FAQs

The FAQ section of our website aims to answer some of the most commonly asked questions at our dental clinic. For any questions related to our services or dental insurance, dont hesitate to submit the form below or call our dental clinic in Montreal at 514-631-1457 during our business hours.

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How soon should my child start getting dental exams?

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As soon as they have teeth they should start going to see a dentist; around the age of 6-12 months. Many dental problems can be identified early on in the eruption phase.

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Do you take insurance?

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We work with most major insurance carriers. When you come in, we will be happy to do a complimentary benefits check for you. It should be kept in mind that this is really a dental supplement with clear limits of payment and we encourage our patients to focus on their problem with disease first, looking at their dental supplement as a helping hand, not a source of complete payment. We ask that all new patients be prepared to pay for their initial appointment and x-rays, even if they have dental insurance. These initial fees can later be recovered from your insurance company if the expense is covered.

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I have insurance. Will I have to pay for my exam?

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We are a fee for service practice and payment is due upon completion of your initial exam. However, we will be happy to electronically file your insurance claim for you. We will be happy to help with financial arrangements for later treatment as we assess your overall problem and what steps will be required to treat your disease state.

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What is a dental implant and how successful are they?

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A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium that serves as the anchor to replace the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaw. Over time it forms a strong bond with the bone. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth.

The technology has been around for over 40 years. There are patients that have had implants that long. Overall in the US, hundreds of thousands of implants have been placed with excellent success rates. However, success rates are much higher with those dentists that specialize and have extensive training in implant dentistry such as Resnik Dental Implants.

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How much do implants cost?

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There are a number of factors that determine cost. This will be different from patient to patient. Cost is usually determined by the number of teeth being replaced as well as the number of implants required to support the teeth needing to be replaced. As well some individuals require additional procedures such as bone grafting, ridge modification of the gums or sinus augmentation

We can not quote fees without first accessing your needs. After a thorough diagnostic examination, we will devise a treatment plan that is right for you.

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Can I be allergic to titanium?

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Allergies to titanium are very rare but tend to occur with other metal allergies. About 4 percent of all patients tested will have a positive reaction. Contact an allergist for testing if you have had a reaction to other metals. Studies have shown that titanium alloy contains traces of nickel as a result of the production process. This may lead to a reaction to nickel that is falsely attributed to titanium.

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How much discomfort should I expect to be in during and after the placement of the dental implant?

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Most of the time there is very little discomfort. The entire procedure is completed under local anesthesia. Post-operatively common anti-inflammatory agents are sufficient to control any discomfort.

If there is any discomfort it is usually relieved with over the counter medication like Tylenol or Advil for about a couple days following the procedure.

Bone grafts and other more invasive procedures may require more time and medication. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and should make the placement procedure pain-free.

Depending on the complexity and number of implants being placed, the procedure can take between 1 hour to 3-4 hours.

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How do I keep the implant clean?

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Dental implants cannot get cavities because they are made up of metal. However, they are prone to bone loss observed with gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease is by maintaining a good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings.

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A single implant supported crown would be maintained like any other tooth with flossing and brushing. Implant supported dentures can be taken out and washed under running water with a denture brush and the implants cleaned as individual teeth.