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Demystifying Dental Implant Terminology: A Beginner’s Guide

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestdentalteam @ 5:56 pm
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Dental implants are a complicated subject that requires some study to fully understand. In fact, dentists need many months of training to properly implement a single dental implant. Due to its complexity, it can be hard as a patient to talk to your dentist about them during your consultation. Luckily, this handy guide will have you covered!

Read on to learn some of the most common terms about dental implants that will help you make sense of your dental implant consultation.

What are the Parts of a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are made of multiple pieces that are connected to provide a full artificial tooth from root to crown. Here are the terms that describe the various parts:

Implant Fixture: This is a titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. It serves as the “root” for a replacement tooth (crown) or a bridge.

Abutment: An abutment is a connector piece that attaches to the top of the implant fixture. It protrudes through the gum line and provides support for the artificial tooth or teeth.

Dental Crown: The crown is the visible part of the dental implant. It’s custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth so that it blends seamlessly into your smile.

What Are the Processes Involved with a Dental Implant?

When your dentist performs the dental implant procedure, they consider several processes integral to the implant’s success:

Impression: An impression is a mold of your teeth and gums used to create your crown or bridge that will eventually attach to the abutment. An accurate impression ensures that your replacement teeth fit comfortably and function properly.

Osseointegration: The process by which the implant fixture fuses with the jawbone. During osseointegration, the bone grows around the fixture, anchoring it securely in place. This process takes a few months to complete and is the main reason dental implants take a while to complete.

Bone Grafting: In some cases where the jawbone is too thin or soft to support a dental implant, bone grafting may be necessary. This procedure involves adding bone material to the jawbone to enhance its strength and volume.

By familiarizing yourself with these key dental implant terms, you’ll be better equipped to understand discussions with your dentist. With any communication, it’s important to understand one another, and that’s especially true with any kind of surgical consultation or procedure. Even as learned as you are now, there may still be some terms you don’t fully understand. Don’t hesitate to ask questions so that you and your dentist can work together to restore your smile.

About the Practice

Dental implants are a big commitment, and that’s why you need them done right. At Orange Place Family Dentistry, Dr. Jed M. Koops and Dr. Thanh Mollica use state-of-the-art dental technology and techniques to place sturdy, high-quality dental implants with comfort and precision. They pride themselves on the relaxing environment and professional care they provide. Call (216) 464-2448 to schedule a dental implant consultation or visit the website to explore other services.

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