April 9, 2019
Dental implants in Scarborough have their own specialized terminology that dentist use when referring to them. Knowing a few of these terms can help you to be a better-informed participant in your own healthcare. With that in mind, here is some of the commonly used lingo in the world of dental implants.
This term refers to the small titanium connector that joins the implant to the visible restoration.
This is the ceramic tooth used to restore the patient’s smile. It’s designed to blend in perfectly with the person’s teeth and mouth tissues.
When used in relationship to implants, this term refers to a full-arch restoration that the patient can remove at will for cleaning or other purposes. It can never come loose on its own, unlike traditional adhesive dentures.
This term refers to the natural process by which implants fuse with the surrounding jawbone. Discovered by dental researchers in the 1950s, it’s what gives implants their remarkable strength and durability.
This is the material used to make the underlying implant, the part of the restoration that lies beneath the gumline. Titanium is remarkably lightweight yet immensely strong. In fact, it’s the material used to make aircraft wings, so you know it’s a great choice.
All on Four/All on Six Implants
It’s not unusual for implant dentists to restore multiple teeth at the same time. One method used to accomplish this purpose is to use either four or six implants as the foundation for either a bridge or full arch denture. This is what is meant by the terms “all on four” and “all on six.”
This refers to the small titanium fixture that the dentist embeds in the patient’s jaw. It serves the same purpose as the root of a healthy natural tooth. The abutment is later joined to the implant and finished off with a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture.
Some patients have allergies to titanium. Zirconia is sometimes used as a substitute material for making their implants. Because zirconia has a natural white color, it blends in well with the patient’s oral profile.
Tooth by Tooth Restoration
As the term implies, this refers to the process of restoring one tooth at a time, rather than using a bridge or denture. It’s often used when the patient is only missing one tooth, or when the missing teeth are scattered among healthy natural teeth. Each tooth receives its own embedded implant. This makes for an exceptionally strong yet beautiful restoration.
This is similar in concept to classic adhesive-supported bridgework, except that the restoration is supported by two or more implants. The restoration is designed to remain in place over the long term, unlike a removable implant denture.
This is just an introduction to the fascinating world of dental implants. Talk to a qualified dentist in your area soon. You’ll soon be on your way to a restored smile and a better life.
About the Author
Dr. Anny Charolia is the newest member of our team here at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Her professional skill and natural compassion make her an outstanding dental professional. You can reach her office online or by calling 1 416-285-4545.
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