Scottsdale Dental Centre
Dr. Farhan Ahmad

Direct Billing to Your Insurance

Direct Billing Guelph Dentist

The Patient's Responsibilities

There are more than 30,000 dental plan contracts in Ontario, and each one is a little different from the next. As a smart consumer, you should make it your job to understand the details of your dental plan, and to supply your dental plan administrator with necessary information such as pre-treatment forms, claim forms or any supplementary information. You are also responsible for making arrangements for payment to your dentist for the dental care received. 

Our Responsibilities
As your dentists, in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and applicable regulations, we will give you information on available treatment options appropriate to address your dental care needs, regardless of the nature and extent of your dental plan coverage. In addition, we will assist you by supplying information required to enable you to receive benefits to which you may be entitled under your dental plan. 

How Our Office Works
At Scottsdale Dental Centre, we will instantaneously electronically submit your claim to your dental insurance comapny.

You have two options for reimbursement:

Option A - Non-Assignment of Benefits

We prefer simplicity of process at our office. So when you finish your appointment, you pay us, and we submit your claim. Then in a couple of business days, your insurance company reimburses you!

Bonus! Use your credit cards to earn rewards points.  After all, you get your money back from the insurance company in a couple of days anyway.

For example:

1. You finish your appointment and the fee is $100.
2. You pay us $100 and we submit your claim to your insurance company instantly electronically (so you don’t have to do it) .
3. If your insurance company pays 90%, then in a couple of business days, you get your $90 back.
4. If your insurance company pays 100%, then in a couple of business days, you will get your entire $100 back and you won’t be out of pocket anything!

Option B - Assignment of Benefits

This option requires your benefits provider to allow for 'assignment of benefits' and some extra paperwork to be completed before it can be setup.  So when you finish your appointment, you pay for your portion of the treatment, and the rest will get directly sent to us. Any balance will be automatically charged to your credit card.
For example:
1. You finish your appointment and the fee is $100
2. Based on a pre-determination or an immediate electronic response, your benefits cover $80.
3. You will pay the $20 balance.
4. In case there are any errors, any remaining balance will be automatically charged to your credit card.
How We Help You With Your Dental Plan

We understand Dental Insurance can be difficult to understand.  So we have created a complimentary guide for our patients (click here) that will help you find out exactly what sort of coverage you have.  Using this guide (click here), you can contact your plan administrator or insurance company and understand the details of your benefits better.

Frequently Asked Questions

While many oral conditions are detectable with a visual exam, much of what happens with the anatomy of a tooth happens below the surface. Decay, bone loss, root fractures, and developmental conditions can appear normal upon inspection. A dental x-ray may reveal another story.

For the benefit and safety of our patients, we use digital x-rays at our Guelph ON Dental Clinic.Not only are digital x-rays better for our patients, they are also better for our environment, eliminating the chemicals required for development.

Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 per cent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. We recommend only necessary x-rays that allow us to detect and diagnose dental conditions before they progress into a more serious issue.

As with all of our treatment recommendations, we take a personal approach and base the frequency of your x-rays on your current oral conditions, your past dental history and any changes you may report in the health of your teeth or gums.

Our dentists will promptly review your x-rays and we will alert you to any changes with your oral health that require professional attention.

By opting for preventive and early diagnostic treatments, it is possible to avoid more costly and complex procedures in the future.

Flossing Best Dentist GuelphDentists see lower rates of tooth decay and healthier gum tissue in patients who use floss or other methods to remove food debris and plaque between teeth. 

Clinical trials to prove the efficacy of flossing are very difficult, lengthy and expensive to conduct. Trials comparing patients who floss to those who don’t run the risk of exposing the control group to situations where they would get tooth decay and gum disease. We know from lab studies how tooth decay is created and how to prevent it. We only need to look at how effective each method is in removing plaque and food debris.

We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day (first thing in the morning, last thing at night) with fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes at a time. Remove food debris and plaque between teeth with floss, a dental pick, prethreaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover.



Chew Gum Dentists Listing in GuelphChewing gum is thought to be the world’s oldest candy — we’ve been chomping down on it for more than 5,000 years! But what do dentists think of all that chewing? While the people who care for our teeth aren’t usually fans of candy, when it comes to sugarless gum, most dentists give it the nod.

Chewing sugarless gum is a great way to help stimulate saliva flow in patients with dry mouth. That salivary stimulation also helps protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria, so if you aren’t able to brush your teeth after eating, chewing sugarless gum can help.

Go ahead, have a piece of (sugarless) gum and make your dentist happy. Chewing sugarless gum can help freshen breath in the short term; although gum doesn’t bleach the teeth, it can help remove some surface stains.

Scottsdale Dental Centre has always maintained the highest order of cleanliness and sterility to protect our patients and staff from spreading illness and cross contamination. So whether it’s coronavirus or the regular seasonal flu, we have always been prepared.

Each treatment room has always had every surface disinfected after every patient. The dental chairs, counters, and all surfaces are wiped down with hospital grade disinfectants after each and every procedure. Every instrument is washed, disinfected, bagged and then sterilized. Anything that isn’t sterilized is disposed of. Each instrument pack has a date stamped barcode on it, and inside the pack is an indicator strip that ensures the deepest portion of the instrument kit achieved the required temperature to be sterile. Every day all sterilizers have a live culture test to ensure they are working properly. In addition to the 3 dental sterilizers we already have, we have always employed adequate manpower to ensure the cleaning and sterilization of all of our instruments. 

What about airborne pathogens? We have 2 large 'Surgically Clean Air' units stationed around the office that clean and filter the air. These are hospital operating room level HEPA air filters that include negative ion and UV light air purification. Additionally, we have air exchangers that run 24/7 to refresh all indoor air with fresh outdoor air. We have been doing all of these things in the background for yea​rs now. We are also now screening all of our patients and ensuring that if they have traveled, have sick family members at home, or are even mildly unwell that they do not come to our office. 

The most important thing to remember is that if you ever suspect a problem with your child’s mouth, please make an appointment for him or her to be seen—regardless of their age at the time.

Ideally, most kids should be seen by a dentist before any problems arise.  In our practice, we often find that children tend to do well around age three.  It's also a good idea for kids to come in with Mom and Dad, or big brother or sister, to give them a chance to grow accustomed to the sights and sounds of the dentist office. Watching family members getting treated is a helpful experience and can quell any anxiety when they take their own spin in the chair.

When your child comes in for his or her first official visit, we enjoy making these visits fun. We give them a chance to ride in the dental chair, meet the staff, and count their teeth. Dr. Ahmad and the entire team enjoy treating children—and we look forward to making their first experience with the dentist something they enjoy.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and sought after treatments we offer.  There are two basic varieties that offer long term, reliable results. They are custom teeth whitening using custom trays, and the other is non-custom teeth whitening.  Both options require home wear of whitening trays for at least two weeks.  The results are particularly good if you take good care of your teeth and avoid things that stain your teeth in the first place like coffee or smoking.

Like anything else, maintaining you teeth's whiteness requires touchups from time to time.  Another thing to rememberer is that teeth whitening will only brighten natural tooth surface, and not any existing fillings, crowns etc  Lastly, if you are prone to having sensitivity on your teeth, you will have to take special precautions before commencing with treatment, and it's something our team can help you with.

Before having your teeth professionally whitened, it’s a good idea to come in for a complete dental check-up and cleaning. We can ensure your good oral health before providing you with this cosmetic dental treatment.