Dentists Open During Covid-19

Are there dentists open during covid-19?  Due to Covid-19 dentists and dental offices across the province and country have had to limit the procedures they are allowed to perform. This has been mandated by the Saskatchewan provincial government as of March 23, 2020. If you are in need of a dentist or looking for a dentist open during Covid-19, we can be of assistance and help you with any issue you may be having. Under certain circumstances and pending the current availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) in our clinics in Saskatoon and Regina, we may need to refer you to the appropriate treatment facility if we cannot address all of your concerns. Below we have included a summary of the guidelines we have been directed to follow from the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

  • Saskatchewan dentists (CDSS members) are not to provide routine or urgent care to patients. CDSS members are strongly recommended to only provide emergency dental care.
    • You may believe that you are having a dental emergency but it must be confirmed with our dentist in Saskatoon or Regina. As there are varying levels of urgency when it comes to dental concerns, not every one is a true emergency. A true emergency is one that involves trauma or severe pain and swelling that does not respond to medications.
  • All CDSS members must operate under the current CDSS Standards and Alerts relating to this COVID-19 pandemic.
Levels of Dental Emergency Treatment/Providers:
  • Level 1 – All CDSS members must maintain contact with their patients and manage emergencies using Pharmacotherapeutics whenever possible. Therefore, we will respond within a reasonable amount of time if you have a dental concern. Depending on the concern and your symptoms, we may provide you with a prescription for medication to help temporarily alleviate your symptoms.
    • As COVID-19 community spread increases and the knowledge that COVID-19 infected asymptomatic individuals could be spreading the COVID-19 virus to others in the population.
    • To reconfirm dental emergency patients should be managed by prescreening risk assessment followed by a second on-site risk assessment including a temperature recording.
  • Level 2 Emergency Dental Care can be divided into 2 groups:
    • Level 2A-Non-Aerosol Generating Procedure (NAGP) – Simpli Dental is classified as a Level 2A provider at the time of posting.
    • Level 2B-Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP)
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures are to be avoided if possible.
  • Level 3 – The Saskatchewan Health Authority, in collaboration with CDSS, has established two SHA Emergency Dental Clinics, one in Saskatoon and one in Regina, to provide emergency dental care. SHA will support these two clinics with all the appropriate PPE/ N95 masks and training with a focus on keeping dental emergencies out of hospital emergency rooms. If a dental emergency cannot be managed at any of Level 1, 2A or 2B, CDSS members can refer patients directly to a Level 3 SHA emergency dental clinic.
In summary, as a profession we are trying to limit the spread of Covid-19 by reducing our interactions with the public while reducing the number of dental-related cases in hospitals and servicing the population.
If you are looking for a dentist open during Covid-19 in Saskatoon or Regina you may have difficulty due to the temporary regulation that has been put in place. However, we are happy to help and try to alleviate your concerns or symptoms with the limited resources we have during this time.
As always, take care of your teeth and when we resume practice as usual, we encourage regular dental cleanings and exams to help keep costs low and avoid preventable pain.
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The Regina Dentist Finder

Best Dentist in Regina

Who is the best dentist in Regina?

Of course you would like to know who the best dentist in Regina is. Dental care can be intimidating and very personal,  you want to make sure you are receiving treatment from someone you are comfortable with and have confidence in.

Fortunately for you, simpli dental is here to help you figure out who the best dentist in Regina really is.

So who is it? Sorry to lead you on like this bit it really and truly is a personal preference. We are fortunate to have many high-quality dental providers and want to assure you that you should have confidence in the dental population that provides services to the city of Regina.

When determining who the best dentist in Regina is, there are many individual factors to consider. They include the following:

Your dentist should listen to your concerns and needs

Each patient is unique and requires a tailored treatment plan. There are many ways to achieve a healthy smile and no two patients are identical. Your dentist will provide you with a thorough examination followed by a consultation to understand what your treatment goals are. Following this, a treatment plan is provided as a professional recommendation to achieve your desired results.

Your dentist should provide you with treatment options that suit your budget

Sometimes us dentists get a little excited and carried away with our treatment plans. After all, we just want to do the finest work! As previously mentioned, there are many ways to achieve a healthy smile through numerous treatment options. Use replacing a missing tooth as an example. You could go with a dental bridge, a dental implant, or a partial denture. All options would successfully replace a missing tooth but each unique, have their own advantages and disadvantages, and vary in price. Your dentist should provide you with options that suit your budget and allow you to achieve your oral health goals.

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The dental clinic should be clean

This goes without saying…so we said it anyways. The dental industry has strict disinfection and sterilization regulations to ensure patient safety and best practices. As a patient of a dental clinic in Regina, you can be confident that your clinic is clean and sanitary.

Your dentist should stay up to date

The dental profession is constantly evolving with the development of new equipment, treatment techniques and scientific studies. As dental providers, we stay up to date through continuing education requirements to ensure our patients are receiving high-quality and modern treatment.

Your dental clinic should try to make things comfortable

Bare with us on this one. We know that going to the dentist is not always the most enjoyable activity. We would much rather be at the spa but the result of good oral health and a bright smile is worth it. Your dentist and support staff should do everything in their power to try and make your visit as comfortable and pain-free as possible. If you are undergoing any treatment, dental or otherwise, you need to be aware that you are in control. If you are uncomfortable and need an adjustment or more freezing, we can always take a break or reset.

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Your dental clinic should care

Dentists are healthcare professionals that provide essential services in restoring and maintaining optimal oral health. They care about their patients and what is best for them. Whichever dental clinic you decide to visit should leave you feeling as though your personal needs have been made a priority. You should have confidence in knowing that you have been well cared for by a health professional team.

Your dental clinic should be convenient

We all have different priorities when placing value on amenities offered by service providers. For some of us, we may be looking for the best price. For others, possibly the most convenient location close to home. Maybe you need to find a dentist that is open evenings and weekends. Whatever is important to you in a dental provider, it should be convenient. Dental clinics are like any other organization in that they operate in a sustainable manner that is best suited to their patients and staff. There are many competing factors that don’t allow for all amenities to be offered. Consider hours of operation. Many staff members would prefer not to work evenings and weekends. If you live in a small town and enjoy the convenience of having a clinic close to you, there may not be enough support staff to work less-desirable hours and therefore your close-to-home dental clinic may not offer evening and weekend appointments. Sometimes it is difficult to find everything that you are looking for and you may need to make sacrifices to find a clinic that offers what is most important to you.

We hope this will help you find your best dentist in Regina!

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Repost: Preventive dental care translates to long-term savings

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Original article written by Katie Kuehner-Hebert for Benefits Pro.

“Employer groups with higher utilization of preventive dental care over a six-year period experienced an 86% reduction in the use of major dental services.”

“Those with no preventive care for at least two years were 55 percent more likely to reach their dental plan maximum compared to those who received preventive care at least once a year.”

“We all know this intuitively: If you brush and floss your teeth daily and regularly visit the dentist for a check-up and a professional cleaning, you might just not need that dreaded root canal.

Moreover, employees and employer will likely pay less in dental insurance claims for more serious treatments, sums up Guardian’s research brief, “An ounce of prevention.”

The brief cites Guardian’s 5th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, “Dental Benefits: A Bridge to Oral Health & Wellness,” which found that employer groups with higher utilization of preventive dental care over a six-year period experienced an 86 percent reduction in the use of major dental services in subsequent years, for a net savings of 16 percent on dental claims costs.

Dental plan members also saved when getting a check-up and cleaning at least once a year, according to the study. They required less major dental services and, as a result, had lower out-of-pocket costs over a three-year period.

Those who did this for two years in a row had a $90 decrease in claim costs in the third year. However, members with no preventive care experienced an average increase of $720 in claim costs.

to avoid serious oral health problems that require more costly treatment in later years

“Many working Americans believe that if they brush their teeth and have no pain, then there is no need to see the dentist,” the authors write. “But Guardian’s recent analysis of claims data shows that plan members who receive at least annual preventive care are more likely to avoid serious oral health problems that require more costly treatment in later years.”

The study also found that those with no preventive care for at least two years were 55 percent more likely to reach their dental plan maximum compared to those who received preventive care at least once a year. Moreover, about one in four plan members (23 percent) who reach their annual maximum tend to reach it again the following year, and 7 percent hit the maximum in three or more consecutive years.”

Read the full article here.

How Invisalign Works

have you ever wondered how Invisalign works

Have you ever wondered how Invisalign works?

Check out this informative video to find out.

P.S. Aren’t Aussie accents the best!?!?

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, traditional orthodontics or clear aligner orthodontics, please contact simpli dental in Regina or Saskatoon and we would be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists!

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Immediate Load Dental Implants

What is immediate loading of dental implants?  As you may have read in our previous blog post, dental implants are made up of several components including the dental implant, the abutment and the implant-supported crown. The dentist can decide to wait to place the dental crown on top of the implant or do so immediately when the dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone.

Immediate loading of dental implants is when the dental restoration (crown, denture or bridge) is affixed to the dental implant at the time of surgery. This has become a treatment option popular with patients due to faster results and better esthetics.

Alternatively to immediate loading, delayed loading of dental implants occurs when the dental restoration (crown, denture or bridge) is affixed to the dental implant after the implant has been given sufficient time to integrate with the bone.

There are several advantages and disadvantages to the immediate loading of dental implants.

Immediate Dental Implant Loading Advantages:

  • Quicker treatment as the patient does not need to come back for as many appointments.
  • Faster time from surgery to tooth as the restoration is put on at the time of surgery.
  • Optimal esthetics can be achieved at time of placement and the patient can leave the office with a tooth attached to the implant.
  • Higher patient satisfaction as a result of faster treatment.

Immediate Dental Implant Loading Disadvantages:

  • Not suitable for all patients. Everyone’s case is unique and should be evaluated by an educated dental professional to determine if immediate loading of a dental implant is right for you.
  • Can delay or prevent integration of the bone with the implant due to force placed on the implant during healing.
  • Potential for long-term implant instability and ultimately failure. This can occur because the dental implant was not given adequate time to integrate to the bone. When the dental implant integrates with the bone it is termed osseointegration.

So, are immediate load implants right for you? It’s not possible to know without a thorough consultation with a dental professional and evaluation of dental x-rays. There is a chance that this option could be a good choice for your unique situation, but we can’t say that for certain until assessing the current status of your oral health. It is worth exploring immediate load implants as a possible treatment option but don’t get too excited without doing more research. It will be possible for some patients but others will need to stick with the traditional method of delayed loading. Thank you for taking the time to visit simpli dental. If you are considering dental implants in Regina and would like to know more about your options, please feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation.

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Night Guards & Bruxism Appliances

So your dentist told you that you need a night guard!

What is a night guard? Why would you need one?

A night guard is an appliance that is worn while sleeping to protect the teeth from tooth on tooth wear as a result of grinding or clenching. We term excessive teeth grinding and clenching “bruxism.”

A night guard or bruxism appliance typically covers all of the teeth in one arch and is flat on top. When an individual grinds or clenches, the teeth do so against the appliance and not the opposing teeth. This prevents wearing away of the tooth structure.

So what if I grind my teeth every once in a while?

It may not seem like a big deal if you grind or clench your teeth and you may not notice any adverse effects. The problem is that over time it can have a significant impact on our teeth and result in severe wear. When many teeth are worn down it is very costly to repair because it requires crowns on every single tooth. Yes, you may need as many as 32 crowns if you grind your teeth. The process to repair these teeth also typically takes 18-24 months to complete as the jaw joints and muscular health needs to be considered and accommodated throughout the process.

Will grinding my teeth cause premature aging?

It may sound crazy that grinding your teeth can cause premature aging but it actually can cause a person to appear older than they are. This is due to a loss in facial height as the teeth get worn down. As you can see in the picture below, the woman appears much older in the left. The only thing that has changed is her facial height.

Grinding your teeth can cause a number of other problems including:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain and stiffness of the jaw joint
  • Premature wearing of fillings, crowns and other restorations
  • Muscle tightness
  • Earaches
  • Broken teeth
  • Broken fillings, crowns and other restorations
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tooth loss

When to see your dentist

  • Teeth are worn, damaged or sensitive
  • Your jaw, face or ear is painful
  • Your partner says you make a grinding sound in your sleep

What causes teeth grinding?

The cause of teeth grinding isn’t always clear, but it’s usually linked to other factors, such as stressanxiety or sleep problems.

Lifestyle

Other factors that can make you more likely to grind your teeth or make it worse include:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Using recreational drugs
  • Having lots of caffeinated drinks, such as tea or coffee

Teeth grinding in children

Teeth grinding can also affect children. It tends to happen after their baby teeth or adult teeth first appear, but usually stops after the adult teeth are fully formed.

Types of night guards

The two most common types of night guards will cover all of your teeth. There are others available that provide partial coverage as well.

Professional dentist made night guards

  • Custom made to fit your teeth
  • Durable
  • Fabricated by a third-party laboratory
  • Require an impression of your teeth
  • Tight and well-fitting

Over the counter night guards

  • Inexpensive
  • Can be molded to fit your teeth
  • Typically do not fit as well as professionally made night guards

If you are concerned that you may grind your teeth or are in need of a night guard, you can contact simpli dental in Regina to set up a consultation and we will answer any questions you may have.

Dental Bridge or Dental Implant? Advantages and Disadvantages

So you want to replace that missing or broken tooth? Fortunately for you there are several options to choose from including the following:

  • Removable partial dentures
  • Implant supported crowns
  • Fixed partial denture, more commonly known as a dental bridge

 

 

Removable Partial Denture

Implant Supported Crown

Dental Bridge

 

There are several advantages and disadvantages to each solution for replacing a missing tooth. A removable partial denture is just that, removable. A dental implant or bridge is fixated in the mouth and not removable.

We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the two fixated options, bridges and implants.

Dental Implant Advantages:

  • Improved appearance
  • Better speech
  • Comfortable and natural feeling
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved oral health
  • Durable with a high success rate
  • Convenience in cleaning
  • Adjacent teeth remain untouched

Dental Implant Disadvantages:

  • Cost. They can be expensive.
  • Potential for complications as some implants will not integrate with the bone and fail
  • They require a minor surgery
  • They are a life-long commitment and require ongoing maintenance and sometimes even replacement of the crown/restoration.
  • Time. Often a tooth needs be extracted, the site is allowed to heal for several months, the implant is then placed and requires several months to integrate into the bone before a crown can be placed on top of the implant. A dental bridge can be completed faster. There are some cases that a crown can be placed on top of an implant at the time of surgery and therefore can be a quick procedure. These cases are best determined by an oral health professional.
  • Insurance coverage for dental implants is becoming more common but dental insurance sometimes may not cover the cost.

Dental Bridge Advantages:

  • Improved appearance
  • Better speech
  • Comfortable and natural feeling
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved oral health
  • Durable with a high success rate
  • Adjacent teeth can benefit from the full-coverage of the bridge restoration if the adjacent teeth are in need of crowns/full-coverage restorations.
  • Dental insurance coverage typically covers dental bridges more than they do implants. However, we are seeing this change and more insurance companies are covering the cost of a dental implant as well.
  • Time. They are typically faster to complete than a dental implant that cannot have a crown placed immediately.

Dental Bridge Disadvantages:

  • More difficult to clean than a single-tooth dental implant
  • Adjacent teeth need to be prepared and reduced resulting in a permanent loss of tooth structure.
  • Cost. Dental bridges can be expensive.
  • Potential for complications as some teeth that are used to support the bridge may need root canal treatment following preparation, the bone support could fail, the restoration could break or the supporting teeth could develop decay/cavities. If a dental bridge fails it will need to be replaced.
  • They are a life-long commitment and require ongoing maintenance and sometimes even replacement.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please read our blog post here.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with a dentist in Regina at simpli dental for a free consultation to discuss replacing a broken or missing tooth. Please contact us here.

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Free teeth whitening in Regina

Free teeth whitening in Regina

So you want to brighten that smile with free teeth whitening in Regina!

Teeth whitening in Regina provided by simpli dental can be a great option to enhance a healthy smile.

So how does one go about getting free whitening in Regina?

It’s quite simple actually. To begin, we need to let you know that we do not prioritize esthetics over good oral health. In order to take advantage of our free whitening, our patients need to achieve and maintain good oral health. That means following through with the recommended treatment plan provided by a dentist at simpli dental or another dental clinic in Regina.

Good oral health means…

  • No decay
  • No broken or fractured teeth
  • Healthy gums achieved by regular dental cleanings
  • No broken or fractured fillings or other restorations
  • No infection

Once you have achieved what simpli dental considers good oral health you can make an appointment at our clinic to obtain your free teeth whitening kit.

To get your free teeth whitening…

  1. Email reception@simpli.dental and inform us that you would like to make an appointment for free teeth whitening or book a dental appointment online here. (Please note that if you are not a regular patient at simpli dental we may require an initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate and in good oral health).
  2. Arrive at your appointment to get custom impressions made
  3. Return in approximately one week to pick up your custom teeth whitening trays and whitening gel

If you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation to see if you are a candidate for free teeth whitening, please book an appointment here or email us at reception@simpli.dental

We look forward to giving you that bright, white smile!

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Please note that we have changed our policy and are no longer offer free teeth whitening. The current cost is $150, this may change without notice.

Why do I need my teeth cleaned?

simpli dental offers teeth cleaning in Regina! But is it necessary? Read on to find out why we think it is…

Why are the dentist and hygienist always nagging me to get my teeth cleaned every four to six months? In short, it’s because we care about your oral health!
Regular dental hygiene through professional scaling and root planing helps maintain the supporting structures of the teeth. When teeth are clean we accomplish the following:

  • Healthy gums that are pink and do not bleed. In contracts, inflamed gums are red and bleed easily.
  • Lack of deep pockets. We all have pockets that exist between our gums and our teeth. When we have gingivitis or periodontitis we get deep pockets that are difficult to clean, harbor bacteria and cause bone loss.
  • Stable teeth. When our gums and bone are healthy, we avoid periodontal disease that can result in loose teeth, pain and the need for extraction.
  • Good breath. Clean teeth and gums result in fresher smelling breath.

We need to get our teeth cleaned on a regular basis to remove tartar, calculus and plaque that build up on teeth. When cleaned off, they will accumulate again and need to be removed. Most people on regular oral hygiene maintenance get their teeth cleaned every four to six months.

Some other important things to know about oral hygiene:

  • We get tartar or calculus on our teeth that can not be removed with floss or a toothbrush. It needs to be “scaled” off with professional instruments that a dental hygienist uses.
  • Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums.
  • Periodontal disease or periodontitis is inflammation of the gums with bone loss.
  • Periodontitis usually starts with gingivitis.
  • Bone loss can result in tooth loss.
  • There has been shown to be a link between periodontal disease and heart disease.

Teeth cleaning in Regina

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to schedule a teeth cleaning.

Pricing for teeth cleaning at simpli dental in Regina as well as other services provided by us can be found on our pricing page.

Keep smiling!

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