Lakeshore West Dental Office is provides family and paediatric dentistry serving Etobicoke and West Toronto. Dr. Patel and his team of dental hygienists are specialists in cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns, dental implants and teeth whitening. Let us brigten your smile.
Our goal is to help every member of your family acheive a healthy and bright smile that will last a lifetime!
For your comfort, we have designed a spacious operatory for those surgical procedures which require longer appointments. In our surgical suite, we have installed a Surgically Clean Air TM system which purifies the air of bacteria, viruses and VOC’s down to 0.01 microns.
Our hygiene team has one common goal, to improve our patient’s oral health and help them achieve a healthy disease free mouth. Our highly qualified hygienists are exceptionally professional and compassionate and are dedicated to providing you and your family with excellence in dentistry in a caring and professional manner. Our hygienists pride themselves in taking the time to provide personal attention to each patient’s dental needs.
New patients are always welcome, and we do accept evening and Saturday appointments.
Are you afriad of the dentist? We can help to relieve dental anxiety!
We pride ourselves in exceeding current standards in infection control. We use disposables as much as possible to ensure your safety but are still sensitive to our global environment and have installed hands free sinks and soap dispensers in all of our bathrooms and operatories to reduce cross contamination.
Our office is striving to be a paperless office! To help our environment and benefit the patient we have installed some of the newest technology in our office.
Our office has many features to make your visit more comfortable. We have equipped our reception area with comfortable seating, cable T.V. and a gaming system. Unique to our office is a private viewing area allowing families to monitor each other in a fun, safe and secluded environment during their appointment. Our private viewing room is equipped with a game system, a toy box, cable T.V., and comfortable seating.
Oral care for primary teeth should begin at the onset of the first teeth. Around 5-8 months of age you can begin to use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean your baby’s teeth. We caution the use of fluoridated tooth pastes until the child is able to completely expectorate on their own. We also strongly recommend that you never put your infant to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or sugar water as it leads to a severe form of dental disease called nursing bottle caries.
White fillings or composite resin fillings have become the standard in repairing a cavity. The main advantage to using composite is the tooth is restored to almost the exact strength it was before the cavity. This will in-turn make the tooth less susceptible to chipping and breaking. Composite resins are esthetically more pleasing.
A root canal procedure is required when the nerve tissue (pulp) is contaminated, or becomes damaged. This allows bacteria to multiply in the pulp chamber which causes an infection or abscessed tooth. This puss filled pocket forms at the end of the tooth root causing discomfort, tingling, sensitivity and even pain. For some patients though, they experience no symptoms. However, if left untreated the infection can enter the blood stream creating serious health complications. Root Canals are an alternative method in some cases to save a tooth instead of performing extractions.
Periodontal disease causes infections that lead to bone loss that will not grow back. Once there is significant bone loss then the tooth cannot be held into place and must be extracted. If a tooth is decayed beyond repair or compromised by periodontal diseases, then the tooth must be extracted or removed from the mouth.
Regular dental check-ups are so important and we recommend them at least every six months. Having your check-ups at regular intervals allows your hygienist to keep an accurate record of your oral health. Also, regular check-ups reduce the chances of oral problems becoming large procedures. During your appointment with your hygienist your mouth is checked to see if it is healthy, he/she will look for cavities, measure the bone levels around your teeth, then your restorations will be examined for chips, breaks, or malformation, your bite is tested and finally a complete cleaning.
During your cleaning plaque and tarter are removed from just below your gum line and on the surfaces of your teeth. This is essential to good oral health as tartar and plaque buildup are the main causes of bacterial growth that leads to bone loss and periodontal disease. Bacteria and toxins are the main cause of bone loss and eventually tooth loss. The lack of regular hygiene appointments also allows tooth decay to grow. If left untreated it can reach the pulp chamber quickly and lead to root canals. New studies are showing that poor oral health maybe contributory to the development and exacerbation of other diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other auto-immune diseases.
Scaling and root planing done by a dental professional is the main tool used to treat periodontal disease. Chlorhexidine is a part of a professional treatment program which helps treat swelling and bleeding due to gingivitis, an early, reversible stage of gum disease. It can be prescribed by your dentist as a home rinse or used via irrigation during cleaning with your dental professional.
Veneers can dramatically improve your smile to the one you have always wanted! Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to the front of a tooth to improve colour and shape. Veneers can also be used to close gaps in teeth, repair worn ones, improve the colour and increase the length of misshaped teeth.
A crown, also known as a cap is an artificial cover that is placed on a restored tooth that has been structurally, compromised by cavities, large fillings, cracks, or root canal treatment. You can choose from several different types of crowns such as; porcelain fused to metal, full metal, gold, all porcelain, or composite crowns. Crowns are normally a two appointment procedure.
Cosmetic contouring is a conservative approach to making minor changes in a person’s smile. Sometimes a patient may have a small chip or uneven grooves in their teeth. The dentist simply contours the teeth to make them even while maintaining a natural look. Then the teeth are smoothed and polished to return them to their original lustre.
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that was created for those who do not want the look of the traditional “train track” braces.
During invisalign treatment, patients are given a series of aligners (plastic trays) that they must wear 22 hours per day (all of the time except for when eating and brushing your teeth).
These plastic trays are changed every 2 weeks and will gradually move the teeth into the desired position that has been prescribed by Dr. Patel.
If you are afraid to go to the dentist, laughing gas also know as Nitrous Oxide, can help to relieve dental anxiety, dental fear and phobias. Nitrous oxide is a gas that has anaesthetic properties; it has no smell and no colour. You can simply breathe it in through a nasal dental mask. Nitrous oxide reduces anxiety and gives you a pleasurable feeling. Some people say it feels kind of like being a “happy drunk”. Depending on the level of nitrous oxide administrated some people experience an initial feeling of light-headedness, tingling sensations in the arms and legs, followed by warm sensations and a feeling of well-being, euphoria and /or floating can be experienced. In our office children can have scented nasal masks to breathe in through. These scented nasal masks allow children to breathe in while smelling scents such as cherry, bubble gum and vanilla. This provides them with an overall feeling of calm. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective way of relieving anxiety without you requiring assistance to leave the office.
Dr. Samir Patel graduated from the faculty of dentistry at the University of Toronto in 1993. He also received a bachelor of science and a master of science in microbiology from the University of Toronto in 1987 and 1992 respectively. Dr. Patel has been a clinical instructor in undergraduate prosthodontics at the University of Toronto since 2005 and maintains a private practice in Toronto since 1993. He holds memberships in the ODA, CDA and Toronto crown and bridge study club.
Lenia recognizes the importance of dental health. She has over 20 years experience in the dental field. She has diverse experience ranging from treatment coordinating, consulting and practice management. She has worked with Dr. Patel since 1999 and demonstrates a dedicated and caring attitude towards all of our patients.
She is committed to efficiently working with you and helping you achieve your dental goals by informatively educating and ensuring that all your questions or concerns that you may have regarding treatment are professionally answered.
Her goal is to help make your experience an informative and pleasant one, helping get you one step closer to achieving your perfect smile.
Our hygiene team has one common goal, to improve their patient’s oral health and help them achieve a healthy disease free mouth.
Our highly qualified hygienists are exceptionally professional and compassionate and are dedicated to providing you and your family with excellence in dentistry in a caring and professional manner. Our hygienists pride themselves in taking the time to provide personal attention to each patient’s dental needs.
You can contact our office to book your hygiene visit with anyone of our hygienists.
Should I use an oral surgeon or our family dentist to have my daughter's wisdom teeth removed?
Do the tooth whiteners I see in the drugstore really work?
Early morning and Saturday by appointment only.