McKenzie Towne Family Dental - Family Dentistry

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental, Dr. Magharius and his Team are passionate about helping you provide your family with the dental health, care and education they need - all for a great smile and a lifetime of dental health! At McKenzie Towne Family Dental we try to make each dental appointment fun, while delivering the highest quality of patient care. In our office we are very respectful of each patient and their needs and only offer all our services and treatments in a non-pressured environment.

Below are only some of the family dental that McKenzie Towne Family Dental are able to offer you. If you are interested in exploring how we can help you take care of your families dental needs, then please contact us at (403) 257-1180 to book your next appointment.

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental - we always accept new patients!

Hygiene & Regular Checkups

So what IS the importance of the dental cleaning? While not only beneficial for appearance sake, there are numerous health benefits from a regular check-up of your teeth.

Firstly, maintaining a regular dental check up schedule will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly identified and treated before they can turn into painful, and highly expensive, medicals issues that may require surgery or permanent treatment options.

The importance of the regular check-up ranges from preventing fatal conditions to maintaining healthy gum and teeth so they are working at their optimal level. On one end of the scale, regular dental visits will clear the patient of any potential oral cancers which are highly curable if caught early on. On a lesser scale but perhaps far more prevalent is gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone. This is also true of cavities and broken fillings which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth.

On a superficial level, regular checkups prevent the build up of plaque and clean the teeth and gums to a healthy level, thereby reducing the onset of bad breath. Statistics show that 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath can attribute it to a dental problem and low dental appointment attendance.

So how regularly should you go for these checkups with your dentist? A good rule of thumb is once every six months - providing that you have not experienced any sensitivity, pain or discomfort anywhere in your mouth.

However, there are certain conditions that require more frequent visits to the dentist, including periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene habits, high use of tobacco and alcohol, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medical conditions. These conditions leave the patient with a higher risk of gum disease, oral cancer and cavities - so patients who fall into any of these particular categories should visit their dentist on a more regular basis.

If you desire to take care of your families dental health
then contact us today at 403.257.1180!

Digital X-Rays

Many of us have been to the dentist recently enough to remember how uncomfortable it is to get dental x-rays taken. Biting down on a sharp piece of x-ray film, while the dentist triggered the machine from behind a lead shield, used to be an unavoidable part of dental care.

However, new technologies have developed which can eliminate this type of discomfort, as well as providing better-quality images. Dental digital x-rays are a product of these technological advances.

With these, the x-ray film is replaced with an electronic sensor which emits a small amount of x-rays into the part of the mouth it is pointed at, and relays information back to a computer screen, where both dentist and patient can clearly see how the patient's teeth are doing.

So What Are The Benefits?

Digital x-rays are computer generated images. These images require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film that must be developed and then fixed in caustic and environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor and it then instantaneously transmits a picture of the tooth onto the video monitor in the treatment room. Therefore, we can see your teeth and surrounding structures immediately.

Not only does the new digital x-ray eliminate the usual wait for x-ray film to be processed, but it also is highly sensitive, so that patients are exposed to even less radiation than with conventional x-rays.

There are numerous advantages of dental digital x-rays, as opposed to traditional dental x-rays.

First of all, anything that reduces the discomfort experienced in the dental chair is welcomed, and these newer x-rays do just that. Also, there is no need to wait for the x-ray film to be developed before it can be viewed, meaning the checkup as a whole takes less time. The image brought up on the computer screen is also clearer, in part because the sensor used to make dental digital x-rays is much more sensitive than x-ray film. Because it is more sensitive, the patient's x-ray exposure can also be dramatically reduced. Also the sensor pads that we place in your mouth that record the images to the computer are extremely flexible and comfortable to you the patient. Inside each sensor is the equivalent of a digital camera that is sensitive to x-rays.

One of the most significant features of dental digital x-rays is that, with the proper additional software, dentists can use a technique known as subtractive radiography. This means that new x-ray images can be compared with older ones from the same patient. This comparison is performed digitally, by the computer, meaning that it will sometimes catch differences that would escape detection in a visual comparison. The patient is the one who benefits most from this, because potential problems can often be seen and caught earlier by this method than they would have been.

If you desire to take care of your families dental health
then contact us today at 403.257.1180!

Children's Dentistry

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental we welcome children!

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental we have been helping children for over 30 years! We feel that by encouraging proper dental care and techniques in a comfortable and caring environment, our child patients have an enjoyable time at the office and are eager to continue future dental visits.

Our team is exceptional at communicating with children of all ages. Most of our team are parents themselves and have many years experience in child hygiene and treatment.

Ultimately, McKenzie Towne Family Dental strives to create a general awareness for good oral health. Early prevention and education help makelong term care and maintenance possible.

When it comes to your child's dental health, there are many things to take into account. Below are some general guidelines for dental health that parents may consider as their child grows and develops.

Before Birth - Finish All Dental Work

To continue improvement in the oral health of children, parents must be diligent even before birth. Unbeknownst to most parents and providers, the bacteria responsible for dental cavities can be transferred from parents (primarily mothers) to their young offspring. Newborns are not actually born with the primary bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) necessary to cause dental cavities. Therefore it is recommended that parents have their dental treatment completed before the birth of their childto minimizethe transference of Strep mutans. This can help minimize your child's riskof developing early childhood cavities.

Infancy – Bedtime Bottles Should Only Contain Water

Another important fact to remember is never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, fruit drinks, apple juice, or sugar water in a bottle overnight can wreak havoc with developing teeth, often resulting in rampant dental cavities.

When Teeth First Come In – Begin Brushing

Another way to prevent early dental cavities is to begin brushing as soon as the first teetherupt into the mouth. This should be done twice daily (once in the morning and once before bedtime) with very little toothpaste. Starting this pattern of home care early on will develop a healthy habit of good oral hygiene that will last a lifetime.

At 1 year – Begin Semi-Annual Exams

By one year of age, your child should have his or her first teeth and thefirst dental examination should follow soon thereafter. Regular checkups every six months should then be completed in order to maintain good oral health and treat issues while theyare relatively small.

At 7-8 and 12 Years Old – Apply Dental Sealants

Dental sealantshelp prevent thedevelopmentofdental cavities in newly erupted permanent back teeth (molars and pre-molars). They involve the application of a bonded material to seal off the deep grooves that these teeth possess. They are quick and easy to apply, but very effective in preventing the onset of cavities on these tooth surfaces.

If you desire to take care of your families dental health
then contact us today at 403.257.1180!

Ongoing Health Education

At McKenzie Towne Family Dental, educating our patients about Oral Hygiene is extremely important to us. Our goal is to help you and your family to have full oral health for a lifetime!

It is necessary to focus on your dental hygiene as it is the process where you maintain proper dental care to avoid oral health problems. It is recommended that you see your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year. However, the dental care that you provide on your own "in-house" is an integral part of maintaining good oral health. A good in-house regimen supplemented by regular dentist check-ups and cleanings is the best way to prevent dental emergencies.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is recommended at least twice a day to remove plaque and the remnants of food and drink from our teeth and gums. Flossing once a day is an essential practice to avoid gum disease and preventing tooth decay. An oral rinse also helps promote good oral hygiene as it will reduce oral discomfort, provide moisture to oral tissues and help with bad breath. More therapeutic oral rinses can be anti-plaque, anti-cavity, anti-tarter, and anti-bacterial and are all good at preventing oral health problems. Ask your McKenzie Towne Family Dental practitioner what they recommend for you.

Practicing the above oral hygiene habits are great ways to maintain proper oral health. But good habits alone will not remove all the plaque that builds up over time. This is why it is necessary to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly to remove the plaque in order to most effectively lower your risk of toothaches, cavities, periodontal disease or even the loss of all your teeth. By removing plaque you reduce your chances of needing root canals, tooth extractions, dental bridges, crowns and more. Your McKenzie Towne Family Dental team will ensure that you will receive the necessary treatment to maintain good oral health of your teeth, mouth and gums ........and to keep you smiling!

If you desire to take care of your families dental health
then contact us today at 403.257.1180!