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Dental Implants Glossary

Dental Implants Glossary EDIC - Edina MN

Welcome to our dental implant glossary page! Here, you will find a comprehensive list of terms and explanations commonly used in the dental implant industry. Whether you are a patient considering dental implants or a dental professional, this glossary will help you understand the different aspects of the implant process. From bone grafting to zygomatic implants, this glossary will provide you with a clear understanding of the terminology and procedures used in the dental implant industry.

Abutment

  • An abutment is a small connector piece that attaches

    An abutment is a small connector piece that attaches the implant to the dental prosthetic (crown, bridge, or denture). It is placed on top of the implant and serves as the anchor for the prosthetic. The abutment can be made of titanium, zirconia or gold alloy.

Bone Grafting

  • Bone grafting is a surgical procedure where bone ...

    Bone grafting is a surgical procedure where bone is added to the jaw to provide a strong foundation for an implant. This may be necessary if the patient has lost a significant amount of jawbone due to injury, disease, or tooth loss. There are several types of bone grafting, including autogenous (using the patient's own bone), allograft (using donated bone), and xenograft (using animal bone).

Dental Implant

  • A dental implant is a small titanium post that is ...

    A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. The implant serves as the root of the missing tooth and is topped with an abutment and dental prosthetic. Dental implant is the most common and widely accepted treatment for replacing missing teeth.

Endosteal Implants

  • Endosteal implants are implants that are placed ...

    Endosteal implants are implants that are placed directly into the jawbone. They are the most common type of implant and are typically used for single tooth replacement or for supporting a bridge or denture.

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Osseointegration

  • Osseointegration is the process of the implant ...

    Osseointegration is the process of the implant fusing to the surrounding bone. This process is critical for the success of the implant and typically takes several months to complete.

Overdenture

  • An overdenture is a removable dental prosthetic that ...

    An overdenture is a removable dental prosthetic that snaps onto one or more dental implants. This type of prosthetic is typically used for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth and want a more secure and stable denture.

Sinus Lift

  • A sinus lift is a surgical procedure where the ...

    A sinus lift is a surgical procedure where the sinus membrane is lifted and bone is added to the upper jaw in order to place dental implants. This procedure is typically used for patients with a severely resorbed upper jaw who do not have enough bone to support traditional endosteal implants.

Zygomatic Implants

  • Zygomatic implants are a type of implant that is ...

    Zygomatic implants are a type of implant that is anchored in the cheekbone for patients with a severely resorbed upper jaw. This technique is used when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw for the placement of traditional endosteal implants or when a sinus lift is not possible.

Subperiosteal Implants

  • Subperiosteal implants are implants that are placed on ...

    Subperiosteal implants are implants that are placed on top of the jawbone, but under the gum tissue. They are typically used for patients who have a very limited amount of jawbone and are not candidates for traditional endosteal implants or bone grafting.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

  • All-on-4 is a technique where four dental implants are ...

    All-on-4 is a technique where four dental implants are placed in the jaw to support a full arch of teeth (upper or lower). This technique is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth and is a cost-effective solution compared to placing an implant for each missing tooth.

Immediate Loading

  • Immediate loading is a technique where the implant is ...

    Immediate loading is a technique where the implant is loaded immediately with a temporary restoration or final prosthetic. This can help to reduce treatment time and improve the esthetics of the final restoration.

CT Guided Surgery

  • CT guided surgery is a technique where a CT scan ...

    CT guided surgery is a technique where a CT scan is used to guide the placement of the implant, ensuring accurate and precise placement. This technique can improve the success rate and reduce the complications associated

We hope that this glossary will serve as a valuable resource for your dental implant journey.

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