Dental Implants in Downtown Montreal
When you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth, Dr. Slepchik considers dental implants to be the best option for you. Implants are anchored into your jawbone and feel and function exactly like a natural tooth. There are no limitations on what you can eat with an implant, and, in addition, they will last for a very long time, providing you take good care of them and visit your hygienist according to your specific schedule.
Dr. Slepchik places implants as solutions for tooth replacement or as anchors for full or partial dentures. You may need a crown to replace a missing tooth or you may need a bridge to replace several missing teeth. He is also very concerned about older people who are living with ill-fitting dentures which limit their nutrition, their enjoyment and socializing at mealtime. Sometimes they do not go out because they feel embarrassed by their slipping dentures. In 21st century dentistry, there is no reason to not fully embrace life and all it has to offer.
What Are Dental Implants?
Choose Dr. Slepchik for Your Dental Implant Restorations
Dr. Slepchik works very closely with his dental team, including an oral surgeon and a dental ceramicist. The maxillo-facial surgeon performs the surgical elements. The ceramicist creates the tooth coloured restorations from the precise impressions provided by Dr. Slepchik along with his specific prescription. Dr. Slepchik combines the science along with the art of dentistry to create restorations that are highly functional and look great.
See What Our Patients Say
Said to a new patient coming from a long time patient leaving our office after his appointment ~“You are very lucky to have found this dental office. I have been a patient of Dr. Slepchik for 35 years and have only wonderful things to say.” ~ F. L.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the work you and your team did for me. The implants have given me great security and comfort.” ~ T.T.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants function exactly like a natural tooth; you can eat any food you wish and chew normally.
- With a bridge, adjacent “abutment teeth” will need to be crowned to anchor it; your implants stand alone.
- Implants do not allow adjacent teeth to move.
- Implants are load-bearing teeth, so you don’t have to avoid chewing or biting them. They transfer energy down to the the jawbone, just as natural teeth do.
- Implants have a 90% to 95% success rate and will last for decades. The nutritional advantage cannot and should not be ignored.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have 1 or more teeth that need to be replaced
- Have a bridge that needs replacing
- Currently wear dentures that move, make clicking sounds or keep you from eating what you enjoy
- Experience pain because you are missing teeth
- Have difficulty biting down on something because you are missing teeth
- Avoid eating food you love because you cannot chew properly
- Want a long-term solution for missing teeth
During your dental hygiene appointment, Dr. Slepchik does his examination. He will take your digital x-ray results, as well as the hygienist’s notes and your comments, to create your specific dental treatment plan. Dr. Slepchik will advise you if you are a good candidate for dental implants, or if there is another type of treatment that is better for you.
Dental Implant Process
Consultation: The implant process starts with a consultation with Dr. Slepchik, who performs a full oral exam and takes digital x-rays to determine your jawbone mass. He will refer you to the oral surgeon who works with him to do the dental implant surgery.
Placement: Next, the titanium implant is placed into the hole formerly occupied by the tooth root by the oral surgeon. The implant is shaped like a screw and is inserted.
Osseo-integration: Now the patient waits three to six months as the jawbone naturally grows around and accepts the titanium implant.
Abutment: When the jawbone has fully grown around the implant, a small metal post, called an abutment, is attached to the implant and the gum tissue is allowed to heal for approximately six weeks.
Placing the crown: After all healing has taken place, you return to our office to prepare your crown, multiple crowns or denture. The final step is to place a custom-made porcelain crown onto the abutment. The crown is made to match the colour and shape of the surrounding teeth so once it is placed, it fits in perfectly and looks completely natural.
Dental Implants Before & After
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Replacement of missing teeth. Bridge on 2 implants
Why should I replace a missing tooth with a Dental implant?
Patients sometimes choose not to replace a missing tooth, but Dr. Slepchik advises against this for a variety of reasons:
- Teeth need pressure on each side from adjacent teeth; otherwise they move. This is what happens with a missing tooth, as the adjacent teeth slide over to fill the gap.
- This creates problems with your alignment, bite, and speech.
- Chewing and biting involve a great deal of energy down into the tooth. This energy is transferred through the tooth down into the jawbone, stimulating the jawbone to continually regenerate new bone mass. This is key to a healthy, strong jawbone.
- Without that energy coming down through the tooth, it begins to deteriorate and reabsorb.
- Missing teeth can be embarrassing visually, and can create whistling sounds when pronouncing certain words.
- Missing molars can create problems with chewing, making you avoid certain foods, which can lead to missing nutrition from your food.
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Schedule a Consultation
If you are currently missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, contact us for a consultation. Phone our office at 514-875-7971 or fill out our online form to reserve your appointment with Dr. Slepchik. You can also email us at [email protected]. Our office is located in downtown Montreal, across from Place Ville Marie, next to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Metro Bonaventure or Metro Mc Gill. We enjoy meeting new patients.