Treatment Options

At VCCID we understand that every patient’s needs are unique. Therefore, we offer you a variety of dental implant options to suit your smile and your lifestyle.

Implants to Secure Your Dentures

2 implants with a permanent bar for attaching a lower denture
2 implants with a permanent bar
for attaching a lower denture

For those patients who are happy with their dentures but seek to secure the ‘loose feeling’ they have in their mouth, we can use two or three implants with attachments to keep a denture in place and support chewing forces. The denture itself would sit on the gum tissue for support of the chewing forces, however, it would be secure and not fall out as the implants and attachments would hold it in place.

If a patient requires further support, Dr. Balogh can incorporate additional implants splinted with a non-removable gold bar. A smaller, removable “denture” is made to snap into place over top of the bar. This technique creates a solid, stable and comfortable set of teeth that won’t shift while eating or talking but can be removed for easy cleaning.

4-5 implants allows a lower dentureUnderside of lower dentureFinal smile after implant dentures
Fixed bar with 4-5 implants allows a lower denture to “snap” into placeUnderside of lower denture showing clips/attachmentsFinal smile

Implants to Support Crowns and Bridges

For patients who need single crowns or bridges, we can use implants as abutments or supports. These teeth are permanently cemented or placed and are the closest you can get to having real teeth again. In some cases these implants and crowns can be made to look exactly like a natural tooth. Of course, this is dependent on how much gum and bone atrophy has taken place prior to placing the implant – the majority of atrophy occurs within the first six months of a tooth extraction. For those patients considering an implant to replace a tooth, for the best chance at success, we recommend not extracting the tooth until the area has been assessed and a final treatment plan determined.

Failing upper crowns and teeth due to gum diseasebefore implant crowns16 upper and lower implants
Failing upper crowns and teeth due to gum disease. Teeth required extraction.Before treatment16 upper and lower implants required bone grafting-permanent crowns and bridges attached to the implants
Final smile after implant crowns
Final smile

Single Appointment Implants and Teeth

Usually, a patient’s implants are placed during a first appointment and the final crowns or overdentures are not placed until four to six months later, once the implants have become rigid. Under certain circumstances it is possible to complete the procedure in one appointment, saving the patient from having to wait to place a tooth in the area.

When you come in for an assessment, Dr. Balogh and the VCCID team will determine whether you are a candidate for a single appointment procedure.

Failing upper left central incisortooth extraction implant placed with temporary crownFour days after implant
Failing upper left central incisor had to be extractedImmediately after tooth extraction implant placed with temporary crownFour days after implant and temporary crown was placed
before single dental implantsingle-app-implant
BeforeAfter-final crowns

Not all dental implants are created equal

Discover the distinctive difference at the office of Dr. Balogh. Request an appointment in the form to the right, or call (604) 434-0248.

VCCID in Burnaby is the place to come for any of your dental problems. From the meticulous maintenance of your healthy mouth to the restoration of a better smile.

Dr. Balogh and his team are equipped and have 25 years of experience to help you.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening

 

We are “OPEN”

 

UPDATE May 22 2020

 

Dear patients:

 

The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 

 

The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.

 

Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.

 

For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 

 

Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.

 

We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.

 

Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 

 

The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 

 

Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID