Dental implants are the most reliable solution for tooth loss. They have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for decades. Not to mention, a dental implant is the only method to replace both the root and the crown, providing a realistic replica of your real tooth. If you’re ready to invest in the next best thing to natural teeth, you’ll need to have a consultation with your implant dentist. They will explain exactly what you can expect on the road ahead, but it may sound like a foreign language if you don’t know common dental implant terms. Here are the meanings of the most frequently used words, so you understand exactly what your dentist is talking about.
An abutment is a special fixture connected to an implant post to secure a natural-looking restoration.
Losing a tooth can cause your jawbone to shrink by up to 25% within the first year, which will continue to deteriorate as time passes. A bone graft enhances the strength of the jawbone to ensure dental implants will have sufficient support.
A CT scan provides highly detailed images of your oral structures, which are used for diagnostic reasons, treatment planning, and implant placement.
An implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a new tooth root. Titanium is the standard material used for implant posts.
Your implant post will stimulate new bone growth in your jaw. Over time, your bone will fuse to the implant, which is essential for the success of the procedure.
Peri-implantitis can cause dental implant failure. It’s a preventable infection that’s caused by poor oral hygiene habits.
Depending on the number of teeth you’re replacing, you’ll require a crown, bridge, or denture, which will be made of all-ceramic materials to look natural.
A sinus lift is often used along with bone grafting to create sufficient space to insert implant posts into the upper arch without protrusion into the maxillary sinus cavities.
Titanium is the preferred material for implant posts because it is durable, lightweight, and biocompatible. Bone integrates with titanium through a process called osseointegration.
If you don’t understand some of the terminology used during your consultation, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Your dental team will strive to ensure you have the information you need to make the best decision for your smile.
About Dr. Sam Antoon
Dr. Antoon earned his dental degree from Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine and has been committed to regularly continuing his training to provide the most up-to-date services. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Fourth District Dental Society. Request an appointment through his website or call (972) 808-7039.