Refugee Dentist in Scarborough, Toronto, ON
Dr. Abid Hidayat and our team at The Smile Team are excited to see you at our office. If you have questions before you come in, check out some of the answers below! If you have any questions still unanswered, or if you are ready to schedule your appointment, please reach out to us at 416-546-5599 to meet with our dentist in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes, we bill insurance directly. We will let you know the fees before we start after you provide your dental insurance card. We are also able to get a breakdown of your insurance. We follow the 2023 ODA fee guide, which is set by the province.
Are you open evenings and weekends?
Yes, the office is open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays till 8 PM. We are open till 6 PM on Fridays and and we’re open every Saturday till 3 PM.
What languages are spoken by your team?
Our team speaks English, Tamil, Spanish, Tagalog, Gujarati and Hindi.
What procedures are offered at your office?
Dr. Hidayat performs all aspects of general dentistry, including wisdom teeth removals, root canals, extractions, seeing children and adults with laughing gas, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and Invisalign® treatment.
Does your office see children?
Yes, Dr. Hidayat sees lots of children on a daily basis for all routine dental work.
Does your office offer discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts to seniors and students. We also have a special promo for new patients with limited or no insurance. Please, see our Specials page.
Is Dr. Hidayat experienced?
Dr. Hidayat has over 14 years of experience in general dentistry. He has worked in Toronto for more than 12 years, including working in nursing homes and teaching at the University of Toronto as faculty.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth. It includes treatments that are purely aesthetic as well as preventive, orthodontics and restorative dentistry. Our dentist will discuss your smile goals, oral health and treatment options with you to create a cosmetic treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
Additionally, cosmetic dentistry also improves the health and function of your teeth, ensuring that they are properly aligned and making them easier to care for with regular brushing and flossing.
What type of issues can cosmetic dentistry correct?
Cosmetic dentistry can correct a wide range of flaws and imperfections in your smile, including:
- Cracked, chipped, fractured or broken teeth
- Gaps and spaces between the teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Misaligned, misshapen or uneven teeth
- Missing teeth
- Excessively worn teeth
- Teeth which appear too long, short or pointed
Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?
There are many over-the-counter whitening options available. However, a professional whitening treatment is always faster, more effective and more comfortable. For example, an in-office whitening treatment can dramatically enhance your smile in as little as one hour. Whitening products purchased at your local supermarket can take weeks to have any effect and may also be damaging to your teeth in the long run.
What causes discoloration and staining on my teeth?
Tooth staining and discoloration may be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Smoking and other tobacco use
- Foods and drinks that stain
- Genetic factors
- As side effect of illness or medications
- Excessive fluoride consumption
Is there more than one type of teeth whitening?
Yes. Both in-office and take-home whitening are available. Both types of whitening rely on a powerful whitening gel to break up stains and discolorations on your teeth. In-office whitening involves the use of a special light to activate the gel and speed up your treatment so you can leave our office with a noticeably improved smile. Take-home whitening involves placing the gel into special trays and wearing them as directed. Over a period of several weeks your teeth will gradually lighten in color until you achieve your ideal shade of white.
What are Invisalign® clear aligners?
Invisalign clear aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth. They consist of custom-made, clear plastic aligners and are specially designed using advanced computer technology to fit comfortably and move your teeth effectively.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
Invisalign treatment works using a digital treatment plan to meticulously map out tooth movements. We then create a series of specially designed aligners to move your teeth into their optimal positions. Each set of aligners makes small changes, and as you continue to wear your aligners and switch to a new set of aligners every few weeks, your teeth will gradually and gently be guided into their proper places.
What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment offers many benefits, including:
- A nearly invisible treatment
- Removable aligners that allow you to brush, floss and eat normally
- No metal brackets or wires
- Custom-made aligners that are both comfortable and effective
How much does Invisalign treatment cost?
The cost of Invisalign clear aligners is comparable to braces. Your treatment cost will depend on how complex your case is and on how many sets of aligners are needed. If your dental insurance covers orthodontic care it will cover your Invisalign treatment, and we will provide an estimate of your cost as well as discuss additional financial options with you.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement. Unlike other replacement options, an implant replaces both the root and the crown of your missing tooth to fully restore your oral health and smile. Implants consist of an implant post which is surgically inserted into your jawbone and an implant restoration which caps the post to replace the visible portions of your teeth. This restoration could be a single crown, a bridge or a denture depending on your needs.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
Implants benefit you by:
- Restoring your smile
- Restoring your ability to eat and speak normally
- Performing the same functions as your original teeth
- Promoting better long-term oral health and function
- Ensuring stability for your teeth and smile
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime – they are meant to look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, and as long as you care for them by practicing good oral hygiene and keeping your regular dental visits, they should last the rest of your life. Please keep in mind that while the implant itself may remain firmly anchored in your mouth, you may occasionally need to replace the restoration on top of it if it breaks or wears out.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. If you have a pre-existing condition, such as gum disease or tooth decay, or if you need a bone graft before you can receive implants, you will need to complete treatment for those issues prior to receiving an implant.
What is a denture?
Dentures are a type of prosthetic tooth replacement. They consist of prosthetic teeth set into a plastic or acrylic base and are designed to restore your appearance as well as your ability to speak and eat properly. Dentures are typically recommended to replace multiple missing teeth.
What type of dentures are there?
There are two main types of dentures – complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in your mouth. Traditional dentures are removable, but implant-supported dentures are also available. Our dentist will discuss your denture options with you during your consultation.
What is the best way to take care of dentures?
If you wear dentures, we recommend cleaning them after every meal, as well as removing them at night while you sleep. Dentures should be immersed in water or a denture solution when not in your mouth. You should also continue to visit our office every six months for routine preventive care, which will include a check of your dentures to ensure they fit and function properly for you. Our team will provide instructions on the best way to clean and care for your dentures when you receive them.
What kind of problems are dental emergencies?
Any urgent situation which requires a dentist to resolve is a dental emergency. Common dental emergencies include:
- Partially or fully knocked-out teeth
- Severe toothaches or other oral pain, especially when associated with pressure or sensitivity
- Inflammation of the face
- Broken, chipped, fractured or loose teeth
- Damaged or lost dental fillings or crowns
What causes dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies are caused by a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, accidents or injury and improper use of your teeth (such as biting or chewing on inedible items). Pre-existing conditions such as a TMJ disorder may also contribute to your dental emergency. If you experience a dental emergency, contact our office as soon as possible and our team will provide you with instructions on what to do as well as make arrangements for you to come in and receive treatment.
When should I go to the emergency room rather than my dentist?
If you have experienced trauma to your head or neck, we recommend calling 911 or visiting the emergency room before seeking dental treatment. You should also visit the emergency room if your face or mouth is swelling or bleeding significantly. If your dental emergency is also accompanied by chills, fever or problems with breathing or swallowing, please visit the nearest ER first.