Tooth loss not only causes you to feel insecure about your appearance, but also negatively impacts your oral health and quality of life. To restore a complete smile, you have made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Medford. However, you are a bit confused because there are various components to the process. To help understand more about the treatment, here are a few of the most common terms related to the procedure.
To connect the dental crown to the implant post, an abutment is used to build the top of the post. In addition, it allows the gum tissue to seal around it for a natural appearance.
When a partial denture or bridge is used to replace several missing teeth, it is held in place by crowns or clasps that are placed on the adjacent teeth, also known as the abutment teeth.
This material is often used throughout the procedure. Not only is the dental crown made from ceramic, but the implant post can be as well. For those with metal allergies, ceramic is often used as an alternative.
To fill the space of the missing tooth, a custom-made dental crown is attached to the implant posts. It will match the exact size, color, and shape you need for a flawless smile.
When several teeth are missing, dentures will help to fill the empty space. Now, they can be supported by dental implant posts, allowing you to enjoy added security and stability.
This post is surgically placed into the jawbone to anchor the replacement tooth in place. While there are several types of implant posts, this is the most commonly used.
For those with advanced bone loss, they may need an eposteal implant, which sits on top of the jawbone instead of being placed into it.
The fixture integrates with the jawbone after it has been placed to offer security and support for the replacement tooth.
The implant post stimulates the jawbone to encourage new bone growth. This is known as osseointegration, which fuses the implant post to the jawbone.
If there is significant loss to the height of the jawbone, this post may be used. It sits on top of the jawbone and uses a metal framework, which protrudes through the gum tissue.
Titanium is often used for the dental implant posts because it is biocompatible while being strong and lightweight. Often, it allows the posts to remain in place for a lifetime with the right aftercare.
About Dr. Anthony Giamberardino
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino is well-versed in all aspects of dentistry, including specialized procedures, like dental implants. Due to his continued education, he provides an array of solutions to replace missing teeth with proven and effective procedures. If you have any questions about your options to treat tooth loss or would like to see if dental implants are right for you, contact Giamberardino Dental Care today to schedule a consultation.