Meet the Doctor
Dr. Elaine Chow is a passionate & experienced dentist, and the owner of Oasis Family Dental. She studied at the University of Manitoba where she completed her undergraduate studies and received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
Meet the Doctor
Upon graduation in 2005, she set her sights on building her career through working in large centres such as the Greater Toronto Area. Having family ties in Thunder Bay, and wishing to bring exceptional dental care to her hometown, Dr. Chow saw an opportunity to return home to create her own dental practice in 2009. Three years later, through hard work and dedication, our Thunder Bay dentist transformed a former church into an expansive, modern dental clinic that employs 17 people and assists hundreds of families in Northwestern Ontario.
Today, Dr. Chow is a strong advocate for education and the pursuit of excellence. She strongly believes in the continual investment towards innovative technology and state of the art dental care. Elaine and her team travel extensively to stay educated and on top of the latest techniques in dental health.
In addition to looking after her own patients, our Thunder Bay dentist thrives on giving back to the community. A former competitive diver, Dr. Chow believes in supporting various sporting initiatives and promoting the healthy development of children and youth.
Missing Teeth? Try Dental Implants
Dental implants are the industry-leading approach to attractive tooth-replacement. Unlike dentures, a competing tooth restoration option, dental implants won’t slide around in your mouth as you eat and socialize.
Due to their design, the only portion of your implant that your friends will see is your permanent porcelain crown – and don’t worry, we use shade guide to ensure it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant can be broken down into three pieces:
The implant fixture is surgically placed on your jawbone, functioning as the roof for your new replacement tooth by holding the implant in position.
The abutment rests on top of the fixture and acts as the connector that holds the other two pieces together.
The final part of the implant is the crown. This porcelain structure is secured to the abutment and is the only visible piece of the implant. Our crowns are customized to fit the shape, size, colour, and strength of your natural teeth.
The Dangers of Being Toothless
Your overall health is directly linked to your oral health. If you’re missing even one tooth, you could be at risk of developing serious medical conditions such as strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
In addition, tooth loss can cause dental complications like jawbone depletion, gum disease, and more.
At Oasis Family Dental, we can help you love your smile again!
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process involves the following three steps:
Your free consultation with Dr. Chow: Dr. Chow will perform a dental examination and recommend the ideal treatment plan for your unique smile.
Implant surgery: Dr. Chow will surgically place the implant fixture on your jawbone, initiating the healing and osseointegration processes.
Placing the abutment and crown: After allowing ample time for your jawbone to adjust to the implant fixture, Dr. Chow will attach the abutment to the permanent porcelain crown restoration.