Tower Smiles - Family Dentistry
Why Choose Tower Smiles & Dr. Eli Markovich as your family dentist?
Because at Tower Smiles the care of you and your family is the number #1 reason why we practice dentistry! At Tower Smiles, Dr. Markovich 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 Tower Smiles 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.
Being located in downtown Calgary (right at the Calgary Tower) provides you with a convenient location (with great parking) to come and visit. So come and experience the extra attention and personal care we extend to all our dental patients. Our team will provide you with a gorgeous, healthy smile that will last you a lifetime.
Below are only some of the family dental that Tower Smiles 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) 262-3826 to book your next appointment.
At Tower Smiles & Dr. Eli Markovich, we are always accepting new patients!
At Tower Smiles, educating our patients about Oral Hygiene is extremely important to us. Our goal is to help you 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 Tower Smiles 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 Tower Smiles 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!
Whether you have healthy gums or are in a state of active periodontal disease, routine home maintenance - although very effective - only focuses on areas of the tooth that are above the gum line.
It is only through regular scaling and root planing procedures that remove plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins from those hard-to-reach areas below the gum line, that we are able to keep your gums healthy from top to bottom!
That is why at Tower Smiles we recommend visits twice yearly for maintenance/preventative care, unless your oral health status dictates you require more frequent visits.
Depending on your preventative treatment schedule, some visits may include:
- taking x-rays to check bone levels (a good indicator of chronic gum and bone disease)
- measuring the depth of periodontal pockets
- checking for loose teeth or bleeding gums
- removing plaque or tartar above and below the gum line
- reviewing your home care techniques and their resulting effectiveness
Regular periodontal and preventative maintenance visits help us break the stronghold of bacteria in your gums and slow or eliminate their destructive effects. As such, removal of tarter and bacteria are crucial to treating gingivitis, controlling periodontal disease and preventing tooth decay. How do we accomplish this?
If you desire to improve your smile and potentially
your quality of life then contact us today at 403.262.3826!
Sealants are not just for Children anymore!
At Tower Smiles, we like to offer our patients Sealants as an alternative for treatment prevention.
So what is a Sealant? A sealant is a safe plastic-like material that is painted on to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars) and acts like a physical barrier to "seal out" germs and food that cause tooth decay and destroy the tooth structure.
Sealants are 100% effective in reducing tooth decay and can last as long as the sealants remain intact. Children especially can benefit from sealants due to the fact that it has been proven that 95% of all people will eventually have cavities or pits/fissures/grooves in their teeth.
Since Molars are especially susceptible to having deeper grooves, more than 85% to 90% of all tooth decay begins here. The natural valleys of the molars make it harder to clean them by brushing alone. The enamel in these areas can also be thinner making them easier to destroy by the germs that cause cavities.
Another factor is that most toothbrush bristles bend are too large to fit into these grooves. Sealants cannot only prevent cavities but can also arrest the progress of decay. All with the goal of having healthy teeth that can last a lifetime!
Sealants do need to be checked at your regular Hygiene appointments to make sure that the seal is not chipped or broken.
If you think that sealants may be of interest to you, then please be sure to book a free consultation with the Tower Smiles Hygiene Team to determine if you would be a good candidate for this procedure. You can call us at (403) 262-3826 to make an appointment.
Regular Checkups & Exams
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.