About Richmond Dental in Calgary
Your Affordable & Gentle Dentist in Calgary.
Our practice offers dental care services ranging from cosmetic tooth-whitening to simple essentials such as teeth-cleaning and maintenance to full restorative dentistry using implants, overdentures, crowns and bridges, veneers, and lumineers. Our dentist in Calgary offers orthodontic treatment for adults, as well as children, and fit patients with sports, snore, and night mouthguards.
Further, we are skilled in performing root canals, removal of wisdom teeth, and the use of TMJ splints. For your comfort, we offer sedation dentistry as well. Our emergency dentistry is available on the day that you call us. Our dentist can truly serve all your dentistry needs.
Dr. Lawrence Lai
Dr. Lawrence Lai, General Dentist, obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University in 1995. His interest in interacting with people at a more personal level has driven him to pursue a dental career in health care. In 1997, he entered the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University.
In 2001, as a dentist, he moved to Calgary to start his general practice in dentistry. Currently, Dr Lai is licensed to practise dentistry under College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and Alberta Dental Association and College. He is also a member of the BC Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Calgary and District Dental Society. Dr. Lai continues to update his dental training by regularly attending the national and international dental conferences and continuing education dental courses annually. As an accomplished Calgary dentist, he has completed more than 700 continuing education hours since his graduation from dental school.
Dr. Stuart Gough
Dr. Gough is a general dentist who graduated from the University of Alberta with both BSc and DDS degrees in 1990. Dr. Gough served as a Dental Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. While in the Forces, Stuart served in deployments in Canada and overseas as part of a Field Surgical Hospital. Upon completion of his Army service, Stuart started two general dental practices in Calgary – West 17th Ave Dental Care and Calgary Smiles.
While in private practice, Stuart served on the executive of the Calgary and District Dental Society and was the Southern Alberta coordinator for Open Wide Alberta, a day when dentists across the province donated free dental care to those less fortunate. He has also helped teach radiology at the SAIT dental assisting program. He and his family have traveled to many countries such as Tonga, Peru, and Guatemala providing volunteer dental treatment in impoverished villages and towns. These experiences have been the highlight of his professional career.
Having completed thousands of hours of continuing dental education, Dr. Gough is well versed in most aspects of dentistry. He is a member of the Alberta and Canadian Dental Associations. He has a special interest in wisdom teeth removal with thousands of cases completed successfully as well as helping patients replace missing teeth with dental implants
Meet the Staff
At Richmond Dental Calgary, we have 2 experienced dentists to provide you with quality services. We are a group of general dentists serving the Calgary and Vancouver communities. If you are looking for either a family dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or a dentist for a dental emergency, this is the place you want to be. As progressive dental care professionals, our dentists constantly improve themselves with continuing education. We regularly take courses locally and internationally in order to keep us informed of the latest development in dental technology and techniques. Because we are of a group practice, our office can provide extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Another advantage for you being our patients is that when your dentist is on vacation while you have a dental emergency, you will be seen promptly by the other dentists covering for him/her.
Our Dental Hygiene Team
Our registered hygienists have gone through vigorous schooling in gum tissue therapy. They are trained to recognize any abnormality in hard tissues (tooth and jaw bone) as well as soft (gum) tissues. When they do the teeth cleaning, they are also evaluating your gingival health, any possible signs and symptoms that manifest inside your mouth that could possibly related to your systemic health. Together with a dentist doing the regular examination, the hygienists also pay close attention to any signs of oral cancer or infectious diseases. Certainly, removing tenacious buildup (tartar) off your teeth regularly is their major specialty. Keeping your mouth free from tartar and plaque is the single most important factor to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. In fact, a good portion of the population after 30 years old loses their teeth because of gum disease. Our hygiene team plays a pivotal role to maintain your oral health.
Our Dental Assistants
Besides dentists and hygienists, our staff also includes registered dental assistants (RDA). Their roles are to assist the dentists in performing clinical treatment. They also prepare all the instruments, making sure they are thoroughly cleaned, sterilized and in order after each use. Their presence in the chairside setting is important for our dentists to be able to perform at their utmost efficiency.
As the front line, this team is responsible for ensuring seemingly effortless operation of our practice. Communicating effectively with both patients and staff in this fast-paced office requires that our office administrators/receptionists be fully trained in patient care, insurance processes, and general business procedures. They fulfill these requirements completely.