Dental Implants In 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?

Dental implants get their name from the titanium “implant,” a screw-shaped prosthetic that is screwed into the jawbone socket, formerly occupied by the natural tooth root. Because the human body accepts titanium, the jawbone immediately begins growing around the implant, making it a part of the jaw. When this process is complete, a post is attached to the implant and an artificial porcelain tooth is attached to the post. Now your dental implant looks, feels, and functions exactly like a natural tooth.

Choose Dr. Slepchik For Your Dental Implant Restorations

Dr. Slepchik works very closely with his dental team, including an experienced oral surgeon and a dental ceramicist, to create custom-made teeth. The maxillo-facial surgeon performs the surgical procedures. The ceramicist creates the tooth-coloured restorations from the precise impressions provided by Dr. Slepchik, along with his specific prescription. Dr. Slepchik combines science with the art of dentistry to create restorations that are highly functional and look beautiful.

When you come into the office for your consultation, we'll work with you to understand your dental issue. Together, we'll create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your missing tooth or teeth, as well as any other dental concerns. We will also review the cost of dental implants to ensure you make an educated decision.

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 and prevent bone loss.
  • 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, review 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 another type of treatment is better for you. He will also advise if your natural tooth root is preserved or needs further restoration.

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. He will also discuss the cost of dental implants to ensure you understand how much you may need to pay out of pocket. He will also discuss whether you need a bone graft prior to dental implant placement.

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.

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2 implants in place to hold future Implant Supported Bridge
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Bridge on implants with screw holes
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Final result Implant Supported Bridge. Screw holes filled with resin.
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X-ray with Implant in place

Dental Implants Before & After

To view more of our before and after photos, please visit our photo gallery by clicking here.

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Replacement of missing teeth. Bridge on 2 implants

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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 tooth is  missing, 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 coming down into the tooth. This energy is transferred through the tooth down into the jawbone, stimulating the jawbone to regenerate new bone mass continually and prevent bone loss. This is the 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.
  • Not having molars can create problems with chewing, making you avoid certain foods, which can lead to missing nutrition from your food.

What Can I Expect From My New Tooth Implant?

Dental implants are absolutely the best option for replacing a missing tooth or as anchors for partial or full dentures. Once the implant is placed, the jawbone fully accepts it, making the implant a part of the jawbone. As long as your jawbone stays healthy, your implant will last a very long time. As the implant is fully anchored, the artificial tooth attached to it functions and feels exactly like a natural tooth. You can eat whatever you wish, and the tooth looks exactly like a natural tooth.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

You care for a dental implant just as you would your natural teeth. You brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once each day. You must keep your dental cleaning appointments with your hygienist to maintain the health of your tissue. No special attention is required. Your implants will remain healthy.

Alternatives To Dental Implants

The alternative to a dental implant is to choose a dental bridge. The bridge uses 2 crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth to anchor the bridge. The crowns are connected to an artificial tooth which replaces the missing tooth. The bridge is a single piece prosthetic consisting of 2 crowns and an artificial tooth in between them. Bridges are neither as strong nor as durable as implants; however, they will last from 10-15 years with good home care and keeping your hygiene exam appointments.

What Is The Success Rate For Dental Implants?

Dental implants have the highest success rate of any dental restoration. When placed into the jawbone of patients with sufficient jawbone mass, implants are approximately 95 percent successful. The extensive experience of Dr. Slepchik with the placement of dental implants virtually assures you will enjoy your new tooth for years to come.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants last for decades. They are the longest-lasting dental restoration. Implants will often last a very long time, as long as the patient keeps his or her gums and jawbone healthy.

Risks Associated With Dental Implants

These are very low-risk procedures. Of course, there is a risk of infection, but this is minimal. The biggest risk is that the implant will not fully integrate into the jawbone, but your surgeon makes sure your jawbone mass is capable of successfully holding the implant. If it isn’t, he will first add bone graft material to build up the jawbone mass prior to placing the implant itself.

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 reception@smilesbydrslepchik.com. 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.

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