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Dental implants have become the preferred option for many patients who want to replace single missing teeth. A titanium screw, referred to as a base, is inserted into the jaw bone, which fuses with the natural bone to provide a stable base, and the healing process is between two to four months. After the base of the implant has healed, the permanent implant tooth is manufactured and attached on to the titanium screw.

In some cases, a temporary crown can be placed on the titanium screw before the implant tooth is ready to be mounted. The temporary crown is made of softer material which enables your gums to heal around it, and the softer material helps to bolster and protect the implant from the stress of chewing. Additionally, it gives the jawbone the opportunity to progressively become stronger. The main advantage of single tooth implants is that root canal surgery can be avoided, decay can be prevented on surrounding teeth and the patient will achieve additional support in the jaw area.

The dental implants don’t come loose like dentures, and they also benefit overall oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges. They are also the only tooth replacement option that helps encourage bone growth and avoid bone loss. Getting dental implants right after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at that very instant.

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Patients are often unsure whether they should have a regular dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon insert their implants. However, surgical specialists are the ones who undergo additional clinical training in order to effectively manage even the most complex implant cases. Our dentists have the necessary training and experience to ensure that all implant procedures are performed to perfection. This means that patients are able to have the surgical and restoration stages of their implants performed at our practice.

If you have missing teeth, get in touch with our practice today. Even one missing tooth can contribute to many health issues, including decay of surrounding teeth, an increased risk of gum disease and a loss of oral function over time. The dentists at our Maple Ridge practice will be able to discuss the option of using implants to replace missing teeth and explain each step of the process to you. Our dentists will help ensure that you are completely satisfied with your new smile afterwards.

Caring for your dental implants is much easier than other replacements for natural teeth. On a day to day basis, it is recommended to brush after every meal. If brushing is not possible after lunch, rinsing your mouth with water still help dislodge some of the residue that accumulates on the implant surfaces. While there is no chance for decay, brushing does remove particles that could contribute to the development of gum disease.

It is also necessary to come in for an annual exam and still come in for teeth cleanings. The exams are advised to ensure that the dental implants are in their standard condition, and the teeth cleaning removes the residue on and between the dental implants, which also helps reduce the risk of gum disease. With the right type of maintenance, implants can last two to three decades.

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We Believe in Your Smile!

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