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Full Arch Treatment Options


Option 1: Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement and are a great alternative to traditional dentures. Traditional dentures have a history of difficulty amongst patients due to discomfort, pain, and difficulties with speech and eating. For these reasons, mini implants are a viable alternative for those who are looking to overcome these issues and are looking for a temporary solution at a relatively inexpensive cost.

The procedure works by using a small drill in the gum tissue and into the jaw bone to create a cavity to accommodate the mini dental implant. The mini dental implant procedure is fairly easy and quick, which does not require invasive surgery and can be carried out under local anesthesia.

Advantages

  • Eliminates the need for bone grafting
  • Provides a fast, strong base for the stabilization of lower dentures
  • Viable option for patients who have experienced severe bone loss and do not qualify for regular implants
  • The design/ setup of mini dental implants helps withstand natural pressure, which gives patient a lot of liberty in regards to what they can eat
  • It is relatively inexpensive than traditional dental implants because it doesn’t require invasive surgery
  • Quicker treatment time, and not as many follow up appointments
  • Improved speech and ability to bite/ chew

Disadvantages

  • It is not a long term solution
  • they are not recommended as single tooth replacements
  • They are most effective only when used to stabilize dentures on the lower jaw
  • May still move when chewing or speaking
  • Not as stable as conventional dental implants
  • There is a risk of metal deterioration due to the thinness of the implant

Option 2: All-on-4™ Implant Fixed Bridge (Permanent)

The All-On-4 procedure is a permanent solution for patients who are about to lose their teeth or are fed up with their loose or ill-fitting dentures. The teeth-in-a-Day procedure gives you back the ability to eat what you want, when you want. It also gets rid of infections that may lead to problems like bad breath, gum disease and other health problems. Furthermore, it restores a beautiful smile, giving you a youthful look that many wish to attain.

This youthful, natural-looking smile is achieved in a day by having 4 implants or anchors placed in your jaw. A set of teeth are permanently anchored to these implants, and you are sent home that very same day.

Advantages

  • Restores your entire smile with only four implants
  • Eliminates need for bone grafting
  • A full set of new teeth in just one day
  • Replaces roots and teeth
  • Improves overall dental/ oral healthy and significantly diminishes likelihood of developing any gum and bone disease
  • Only one surgery necessary, and patient is released home the same day
  • Promotes stability through the secure placement in the jawbone
  • Natural-looking and customizable esthetics
  • Clearer speech and regained control of natural ability to eat and chew
  • Dentist can remove bridge yearly for cleaning and health check

Disadvantages

  • Requires a high level of bone to hold the implants in place
  • Because the entire procedure is in one day, the healing process will take a bit longer
  • It requires invasive surgery

Tips for Dental Procedures

  1. Post Operation Care
    Since this surgery is invasive, for the days and weeks following the procedure, it is advised to keep physical exercise to a minimum to avoid hindering the healing process. If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain, you can apply a cold compress to the affected area. As per the doctor’s advice, it is important to consume lots of fluids. Our dental professionals will go over all the details with you in regards to how to prepare, what to expect and what to do post operation.
  2. Keeping Your New Teeth Clean
    To ensure you get the most out of your teeth, it is important to take great care of your teeth and maintain great oral hygiene. The implanted teeth are just as susceptible to infection and bacterial build-up as real teeth, so this is why good hygiene is critical. Making it a routine to clean your teeth at least twice a day will help ensure the longevity of the prosthetic teeth as well as your overall dental/ oral health.
  3. Periodic Dental Check Ups and Cleans
    It is highly advised that patients make regular visits to the dentists to ensure that their dental health is in great care. Schedule teeth cleaning appointments guarantees that all plaque is removed that regular brushing is unable to remove. Additionally, the checkups ensure that your teeth kept in their standard condition.

    Call one of our dental professionals today, and see if either of these options are a good fit for you. We have a host of other dental procedures to offer, so book a free, no obligation consultation and get the smile you deserve!

Caring for All On Hour Implants: A Few Tips

Congratulations on choosing all on four implants! That decision will serve you well for a long time. Along the way, you will discover that keeping the implants clean is much easier than other alternatives to natural teeth. Here are some tips that will help you keep those all on four implants in top shape.

Brush and Rinse As You Would Normally

The nice thing about all on four implants is that you don’t have to take them out for daily cleaning. You can use toothpaste to brush them just as you once did with natural teeth. That same all on four solution allows you keep on using your favorite mouth wash to rinse once a day. If you are concerned about the brush scratching the bridge, your dentist can recommend the best choice for toothbrush designs, up to and including the bristles.

Kick Those Bad Habits

Many of the habits capable of damaging real teeth could cause harm to the all on four replacements. For example, chewing on ice could lead to cracks of chips. If that happens, the bridge would need to be removed and repaired. That can be expensive. Break this and other bad habits now, and your all on four implants will last for decades.

Remember to Come in for Cleanings Once or Twice a Year

It’s true that the all on four implants are not real teeth. Even so, you do need a professional cleaning at least once a year. Assuming there is no damage to the bridge, it can remain in place and the cleaning will be a lot like the process used to clean natural teeth. If there is damage, be prepared for the dental team to remove the bridge and attempt repairs.

Ask your dentist for more ideas about cleaning and taking care of those new all on four replacements. You’ll find that many of the suggestions will be easy to manage and don’t require any additional time in the morning or after meals. With a little effort on your part, they will look great from year to year and provide excellent service.

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Hello!

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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