Welcome to Uptown Dental Centre, located in downtown Edmonton. We provide quality oral health care that’s personalized to your needs, in a professional, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We are a full-service family dental practice located in downtown Edmonton. We offer a complete list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services, including cleanings and exams, crowns and bridges, and tooth whitening. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing quality oral health care that’s personalized to your needs in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The dentists at Uptown Dental Centre — Dr. Michele Sawatzky, Dr. Jennifer Barnes and Dr. Rob McCullough — are friends and former classmates from dental school. They graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1989. They share a common goal of providing quality dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment.
As all three are parents of young families, they enjoy the variety and long-term relationships that are part of a family dentistry practice. Outside of the office, Drs. Barnes and Sawatzky are involved with the Dental Assisting program at NAIT. Dr. McCullough enjoys playing and coaching both hockey and soccer.
Our three receptionists have a combined total of more than 40 years’ experience in the dental reception field, and more than 20 years’ experience in our office. They are able to answer any of your questions.
All of our dental assistants are registered Level II, which means they are trained and qualified to perform the following duties: taking X-rays and impressions; polishing teeth; applying fluoride and sealant; as well as many other duties.
Each of our friendly, gentle hygienists are long-time members of our office staff. They primarily provide cleaning for adult teeth, but they enjoy the opportunity to look after younger people too.
We provide complete family dentistry services, including:
Note on crowns and bridges: We use First Dental Studio for all our crown, bridge, implant and veneer work. It is one of the most respected labs in the city, and is located on the same floor as our office.
Therefore, if custom-shading is needed for any porcelain work for crowns or veneers, it can be conveniently done at the time of your appointment, by the laboratory technician. If the shading doesn’t quite match, the restoration can be stained and re-glazed on site, usually while you wait, to provide excellent shade matching.
We also offer CEREC® crowns, which are computer designed and do not require impressions. CEREC® crowns take only one appointment, while traditional crowns take two appointments.
Every member of our office staff is trained in and practices universal infection control precautions. We use an array of modern sterilization equipment including: ultrasonic, chemical, heat, steam and pressure sterilization. Our systems are tested and monitored onsite every day.
We welcome all new patients looking for complete family dentistry services in downtown Edmonton, including referrals, walk-ins and emergency visits. Our central location is wheelchair accessible and can be easily reached by bus or LRT – we are located directly above Corona Station.
We accept payments directly from dental insurance plans. Your portion may be paid by cash, cheque, Interac, Visa or MasterCard.
If you see anything in your child’s mouth that is a cause for concern, we can see your child at any age.
Generally speaking, children should have their first checkup by the age of 3 or 4. We often recommend that kids at this age only have a checkup at their first appointment — no cleaning.
Children who are a little apprehensive are often brought into the room to watch their parent’s cleaning or checkup, first.
Babies often have sore or tender gums during teething. To soothe tender gums, gently rub gums with a clean finger, or give your baby a cold teething ring. A toothbrush can be introduced at 6 months — let your baby chew on it. Once your baby has teeth, you should brush them daily — even if it’s for just 10 or 20 seconds. Doing so will help establish a routine for both you and your baby.
Babies and toddlers should never go down for a nap with a bottle that has anything other than water in it. Milk, juice, and even breast milk contain a lot of sugars, and if they are in a young child’s mouth for a long period of time, they can cause rapid tooth decay called “baby bottle caries.”
Children should have their first checkup by age 3 to 4 — sooner if there are any concerns. Soothers and thumb-sucking habits need to be monitored in this age group. This is the age to establish daily brushing and flossing routines — they will still need Mom and Dad’s help even though “I do it myself!” may be their favourite expression. Healthy snacks are encouraged. Cheese is very tooth-friendly.
Adult teeth are coming! It is a good idea to get sealants put in the grooves of the chewing surfaces of permanent molars. These grooves are too deep to clean properly, so the thin plastic coatings will protect the teeth from decay. Crowding and bite problems become apparent in this age group. Some may improve by themselves over time, others need a referral to an orthodontist for correction. Sports guards to protect the teeth in contact sports are also important.
The teenage years bring with them concerns of appearance. This is the age when most corrections of crooked teeth are done by the orthodontist. Wisdom teeth need to be monitored in this age group, too. If they are not going to come in correctly, they may need to be removed.
If you like the colour of your teeth, then the answer is no. If you would like whiter or brighter teeth, then the answer is usually, yes.
Teeth whitening is very safe and has no long-term side-effects. It whitens natural teeth surfaces, but not fillings or crowns. In general, darker stained teeth often show a more dramatic improvement in colour.
We take pride in ensuring that our patients are comfortable with the procedures they have at our clinic. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please give us a call and we will be happy to help you.
Suite #830, 10665 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Wednesday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 1pm
Dr. Michele N. Sawatzky: 780.428.7521
Dr. Rob McCullough: 780.424.8666
Dr. Jennifer Barnes: 780.423.7726
Parking is available to our patients in the following locations:
Our dental office has excellent access to public transit and is located directly above the Corona LRT Station.