Happy. Healthy. Smiles. That's What We're All About.
At Advance Your Health Dental, our general Calgary dentist and our dedicated dental team always strive to make your smile both healthy and beautiful by providing a positive dental experience. At our dentist-owned general dentistry practice, we do this by always striving to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident at every dental visit by answering all of your questions, providing written estimates, requesting pre-determinations from dental insurance companies, direct billing your dental insurance company, being available for your dental emergency, offering week-end, early morning and evening appointments and always striving to exceed your expectations.
Our Calgary dental office is pleased to offer to our patients the following general dental services:
Wherever possible, our Calgary dentist’s main goal is to always save your tooth. Unfortunately, in some instances, this is not possible, including where there is extensive decay in a tooth or when a tooth has suffered trauma. In both of these cases, if the tooth is severely damaged, there may not be sufficient healthy tooth structure remaining to support any kind of restoration such as a crown or a filling. This means that the tooth will be unable to be saved and extraction is necessary.
In addition to extracting teeth due to damage, sometimes teeth may have to be extracted where the teeth are crowded and extraction is required for orthodontic purposes or in preparation for top or bottom dentures, or both.
At your dental appointment for a tooth extraction, because this is an irreversible dental procedure and will likely require additional dental treatment to replace the tooth such as a dental implant, a bridge or dentures, our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, will ensure that you are advised of all available alternative options to a tooth extraction, including a root canal, crown, or filling, and the likelihood of success of such treatments. Our Calgary dentist always encourages you to ask as many questions as you may need in order to ensure that you make an informed decision about this irreversible procedure and all of the benefits and risks of each type of treatment.
Although most patients tolerate an extraction procedure quite well, some patients prefer to have the tooth extraction conducted with the assistance of either oral or IV sedation. For more information about both oral sedation and IV sedation at our Calgary dentist office, please refer to the sedation dentistry information page on our website.
If you have any questions about whether your tooth needs extraction or whether it is possible to save your tooth, we invite you to make an appointment with our Calgary dentist office. Call us today at 403.283.4252. We're here to help.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction by Our Calgary Dentist
The third molars at the back of the mouth are known as your wisdom teeth. These teeth generally emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. If your wisdom teeth emerge with no difficulties and line up naturally with your adjacent teeth, then there is generally no reason to extract these teeth. If, however, there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt normally, then these teeth are said to be either “impacted” or "partially impacted" and removal may be necessary, particularly if you are experiencing any of the following issues or symptoms:
- Pain in your jaw where the wisdom tooth is impacted or partially impacted
- Pain in your ear on the side of the wisdom tooth which is impacted or partially impacted
- Pain in the gums where the wisdom tooth is impacted or partially impacted
- Redness or swelling where the wisdom tooth is impacted or partially impacted
- Decay caused by wisdom tooth crowding and the inability to properly clean around the area of the wisdom tooth and its adjacent tooth
- Gum Disease or infection again caused by the inability to properly clean around the area of the partially or fully erupted wisdom tooth
If your wisdom have erupted normally and you are not experiencing any issues or symptoms related to your wisdom teeth, then your teeth likely do not require extraction. In fact, some people keep their wisdom teeth their entire lives without any issues. When cavities, infection, crowding, poor positioning, or gum inflammation become an issue, it may be recommended to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Sometimes wisdom teeth are advised to be removed for orthodontic reasons or in preparation for denture placement.
If you are wondering whether an extraction is necessary for any of your wisdom teeth, or if you are suffering from any pain, discomfort or swelling which may be a dental emergency, call our Calgary dentist, Dr. Thompson, in Kensington/Hillhurst-Sunnyside for a dental appointment.
Often times, root canals are associated with pain. The reality is, however, that such pain is generally not from the root canal procedure itself but from the condition of the affected tooth. Typically, root canals relieve the pain you are experiencing as a result of a serious infection in your tooth or significant trauma causing damage to its internal structure.
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that may be able to save your tooth in certain circumstances, which is always the preferred option over the extraction of your tooth. Endodontic treatment is a safe and effective treatment for a tooth that has become severely inflammed, infected or damaged.
How is a Root Canal Accomplished?
Under a local anaesthetic, the necrotic or affected inner components of your tooth are carefully and thoroughly removed in order to salvage the remaining root and tooth structure. The canal is then cleaned, a disinfectant is applied and the canal is filled with a material called gutta percha. Root canal treated teeth are generally fortified at an additional visit with a post and often completed with a crown, which makes your tooth both aesthetically beautiful and functional. Whether a filling or crown will be placed on the tooth by your Calgary dentist depends upon the amount of tooth structure remaining and other considerations including the patient's preference. After the final restoration, the root canalled tooth should function like any other tooth.
If you have any questions about root canal treatment by our Calgary dentist, including its safety and effectiveness, or, if you desire a second opinion about proposed treatment to your tooth, call our Calgary dental office in the Kensington/Hillhurst/Sunnyside areas in NW Calgary at 403.283.4252 today and our team would be happy to assist you in any way we can.
Good oral hygiene is vital not only for a healthy and beautiful smile, but also for your overall health. According to the Canadian Dental Association, recent studies have shown that gum disease can not only affect your oral health, but may even contribute to the development of heart disease and other ailments.
At Advance Your Health Dental, we know we have an important role to play in your overall health.
Our caring and gentle team of experienced dental hygienists are here to assist you in achieving and maintaining your optimal oral health by tailoring an oral hygiene program for you that is specifically designed for your particular needs, state of health and overall oral hygiene goals.
Don't underestimate the importance of a healthy smile and book your dental hygiene appointment today!
Dental Consultations and Second Opinions by Our Calgary Dentist
We understand that, sometimes, dental work can be daunting and a consultation appointment or a second opinion can help ease the uncertainty about what to do.
We are pleased to provide second opinion and consultation appointments in a pressure and stress-free environment where you are encouraged to ask questions, speak openly without judgment and leave feeling confident that you are in good hands with our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson. At Advance Your Health Dental, consultation appointments are offered for all types of general dental services, including the following:
- cosmetic dentistry
- sedation dentistry
- dental implants
- root canal treatment
- teeth extractions
- wisdom teeth extractions
- teeth whitening
- crowns, veneers and bridges
- full smile makeovers
- fillings and bonding
- dental cleanings and check-ups
- children's dentistry
It would be our pleasure to meet with you and find the solutions that suit both your current oral healthcare needs, your budget, your timeline, your aesthetic goals and your lifestyle. Let's make your smile last a lifetime!
Many patients wonder when they should bring their young children in for their first dental visit. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that your child be seen by a dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or by one year of age.
At our general dental office, we see children of all ages from babies to teenagers. As with all of our patients, we work very hard to try to make your child's first and subsequent visits to our office as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We welcome and encourage parents to stay with their child for their entire dental visit. We focus on all aspects of preventative care including using dental sealants where appropriate and educating your child about the importance of oral healthcare.
It's our privilege to be your partner in your child's dental health!
Being active is an important element in maintaining your overall health. Some sporting activities, however, may put you or your child at increased risk of dental or facial trauma, which can be a serious oral health problem.
One of the most effective ways to prevent dental trauma while participating in sporting activities is to always wear a dental mouth or sportsguard.
Our custom-fitted sportsguards are easily fabricated in one short visit and are now available in your team colours! These appliances are specifically designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth & jaw, helping to prevent significant damage in the event of injury to the facial area.