Looking for an enduring replacement of missing teeth? Dental implants are the perfect solution. Research and experience have proven dental implants to be completely safe. They're your assurance of a long-lasting natural smile.
Dr. Louise Brochu will be happy to discuss all the different possibilities available to you. You will receive the dignified care of an experience professional.
11. How do I care for my implants?
As is the case for natural teeth, dental implants require regular brushing and flossing in order to eliminate the accumulation of dental plaque.
A regular visit to your dentist is also an excellent way of ensuring the health and longevity of your dental implants.
9. Is bone augmentation a must before the installation of my implants?
Each area must be individually assessed. The installation of implants requires a minimum bone mass (jaw thickness and height), failing which, the implants will loosen over time. If your bone mass is insufficient, the concerned area can be modified before the installation of implants. This procedure may be crucial to the long-term success of your implants.
8. How long does it take?
Each case is unique, since many factors can influence the protocol and overall length of the process. A certain number of visits are normally required to complete the treatment, which can take anywhere from three (3) to eighteen (18) months When aesthetics are involved, the gap left by missing teeth is filled in using temporary teeth that allow you to smile immediately.
7. What can I expect?
Following the examination of your teeth and the taking of X-rays, Dr. Brochu will propose a treatment plan and alternative solutions. You will receive an estimate of costs, and a clear explanation of the complete treatment. The overall goal is to make you quickly forget the loss of your teeth thanks to the recovery of a healthy, natural smile. In short, your quality of life will improve significantly, whether for chewing, speaking or smiling.
6. Are dental implants a generalized solution?
You can receive dental implants as soon as you reach adulthood. Generally speaking, there is no age limit. However, general health, the location of the implant, and the patient’s expectations must first be evaluated. That is why Dr. Brochu recommends a preliminary examination.
5. Are your prostheses uncomfortable?
Implants can both support and stabilize a dental prosthesis. Both the prosthesis and your facial muscles will retain their tone. You will laugh and eat with renewed pleasure!
Restore your quality of life and enhance your self-confidence! Speak, eat, and laugh with ease and confidence.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brochu.
3. The benefits of implants
After fifty (50) years of clinical use, dental implants offer many different benefits. For example:
They allow the renewal of both the comfort and aesthetics of natural teeth;
They are a fixed, enduring replacement for missing teeth;
They stimulate bone health;
They allow you to retain your facial beauty, and maintain your jaws’ bone mass;
They do not cover your palate, allowing you to completely retain your sense of taste;
They enhance the stability and retentiveness of dental prosthesis (dentures);
They facilitate the chewing and digestion of food;
They ensure a better quality of life;
They promote greater self-confidence and self-esteem;
They do not decay.
10. Dental implant contra-indications
Many factors may lead to the contra-indication of implants for certain individuals.
Previous oral radiotherapy;
Significant consumption of alcohol;
Specific medication (anti-coagulants, immunosuppressants and bisphosphonates);
Active oral disease (e.g. periodontitis);
Recent or past myocardial infarction;
Blood diseases (e.g. haemophilia);
Unattainable aesthetic expectations;
Unpredictable integration of implants in smokers, due to improper healing.
Such specific cases will require additional exams in order to determine the feasibility of implant installation. If required, Dr. Brochu will contact your attending physician.
1. What is an implant?
A dental implant is a titanium root that is installed in your jawbone to replace the root of a missing natural tooth. Implants can be used to replace one or many missing teeth, and even restore your complete smile. Titanium is an extremely strong metal that is biologically compatible with our bone structure. The body does not reject it. It is even used in the replacement of knees and hips.
4. Missing one, or a number of teeth?
Based on an in-depth analysis performed by Dr. Brochu and her team, the replacement of a missing tooth by an implant can be a wise choice. Previously, fixed bridgework was the only solution available, and requiring reduction of the adjoining teeth’s enamel. Dental implants now allow us to replace one or many missing teeth without touching any surrounding teeth.
When you lose teeth, the jawbone recedes, gradually leading to the following problems:
Loss of chewing efficiency, which could impair the absorption of the nutrients required for a healthy body;
Additional stress on the remaining teeth, which can lead to the displacement of the surrounding teeth, and their eventual loss;
Premature facial aging, appearance of wrinkles around the lips, and loss of stability of prosthesis.
Because implants act in the same way as natural teeth, their use can stabilize, or even completely avoid these problems.
2. Why get implants?
Thanks to you natural teeth’s roots, your jaws retain their solidity and strength.