A Beginner’s Guide to Decoding Dental Implant Jargon

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — foreveryoungdent @ 4:25 pm

Jargon is like a whole other language created specifically for people “in the know.” It can be helpful to communicate between colleagues at an office but difficult for someone outside to understand. Patients attempting to understand their dentists when they talk about a treatment like dental implants can say the same! However, it’s easy to get up to speed on the latest lingo if you know where to look!

Read on to learn the vocabulary of dental implants so you can have more productive conversations with your dentist.

The Parts of Dental Implants

Dental implants aren’t one solid piece; dentists craft them from multiple components as described below:

Dental Implant Post: A dental implant is a small titanium post that a dentist surgically places into your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. It serves as a foundation for a replacement tooth or implant-supported bridge.

Abutment: The abutment is a connector piece your dentist places on top of a dental implant. It sticks out above the gum line and provides space for the dental crown.

Dental Crown: The crown is the visible part of the implant that looks like a natural tooth. It’s typically made of porcelain or ceramic and is color-matched to your existing teeth for better aesthetics.

Processes and Procedures

If you’re wondering what some of the processes and procedures around dental implants call for, you’ll find it here:

Osseointegration: Osseointegration is the process of a dental implant fusing with the surrounding jawbone. This integration provides incredible stability and durability for the implant as a whole.

Bone Graft: A bone graft is used in situations where there is insufficient density or volume in the jaw to support a dental implant. In this procedure, your dentist takes bone away from one part of your body and adds it to your jawbone. This makes it thicker and stronger so it can retain an implant post.

Sinus Lift: Your sinuses are commonly located above your jawbone. If your sinuses are too close to the area where the implant needs to be placed, it can be lifted. This provides more room for the post to attach.

By familiarizing yourself with these essential dental implant terms, you’ll feel more confident and informed when discussing your treatment options. However, understanding the terms is only half of the equation!  If you’re ready to take the plunge on a dental implant, call your dentist for a consultation. This is the first step towards achieving a complete and beautiful smile.

About the Practice

If you want beautiful and long-lasting dental implants, Dr. Michael Young and Dr. Joseph Samona have the skills and the technology to upgrade your grin. They have years of experience helping patients attain happier, healthier smiles with advanced dental techniques and compassionate care. Call (586) 315-4176 to schedule a dental implant consultation at Forever Young Dentistry of Sterling Heights or visit the website to learn more.

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