What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth.

The implant is allowed to fuse with the bone over a period of several months (osseointegration), after which an abutment (a small connector piece) is placed on top of the implant. This abutment serves as a base for a dental prosthetic, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental implants are a popular and effective option for replacing missing teeth because they provide a strong and stable foundation for the prosthetic and can help to preserve the health of the jawbone. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or all teeth.

What are my options to replace a missing tooth?

If you have a missing tooth, there are several options available to replace it. These include:

  • 1
    Dental implants: A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a dental crown is placed on top to create a natural-looking and functioning replacement tooth.
  • 2
    Dental bridges: A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that consists of one or more artificial teeth that are attached to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The adjacent teeth or implants act as anchors to hold the bridge in place.
  • 3
    Partial dentures: A partial denture is a removable appliance that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The denture is made of artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base, and it is held in place by metal or plastic clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth
  • 4
    Flipper: A flipper is a removable, temporary dental appliance that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made of acrylic and has a plastic or wire clasp that hooks onto the remaining natural teeth.

Your dentist can help determine which option is best for you based on your specific dental needs and preferences. Factors such as the location of the missing tooth, the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums, and your overall oral health will also be taken into consideration when choosing the most suitable option.

Our Services

Dental Implants

The ultimate solution for tooth replacement

Check-ups & Cleanings

Offering proper oral care to make your teeth last a lifetime

Crowns & Bridges

Restore strength and function to your teeth

Children’s Dentistry

We make dentistry a fun learning experience for your children

Root Canal Therapy

West Island Dentist can relieve your dental pain with root canal therapy

Smile Makeovers

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West Island Smiles,
802-6600 Trans-Canada Highway,
Pointe-Claire, Québec,
H9R 4S2