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This is when Dentists will Re-open in Ontario and what to expect

When will dentists reopen in Ontario is a question many are wondering as the lockdown continues in the province.

Dental offices are already opening up in Canada’s western provinces, but in Ontario, they’ll remain closed for the foreseeable future, so better keep flossing.

The Provincial government has yet to make an announcement on when dentists will be allowed to offer their regular services once more.

Amidst PPE shortage concerns, dental offices have already reopened in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, with British Columbia to follow suit mid-May.

Meanwhile dentists in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia await news from health officials as to when they can start offering non-emergency services, which include the following:

  • cosmetic dental procedures, including teeth whitening
  • routine dental cleanings and preventive therapies
  • recall examinations and routine radiographs
  • orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
  • extraction of asymptomatic teeth
  • restorative dentistry, including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions
  • But that doesn’t mean you can’t currently get any of these non-essential treatments already — you’d just be putting yourself and others at risk.

According to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), there are many dentists still offering non-emergency treatments, despite warnings from health officials and the RCDSO.

“The College sought legal advice and confirmed that we do not have the legal authority to close dental offices… we are limited to “strongly recommending” that all dental offices close.”

With the novel virus predominantly being spread through respiratory droplets, those in the dentistry practice and anyone seeking their care are particularly at risk of infection.

Currently, dentists in Ontario should only be offering emergency services, which are for the following:

  • Trauma, such as an injury to the mouth and face
  • Severe infection, such as an abscess or swelling, especially if compromising the patient’s airway
  • Bleeding that continues for a long time
  • Dental pain that can’t be managed by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil
  • The RCDSO has compiled a list of dental practices offering emergency services across Ontario.

Like all other retailers, services, and businesses when they reopen in Ontario, dentists and healthcare workers will continue to uphold the same precautionary measures like wearing PPE like gloves, protective eyewear and clothing, masks, and wash their hands accordingly.

In the meantime, make sure to call your dentist so they can arrange a passive screening, and don’t try to schedule a teeth whitening session just yet.

Article originally appeared at: https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/05/when-will-ontario-dentists-reopen/

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Masks Tips from Dr. Feisel Haji from Soho Dental Toronto

This Informative video will help you learn the proper usage of masks, why they are used, and how they help keep both patient – and doctor, safe during ANY dental visit, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Haji explains why masks help, how they work, and why they are such an important tool not just during your dental visits, but also during “day-to-day” life in period.

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Dr. Haji to Panel at Zeiss EXTARO 300 Dental Microscope Webinar

A Game Changer for Dentistry Ergonomic design and breakthrough visualization modes for improved treatment outcomes with EXTARO 300 Dental Microscope

When? Friday May 15th, 5PM-6PM (EDT Time)

ZEISS Canada invites you to attend his new virtual dental educational event.

Understand the optimal use and applications of advanced microscopes in dentistry and the advantages of the ZEISS EXTARO Dental Microscope, the latest offering in the category.

A dental microscope can help improve productivity, performance, and well-being at work. Prevent chronic neck and back problems by assuming the right posture during treatments.

Learn about improved microscopic visualization, shadow-free illumination, and fluorescence visualization modes that are playing an ever-increasing role in improving clinical outcomes for patients.

You will find out how ZEISS EXTARO Dental Microscope can now help you to better communicate treatment information through high-quality photos and videos. Transfer images and video easily to improve the perception and impact of your outcomes with patients.

Our Panelist

Dr. Feisel Haji, principal dentist and practice owner at Soho Dental in Toronto, has been passionately providing comprehensive dentistry to his patients for 23 years. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996, Dr. Haji is also a scholar and alumni member of the Dawson Academy of Advanced Dental Study. He is a strong advocate of ergonomics and microscope dentistry in general dental practice.

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Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise 🌞

Photography has always been a passion of mine. I love the process, thinking about composition, colour and light and trying to capture those elements in a shot to convey my message.

I woke up very early to take this photograph. It was quite dark. It was cold. However, with time, the sun did rise and it was spectacular. The warm colours of the morning sunrise eclipsed everything that came before it.

The crisis that we are facing has cut through race, culture, socioeconomic status or any other division that we would wish to impose. It has made us realize our commonality as a global community and demands that we consider this in order to recover.

Let us all do our part. Social distancing, checking up on family and friends, ensuring that our elders have food and the support that they need. Let us ensure that we all meet at the other end stronger in body, mind and spirit.

The sun will rise.

 

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Dr. Haji Explains His First Impressions of the Zeiss Extaro 300

Dr. Feisel Haji of Soho Dental in Downtown Toronto, Ontario – explains not only his first impressions of working with the incredible Zeiss Extaro 300 Digital Dental Operating Microscope, but also explains some of its most amazing features and benefits for both Dentist and patient.

Watch the whole video here: https://www.zeiss.com/meditec/int/c/zeiss-extaro-300-first-impressions-of-dr-feisel-haji.html

Article originally appeared at: zeiss.com

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Restoring a Cavity Using the Zeiss Extaro 300 Dental Microscope

Restoring a Cavity in Between the Teeth Using Augmented Vision and the Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Digital Microscope at Soho Dental in Toronto. A true wonder of technology!

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Replacing a Crown with the Zeiss Extaro 300 Dental Microscope

The wonders that this Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Microscope can accomplish never cease to amaze us at Soho Dental in Toronto, incredible resolution and accuracy make our work not only fun, but also more accurate, and even easier! Stop by Soho Dental Toronto and check out this amazing piece of technology!

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Replacing a Defective Crown with the Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Microscope at Soho Dental Toronto

The wonders this Electronic Microscope can accomplish never cease to amaze us at Soho Dental, incredible resolution and accuracy make our work not only fun but more accurate and even easier! Stop by Soho and check out this amazing piece of technology!

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Veneers and Composite Bonding

Sometimes very conservative treatment can reap significant changes. In the before picture our patient had two composite veneers (bonding) placed on the lateral incisors during youth. The bonding had changed colour and our patient was ready to improve her overall smile.

I replaced the composite veneers with porcelain to ensure a better colour match between the veneered teeth and its neighbours. I also lengthened the teeth slightly with the veneers to make them more in proportion to the two central incisors.

The bonding on the left central incisors was beginning to show its age. This was simply replaced with new bonding but in doing so I evened out the edges of the two central incisors.

The treatment was simple but the resulting change is quite noticeable. We made a pretty smile just a little bit prettier!

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Dr. Haji Wins “Restoring Smiles” Award

Thank you to Restoring Smiles and Dr. Tina Meisami ⁣

I was quite taken by surprise to receive an award for my work with Restoring Smiles. It has been an honour and privilege to be a part of an amazing team of dentists and volunteers who want to give back. ⁣

Restoring Smiles provides free dental services to women who have survived domestic violence. Patients self-identify as survivors of domestic abuse, and all are currently living in shelters or supportive housing.⁣

Restoring Smiles’ goal is to eliminate pain, restore function and proper speech, and to some degree, alleviate the emotional trauma that arises as a result of domestic violence. The group provides dental treatment as a concrete and real way to help end our patients’ experience with domestic violence and to support her recovery process.⁣

Please visit their website for more information about the organization and ways to help. https://www.drbmeisamifoundation.com/about/restoring-smiles/

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COVID-19 NOTICE

Please note that as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, our offices will be closed until June 26th, 2020.