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Pediatric Patient to Adult – What You Need to Know?

Posted in Dental Care, Dental Surgery, General Dentistry, Pediatric Dental, Studentcare Network, Tooth Extraction, and Wisdom Teeth

Not Alone

For two decades you have been coming to Erbsville Dental with your parents. They have had a keen interest in your dental health and have worked with Dr. Mathews to give you the best care possible. From your first baby teeth to a full compliment of adult teeth and a few mishaps along the way Erbsville Dental had been your clinic. But now you’re an adult, and you decide what’s best for you. Be assured that Dr. Mathews wants you to remain at Erbsville Dental and can help you make the transition from pediatric patient to adult. What do you need to know about coming to the dentist as an adult?


Although there are previsions for those who are physically or mentally challenged to stay on as dependants, most people lose the benefits of their parent’s insurance coverage at 21 years of age. It is important to know what you are covered for and for how long. Insurance policies vary, so ask or read carefully so there are no surprises. Erbsville Dental’s reception staff are experienced in dealing directly with Insurance companies. Ask for help if you are not sure.

If you’re a student there is an affordable insurance option for you. Erbsville Dental, a Studentcare Dental Network Provider, supports the “I Have a Plan” dental insurance initiative. At colleges and universities across Canada students have access to preventive care with a Plan that offers up to $750 coverage for dental visits per policy year. Dr. Stephen Mathews of Waterloo is committed to helping students through this plan. Depending on the plan your school offers you can be covered for up to 100% of your dental costs.

Wisdom Teeth

With young adult hood comes the potential for wisdom tooth removal. It’s an obvious probability when going from a pediatric patient to adult. Most wisdom teeth begin to erupt between the ages of 17-25. If you’ve been at Erbsville for many years, Dr. Mathews has been monitoring your wisdom teeth progression. The good news is since August 2021 Erbsville Dental provides wisdom tooth removal, even impacted wisdom tooth removal on site. A new surgical suite was built, and an oral surgeon Dr. John McIntosh joined the Erbsville Dental team.

If you have become used to the friendly staff and quality care at Erbsville Dental, you can have your wisdom teeth removed there. No referral needed!


If possible, it is important to remain a regular visitor to Erbsville Dental. As you get older you become more susceptible to dental issues. Dr. Mathews wants to remain your dental health partner and keep your adult teeth healthy for a lifetime. And who knows, maybe your future kids will experience the benefits of your partnership as well.