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PATIENT INFORMATION

Oral Screening

When thinking of going to the dentist one of the first things that comes to mind are cavities and cleanings.  There is so much more to the mouth than just teeth and at Dr. Fung’s office we make a point of ensuring that all your oral tissues are healthy.  You may notice that either Dr. Fung or the hygienist will do a ‘lump and bump’ check which involves palpating the tissues, examining tongue and checking the back of the throat.  This is done to evaluate the tissue, checking for unusual lumps/bumps ulcers or colour variations outside of the normal range which could be indicative of a cancerous or precancerous lesion. At Dr. Fung’s office we take your oral health seriously.

The BC Cancer Agency has a web site that you may be interested in at  BC Cancer Agency

Dental X-rays

February 23, 2023

Dental x-rays, also known as dental radiographs, are pictures of the internal structure of your teeth and bones. X-rays are a form of energy that travels in waves. When these waves travel through solid objects, the object either absorbs the waves or they pass through the object. Your teeth and bones are dense, so they absorb x-rays. Your gums are less dense, so x-rays continue to pass through. As a result, these pictures allow your dentist to see if you have any problems below the surface of your teeth and gums.

post from the Canadian Dental Association website (Feb.2010) 

X-rays help your dentist see problems long before they get too serious. For example, x-rays can show:

  • Cavities between teeth and around old fillings.

  • Bone loss caused by gum disease.

  • Bone infections or abnormalities.

  • Teeth that are trapped under the gums, such as wisdom teeth.

  • Long or crooked tooth roots that will need special care if you are having treatment such as a root canal.

  • TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Are dental x-rays safe?

Every day, you are exposed to very low levels of radiation. The amount of radiation from a dental x-ray is extremely small. Experts recommend that x-rays be used with caution to protect patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation. Also, advanced technology allows the members of your dental team to greatly reduce your exposure to radiation.

New Patients

We are accepting New Patients and would like to provide some information to help make your visit seamless.

PAPERWORK

Each new patient is asked to complete a confidential health questionnaire (this can be done at the first appointment or we can send the form to you). If you have had records within the past three to five years, we would like to request these on your behalf.  This will minimize x-rays and Dr. Michael Fung will only prescribe x-rays based on an individualized clinical examination.   We also request probing records for the hygienist to reference and help assess your gingival health (gums).

INSURANCE DENTAL PLANS

If you have a dental benefits plan we will accept assignment on your behalf (we will bill the insurance directly and you will pay the portion not covered by insurance).  To set up your account with the necessary information, please provide us with:

1)  Name of Insuring Company and Name of Insured (if this is not you) 

2)  Group Policy Number 

3)  Certificate or I.D. Number 

4)  Birthdate of Plan Member 

5)  Amount, if there is a deductible | Plan percentages e.g. Basic  or A=100%, Major or B=60% 

6)  Yearly limits 

7)  Item limits e.g.: Recall Exams every 6 months, Scaling and Root Planing 4 units per year etc. 

8)  If claim has to be returned to your employer for authorization or we can send directly on-line to the plan.

DENTAL TREATMENT COSTS 

We do follow the British Columbia Fee Guide pricing guidelines for all diagnostic and preventive services and some restorative treatments.  If you require treatment which is considered major restorative (or Plan B with dental insurance) we will always provide an estimate and treatment plan before the procedure.  We will present all options to you before you decide which material or treatment suits your oral health needs best. Major restorative care is usually higher than the maximum limits of dental plans and you will be given a detailed breakdown of the costs before proceeding.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Every new patient is scheduled for two visits; the first visit is reserved with Dr. Michael Fung for a new patient extended exam and records.  This will take approximately 40-50min.  After your visit, Dr.Fung will spend some time reviewing all the records and findings and develop an oral health plan for you.

The second visit provides an individualized treatment plan / consultation with Dr. Fung.  You will have time to ask questions and review the treatment plan.  The clinical and financial costs will be detailed in a summary you can take home for future reference.  Any treatment (if needed) that is diagnosed will be prioritized.  This consultation is provided as a patient courtesy and is free of charge. If hygiene is required we will save one hour for the cleaning before or after the consultation; the entire visit will take 20min (consult only) or 80min (consult and hygiene).

FOLLOW-UP AND ROUTINE CARE

This process is quite extensive and is an important step to determine all necessary information about your oral health. It provides baseline data to monitor your future oral health and check everything is stable and healthy.  After the initial exam and hygiene care, each patient is put on a routine hygiene program.  We will then pre-schedule, or contact you when it is time to return for cleaning.

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