Patients that are missing teeth or having extractions are candidates for dental implants. Implants are a permanent, non-removable replacement option for missing or extracted teeth. Placement of implants are a good long-term solution for replacing missing teeth and have a high success rate. Dr. El-Hakim, Dr. Kontaxis and Dr. Morais are all highly skilled surgeons in implant placement and they continually participate in continuing education courses to stay up to date on the most successful implant techniques. Dental implants have proven to be more successful than many medical/surgical procedures, with a success rate of over 98%.
It is very important to replace missing teeth to prevent bone atrophy, tooth migration, and other related problems. Implants are a permanent, non-removable replacement for missing or extracted teeth that are the new standard of care in dentistry. An implant is a medical-grade titanium screw that is gently inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing or extracted tooth. Dental implants can also be used in patients who have lost all their teeth to help hold a removable or non-removable denture prosthesis.
The implant replaces the part of the tooth which is under the gum (dental root). The visible part of the tooth is called the crown and its equivalent is crafted by a dentist or prosthodontist, an expert in this type of manufacturing, and be installed on the implant after the healing period.
During the initial consultation visit with the surgeon, the area of interest is carefully evaluated, and a treatment plan is suggested (along with alternatives when appropriate). In the case of an edentulous (toothless) area, a special 3D radiograph is often required to ensure that there is enough bone available for the safe placement of an implant. Our office can provide this service during the same consultation visit. Finally, the treatment plan is coordinated with the dentist who will be restoring the implant to ensure optimal results.
We will be happy to explain the dental implant procedure to you in detail, call us today for further information!
Intravenous sedation is a technique of administering medications through a vein to help relax you and reduce discomfort. This is done without putting you completely to sleep. It is most important that you follow the instructions below very closely.
After your appointment the medications used will still be in your system. The following precautions should be followed:
If you follow these guidelines along with your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, you will find the procedure will go smoothly and comfortably.
The main risks are infections and bleeding. If you ever experience abnormal discomfort, contact us or the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents of the Montreal General Hospital. Your surgeon will take charge of the situation.
A bruise, sometimes important, in the mouth, on the face and sometimes through the neck is quite normal.
Postoperative instructions will be provided following the intervention by the surgical assistant. You will normally leave with a prescription from your surgeon for painkillers and sometimes antibiotics.
The following instructions have been compiled to assist you in the post-operative period. If you follow these guidelines, your recovery will be more comfortable.
If you have any questions or problems, please call our office (514-486-1002) and we will be pleased to help you. Outside of business hours you can contact the oral surgery Resident on call at the Montreal General Hospital ((514) 934-8075 or (514) 934-1934 extension 53333). It is very important that you ask to speak to the oral surgery resident on call at the Montreal General Hospital.