If you are already a patient here at Beacon Smiles then you will know we care about our community. This is why we recently held a free dental clinic to help people who cannot afford dental care.

Providing Essential Dental Care for Calgary Families

Our dental clinic provided free exams, children’s cleanings and tooth removals and our aim was to assist patients who don’t qualify for social assistance. Unfortunately, we have noticed people are struggling to afford even co-pay work, particularly in the current economy. Some people will only visit a dentist every few years or will wait until they develop problems. Good preventative dental care is extremely important as a bad tooth infection can lead to tooth loss and may even affect your general health.

Tackling Tooth Decay in Children                               

Drinking water in Calgary hasn’t been fluoridated since 2011 and childhood tooth decay is becoming more common. This is because fluoride helps to prevent cavities in children who are still eating a lot of sugary and processed foods. It is not always easy to tell which foods are bad for teeth, particularly as many foods that look healthy contain hidden sugars. Dried fruit and cereal bars are just a couple of examples. One way we can help is through educating parents on which foods are best avoided or kept as an occasional treat. By tackling the cause of tooth decay, we can help to lower the levels of childhood caries, reducing the impact of removing fluoride from water supplies.

If you are looking for a dental team that truly cares about their patients, why not give us a call on (587)317-4094. Don’t forget, you can also book online.

How Do I Find A Good Dentist Near Me?

 If you’ve recently moved and are new to the area, then you may be wondering how to find a good dentist near you. Depending on the dentist you choose, it can result in either a positive or negative impact on your health and your bank balance, so it needs to be right. After all, it’s an important decision that can have ramifications beyond your first visit. So what exactly do you look for in a good dentist? Here are some hints and tips…

 Ask your current dentist

 I’m assuming that your dentist is a trustworthy person. That’s why he or she is your ‘go to‘ dentist right? This being the case then why not ask them if they know of a good dentist in your new destination. They’re far more likely to have a network of people they either know personally or can recommend.

 Ask friends, family, or work colleagues

 Talking of recommendations, it’s well worth asking friends, family, or work colleagues that reside in your new area. They may have had a one time treatment, such as a crown or bridge, and felt they had a good experience; or they may have a regular dentist that they’d be happy to recommend.

 Check out reviews online

 As the World Wide Web is used for pretty much everything these days, it would be a shame not to utilise it for the purpose of finding your perfect dentist. Check out sites such as Doctoroogle, Healthgrades, and of course Yelp, for patient reviews of dentists in your area; but be aware of standard boiler-plate reviews and instead concentrate on reviews that relate to a particular dental issue or problem a patient had.

 Book a consultation

 By now you should at least have a shortlist. The next thing you need to do is to book yourself a consultation with each dentist on your list. After each consultation you should ask yourself these questions.

  • Was I made to feel welcome and at ease?
  • Did the dentist explain the procedure to me?
  • Do they offer all of the treatments I might need?
  • Am I being treated by an experienced team?

If the answer is no to any of the above, then it’s advisable to walk away. You don’t really want to accept half measures just because they’re cheap, because chances are it will come back to haunt you in the end.

Follow your gut

 More often than not, your instinct is right, so if it’s a straight toss up between one dental office or another, then you might want to follow your gut. It could be that you feel a slight affinity with one dentist over the other, but can’t quite put your hand on it. Or alternatively one dentist may have a slightly better chair-side manner than the other. However small the connection or draw, it pays to follow your instinct.

At Beacon Smiles we’re a dedicated team of caring professionals who focus all our efforts on the needs of our patients. Why not put us to the test and book a consultation. Call us on  (587) 317-4094 or book online. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

Dental Implants vs Conventional Dentures – The Pros And Cons Discussed

Did you know that having multiple missing teeth doesn’t just change the way you look, it can also cause a variety of underlying problems that may affect your overall health? The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with missing teeth. Instead there are a number of treatments that can be done to ensure teeth are replaced and bite function is restored. Two of the most popular are conventional dentures and dental implants. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Familiarity

 Conventional dentures have been around in some form or another for centuries and are something that people are very familiar with. Nowadays they’re made using lightweight composites and are far more comfortable and natural-looking than their predecessors. On the contrary, dental implants are a relatively new treatment and despite there being a multitude of information available, many people are still wary of what they can offer and how they can help.

 Non surgical vs surgical

 The making and fitting of conventional dentures is straight forward and involves a series of appointments to enable the dental team to measure and construct your new teeth. The fitting process is simple and relies on suction to hold them in place so that they sit comfortably on the gum line. Because of this, dentures offer the perfect solution for those with weakened or unhealthy jaws. The whole process from start to finish should take somewhere between 3-6 weeks to complete.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are surgically placed directly into the jawbone and as such require a healthy mouth and good jaw bone structure. If a patient is lacking in bone, then they may need a bone graft. Acting as artificial tooth roots, implants provide permanent strong support for dental crowns, bridges, or even full arches of teeth. On the downside, the whole process, from initial consultation to the fitting of the permanent prosthetic, can take up to 9 months to complete; so unlike dentures, dental implants aren’t a quick-fix solution.

 Bone loss

 Because conventional dentures are designed to sit on the gum line they can’t halt the natural bone loss process that occurs naturally when teeth are missing. For this reason, the denture has to be regularly adjusted as the jaw shrinks to ensure a continued snug fit. Eventually, after a number of years (usually somewhere between 7-10) the denture will need replacing altogether.

Conversely, because dental implants are secured directly into the jaw bone, they re-stimulate the surrounding bone tissue halting the bone loss process altogether. So no more jaw shrinkage. What’s more, provided that the implants are well maintained, they will remain permanently in the mouth for many years to come, providing a hassle-free, long-term solution.

To find out more about dentures or dental implants why not book yourself a no-obligation consultation with the Beacon Smiles team. Here you can get all your questions and concerns answered allowing you to make a fully informed dental decision. To make an appointment contact us on (587) 317-4094 or book via our website.

Invisalign Aligners vs Conventional Braces  – Which One Should You Choose?

It’s fair to say that over the years, orthodontic treatments have improved leaps and bounds. The stigma that once applied to clunky metal braces has ultimately been erased by revolutionary high-end appliances. Nowadays people are more accepting of orthodontic treatments to straighten their teeth; but with a multitude of options available, which one is right for you? In this post we’re going to take a look at modern day fixed braces and compare them to removable Invisalign aligners.

Traditional fixed braces

 Made from metal, ceramic, composite, or even a hybrid of one or more of the above, traditional fixed braces are designed to fix a whole host of orthodontic problems. These include tooth crowding, protruding, alignment issues, crookedness, and irregular spacing or gapping. Permanently fixed to the front of the teeth (or in the case of lingual braces, to the back) they move the teeth by using flexible arch wires to apply gentle sustained pressure over a period of time. Fixed full-term braces are usually recommended for moderate or more serious orthodontic cases and treatment times can vary depending upon the severity of the condition. Typically though, patients can expect to wear their braces for 9-18 months. That said, in some cases, patients looking for purely aesthetic improvements can opt for accelerated treatments which can take as little as 3-6 months.

 So what about Invisalign?

 Invisalign is an ‘aligner style’ system which is virtually invisible and therefore exceptionally discreet. Doing away with brackets and wiring altogether, clear plastic aligners are worn over the teeth, a bit like a protective gum shield. What’s more, rather than having one appliance for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign utilises a whole series of aligners which are removed and replaced every two-three weeks.

Each aligner in the series is pre-designed to move the teeth sufficiently so that the next aligner fits perfectly. This continues until the wearer has completed their treatment (usually 12-18 months) and their teeth are straight. Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed to clean your teeth, and they must be removed to eat and drink. Although they allow patients the freedom of choosing not to wear their aligners at any particular time, most dentists advise that they are worn for around 20 hours a day to achieve optimum results.

So what conditions can Invisalign help?

 In the main Invisalign is able to treat many of the conditions that traditional braces can, including crowded teeth, bite problems (overbites and crossbites), irregular teeth gapping, and mild relapses after traditional brace treatments. However if you have more severe orthodontic problems then there are better options available.

So what’s the verdict – which should you choose?

 If you’re looking for a discreet orthodontic treatment that won’t impact on your social or professional life, then you might want to consider Invisalign. Alternatively, if you have a more serious orthodontic condition and want a cost-effective solution, then you should think about fixed brace treatments.

To find out more, why not call Beacon Smiles Dental and book a consultation where we can discuss your options and what’s best for you. Call today on (587) 317-4094

Discover All-On-Four Dental Implants – A Real Dental Breakthrough

As people are living longer more active lives, losing teeth prematurely can be problematic and damaging to their overall health. While conventional dental implants offer an excellent way to replace missing teeth on a ‘one-for-one’ basis, they aren’t the most practical or cost-effective solution for those with multiple missing teeth. Likewise, non-surgical options such as conventional dentures have their issues too. So is there an alternative answer? Yes, and it’s known as All-On-Four.

At Beacon Smiles Dental we’ve successfully helped many people by using this revolutionary method. We believe that they offer the convenience and beauty of natural looking teeth without the hassle of conventional dentures; or the time consuming preparation that traditional implants need. In fact the All-On-Four method means that we can create a full arch of fixed non-removable, natural looking teeth for patients, in just one visit.

So how do they work?

Conventional implants have been advocated for decades, and rightly so. Once anchored into the jaw, they provide a strong foundation while stabilizing the bone loss process that occurs naturally when teeth are missing. The problems with standard implants are that:

• They need to be placed into sufficient bone mass
• They take time to complete (often up to 9 months) and finally…
• They can be costly for multiple replacements

For these reasons, patients who have experienced severe bone loss or those with multiple missing teeth, may have been discouraged from having implants in the past; or told they need to undergo time consuming and costly bone grafting. Now with the All-On-Four method, virtually anyone can have great looking teeth.

By placing just four implants into the mouth, All-On-Four are designed specifically to support a full arch of prosthetic natural-looking teeth. What’s more, two of the posterior (back) implants can be placed in a tilted position, so even those with virtually no bone can have stable and secure implants without the need for bone grafts. The placement itself is quick, precise, and comfortable, and using our in-office 3D imaging system, we can accurately position and place your new teeth in just one visit! So what does this mean for you?

• No individual lengthy surgical procedures placing posts or crowns
• No need for costly bone grafting
• No waiting months to receive your new teeth…. and
• The cost is less than it would for individual implants.

If you’re fed up with your conventional dentures or you have multiple missing teeth and are looking for a cost-effective, hassle-free solution, then talk to us about All-On-Four. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation today on (587) 317-4094.