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Tips for Getting All-on-4 Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best solution for you. Now the focus shifts to determining whether you want individual implants or if all on 4 implants will be the right option. Before you make a decision, consider these important tips that will help you work toward getting all on four implants.

Compare the Implants to Other Solutions

There may be more than one approach that would be equally beneficial. Your job is to learn all you can about all possible solutions before settling on the course of treatment. For example, would a crown in North York or two solve your dental issue and allow you to keep your natural teeth for another decade or so? Is there some reason why individual implants would be best? Once you have answers to those questions, you will know if pursuing all on four implants is the right move.

How’s Your Bone Structure?

The integrity of your bone structure will determine if this particular solution is right for you. Unless there is evidence that the jaws, including the back areas where two of the implants will reside, is strong enough to hold everything in place, getting the work done right now is not possible. Assuming a bone graft or some other surgical procedure would improve the strength of the jaw bones, you may be able to get the implants later. Only you and your dental professional can decide if that’s an option.

The Process Will Require at Least Two Appointments

It’s not unusual for the process to take at least two appointments. The first will be more of a preparatory visit. Any natural teeth that require removal will be extracted. Based on how you are doing and what the scans show, the dental professional may go ahead and insert the four implants. If that’s the case, a temporary plate will be adhered to the implants.

The second visit will focus on the installation of the permanent plate. All the necessary measurements for the permanent plate are taken during the first visit. The temporary plate is removed and the dentist examines the area around the four implants. If everything has healed properly and there are no signs of inflammation, the permanent plate is attached and you are ready to go.

Your Age and General Health Matter

While bone density and strength is a primary concern, your age and general health is also something the dental professional will explore. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, younger people are encouraged to get individual implants instead. If you have certain health issues that are likely to weaken the jaw bones in the years to come, traditional implants may also be recommended.

Your Dental Expert Could Stop the Procedure Any Time

Even with all the advance preparation, the dental professional may begin the procedure and then stop. That’s because some issue not detected by the scans and other testing is discovered. Since the focus is always on your dental health, the professional will want to resolve that issue before proceeding.

Always Find Out About the Level of Practical Experience

One final tip is to find out what sort of practical experience the North York family dentists you are considering have with this type of procedure. Many clinics advertise all on four implants but have only completed a few procedures. Before you go through with anything, make sure you are comfortable with the level of experience the professional can provide.

As with most health related procedures, all on four implants is not something to settle on at the spur of the moment. Learn the facts, make sure you are a good candidate, and take things from there. In the long run, you’ll be happier with the results.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:

PRE-SCREENING:

A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.

ARRIVAL AT CLINIC:

We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.

WAITING AREA:

We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT:

All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.

VIRTUAL VISITS:

In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION:

Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre