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Booking Summer Dental Appointments

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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.

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 and we would be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists!

How Invisalign Works

Immediate Load 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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(306) 520-4473

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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Dental payment plans and financing

We often have patients request 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 and payment plans?

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 payment plans and financing and would like to book a free consultation at our clinic, please click 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 at the time of posting free teeth whitening is available to all individuals. Although we have no intention of doing so, this is subject to change without notice.

Getting a second opinion for dental treatment

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The Regina and area is lucky to have access to many dentists and oral health professionals with a high level of skill and training. The quality of work that we see from our colleagues consistently impresses and makes us proud to be a part of a respected and well-regulated profession. Oftentimes, patients, want to explore their options and get a second opinion when it comes to proposed dental treatment. Some of the reasons why someone may want a second opinion include the following:

  • Confusion on the proposed treatment plan
  • Searching for a more affordable dental treatment option
  • Being notified by a dentist that they aren’t willing to perform treatment that the patient would like to receive as it is in conflict with the dentists professional judgement
  • Doing more research can make patients feel more comfortable once they do commit to treatment
  • The proposed treatment is risky and the patient has been notified that there is a high probability that it won’t be successful

If you have received a proposal for dental treatment from either simpli dental or another dental office and you would like to receive a second opinion from another dentist, we encourage you to do so and will help you make sure that you get all of the answers to your questions. Ultimately, the treatment that you undergo is your decision. You should be informed and comfortable with what you decide.

All you need to do is,

  1. Schedule an appointment with the dentist providing you with the second opinion
  2. Call the office where you had your initial dental consultation and ask to have any applicable records sent to the new dentist
  3. Visit the new dentist that will be providing you with a second opinion and provide her or him with as much information as possible from your previous consultation. Make sure to explain the reasons why you wanted a second opinion. Even if you don’t have all of the information straight, don’t hesitate to share, dental professionals can usually determine when words are used out of context and can often put all of the pieces together.

If you have any questions on getting a second opinion from a dentist in Regina or area, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How much does a dental implant cost?

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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.

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Environmentally friendly toothbrushes

Environmentally friendly toothbrushes available at simpli dental, your affordable dental clinic located in Regina, SK

We’ve got our order in, do you? simpli dental tries its hardest to be a responsible citizen and use environmentally friendly products. That’s why we support Brush Naked, a company based out of British Columbia that manufactures environmentally friendly toothbrushes. They’re pretty cool, we recommended checking them out at www.brushnaked.com. From their website,

-Why Brush Naked?

“Brush Naked started the moment a plastic toothbrush hit the bottom of a garbage can and we thought, “How many people are doing the same thing as us? Throwing multiple plastic toothbrushes into landfills every year?” So we searched out some environmentally-friendly options and discovered that If we wanted to really reduce waste, we’d have to start something ourselves.

Brush Naked is about sustainable living. Our family believes in taking responsibility for our waste by reusing, reducing, and recycling. So we’ve worked hard to make every part of our product biodegradable (yes, you can actually throw out the entire thing without feeling any bit of guilt).

Let’s Brush Naked and help save the planet together.”

If you would like to check them out in person before buying one, email us at reception@simpli.dental, give us a call at (306) 520-4473, or visit our dental clinic at 108 Victoria Avenue in Regina, SK.