When you need to replace a missing tooth, Dr. Slepchik considers dental implants to be the best option. 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 last for a very long time, providing they are cared for properly.
Dr. Slepchik places implants for tooth replacement and as anchors for full or partial dentures at his downtown Montreal dental practice.
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 just like a natural tooth.
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 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.
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.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants are exactly like a natural tooth, so you can eat any food you wish and chew normally.
- Unlike bridges, where adjacent “abutment teeth” need to be crowned to anchor the bridge holding the false tooth or teeth, 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 with them. Plus, they transfer energy down into the jawbone just as natural teeth do.
- Implants have a 90 to 95% success rate and can last for decades, giving the patient back their smile and the ability to eat everything. The nutritional advantage can not be ignored.
Candidates for Tooth Implants
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have 1 or more missing teeth in your mouth
- 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 can not chew properly
- Want a long-term solution for missing teeth
During your dental hygiene appointment, Dr. Slepchik does his examination. He will take all 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 candidate for dental implants, or if there is another type of treatment that would be better for you.
Dental Implant Process
Consultation: The implant process begins with a consultation with Dr. Slepchik, who performs a full oral exam and takes x-rays and a CT scan 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 the healing has taken place, you return to our office to prepare your crown, crowns or bridge. 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 placed, it fits in perfectly.
Dental Implants Before & After
Why should I replace a missing tooth with an implant?
Patients sometimes choose not 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 tend to 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, the jawbone in that area begins to deteriorate and reabsorb.
- Missing teeth can be embarrassing visually, and can also create whistling sounds when pronouncing certain words. Missing molars can create problems with chewing, making the person avoid certain foods, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies.