Tooth loss is a common issue throughout the United States. The good news is that losing a tooth doesn’t mean that you have to go the rest of your life without it. There are several tooth replacement options out there to help people get their smiles back. Dental implants are a preferred method because of their numerous benefits. However, you still want to be well informed before opting for the treatment. Continue reading to learn about some common dental implant terms you should know.
This is the “connecter” that’s attached to the top of the dental implant. It serves as the attachment for the replacement tooth and helps to guarantee that the new replacement tooth stays firmly in its place. This abutment tooth is a crowned tooth that supports and stabilizes a bridge or partial denture.
This is a material that is commonly used to create the replacement teeth that are placed on the end of dental implants. It’s made from a special type of clay that is then hardened by heat. This is an ideal material because it ends up looking just like natural tooth structure.
A crown is used to replace a single tooth that’s been damaged, broken, or lost. They typically fit over an existing tooth. In the case of dental implants, they are attached to the abutment to become perfectly grounded.
This is a traditional way to replace missing teeth. However, you might not know that there are a few different types of dentures out there, like dental implant dentures. Instead of being held in by the natural suction of your mouth, they’re supported by dental implants. This allows for additional longevity and stability compared to traditional dentures.
This is the most common type of dental implant that is available. Your dentist places the implant into the jawbone via a surgical procedure. Each implant holds one or more replacement teeth.
Instead of being placed in the jawbone, eposteal implants are supported by resting on the jawbone. This isn’t a very common option these days, but it may still be suggested for patients who are at high risk of bone resorption.
This is the process where the dental implant fuses with the jawbone. It increases the strength of both the jawbone and the dental implant.
By knowing these important dental implant terms, you will be able to make a more informed decision about your smile. You’ll be showing off your pearly whites with pride again in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson earned his DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, and his Prosthodontic Certificate from the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He has achieved Diplomate status of the American Board of Prosthodontics and thus is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist. He is also a Fellow and Past-President of the American College of Prosthodontists. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in La Mesa, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.