What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of restoration that involves titanium anchors that are implanted into the jawbone to hold replacement teeth. The root of the implant sits beneath the gum line and the visible tooth is attached to the root. Dental implants are made to look just like your natural teeth.
Your dental implant process begins with your diagnosis and ends with the placement of the implant restoration. At his downtown Montreal dental office, Dr. Lenny Slepchik offers various options, ranging from a single tooth crown restoration to a full arch replacement with implant supported dentures or bridges.
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
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 miss essential nutrients. There is a space in your mouth because you have lost a tooth which causes the remaining teeth to tip over or move and your cheeks sunken in. This situation creates more serious problems and also impacts greatly on your appearance. 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 dental 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.
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 wearing dentures that move, make clicking sounds or keep you from eating what you enjoy
- Have any 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 appointment with Dr. Slepchik, a thorough examination will take place and you can let him know about what you are experiencing. Dr. Slepchik will let you know if you are a candidate for dental implants or if there is another treatment that would be best for you.
Dental Implant Process
During your dental implant treatment, a titanium root is surgically placed into the jawbone. This acts as a stable replacement for the natural root of your tooth. After this, your jawbone and surrounding tissue need time to heal. This healing time can vary from patient to patient and 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.
Dental Implants Before & After