Voted “Best Dentist” Westender and Georgia Straight three years in a row.
Hello, and welcome to our website and our practice. We have been dentists in Vancouver for over 20 years, and have never been as excited about dentistry as we are now. New technology, materials and techniques are continually being developed and today we can do things we never dreamed possible. The internet lets us share our profession, and learn from others all over the world, as well as all the great dentists in Vancouver. Dental treatment now is so much more than filling holes in teeth. We can truly change peoples lives in many ways, including giving them a beautiful new smile, eliminating sensitive teeth, helping them to get rid of their chronic headaches and migraines, and help with snoring and sleep apnea, both huge problems.
Let us show you one patient’s treatment that demonstrates the life changing ability of modern cosmetic dentistry. Donna suffered for many years from chronic headaches, and had been through the medical system for diagnosis with no relief. It was common for her to have headaches 4-5 days a week. It was all from her bite. The combination of losing some teeth, and her grinding habit had left her with a collapsed bite, which resulted in all of the headaches.
This dental treatment eliminated her headaches (how incredible is that!), and gave her a spectacular smile at the same time. This is what makes it great to be a dentist in Vancouver today!
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Here is our top 10 list of amazing dental treatments we can provide today.
- Helping to eliminate patients’ chronic headaches and migraines.
- Giving a person the beautiful smile they have dreamed about.
- Laser dentistry to change “gummy smiles” and treat gum disease without surgery.
- Get rid of sensitive teeth, so people can again drink cold water, and brush their teeth in comfort.
- Use digital photography to immediately show patients what is really going on with their teeth.
- Digital x-rays to reduce the radiation exposure up to 90%.
- Replacing old silver-mercury fillings with bonded porcelain crowns.
- One appointment porcelain crowns (coming soon to our office)
- Oral sedation to help apprehensive patients get the dental treatment they need.
- New anesthetic methods for repairing lower teeth without having that numb tongue.
We provide a lot of this type of treatment, which includes keeping the gums and tooth-supporting bones healthy: we want you to keep your teeth for a lifetime. With our help, and some effort on your part at home, this is an achievable goal. Teeth require maintenance and when your older fillings break down, teeth fracture or wear down: we can restore their function and appearance. Utilizing all of the materials, equipment and techniques available today, our dentists can make dental treatment a pleasant experience. Learn more about your initial visit…
Our dentists have been interviewed on television and in magazines about their work in cosmetic dentistry. The happiest patients we have are those who have decided to improve their smiles. We know that many people hate their teeth, but are completely unaware how we might give them a new, beautiful smile. You might have seen the TV show “Extreme Makeover”. Our dentists can give you that same smile right here in Vancouver. We use a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, orthodontics, and laser gum recontouring: the results are incredible! This is truly a life-changing experience and we have seen the difference it makes in people’s lives many times. It is the most rewarding gift you can give yourself. Come in and we will give you an idea of what is possible. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry…
No Mercury fillings!
Our dentists have not used the mercury containing fillings for over twenty years, long before some of the health questions about mercury were being raised. While still an area of debate, the use of mercury has been banned by many countries and Health Canada has recommended limiting the number of fillings that contain mercury in pregnant women. The tooth-coloured fillings are much more difficult and more expensive to place, but our dentists use techniques developed over that time to make them very successful. The added benefit is that the tooth-coloured fillings help to strengthen the tooth.
Our dentists have been whitening teeth for 20 years and have discovered the most favourable laser-bleaching technique called “Deep Bleaching™” we also offer the conventional custom take home trays which work well, but this new technique is superior. If you are perfectly happy with the size and shape of your teeth, but would like to see them whiter, this is the answer. Learn more about Teeth Whitening…
Treatment of Chronic Headaches, Migraines and Facial Pain (TMJ symptoms)
Most facial pain and headaches are muscular in nature. It has been discovered that most headache sufferers clench and grind their teeth at nighttime while they are sleeping. We were the first in Vancouver to use the elegant and small NTI device that has been successful in eliminating many people’s suffering. We have been able to help about 80% of those clients who suffer from migraine headaches, which are difficult to treat, by reducing their symptoms. You might have seen us on Canada AM being interviewed about our use of this NTI device.
In some cases, reconstructing worn teeth, or replacing missing teeth can also help headache patients.
Dental treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a huge problem for many people. Various treatments, including laser surgery, have had some success. Snoring is a result of the vibration of the soft tissues in the back of the throat. At night, when the jaw and tongue drop back, the airway is reduced and vibration occurs. Utilizing a dental appliance that keeps the jaw forward, many people have found a great reduction in their snoring. Some people who suffer from snoring also have sleep apnea, which usually goes undiagnosed. If you are a poor sleeper, do not wake up feeling refreshed, and often feel tired during the day, this could be your problem. Sleep apnea has been called “the silent killer,” as fatigue can result in many accidents. Our dentists have specific training in the diagnosis and appliance fabrication for these conditions. Learn more about Snoring or Sleep Apnea
Many people are very apprehensive about having dental treatment. Our dentists recognize this fact, and offer a pill that alleviates anxiety, which is taken before your appointment. Many patients find that they are sufficiently relaxed to fall asleep during their treatment. Please let us know if you feel that sedation dentistry might help you.
Downtown Dental is proudly owned by Dr. Amin Shivji, Dr. Mario Esposito, and Dr. Ehsan Taheri.