Posts

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.

Best Dentist in Regina - simpli dental

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.

best dental work in Regina - Simpli Dental

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!

simpli dental

Photography by Silviu and Alexandra Photography

 

Repost: Preventive dental care translates to long-term savings

Preventive dental care translates to long-term savings-simpli dental

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.

Booking Summer Dental Appointments

affordable dentist prices in regina

We know summer is busy and going to the dentist is not your #1 priority.

With that said, we wanted to let you know that we are currently booking 4 weeks in advance for cleanings and exams/dental consultations. If you are interested in becoming a patient of simpli dentals and would like to reserve your spot, please contact us or book a dentist appointment online by clicking on the “book online” button at the top right hand corner of our website.

We look forward to meeting you and providing you with affordable dental services in Regina.

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.

simpli dental Regina

reception@simpli.dental

(306) 520-4473

Dental payment plans and financing

Looking for dental payment plans and financing options? We understand that dental treatment can get costly. At simpli dental, we want to ensure that our patients have the opportunity to comfortably pay for their treatment.

simpli dental utilizes third-party dental financing providers that offer our patients payment plans. These companies include the following,

How to take advantage of dental financing options…

  1. Apply for financing through one of the three companies listed above.
  2. Receive notification of approval for financing and provide that notice to simpli dental.
  3. Get your dental work done without paying. The financing company will pay us directly.
  4. Make regular monthly payments to the financing company following your dental treatment. The number of payments will be determined by the cost of treatment and your regular payment amount.

Why doesn’t simpli dental offer in-clinic financing?

We are a dental clinic that strives to offer as low of prices as possible for dental treatment. Therefore we need to ensure that we keep our costs low. In-clinic financing options would require costly resources and expertise. simpli dental believes that our focus is better placed on providing quality dental treatment.

If you would like to learn more about the price of some of simpli dental’s treatments, please view our pricing page here.

If you are interested in learning more about dental financing and payment plans and would like to book a free consultation at our clinic, please click here.

simpli dental

Price of clear aligner orthodontics, commonly known as Invisalign

Clear aligner treatment-invisalign by simpli dental

Post Summary:

  • Clear aligner treatment is used to straighten teeth using removable clear aligners
  • Invisalign is a popular brand of clear aligners
  • simpli dental’s price for clear aligner treatment is $500 one time plus $90 per set of trays (upper AND lower)
  • simpli dental’s price for clear aligner treatment does not include a third-party lab fee and are $195 one time plus $40 per aligner (upper OR lower)
  • Typically, our patients require between 5 and 20 sets of trays
  • Clear aligner treatment at simpli dental is done by a general dentist and not a specialist orthodontist
  • If you would like to book a consultation to discuss orthodontic treatment, Invisalign or other clear aligner systems, please contact us.

For more information on clear aligner treatment, Invisalign, and orthodontics in Regina, please read on…

The straightening of teeth can be beneficial in achieving and healthy and beautiful smile. You may have your own reasons for considering orthodontic treatment but some of the common ones include,

  • To correct an overbite or underbite
  • To correct spacing between teeth
  • To correct crowding of teeth
  • To prevent wear
  • To increase confidence
  • To better your oral and systemic health

Clear aligner orthodontics is a method of straightening teeth using plastic, clear aligners that are custom fitted to the patient’s teeth. Invisalign is the most popular brand name and one of several providers of clear aligners available. Invisalign for clear aligners is like Kleenex for facial tissue!

Invisalign in regina-Clear aligner treatment-simpli dental

There are many advantages to using clear aligners over traditional braces, however they do have their drawbacks and limitations. Ultimately, it is up to the treating doctor to decide whether or not a patient is a good candidate for clear aligner treatment or if they should undergo traditional orthodontic treatment with braces. Some of the advantages of clear aligner orthodontics are,

  • They’re clear (bet you could have found that out yourself!)
  • Thy are more aesthetic
  • They can be less expensive
  • They’re removable
  • Easier to clean your teeth and gums than braces

Deciding to have your teeth straightened not only improves the appearance of your smile. Straightening teeth also improves the function of the teeth and muscles in general. A malocclusion (misalignment of teeth) can open up patients to a number of complications including:

  • Increased number of cavities due to the difficulty of cleaning overlapping teeth
  • Fracturing and wear of poorly positioned teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint problems
  • Chronic inflammation of the gums

The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on multiple factors that are taken into consideration by the treating doctor. Some of those factors include the type of appliances that are used to correct misaligned teeth as well as the severity of this misalignment or facial structures. To give you an idea of our prices for clear aligner treatment, please see below.

  • Professional fees: $500 one time plus $90 per set of trays (A set includes upper and/or lower trays)
  • Laboratory fees: $195 one time plus $40 per tray (includes upper OR lower tray, if both upper and lower trays are needed, it would $80 per set)

Please note that laboratory fees are not charged by simpli dental, we only act as an intermediary to collect on behalf of the laboratory. A dental laboratory is used to manufacture the clear aligners.

We cannot determine exactly how many sets of clear aligner trays you will need to achieve your ideal smile but we can tell you that on average, the patients we treat require between 5 and 20 trays.

To book a consultation to discuss clear aligner therapy, Invisalign, or orthodontic treatment in Regina with our dentists, please click here.

 

Invisalign simpli dental-Clear aligner treatment

How much does a dental implant cost?

dental implant regina

There are many factors and components to consider when discussing the cost of a dental implant. To begin, lets start with what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a metal structure that is implanted into the jaw bone to replace the root of a tooth. This is done through a surgical approach where a small amount of bone is removed to make room for the dental implant, the implant is then placed into the jaw and then is either covered over by the patients gums and sutures or with a metal healing cap. The implant is then typically left alone to allow the bone and implant surface to integrate. There are other components that need to be considered when getting a dental implant. Technically, the implant is only the metal piece that is placed into the bone but the tooth (crown) that is placed on top is commonly grouped in with a dental implant. The crown is made by a dental laboratory typically outside of the dental clinic. The crown can be made out of several materials and include porcelain, metal (gold), or zirconia. It is attached to the implant through what we call an abutment. The crown is either cemented or screwed onto the abutment. So in summary, a tooth that is replaced with a “dental implant” is made up of three parts,

  • Dental implant
  • Abutment
  • Implant supported crown

Now, why do dental implants cost so much? There are several factors that need to be considered, they include,

  • Education
  • Price of materials
  • Specialized equipment
  • Time
  • Supply and demand
  • Third-party expenses

Education: The dental provider that is placing the surgical implant typically goes through additional training to perform this procedure. Dental implant placement surgeries are not typically taught to proficiency in undergraduate dental programs. Therefore, general dentists must take additional training where there are costs associated with travel, tuition, and downtime from work. Specialists including oral surgeons, prosthodontists, endodontists, and periodontists typically receive surgical implant placement training in their graduate studies. These programs range in time from 3 to 6 years in addition to general dentistry education.

Price of materials: In addition to the three parts discussed above (implant, abutment, and crown) there are several other materials that need to be considered. They include but are not limited to healing abutments, impression copings, impression trays, impression material, anesthetic, irrigation, consumables, and many others. Many of these items are implant specific, highly regulated, and therefore quite costly.

Specialized equipment: The equipment needed to place and restore a dental implant is typically specific to dental implants. Therefore, it cannot be used for other purposes inside a dental practice. This equipment needs to be purchased and can be expensive.

Time: Simply put, everyone’s time is worth something. If an oral health provider and their staff are spending time placing or restoring your dental implant, they need to be compensated for that time.

Supply and demand: Dental implants are becoming a more popular choice of treatment but typically are not done on a frequent basis in dental practices. As more people get implants, more manufacturers supply the necessary components, and more providers place and restore them, they may come down in price.

Third-party expenses: When a dental provider takes an impression to get your implant supported crown made, he or she typically sends it to a third-party laboratory to fabricate the crown. That laboratory has expenses (equipment, wages, rent, etc.) and charges a fee for their service.

For your reference (at the time of writing this blog post on the price of a dental implant),

  • simpli dental’s price for an implant supported crown is $661 plus laboratory (Compare at $1322 plus laboratory from the 2019 suggested fee guide)
  • The price for dental implant surgery ranges, from our experience, most providers that complete the surgeries charge between $1500 and $2000 for this procedure.
  • Other costs to consider are additional components and laboratory fees that may be passed onto the patient

We hope this sheds some light on the price of a dental implant. If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant, don’t hesitate to contact us.

simpli dental