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Take the Fear Out of Your Dental Implant Procedure by Understanding Key Terms

October 4, 2017

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Model of dental implantAre you ready to stop living with the challenges of tooth loss? Have you made the choice to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant? You are making an excellent investment in your oral health and quality of life. Although you are excited to regain a complete smile, you are also a bit hesitant. The process can be confusing and a little scary because it sounds like it is rather complex. However, by understanding the procedure and the terms used, you can put your worries to rest as you know exactly what your dentist is talking about.

Abutment

The abutment is a connector piece that is placed on the dental implant post to attach the custom-made crown, bridge, or overdenture. It is positioned after your jawbone has fused to the implant post.

Arch

Your mouth consists of two arches: the maxillary dental arch (top) and the mandibular dental arch (bottom). This term can refer to which set of teeth are being replaced or the supporting base for the prosthetic teeth.

Bridge

When multiple teeth are replaced, a bridge is used to fill the space. Essentially your dentist is bridging the gap with prosthetic teeth, which are held in place with dental implant posts that are placed into the jawbone.

Crown

The crown is attached to the dental implant post. It is custom-made to look like a real tooth. It will match your exact specifications, including the size, shape, and color you need for a flawless smile.

Dental Implant

This is a tapered post that is made from titanium to make it biocompatible. It is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of the tooth while also used to anchor implant-supported bridges or dentures in place. Your jawbone will naturally fuse to it to potentially last for a lifetime.

Dentures

Dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Featuring a gum-colored base that holds the prosthetic teeth, it is anchored in place with the use of an average of four dental implant posts.

Osseointegration

This is the healing process that occurs when your jawbone fuses to the implant post.

Periodontal

Periodontal refers to the tissues that surrounds the tooth, such as the gums.

Resorb

Tooth loss can lead to the loss of density in the jawbone, referred to as resorb. Dental implants can help to stop this process by stimulating new bone growth.

Restoration

The final phase of the procedure involves the restoration process, which includes replacing the missing tooth with a dental crown.

Get a Complete Smile Today

Do not let the fear of uncertainty hold you back from getting a complete smile. Speak with your implant dentist today about your options to replace your missing teeth.

About On Point Dentistry

On Point Dentistry provides superior dental care that caters to the individual needs of each patient. In addition to general dentistry, we offer the most advanced procedures for specialty services, including dental implants. If you have any questions about replacing your missing teeth, contact On Point Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

 

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