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When you are devoted to reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Inconsistent effort is scarcely ever effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past, but lately have noticed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic (such as tooth staining or an urgent risk such as gum disease).

Do you have a vision for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prevent future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile redesign

Here at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. This means that we create a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current state of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 855-416-4959. We will discuss your goals and concerns with you, perform an intensive examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

Timothy G. Mahoney DDS is located at 5116 51 Ave in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Our services include Invisalign invisible braces, general dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains critical information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Dr. Mahoney recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning executed by one of the proficient dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prohibit gum problems that are often connected to hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease, preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, request an appointment today by calling 855-416-4959. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more inconvenient for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment during your pregnancy, be sure to inform us that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to dental caries. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you bypass sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle affect your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS: 855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Dental Sealant Q & A

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Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can diminish the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, simple and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still critical to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS: 855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Wetaskiwin Hello! Welcome to the Timothy G. Mahoney DDS dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Wetaskiwin dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Tim Mahoney, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Wetaskiwin since 1983. Timothy G. Mahoney DDS is a full-service dental office located at 5116 51 Ave in Wetaskiwin. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Wetaskiwin area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 855-416-4959 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our  dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS: 855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

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Today’s post looks at the complex process required to construct a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.

Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced Alberta dental lab techs and proficient ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as attractive and natural looking as actual teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS.)

When one of our Timothy G. Mahoney DDS patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the perfect dimensions to send to the factory.

The technologically-advanced factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, forming blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins carving out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a glossy, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased strength. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more dense throughout. More hand contouring follows, as required, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

All of this work results in a terrific crown for one of our patients!

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want information about cosmetic dental smile makeovers, call 855-416-4959 to discuss the possibilities.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Successful Smiles In Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin Teeth Bleaching Wetaskiwin professionals who are happy with the face they present to others have a greater level of confidence. Confident people in turn are more likely to be successful in their business and personal relationships. Simply put; if you feel better, you’ll probably do better!

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, our Wetaskiwin cosmetic dentistry patients experience a significant boost of self-confidence whether they undergo complete smile transformations or even less extensive improvements.

Whether it is attractive or not, your smile is always with you. Every person you meet notices your smile immediately. Even if you never smile because you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, your teeth still show every time you talk.

How do you feel about the smile you present to the world? Are you comfortable with the color of your teeth? Would you like to straighten your teeth? Do have teeth with chips and cracks?

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we are dedicated to patient satisfaction. Tim Mahoney has years of experience developing customized treatment plans for creating brilliant, symmetrical smiles. We treat patients of all ages in the Leduc, Camrose and Ponoka areas.

If you are not familiar with the latest tooth bleaching techniques, veneers, or adult braces, call 855-416-4959 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation with Tim Mahoney. We are located at 5116 51 Ave in Wetaskiwin. You can find more information about our cosmetic dental services at https://www.drmahoneydental.ca/blog/.

Are you ready to discover what smile satisfaction can do for your self-confidence?

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

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Suspect A Bite Problem?

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Hello! I’m Tim Mahoney, DDS, of Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin. Thanks for visiting my dental blog. The topic of today’s post is malocclusion – literally – “bad bite”.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics invented the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite issues with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to correct bite issues. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be repaired with crowns or dental bonding.

If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be needed. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!

If your jaw hurts or you observe unusual wear to your teeth, it is vital that you are examined by a professional. Call 855-416-4959 to schedule an appointment with Doctor Tim Mahoney.

Our calming dental team has been serving patients at our comfortable Wetaskiwin office since 1983. We can give you more details about malocclusion, Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants, or cosmetic dentistry.

Doctor Mahoney also advises Wetaskiwin parents about essential issues such as tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, and orthodontia. If you suspect that your child has any degree of malocclusion, schedule an exam ASAP. Untreated bite troubles in children can inhibit proper nutrition, breathing, tooth development, and speech development.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in General Dentistry

5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you skip twice-yearly dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more persuasive reason to see your dentist regularly. (While your dentist is checking for oral cancer, we encourage you to have a thorough dental examination as well!)

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have drawn a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have an increased risk for developing oral cancer.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we work to increase awareness of oral cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 vital things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

1. About 80% of people with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).

2. 40% of men and women who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

3. In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce unobtrusive symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.

4. HPV (the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most repeatedly linked to oropharyngeal cancer.

5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Sources:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/oral_health/oral_cancer_and_tobacco_85,P00900/
http://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/
https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/index.html

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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5 Reasons To See Wetaskiwin’s Truly Amazing Dentist, Doctor Mahoney

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is essential for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Doctor Tim Mahoney your partner in oral health.

Visit Timothy G. Mahoney DDS For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist has emerged as one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits corrected right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Timothy G. Mahoney DDS For the Atmosphere.
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS the dentist makes it a point to confirm your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Doctor Tim Mahoney would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere calming.

Visit Timothy G. Mahoney DDS For the Discussion.
Tim Mahoney DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. Doctor Mahoney provides fresh, clear specifics regarding your treatment. You can count on cheerful care and innovative oral treatment. Call 855-416-4959 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Timothy G. Mahoney DDS For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 5116 51 Ave, Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 0V2, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of sedation dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for general dentistry? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for Invisalign invisible braces? Where does it hurt when dental implants is done? Who is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Doctor Tim Mahoney is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Ponoka and nearby Leduc neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s Not About Vanity

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Since 1983, Timothy G. Mahoney, DDS has been providing confidence and dignity to our amazing Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin patients through cosmetic and general dentistry.

Many Wetaskiwin people seem to have it all together with bright eyes and great smiles. We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about VANITY, it’s about reality in the Wetaskiwin professional community. A remarkable smile creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages for Wetaskiwin people in every field of work.

Popular ways to achieve such a worthy goal might be found in the services we offer at Timothy G. Mahoney, DDS in Wetaskiwin. We offer dental implants, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign invisible braces as ways to improve your confidence and security. Don’t hesitate to ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, sedation, dental implants or any other questions that might be gnawing at you. We’ve got the answers and Doctor Tim Mahoney can set you up with a dental treatment plan that will make your jaw drop!

No matter your age, no matter your location from Leduc to Camrose to Ponoka – we invite you to see our calming staff and take the step toward that impressive smile you deserve.

A phone call away at: 855-416-4959. Book a consultation today!

 

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney, DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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