General Dentistry

Family Dentistry

At Aspire Smiles Ridge Dental we want to treat your entire family. From happy visits for the youngest member of your family to implant retained dentures for our seniors. Multi-generation care is what we strive for.
 

We want you to be a part of our dental family. Call now to book your
appointment!

Emergency Dental Care

We never know when an emergency can happen. Rest assured that we will be
there for your care. One of the clinical policies we have is to always take care of our patients in pain. We have convenient hours to make this more accessible for any patient having an emergency.

Dental Extractions

Teeth require extracting for a number of reasons. Our goal is always to keep
your teeth for as long as possible. When extractions are the chosen option, be assured that you will have them done as painlessly, safely and efficiently as possible. 

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth: When Should They be Removed

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in – and the ones least needed for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are called such because they develop when most individuals become adults (which is near 17 years of age).

Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors*, our wisdom teeth may not have enough room to fit in our mouths properly. Therefore, problems can result if these additional teeth attempt to emerge.

Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth, and often they are impacted (trapped in the jawbone and gums). Cramped for room, these impacted teeth grow in many different directions and removal may be recommended by your dentist to prevent potential problems.

Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grown in. You may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage.

*Our ancestors needed large jaws and more teeth for their tougher diet. Since our lifestyle has changed and we eat softer foods, we no longer require that extra chewing power.

Potential Problems if Wisdom Teeth Are Not Removed

If you learn the different ways wisdom teeth can develop and the problems that can arise, you’ll be better able to understand why you may need to have them removed.

Infection in the gums- When a wisdom tooth partially breaks through the gum’s surface, bacteria can get under the flap, causing an infection in the gum.

Crowding displaces the next tooth- An impacted or erupting wisdom tooth can push on adjacent teeth, causing them to become crooked or even damaging them structurally.

Decayed wisdom tooth- Decay forms in a wisdom tooth or the tooth it is touching, because it is hard to clean due to its position or because it is partially covered by gum tissue which may collect plaque, cavity causing bacteria.

Decayed wisdom tooth- Decay forms in a wisdom tooth or the tooth it is touching, because it is hard to clean due to its position or because it is partially covered by gum tissue which may collect plaque, cavity causing bacteria.

It is best to have the wisdom teeth removed around 17 years of age because that is when they usually develop. Removal will be easier as the bone may not be as dense as in an older person. Also, recovery will be faster since the roots usually have not yet fully developed.

Wisdom teeth extraction:

Wisdom teeth extraction are done by an experienced general dentist or oral
surgeon.

The process starts with a thorough evaluation of your medical history to make sure that there are no contraindications to surgery and/or sedation.

At Aspire Smiles Dental, we recommend some type of sedation with wisdom teeth extractions to help reduce any anxiety level and make the procedure more comfortable. We offer oral sedation or laughing gas as for sedation.

If you would like to get deeper sedation such as IV sedation or general sedation we would refer you to an oral surgeon and anesthesiologist that would be able to safely perform the procedure while you are asleep.

At Aspire Smiles Dental,  we typically book 2 hours for your appointments but the actual extractions themselves usually takes 1 hour or less to perform.
If you have any question regarding wisdom teeth extraction,  please give our office a call.
 

There will be very specific post op instructions as well as follow-ups to ensure that you are healing well. If there are any concerns or higher levels of discomfort, we recommend coming in for a further evaluation. If you have any question regarding wisdom teeth extraction please give our office a call.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic treatment

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

• An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.

• Sensitivity to hot and cold.

• Severe toothache pain.

• Sometimes no symptoms are present.

• Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

• Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).

• Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.

• Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

Dr. Le is very experienced in performing endodontic treatment on teeth. He has worked in an emergency clinic in Edmonton and has performed endodontic treat on over one thousand teeth. This is one of his favorite aspects of clinical dentistry as it can be very challenging from case to case. It also allows him to get patients out of pain while still maintaining a very important tooth that otherwise would have to be extracted.

White Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

• Chipped teeth

• Closing space between two teeth

• Cracked or broken teeth

• Decayed teeth

• Worn teeth

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Crowns & Bridges

Crown and Bridge (fixed restorative)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

• Broken or Fractured Teeth

• Cosmetic Enhancement

• Decayed Teeth

• Fractured Fillings

• Large Fillings

• Tooth has a Root Canal

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

Invisalign

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening your teeth, using clear aligners made specifically you and only you. These aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible. The aligners gently move your teeth to the predetermined position decided by the patient and the dentist before treatment is started. There are no longer metal bracket or tightening of wires. You simply in a new set of aligner approximately every 2 weeks until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. For more information visit the Invisalign website (www.invisalign.com).

Not every patient is a candidate for Invisalign. Dr. Le uses invisalign for cosmetic cases where your bite requires minimal changes. More complex cases may still require treatment with conventional braces. Call our office and Dr. Le will be happy to give you a free invisalign consultation and let you know if invisalign is right for you. Dr. Le is a certified Invisalign provider.

Nitrous (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry and surgery, as an anaesthetic and analgesic, since 1844.

Laughing Gas is readily available in our office and provides an excellent way to combat anxiety for most dental procedures. The mildest form of sedation that we use, gas flows through a comfortably fitting mask that rests over your nose. Laughing Gas is odorless and is used in combination with pure oxygen to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being during treatment. Laughing Gas often creates a pleasant feeling of euphoria that can make ordinary things seem funnier. We can easily customize the level of sedation for each patient, which takes effect within minutes.

As a mild sedation, you won’t experience any short-term memory loss as you might with other forms of sedation. At the end of treatment, the sedation caused by the Laughing Gas dissipates almost immediately, and you will be able to return home with absolutely no lasting effects. You don’t even need an escort to or from your appointment if you are using only Laughing Gas for sedation.