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All-on-Four Implants Things to Know

You’re looking for the best possible replacement now that your natural teeth have to go. Have you discussed the option of all on four implants with your dental professional? If not, this is a you should seriously consider. To help you get started, here are a few basics that you should know.

What are All On Four Implants?

It’s only natural to want to want to know “what is all on four implants and how are they different from other implants?" Individual implants fit directly into the gum, much the way that your individual real teeth did in the past. All on four implants require inserting four implants at strategic points long the gum, then attaching a full upper or lower plate to those implants.In many cases, the implants can be inserted in one session and then outfitted with a temporary plate. Your permanent plate is carefully designed to fit your mouth and is installed a few weeks later.

You Will Pay More Up Front But Less in the Long Run

Cost is something most people must take into consideration when they have any type of dental work done. When it comes to the all on four price, it is more expensive that getting a pair of standard dentures. That’s because the price quoted includes extracting any remaining natural teeth, taking care of any bone grafts needed to strengthen the jaw bones, and preparing the final plates that go with the implants proper.

While the initial cost is more, you save in several ways in the years to come. There is no need to purchase adhesives to keep the plate in position. You don’t have to seek treatments for sore gums due to friction between a denture plate and the gum tissue. Traditional dentures have to be replaced after several years while your implants and plate will continue to look great for much longer. The result is that spending more up front really will keep expenses down as the years pass.

This Solution Lasts for Decades

Dentures do nothing to help your gums retain their shape. That’s one of the reasons a standard set of dentures has to be replaced after several years. You could easily end up having to buy three or even four sets of dentures over the next couple of decades. By contrast, your all of four implants and plate could easily last for three decades. Think of what that means in terms of saving money, preserving the contours of your face, and spending less time having dental work done.

Absolutely No Slipping

A hue all on four advantage is the lack of slippage. Even the most carefully crafted set of dentures and the highest quality adhesive won’t guarantee that the denture plates remain in position all the time. Slippage will happen, and often at a most inconvenient time. If you have all on four implants the plate will not shift or slip. You can eat with ease, smile with confidence, and basically do all the things you did with real teeth and not worry.

The Comfort Factor

If you need one more reason why all on four implants are a sound investment, consider the comfort factor. Outside of the initial soreness when the implants are first inserted, they are not likely to cause any pain or irritation in the years ahead. You will often forget that you have anything other than natural teeth.

Talk with your dental professional today and compare all on four implants with other solutions. You may find this the one that’s perfect for you.

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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