Dental Implants: Key Terms
Dental Implants: Key Terms to Know
If you are considering dental implants, it’s likely you have some questions and its normal to feel a bit nervous about the procedure. Your oral surgeon or dentist might be throwing around terms you never have heard of before; almost like a different language altogether. This post will help you decode dental-speak and understand the fundamental concepts of a dental implant procedure.
Ceramic is the part of your implant that is visible. This material is made from a unique clay and baked and hardened. Most people prefer the look of ceramic over titanium because it has a more natural appeal. Many ceramic implants feature threading at the base for painless attachment to your jaw. Finally, if you are allergic to metal, ceramic may be your only choice.
Perhaps the most arcane name ever, an eposteal implant rests directly on the jawbone. This is a reasonably rare solution and is often considered outdated. That being said, when a patient has a risk of bone resorption, a dentist may decide an aposteal implant is the best solution.
Sometimes referred to as a cap, a crown replaces a single tooth. Patients who have lost a tooth due to decay, infection or injury may be candidates for a crown.
Crowns usually fit over the top of an existing tooth, and often they must be ground down to fit perfectly. Crowns are also used in dental implants.
An abutment is merely a connector that attaches to the top of your dental implant. As such, it serves as a secure attachment for your replacement tooth and keeps it firmly in place.
This is the term for the teeth on either side of the failed tooth. The abutment teeth are used to support a denture or bridge.
Dentures are fast becoming obsolete with the recent surge of dental implants. The most common reasons for opting for an implant over dentures is reliability and longevity.
Also, most dentures need to be removed and cleaned on a daily basis, although some are attached permanently, as in implant-supported dentures.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the endosteal implant is the most commonly used by American dentists. To fit an endosteal, a dentist will place plates, cylinders, plates, and screws directly into the jawbone.
Also known as a fixture, a dental implant is a device placed directly on your jawbone and supports a dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Through a process called osseointegration, implants fuse with your jawbone, resulting in a durable and long-lasting result. Many dental implants will last an entire lifetime.
A subperiosteal implant is used if the patient has minimal bone height and is unable to wear dentures. The implant sits on top of the jaw.
Most implants manufactured today are made of titanium. Most people are not allergic to titanium, and as a result, few people react to the metal. It’s also a lightweight metal but offers strength and durability.
For people who experience an allergic reaction to titanium, zirconia is the other option for implant material. Because zirconia implants have no prosthetic connections, patients have a much lower risk of bacteria growth.
If you still have questions about dental implants or terminology, just contact us.