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Why I’m A Smile Enthusiast

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Romand McDonald House

I’ve always been a big fan of smiles. Every day I help make smiles healthier, straighter, and whiter, but one of my most favourite things about smiles is happiness that makes them exist in the first place.

Something that patients may not know about me is that I served on the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House Board and was President from 2002-2004. The Ronald McDonald House helps sick children and their families by providing affordable housing that helps to reduce the stress of what they are going through. The mentorship that these families then provide to each other in a comfortable, warm, and caring atmosphere helps them all relax together and enjoy quality time with their sick kids. I witnessed smiles during my time here that were truly incredible, and helping families find happiness during the most difficult time of their lives is something I never want to stop doing.

There are many things that I’ve learned throughout the years that have taught me what true success looks like. When I look back on my life and who I have grown to become, I see service and contribution as two of my most important teachers.

To elaborate, I’d like to share a story from my experience on the board:

The Edmonton Ronald McDonald House needed to expand. As President, I was given a budget to negotiate the purchase of a residence next door. I met the owner and invited him for a visit. At the end of the tour, I told him that we needed to expand. Rather than asking how much he wanted, however, I asked whether he would consider donating the residence… and the answer was YES!

This generosity is a catalyst that inspires everyone to do more. Volunteering is an experience that money can’t buy, and this spirit is so important at all levels of a community.

On Sunday, the ThirtyTwo Dental team will be visiting the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House to prepare a meal for the families staying there and hopefully spread some smiles along the way. This organization will always have a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to sharing just how special it is with the rest of the team.

For more information or to get involved too, visit rmhcna.org/get-involved.

– Dr. Bill Sharun

How Dental Implants Work

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Dental Implants Edmonton

One of the worst things I have to tell a patient is, “we’re going to have to pull that tooth”. It’s heartbreaking to have to tell someone that they’re going to lose a tooth, no matter what the reason is. And, it can be very traumatizing for the patient. I’m happy, however, to say that with the advancements of dental implants, losing a tooth is not what it once was.

First, let me give a brief explanation of how dental implants work. A dental implant, for lack of a better image, looks like a screw. It is inserted into the area of bone where the root of the tooth used to be. That bone heals and integrates itself around the implant, making it very stable. Once everything is fully integrated, that implant is ready to be crowned. An impression is taken, and a custom crown is made to fit over that implant. If planned and executed properly, the results of an implant can very closely mimic the form and function of a natural tooth. (Here is a little video to further illustrate the process:

I know that this might sound like a scary procedure for some, but let me assure you that I’ve never heard a patient describe it as being a painful experience. In fact, most patients are amazed at how simple the procedure is. Financially they are an investment, but dental implants have an extremely high success rate (>90%). As long as they are taken care of properly, it is unlikely to have problems down the road. Speaking of which, taking care of an implant is basically the same as taking care of your teeth. All they require is regular brushing and flossing, and scaling from your dental hygienist.

Also, what people may not know is that you can do more than just replace a single tooth with an implant. You can replace long spans of missing teeth with implant-supported bridges. You can even use implants to anchor and support dentures! This means no more loose dentures that fall out when you talk or sneeze and no more annoying denture adhesives. Dental implants have been a complete game changer in how dentistry is done nowadays.

So while saying goodbye to a tooth is never an easy thing, hopefully patients can take comfort in knowing that there is a fantastic alternative out there to give them back their smiles. Give us a call at 780-428-2331 or book an appointment online now to discuss your dental implant needs.

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky