Bear Creek Dental

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Filling a Cavity

Cavities are the destruction of tooth enamel and once this enamel is gone, it doesn’t repair itself. To repair a cavity, one of our doctors at Bear Creek Dental will use a filling material to fill the space that has been destroyed. We encourage all of our patients to practice cavity prevention to avoid costly procedures in the future and to ensure that your oral health status is in good condition.


Many options are available for dental fillings and one of our doctors will discuss these with you during your consultation. The two most commonly used are porcelain (composite) and amalgam. Both are very durable options, and each will last several years before they need to be replaced. If you’ve already received a filling and notice signs of wear, give us a call as you may need a dental crown instead of a filling.


If you have questions or concerns regarding cavities or tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as services we provide here at the practice, visit www.bearcreekdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Grand Prairie AB, call 1-780-539-0404.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Have a Healthy Holiday Smile

During the holidays, temptation lurks around every corner. The appetizers, the desserts, all of it can either be a good or bad decision for our tooth enamel. Making wise choices during the holiday season is definitely a challenge, but our doctors at Bear Creek Dental are here to tell you what to reach for on the holiday table to help keep your smile healthy throughout the holiday season.


A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay and the holidays are no excuse to fall off the healthy wagon. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to decay, so it’s best to avoid candy canes, popcorn, and other foods that can chip or crack a tooth. If you notice a cheese platter on the table, cheese contains calcium that keeps enamel strong. Whatever you decide to eat, be sure to brush thoroughly after your meal and floss the leftovers out of your teeth to prevent bad breath and gingivitis from developing.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as services we provide here at the practice, visit www.bearcreekdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Grand Prairie AB, call 1-780-539-0404.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How Diet Relates to Dental Health

Eating patterns play a key role in dental health because they decide whether or not a person will develop tooth decay. If you wish to keep your permanent teeth for a lifetime, a healthy smile begins with a healthy diet. A poor diet can lead to periodontal disease and cavities which is why our doctors at Bear Creek Dental are here to tell you what to add to your plate.


Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and plain yogurt assist tooth enamel in staying strong. Foods that are high in sugar and starches stick to the teeth, leaving plaque behind which can turn into tartar if left untreated. It’s best to avoid cookies, pastries, candy, and soft drinks, as they provide no nutritional benefits to the teeth. Reaching for fruits and vegetables that have a high water content increase saliva flow, protecting you from cavities and dental diseases.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as services we provide here at the practice, visit www.bearcreekdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Grand Prairie AB, call 1-780-539-0404.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fight Bad Breath

Bad breath is embarrassing. It may leave you feeling afraid to speak, smile, and address the problem. Bad breath is caused by leftover food particles that aren’t washed away by proper brushing and flossing. Our doctors at Bear Creek Dental preach proper oral hygiene to patients not only to prevent bad breath but to fight against periodontal problems and other dental diseases.


If you eat foods like garlic, coffee, or onions, the odor will linger and mouthwash will only be a temporary solution. If you don’t practice proper oral hygiene habits, bad breath will likely be caused by gum disease. It’s important to keep the mouth clean at all times to keep it healthy. Persistent bad breath is a symptom of gingivitis, therefore it’s important to visit our doctors at Bear Creek Dental twice a year for a routine checkup to ensure optimal oral health.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as services we provide here at the practice, visit www.bearcreekdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Grand Prairie AB, call 1-780-539-0404.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure to remove a frenulum, which is muscular attachment between two tissues, from the mouth. At Bear Creek Dental, we perform frenectomies to correct a number of issues patients may have with their teeth, lips, and tongue.  There are three frenulums in your mouth.  One is located underneath your tongue, and removing this is called a lingual frenectomy.  Patients with an enlarged frenulum underneath their tongue will not be able to move their tongue freely.  This can impede breastfeeding, interferes with speech, and is often called ‘tongue tie’. Lingual frenectomies are typically performed on very young patients, who recover quickly and continue to develop their speech.


Two other frenulums in the mouth are between the font teeth (both upper and lower) and connect the inner surface of the lip with the gum. Removing this attachment is called a labial frenectomy.  Patients who have receding gums can benefit from this procedure, because a strong frenulum from the gum to the lip can cause extra pulling on the gums and lead to further recession.


To learn more about frenectomies and all the services we provide, visit BearCreekDental.CA for more information.  To schedule an appointment at Bear Creek Dental, located at Unit 201 10015 102 Ave, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8v 0z8, Canada, call 780-539-0404.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Crowns Restore Smiles

The doctors at Bear Creek Dental fit patients with crowns to restore aesthetic and function to teeth that have a significant amount of decay or are chipped.  A tooth with minor damage can be repaired with a crown before it reaches the point of needing to be extracted or replaced with an implant.  The safe and non-invasive procedure of installing a crown can be completed in as little as two visits.


To begin the process of fitting a patient with a custom crown, your dentist will remove any decay.   A crown fits over the tooth like a little cap, and covers the whole tooth.  To ensure a great fit for the crown, your dentist may need to contour the tooth that remains.  Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression of the mouth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for the custom product to be fabricated.  Ask us about temporary options to wear while your new crown is being made.  Your custom crown will take 2-3 weeks to be fabricated and returned, and at a second appointment the crown will be cemented into place by your dentist.


To learn more about crowns and all the restorative services we provide, visit BearCreekDental.CA for more information.  To schedule an appointment at Bear Creek Dental, located at Unit 201 10015 102 Ave, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8v 0z8, Canada, call 780-539-0404.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration

When you look in the mirror do you notice dark yellow or brown stains on your tooth enamel? This can be embarrassing but the good news is that it can be fixed. Stains that develop on the surface of tooth enamel are called extrinsic stains and unlike their counterpart – intrinsic – these stains are the easiest to remove from the teeth. Our doctors at Bear Creek Dental will likely suggest teeth whitening to remove the discoloration.


Getting a brighter smile is as simple as visiting our Bear Creek Dental office. The process of teeth whitening removes stains on the outer surface of the teeth and can improve the color of enamel by several shades. Our doctors at Bear Creek Dental have several whitening options to choose from, such as in-office whitening or take-home trays. To see which is best for your level of discoloration, schedule a consultation today.


If you have questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as services we provide here at the practice, visit www.bearcreekdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Grand Prairie AB, call 1-780-539-0404.