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The Most Popular Dental Procedures in Canada

Organizations from the Canadian Dental Association to professional associations in each province track statistics related to dental care. That includes data indicating how many patients opted for dental implants over the course of year, or how often dentists treat patients for cavities. The data makes it possible to determine what sort of dental procedures are popular throughout the country. Here are a few of the procedures that consistently remain popular from year to year.

Fillings

Dental fillings are essential when tooth decay strikes. The dentist removes the decayed portion and fills in the cavity using some type of filling. Depending on type of tooth, the dentist may add a crown to provide additional strength to the weakened tooth. In the past, metal fillings were common. Today, materials that can be tinted to blend in with the natural hue of the teeth are more poplar.

Teeth Whitening

Whitening treatments are helpful in restoring a more natural shade to the teeth. Some people think these treatments are only for those who have practiced poor dental hygiene or who have used tobacco products. In fact, there are beverages and all sorts of other causes that could yellow the teeth. Thanks to whitening treatments administered under the care of a dental professional, it is possible to make teeth look brighter again.

Veneers and Crowns

Accidents happen and they sometimes leave cracked or broken teeth. A dentist may use a combination of veneers and crowns to restore the appearance and strength of the tooth. Veneers help to cover cracks while crowns can replace sections along the top of the tooth that were lost. as with fillings, these treatments can be tinted to match the shade of the damaged tooth and the surrounding teeth.

Individual Dental Implants

The basic dental implant is a great replacement for a lost tooth. The implant is positioned in the socket formerly filled by the tooth. It’s capped with a crown shaped to resemble the missing tooth. Once in place, the implant will last for decades. It’s also possible to use several Toronto dental implants to fill gaps or to replace random teeth that are too damaged to repair.

All on Four Implants

Individual implants are not the only solution open to patients. There are also All-on-Four dental procedures that make it possible to replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth.Toronto dental implants of this type involve inserting four upper or lower implants into the bone. A dental plate resembling a set of upper or lower teeth is attached to those four posts or implants. Once the work is done, the patient has what appears to be a full set of healthy teeth. Like their individual counterparts, the All on Four implants will last for a long time.

Teeth Bonding

Gaps between teeth can distract from the smile. Teeth bonding helps to fill in those gaps and still ensure the teeth are in proper proportion. The bonding material is tinted to blend in with the teeth, resulting in a beautiful smile.

Would you benefit from replacing a damaged tooth with a dental implant? What would whitening treatments do for you? How about opting for All-on-Four procedures to replace your natural teeth? Whatever type of dental care you need, there is a dental clinic out there who can provide the support that you are seeking.

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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