Stages of Dental Implant Treatment
By Patrick Casey on March 27, 2012
Dental implants are the most advanced option for tooth replacement. At our Montreal cosmetic dentistry center, Drs. Patrick and Charles Casey use cutting-edge technology and natural looking dental restorations to produce attractive, long-lasting results for patients with missing teeth. Because dental implants are permanently implanted in the jaw, the entire treatment process typically takes several months to complete. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at dental implants, and the four stages of the treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth are commonly associated with oral health problems such as bone loss, shifting teeth, and misalignment of the bite. A surgically placed dental implant can be used to securely hold dental crowns, dentures, or dental bridges with security and strength. A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth, while a dental crown or another restoration is used to top off the implant and replace the actual tooth.
The First Stage – Your Consultation
Before beginning the dental implant procedure, Dr. Casey first performs a thorough assessment of a patient's oral health. This information helps us determine if dental implants are the right choice for your dental needs. During a consultation, Dr. Casey can address any concerns or questions you have about dental implants.
Stage Two – Your Oral Surgery
Smile Montreal is one of the only cosmetic dentistry centers in Canada that features the revolutionary i-CAT® system. The i-CAT® helps to surgically place an implant with pinpoint accuracy by giving Dr. Casey a clearer picture of the bone. This external process helps to make your implant procedure less invasive. During your oral surgery, top-quality titanium rods are secured in the jaw. A temporary dental restoration is then placed on the implant. Patients should be sure to follow post-operative instructions provided by our office.
Stage Three – Your Recovery and Osseointegration
Through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant fuses with bone and gum tissues in the mouth, ensuring stability like never before. This process takes three to six months, during which time your new dental implants will fuse to the existing structures in your mouth. Just like natural teeth, the bone will support the dental implants, helping to prevent further tissue and structural damage.
The Final Stage – The Dental Restoration
As soon as the healing process is complete, patients return to Smile Montreal, where a more permanent dental replacement will be fitted to your dental implant. Dr. Casey will customize a natural-looking crown or denture that blends comfortably with your smile. Although the dental implant treatment process takes several months to complete, the results are incredibly long-lasting and attractive.
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If you're concerned about missing or damaged teeth, our smile experts are ready to help you discover the many treatment options that are available to you. Please contact our Montreal cosmetic dentistry center to learn more. Our skilled and caring staff is ready to answer your questions.
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