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.

implant supported dentures

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, your ability to perform vital daily functions like eating healthy foods may be compromised.

At Vitacare Dental Centre, we offer implant-supported dentures: restorations that provide superior stability, function, and aesthetics.

How can you benefit from implant-supported dentures? 

implant supported dentures

Rebuild Your Smile with ​Implant Supported Dentures

At one time people accepted tooth loss as a part of aging. They also expected that replacing the teeth meant wearing a plastic denture, or false teeth, which often left a lot to be desired for aesthetics, comfort and function. In some cases, especially with complete lower dentures, the denture would move around during function and speech, leaving the unfortunate wearer unable to have the looks, speech, and chewing ability that they had with natural teeth.

Today, modern dental health care has drastically reduced the number of people who will lose their teeth. And those people that are missing teeth are expecting more from any replacement. In many cases, dental implant therapy can help.

What types of implant restorations are available?

There are several options for clients without remaining natural teeth. They include:

  • implants with snaps for a denture to attach to
  • implants joined by a bar that the denture clips or snaps onto
  • implants joined by a precision bar that artificial porcelain teeth fit over
  • implants that the denture is screwed down onto & only removable by your dentist
  • implants with crowns and bridgework that is similar to natural teeth

The best option for you depends on the specifics of your case, and you may have several options. We can discuss the specifics of your case at your consultation appointment.

Do I have enough bone to place implants into?

The quantity and quality of bone in an area affect whether we can do implants. The dentist will take x-rays and measurements to determine this. Sometimes if there is not enough bone, we can do a graft to increase the amount available. In general, the longer it is after the natural teeth were removed, the less bone is present.

Are there special health limitations?

In general, most people have no problem with the treatment, regardless of age. We will often place you on some prescriptions for a week or so, especially if grafting is involved. As with any dental treatment, patients who smoke tend to take longer to heal and have a lower prognosis for success. Some other health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes can also increase your risk of failure.

What is an implant made out of?

Dental implants are made from medical grade titanium or titanium alloy, the same material used in replacement hip joints. Bone fuses to titanium. Implants come in various sizes for different situations, but the size is similar as a natural tooth root.

Is the procedure uncomfortable?

The procedure itself is done with regular local anesthetic (freezing), just like a filling. After the implant is placed, a little swelling or discomfort is normal that evening, and we may prescribe you a simple pain reliever. You may have a few stitches in the gums at the site, which may irritate your tongue the first day. But overall, the procedure is usually much more comfortable than it was to remove the tooth in the first place.

Implant treatment is very rewarding and we enjoy providing this option for our patients. As always, we look forward to helping you and your family with your oral health care.

Make an Appointment Today

If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures, contact our office online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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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