General Dentistry

Helping you maintain a healthy smile.
bruxism nightguard

Bruxism Nightguards

Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, can be very damaging to your teeth because it can wear down your tooth enamel, weaken fillings and crowns, damage teeth, cause headaches, create tooth sensitivity and cause jaw pain over time. If left untreated, bruxism can increase your risk of tooth decay and may cause fractured or chipped teeth or even permanent tooth loss. In the event that grinding your teeth becomes a nightly occurrence, bruxism treatment may be necessary. Our team of dental professionals will thoroughly examine your teeth, cheeks, and gums to determine the severity of the grinding and whether a custom-made nightguard is necessary. In some cases, we may also recommend that we repair the damage to your teeth before fitting you for a nightguard.

Some of the most common signs of bruxism are:

  • Painful or stiff jaw
  • Sensitive, loose, or broken teeth
  • Sore gums
  • Sores on the insides of your cheeks
  • A popping sound in the jaw joint
  • Morning headaches
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Fatigue caused by restless sleep
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dental sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied in liquid form to the chewing surface of your teeth to help protect them from decay. Since sealants are designed to seep into the fissures and pits on the tooth surface, they are able to create a protective shield over the enamel while also smoothing out the tooth’s surface, making them easier to keep clean.

The benefits of dental sealants include:

  • Cavity prevention—the liquid sealant seals off grooves, crevasses, pits, and fissures for a much smoother, easier to brush surface.
  • Easy application—after preparing and properly cleaning your teeth, the sealant material will be brushed on with a paintbrush-like tool and then cured with a safe, ultraviolet light.
  • Fast application—in most cases, dental sealants can be applied in as little as 5 minutes per tooth.
  • Cheaper than fillings—most insurance companies will cover the cost of dental sealants because they are much cheaper compared to the cost of restorations and other tooth decay treatments (fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, etc.).
  • Attractive—dental sealants can be matched to your natural tooth colour.
  • Durable— dental sealants can last up to 10 years if properly cared for. This includes maintaining a regular homecare routine and avoiding the crunching of hard foods.
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x-rays

Digital X-Rays/CBCT Scans

Digital x-rays and CBCT scans can help expose tooth decay under the gumline, under fillings and caps, and in between teeth. They can also detect bone loss caused by gum disease, abscesses, cysts, tumours, and early signs of cancer.

The different types of x-rays used in dentistry are:

  • Bitewing—taken on either side of the mouth (two on the left side and two on the right side), this type of x-ray is ideal for detecting cavities and seeing how well teeth match up.
  • Occlusal—taken with a closed jaw, this type of x-ray is ideal for showing how the top and bottom teeth line up, as well as for detecting abnormalities in the mouth floor and palate.
  • Periapical—focusing on two complete teeth, showing everything from the crown to the root.
  • Full-mouth—utilizes 18 films that capture the entire inside of your mouth.
  • Panorex – a single picture of all your teeth and surrounding bones of the face and neck
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dental exam

Fillings

Cavities are small holes, caused by acid, that form in the surface of teeth. If left unchecked, cavities can cause infections and further decay, leading to weakened teeth, pain, and even tooth loss. At LDSS, we practice preventative dentistry. By carefully monitoring problem areas, we are able to catch and repair small cavities with fillings before they can grow larger and become much more painful and expensive to treat.

The different types of fillings you can choose from include:

  • Tooth-coloured composite fillings
  • Silver-coloured amalgam fillings
  • Cast-gold fillings
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dental exam

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can help prevent cavities by hardening enamel, re-mineralizing teeth, rebuilding lost tooth enamel, slowing down the loss of minerals from teeth, reversing early decay, and preventing proliferation of oral bacteria. Fluoride treatment can also be used to help treat tooth sensitivity. Since most parts of North America have fluorinated drinking water, brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste is often sufficient. If you are from a part of the world where drinking water is not fluorinated, we may prescribe you fluoride tablets or drops to take daily.

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screening

Oral Cancer Screenings

During your regular dental visit, we will perform an oral cancer exam by thoroughly checking the soft tissues in your face, head, and neck (including tongue, cheeks, tonsils, soft palate, pharynx, lips, and salivary glands) for red or white areas of discolouration, lumps, and rough spots. In some cases, we may ask you routine questions about whether you have experienced numbness or unusual bleeding, whether you have had a change in your voice, or if you have had any changes in your ability to eat, swallowing, chewing, how your teeth fit together, and/or how your jaw is moving.

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dental exam

Root Canal Treatments

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, focuses on diseases and injuries to the dental pulp inside your teeth (the soft interior made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue). Since the pulp does most of its work during tooth development, adult teeth can survive without pulp. That is why, when tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected, the best choice of treatment often involves removing the remaining pulp along with the infection. By removing the pulp, we can relieve your pain as quickly as possible and help save the tooth instead of removing it. If an infected tooth is left untreated and must be removed, the remaining teeth will have to work harder to chew/bite and can even drift into the gap left by the missing tooth, impacting the way your teeth and jaw fit together.

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sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea/OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that effects your breathing while you sleep, causing you to pause or stop breathing. Your airway may become blocked or collapse, decreasing airflow to your lungs. When this happens, your body wakes you up in order to resume breathing, preventing you from getting a good night’s rest and leaving you feeling tired during the day.

Sleep apnea can potentially cause health risks if left untreated, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Acid reflux
  • Memory loss
  • Mental confusion
  • Adult asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Higher blood sugar levels
  • Weight gain
  • ADHD
  • Bed wetting
  • Liver problems

A sleep apnea oral appliance is a premium, custom-fit dental appliance that is specifically designed for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate OSA. In some cases, it may be an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. In certain circumstances, patients can use both an OSA appliance and a CPAP machine, which is known as “co-therapy”.

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desensitizing

Desensitizing

Tooth sensitivity can often be caused by tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, and exposed tooth roots. In some cases, using desensitizing toothpaste can help block the sensation that is causing you pain. If desensitizing toothpaste does not help you, one of our dedicated dental professionals can apply a special desensitizing agent or fluoride gel to the affected teeth. In the event that this treatment does not work, we will look at other options such as fillings, crowns, inlays, or bonding based on your unique needs.

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invisalign

Children's Dentistry

Regular dental cleanings and examinations are essential for growing children and will often include fluoride therapy and x-rays; however, if your child feels apprehensive during the appointment, x-rays and fluoride treatment can be delayed until the next appointment.

Our child dental services also cover:

  • Cavity control and dental hygiene
  • Thumb sucking treatment
  • Space maintainers to prevent teeth from shifting into empty spaces
  • Dental sealants to protect permanent teeth from developing cavities

At LDSS, we want to make dental visits fun for kids. That is why our child patients get to choose from costumes to wear during their Junior VIP visit—superhero, princess, puppy, police officer, cowboy, or cowgirl—balloon animals, and access to our toy shelf! Our cavity-free club members also get a free smoothie or ice cream treat!

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dental exam

Hygiene

Regular dental hygiene appointments allow your dentist to identify and address any developing health problems long before they become serious. During your hygiene appointment, your dentist will closely examine your teeth, gums, and bite, as well as perform dental x-rays, oral cancer screenings, and additional diagnostic procedures if necessary. A hygienist will also professionally clean your teeth by using a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar in between your teeth and around your gumline before applying a fluoride treatment.

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mouthguard

Mouthguards

An athletic mouthguard can help protect your teeth and jaw while participating in various sports and activities. All mouthguards are custom-fitted to the individual’s mouth and are perfect for athletes of all ages, from teenagers to adults. They are also helpful in preventing concussions.

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We are growing and moving!

Please note that we are currently located at: 515 5th Street South, Lethbridge AB T1J2B9, but we will be moving to #50 2810 Fairway Street South, Lethbridge AB T1K6T9 in Summer 2022.