Calgary Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Help Discover Your Smile

Veneers Before and AfterA general or family dentist in Calgary can help with discoloured, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth. We are able to fix odd-shaped teeth, close spaces between teeth, improve the enamel on worn teeth, and lengthen or shorten teeth that may be different from the others. Porcelain, which is much stronger than one might think, is the dentist's cosmetic material of choice because it can be made to match the colour of your teeth, and be sculpted to look absolutely natural.

Here are a few of the cosmetic dentistry options we provide at Calgary’s West Market Dental: 

Zoom! Whitening One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options we provide is Zoom! teeth whitening. This is the best type of teeth whitening available to Calgary dentists. Zoom! can effectively lift out stains in teeth caused by smoking and drinking coffee and tea. The process takes from 60 to 90 minutes — depending on the desired level of whitening — and the results can last up to two years! This procedure is completely safe and there is usually little to no discomfort following treatment.

Laser Gum Lift Some people are uncomfortable with their smile because they feel it appears too “gummy.” A minimally invasive laser gum lift will place your gums in the right position, allowing for your natural look to shine through.

Enamel Reshaping Habits like grinding your teeth – a condition called bruxism that happens unconsciously, usually while sleeping, and which many experts consider to be a sleep-related movement disorder – can lead to enamel that looks chipped and uneven. In some cases enamel reshaping can restore your look quickly and easily. A custom-made splint for sleeping will also be beneficial.

Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers can help a lot of problems, including crooked, misshaped, severely discoloured, and worn or chipped teeth. They can also repair spaces between teeth. We bond a thin, customized piece of porcelain to the front of the tooth (or teeth) being repaired to create a beautiful, uniform look that will comfortably last for several years. Best of all, many people are candidates for Lumineers®, which can be applied without removing any enamel, making the procedure completely reversible.

Dental Bonding Another, inexpensive option for filling gaps between teeth and fixing tooth shape is dental bonding, a procedure during which we carefully place a colour-matched composite filling onto teeth. Oftentimes, this procedure requires little or no removal of enamel. Enamel recalcification may also produce the same results as bonding. 

Cosmetic Inlays and Onlays Porcelain inlays and onlays are perfect for replacing larger fillings and metal crowns or fillings. Inlays are applied to the inner cusp of the tooth, onlays extend out over one or more cusps.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges Crowns are a long-lasting and attractive option for when a tooth is broken or damaged to the point where a filling is no longer an option, or for those who grind or clench and have compromised the original structure of their tooth. A crown may be necessary or cosmetic. They are crafted from porcelain to match your tooth, and then fit like a sleeve over top. In fact, this is why they are often called “caps.” They can end up looking exactly the same or even better than your original, and have an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years.  With good daily oral hygiene, crowns or caps can last longer than 15 years.

Bridges are prostheses that that “bridge the gap” created by missing teeth. Crown are applied to the two teeth at either end of the gap, which provide support for the false tooth (usually created from porcelain) in between.

Calgary Cosmetic Dentistry at West Market Dental

At West Market Dental, we will make sure you are fully aware of all the options before embarking on a cosmetic dental procedure. We are also able to provide a number of before and after photos to show you examples of our work that may be similar to the dental problem that you are trying to improve. The dentists at West Market Dental happily serve families in the Calgary communities of Signal Hill, Christie Park, Aspen Woods, West Springs, Springbank Hill, Killarney, Strathcona Park, Rosscarrock, and Glenbrook. We are proud to share our client testimonialsContact us today! 

Calgary Family Dentists Work for You and Your Loved Ones

Calgary Family Dentists Work for You and Your Loved OnesOne of the best parts of my job as a dentist is when I am able to treat an entire family. There is great satisfaction in getting to know you and your kids, and then working with you all through the many stages of life and development. It also gives me a special opportunity to provide the very best of care as a dentist and help ensure a lifetime of good teeth. The more I know about a patient and their dental history, the better I am able to anticipate and treat problems.

At West Market Dental, we are Calgary family dentists, which means we are qualified to care for patients of all ages. With more than 25 years of combined experience in the dental field, we provide a full range of dental services.

What Should You Look For in Your Family Dentist?

First, of course, you should look for a family dentist that is fully licensed and certified, and who has an impeccable track record. Ask for recommendations and check reviews online. We are pleased to have earned a 4.8/5 rating on Google and a 98% rating on Demandforce, and are proud of the many client testimonials we have been able to collect. We are always happy to provide information about our commitment to our clients.

Second, make sure you are comfortable with your dentist, and that your kids are too. It’s easy to be intimidated by a medical provider, but trust me, the last thing we want you or your children to do is keep quiet during your appointments (except when we have our hands in your mouth, which we know is not the greatest). In order to get the most out of your family dental care, you should be open and honest about any current concerns and potential difficulties. 

Third, make inquiries into billing. Our knowledgeable front-end team is experienced with working with every major dental insurance provider in Alberta, and we will always do our best to help you get the most out of your coverage. This means appropriate scheduling of treatments and open communication with our clients. We never want finances to preclude you and your family getting the treatment you need, and are available to discuss payment plans and other options.

Finally, look for a convenient location. It can be hard enough to make and keep appointments even without having to drive across the city! Our dental office is located in the southwest of Calgary, easily reachable from 17th Avenue and Sarcee Trail SW. Before signing up for your first appointment, feel free to request a tour of our clinic. We have worked hard to create a welcoming, kid-friendly environment that we think can assist with keeping you and your family calm and relaxed during your visits. A family dentist also makes it much easier to schedule your regular cleaning appointments and check-ups. The whole family can visit at the same time!

Services Provided by a Family Dentist

In addition to regular cleanings including x-rays, scaling and fluoride treatments, West Market Dental also provides all aspects of general dentistry services. Among the most common procedures we perform include applying dental sealants to help prevent the advancement of tooth decay and filling cavities, which can happen to even the most dedicated to their teeth.   

Other services include:

We are also available for dental emergencies, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth. Kids can get into all kinds of scrapes on the playground, too, and we have seen and repaired just about every kind of playtime accident you can think of.

In addition, sedation dentistry services are very useful for those who find a trip to the dentist to be especially uncomfortable, and are an effective way to combat dental anxiety.

Contact Us to Learn More

Contact us at West Market Dental to learn more about our services and us. As dedicated Calgary family dentists we would love to get to know you and your loved ones, and start a long relationship committed to the very best care a dentist can provide.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep Apnea and SnoringSleep apnea is a serious condition where an individual stops breathing repeatedly during their sleep.  If left untreated, the continuous disruption in sleep can dramatically increase a person's chance of getting high blood pressure, heart disease, type two diabetes, weight gain, and strokes.   Fortunately, there has been increasing awareness of sleep apnea and people are starting to get screened and receive appropriate treatment. The dentists at West Market Dental are currently working with Calgary sleep physicians to offer sleep apnea screening and treatment.  A Remmers Sleep Recorder (http://www.sagatech.ca/rsr/products.php) is sent home with the patient to use for 2 - 3 nights.  The data from the recorder is then sent to a sleep physician for interpretation and sleep apnea diagnosis.  If appropriate, the dentists are able to fit the patient with a Somnodent Oral Appliance (https://somnomed.com/en/patients/somnodent-product-information-for-patients/) to be worn at night to treat the sleep apnea or snoring.  There are pros and cons with the oral appliance vs a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) ventilator (https://somnomed.com/en/cpap-vs-oral-device-therapy/) and there is no clear cut best device to treat all sleep apnea conditions,  but some patients do find the oral device more comfortable and less cumbersome based on reviews.  Please call our office to inquire about the sleep apnea screening or details about the Somnodent Oral Appliance.

Implants for neighbouring teeth

missing tooth dentist

At West Market Dental one of the frequently discussed procedures is what we can do for a missing tooth. Every night as I sit and watch the Oilers (Go Oilers!!) fight for the Stanley Cup I see many toothless players giving interviews after the game. Of course most of us do not have high risk jobs that endanger our dental health like hockey but we all eat, which can be just as dangerous to teeth as hockey. I myself split a tooth in half, forcing the tooth to be removed, eating popcorn. If you are like me and you suddenly are faced with the realization that that crunch you heard was not food but a tooth, please do not fret, we are here to help.

At our Calgary dental office, there are many options for a replacing missing tooth. A partial denture or plate is the most affordable option for those patients who are on a limited budget. They can be made to look quite natural but are not the most comfortable compared to other options.

The second best option would be a dental bridge. Unlike a denture that can be removed, a bridge is cemented on and feels like your own natural tooth. A bridge is also quite cosmetic and can be made to look like your other natural teeth. The main drawback is that the two neighboring teeth will need to be filed down slightly to complete the bridge.

The best treatment option for a missing tooth is a dental implant. The implant crown is also cemented on but unlike the bridge, the two neighboring teeth do not need to be filed down. Whenever possible, the dentists at West Market Dental will place the implant computer guided which is minimally invasive and very gentle. When done this way, the implant surgery is completed without the need for stitches and is oftentimes more comfortable than having a tooth pulled.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you would like to discuss with us the options for your missing tooth. We serve the communities of Signal Hill, Christie Park, Strathcona, Coach Hill, Patterson, and Aspen in SW Calgary.

Children's Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

Even though our Calgary dental office provides a wide range of services such as Invisalign clear braces / orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, botox treatment for grinding and jaw pain, and implant dentistry, we are first and foremost family dentists who provide pediatric dental care.

  Our dental office is family friendly with evening hours so that your kids will not need to miss any school to come see us.  We also have a comfortable kids room with video games, toys, reading books, and coloring books.  If you are looking for a family dental office where your kids cannot wait to come back for another visit, we would love to hear from you.

West Market Dental is located in Signal Hill right next to Sunterra Market.  There is ample free parking for  your convenience.