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Different Types of Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants are gaining in popularity. In some cases, the choice to undergo dental implant surgery is based on the desire to replace a number of teeth that are lost due to decay and similar issues. At other times, the implants are part of a broader effort to restore the look of the face after some type of accident. Here are some things you should know about implants and how they are used in different types of surgery.

Two Basic Types of Implants

There are currently two types of implants used today. The most common solution is known as endosteal implants. These are usually made of titanium and look somewhat like small screws. These implants are embedded in the jaw, taking the space once filled by natural tooth roots.

An alternative type is known as subperiosteal implants. Slightly different in appearance, these are placed under the gum but not in the jaw proper. Instead, they rest on or slightly above the bone. This type of implant is normally utilized when the bone density is not sufficient to support the more common endosteal implants.

Basic Dental Implant Surgery

Both kinds of implants may be used in surgical procedures. People who are looking for a replacement for their real teeth but are not attempting to restore their appearances after an accident will seek out dental implant surgery. The first thing the dental professional will so is examine the bone and determine if it’s sturdy enough to support the endosteal implants. If so, the procedure can move forward.

Assuming there is healthy bone tissue present, individual implants are an option. While this approach will take more time, the result is a set of implants and caps that look just like real teeth. With proper care, they are likely to last for the rest of the patient’s life.

The patient may also consider what is known as all on four implants. In this scenario, four implants are embedded in the bone and a plate fashioned to resemble a full set of upper or lower teeth is attached. The process is much faster than installing individual implants and will provide excellent performance.

Reconstructive Dentistry

Implants are also used for reconstructive procedures. If you are involved in an accident that causes severe damage to the face, part of the reconstruction will include using implants to replace the teeth you lost. Depending on the severity of the damage, the jaw bone may need to heal before any procedure can commence. In the event that the bone remains too weak for endosteal implants, it’s possible to use subperiosteal implants instead. This is also an option if the patient cannot or chooses to no have any type of bone augmentation done to reinforce the jaw bone.

Whether you are looking for the best replacement for teeth you have lost over time or attempting to recover after an accident left you with no teeth, there is a solution.With the aid of a professional surgeon, you can determine which type of surgery is appropriate, as well as what type of implant would serve you best. Contact your dental office today and learn more about the advance testing and why one approach would be better than the others.

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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.


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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