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Dr. Garth Comba Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Garth Comba’s office is dedicated to ensuring our Edmonton area patients remain well-informed when it comes to their dental health. In an effort to better educate our patients, we have taken the time to answer some of our frequently asked questions below. Should you not see the answer to your specific question on this page, we encourage and welcome you to contact our office. We’d be more than happy to provide professional assistance!

Q. Does your office accept insurance plans?

A. Yes, if we have all your insurance information (plan number, identification number, etc.). We will submit to your dental plan, but we do ask that you pay your portion at the time of your visit.

Q. Will my benefits cover the full cost of my dental visit?

A. All dental plans are different, and the maximums can vary. Most plans will reimburse at a percentage of the fees charged. It is important that the plan member knows the details of their benefits. Alberta does not have a fee schedule. Our priority is your dental health, and we do recommend treatment based on your needs and not the limitations of your dental plan. We would be more than happy to send estimates for major treatment so that you can budget for your dental treatment.

Q. Do I need to see the dentist every six months?

A. Appointments can and do very from person to person depending on individual needs. Most adults experience tartar buildup within 3-6 months. Tartar cannot be removed at home, and if left, it will contribute to periodontal disease. Dr. Comba will work with you to determine the frequency of visits that will help keep your mouth tartar-free.

Q. When should my children have their first dental visit?

A. We like to see children starting at 3½-4 years of age (unless parents see an issue before). The first visit is a very relaxed appointment: a ride in the chair, teeth counted and then a visit to the prize box.

Q. Is professional teeth whitening better than the strips purchased at the drug store?

A. The whitening agents used are very similar. Professional whitening safely utilizes higher concentrated agents for faster results.

Q. Are you accepting new patients?

A. We love meeting new smiles and have many new patients that have been referred by family, friends or even from just dropping in.

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