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Dental implant treatment is truly revolutionary in the world of restorative dentistry. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists hear from many adult dental patients who want more information about how these replacement teeth work. With that in mind, today our dental team is providing definitions to many of the common terms used when describing dental implant treatment. We hope that you find this information useful!

Dental implant: this is the term used to describe a stand-alone replacement tooth that has a root that extends into the patient’s jawbone.

Titanium root: this is the base of the dental implant. Our dentist surgically implants this root into the patient’s jaw bone and gum tissue. Titanium roots are usually shaped like small screws.

Implant crown: this is the visible part of the replacement tooth that looks like a natural tooth. This part of the replacement tooth sits above the gum tissue.

Abutment: this is the piece that connects the titanium root to the dental crown.

Osseointegration: this is the process by which the titanium of the implant root actually bonds to the patient’s natural jawbone tissue. Implant roots are made of titanium specifically because titanium osseointegrates.

Implant-stabilized prosthetics: our dental team can actually permanently ground dental prosthetics, like dentures, in place. We place a few dental implant roots along the patient’s gum line, and then retrofit the prosthetic to attach over the titanium roots.

Bone graft: if a patient is suffering from diminished jawbone density, our team may recommend that the patient undergo bone grafts before he or she moves forward with dental implant treatment. Grafts allow our team to build up diminished portions of jawbone with other bone tissue.

Check out our website for even more information about dental implants. You can also contact our O’Fallon dental implant dentists to schedule your personal consultation, or get further guidance.

Too often, people with existing dental decay and damage avoid dental care because they feel embarrassed and discouraged. Unfortunately, this often leads to further dental problems down the road, and it causes the patient to hide his or her smile in daily life.

Our O’Fallon dentists provide the treatments that these patients need to restore their smiles and regain oral health. Today we are providing an overview of some of the most commonly used restorative treatments in our dental office.

One of the key substances that we use to restore teeth is dental resin. Dental resin can be molded to fit the patient’s specific needs, and it can also be custom-shaded to blend with the person’s dental enamel. The process of applying dental resin is pretty straightforward; our team places the resin on the tooth and shapes it appropriately, then we cure the resin so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth.

Another option to restore diminished dental enamel is a porcelain restoration. For example, dental crowns are used to rebuild missing portions of specific teeth. Dental LUMINEERS, which are also crafted from porcelain, cover visible enamel in order to help the patient achieve aesthetic dental transformations—from professional dental whitening, to creating a more seamless smile, to covering damaged enamel.

Some patients that we see have already lost teeth due to infection or trauma. In these cases our dental team will recommend a tooth replacement treatment that can make your smile whole again. Dentures, for example, are used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. Dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth that are actually embedded in the jawbone tissue—we can use single implants or a number of implants to suit your needs.

To learn more about the restorative treatments available to you, please feel free to reach out to our O’Fallon dental team to get started!

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