Each year, roughly 500,000 patients choose to address mild to severe tooth loss with dental implants. And it’s not hard to see why! After all, this state-of-the-art tooth-replacement option is well known for its lifelike appearance, hassle-free oral care, and unmatched longevity. With that being said, many patients are surprised when they don’t understand half of the terminology at their initial consultation with their implant dentist. That’s why we’re sharing a few popular dental implant terms you should know.
A Few Popular Dental Implant Terms
The implant itself is a post that is surgically inserted directly into your jawbone. Although it’s typically comprised of titanium, patients who are allergic can opt for zirconia alternatives. Either way, the implant will act as the root of your new tooth, restoring your bite force and stimulating your jawbone to prevent deterioration.
Osseointegration refers to the fusion of your jawbone to the implant post. The term stems from the Greek and Latin words that mean “bone” and “to make whole.” This process is essential for a strong, successful, load-bearing dental implant.
An abutment is the component of the dental implant that connects the implant post to your replacement tooth/teeth. “Abutment teeth” is another common term that refers to the teeth that surround and support your restoration.
Crown, Bridge & Denture
Dental implants are unique because they restore the entire missing structure of your tooth, from root to crown. The visible portion of your teeth can be replaced with a single crown, dental bridge, or dentures – it depends on your unique dental needs. Don’t worry, your dentist will make a recommendation after assessing the extent of your tooth loss.
The Importance of Your Initial Consultation
As a patient, doing some research online to learn about the service you’re interested in is important. However, there is only so much you can learn until it’s time to schedule your initial consultation. During this appointment, your implant dentist will conduct a thorough oral exam to determine your candidacy. After all, qualities like an adequate amount of bone and healthy gums are essential for dental implants to be successful. The good news is that even if an untreated dental problem initially stands in your way, like gum disease, incorporating the appropriate restorative care into your treatment plan is an option. So, take the next step toward a complete, beautiful smile by scheduling your appointment today!
About the Practice
At Song Dental, we are proud to utilize the latest dental technology to craft custom treatment plans, take digital impressions, and create same-day dental crowns. Our two exceptional dentists, Dr. Brian Song and Dr. Arthur Munar, provide both the implant placement and restoration in one place, making rebuilding your smile as convenient and comfortable as possible. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at 630-655-8781.