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Dental Implants

Gaps left by missing teeth compromise the beauty and function of your smile while causing a range of other oral health issues.

Our Coquitlam, BC, practice provides dental implants to give compromised smiles comfort, stability, and health.

So why should you choose dental implants?

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Dental Implants Provide a Wealth of Benefits

Long-Lasting Results

When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last for many years. While you may need to eventually replace the adjoining crown, bridge, or denture, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.

Form and Function

Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Vanessa Lee can provide stunning restorations that look entirely natural. Thanks to implants, these restorations can function just like natural teeth.

Strong and Stable

Implant-supported dentures from our Coquitlam office allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence because they will not shift out of place. Meanwhile, implants are the only solution that can stop the bone atrophy that happens after a tooth is lost.

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Dental Implants Have a Track Record of Success

*According to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness 

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In Addition, Dental Implants Prevent Bone Deterioration

Dental implants are the only restorative dentistry treatment at our Coquitlam practice designed to prevent the bone loss that results from missing teeth. By simulating tooth roots and directing nutrients to the jaw, dental implants help your jawbone stay strong and healthy.

Because bone recession can also give you a sunken or aged facial structure, dental implants can maintain youthful facial contours and a strong jawline

Wondering whether you qualify for implants?
Are you worried about undergoing surgery? 

Dental Implant Placement  Is Fairly Straightforward and Very Common 

Many patients are worried about the idea of undergoing oral surgery. But don't worry. Drs. Wong and Lee have received extensive training in the placement of dental implants to ensure that your surgery will be safe and comfortable. 

During the procedure at our Coquitlam office, you will receive a local anesthetic, which will keep the treatment area completely numb

The procedure is fairly straightforward, and over 5 million dental implants are placed by dentists in the U.S. every year, making this an increasingly popular dentistry treatment. 

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What steps are necessary to ensure good results?

Preparing for Implant Treatment

Undergo Necessary Procedures

Some patients might need to first undergo procedures to prepare the jaw and minimize the risk of complications. Bone grafting and sinus lift procedures will add several months to your treatment timeline, but might be a necessary first step toward experiencing dental implant benefits for 40 years or longer.

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

By now, you should have discussed quitting smoking and controlling the effects of chronic conditions like diabetes. But how's your oral hygiene? Now is the time to establish habits that can protect your implants in the future.

Discuss Medications with Your Doctor

Certain medications can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising while others can interact with drugs you might be prescribed after the surgery. Make sure to discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you take with the team at our Coquitlam practice.

What to Expect during the Procedure

Each patient's experience will vary slightly but implant placement generally consists of three steps:
We offer sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable.
We offer sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable.
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Placing the Posts

Dr. Wong will first numb the area and create one or more small incisions in the gums. Tiny holes will then be made in the jaw to accommodate the implants. Once the posts are in place, the incisions will be sutured closed. In some cases, you might receive a temporary restoration.
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Attaching the Abutment

After a healing period of four to six months, you will return to our office to undergo a second minor procedure. During this visit, a small connector piece, called an abutment, will be attached to the top of each implant. Impressions will be taken of your smile.
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Securing Your Restoration

Once your gums have healed, usually a few weeks later, we can place your permanent restoration. Depending on your needs, Dr. Wong or Dr. Lee will secure your dental crown, bridge, or denture in place and you can leave our office with a complete, beautiful smile.

Tips for a  Smooth Recovery

Like any dental surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling after your visit. Most patients are able to alleviate these side effects with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You will receive detailed post-operative instructions which may include:

  • Eating Soft Foods: Take care to avoid very hot foods or drinks. Also eat meals that can be gently chewed. Smoothies, soups, yogurt, scrambled eggs, and similar textures will allow the treatment area to heal.
  • Carefully Cleaning the Treatment Site: Food particles can become trapped in your gums so make sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly after every meal or snack. Gently brush around your incisions with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day.
  • Avoiding Strenuous Activities: Most patients can return to work within one to three days, but you will need to avoid strenuous exercise and similar activities until your dentist gives you the go-ahead.
Vitacare Dental Centre

Vitacare Dental Centre

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, we are proud to offer personalized dental treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Our doctors, Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Vanessa Lee, use modern techniques and the latest technology.

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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