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Understanding dental implant terminology

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If you are just starting to learn about dental implants, you might be overwhelmed with new terminology. Here are some of the main terms.

Abutment

An abutment is the connecting piece of your tooth replacement, it screws into the dental implant once the implant has healed and fused to the bone. Then, the abutment holds your new tooth (crown) in place.

Avulsed teeth

Avulsed teeth are teeth that have been lost due to physical trauma to the face. Teeth can be avulsed in any situation where you are accidentally struck in the mouth. Avulsed teeth are one of many types of missing or heavily damaged teeth that can be replaced with a dental implant.

Bone graft

A bone graft is a surgical procedure where human or artificial bone tissue is used to strengthen and add volume to a patient’s jawbone. The purpose of a bone graft is to prepare a patient’s jaw to accept a dental implant.

Crown

The crown is the prosthetic tooth that fits on top of the abutment to complete the dental implant installation process.

Dental implant

A dental implant is not actually the false tooth itself, but the titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone to function as the “root” of your new tooth.

Osseointegration

Osseointegration is the process where the dental implant permanently fuses with the patient’s natural bone tissue.

Titanium alloy

Titanium is a type of metal used in manufacturing dental implants and other dental installations. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning that your immune system does not reject it as a foreign material and allows it to integrate with your natural tissue.

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