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By Vic Park Dental
May 21, 2019
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Many people feel anxious about going to the dentist, making the decision of finding the right dentist a difficult one. What do you look for in a dentist?  Some may not take the time to think about this, but it is important to know that the choice you make works for you.

It is often said that the best form of marketing is word of mouth (no pun intended!). Family, friends and colleagues can likely recommend a good dentist, someone who treats them the way they want to be treated as a patient.  If you are moving neighbourhoods or cities, your current dentist may also be able to recommend a dentist close to your new home or place of work.

The other question is what defines a good dentist?  Responses to this vary and can be quite personalized, but as a practicing dentist myself, I know specifically what I am looking for when I choose a dentist.

The first is convenience.  How accessible is the dentist’s office to my home or work, and do the office hours fit my schedule? This scheduling includes Saturdays, especially when it is next to impossible for many people to schedule dental appointments during work hours.

The second is the dental office itself.  Is it clean and well-organized, as all good healthcare facilities should be? Visit the office.  Look for order and organization in the reception area, at the front desk and in the areas where the dentist, dental assistants and hygienists work.  Everything should be tidy and in place. 

The third is the dental equipment and instruments. The equipment should be up to date and spotless. The dental instruments must be maintained according to the strictest standards of infection control, which includes steaming and wrapping them.  Ask your dentist if this is the approach s/he follows and, if necessary, request a demonstration.

The fourth is the dentist’s philosophy on patient care.  Does the dentist treat children?  This is an important factor, especially for families looking for the convenience of going to one dental office.  Is the dentist willing to answer all your questions and explain the diagnosis and treatment plan in detail?  Does the dentist provide options and alternatives to the proposed treatment and listen to the patient’s input and concerns in his/her recommendations?  Is the dentist easy to talk to and encourage dialogue and openness?  Kindness and sensitivity go a long way in any business, but perhaps even more so in the very personal nature of dentistry. 

As we all know, dental treatment can be expensive.  The dentist should be able to give you a range of alternative treatments and costs after the initial complete examination and x-rays.  An estimate can be submitted to your insurance company if you are fortunate enough to have insurance coverage.  It would be helpful to bring in a copy of your dental coverage to the initial appointment so the staff can help you understand your coverage and minimize your out-of-pocket expense, where possible.    You may be aware that Ontario dentists are encouraged to follow a fee guide.  In other words, one dentist will likely charge you the same fee for dental work that another dentist would in the province of Ontario. Your dentist can show you these costs in the fee guide.  When comparing costs, it is important that you compare the exact same procedure code in the fee guide.

Don’t leave the meeting with the dentist and staff until they have answered all your questions. These can include questions about office policies—missed and re-booked appointments, lead-time requirements and any other policies you can think of.

Finally, when I choose a dental office, or any other medical facility, I want to know that, along with employing the most competent people, the office has a positive spirit, staff collegiality, and willingness to engage with me. This can take the form of a brief chat on topics unrelated to my treatment needs. A question about my family, my work; a recollection of a discussion from a past visit, a smile and humour go along way.  This energy and spirit are even more important during the stress that accompanies a dental procedure.  A positive environment is a reminder for me that, yes, I am about to be treated by experts in their field, but also that I am interacting with people who have the same concerns and anxieties that I have. That they take the time to show an awareness of these and do everything they can to ease the anxiety of a dental visit is to me the best indicator of an excellent dental office!

Interested? Call our North York Area Office Today!

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By Vic Park Dental
January 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Give yourself the gift of a whiter smile!

Everyone will face some degree of dental stains over the years. Luckily it’s extremely easy to get rid of these discolorations and to achieve a whiter smile with the help of teeth whitening. Of course, not all whitening products are created equally, so if you are looking for a reliable and effective method for achieving a brighter smile our North York, Toronto, ON, cosmetic dentist Dr. Gharai can help.

So, why choose professional teeth whitening over simple over-the-counter whitening methods? Here’s why,

Even and More Thorough Results

As you might imagine, getting professional whitening treatment from a dental professional will give you more even results than whitening treatment that you have to do yourself. Our North York, Toronto, dentist has received extensive training to be able to treat moderate-to-severe dental stains more effectively than at-home kits can.

Get Results Fast

If time is of the essence when it comes to getting a whiter smile then over-the-counter methods won’t often give you the results you want in a shorter period of time. If you want to whiten your smile before a special occasion, important job interview or your wedding day the fastest approach will be in-office whitening.

A Visibly Whiter Smile

If you’ve ever tried at-home whitening treatment then you know that you won’t get results right away. While those patients with lighter stains may see some minor changes after a week or more of at-home whitening, if you really want to see an improvement in the vibrancy of your smile in-office teeth whitening can get your smile five or more shades whiter in just a single session.

Enjoy a Customized Treatment

When it comes to at-home whitening, it’s not tailored to meet your specific needs. The only way to truly customize your whitening treatment to get the individualized results you want is to get professional in-office whitening. This is particularly important for patients who want to reduce their risk for tooth sensitivity while still achieving a whiter smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in North York, Toronto, ON? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for whitening? If so, call Dr. Gharai at Vic Park Dental to schedule a visit.

Your North York, Toronto, ON, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gharai, has numerous solutions for discolored, chipped, or irregular-shaped teeth. For these issues, she provides a range of procedures, including teeth whitening, bonding, dental implants, and dental reshaping.

Teeth Whitening

There are two available options for this treatment: in-office procedures and take-home kits.

Teeth whitening is a great option to improve that gorgeous smile you already have, however, taking good general care of your teeth is just as important. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure that you keep the appearance of your teeth for a longer period of time:

  • Quit smoking and chewing tobacco; they stain your teeth and cause oral diseases
  • Think about reducing the intake of staining beverages such as coffee and tea
  • Maintain a healthy oral regimen consisting of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once


Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, can be accomplished in one visit and fixes issues such as chips, cracks, fractures, and decays, while also aiding teeth that are discolored, stained, and misshapen. The procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your cosmetic dentistry needs.

Your Toronto dentist will clean your teeth to ensure that they're plaque-free. Then, your teeth will be etched with an acidic gel that will open the pores on the teeth's surface. Finally, the dentist will rinse the etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth before hardening it in place with a curing light to finalize the new shapes.

Dental Implants

This tooth loss treatment creates stability, strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth roots. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. After this period, your dentist then re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Some advantages of dental implants include:

  • Restoring one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth
  • Restoring your bite and chewing function
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place
  • They can last a lifetime

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Tooth contouring and reshaping are simple cosmetic procedures that will save you plenty of time and money as well as give you a more confident smile. They help fix many teeth issues like crooked or crowded placement, pits and grooves in the enamel, and chips, cracks, and fractures.

Interested? Call our North York Area Office Today!

Have you considered cosmetic dentistry? Our North York, Toronto, ON dentist, Dr. Gharai, can help you get the smile you want! Call (416) 491-8621 today!

By Vic Park Dental
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Before and After Teeth Whitening

A whiter smile can be yours in as little as an hour, thanks to a professional teeth whitening treatment offered by your dentist. North York, Toronto, ON, dentist Dr. Gharai of Vic Park Dental provides the skilled dental care you and your family need to protect and enhance your smiles.

What are the advantages of professional teeth whitening?

Whitening at home doesn't always produce the results you expected. Even if you follow instructions carefully, your smile may not be as white as you envisioned or may not be consistently white. Professional whitening offers several important benefits, including:

  • Stronger Whitening Agent: Professional whiteners contain strong formulations of hydrogen peroxide, the natural chemical compound that breaks up stains in your tooth enamel. They work quickly, yet are safe for your smile.
  • Fast, Impressive Results: It can take a long time to lighten your teeth with over-the-counter whiteners. When you visit your North York, Toronto dentist for a whitening session, your teeth will be three to eight shades whiter in about an hour.
  • No Mottling or Two-Tone Teeth: Your dentist takes the time to ensure that your teeth are uniformly lighter after professional teeth whitening. If strips or do-it-yourself trays don't fit well or fail to cover your teeth completely, your teeth may end up two entirely different shades. When you opt for professional whitening, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent mottling or speckling, a problem that can occur if you have plaque or tartar on your teeth when you apply whiteners.
  • A Whiter Smile That Lasts: Results of professional whitening last about two to three years, although you can extend your results by avoiding or limiting darkly colored foods and beverages that stain teeth.
  • Convenience: If you prefer to whiten at home but still want professional results, a take-home kit may be the perfect option for you. Your dentist will provide you with custom-made trays made from impressions of your mouth. You'll simply add whitening gel to the trays and wear them as long or as often as your dentist recommends.

Would you like to whiten your smile? Call North York, Toronto, ON, dentist Dr. Gharai of Vic Park Dental at (416) 491-8621 to schedule an appointment.

By Vic Park Dental
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that restores your smile and restrengthens your jawbone. Your dental implantsdentist in Toronto, ON, also serving the Scarborough-North York section of Toronto, ON, Dr. Gharai is here to help!

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following:

  • A local anesthetic being applied to the necessary area.
  • Your dentist inserts a titanium post into your jawbone, made of a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue.
  • The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course.
  • The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and fuses with the rest of the bone.
  • When you return, your Toronto, ON, dentist, also serving the Scarborough-North York section of Toronto, ON, will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Implants have a high success rate.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.

If you have questions or concerns, call Dr. Gharai's Toronto, ON, office, which also serves the Scarborough-North York section of Toronto, ON, to make an appointment today!

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