 20th, 2020. Note that because SARS-CoV2 is still considered a novel virus and the trajectory of the pandemic is still changing, safety measures may also be altered accordingly. The protocols presented here are in accordance by recommendations presented by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). Note that the CDSBC flows the rules and regulations of that provided by the provincial health officer, BC Centre of Disease and Control, and Worksafe BC.

Staff, dentists and patients are not to enter the clinic if they:

1. Have any COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, loss of smell, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, malaise and/or headache

2. Have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individual in the last 14 days; or

3. Have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Booking your dental appointments:

1. During this time, your dental needs will be triaged and we will be prioritizing emergent and urgent care.

2. Appointments can be made by phone or email. You must have an appointment to enter the clinic. Please arrive on time. If you arrive early, please wait in your vehicle until your designated time to minimize contact with other departing patients.

3. You are to come alone to your appointment. One parent, guardian, or caretaker can accompany a child or person that requires additional assistance to an appointment.

4. When you arrive at the clinic, we will provide you with hand sanitizer, take your temperature and ask you screening questions.

Waiting room:

1. Physical distancing will be in effect. Maintain 2-metre distance between one another.

2. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the waiting room at a given time.

3. Plexiglass barriers will be placed at the front desk.

4. Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected routinely.

Treatment rooms:

1. Dentists and dental assistants will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment, which may include face shields, gowns, and respirator masks.

2. You will be asked to rinse with a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash for 30 seconds prior to your treatment.

3. There will be infection protocols requiring more time for disinfection of the rooms in between patients.

4. As always, instruments and equipment are properly sterilized to kill all microorganisms.

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Root Canal Treatment

If you are experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, it could be caused by bacteria that has infected the pulp inside a tooth's root canal.

Virtually painless root canal therapy performed at Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, BC, can relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.

Learn how our dentists, Alex Wong and Vanessa Lee, screen for signs of infection and treat symptoms. We also offer second opinions.

What Does Root Canal Treatment Look Like?

Our skilled dentists use the most advanced tools and digital technology at our Coquitlam, BC, dentistry office to pinpoint the source of your tooth pain, extract harmful bacteria from inside the root canal, and protect the affected tooth from further damage. 

Why Get a Root Canal Procedure?

Our compassionate dentists are dedicated to saving your teeth from extraction. If an infection has entered the interior pulp of a tooth through a cavity, crack, or break, root canal treatment can save the tooth from being removed. A root canal can also prevent:

  • The need for costly, involved implant (artificial tooth root) placement
  • A painful abscess that grows at the end of the tooth's root canal
  • Bacteria from eating through the tooth and entering adjacent teeth, your gums, and bloodstream
  • Severe toothaches when you chew or drink hot or cold beverages
  • Painful swelling in the face or gums
  • Dark discoloration of the infected tooth
  • Jaw bone loss at the bottom of the tooth

Remember, not everyone will experience pain or even obvious symptoms. During twice-yearly exams, we will screen for signs of infection to try and catch it early on.

True or False: Root Canal Procedures Really Hurt

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The simple answer is false. Other than the quick pinch of our anesthetic needle, you might not feel any discomfort at all. Many patients say a root canal is no worse than getting a filling. Plus, Drs. Wong and Lee use very gentle advanced methods to diagnose and perform your root canal.

Vitacare Dental Centre Gets 5-Star Reviews

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Jasmine Mok

2021

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Phenomenal dental office...Vitacare Dental in Como lake has been outstanding in taking care of me. I love that this dental office lives by their goal of making each dental visit as professional, friendly and supportive as possible. Everyone there is super friendly and welcoming, they know what they are doing and I can relax and completely trust them. Thank you so much for making my visits so stress free! I am so thankful to have found you!

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Charlotte Oakley

2021

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Amazing experience, the staff here are very friendly and understanding. Painless anaesthetic, quick and clean work. I have severe claustrophobia and they took their time to accommodate my needs to make me feel comfortable. Beautiful decor, sanitary environment and the most up to date brand new equipment. Will never go anywhere else. Thank you.

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How a Root Canal Is Performed

You might feel mild sensitivity or soreness for a few days after the procedure. Pain meds like ibuprofen can help. 
You might feel mild sensitivity or soreness for a few days after the procedure. Pain meds like ibuprofen can help. 
Once the area is numb, a specialized tool will make an opening in the top of the tooth. Infected nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue will be safely removed. The interior of the tooth will then be flushed clean and disinfected.
Next, a strong rubber compound will be inserted into the tooth to strengthen it and the top of the tooth will be sealed to prevent further damage.
You might feel mild sensitivity or soreness for a few days after the procedure. Pain meds like ibuprofen can help. You can brush and floss normally the same day.

Will I Need a Crown after My Root Canal?

Dr. Wong or Lee will likely recommend a high-quality dental crown be placed on the damaged tooth to protect it and fully restore its look and function. A precise digital impression will be made of your teeth and sent to a trusted partner lab. After a couple of weeks, you'll return to our practice to have your customized, permanent crown bonded to your tooth.

Four Reasons to Choose Us for Your Root Canal

We Work with Your Schedule

Root canal pain can strike anytime, so we offer appointments on evenings and weekends.

We Use Advanced Digital Technology

Our practice is fully modern and digital, providing you with the most precise, effective diagnoses and up-to-date treatments possible. 

Visiting Our Office Can Save You Money

Drs. Wong and Lee expertly perform root canals as well as many other dental procedures at affordable rates. This means you and your family do not need to visit an endodontist or other kinds of oral health specialists who may charge a lot more for treatment.

Patients Love Our Luxury Amenities

Our patients love our warm, inviting fireplace, plush, snuggly dental chairs, and complimentary coffee and juice bar. Your kids will really love our gaming stations!

We will always try to save a natural tooth, but if you do require an extraction, we can perform implant surgery. Endodontists and other specialists recognize dental implants as the best tooth replacement option.
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Vitacare Dental Centre

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, we are proud to offer personalized dental treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Drs. Alex Wong and Vanessa Lee use modern techniques and the latest technology to improve the health and appearance of your smile. We are proudly affiliated with several prestigious organizations including:

  • Canadian Dental Association
  • British Columbia Dental Association
  • College of Dental Surgeons of BC
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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