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Dental Implants Benefits You Haven't Heard Of

No one likes the idea of doing without teeth. Even so, people who lose their teeth due to accidents and other reasons have a decision to make. Should they be fitted for a set of dentures or talk with a professional about implants? If you are facing this type of decision, there are a few things you should know about dental implants. Once you find out why so many people choose this option, it will be easier to settle on the approach that is right for you.

Implants Last Longer Than Dentures

One of the things that you may not know about dentalimplants is that once you have them in place, it’s possible for them to serve you well for the rest of your life. The implants proper will remain firmly in place. You will find that the caps applied to the top of each implant is almost as strong as a real tooth. Assuming you take care of them, the worst that could happen is that a cap cracks when you bite on a popcorn kernel and it must be replaced.

Contrast that with dentures that must be adjusted or replaced after a few years. Unlike implants that help to maintain the shape of your jaws, dentures do nothing to stop the gradual change in the jaw contours. You could easily end up purchasing several pairs of dentures over the next couple of decades alone.

You Can Get Implants Faster Than You Think

Perhaps you know someone who chose implants ten or so years ago. The memory of the multiple dental visits and the amount of time it took to complete the process is still vivid. You dread the idea of going through the same experience even if it does mean having a beautiful set of teeth again.

Like many other medical solutions, implants have come a long way. You will find many dentists in North York who will attest to the implant options you could enjoy today that are very different from your loved one’s experience. In fact, there are approaches today that could be completed in less than a single 24-hour period. Depending on the condition of your jaws and what amount of preliminary work is needed, you could be a prime candidate for one of those quicker treatments.

They Really Do Look More Natural

Some may say that implants look no different from a carefully crafted set of dentures. That’s not the case. As great as dentures can look, they don’t compare to the natural appearance provided by the implants. Once yours are in place, the only way people will know your smile includes anything other than natural teeth is if you decide to tell them.

Forget what you’ve heard about dental implants and talk with your dentist. After you learn more about what they have to offer and how the process is better and faster than in years past, making a choice will be easy.

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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