The Dental Implant Process in Thunder Bay, ON
Missing Teeth? Try Dental Implants
Dental implants are a remarkable solution for missing or severely damaged teeth. Depending on the location of the missing teeth, Dr. Chow can pair them with other treatments (E.g., dental bridges or dentures) to increase the stability of the restoration.
The placing of a dental implant requires extreme precision for beautiful, reliable, and long-lasting results. Fortunately, Dr. Chow has extensive training in implant dentistry and has proven her skills by working with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) — a renowned continuing education implant organization.
Your Initial Consultation
At Oasis Family Dental, the first step toward a revitalized smile with dental implants is a consultation with our expert implant dentist, Dr. Chow. If you’re missing teeth, we encourage you to schedule your meeting today by calling 807-700-1383.
During your consultation, Dr. Chow will ask about your medical and dental history, examine your mouth and throat, and decide if any supplemental treatments are necessary before implant surgery. She’ll also use this time to get a better understanding of what you hope to gain from treatment.
If you both decide to move forward with the implant process, Dr. Chow will take digital impressions of your smile so she can create your treatment plan. These digital impressions improve the accuracy of your treatment which means a higher success rate and a faster healing process.
Placing the Implant Fixture
After your consultation, you’ll return to Oasis Family Dental, so Dr. Chow can place the implant fixture into your jawbone. This procedure is minimally-invasive and can be completed within the bounds of our kind and gentle Thunder Bay office. Depending on the number of implants you’re receiving, Dr. Chow might use a computer-milled surgical guide to secure the implant in the exact location that allows it to benefit from the full strength of your jawbone.
Dr. Chow has extensive experience placing dental implants, so you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong. After the implant fixture is in place, your body will begin to form a strong bond with it through a process called osseointegration.
The healing process can last anywhere between three and six months. After that, you’ll return to Oasis Family Dental where Dr. Chow will finalize your restoration.
Your Crown and a Complete Smile
The final portion of the implant — and the only part anyone will see — is the dental crown. We craft our crowns from durable porcelain, a translucent, tooth-colored, ceramic material. Dr. Chow will use a shade guide to ensure that the color matches the rest of your natural teeth.
Dr. Chow has comprehensive training, advanced technology, and a caring chair-side manner. If you’re missing any number of teeth, our team at Oasis Family Dental can help. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the dental implant process?
The dental implant process can last anywhere from two to nine months. The procedure is performed in several stages, with most of the time spent healing after your implant is initially placed. The process includes two surgeries, and for some individuals, additional supplemental procedures may be necessary.
What can I eat after my dental implant procedure?
After your implant fixture is placed, you’ll want to stick to soft foods that are easy to eat while you heal. Foods that are hard or chewy can upset the surgical area, and set your recovery back. Some foods we recommend after your surgery are cold soups, yogurt, and soft or melted cheeses. It’s also important to stay well-hydrated and chew away from the implant site until it’s fully healed.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many unique benefits, including:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Easy to maintain
- Allows you to chew all your favorite foods
- Stimulates jaw bone growth
- Long-lasting, up to a lifetime if care for properly
Take the First Step By Scheduling a Consultation
Are you interested in dental implants? Then please contact our office in Thunder Bay to schedule a
no-obligation consultation with Dr. Chow. Your fully-restored smile is closer than you think.