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Unjumbling the Jargon: Dental Implant Terminology Made Simple

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — gruenefamily @ 2:28 pm
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Are you considering dental implants? They offer a fantastic tooth loss solution, but the terminology surrounding them can sometimes be confusing. If you want to understand more about them, familiarizing yourself with the key terms used in the field certainly helps. In this guide, you’ll learn some of the most common dental implant terms to help you talk with your dentist. Keep reading to dive in!

Implant Fixture

The implant fixture is the part of the dental implant that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It acts as the root of the artificial tooth and provides stability and support for the dental restoration.


The abutment is the connector piece that attaches to the implant fixture and protrudes above the gum line. It serves as the attachment point for the dental crown, bridge, or denture.


A big word for an important process! Osseointegration is when the implant fixture fuses with the surrounding jawbone. This ultimately creates a stable foundation for the restoration, ensuring long-term stability and functionality.


The crown is the visible, tooth-shaped restoration that sits on top of the abutment. It is custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth, creating a seamless and beautiful result.


A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent teeth or dental implants. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to crowns on either side.


A denture is a removable dental appliance used to replace multiple missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base that sits on the gums. Implant-supported dentures are secured in place by attaching them to dental implants. 

Bone Graft

A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to support or regenerate bone in the jawbone. It may be necessary in cases where there is insufficient bone density to support a dental implant. This clever procedure promotes new bone growth and enhances the success of implant placement.

Learning dental implant terminology isn’t necessary but can help you effectively communicate with your dentist and understand the treatment process. By familiarizing yourself with these key terms, you can feel more confident and informed when discussing your dental health. If you have any questions or concerns about dental implant terminology or procedures, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

About the Practice

Are you looking for experienced and friendly dentists to handle your dental implant procedure? Well, look no further than Dr. Kim Turnbow and Dr. Jamie Knox at Gruene Family Dental. They have state-of-the-art dental technology and a talented team ready and willing to help guide you through your treatment step-by-step. Call (830) 626-1111 to schedule a dental implant consultation or visit the website to learn more about other services.