Bankers Hall Dentistry
Emergency Dental Service
Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night with a shooting pain in one of your molars? Or, been happily trading jokes at a friend’s crowded party when someone bumped you just as you took a sip of your cocktail, resulting in a tiny little chip in your front tooth? Or, perhaps one of your colleagues brought in a tray of homemade caramels and you slipped one in your purse for later, regretting it that evening when it pulled out one of your fillings. These are the moments when you need emergency dental service.
If you simply cannot tolerate another moment of that searing pain radiating across your jaw, or the jagged tooth is driving you crazy, then professional treatment outside of normal business hours or on a weekend is a must. After all, these kinds of emergency dental issues don’t magically go away. In fact, the unrelenting nature of that type of dental pain often becomes cumulatively worse. And, a weakened tooth with a sharp edge may well cause another, more severe problem if not addressed promptly.
When to seek help
The types of issues that warrant immediate or very near-term attention typically fall into one of these categories.
- General pain associated with a tooth or in your jaw
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A loose or missing filling
- An obvious infection of your tooth or gums, or swelling that suggests infection
- A piece of bone or food that has become lodged in your gum
What happens next
Emergency dental service is just that, it addresses emergent issues, and then through assessment a treatment plan with both short-term and follow-up steps is established. X-rays or supplemental treatment may be scheduled for the next business day, or as determined by the dentist.
We realize that dental emergencies are a regular part of life and so proudly offer emergency dental services within our practice.
Dental Implants Periodontist
Periodontology, the subspecialty of dentistry that is practiced by Periodontists, is dedicated to preventative care and treatment of diseases that pertain to teeth-supporting structures, such as gums, jaw bone sections below teeth (alveolar bone), and the ligaments or connective tissues that connect teeth to the jaw bone.
Every dentist is concerned with preventative care and treatment, but dentists who specialize in Periodontology are equipped to treat significant periodontal disease or related complications. Some practitioners choose to further specialize in order to perform procedures like installing dental implants, which address a host of oral health issues that result from missing teeth. While not Periodontists, the general dentists at Ambiance Dental offer periodontal treatments.
Defining Dental Implants
Dental implants are manufactured teeth that look and feel like natural teeth and treat a number of functional and cosmetic issues that result from missing teeth. These issues range from the appearance of sinking in the face to a misaligned bite when chewing, which is both uncomfortable and can cause uneven wear on teeth from uneven bite force.
Periodontics balances prevention and remediation of disease-related issues, as well as cosmetic and functional concerns, to promote overall oral health.
In life, and in most activities, it’s good to have a partner, an advocate, an educator. In a dental practice, you work as a team to meet patient needs, solve health challenges, and stay abreast of new technologies and procedures. The dental hygienist role is at the center of this team, attentively educating patients while seamlessly interfacing with dentists, specialists, and administrate staff. Often they get to know patients and their stories making it possible to customize suggestions and healthcare planning.
Teacher and Confidante
From flossing demonstrations to general wellness consulting, dental hygienists often do a blend of the following each day:
- Flag signs of decay
- Educate patients on dental practices (for example, when and how to floss)
- Clean teeth to remove plaque
- Polish teeth
- Assess and review possible oral health issues
- Answer questions and provide encouragement and support (for example, regarding cosmetic procedures or related to treatment for dental issues)
While patients often consider the scaling and polishing segment of the dental visit to be the central feature, dental hygienists also subtlety complete a full oral health wellness evaluation. They review records in advance, and during conversation probe for information that provides greater healthcare context.
Because dental hygienists wear many hats, they are a great starting point for discussing possible cosmetic enhancement or general aesthetic concerns. They are an excellent resource for explaining what approaches to whitening could remove annoying stains, or whether dental veneers might be right for you, and what’s involved.
Are you self-conscious about your smile? Is it because you have cracked or crooked teeth? Are your teeth stained or discoloured? Do you gaze at Hollywood hunks or starlets wishing your smile matched theirs? Then, a cosmetic treatment plan may be the perfect solution for you!
While not officially “Cosmetic Dentists”, the general dentists at Ambiance Dental offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, that will give you exactly the smile you’re seeking.
Popular cosmetic dental procedures include:
Here’s a list of common cosmetic dentistry treatments that can take your smile from drab to dreamy.
- Hydrogen peroxide whitening (teeth whitening)
- Porcelain crowns and veneers
- Dental implants (an alternative to dental bridges)
- Straightening (orthodontic treatment)
How to craft your cosmetic treatment plan?
Like any planning process, the collaboration between you and your dentist is the critical first step. Together you will define your goals and establish the ideal outcome. From there your dentist will evaluate whether preparation steps will be needed, such as an advance scaling and polishing visit or a tooth extraction appointment to address overcrowding.
How do you maintain your new smile?
Now that you have your stunning new smile, enjoy it! Follow any preservation provisions assigned by your dentist such as supplemental teeth whitening treatments that you can complete at home, or periodic retainer use.
Teeth Whitening Service
When you look in the mirror is all you see your yellow teeth? Do you avoid smiling because of stains and discolouration? Today’s Teeth whitening services are safe, affordable, and easy. So what’s stopping you? The hydrogen peroxide whitening solution will make those stains and yellowing a thing of the past, giving you back the natural white of the smile you deserve.
Safe and Easy
Whether you would prefer to complete your teeth whitening treatments in a cozy bathrobe at home or turn the process over entirely to a professional at the dental clinic, the process is completely pain-free. While the process is cumulative and therefore will require multiple treatments and the occasional follow-up treatment to preserve brilliance, it’s easy and straightforward and will you give you back your bright, white smile.
Planning and Preparation
The teeth whitening solution is designed for natural enamel, and so this cosmetic enhancement is not appropriate for implants or dental veneers. Because the entire objective of teeth whitening treatments is to make you feel great when you look in the mirror before heading out for your day, consider which target colour will best complement any existing dental implants or veneers, so that there is uniformity.
Safety and Confidence
While teeth whitening treatments are perfectly safe, some temporary sensitivity to cold treats or warm beverages may occur. This will go away in short order. You also want to work with a team of experts, professionals who have advised and administered teeth whitening protocols on many occasions, as enamel discolouration could result from misadministered treatments.
Do you ever feel like you running from one specialist to the next to the next, and that there simply has to be a better way! Luckily, there is, dental clinics offer an all-in-one answer to the combination of routine and elective dental services that most families seek in our busy, modern world.
From routine cleanings and preventative health visits to cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening treatments to emergency dental services for acute issues, dental clinics consolidate a wide array of services in a single building.
Generalists and Specialists
Most dental clinics employ:
- Dentists, Orthodontists, Endodontists, and Periodontists
- Dental surgeons
- Dental hygienists, nurses, and support staff
Dental clinics operate at a size and scale that makes it possible to cover the vast majority of needs that any family is likely to encounter, in one place, in a team-based model. They can handle everything from after-hours emergencies to unexpected walk-ins.
Dental Clinic Selection
The first rule of good dental health is prevention. Thus, the first rule of choosing a dental clinic that’s right for you and your family is choosing one that keeps things simple. The clinic should offer the services you need, in a convenient location, and create a positive experience for you each and every time you're there – whether for a cosmetic procedure or a routine cleaning, scaling, and polishing visit.
Even though most dental clinics offer a broad range of dental services, sometimes even they refer out to specialists. If you have a particularly unique need, or there is a compelling reason to seek more specific expertise, then a professional group will likely refer out to a partner organization that excels in that area of dentistry.
Does the thought of going to the dentist send your heart racing? Have you put off cleanings so many times that you can’t remember how to get to your dental clinic? Fortunately, the advent of sedation dentistry has made it possible to convince anxiety-ridden patients that dental visits and procedures can be comfortable, completely pain-free affairs. While dental practitioners are routinely trained in sensitivity techniques to emotional support patients, sedation makes it possible to address the full continuum of anxiety and phobias that some people experience.
Describing sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry runs the gamut from low doses of a single drug that simply removes anxiety and leaves patients alert and engaged, to full, general anesthetic, removing awareness and memory of the event. How patients experience sedation varies, and the dentist will partner with the patient to define the best sedation strategy in advance.
When to use sedation
Whether sedation dentistry is employed to address strong emotional responses to dental procedures, or simply to make more significant treatments less uncomfortable, it’s most often used in these scenarios:
- Extractions and implants
- Root canals
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
An answer to anxiety
Oral health impacts many aspects of a person’s well-being and should be preserved, but given the common occurrence of dental treatment-related anxiety, many people were avoiding both preventative and reactive treatment. If you are one of those people, it’s time to consider sedation dentistry.
Did you know that there’s a single cosmetic dental solution that can address multiple issues in one fell swoop? If you struggle with both the shape and colour of your teeth, then porcelain veneers which affix comfortably to the front of your natural teeth may be the perfect path to your dazzling new smile.
Porcelain veneers are actually an ideal way to resolve all of the below:
- Yellow or stained teeth
- Broken, chipped, or misshapen teeth
- Undesired gaps between teeth
- Small teeth
- Crooked teeth
When are porcelain veneers appropriate?
If you are bothered every time you look in the mirror because your smile isn’t making you happy, but you are otherwise a fastidious flosser and a brilliant brusher, then you may be the ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. They are a multi-faceted aesthetic fix to a continuum of cosmetic issues that are not causing any underlying dental health issues.
How do porcelain veneers work?
Porcelain veneers, as their name implies, are thin, custom-created shells that are affixed to the front of your natural teeth with a dental bonding agent. While they are permanent, they do require replacement approximately every 7 to 15 years, but that also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the latest technological improvements. Dentists use tools to incorporate patient specifications in the veneer manufacturing process so they look natural and beautiful.
What are the best practices for maintaining porcelain veneers?
The care and maintenance of porcelain veneers is the same as for natural teeth. You want to adhere to brushing and flossing techniques and frequencies prescribed by your dentist.
Are you missing one or more teeth and are looking for a way to literally bridge the gap? That’s the purpose of a dental bridge, a solution that is comprised of artificial teeth that can be made from a variety of materials and is anchored to the two teeth that border the gap. In addition to cosmetic concerns, there are some specific dental health issues that dental bridges prevent.
Missing teeth are a contributing factor to all of the following:
- A misaligned or uneven bite, both in terms of fit and force
- Teeth that move from their previous location
- Bone loss below teeth
- Temporomandibular disorder
Dental bridge or implant?
Dental bridges, whether made of gold or alloys, have been a longstanding solution to address tooth-loss related dental gaps. And while the newer dental implant technology has supplanted the use of dental bridges for many, they remain a durable and more affordable alternative.
How long does a dental bridge last?
You can expect an 8 to 10-year period of use from a well-constructed dental bridge, however, patient habits are an important factor in dental bridge longevity. It is critical that patients carefully clean out the bacteria that accumulates naturally underneath the bridge, and also preserve the health of the rest of the natural teeth, especially the bride’s anchor teeth.
Sumptuous Shopping, Divine Design
Planning an escape to Calgary? Or simply need an escape from your routine? Head downtown in Calgary to Bankers Hall for a luxurious day-long excursion you won’t soon forget! The adventure begins with the stunning architecture of the two soaring towers. While the area boasts a long and rich history, a significant redevelopment effort resulted in a gorgeously enhanced shopping experience. The Core Shopping Centre (CORE), features modern, yet cathedral-like skylights which generously illuminate the sleek and shiny white walls and beautifully tiled floor.
Stroll through the four levels of Bankers Hall's 150+ shops as you casually peruse sparkling high-end accessories and chic clothing. Whether your tastes run to the fashion-forward, modern urban, or classic elegance you will assuredly find something unique that is just your style. Instantly transport back to the magic of your day every time you slip on your fabulous new purchase.
With so much to see the hours will zip by, and before you know it you'll discover that you need a snack, or something more substantial. Sample an indulgent confection like raspberry truffle enrobed in smooth, melt-on-your-tongue chocolate. Or perhaps you would rather people watch over a perfectly balanced cup of coffee. Better yet, tuck into an artfully prepared plate of sushi and sip a crisp glass of Riesling.
While the shopping and dining in Bankers Hall are not to be missed, you may decide that a new hairstyle, glossy manicure, or other indulgent spa service is the ideal way to start or end your getaway to the center of downtown Calgary. Or perhaps you would prefer a few serene moments in the urban retreat that is Devonian Gardens, a sublime botanical garden on the fourth floor.
Finally, keep things simple with underground parking and easy pedestrian access to other nearby shops and eateries through the +15 skywalk system, which also connects Bankers Hall to Bankers Court.
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