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Dental Implants

Implants

For most of us, the thought of losing our teeth conjures up one single image - dentures floating in a glass. It can be a traumatic and debilitating experience. Dental implants offer simple and affordable solutions for replacing your missing teeth.


Getting dental implants is a fairly involved process that requires multiple visits in order to make sure that the artificial tooth bonds correctly to your jaw. However, once you have a dentist you know you can trust, the procedure itself simply requires patience. The implant process may require multiple steps, but it involves little pain and discomfort for the patient.

What are implants?

In the early 1950’s, a Swedish scientist observed that titanium could actually bond to bone (a process called osseointegration). This discovery led to the use of implants. An implant is a permanent tooth replacement, made from titanium, that bonds to the jaw much like the root of the natural tooth. Once in place, it looks, feels and functions like the tooth as well. For the first time, teeth could be replaced permanently and comfortably. Three decades after the first dental implants were placed in patients, they still function perfectly. And since then, hundreds of thousands of patients have had missing teeth replaced by implants.

The benefits

Implants offer an excellent solution for people who have loose, poorly fitting entures. With implants, there is no longer a need for fixodents and denture adhesives. Foods like apples and corn on the cob can be eaten with confidence. You will no longer have to worry about your teeth falling out in public. Implants can restore the function, appearance, security and confidence that people with natural teeth take for granted. Implants are also an excellent option to consider when replacing a single tooth. They restore function and appearance without compromising the other healthy teeth in the patient’s mouth. The vast majority of the population are good candidates for implants. Only those who are suffering from major diseases, or patients who lack sufficient bone for placement may be exempt. Age does not seem to be a factor; in fact, implants offer a welcome alternative for elderly patients who have suffered with ill-fitting dentures for years.

Faster with less discomfort

Traditional permanent dental implant procedures may require up to a year to complete, and often involve numerous visits to your dentist or treatment coordinator. Today’s modern technology allows most patients to get dental implants quickly and painlessly. In some cases the transition from missing teeth to new permanent teeth can be accomplished in one day, sometimes in just one hour. New procedures are less invasive and therefore less painful. These new procedures have considerably shorter recovery times. Patients are often able to eat and smile soon after completing the procedure with very little interruption to their normal lives.

Affordable

These newer procedures are not only faster and less invasive, they often lead to more affordable options for you, giving you the opportunity to have a natural, secure and lifelong smile again.

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Hello Smile Centre Family,

We are working hard at keeping all of our patients and team members updated as we try to adapt to this daily-changing situation.

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS:

As you know, at this time, all elective procedures - including general dentistry and hygiene appointments - are still being suspended for at least the next few weeks. If you have an appointment in April, you can consider it cancelled. Our team is trying hard to reach out during this week as well. At this time, we are not rescheduling surgery appointments or regular dental and hygiene appointments until we have a better grip on when things will be returning to “normal”.

We look forward to seeing you back at the Smile Centre once we’re able to open our doors again. We will be adding extra time to accommodate the need that has been created by this unforeseen interruption; don’t worry! Your health is important to us and we will work overtime to ensure all our patients are accommodated.

EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS:

Under the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and RCDSO, we must screen carefully and minimize patient contact, but we are accommodating emergency patients on a case-by-case basis. If you have a dental emergency, or think you may be experiencing symptoms that could become urgent, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are monitoring messages regularly; the easiest way to reach any of our clinic locations is via text message. 

A dental emergency consists of severe pain, swelling, uncontrolled bleeding or infection. If you think you are experiencing an emergency, please send us a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We have been working hard to find a way to help as many people as possible with minimal contact and still provide optimal care, so we are introducing virtual consultations with a dentist in order to be able to speak to you face-to-face.

We are currently seeing patients at our Maple location only!
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WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER:

We are all in this together. We will come away from this situation stronger and more appreciative than ever of the tiny conveniences that we all take for granted every day. Perhaps more family togetherness will become the new normal; maybe this will all be a lesson in taking a step back and appreciating the things we have around us.

We Believe in Your SMILE,

Your Smile Centre Team