Implantology involves replacing the natural root of a missing tooth by installing a dental implant in the jawbone. Dr. Morin-Houde and her experienced team perform the surgery in a number of steps. Local anaesthetic is used to keep patients comfortable.

Dental implants or artificial roots

A dental implant looks like a small straight or cone-shaped screw. Implants measure 10 mm to 15 mm and are made of titanium. By replacing a missing root, implants can prevent bone loss and the migration of adjacent teeth. Implants also securely anchor prostheses by connecting the jawbone and replacement tooth.

Did you know?

Titanium is an inert material that is biocompatible, meaning that the human body won’t reject it.

Role of the dental implant

Through the osseointegration process, the implant successfully replaces the root, making the tooth strong and functional.

A prosthetic restoration can fill the gap left by the missing tooth. In addition to helping you chew better, a dental prosthesis supports adjoining soft tissue and facial muscles to keep your face looking youthful.

Replacement teeth include crowns, bridges, and full or partial permanent or removable dentures.

Advantages of implants

  • Long-lasting and beautiful
  • Helps maintain underlying bone mass
  • Replaces teeth without affecting the integrity of adjoining teeth
  • Dentures are stable and comfortable
  • Improves chewing and speech

Step-by-step implant installation

First, a preliminary visit is needed to carry out a comprehensive examination. During this visit, we’ll assess your general and oral health, your jawbone mass and the quality of your gums. We’ll also take x-rays and perform a 3D bone scan.

If you are a good candidate for implants, the next steps are:

  • Inserting the implant in the jawbone
  • Healing and osseointegration time
  • Securing the implant
  • Producing replacement teeth
  • Installing, adjusting and checking the prosthesis
  • Healing period
  • Follow-up appointments


Generally, there are very few contraindications. However, in some cases, a pre-surgical procedure may be needed, such as a bone graft. A bone graft ensures maximum fusion between the bone and the implant through the addition of bone tissue in the jawbone.

At Clinique dentaire Dre Catherine Morin-Houde, our professionals will assess your oral health and guide you through this process.