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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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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.

FAQ

When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

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Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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