Oakley native offers cutting-edge dentistry
May 6, 2009
Brandon McKee didn’t ever think he’d be a part of the Park City community when he grew up. Born in Oakley, a graduate of South Summit High School, he worked summer jobs at Stein Eriksen Lodge and other establishments in town. Several years later and a new prefix before his name, McKee was excited to take over the dental practice of Pam Hilbert.
Almost three years ago Dr. McKee purchased Park City Dental Associates on Prospector Ave. and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the community living, working and playing here.
"When I found out she was retiring I jumped on it. I feel very fortunate," he said.
McKee prides himself on being part of a new generation of dentists with access to revolutionary equipment that is easier on the teeth and faster for the patient.
Any work a patient needs can be done in a single visit, explained office manager Jennifer Van Schalkwyk. No more waiting two weeks for a crown.
"We pride ourselves in that," she said.
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In fact, the goal is to do away with crowns, McKee said. Traditional dentistry drills away a lot of the tooth. New Cerec machines are able to make a perfectly-sized filling that allow most of the tooth to be preserved.
"It’s like making a jig saw puzzle piece," he said.
All of the technology and research available is making it possible for dentists to be much more conservative with patients’ teeth, he said. The ironic ultimate goal of dentistry is to make work on teeth unnecessary with good prevention.
The less invasive a procedure is, the easier it is to get done in a reasonable amount of time, he added. He said he has patients fly in from other states to get "single-visit dentistry," as he calls it.
Park City Dental Associates also prides itself on its cosmetic procedures, Van Schalkwyk explained. Older people often have crowded teeth and discoloration they’d like fixed. New technology is making that easier, less painful and faster as well.
McKee said he uses the same bleaching procedures featured on the television show "Extreme Makeover." His veneers can also be done in a single visit, Van Schalkwyk added.
Having grown up in Summit County, being active in the community is important to McKee. He donates fitted mouth guards to Park City’s football and lacrosse players. He said it’s fun to work with people he knew growing up and he’s sure this is where he wants to raise his own four children.