University Village Dental Clinic: Birney
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We are grateful for the trust that our community has placed in us over the past 25 years, and we look forward to serving our patients for many more years to come. If you are looking for a dental clinic with a long-standing reputation for excellence in our community, look no further than our clinic.

Come visit us at our location in Wesbrook Village, or our sister location on UBC campus.

New Patient Exams

We always welcome new patients and we look forward to helping you achieve optimal dental health.

The dental new patient exam is a simple checkup for people who are visiting the dentist for the first time. During the exam, the dentist will carefully look at your teeth, gums, and mouth to make sure everything is healthy. They may take some X-rays to see inside your teeth and check for any hidden problems. The dentist will also ask you some questions about your dental history and any concerns you may have. The main goal of this exam is to help the dentist understand your oral health and create a plan to keep your smile bright and healthy. It's a crucial step in taking care of your teeth and preventing any potential issues.

If you need a full check up, or have a specific issue or an emergency, contact our team and they will assist you to book your appointment.

New dental patients are welcome at our clinic!


Implants are an excellent option for patients who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other reasons.

Dental implants are a long-lasting and reliable solution for missing teeth, with a success rate of up to 98%. They also help to maintain the bone density of the jaw, preventing the bone loss that can occur with other tooth replacement options.

The implant process is performed over a period of a few months.

The first step is to surgically place the implant, where a screw is placed into the jawbone.

After a healing period of 4 to 6 months. The last step is performed when a custom-made crown or bridge is attached to the abutment, creating a natural-looking and functional replacement tooth.

Multiple Implants can be placed at the same time if necessary.

A dental implant could replace a lost tooth


If you have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other reasons, you may be able to replace them with Dentures.

Dentures are removable dental appliances and can be made of acrylic resin or metal, and are custom-fitted to the patient's mouth for comfort and functionality.

Dentures come in two types - complete dentures, which replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and partial dentures, which replace one or more missing teeth.

They can improve chewing ability, speech, and facial appearance, and are a cost-effective solution for missing teeth.

At our dental clinic, we offer comprehensive denture services, including fabrication, adjustment, and maintenance.

Dentures could restore your ability to chew

Root Canals

A root canal may be necessary if you have an infected or damaged tooth pulp. This can cause pain and swelling, and if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The root canal procedure removes the infected or damaged pulp, cleans and disinfects the tooth, and fills it with a material to prevent further infection or decay. This can relieve pain and save the tooth from extraction.

a root canal procedure may save your life from an infected tooth


Orthodontic treatment is used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. This can improve the appearance of your smile, as well as your overall oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth and reducing the risk of dental problems, recession and worn off teeth, teeth cracks.Orthodontic treatment can involve braces, clear aligners, or other appliances that gently move teeth into their correct positions over time. You may need orthodontic treatment if you have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth, or if your bite is misaligned, receding gum, worn off teeth.

We offer orthodontic treatments at our clinic

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that can brighten and whiten discolored or stained teeth. The treatment can be performed in-office or with take-home kits, and involves using a safe and effective bleaching agent to lighten the color of your teeth. Teeth whitening can be a good choice for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile and boost their confidence. This treatment can help remove stains caused by aging, tobacco use, certain foods or drinks, and poor oral hygiene. It is important to note that teeth whitening may not be suitable for everyone, and it's best to consult with your dentist to determine if it is the right choice for you.

teeth whitening is offered at our clinic

Porcelain Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth by filling the gap between two remaining teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth, and a false tooth (or teeth) in between. Dental bridges can be a good option for patients who have one or more missing teeth, as they can improve the appearance of their smile, restore their ability to chew and speak properly, and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Dental bridges are typically recommended for patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the gap, and who are not suitable candidates for dental implants. However, it's best to consult with your dentist to determine if a dental bridge is the right choice for you.


Dental crowns are protective coverings that are placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. The crown is typically made of materials such as porcelain or ceramic, and is custom-made to fit your tooth precisely. The crown is cemented onto the remaining tooth structure, covering it completely to protect it from further damage or decay.

Crowns are a long term option for treating health issues as they last for up to 15 years, And can also improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your overall oral health.

Dental crowns can prevent damaged or weakened teeth from deteriorating.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. They are similar to fillings but are typically made of porcelain or composite resin material. An Inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth.

An Onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.

Differences between inlays, onlays, and overlays.


Veneers are thin, delicate sheets of tooth-colored porcelain that are placed over the front surface of your teeth.They Are custom-made in a dental lab to fit your teeth precisely. They can be used to correct a variety of dental issues, such as chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth.

example of a tooth veneer


Dental fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. The dentist removes the decayed or damaged part of the tooth and fills the area with a material such as composite resin. This restores the tooth's shape and function, and prevents further decay or damage. Fillings can be done in a single appointment and are a common and effective way to treat cavities. They can also be used to repair minor chips or cracks in teeth. With proper oral hygiene, fillings can last for many years.

Examplle of a dental filling

Hygiene & Exams

Dental hygiene and exams are essential for maintaining good oral health; they are the most important part in your oral health and contribute to the health of your entire body. During the cleaning, the dental hygienist removes any plaque or tartar buildup that may have accumulated on your teeth. This helps prevent cavities and gum disease.

The dentist will also examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of potential health problems. Regular dental exams and good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, can help prevent oral health problems and ensure that any issues are caught early and treated promptly.

Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in some diseases. And certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

Hygiene exams are available here

What conditions can be linked to oral health? Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:


Invisalign and traditional braces are both orthodontic treatments that can straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning, while traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth into the correct position.

Advantages of Invisalign:

  • Virtually invisible
  • More comfortable
  • Removable for easy oral hygiene
Invisalign is offered at our clinic

Tooth extractions

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This may be necessary if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, is causing pain or infection, or is causing crowding or misalignment of other teeth.

Before an extraction, restorative options such as fillings, root canal therapy and Dental crowns are considered.

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves removing third molars located at the back of the mouth to prevent potential oral health issues. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or sedation, and patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding afterward. Post-operative care is necessary to promote healing and prevent complications.

Tooth extractions are less invasive nowadays, thanks to the advancement in dentistry.

As a team of skilled professionals we will do our best to help ease stress and provide comfort throughout the process.

We offer tooth extraction

Emergency care

At our dental clinic, we provide emergency care for both new and existing patients. Dental emergencies can include severe tooth pain, knocked-out or broken teeth, lost fillings or crowns, gum inflammation and other urgent dental issues. Our team of experienced professionals is available to provide prompt and compassionate care to address your emergency needs. If you are a new patient, we will do our best to schedule you for a same-day appointment. For existing patients, we offer extended hours and after-hours emergency services to ensure that you receive the care you need, when you need it.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please don't hesitate to contact our office immediately.
Emergency dental care is offered at our clinic.

Office tour:

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Insurance and Billing:

Our office accepts most insurance plans. As a courtesy we will gladly submit your insurance claim on your behalf. We are also part of the Studentcare network and we offer %20 student discount. If you have any questions regarding your coverage please give us a call.

We accept cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard.

About us:

Welcome to University Village Dental Clinic! We are proud to say that we have been serving the dental needs of our community for 25 years. We have had the pleasure of treating generations of students, faculty, and residents over the years.

We strive to provide the highest level of dental care possible. Our experienced and skilled dental professionals are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the latest dental techniques and technology, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care.

We also understand that many of our patients are busy students and professionals, which is why we offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate their needs. We are open early in the morning and have weekend appointments available.

Our professional team

Meet our team

Leila was raised in a medical family, the love of patients for my Dad inspired her to pursue a path in health science and help people with her profession. Her excellence in art and handicrafts lead her in the dental field.

Dr. Leila Ghavamzadeh graduated from Tehran University of medical sciences with a honors degree in 2006 and received her DMD From University of British Columbia in 2012. She has 17 years of experience in all aspects of dentistry - preventive, restorative, crown and bridges, surgery, periodontal diseases, dentures, Implants, and Invisalign and aesthetic veneers.

Outside of her experience, she has passion for her profession and loves to support her neighborhood. Since her graduation she has kept herself up to date by attending Dental confrences and utilizing the newest advancements in the dental field.

She efficiently addresses patients' dental needs while creating a calming and pleasant environment, even in emergency situations.

Dr Margaret Cheung, DMD

Dr Margaret Cheung completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate degree with honours in Biochemistry at Queen’s University. Although she sometimes misses the warmer weather in sunny Australia, it has been her pleasure to be back in her hometown of Vancouver since 2018 to serve her community.

Dr Cheung believes in the importance of communication when it comes to understanding her patients’ needs, and helping them achieve a healthy and happy smile. She hopes to create a positive, comfortable and welcoming experience for every patient she meets. She is committed to continuing education to provide better multidisciplinary care.

In her spare time, Dr Cheung enjoys trying out new recipes and sharing a meal with her family and friends. She speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and finds fun in learning new languages.

Our clinic


Our dental clinic is proud to offer Botox treatment as part of our comprehensive range of services. Botox, a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial creases. Our highly skilled and experienced dental professionals are trained to administer Botox injections safely and precisely, ensuring optimal results for our patients. By combining our dental expertise with the artistry of Botox, we can provide a holistic approach to enhancing your facial aesthetics. Whether you're seeking to rejuvenate your smile or enhance your overall appearance, our dental clinic is committed to helping you achieve your desired results through our Botox treatment option.

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