What is the Difference Between Dental Implants & Veneers?

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Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Today’s Dental in Grande Prairie, AB provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. Don Beeson we will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

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Looking for Dental Implants or Veneers in Grande Prairie?

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Today’s Dental is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Grande Prairie, please contact Dr. Don Beeson to schedule your consultation.

Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

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Dental cleanings are integral part of our oral health, and are typically recommended twice a year. Keeping our teeth and gums free and clear of harmful bacteria is important. At Today’s Dental, our team is proud to offer general dental treatments like dental cleanings in Grande Prairie, AB. We strive to provide quality services for our patients, and always make sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their visit.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up over time on the teeth and under the gums. If teeth are not cleaned regularly inflammation can occur, and this can lead to gum disease. Brushing at home is a great way to remove bacteria from the teeth, but brushing cannot clean our teeth like a professional cleaning. Our certified hygienists provide quality cleanings to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

If teeth are cleaned improperly at home or by a non-professional, damage can occur to the enamel. Enamel is extremely durable, and it is hard to chip or damage during cleaning exams. Enamel can wear off if patients suffer from bruxism, or use harsh brushing strokes while brushing their teeth at home. Acidic foods or drinks can also cause erosion to enamel on our teeth.

If you have concerns about the condition of the enamel on your teeth, please let our team know when you schedule your appointment.

What Should I Expect During my Cleaning Appointment?

Dental cleanings in our office typically take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. X-rays are taken if needed, and carefully reviewed during your exam to help our team to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our skilled hygienists use special tools to carefully remove the hard layer of plaque from a patient’s teeth, and we ensure your mouth is free of any plaque or bacteria. Our staff will discuss the health of your teeth and gums, and will recommend further treatment if needed.

Your oral health is extremely important to us, and we encourage our patients to keep up with regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep their teeth looking and feeling great. Regular dental cleanings are a great way to prevent future issues. Dental exams give us the opportunity to catch any potential issues early, and prevent serious issues from developing.

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Looking for a quality Dentist in Grande Prairie, AB for your next Dental Exam?

If you are looking for a family friendly dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, contact Dr. Don Beeson for your next dental cleaning. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a family friendly environment. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and we welcome all new patients to our office.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning with us, please contact Today’s Dental, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

My Kid Hates Brushing Her Teeth. What Can I Do to Change That?


Here are some tips that our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB recommends to parents who are looking to improve the oral hygiene habits of their children:


Make some small incentives for the kids to brush their teeth. Go for a fun outing or for a special treat if they manage to brush their teeth twice a day for two weeks straight. You could put a calendar in the bathroom and do check marks once they brush their tooth so they can see the positive movements as well.


Some kids love having a timer! Oral-B makes a toothbrush that talks to a smartphone and will show how long you have been brushing, etc. The other thing you could do is get a two minute hourglass for them to use. This way they can look and see how long is left to brush and can keep being encouraged!
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Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is a great way to help your kids learn they need to brush their teeth. Help them out with it and then congratulate them on a good job and watch them beam with happiness!

Being a Role Model

Kids do great when they see their role models (mom and dad!) doing what they’ve been asked to do. One way to do it is to have a family toothbrushing time so they see that you’re brushing just like you’re asking them to do!

Looking for a Friendly Family Dentist in Grande Prairie, AB?

Dr. Don Beeson is a Grande Prairie local who has practiced in the Grande Prairie area since he completed his dental degree from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Beeson provides all forms of dental care, and loves to work with patients of all ages!

Schedule your next appointment at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie by calling our friendly staff today! We look forward to helping you.

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Avoid These 3 Foods To Protect Your Gums


As dental professionals we at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie often get asked “what foods should I avoid in order to protect my gums?” There’s nothing worse than having a piece of food get stuck between your gums, especially when you’re on a date! Another similar question is what foods might be bad for the long-term health of your gums?

Should I Avoid Popcorn?

A favorite food of mine (and of many others) is popcorn. It is a healthy snack when not loaded with butter, it’s easy enough to make, and it has a pretty low cavity risk with it. Knowing this you wouldn’t need to see us for fillings right? Interestingly enough, popcorn is so bad for your gums that a lot of dental professionals have named the issues they cause ‘Popcorn Periodontitis!’ 

So what is it about popcorn that causes gum issues? It’s the husks or hulls around the seed that get lodged in between the gums and the teeth. These can work their way in quite deep and can cause an abscess.This can be particularly bad if you have a tooth erupting, like a wisdom tooth where the gums are already a little swollen. The other issue that popcorn can cause is biting down on a kernel and breaking a tooth. 

Despite the dental risks that popcorn has, with good care including brushing and flossing, and coming in to see us for cleanings and exams, we still recommend this tasty treat.

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Why Strawberries Could Be Bad For Your Gums

While this one is far less harmful than popcorn, it’s still worth mentioning. We all know the feeling: you get the first batch of fresh strawberries that come into town in summer. You excitedly bite into that juicy treat, and one of the tiny seeds finds its way into a groove in your tooth and doesn’t want to get out!

Strawberries contain extremely tiny seeds on the outside of them and these seeds can cause some discomfort for teeth if they get stuck in them, but they can also find their way between your gums and your teeth. Much like the above mentioned popcorn, if these little seeds work their way in between then they could get stuck and can potentially cause an abscess. 

If you suspect you have something caught between your gums and it won’t come out, please call us!

How Can I Remove Food That Is Stuck In My Teeth?

One of the most common issues foods cause (that is easily correctable) is food getting stuck between your teeth. The foods that most readily cause this are stringy meats (such as chicken or turkey). By no means would I ever not recommend these foods. Quite the opposite in fact! What I would recommend is discussing areas that food is getting caught in with myself or my team at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie.

There are plenty of options to close these spaces, from Invisalign or other Clear Aligners, to replacing broken down restorations, or in some cases a dental crown might be indicated.

So why is food getting caught between your teeth bad? Well one reason is it can cause a cavity pretty easily, but the other reason is the gums in that area will respond very poorly and gum disease in that area will progress quite rapidly!
I hope these tips have helped let you know what foods might be hurting your gums more than you think. If you have found these tips useful, let us know with an email or in person!

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