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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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…)