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April 9th, 2021 – Update From the Soho Dental Team

Our Dear Soho Dental Family,

As we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, we wanted to wish and your loved ones the best of health and resilience during this difficult time. As a reminder, dentistry has been recognized as an essential service and we continue to see our patients for their dental needs, as we did during the last lock down declared by the provincial government.

Your health and safety remain our priority as we continue to stay vigilant and follow the strict safety protocols that have been recommended by Public Health of Ontario and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. These measures have kept our patients and staff safe since we returned to work last June.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care during this time.

Sincerely,

Dr.Haji and your Soho Dental Team

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Anotomical Class 2 Restoration

Anatomical Class 2 Restoration – Voco Grandioso Composite Resin, Clearfil SE Protect Bonding Agent – Being performed by Dr. Feisel Haji at Soho Dental in Toronto, Canada.
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Bonding & Veneers

Bonding and Temporary Veneers

The journey has begun for our patient who wanted to close the spaces between the upper lateral incisor teeth.

The  worn edges on the central incisors are restored with bonding. The lateral incisors will be restored with porcelain veneers. The second photograph shows the provisionals immediately after the appointment.

The provisionals are a fabricated from acrylic and the colour match will not be perfect but they guide us in determining the colour and contour of the final porcelain veneers.

The gums are slightly irritated from the polishing. This is not uncomfortable for the patient and they will heal in time for the insert of final porcelain veneers.

The provisional phase with temporary veneers is critical to determine if we have contours that will be in harmony with the bite and speech. At this point we can make changes and then mimic those changes in our final veneers.

Aesthetics and function must always work hand in hand! 🤝

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What is Invisalign?⁣

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment using clear removable plastic aligners that can gradually move the teeth into proper alignment. ⁣
Treatment time varies depending upon the severity of the problem but generally,  it can vary between 6-18 months. ⁣
Invisalign has evolved over the years to become an effective treatment for many orthodontic problems. The use of little tooth coloured buttons or “attachements” are an integral part of the system to help move the teeth. ⁣
The aligners can be removed for eating and for oral hygiene. This presents a significant advantage over traditional braces. ⁣
The entire course of the treatment is supervised to ensure that the teeth are moving correctly and as planned. Generally, we see patients every six weeks to verify the tooth movements and to deliver new aligners. ⁣
The planning is the most important part of the treatment!  After impressions of your teeth are taken and scanned, we treatment plan your case to ensure that we achieve our goal of straightening the teeth with great consideration to the bite (the manner in which the teeth come together), gum recession, final aesthetic outcome and many other important factors that ensure the health of the teeth over the long term. ⁣
Our intention is always to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients. Many patients are referred to our orthodontist, when we determine that the orthodontic problem requires the expertise of a specialist. ⁣
Do not hesitate to contact our office for any questions about Invisalign. Helping you smile is what we love to do! ⁣
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Consider Your Dental Professionals During COVID-19…

In the ‘before times,’ as people are now calling the period before COVID-19, dentists were already managing a highly demanding profession with significant mental health stressors. In fact, dentists have one of the highest rates of depression and suicide amongst health workers. The rate of suicide among dentists in the United States is twice that of the general population and three times higher than other healthcare professions.

Now, with COVID-19, dentists are largely forgotten in the panoply of health providers working during the pandemic. They’ve been forgotten as both business owners with a high overhead to maintain their practices and safeguard their staff, and as front-line workers, who do essential and potentially life-endangering work requiring personal protective equipment (PPE).

This has meant the stress of dentists is at an all time high.

If our dentists are stressed, it’s likely not good for our oral health. Research shows that patient care is directly related to practitioner health. So, what makes dentistry so stressful?

Research demonstrates that dentists can internalize their patients’ fears and anxieties related to dental care. They also commonly work in small teams and can feel isolated. With the scarcity of networks of colleagues and mentors who have a buffering effect through the support they provide in other professions, dentists might perceive themselves as working in a vacuum, which can be detrimental for their mental health.

Dentists are also usually self-employed business owners with responsibilities related to staffing and financial management. This can impede work-life balance and make taking time off to practice self-care or manage potential mental health challenges, particularly extended leaves of absence, difficult.

The COVID-19 pandemic and related closures have added to this complexity.

Like many other business owners, dentists were faced with additional pressures resulting from prolonged office closures and reduced patient flow, which led to staff layoffs and significant revenue losses. Dental offices that remained open during the pandemic restricted their treatment to emergency and urgent cases only and had to develop protocols for the increased burden of disinfection and sterilization practices.

Although they haven’t been considered frontline workers, many dentists also had to manage dental emergencies that, if left untreated, had the potential to develop into serious, life-threatening conditions. Working during a pandemic means worrying about contracting COVID yourself — and possibly bringing it home to your family.

Dentists from all across Canada expressed the need for direction and strong leadership from their regulatory bodies and associations to weather the storm and be able to practice dentistry in a manner that protects their patients, staff and themselves. At the beginning of the crisis, there was a call for enhanced PPE, which was hard to come by. PPE is also hard to work in and may add some discomfort imposed by the extra equipment.

Although months have passed since the “acute” phase of the pandemic has started, dentists are still concerned about securing adequate PPE, with some charging additional fees to cover their PPE expenditures.

There are initiatives that can help combat dentists’ stress.

Expanded peer mentorship and support programs in dental schools and the dental community would be a critical first step. These programs should be undertaken by dental educators and dental associations and employ proactive approaches that support mental health and wellbeing.

Organized peer support programs could build on existing, small-scale initiatives, such as the British Columbia Dental Association’s (BCDA) Dentist Wellness Program (DWP), where clinical counseling services are offered to dentists and their family members.

Governments should also help to facilitate the acquisition of adequate PPE supplies to dentists, as they have to physicians and nurses, now that dental care has resumed, and dentists are back to practicing.

It’s important that we safeguard our dentists’ mental health and well being as they work on the front lines to keep Canadians healthy. Let’s make sure they are no longer the forgotten health profession.

Authors: Tala Maragha and Mario Brondani

Article originally appeared at: https://quoimedia.com/

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Happy 2021 To Our Soho Dental Family!

Our Dear Soho Dental Family,

We wanted to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
It is our hope that 2021 will be a better year for us all.

As you know the government of Ontario announced a Province-wide shutdown starting on December 26th, 2020. We want to assure you that dentistry continues to be an essential service.

We will remain open for all of your dental needs.

We continue to observe strict safety protocols to ensure your next visit is safe and comfortable. See below for details on our safety protocols.

Kind Regards,

Soho Dental Team

See Below for all that we are doing to keep you safe

  • Enhanced Patient protection measures: All of our staff have upgraded their protective gear, this includes appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). In between patients, we meticulously clean and disinfect rooms, as well as sterilize all instruments as we have always done.
  • Tech-enabled screening: We digitally pre-screen patients in advance for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors to ensure our clinic stays COVID-free. We also screen our staff every day.
  • Air Filtration: We have invested in high-efficiency air filtration systems that continuously clean the air.
  • Cashless Payment: In hopes to reduce infectious spread we will no longer take cash or cheque as payment. Should you have any concerns please give us a call and we can make arrangements on a case by case basis.
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Happy Holidays Soho Dental Family!

Our Dear Soho Dental Family,

This year has been a difficult one for us all. The global pandemic has left its mark upon us in different ways. It continues to test our strength and resilience as we try to cope with the second wave.

The holidays for me have always been a time for gratitude. This is particularly true this year. Despite all the difficulties that we are facing, I have sincere gratitude for good health and the love of family and friends.

I have gratitude for the trust and loyalty that you have all shown me during this time. My purpose has always been to be of service to my patients. Without your support, this would not be possible. I wanted to thank you for this. Me and my staff will continue to stay vigilant to ensure that we are able to deliver care in the safest possible way.

The news of the vaccine brings with it hope and encouragement but let us not forget that it will be some time before we begin to truly see the benefits. Until then, please stay cautious during this holiday season.

I wanted to wish you all the absolute best for the holiday season! I hope that the joy of the season still permeates even if we must celebrate in a different manner. We wish you and your families good health, happiness, and resilience to overcome all of your difficulties.

Sincerely, Dr Haji and the Soho Dental Team

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Zeiss Canada

Dr Haji & Soho Dental Proud to be Featured in Zeiss Canada Article

Dr. Haji and the staff at Soho Dental are extremely proud to be the focus of Zeiss Canada’s latest article “Beyond ergonomics- microscopic dentistry in COVID-19”.

Soho Dental and Zeiss Canada work closely together to provide our patients with the latest in dental technology & care. Zeiss’s microscopes allow more comfort for dentist & patient alike, and provide incredible resolution and accuracy making our work more accurate, as well as less invasive for the patient. Be sure to check out this amazing piece of technology on your next visit to Soho Dental!

Click Here to read the Zeiss Canada article now.

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Replacement of a Ceramic Crown

The previous crown on the right lateral incisor had served the patient for many years. Unfortunately, it had cracked on the palatal aspect and required replacement. We took advantage of this opportunity to improve the colour match, add characterization and improve the gingival health at the crown margin. The preparation of the margin and a well contoured provisional were critical to improving the tissue health. Bonding to the right central and left lateral was also done to improve the aesthetics. Bonding to the canine teeth was done to provide disclusion in function. In addition, a nightguard is essential for this patient! ⁣

  • Before-Replacement of a Ceramic Crown
    After-Replacement of a Ceramic Crown
    Before Replacement of a Ceramic Crown After

 

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zeiss visit

Zeiss Canada Visits Soho Dental

It was wonderful to have Rod and Lubna from Zeiss Canada at the clinic! I had the opportunity to talk about my favorite technology in the office, which is of course my microscope. The microscope has allowed me to practice ergonomically. It also helps me to see the treatment area in detail which allows me to reach my treatment goals when delivering care.

In addition, we discussed the massive transition that we have had to make to practice safely during the pandemic. Physical distancing amongst the staff, amongst patients in the clinic, the use of masks at all times, air purification, and the challenges of catching up with patient care after having been closed are some of the items that we discussed.

The challenges continue to be daunting at times but our patients have been extremely compliant with the new protocols. Thank you immensely all for your cooperation in helping us provide dental care safely!

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