Glossary of Dental Implant Terminology

Dental Implant Terminology

Here are a few of the terms you might encounter during your visit to Nu Image Surgical and Dental Implant Center. Please refer to the list and if you have any questions or need further explanation about your procedure, please call our offices in Raleigh, Wake Forest or Holly Springs. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Dental implant terminology

  • Abutment - sits between the implant and the prosthetic teeth, it is held in place by the abutment screw
  • Cap - also called a crown, a permanent prosthetic tooth attached to an implant
  • Dental Implant - a titanium rod that is implanted into the jaw. One prosthetic tooth replacement is then attached to each implant.
  • Edentulism - a patient with no teeth is said to have edentulism
  • Immediate Loading - a procedure whereby patients receive implants and dental prosthesis during the same visit.
  • Overdenture - traditional dentures that attach to dental implants. Overdentures are removable and attach to the implants with a bar or ball attachments.
  • Dental prosthesis - a temporary or permanent replacement for teeth. They may be place on top of your teeth or replace lost teeth entirely.
  • Titanium - the metal used to make dental implants. It is ideal for dental applications because it is noncorroding, soft and lightweight.
  • Two-stage Implants - implants that require two office visits to complete tooth restoration. The implants are covered by gum tissue immediately after being placed in the jaw.
  • Bone Graft - bone tissue used to replace lost bone in the jaw as part of the dental implantation process. The patient’s bone tissue or bone from a tissue bank may be used. Sometimes grafts are necessary to strengthen the jaw for implants to hold securely.