DENTAL SERVICES OFFERED AT THE LEIGH SMILE CENTER
OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturdays: By Appointment
Dr. Ken Schuster, Dr. Shideh Pejman, and Dr. Robert Leigh
At the LEIGH SMILE CENTER, we offer a variety of General and Cosmetic Dental Services. In the general and family realm of dentistry, we provide general dental examinations, fillings, bonding, extractions, crowns and bridges, bleaching treatment, oral cancer screenings, soft-tissue management programs, and long-term dental health strategies. In our opinion and our patients', our hygienists are the friendliest and gentlest you will find.
Our General Dentists use the highest quality materials available to them (for Veneers, Crowns, & Implants) for Cosmetic Dental procedures to create a new smile for you. We offer Cosmetic Consultations for those interested in cosmetic, restorative & full mouth rehabilitation dentistry.
Procedures and Services: Click a procedure for quick access.
1. PORCELAIN CROWNS
2. FIXED PORCELAIN BRIDGES
3. PORCELAIN VENEERS
4. PORCELAIN INLAYS AND ONLAYS
7. TOOTH WHITENING (BLEACHING)
8. DENTURES (PARTIAL AND COMPLETE)
9. ROOT CANAL THERAPY
10. DENTAL FILLINGS
11. WISDOM TEETH & OTHER EXTRACTIONS
12. MOUTHGUARDS & NIGHTGUARDS
13. DENTAL SEALANTS
14. ORAL HYGIENE (SCALING & PROPHYS)
15. MILD SEDATION DENTISTRY
16. DENTAL IMPLANTS
A Natural Look for Broken or Cracked Teeth
You may need a crown -- or dental cap – to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size. A Porcelain Crown (or a 'cap' as it is often referred to) covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth.
The advantages of crowns include:
* Size, shape, texture, and color can be controlled (custom-made).
* Restore aesthetics and function to broken, cracked, or filled back teeth.
* Can be used on damaged or broken teeth.
Porcelain crowns have the appearance of natural teeth; however porcelain crowns require the reduction of more tooth structure than veneers. A new crown should last between six to eight years or more. Crowns, however, can last much longer with the application of good oral hygiene, and proper care. Teeth grinding, ice chewing, and fingernail biting, however, could significantly decrease a crown's duration.
Call the Leigh Smile Center, Westlock, Alberta today at 1-888-877-0737 (Toll Free) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment and learn more about Porcelain Crowns.
Bridges span the space created when teeth are missing. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to move (rotate or shift) into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and bone resorption. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders ... a sometimes very painful disorder.
A dental bridge consists of two crowns which are attached on either side of the pontic – the replacement tooth. These two crowns are cemented to the abutments – the natural teeth or implants. On either side of the empty space, the crowns act as anchors for the pontic.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. The porcelain or ceramic bridges will be colour-matched to your natural teeth.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
* Can restore your smile.
* Aids your ability to properly chew and speak.
* Maintains the natural shape of your face.
* Adequately distributes your bite forces.
* Prevents remaining teeth from 'drifting' or moving out of their natural position.
Contact us today and schedule an appointment with our Office to get an opinion on your need for Dental Bridges. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health. We want you to be informed about your dental health – we don���t charge for giving advice!
PORCELAIN VENEERS (Laminates):
Porcelain Veneers Can Change Your Smile in Two Visits.
Discolored, uneven, or chipped teeth are the easiest dental flaws to spot. Those flaws can be turned into assets with the application of porcelain veneers. A porcelain veneer (also called a laminate) is a thin glass-like porcelain shell that fits over any problem teeth.
The advantages of porcelain veneers include:
* Extremely durable.
* Natural color, translucence, and texture.
* Resist stains and won’t decay.
* Close gaps between your teeth.
* Teeth can be lengthened and reshaped.
* Almost as strong as natural teeth.
Veneers can be applied in just two visits, require little or no anesthesia and are well suited to repairing front teeth. To find out how Porcelain Veneers can improve your smile please contact us at 1-780-349-6700. Maintenance is a simple matter of routine oral care, based on regular brushing, flossing and rinsing.
For very minor chipping or unevenness, a Lumineer may be the answer. However, for most cases we recommend Porcelain Veneers fabricated by our Aurum Ceramic Laboratory (www.aurumgroup.com).
Call the Leigh Smile Center today at 1-(888)- 877-0737 (Toll Free) or email us at: email@example.com to schedule your appointment and learn more about porcelain veneers.
What is a Porcelain Inlay?
An inlay is a custom made filling, produced by our Dental Laboratory. Our Dentists only provide inlays made of composite material, or tooth-colored porcelain. We utilize inlays to repair teeth that have large defective fillings, or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are great alternative to conventional ‘direct’ composite fillings. In most cases, you can achieve a much better interproximal ‘contact’, which will avoid food impaction between teeth. The inlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the “Inlay Preparation”.
What is a Porcelain Onlay Restoration?
An onlay is a custom made filling which is made of the same materials as an inlay. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a Partial Crown. It is made by a Professional Dental Laboratory and is permanently cemented onto your natural tooth. Onlays are a very good alternative to crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays, and they are less expensive. Onlays are essentially the same as inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the onlay preparations for the final restoration.
Reasons for Inlay or Onlay Restorations:
* Where there is a broken or fractured tooth.
* For cosmetic enhancement purposes.
* To repair decayed teeth.
* To remedy fractured fillings.
* Where a large filling is required.
What does my Treatment Involve?
Inlays and Onlays usually require two appointments. Your first appointment will include preparation of the Tooth or Teeth, and the taking of several highly accurate mold impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create your Inlay or Onlay and a temporary restoration. At your second appointment, your Inlay or Onlay will be permanently cemented into place. A few slight adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit, and to determine that your bite is comfortable.
At the conclusion of your treatment, you will receive instructions for the proper care of your inlay or onlay. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will assure long lasting results. Inlays and Onlays are very strong and could last for many years.
Besides offering a variety of traditional Veneers (as seen on ABC's Extreme Makeover TV Show), our office also offers Lumineers. Lumineers are veneers that are much thinner than traditional veneers. Because they are as thin as a contact lense, and usually only require 2-3 visits, they tend to pose less discomfort than traditional veneers. Often times, Lumineer patients do not need a significant reduction in the preparation of their teeth.
However, not everyone is a candidate for Lumineers. Lumineers are designed for minor chipping, misalignment, and discoloration of teeth. Each patient is evaluated on an individual basis. In some cases, a combination of traditional veneers and Lumineers or Invisalign (Minor Orthodontic Tooth Movement) and Lumineers could be used to accomplish the desired result.
"We have noticed a marked increase in patients asking about Veneers, and more recently, Lumineers,” said Dentist, Dr. Rob Leigh. “There is some confusion about the differences and similarities between the two. Basically, a Lumineer is a type of veneer that requires less preparation and little or no removal of the tooth structure.” Lumineers are ideal for minor cosmetic adjustments, but we would not recommend them for a major extreme-makeover and instant-orthodontic work. We would perhaps suggest that a patient add a couple of Lumineers to extend small teeth, fix a minor chip, or change color. For patients who want to close a diastema (wide gap between teeth) without using orthodontic braces, we may suggest traditional veneers because it would allow us more flexibility in molding the veneer to create the best aesthetic look. One size does not fit all when it comes to dental procedures.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LUMINEERS AND VENEERS:
Nowadays it’s odd to see slightly crooked or yellow teeth on your television or movie screen, even though it was common place 30 or 40 years ago. If you’ve ever wished you had a perfect smile, you may have found in your Internet research that there are numerous cosmetic dentistry options ... Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers® just to name two.
In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products:
* Cover only the visible portions of teeth.
* Repair minor tooth imperfections.
* Straighten and lengthen teeth.
* Conceal stained or discolored fillings; and
* Are stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient.
There are distinct differences between these two popular, cosmetic-dentistry procedures. Veneers, also known as 'dental porcelain laminates', are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. They are custom-shaped, and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer. Lumineers are ideal for minor cosmetic adjustments, but we would not recommend them for major extreme-makeover and instant-orthodontic work. Lumineers are not as strong as veneers, and may not last as long ... unless the patient is very careful.
Besides our commitment to the very best in dentistry, the dentists at the Leigh Smile Center also strive to provide our patients with the highest level of service for a lasting, and easier dental experience.
If you have chipped, stained, or unwanted spaces between your teeth, cosmetic dental bonding may be the best option for restoring your smile. It is a good option for fixing cracks, discolorations, and misalignments. Cosmetic bonding allows our Cosmetic Dentists to preserve a majority of the natural tooth while improving the overall aesthetics of our patients’ smiles. Drs. Schuster and Pejman, and our qualified dental assistant team can usually complete cosmetic bonding in a single office visit. It is a conservative restorative treatment option that preserves and matches your natural teeth.
The Dentists begin preparing the tooth for bonding by applying a specialized cleaning agent to the affected area. A strong bonding agent is applied to the tooth so the tooth colored filling material will adhere to the tooth. The tooth colored material is layered and cosmetically sculpted on the tooth, replacing the missing layers of tooth structure (the enamel and dentin). A laser or LED light, (or bright blue light) is then used to cure or harden the tooth colored material. During the final step, Drs. Schuster and Pejman will shape and polish the tooth to match the surrounding teeth. The bonded tooth looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth, restoring a healthy glow to our patients’ smiles.
TOOTH WHITENING (Bleaching):
Brighter More Beautiful Smiles -- Faster
We use a number of Whitening & Bleaching Systems at our Center. The LUMIBRITE Chairside Whitening System is ideal for fast, effective and gentle whitening with minimal sensitivity. We believe there is no better choice than Lumibrite Chairside. You can check out their Website at: www.denmat.com/whitening_lumibrite-chairside
When combined with the SAPPHIRE PLASMA ARC CURING and WHITENING LIGHT, the system is clinically proven to whiten teeth in under an hour without the use of harmful Ultraviolet rays.
Lumibrite Chairside Whitening also works without the light, still producing effective results. We also supply “POLADAY” and “POLANIGHT” take home Whitening Kits for our patients. These high viscosity, neutral ph tooth whitening gels ensure the greatest patient comfort in a take home kit. The unique blend of soothers, conditioners and high water content assist in reducing sensitivity. This reduces the formation of plaque and tooth decay. The spearmint flavoured gel is both fresh and long lasting.
In just 15 minutes, once a day, these gels will brighten your smile by several shades.
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth used when a patient has lost real teeth. Patients lose their teeth to a variety of reasons, including:
* Severe malnutrition
* Genetic defects
* Poor oral hygiene
The Dentures Procedure:
There are several types of dentures available:
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some but not all of their teeth.
Fixed partial dentures (also known as dental bridges) are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining natural teeth as well as synthetic materials that are sculpted to resemble teeth.
Complete dentures or full dentures are for patients who are missing all their upper or lower teeth.
IMPORTANT: Dentures can now be stabilized with an implant procedure.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment if you are considering dentures.
If you wish, we are also able to refer you to our large network of excellent Alberta Denturists.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost.
The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
* A cracked tooth
* A deep cavity
* An injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past.
If the pulp is infected or dead, and left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause considerable pain.
How is a Root Canal Done?
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over a few office visits, depending on the situation. These steps are:
First, an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or pre-molar.
After the diseased pulp is removed (a pulpectomy), the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped in preparation for being filled. If more than one visit is needed, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits.
The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal permanently filled. A tapered, rubbery material called gutta-percha is inserted into each of the canals and is often sealed into place with cement. Sometimes a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support.
In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is very broken down, a post may be required to build it up prior to placing a crown.
How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems. As there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, root-treated teeth can become brittle and are more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration when deciding whether to crown or fill a tooth after root canal treatment. To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, the most relied-upon method is to compare new X-rays with those taken prior to treatment. This comparison will show whether bone continues to be lost or is being regenerated.
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, including composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to repair and smooth the tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Tooth decay commonly results from enamel loss, and may produce tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. In some cases, depending on the extent of tooth decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures, including:
- Dental Crowns: Teeth requiring more support than offered by a traditional filling may require a dental crown.
- Dental Implants and Dental Bridges: Irreparable tooth damage requiring tooth extraction may require an implant or bridge.
- Root Canals (perhaps along with antibiotic treatment): Infected, abscessed or nerve damaged teeth may require a root canal procedure.
The dentist will prepare the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed, either with composite, porcelain, or silver amalgam.The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
The term "wisdom teeth" refers to the last or third molars that grow in the back of the mouth. If there is enough space for the wisdom teeth, they will usually erupt in the late teen years. It is important to determine at a young age if there is enough room to fit the wisdom teeth in the mouth. This can be determined by utilizing a special X-ray called a panoramic radiograph.
Dr. Leigh can remove (extract) your wisdom teeth, or you can be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The procedure often can be done in the dentist's or surgeon's office. You may have the surgery in the hospital, especially if you are having all your wisdom teeth pulled at one time or if you are at high risk for complications. We have taken out thousands of wisdom teeth for patients both in our office and in the hospital. If you have any infections, surgery will usually be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your doctor or dentist may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection.
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:
* Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
* Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
* More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
* One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:
* Crowding of the back teeth.
* A wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
* Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
* Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.
It is possible that Dental surgery may cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. People who have difficulty fighting off infections may need to take antibiotics before and after dental surgery. Such people include those who have artificial heart valves or were born with heart defects.
Drs. Schuster and Pejman and their Team at the Leigh Smile Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry have recently started offering the
ROFORM Sports Appliance, a mouth guard which is specially fitted to each user and has been proven to enhance sports performance. Each appliance is custom-designed and manufactured for each individual. The device aligns the athlete's head, neck and spine improving balance, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, and oxygen flow during athletic activities.
Night Guards and Mouth Guards:
Night guards, especially when associated with the correction of grinding to reduce migraine symptoms or TMJ syndrome, can alleviate the detrimental effects of grinding and bruxing. To provide the necessary protection for your mouth, our dentists also offer mouth guards for any need, as it relates to any of the following concerns: whether it is sports or stress related.
* Prevents the destruction of teeth from unconscious grinding at night, which can cause tooth sensitivity and hot and cold.
* Prevent the wear and tear of a patient’s teeth, which can cause a person to appear older than they actually are.
* Protect dental restorations to help them last longer.
* Protect teeth during increased periods of stress, when patients tend to grind their teeth more often.
* Alleviate pain in a patient’s jaw joint and muscles (TMJ syndrome), or pain commonly associated with migraine headaches.
Even when patients practice proper oral health care, sealants are sometimes required to protect the hard to reach areas of the mouth between dental visits. Sealants can be useful in the prevention of decay and cavities. They provide a protective coating to the tops and back of a person's teeth to help prevent and minimize the harmful effects of dental decay.
Teeth can sometimes have very deep grooves that dental tooth brush bristles cannot clean. Dental sealants can be applied to properly cleaned teeth to prevent future decay. This is especially true in younger patients, where we have seen a reduction in the need for dental fillings. It could also be the result of better dental hygiene training.
Routine Cleanings and Checkups with our Hygienists
Routine cleanings are essential to an overall healthy mouth and beautiful smile, which is why our Dentists & Hygienists encourage patient education and regular checkups. Our friendly, gentle and highly-trained registered hygienists arrange your dental cleaning visits to fit the individual needs of each patient. Working together with our Dentists, our dental hygienists play a vital role in detecting any early problems and ensuring our patients' long term oral health and comfort, with a brilliant smile to match.
Did You Know? During your routine dental cleanings and check-ups, we also screen you for oral cancer.
MILD SEDATION DENTISTRY (Anoxyolysis):
Anxiety-Free, Little Memory, Relaxed Dentistry
If the very thought of going to the dentist makes you feel weak in the knees, sedation dentistry may be perfect for you! We offer sedation dentistry so anxious patients can have dental work done while they relax or sleep.
With sedation dentistry, you are given a small pill to take an hour before your dental appointment. For your safety, we ask that you have someone drive you to our office, because you may feel very drowsy. When you arrive, we will escort you to your personal room, and you will be placed on a monitor so we can track your pulse and vital signs. With sedation dentistry, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, but responsive to questions and conversation.
Often, sedation dentistry allows the dentist to complete treatments in just one visit that usually take several appointments. Various procedures can be performed with sedation dentistry including porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental implants, dental bridges, and root canals. If you have been avoiding necessary dental care because of fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Contact our office today to learn more.
Clearly, the 30-50% of Canadians who suffer from dental-phobia and avoid much needed treatment could greatly profit from mild sedation dentistry techniques. Just one or two little tablets can eliminate that anxiety, and allow you to forget the entire treatment.
CAUSES OF DENTAL PHOBIA:
* Sensitive teeth.
* Hearing and feeling the dentist’s drill.
* A fear of shots.
* Sounds and smells of a dentist’s office.
* A strong gag reflex.
* Previous traumatic dental experience.
* Anxious, phobic, fearful patient.
Mild sedation dentistry offers several options to help you alleviate these fears. Whether you need a simple dental cleaning or complex restorative dentistry, our dentists will design a mild sedation plan that will get you back in the chair, and have that needed dental work done to regain your dental health. Your plan may include one or several of the following methods:
A single pill pre-appointment prescription medication taken before you arrive at the office will make you sleepy but not unconscious. While you'll still be able to respond to your dentist’s requests, you likely won’t remember the entire experience.
Once again, you likely will forget most or the entire visit. The oral sedative is an anxiolytic drug, which induces a state of consciousness where you are awake but have decreased anxiety with little or no memory of the treatment. Because the treatments leave you in no shape to drive, it is imperative you have a friend or relative drive you to and from your appointment.
HOW IT WORKS:
The hardest part for many patients is simply making the appointment. The Staff at the Leigh Smile Center endeavor to make this process as easy as possible.
During the first visit, your dentist will take x-rays, examine your mouth and gather background information regarding your general health. You’ll then discuss your needs and expectations and draw up a treatment plan. The next step is to prepare for your mild sedation visit. If you’ve elected for pre-appointment mild sedation, you’ll be given a prescription medication to take the night before your appointment to ensure you sleep well and awake in a relaxed state. The experienced Leigh Smile Center team will monitor you throughout treatment.
Finally, your family member or friend will need to drive you home and stay with you until you’ve fully recovered from the medication. Most patients feel no side effects of treatment the following day, other than the joy of owning a lovely new smile.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Our dentists will screen you to ascertain if you’re qualified for mild sedation treatment. Variables to consider when choosing a mild sedation protocol include age, weight, anxiety level and general health.
Our goal for our mild sedation patients is to create a relaxed, comfortable, and safe experience for the patient, with little or no anxiety and little or no memory of the appointment. Sedated patients may feel like they slept through the entire appointment. To schedule an appointment with one of our mild sedation dentists, call 1-(888)- 877-0737 (toll free) or send us a request.
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Dr. Leigh has placed and restored thousands of Dental Implants over the course of his dental career. His General Practice is limited to the placing and restoring of dental implants and related dental implant procedures. There are over 500,000 dental implant treatments performed each year. A dental implant (artificial tooth root) is a custom-made piece of biocompatible metal (so your body does not reject this material) that is surgically placed under the gums to fuse to the jawbone.
The Leigh Smile Center General Dental Practice Dentists will design, implant and fit the replacement teeth, or do restorative work on faulty crowns, renewing your smile and your chewing ability.
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants:
When both the tooth and root are extensively damaged, or missing, a replacement option is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown.
* Without the root structure of a natural tooth the jawbone can shrink.
* There are no loose parts. An implant is long lasting, stable and comfortable.
* Normally, with proper care, it will serve its owner for a long time.
Call our office for more information, and arrange for a no-obligation Consultation: 1-780-349-6700
Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. Dental Implants can provide one of the possible alternatives to these types of appliances.