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Dental implants Laval

At Groupe dentaire API in Laval, we have ultra-modernfacilities as well as a room specially designed for surgical procedures. This allows us to to place high quality dental implants in an irreproachable manner, allowing you to show off your radiant and healthy smile!

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a small rod made out of titanium or zirconia that acts as an artificial root for a tooth that needs to be replaced. When combined with a crown, the implant can play the same role as a natural tooth.

Implants are also recommended when several teeth need to be replaced. The implants with then act as an anchor or support full dentures.

The many advantages of dental implants

The procedure for placing an implant is spread out over several months. The wait is well worth it since implants offer many advantages. Here are the main advantages :

  • When patients take good care of their implants, they can last several decades ;
  • Healthy adjacent teeth do not have to be reduced like when a bridge is prepared. Implants are less invasive ;
  • The metal rod acts as a natural tooth root since the bone continues to be stimulated, thus avoiding bone loss. With traditional prosthetics, bone loss is inevitable ;
  • Dental implants provide excellent stability for replacing teeth. This means that the patient can chew well when eating.

With these many advantages, implants are an optimal option when replacing teeth, whether it be from a functional or cosmetic viewpoint. When the procedure has been completed, dental implants look like your natural teeth.

Dental implants: some conditions apply

Unfortunately dental implants are not suited for everyone. In order to be able to benefit from the many advantages of implants, a patient must be in excellent health and have optimal oral health. It is essential that gums be healthy when receiving an implant.

The last prerequisite, not to say the least important, is to have sufficient bone mass in the area requiring an implant. When the natural tooth root is lost, the bone is no longer stimulated. If the bone hasn’t been stimulated in a while, the bone loss can be considerable and not allow implant placement. In this case, your dentist might suggest a bone graft in order to build up the bone mass where the implant will be placed.

Since many conditions apply, an oral exam by a dentist is necessary. They will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant!

The procedure

Once your dentist has examined you and approved your treatment plan, placing an implant entails the following steps:

  • 1During surgery a small titanium rod is placed inside the patient’s jawbone. The dentist first needs to make a small incision in the gum that will then be stitched up once the implant is placed. This entire procedure is performed under local anaesthetic ;
  • 2The second step called osseointegration takes several weeks. This step is when the bone heals perfectly around and connects to the implant. The implant becomes solid enough to support a future tooth ;
  • 3Once the surgical site has healed completely and the implant is properly connected to the bone, the dentist will place a pillar over which a crown can be fitted ;
  • 4A dental crown is custom-made to replace the missing tooth. Special measures are taken by your dentist to ensure a perfect fit.
L'implant dentaire pour tous à la clinique de Laval

Implants take many months, though it is an efficient and long term option when replacing a natural tooth. Since the dentist examines your oral health beforehand, the success rate for implants is extremely high.

After surgery

To help heal after surgery, it is important to follow all the guidelines given to you by your dentist. Implant placement requires several professional follow-up appointments.

Here are the recommendations to be followed strictly, after your implant surgery:

  • Take the pain medication prescribed to you for the days following the surgery. It is important to respect the dosage prescribed to you ;
  • Place an icepack on your cheek for 10-15 minutes every hour. This will help reduce swelling ;
  • Eat a diet containing only soft foods and liquids for a few days following the surgery. Your dentist will tell you for how long you should follow this diet ;
  • Avoid using a straw or rinsing your mouth the first few days after surgerysince it could possibly slow down the healing process.

Oral hygiene for implants

In order to keep your implant for several decades, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene. In order to do so, the same oral hygiene methods are required as for natural teeth.

For this, teeth and implants need to be brushed at least twice a day as well as daily flossing to avoid decay and plaque build-up. Using a Waterpik is also recommended to clean around the base of the implant. Your dentist will recommend the right products and tools to take care of your implant. You must however be gentle when taking care of the implant! You still need to visit your dentist once to twice a year for your routine hygiene appointments and oral health check-ups.

When adopting healthy habits, you may enjoy the multiple advantages to having implants for many years to come!

The dentists at Groupe dentaire APIhave the necessary qualifications and skills to place dental implants. Thanks to state of the art equipment and respecting the industry’s high standards, our team is able to provide implants with their many advantages. Whether you need to replace one or more teeth, come and meet us to find out if dental implants are right for you!