Implants for neighbouring teeth

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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.

Love your smile with Invisalign

Smile with Invisalign

Are you happy with your smile? Have you always wanted to fix crowding in your teeth, but you don't want braces? Invisalign may be the answer for you to achieve a better smile. At West Market Dental, all of our dentists are trained in Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign treatment makes use of custom-made clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. Each aligner is worn for typically one-two weeks and they gradually shift your teeth slightly. The aligners move your teeth horizontally and vertically and even rotating teeth when needed. Each aligner is engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time, following a custom treatment by the dentist.

In the majority of situations, Invisalign is able to treat most patients orthodontic concerns. However, there are some cases and situations where traditional orthodontics (braces) may be better suited. What are you waiting for? If you would like to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, please give the office a call at 403-246-8555 to schedule a no-charge consult or visit. If braces are necessary, we work with Orthodontists in the Signal Hill, Aspen, West Hills and surrounding areas in Calgary that we can refer you to.

Are you having issues breastfeeding your newborn baby?

Congratulations on your new baby!!! Having a newborn baby at home, if you are a first time parent or experienced parent can be scary. A quick glance at any online parenting forms reveals that breastfeeding is a sensitive topic, everyone is debating right now.

One of the unique services we provide at West Market Dental is we treat babies under 6 months of age for issues with breastfeeding.  If mom and baby are having difficulty getting the hang of breastfeeding, it may be due to a lip or tongue tie getting in the way of the infant being able to achieve a proper latch.  If you are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, please visit your lactation specialist first, to see if this is the cause of poor nursing, or pain, while you are breastfeeding.  In many cases, you can work with your lactation specialist to do exercises to improve your newborn’s latch.

However, if the latch doesn’t improve, and if it is necessary, your lactation specialist can refer you to us to have the lip and/or tongue ties revised using a soft tissue laser.  There is no guarantee that the latch will improve with the release, but in the vast majority of the cases we treat, there is noticeable improvement, and it will give your infant the best chance of developing a better latch.

We at West Market Dental are general dentists located in the southwest of Calgary, primarily serving the communities of Aspen, Signal Hill, West Springs and Cougar Ridge.  We are proud to welcome patients from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia for newborn laser lip and tongue tie procedures. Please call us at 403-246-8555 and we would be happy to assist you.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are usually four most terminal molars (also known as third molars) that grow into your mouth around the age between 18 and 22. These are last set of teeth that will come into your mouth. I am sure you have heard some horror stories about wisdom tooth extraction from someone that you know. However, not all wisdom tooth needs to be extracted. Most common reason why a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted is, if there is not enough room for the tooth to come in fully exposed, or if it comes in at an angle creating extra space between that tooth and the tooth in front of it. In either cases, it makes the area around the wisdom tooth very difficult to clean and maintain and that can lead to either cavities or gum disease around the tooth. Sometimes, there will be enough room for them to come in fully into your mouth or you may be missing one or more wisdom tooth as well. It is a good idea for you to get a radiograph called Panoramic radiograph taken/updated around the age of 18 to check whether you have any wisdom tooth and if so how it is doing. If you do have to get one or more wisdom tooth extracted, it is good idea to get it done sooner than later because as a person gets older, the jaw bone gets denser and more brittle making the extraction more difficult. Hence, longer you wait before you get your wisdom tooth extracted, higher the chance that you may end up with possible complications. If you have wisdom tooth that has not come in fully into the mouth or if you are at the age around 18 or 19, it may be a good idea for you to come and see us and talk to us about it.

We are dentists, serving SW part of Calgary and doing many different types of dental procedures including wisdom tooth extraction. Give us a call if you have any question about wisdom tooth today!

Why get a check-up every 6 months

Calgary Dental Tooth Cavity

Why your dentists at West Market Dental recommend a check-up every 6 months and what gets done?

At West Market Dental your dentists like to come in at your 6 month cleaning to say hi and do your dental check-up. In our office all three of our Calgary dentists believe in a thorough dental check-up where we will begin with an exam outside your mouth where we will check for any lumps and bumps, evaluate your TMJ (jaw joint) among other areas. After that we will check inside your mouth where your dentist will first begin to check your gums, cheeks, tongue etc. for oral cancer and make sure everything is looking in tip top shape. Finally and most important for some patients is your dentist will then do a thorough check over of your teeth. After all is done, your dentist will then let you know of any thing they noticed. Believe it or not most issues in your mouth will not cause any discomfort until they become big problems so the overall main purpose of this check up is to use any x-rays taken as well as the visual exam to notice any small problems that may be present so they can be fixed before they cause any pain. All the dentists at our Calgary Signal Hill dental office are also trained in many methods of improving your smile whether its porcelain veneers, smile make-over, dental implants, cosmetic dental bonding or invisalign (clear or invisible braces) so if you have any questions about your mouth or improving your smile this is a perfect time to ask your dentist and he would be happy to explain things to you.

We recently had a patient come in and it's a perfect example why we like to do our 6 month check-ups. (more…)

Laser Tongue Tie Revision

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The laser tongue tie procedure was performed on a 10 year old boy in order to help improve his speech. In the case where there is a severe tongue tie, the laser revision may help improve an individual's speech.

Please contact us for more information on the procedure and booking appointment.



Velscope Oral Cancer Screening Device

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Many people may not be aware of the fact that oral cancer is the 6th most common form of cancer and that it is actually more prevalent than cervical cancer.

In addition to a visual exam with the naked eye, the dentists and hygienists at West Market Dental also utilize the Velscope to help with the screening for oral cancer. There is no additional charge for the Velscope oral cancer screening since it is included as a part of the new patient exam and check-up.

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The technology has been showcased on "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors". Feel free to watch the video to the left and also videos on the DoctorOz website.





Thumb Sucking Treatments

Many people may not be aware that thumb or finger sucking, as well as prolonged pacifier use, can eventually lead to dental problems. Some sources claim that it is safe for children to suck their thumb or use a pacifier up to age 3 or 4 without causing any permanent dental problems. In my eleven years of clinical experience I find that it is best to stop the habit by age two. I have seen many 2 and 3 year olds who have already developed irreversible orthodontic problems.

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Thumb sucking or pacifier use will eventually push the upper teeth out and the lower teeth in, thus creating a large space between the front teeth. Even though it is only the baby teeth that are initially affected, the bone structure around the teeth will also be affected. When the child turns 6 or 7 years old and the adult teeth begin to come in, the child's adult teeth will also have the large gap between the front teeth and thus necessitate future orthodontic treatment. The pacifier habit is easily broken by simply taking away the pacifier. The child will usually be upset and cry for 2 to 4 days. It is much harder to break the thumb sucking habit so I am providing the following information for those in need of advice.

There are three basic categories of treatment.

  • Behavioral therapy helps a child avoid thumb-sucking through various techniques such as reminder therapy and reward systems. Reminder therapy is useful for children who are ready to discontinue the habit. Nagging a child about a habit will most likely prolong it. Reward systems usually involve the use of a calendar, on which is star is placed for every day in which no thumb habit is observed. A reward is given to the child after a certain number of stars have been earned. Behavioral therapy works best if all people involved in the child's care follow the treatment plan. The biggest problem with behavioral therapy alone is that children will thumb suck at night to comfort themselves, especially when tired, and so children will often continue the habit at night subconsciously. Placing an Ace Bandage around the elbow at night can help with this. In the Ace Bandage technique, an elastic bandage is wrapped around the elbow at bedtime. As the child falls asleep, the pressure from the bandage removes the thumb from the mouth. The disadvantages of this last technique are: possible decreased blood flow to the arm so care must be taken to ensure the bandage is not too tight, and a lower success rate than compared to appliance therapy.

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    Thumb devices, such as the one made by Kid Giddy can be used for children with severe thumb-sucking problems. A thumb device is usually made of nontoxic material and is worn over the child's thumb. It is held in place with straps that go around the wrist. A thumb device prevents a child from being able to suck his or her thumb and is worn all day. It is removed after the child has gone 48 hours without trying to suck a thumb. The device is put back if the child starts to suck his or her thumb again. Placing tape or a bandage over the thumb is another method. Unfortunately, most older kids will be able to remove the tape or bandages themselves. MAVALA Stop is another innovative product that has been shown to be very effective. MAVALA Stop is a harmless, transparent nail polish that has a distinct bitter taste. It needs to be reapplied every couple of days.

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    Oral devices (such as a palatal arch or crib that fits into the roof of the mouth) interfere with the pleasure a child gets from thumb-sucking. It may take several months for the child to stop sucking the thumb when these devices are used. When the child stops sucking, parents may choose to continue using the device for several months. This may prevent the child from starting the habit again. Oral devices need to be fitted by a dentist. Even though these appliances are the most effective method to stop thumb sucking, in my opinion, they should be the last choice once we have exhausted all other options. It is the most expensive option and can be difficult to place in young or uncooperative children.