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An Easy Guide to Dental Implant Terms

June 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 2:06 am
Dental implant

You know that dental implants are an excellent option for people who are missing one or more of their teeth, but the procedure sounds rather complicated if you don’t understand all the new words that you are reading and hearing about. Here are the meanings to some of the key words that you may be hearing from your dentist so that you can be well informed about how the dental implant placement procedure will work.


An abutment is a connecter that is attached to the top of your dental implant. This is what serves as the attachment for the replacement tooth. This helps to guarantee that your new tooth stays firmly in its rightful place. The abutment tooth is a crowned tooth that supports and stabilizes a bridge or a partial denture.


This is one of the common materials being used to make dental implants. It is created from a type of clay and then hardened by heat.


A crown, or cap, replaces a single tooth that is missing, broken, or damaged. They typically fit over an existing tooth. However, in the case of dental implants, they are attached to the abutment in order to become perfectly grounded.


You know dentures as a traditional option for replacing missing teeth. However, there are a variety of different types. Some are supported by the natural suction of the mouth while others are supported by implants.

Endosteal Implant

This is the most commonly used type of implant. For this type, a dentist places the implant directly into your jawbone through a surgical procedure. Each implant holds at least one replacement tooth.

Eposteal Implant

Instead of being placed directly into the bone, eposteal implants are supported by resting on the jawbone. This isn’t a very common tooth replacement option anymore, but if a patient is at high risk of advanced bone resorption, your dentist may suggest this type of implant instead.

Subperiosteal Implant

A subperiosteal implant sits on top of the jawbone with the posts of the metal framework protruding through the gum in order to hold prosthetic teeth into place. This is typically used when a patient has minimal bone height or isn’t able to wear conventional dentures.


This is the biological process in which a dental implant fuses with your existing bone. This improves the strength of both the bone and the implant.

With these dental implant related terms, you can more easily understand the procedure that is going to take place. You will be showing off a beautiful, restored smile in no time!

About the Author

Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than 30 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education, including in dental implant surgery and restoration, to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.

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