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Important Dental Implant Terms – Clayton, MO

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model of all parts of dental implants in Clayton Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Clayton? You’re making an excellent choice for your smile. While you’re ready to get started, the process is a little complex. Don’t worry, Dr. Dedrickson will take the time to explain what lies ahead; however, you will hear new terms you might now know. To ensure you understand your treatment completely, here are a few of the most common dental implant terms.

Common Dental Implant Terms

plastic model of titanium dental implant post There are various terms that may refer to the same thing. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask for more information during your consultation.


An abutment is a special fixture that’s placed on your dental implant post to connect your custom-made restoration.


A crown often refers to a protective cap placed over the entire surface of a tooth down to the gum line, but it can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. Instead of placing it over a tooth, it’s connected to the abutment.

Delayed Loading

The implant is placed in one step, and the restoration isn’t connected to the post for several months.

Delayed Placement

After a tooth is extracted, an implant is placed into the healing socket several weeks later.

First Stage Surgery

Your treatment is performed in several phases. The first stage of surgery involves surgically placing the dental implant into the jawbone. While every case differs, it can take 1-3 hours to complete. You’ll then spend the next several weeks healing.


A dental implant is sometimes referred to as a fixture.

Gingival Height

This refers to the height of the gum tissue, such as around the implant, abutment, or restoration.

Immediate Loading

A dental implant is placed and attached to the prosthesis during your placement surgery.


The implant post acts as a new root, which stimulates your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Your bone fuses to the posts through a process called osseointegration. Once it’s complete, you can move on to the next step in your treatment plan.


An overdenture sits on top of dental implants or teeth. It’s a complete, removable prosthetic that can be secured in place using a variety of techniques, like anchoring it to the jawbone with dental implants.


A prosthesis is a dental restoration that’s created to replicate the teeth you’ve lost. They are made of high-quality material to closely mimic your natural teeth.


Your new teeth are referred to as restorations. They make up the prosthetics attached to the implant posts via the abutments. A restoration can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch.

Second Stage Surgery

About three months after your placement surgery, your jawbone will be healed, allowing you to move on to the second stage of surgery. An abutment is placed on the implant post by opening the gum tissue.

Complete Your Smile Today!

model of implant-supported bridge for 3 missing teeth Dr. Dedrickson will take the time to explain the process and address any concerns. Take your first step toward a complete smile by scheduling your consultation for dental implants.

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