A diagram of a dental implant.

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.



Abutment

This term refers to the small
titanium connector that joins the implant to the visible restoration.

Crown

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.

Dentures               

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.

Osseointegration

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.

Titanium

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.”

Implant

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.

Zirconia

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.

Bridge

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.