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Ask Your Mississauga Dentist These Questions about Dental Surgery

While Mississauga dentists have many different ways to restore natural teeth, there are times when attempting to salvage a tooth is not in the best interests of the patient. That’s when the prospect of investing in dental implants is worth considering. Before any decision is made, your dentist will want to discuss the process and help you understand how things will proceed. Here are some of the more important questions you will want to ask during that conversation.

How Do You Determine If I’m a Candidate for Implants?

Not everyone is an immediate candidate for dental implants. All Mississauga dentists conduct thorough examinations to determine if this procedure is right for the patient. The screening and exam process includes an overall examination of the gums, screening for signs of cancer, a bite evaluation, and the shape and size of the bone. Even the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) function is checked.

The goal is to determine that there are no issues present that would complicate the procedure, and that the bone and gum tissue would provide adequate support for the implants.Assuming there are no issues to resolve first, the next step will be to decide which type of implants would be best.

Is One Implant Type Better Than the Other?

With implants, it’s not a matter of one type offering greater benefits over the other. It’s more about determining which approach is best in your particular situation. Perhaps individual implants would be more effective. At other times, an option known as All on Four implants would work better.If both approaches are viable for a patient, most Mississauga dentists will go over each one in detail. That makes it easier to make an informed decision.

How Long Will It Take to Complete the Surgery?

The time your Mississauga dentist will need to complete the procedure does depend on what sort of preparation is required and the type of implant you will receive. If there is some complicating factor present, it could take days or weeks to correct the issue. In the interim, the dentist will ensure everything is ready for the actual procedure.

Mississauga dentists who are installing only a few individual implants may be able to take care of all of them in a single visit. If you are having all or most of your teeth replaced with individual implants, the process could take weeks or even months to complete.

The solution known as All on Four implants requires less time. Sometimes called Teeth in a Day, you can literally walk into the dental clinic with no teeth and emerge with a full set.

What Should I Expect in the Days Immediately Following the Procedure?

There is a recovery period with all types of dental implants. Expect some soreness and inflammation. Mississauga dentists provide instructions on what to eat, how to manage the pain, and what sort of improvement you should see in the next few days.

Will The Implants Ever Need Replacing?

Short of some type of accident, Mississauga dentists typically tell patients the implants could last for decades. Under normal circumstances, you should need nothing more than regular dental visits and possibly replacing a cap or two at some point.

If your Mississauga dentist believes implants are the right solution, go over all the details first and make sure you understand what is involved. Doing so will help you prepare for the procedure, know what to do after you leave the dental clinic, and what to expect from those implants in the years to come.

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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?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

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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