Vitacare Dental Centre – Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan for Patients:

This plan is current as of May 20th, 2020. Note that because SARS-CoV2 is still considered a novel virus and the trajectory of the pandemic is still changing, safety measures may also be altered accordingly. The protocols presented here are in accordance by recommendations presented by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). Note that the CDSBC flows the rules and regulations of that provided by the provincial health officer, BC Centre of Disease and Control, and Worksafe BC.

Staff, dentists and patients are not to enter the clinic if they:

1. Have any COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, loss of smell, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, malaise and/or headache

2. Have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individual in the last 14 days; or

3. Have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Booking your dental appointments:

1. During this time, your dental needs will be triaged and we will be prioritizing emergent and urgent care.

2. Appointments can be made by phone or email. You must have an appointment to enter the clinic. Please arrive on time. If you arrive early, please wait in your vehicle until your designated time to minimize contact with other departing patients.

3. You are to come alone to your appointment. One parent, guardian, or caretaker can accompany a child or person that requires additional assistance to an appointment.

4. When you arrive at the clinic, we will provide you with hand sanitizer, take your temperature and ask you screening questions.

Waiting room:

1. Physical distancing will be in effect. Maintain 2-metre distance between one another.

2. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the waiting room at a given time.

3. Plexiglass barriers will be placed at the front desk.

4. Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected routinely.

Treatment rooms:

1. Dentists and dental assistants will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment, which may include face shields, gowns, and respirator masks.

2. You will be asked to rinse with a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash for 30 seconds prior to your treatment.

3. There will be infection protocols requiring more time for disinfection of the rooms in between patients.

4. As always, instruments and equipment are properly sterilized to kill all microorganisms.

dental implants

Dental Implants

Gaps left by missing teeth compromise the beauty and function of your smile while causing a range of other oral health issues.

Our Coquitlam, BC, practice provides dental implants to give compromised smiles comfort, stability, and health.

So why should you choose dental implants?

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Dental Implants Provide a Wealth of Benefits

Long-Lasting Results

When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last for many years. While you may need to eventually replace the adjoining crown, bridge, or denture, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.

Form and Function

Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Vanessa Lee can provide stunning restorations that look entirely natural. Thanks to implants, these restorations can function just like natural teeth.

Strong and Stable

Implant-supported dentures from our Coquitlam office allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence because they will not shift out of place. Meanwhile, implants are the only solution that can stop the bone atrophy that happens after a tooth is lost.

Dental Implants Have a Track Record of Success

In Addition, Dental Implants Prevent Bone Deterioration

Dental implants are the only restorative dentistry treatment at our Coquitlam practice designed to prevent the bone loss that results from missing teeth. By simulating tooth roots and directing nutrients to the jaw, dental implants help your jawbone stay strong and healthy.

Because bone recession can also give you a sunken or aged facial structure, dental implants can maintain youthful facial contours and a strong jawline

Dental Implant Placement  Is Fairly Straightforward and Very Common 

Many patients are worried about the idea of undergoing oral surgery. But don't worry. Drs. Wong and Lee have received extensive training in the placement of dental implants to ensure that your surgery will be safe and comfortable. 

During the procedure at our Coquitlam office, you will receive a local anesthetic, which will keep the treatment area completely numb

The procedure is fairly straightforward, and over 5 million dental implants are placed by dentists in the U.S. every year, making this an increasingly popular dentistry treatment. 

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Preparing for Implant Treatment

Undergo Necessary Procedures

Some patients might need to first undergo procedures to prepare the jaw and minimize the risk of complications. Bone grafting and sinus lift procedures will add several months to your treatment timeline, but might be a necessary first step toward experiencing dental implant benefits for 40 years or longer.

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

By now, you should have discussed quitting smoking and controlling the effects of chronic conditions like diabetes. But how's your oral hygiene? Now is the time to establish habits that can protect your implants in the future.

Discuss Medications with Your Doctor

Certain medications can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising while others can interact with drugs you might be prescribed after the surgery. Make sure to discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you take with the team at our Coquitlam practice.

What to Expect during the Procedure

Each patient's experience will vary slightly but implant placement generally consists of three steps:
We offer sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable.
We offer sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable.
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Placing the Posts

Dr. Wong will first numb the area and create one or more small incisions in the gums. Tiny holes will then be made in the jaw to accommodate the implants. Once the posts are in place, the incisions will be sutured closed. In some cases, you might receive a temporary restoration.
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Attaching the Abutment

After a healing period of four to six months, you will return to our office to undergo a second minor procedure. During this visit, a small connector piece, called an abutment, will be attached to the top of each implant. Impressions will be taken of your smile.
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Securing Your Restoration

Once your gums have healed, usually a few weeks later, we can place your permanent restoration. Depending on your needs, Dr. Wong or Dr. Lee will secure your dental crown, bridge, or denture in place and you can leave our office with a complete, beautiful smile.

Tips for a  Smooth Recovery

Like any dental surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling after your visit. Most patients are able to alleviate these side effects with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You will receive detailed post-operative instructions which may include:

  • Eating Soft Foods: Take care to avoid very hot foods or drinks. Also eat meals that can be gently chewed. Smoothies, soups, yogurt, scrambled eggs, and similar textures will allow the treatment area to heal.
  • Carefully Cleaning the Treatment Site: Food particles can become trapped in your gums so make sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly after every meal or snack. Gently brush around your incisions with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day.
  • Avoiding Strenuous Activities: Most patients can return to work within one to three days, but you will need to avoid strenuous exercise and similar activities until your dentist gives you the go-ahead.
Vitacare Dental Centre

Vitacare Dental Centre

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, we are proud to offer personalized dental treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Our doctors, Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Vanessa Lee, use modern techniques and the latest technology.

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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