July 31, 2021
Whether you’re struggling with one missing tooth or an entire arch, you’ve likely heard about dental implants. After all, this state-of-the-art tooth-replacement option has helped millions of patients around the globe enjoy absolutely beautiful, fully functional smiles again. While this smile-enhancing treatment is widely known, many patients are shocked at their initial consultation by how unfamiliar they are with the terminology. With this in mind, keep reading to learn a few common dental implant terms you should know!
From your first consultation to the final placement of your crown, you’ll likely hear the word “abutment” a lot. This refers to the connector on top of the titanium post of your implant. In short, it’s the small, but important, part that keeps your crown, bridge, or denture firmly in place.
If you’ve had a root canal or a badly decayed tooth treated, then you’ve likely heard of a dental crown. This tooth-shaped “cap” is designed to protect a weak or damaged tooth from harm. However, this restoration can also be placed on the abutment to restore the visible portion of your tooth. That’s how dental implants can replace the entire tooth’s structure from root to crown!
Although they sound similar, traditional dentures and implant dentures are not the same. Traditional dentures rest against your gums to replace multiple teeth or an entire arch. The gum-colored base and prosthetic teeth are entirely removable, allowing you to take them in and out as you please. Implant dentures, on the other hand, are attached permanently to the mouth with dental implant posts. As a result, you won’t have to worry about embarrassing slippage when you chew, talk, or smile.
Another word you will hear a lot throughout your journey with dental implants is “osseointegration.” This refers to the process of the fusion of your jaw to the implant post. The successful integration will result in a durable, strong replacement tooth, ensuring you can bite and chew pain-free.
Doing your research is an important part of the dental implant process. Fortunately, after reading through the above terms, you’ll be more prepared for your initial consultation!
About the Practice
Murphy Family Dentistry opened in 2000, and we’ve been providing top-notch dentistry and world-class dental care ever since! Both Dr. Jacqueline T. Nguyen and Masoud E. Najari believe in using their extensive education and advanced training to listen, explain things clearly, and answer any questions you have. That way, you understand all of your options when it comes to your smile. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants or want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at 972-516-2928.
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