What are Dental Implants?
Your dental implant process begins with your diagnosis and ends with the placement of the implant restoration. At his downtown Montreal dental office, Dr. Slepchik offers various options, ranging from a single tooth crown restoration to a full arch replacement with implant supported dentures or bridges. Learn more about Implant Supported Dentures here.
Tooth Implant Candidates
- Do you have 1 or more missing teeth in your mouth?
- Do you have a bridge that needs replacing?
- If you are currently wearing dentures, do they move, make clicking sounds or keep you from eating what you enjoy?
- Do you have any pain because you are missing teeth?
- Do you have difficulty biting down on something because you are missing teeth?
- Do you avoid eating food you love because you can not chew properly?
- Do you want a long term solution for missing teeth?
Dental Implant Procedure
During your surgery, a titanium root is surgically placed into the jawbone. This acts as a stable replacement for the natural root of your tooth. The implant surgery needs time to heal, which varies from patient to patient. It can be anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months; during this period, the titanium fuses with the existing jawbone tissue.Once the healing is finished, we take an impression with our Itero System (a digital impression system). A crown, bridge or implant supported denture is fabricated and then secured on the implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing a tooth (or teeth) affects your general health as well as the health of the remaining teeth in your mouth. When you are missing teeth, you lose your ability to chew your food and therefore are missing essential nutrients. A space in your mouth because you have lost a tooth allows the remaining teeth to tip over or move. This situation creates more serious problems, and also impacts greatly on your appearance. Your cheeks sink inwards. Implants allow you to retain the natural shape of your face and smile. We notice when we meet a new patient who is missing teeth, they are often reluctant or too embarrassed to smile. The implant will protect your healthy bone and healthy remaining teeth. Implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants may possibly last your lifetime when properly cared for.. A dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. This long term solution allows you to smile proudly.
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 specific impressions provided by Dr. Slepchik. Dr. Slepchik combines the science of dentistry with the art of dentistry to create restorations that are both functional and look great.
Let’s get you smiling again!